We would like to thank the families of Citrus Heights Dance Academy for supporting the growth and development of our dance training program. Our studio is located at Sylvan Marketplace and we offer: Pre-Ballet for ages 3-6; Ballet, Tap, Jazz for ages 5-Adult; Contemporary for Teens & Adults. It is important to us that our students start their training with a classical foundation. This provides them with the strength and confidence needed for higher levels and performance opportunities. We are regularly adding new classes in order to maintain small class sizes. Our dress code has been developed to ensure that all students will present themselves in modest, age appropriate attire and music selections will also be chosen with discretion.
Students are invited to participate in the Summer & Winter Shows. These are uniquely created to spark a love for dance through the art of storytelling and entertain with a sampling from a variety of Musical Productions. We presented our first full length classical Ballet, Cinderella, at Summer Show 2013 and our second, The Nutcracker, at Winter Show 2014. With Ballet being the foundational discipline of all dance styles, we place a high priority on this form of training in our school. The best way for young dancers to stay enthusiastic for this discipline of precision, is to involve them in the creative storytelling process and performance experience that a full length classical Ballet has to offer. Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and Contemporary give dancers exposure to stylized dance. These forms truly come to life when taught in combination with music from different eras, which allows students to learn how dance styles have evolved with each!
Ballet is highly technical. It has its own vocabulary and is primarily performed with the accompaniment of classical music. It is the foundational technique for many other dance forms. Our ballet syllabus consists of classical ballet technique influenced by the Royal Academy of Dance method, also known as the English style of ballet. This style of ballet was invented by the founders of the Royal Academy of Dance, who merged respective dance methods (Italian, French, Danish and Russian) to create a new style of ballet that is unique to the organization. Ballet choreography will give students an opportunity tell a story without words and perform full length classical Ballets at our Summer & Winter Shows.
Tap is a form of dance that turns tap shoes into a percussive instrument. Broadway tap requires a ballet foundation and is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap holds it’s roots in the Jazz tradition and focuses instead on the percussive element and syncopation. Our tap syllabus has been developed to provide the technical foundation and building blocks necessary to produce the clear sounds needed for acappella choreography. Our students will learn and perform tap choreography for our Summer & Winter Show.
Jazz dance, prior to 1950, held it’s roots in African American vernacular dance and Caribbean traditional dance. In the1950′s Jazz dance evolved on Broadway into the new, smooth style that is taught today and known as modern jazz, which continues to be an essential element of musical theatre. Our Jazz syllabus builds on a sound working knowledge of ballet technique to enhance style and performance skills. They will also learn and perform jazz choreography for our Summer & Winter Shows.