Registration is OPEN for the 2021/2022 dance year.
The Eight Count is happy to offer a wide range of dance styles to our recital program dancers.
Season Four of dancing at The Eight will commence September 13th and will continue through to our “Let’s Dance” performance in June.
This fall we will continue to follow all current guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation and support!
We can’t wait to welcome your family to The Eight Count!
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Ballet is truly the foundation of all forms of dance and is a structured class. Not only does it aid, and enhance performance ability in other dance forms, it also provides strength and control for gymnastics, skating, and all other sports.
Ballet improves balance and flexibility. Two large parts of ballet technique which, consequently, diminish the likelihood of injury in ballet, sports and other dance forms.
An essential style that supports building strength in the arms, legs, and core. This will also assist dancers in developing their flexibility and technique for leaps and turns.
It can improve, and correct posture, and helps to strengthen a child who is physically weak. Everything in ballet requires good posture. In time, the posture utilized in the studio translates to every part of a dancer’s life.
Jazz tends to blend the strength and control of ballet with the creativity and expression of modern.
This style often uses syncopated rhythms and angular movements with a strong technique base.
Leaps and turns are typically at the forefront of jazz choreography.
There are a lot of benefits of jazz dancing, especially for younger children.
These benefits include being a great form of exercise, increasing coordination, developing creativity, improving physical health and strength, and providing a healthy environment for socialization.
There are two main types of tap dance: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap.
Broadway tap is more about the dance. It is often done in musical theater. Rhythm tap is more about the sound of the tapping.
Tap shoes have metal taps on the bottom of the shoe to make a sound.
Benefits of tap dance include increasing cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility, and coordination.
Tap dance combinations build strength in the legs and feet in addition to increasing flexibility in the hips, knees and ankles. Cognitive abilities are also enhanced, as tap dancers must develop both mental and muscle memory to become proficient at tapping.
Hip Hop dance is just one element of the overall culture and encompasses many styles including breaking, popping and locking.
Hip hop dance is dynamic and exciting, yet grounded.
Our hip hop classes start with a warm-up, working body isolations and stretching, and continues with teaching technique and steps used in dance combinations set to age appropriate hip hop music.
Students also share their own moves and improvise in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.
Acrobatics uniquely combines dance, controlled contortions, strength, flexibility, and balance.
Tumbling skills such as aerials, front and back walk overs, handsprings and more, help improve dancers’ confidence.
This class will provide dancers with diverse components in their technical dance training.
Not only visually appealing when performed correctly but much like ballet – an incredibly strong foundation for all styles of dance.
Contemporary is a popular form of dance that developed in the mid-1970s from modern dance, a genre in its own right.
It is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.
Because contemporary dance is focused on spontaneity and self-expression, as opposed to choreography and rigid technique, students tend to develop better self-awareness, both physical and emotional, along with the fitness and flexibility that all dance classes offer.
The purpose of conditioning is to improve your technique and performance by strengthening the abdominal and back muscles (core).
Flexibility and alignment are optimized while also improving coordination and balance.
More lift without tension, deeper pliés, higher jumps with less effort, tighter turns, and improved extension and turnout are results of proper conditioning.