One of the most popular styles of dance. Contemporary is a jazz based form of dance using dynamics of movement, music & improv to express yourself. Technique is a must! Ballet and/or Jazz must be taken in order to take Contemporary.
A student begins pointe when they are quite acomplished in ballet, as pointe is only an extention on ballet. Children should not begin pointe until their bone and muscle structures have been fully developed and strengthened (not before 11 or 12 years of age and with a minimum of 2 years training and teacher recommendation), as this can cause permanent damage to the entire skeletal system.
Lyrical is a ballet based fluid form of dance that creates a story while using your extensions, balance and control. Ballet and/or Jazz must be taken in order to take Lyrical.
All ballet classes are taught in a classical manner, combining Vaganova (Russian), French, and Cechetti (Italian) Styles. We stress correct terminology, body placement, body direction, proper technique and controlled stretching. Ballet is the foundation on all dance forms; it is strongly encouraged for all serious students. All elements of barre, center adagio & allegro, and across the floor are worked weekly.
This is our popular hour combination class. A delightful progression of our Nursery/Pre-K Program (see above) with the exciting addition of Tap/Jazz/Hip Hop. In both combo classes we continue to build self esteem & confidence. Classes available during the week and Saturday morning.
Ballet 30 min/Jazz 30 min Combo - Ballet is built upon from our Kindergarten program while the fundamentals of Jazz are taught! Ballet will be the subject performed in the recital
Tap 30 min/Hip Hop 30 min Combo - In Tap we will teach timing, rhythms, and the basic footwork using their tap shoes. There will also be an intro to Hip Hop. Endurance and strength will also be touched upon. Tap will be the subject performed in the recital.
A structured class filled with TLC our baby ballerinas. Basic ballet fundamentals, French terminology, creative movement, and basic tumbling are taught. This class also builds our dancers self esteem, teaches them coordination & works on their memorization skills. They will dance to popular children's songs and nursery rhymes. This program is designed to be nurturing, fun, and exciting for your little one. Classes are 45 minutes and available afternoons during the week and Saturday mornings.
This is a special program for our tiniest little dancers. Tender loving care is given to teach basic coordination, right from left, ballet class basics, and class structure. Fun additions such as scarves, mats, toddler tunes, and a parachute ensure an exciting 45-minute class. Although our tiniest dancers are not in our year-end recital, the students perform a memorable dance in the studio for Mom and Dad.
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Long Island Academy is a complete dance arts facility; employing the finest skilled professionals in every field, and offers you the finest training available anywhere. Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Pure Barre & Acro. Afternoon, evening and Saturday classes available.
The purpose of Long Island Academy is to encourage and provide the necessary correct training to produce a professional dancer: with the realization in mind that not all students entering into a dance program go on to professional careers. Our program is designed to build character, confidence and grace, both mentally and physically, into each and every student. Recreational & Competitive Classes are offered.
All classes are structured with allotted time on the barre, center floor, progressions across the floor and combinations. They are all presented in a positive, encouraging manner stressing direction and discipline. All classes of all ages learn the proper terminology and technique of the dance steps. The Dancers are also separated by age and ability, as each age and level learn at a different rate. LIAD is not only a nurturing environment, but a dance family that provides life long friends & memories.
The Drum Beat of Dance - all tap classes are taught on the the balls of the feet, with proper ankle technique, to develop rhythm, style and grace, while working towards our aim of speed and clarity. Exciting progressions and combinations are taught weekly for memory and performance skills.
This class incorporates ballet technique & terminology to accomplish flexibility & strength for a strong jazz foundation.Exciting warm-up to current music, cardio, center, isolations, down floor progressions, and dynamic combinations are taught weekly for memory, performance skills and fun.
This class works on strengthening ones flexibility, endurance, and stamina. You work solely on specific turns, jumps, and leaps. This class will enhance your Ballet/Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary
A combination of street, pop and lock, and breaking taught in comfortable clothing & sneakers. This style is seen done by the back up dancers of some of the hottest artists out there! A funky yet, physically demanding style!