EMPOWER DANCE STUDIO grants opportunities for dancers to excel, advance, and perform.  Keeping with the mission of Empower to nurture and foster natural beauty, instill self-confidence, and reinforce positive images of dancers from all backgrounds.  We have organized our classes in a track structure as a trinity of BODY, MIND, and SPIRIT.  Empower offers a comfortable environment where young dancers will be offered a wide variety of classes that ensure quality learning beginning with the fundamentals. Classes will encourage dancers to be expressive, motivated, and empowered through movement.  Empower Dance Studio offers classes for Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions. 

A key component of studio training is performance.  At the time our dancers are either at Intro or Intermediate level, as we continue to grow and train we will add more levels of dance.

INTRO CLASSES

Intro classes are to introduce the dancers to the style/genre of dance.  Dancers focus on the fundamentals, proper terminology, and general understanding of the style/genre of dance.

INTERMEDIATE CLASSES

Intermediate classes will further develop a dancer’s technique building on foundational elements learned in intro classes.  Students are expected to learn and retain combinations quickly using detailed across the floor and center floor combinations, and choreography is expected to be mastered.

TINY TOTS (MOMMY & ME)
PREREQUISITE: none | AGES: | CLASS TIME: 45 minutes | ATTIRE: Empower Dancewear Basics

Description: This class is an introduction to dance through exploration of the basic elements. With the help of props, music and imagination, elements are introduced through creative movement and song.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT
PREREQUISITE: none | AGES: | CLASS TIME: 45 minutes | ATTIRE: Empower Dancewear Basics

Description: This class is an introduction to dance through exploration of the basic elements.  Focus will be on basic movement concepts such as pathways, directionality, musicality, rhythm, shape, size, speed and levels. With the help of props, music and imagination, these elements are introduced through creative movement games, problem solving exercises and improvisation.

INTRO TAP/CREATIVE MOVEMENT
PREREQUISITE: none |AGES: |CLASS TIME: 45 minutes |ATTIRE: Empower Dancewear Basics (Tap shoe)

Description: This class is an introduction to dance through exploration of the basic elements and sound through tap.  This class will focus on basic movement concepts as Creative Movement but will use tap dance to create fundamental rhythm and tempo. This class is designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. With the help of props, music and imagination, these elements are introduced through creative movement, sound, and improvisation. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun!

PRE-BALLET / TAP

PREREQUISITE: none | AGES: 5-6 | CLASS TIME: 45 minutes | ATTIRE: Leotard, tights, ballet shoes, ballet skirt, and tap shoes

Description: This Pre-Ballet/Tap combo class strives to build a strong foundation with Ballet techniques and terminology and basic Tap. Dancers will split time on each subject each week, visit, building on what was learned and taught the previous class. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, and coordination. These dancers will receive choreography in both Ballet and Tap, based on the skills and techniques learned and mastered.

JAZZ/HIP HOP

PREREQUISITE: Intro Ballet/Jazz or Ballet/Jazz I | AGES: 7-11 | CLASS TIME: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: leotard, Empower leggings, Jazz shoes

Description: This class will allow dancers to explore the different body isolations from the head, shoulders, and ribcage. Class will start with a warm up followed by across the floor, focusing on turns, leaps, jumps, and jazz runs. Dancers will be encouraged and promote individual expression and help develop a personal style of dance. This class will provide basic technique and terminology along with fundamental choreography that will be learned and mastered.

INTRO BALLET / JAZZ

PREREQUISITE:: none | AGES: 5-7 | CLASS TIME: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: Leotard, tights, ballet shoes, & ballet skirt

Description: This class is a requirement for all dancers. The class is designed to introduce dancers to the fundamentals of dance and the structure and etiquette of dance classes at the studio.  It will provide the fundamentals of classical and contemporary Ballet technique along with the different body isolations and personal style of Jazz. Dancers will learn terminology from both genres while receiving choreography based on the skills and techniques learned and mastered.

BALLET I

PREREQUISITE: Intro Ballet/Jazz | AGES: 5-7 | CLASS TIME: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: Leotard, tights, ballet shoes, and ballet skirt

Description: In this class, students will focus on building the strength, flexibility and control needed to execute ballet moves. Each class will emphasize barre and center exercises and across-the-floor combinations. Dancers will enhance their physical and mental discipline as well as affirming posture, proper placement, flexibility, and core and leg strength. Dancers will also have continued learning of performance skills and musicality all while gaining self-confidence and presence.

BALLET / JAZZ I

PREREQUISITE: none | AGES: 8-12 | CLASS TIME: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: Leotard, tights, ballet and jazz shoes hair in secure style off the face (buns preferred)

Description: This class is a requirement for all NEW dancers. The class is designed to introduce dancers to the fundamentals of dance and the structure and etiquette of dance classes at the studio.  It will provide the fundamentals of classical and contemporary Ballet technique along with the different body isolations and personal style of Jazz. Dancers will learn terminology from both genres while receiving choreography based on the skills and techniques learned and mastered.

BALLET / JAZZ II

PREREQUISITE: One season of Ballet/Jazz I | AGES: 8-12 | CLASS TIME: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: Black leotard, tights, black shorts, ballet and jazz shoes hair in secure style off the face (buns preferred)

Description: This class is designed for the intermediate dancer who has grasp the fundamentals of dance, the structure, and etiquette of dance classes at the Empower.  It will provide the concrete technique in both classical and contemporary Ballet along with the different combinations cultivating a dancers personal style of Jazz. Dancers will continue to learn terminology from both genres while receiving choreography based on the skills and techniques learned and mastered.

MODERN/LYRICAL

PREREQUISITE: One season of Ballet/Jazz I | AGES: 8-17 | CLASS TIME: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: Black Leotard & Black Leggings

Description: This class combines modern and ballet technique to demonstrate how to use emotion through dance and music using basic smooth movement. Each class will start with a comprehensive warm-up to engage and focus body alignment followed by lyrical technique training paired with the emotional and improvisation portions of this genre. Choreography using modern and lyrical technique will be learned and mastered. Here dancers will feel 100% free to express themselves using their own personal style.

TEEN DANCE

PREREQUISITE: none | AGES: 12-17 | CLASS TIME: 70 minutes |ATTIRE: Black Leotard & Black Leggings (Teen Dance shirt optional)

Description: This class is just for TEENS!  Each week students learn a variety of styles from jazz, ballet, and hip hop. Teens will love coming to class and seeing improvement not only in their dancing ability, but also in their self-confidence as they gain new friends.  This class also includes performance opportunities. *Class MUST be taken in conjunction with Modern/Lyrical.*

 

 

 

 
 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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EMPOWER DANCE STUDIO
109 West Parrish St.
Durham, NC 27701

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