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, Acro, Vocal/Drama, Musical Theater, Dance Team Tech and more. Check out the Class Schedule to find a class that's right for you/your dancer!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Musical Theatre class is a dance class highlighting dance choreography found on Broadway and your favorite movie musicals!
Dance Team / Pom
Dance Team/Pom classes help all levels of dancers develop kick line technique, specialty movement, technical elements, team synchronization, and specialty tricks and combinations. The skills learned in this class are also easily transferred to other dance forms such as jazz dance, lyrical dance, and hip-hop dance.
In our Vocal/Drama classes you will work on not only singing but the basic moves you will need for musicals.
Acro class will teach children all of the skills they need for dance and cheer. It will also help them with their flexibility.
Technique classes are are skill enhancing and generally do not perform in our year end recital. This class offered primarily to competitions students, weave together the fundamentals of ballet with jazz, lyrical, contemporary and modern thru combinations learned in class.