DANCE GENRES & DRESS CODE

What We Offer

Competitive Program

 

Upstage Dance Co. proudly offers Professional Dance Education through a competitive

program committed to the steady advancement of skill, technique, confidence & artistry of

each individual dancer. Take the next step toward mastery and reveal your untapped potential!

Class Levels and Placement to be determined upon registration, at the discretion of our professionals.

Competitive Classes run September - May, concluding with the Upstage year end Showcase. Participation in the Showcase is mandatory for all competitive dancers. There will also be various performance opportunities competitively and non-competitively throughout the year.

 

Recreational Program

We offer recreational dance classes, running September-May along side the Competitive Program. Adult classes require no costume deposit, and have the option of performing in the year end show. All other recreational classes will be part of the year end Showcase, participation is mandatory.

Dance Genres

BALLET

Ballet serves as a backbone for many other styles of dance, as many other dance genres are based on ballet. Ballet is based on techniques that have been developed over centuries, and commonly uses music and dance to tell stories. Ballet dancers have the ability to transport an audience to another world. Ballet dancers must be highly trained and disciplined, but their hard work and dedication is evident in their ability to glide effortlessly across the stage.

Ballet Attire:

  • Canvas Ballet Shoes

  • Salmon Tights

  • Black Leotard Mandatory (Ages 12+)

  • Black Leotard Preferred (Ages 11-)

  • Ballet Bun Mandatory

 

JAZZ

Jazz is a fun dance style that relies heavily on originality and improvisation. Many jazz dancers mix different styles into their dancing, incorporating their own expression. Jazz dancing often uses bold, dramatic body movements, including body isolations and contractions. Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic.

Jazz Attire:

  • Bloch slip on Tan Jazz shoe  

  • Beige tights or above knee lycra shorts

  • Leotard (any color)

  • Hair in Ponytail, Braid, or bun.

 

TAP

Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. The term "tap dancing" is derived from the tapping sound produced when the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes touch a hard floor or surface. Classical tappers use their arms and upper bodies to blend movements of ballet or jazz into their tap routines, while "Hoofers" try to use every part of their shoes to make their feet sound like drums.

Tap Attire:

  • Capezio TAN Mary Jane Tap shoes (NO LACES)

  • Any color leotard

  • Beige tights or above knee lycra shorts

  • Hair in pony tail, braid or bun

 

HIP HOP

Hip-hop is a dance style usually danced to hip-hop music, that evolved from hip-hop culture. Hip-hop encompasses numerous styles such as breaking, popping, locking, krumping, liquid, house dance and isolation/animation. Improvisation and personal interpretation are essential for hip-hop dancers.

Hip Hop Attire:

  • Non-marking sole INDOOR SHOES

  • No Jeans

  • No Jewelry

 

LYRICAL

Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends elements of Ballet and Jazz dance. Lyrical dance is generally a little more fluid than ballet and also somewhat faster, although not as rapidly executed as jazz dance. Lyrical commonly connects the dance steps to the lyrics of the music, conveying the feeling or story of the song in movement.

Lyrical Attire:

  • Black Leotard

  • Tan tights or above Knee shorts

  • No Shoe/ half shoe

  • Hair up

 

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. This dance genre is often done in bare feet and can be performed to many different styles of music. Pioneers of contemporary dance include Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham. These contemporary dancers all believed that dancers should have freedom of movement, allowing their bodies to freely express their innermost feelings.

Contemporary Attire:

  • Black Leotard

  • Tan tights or above Knee shorts

  • No Shoe/ half shoe

  • Hair up

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

Musical Theatre tells a story through more than one discipline. It blends music, theatre and movement and as such it is important to learn the proper techniques of each. This includes how to breathe and sing properly; a basic dance and movement vocabulary – and as you mature, more sophisticated training; and finally proper acting instruction that emphasizes exploration, creativity and building the trust needed to work as part of a team. Once you have some of the pieces of this puzzle, then you also receive the guidance and opportunity to see and understand how they work together – and to practice and perform them together.

Musical Theatre Attire:

  • Tan Leather Jazz shoe

  • Fitness type clothes

  • Hair neatly out of face

 

STRETCH, STRENGTH & PROGRESSIONS

Stretch & Strength classes have a very simple purpose to stretch and strengthen our dancers. Flexibility is an extremely important aspect of dance training and the expectation of dancers bodies in regards to flexibility is ever increasing. It is extremely important that dancers develop the strength to manage this flexibility in order to help prevent injuries. Our combination of flexibility and strength training in these dedicated classes helps students prepare their bodies for the demands put upon them in their technical classes. All dancers are encouraged to take Stretch & Strength. Progressions allows the developing dancer to focus on technical development outside of his/her weekly Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap and Ballet classes. Dancers must be 10 years old to take this class. Upstage competitive Ballet dancers are required to take this class when they reach the age of 13.

Stretch, Strength & Progressions Attire:

  • Fitness type clothing

  • Hair up

  • No shoes

 

If needed, all dance attire can be purchased at Dance Street.