Lyrical dance is a form of dance that branches from ballet. It takes the technical training that dancers receive and softens it, while still keeping the foundation. The music in the lyrical dance classes often tells a story, and the movement corresponds. This type of dance is a very expressive form of dance. The dancer becomes the actor and tells a story through technique and emotion with their bodies instead of their voices.
Lyrical students usually have a good background in ballet and/or jazz as these dance classes assume that technique is already present and primarily focus on emotion. It is the progression from technical ballet class to learning how to actually “dance” a ballet.
Blending classical and modern techniques, Lyrical class incorporates leaps, turns, extensions, and choreography, challenging each student to develop their individual artistic voice.
Lyrical Dance ClassesAges 14+
This class is for dance students over the ages 14, and who love to express themselves through their physical body. The lyrical dance classes will consist of a warm-up, stretches, working on body isolations, across the floor exercises and a center combination. An emphasis is placed on interpreting music and emotion into movement and dancing from the heart.
Improvisational skills are introduced as well. Dancers will often be asked to take an intention or emotion and move freely to explore the music, describing this emotion through dance. As they get older these exercises will get more challenging and become a large portion of their training.
This is an expressive class for students who like to move in a creative and musical way. The movement style is a combination of ballet technique mixed with modern and contemporary.