All dance, acting and vocal classes begins with a warm-up and stretching section. It's very important that students not miss the class warm-ups.
The Combo Ballet/Pre-Jazz Class is a child's first introduction to how fun dance can be. Ballet enhances a child’s posture, grace, poise, coordination, balance, flexibility and musicality. In the pre-jazz portion of the class, students are introduced to proper warm-ups and stretches for the body combined with across-the-floor progressions and mini combinations.
Considered the true foundation for most dance disciplines, ballet is essential to a dancer’s overall progress. Class include barre work to both slow and fast exercises, followed by center and across the floor work. Emphasis will be placed on the discipline of classical ballet technique, correct body placement, posture, arm and head movements, musicality, and mastering the steps. Ballet builds strength, flexibility and balance that can be applied in other dance classes. Class time will periodically be devoted to the written as well as spoken French ballet terminology.
Students must be recommended by an instructor to study pre-pointe and show promise in technique and strength in legs, ankles and muscles. This class emphasizes strengthening technique, balance and knowledge of pointe work. Students will incorporate ballet technique training during pre-pointe. Must complete a full year of training before receiving first pair of pointe shoes, and must be currently enrolled in ballet classes.
Students must have 3 or more years of ballet, and is currently taking a minimum of two ballet classes. Pointe readiness is determined by the instructor, and working with a physiotherapist.
An upbeat, high energy class that helps students develop rhythm and style. Emphasis is on basic skills, Classic jazz technique and contemporary dance forms. Students are introduced to progressions, turns, rhythmic combinations using various music and Jazz dance technique.
Pre-Jazz is an introduction to Jazz dance and learning basic dance terms. It is a fun, energetic class where students learn how to correctly and safely develop their coordination, rhythm, balance, flexibility, and self-expression while inspiring the love of dance.
We offer a blend of styles ranging from the classic Broadway Tap moves of Thoroughly Modern Millie, the pure art and coolness of Sophisticated Ladies, and the high energy rhythm tap of Bring in Da`Noise Bring in Da ‘Funk. Class will focus on basic skills of tap dance both in the center, and across the floor work that will include more complex combinations and turns.
Lyrical is based in ballet and modern dance with the more free-form structure of jazz dance, and is generally performed to slower music. Lyrical is often used to express emotion, or tell a story by interpreting the music and words of a song. This class develops strength, flexibility and balance. Students must have a strong ballet base, and be familiar with modern dance movements. This is an excellent class for students who want to explore different ways to express their feelings and emotions through their dance.
Ever-evolving, contemporary is a genre and covers different styles of dance: 1) Combining the strong but controlled legwork of ballet, 2) with modern dance emphasis on the torso employing contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance, and 3) African dance dynamic use of levels (bent knees) are some of the characteristics that makes up this intricate dance style.
Students learn the elements of street style hip-hop posture, arms, feet work, rhythm, music interpretation, timing, precision, undulations, articulations, turns, jumps, kicks, fluid motion and natural styling to enhance free-styling skills. Dancers are taught high energy choreography based on musicality, and the famous The Swagger Crew style and others.
A fusion of Jazz dance technique with the attitude of the street style of Hip-Hop dance. Street Jazz can be seen in the Pop music industry, videos and TV commercials. Street Jazz is funky, energetic and full of swag.
WEST AFRICAN DANCE
These classes explore the traditional West African dance rhythms through movement, songs and music. The class is high energy and accompanied by Djembe beats drumming. No previous experience necessary. All ages and abilities welcome.
ACTING / DRAMA
Students will learn the basics of the theatre process and terminology. Improvisation, script analysis, scene study, stage direction, memorization, monologues, cold reading, and stage craft will be covered. On-camera training for film, television and commercials offered. Audition grooming provided. Students interested in auditioning for roles in film and television will be notified of casting calls. Theatre students have opportunities for stage performances and more.
VOICE / SINGING
Learn how to sing correctly using the proper vocal technique. Training include sight reading, correct breathing from the diaphragm, posture, diction, finding your style and range, using your chest voice to your head voice without putting undue strain on your vocal cords, agility and stamina, singing with confidence, performance and acting technique, and more. Classes begin with a vocal warm-up, and end with a vocal cool-down. We prepare students for auditions.
RHYTHM STORM COMPETITION DANCE TEAM
Rhythm Storm Competition Dance Team offer students the opportunity to train on a higher level, enjoy additional performance experience, and be a part of a dedicated group of dancers. Team members compete at regional and national dance competitions. In addition to weekly dance technique classes, they must also attend weekly rehearsals. Dancers learn discipline, teamwork, and showmanship while representing Rhythm Elements Dance Studio in the Metro Atlanta area.
MODERNICITY BALLET COMPANY
Modernicity is a pre-professional ballet company that prepare company members for dancing in college or professionally. There is a strong focus on training in classical ballet, pointe, classical jazz, Horton based modern, contemporary, and stretch and strengthening. Students are given broad and diverse training, and challenging choreography to help them meet the demands of the dance world. They rehearse for several performances a year, and train in an atmosphere that promotes artistic excellence and growth.
The technique class is for dancers who want to push themselves further in their dance training. The class is devoted to helping dancers improve their technical elements of dance in ballet, jazz and contemporary. This class is invaluable for gaining clean technique and more precision. Stretch and strengthening is also combined to improve dancers’ power, grace and flexibility. Students will work on turns, jumps, leaps, splits, kicks and tricks.
SOCIAL BALLROOM CLASSES
Our social ballroom classes will have you looking great on the dance floor at weddings, anniversaries, cruises, dance events and parties. You will learn basic Ballroom patterns in Waltz, Foxtrot, American Tango, Bolero, Cha-Cha and East Coast Swing. All classes will focus on movement skills, social dance combinations and leading/following. Ballroom Dancing improves coordination, balance, helps you stay active and lose weight. Dance is mentally stimulating. According to research studies, ballroom dancing can help reduce the onset of dementia, and improve conditions such as Huntington and Parkinson diseases. Beginner, Intermediate and advanced levels taught.
WEDDING DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY
We'll help make your big day special, memorable and create the wedding dance of your dreams! We specialize in the Bride and Groom 'first dance' and will choreograph an exciting, fun routine to the song of your choice. We also offer lessons for Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Groomsmen/Bridesmaids and Family dances.
This is my child's first year at Rhythm Elements and she absolutely loves it! I recommend it highly.