Except for the Indians' ritual dances, the first indigenous American art dance is tap dancing, whose roots lie in spirited Irish and English jigs and clog dances and in the rhythmic African improvisations that immigrants and free Africans combined spontaneously during the 1840s. Developing the fundamentals, DWS classes teach basic tap moves - brush, spank, flap, scuff, shuffle, riff and riffle that make up combinations on which to build full dance routines. Classes teach traditional tap dance with current creative steps. Each class starts with warm up exercises and continues with middle-of-the-room work.
Class Requirements: Tap shoes and non-constricting clothes
BASIC LEVEL: No previous knowledge of dance needed - beginning classes. Classes are ongoing and may be joined at any time.
LEVEL 1: Students have completed at least an 8-10 week session at the Basic Level. This level of class works at a more accelerated rate.
LEVEL 1.5: Students have at least one-year experience at the beginning levels. More complicated combinations are taught and turns are incorporated into dance routines.
LEVEL 2 & 2.5: Students with knowledge of tap skills. Students begin performing at various community functions, and are ready for competition training.
LEVEL 3: Advanced students with a strong knowledge of tap and stage skills.
PERFORMANCE TEAM: Audition only
Jazz dance is a form of personal expression created and sustained through improvisation. It has a heritage that can be traced to its African origin through a period of American vernacular dance to today's theatrical dancing. It has certain defining characteristics, including improvisation, isolation, a centrifugal explosion of energy that radiates outward from the hips, and a propulsive rhythm that gives a swinging quality to the movement. Students learn how to articulate all major body parts both in isolation and in concert, so that they can produce clearly accented rhythms in the dancing body. As class advances, students will learn more advanced rhythmic phrases, more complex body part isolations, and quicker direction changes in space.
Class Requirements: Jazz shoes and loose-fitting clothing.
BEGINNING: This beginning Jazz class involves an introduction to the basic postures, stretches, and fundamental movements of American jazz dance and includes warm-up, stretch, floor work, jazz technique, and across the floor combinations.
BEG./INT: An introduction to the basic postures, stretches, and fundamental movements of American jazz dance. Class format includes a standing warm-up or jazz barre, floor stretches, across the floor progressions, work on balance, turns, and combinations.
INT./ADV: Standing warm-up, floor or barre stretches, work on technique, balance, strength, coordination, complex port de bras, multiple turns, jumps and more complex combinations; lyrical and traditional styles.
Hip Hop culture originated in New York amongst young Hispanic and African American communities during the late 1960's. Synonymous with rap, scratch music and graffiti art, the style encompasses the movements of break-dancing and body-popping, and has been internationally recognised since the 1970's.
The 1980's saw the emergence of a new style of hip-hop into rap videos, distinguished from original break dancing styles by its concentration on footwork as opposed to acrobatics. Hereafter, the emergence of house music saw hip-hop re-invent itself again with a broader range of influences and freer expression. Hip hop encompasses freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style.
Class Requirements: Sneakers or tennis shoes are best and casual, comfortable clothing that will not restrict any movement. It is a friendly and fun class environment, so don't be shy have fun!
Beginning Hip Hop (4-5): The class is a beginners class and consists of a warm up, learning Hip Hop through a simple routine and playing dance games like freeze dance. The choreography is a mix of hip hop styles influenced by performers such as Usher, Janet, B2K and Justin Timberlake. No previous training or experience necessary.
Beginning Hip Hop (6-8): This is a beginners class and consists of warm up, learning Hip Hop through a simple routine with easy choreography for flexibility and fun. The class also consists of dance-related games, such as freeze dance. No experience or previous training is needed.
Hip Hop (9-12): The class consists of warm up, learning Hip Hop through a simple routine working the upper body and encouraging stamina. The choreography is a mix of hip hop styles and a high energy dance class, stretch and strength building exercises. Choreography is influenced by performers like Usher, Janet, B2K and Justin Timberlake. Style inspired by artists such as Busta Rhymes, Methodman and Black Eyed Peas.
Hip Hop (Teens): Learn Hip Hop through a simple routine with specific choreography for flexibility, sculpting, strength and fun. The choreography is a mix of hip hop styles and a high energy dance class, influenced by performances from Usher, Janet, B2K and Justin Timberlake. Learn raw 'new school' hip hop as seen in film clips by such artists as Usher, Pink, J-Lo, NSync, and Mya. Caters to more Intermediate dancers - a basic knowledge of dance/rhythm is advisable.
Beginning Hip Hop (Adult):This is a beginners class and consists in learning Hip Hop through a simple routine working the upper body and encouraging stamina and breathing with easy choreography for flexibility and fun. No experience or previous training is needed. The choreography is a mix of hip hop styles and a high energy dance class. Following is a short hip hop routine influenced by performance from Usher, Janet, B2K and Justin Timberlake.
Advanced Beginning Hip Hop (Adults): This class is for those who have had one year of hip hop dance and are ready to take on a more high energy dance class incorporating new, energetic moves to faster paced music.
Classes teach both the east and west coast version of this dance craze which never really went out of style. Students learn how to "break it down" and do body spins to the most current beats.
Class Requirements: Good sneakers (no black soles) and loose-fitting clothes. Jeff's classes are beginning and intermediate.
Learn how to create stage presence! Classes teach students singing, acting, basic stage terms, script reading, how to project, and basic dance movement. Several short numbers are taught each semester, highlighting students' skills, which are then presented in two showcase productions per year.
Class Requirements: Loose- fitting clothes and a commitment to work hard and have fun!
About our Classes
DWS Studio offers students excellent Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Break Dance instruction for all levels of experience - basic through advanced, as well as Musical theatre workshop classes which incorporate singing and acting. The yearly productions of DWS Studio are all original works and incorporate a variety of themes which include dance, song and acting. All students from the ages of 5 through 91 enjoy participating, although participation is not a reaquirement of the studio.
Easy access off Highway 101
Competition level classes
Dancing in various "outside" activities benefiting the County