Where to start

Recreational classes are available for the young, young at heart and/or those that wish to increase their dance abilities outside of the competitive environment.  Our Recreational Program introduces students of all ages to all main styles of dance including: Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical and Acro.

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Preschool and 5-8 Year Old Classes

Combo Classes at Juliana’s allow new, young dancers to learn two different styles in one-hour long class. Combos include Tap/Ballet or Tap/Jazz. In these classes students learn basic steps, listening, keeping time and rhythm with the music. This includes basic beginning ballet positions and stretching, tapping using alternating feet and a focus on balance and coordination in all genres.

Second Year Combo Classes

After taking one year of classes, students can move on to “Experienced” combo classes where the same principle are built upon to progress skills further. Experienced classes include more advanced steps with technical terminology while perfecting basic skills. More stretching, jumps and simple combinations are taught to prepare for the annual recital. Whether a returning student or a first-time student, JAOD students are taught to follow instructions while having fun.

5-8 Year Olds

Students 5 to 8 years old have the opportunity to move beyond combo classes and choose a class, or classes, in a style of their choice. Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Ballet classes are offered to prepare for annual recital performances.

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Ballet 

Ballet provides the foundation for all other dance forms. It is the most demanding, most disciplined of all dance forms; but also the most rewarding. With a solid ballet foundation, classically trained dancers can transfer their skills into jazz, modern dance, or any other dance form they might decide to pursue. Juliana’s Academy of Dance emphasizes the correct and safe approach to technique, ensuring that young bodies are physically ready to perform ballet moves of increasing difficulty. JAOD develops the flexibility, strength, endurance, muscle memory, discipline, and attention to detail that are essential to each dancer’s growth.

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Jazz 

Jazz dance is influenced by many other dance forms. It is quick-paced dancing to modern music. At JAOD students begin by working on basic jazz steps while learning to count and stay poised. As students advance in skill, JAOD offers continued technical foundation which enables a dancer to focus on the stylistic and performance aspects of a jazz dance routine. Proper technique and correct posture are essential for jumps and turns, as well as the strong and sharp movements of the choreography. Jazz dance at JAOD is supported by a good background in ballet technique. Students in a jazz class at JAOD will focus on poise and control of their body’s center being used at the focal point from which all movement emanates. Classes include stretching to warm up the muscles and help prevent injuries by warming up and elongating leg muscles and strengthening the core.

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques that challenges choreographers and dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. A lyrical dancer’s movements attempt to show the meaning of the music through emotion and tell a story through every movement made. Lyrical dance is expressive, subtle and dynamic drawing on ballet-based technique to create an organic and dramatic feel. Depending on the given song and choreography, a lyrical piece may or may not be graceful, but will always be expressive and unpredictable, particularly in comparison to ballet and other jazz pieces. Intense emotional expression of the face and body are necessary to tell a story that evolves along the lines of the song to which lyrical dance is performed.

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Tap

Tap is the art of rhythm with your feet and is a form of percussion. In a tap class at Juliana’s students learn how to count music while dancing progressing in speed and complexity through advanced classes. At JAOD students will learn how to make intricate sounds with their feet while working on keeping their balance. With a focus on clean clear sounds and syncopation tapping @ JAOD is performed both with music and at times without musical accompaniment (a cappella). In group tap dances all must work together to create the sound keeping their steps at the correct speed to match each other.

HipHop

Hip Hop

Hip Hop at JAOD is a high energy class for both girls AND BOYS that uses the latest music combined with movement & choreography inspired by today’s hottest music artists, music videos, and tours. Students will learn how to pop, lock, and break in this art form as well as how to control their body isolating muscles to the beat of the music. Juliana’s provides a structured method of learning various Hip Hop dance movements in a fun-filled and vibrant class environment. These energetic classes not only teach Hip Hop movements and technique but also instills rhythm and precision in your muscle memory. Hip Hop classes utilize upbeat rap, R&B, and pop music combined with elements of popping and locking, acrobatics and breaking, as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Hip-hop is urban, it’s street, it’s diverse and forever changing.