Tots N Tutus & Combination Classes
Any dance attire of choice, tap and ballet shoes required
Pink tights, black leotard and pink ballet shoes required. Hair must be in a bun.
All other styles
Any dance attire of choice and proper footwear for each style.
Please contact us with any dress code questions
Tots N Tutus is a creative movement class for children, ages 18th months-3 years of age. The focus of this class is to have fun and create and enjoyable and playful environment for the kids. Dancers learn how to follow instructions and interact with other children, while at the same time developing coordination, balance, and improvisational skills. We begin to incorporate basic tap skills and introduce ballet terminology. The class is not a Mommy and Me class but some mornings our dancers need to be and that is fine.
Combo Classes are introductory classes for young dancers to start exploring the world of dance. In Combo Classes dancers need both Tap shoes and Balet shoes. Classes are designed to teach children the fundamental techniques in an enjoyable and playful environment. We continue to incorporate ballet terminology in the jazz part of class and introduce tap terminology to prepare dancers for a beginning level on class.
Classical ballet is the foundation for all other forms of dance. So Cal Dance teaches from the Vaganova and Cecchetti method. The Vaganova method focuses on proper placement and complete range of motion which is an INJURY-FREE training emphasizing the simultaneous development of both technical proficiency and individual artistry. The Cecchetti method is a rigorous system drawn up with careful regard for the laws of anatomy, and it is designed to endow the human body with all those qualities essential to the dancer...balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, "ballon" and so forth.
The jazz curriculum at So Cal Dance focuses on a foundation of contemporary technique with a strong ballet base. Flexibility, athleticism, and control are important skills at the center of every class. The dancers learn at a very progressive rate that is still both age and physically appropriate.
So Cal Dance's tap curriculum focuses on musicality and rhythm techniques. Each level works to improve and build balance and control of the body. Both the Hoofer and Broadway style of tap is taught at So Cal Dance. The main curriculum is designed to teach dancers progressive foot work to create increasing complex combinations of sounds and rhythms.
Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Acro dancers must be flexible and in excellent physical condition. Dancers will learn progressive skills on mates to improve flexibility and build strength. In the different levels of Acro dance, dancers must demonstrate their ability to complete skills and "tricks" before advancing to the next level.
So Cal Dance has a Lyrical and Contemporary program as part of our elective courses. The Lyrical dance style has its primary basis in ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom, fluidity, expressiveness and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. Contemporary dance is a very interpretative style of dance that focuses on unconventional movements. It was considered unconventional because it shifted away from classical ballet and lyrical dance forms. Unlike classical ballet, contemporary dance does not have fixed movements; instead it is a search for new forms and dynamics. It focuses on oppositional movement, alignment, raw emotion, and systematic breathing.
Musical Theatre focuses on the execution of dance as a method of storytelling. This class will focus on different styles of musical theatre dance by exploring movement within the musical theatre lexicon. Students will have the opportunity to learn Broadway choreography, and explore various aspects of the dance language of musical theatre.
Hip Hop is a street dance style primarily performed to hip-hop music which has evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles, primarily; breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.