Twinkle Star Classes
HDD is proud to offer the Twinkle Star Curriculum for dancers between the ages of 2 and 6. Classes are broken up by age. Twinkle Babies are half hour classes for ages 2-3 or 3-4. Twinkle Star are forty-five minute classes for ages 4-6. Each of these classes teaches students ballet basics and tap basics, focusing on movement and fun specifically geared to each age group. Dancers can purchase the Twinkle Star Bear which is a part of the class, or they can bring their own stuffed friend.
At HDD we believe every dancer should attend at least one ballet class per week. Ballet is the foundation of all other styles of dance. Dancers who take ballet will generally thrive in all other dance classes. Ballet teaches technique, poise, discipline, flexibility and grace. We offer Russian Ballet as well as Balanchine Ballet. We also teach pointe, however dancers are only allowed to take pointe if the ballet teacher gives approval. It is very important that dancers who take pointe attend a minimum of 3 ballet classes per week. All pointe classes are held after ballet classes. We take pointe very seriously, as if dancers are careless they can have serious injuries due to lack of strength and lack of caution.
Tap class teaches dancers how to find rhythms in music and how to dance to them! Tap class teaches children how to count music, syncopation, and create their own beats with their feet. Classes help build strong ankles.
Jazz dance consists of many different styles and techniques, however each on of them is built off of ballet. Whether you are learning FOSSE style jazz, Lyrical Jazz, or Theatrical Jazz, the names of the steps are all the same as in ballet. Jazz uses more upbeat music, and generally tells a story. It allows dancers to move with more individuality and express more attitude in their dancing.
Hip-Hop is a genre of dance that incorporates many different techniques, and allows for a variety of expression. Some hip-hop is very smooth and fluid, while other styles are very sharp and aggressive. Our classes teach the latest in hip-hop moves as well as muscle isolations and break dance.
Acro is a strength and skill building class that has become very important for dancers in this generation. Acro class begins with cardio to build stamina and moves through other fundamental exercises to build flexibility and strength. Students learn how to tumble, aerial skills, and balance in this class. All tricks are taught with dance in mind, meaning most dancers will perform these tricks on hard surfaces etc. Acro teaches dancers how to safely execute tricks on less than ideal stages. This is one of the differences between Acro and gymnastics. Likewise, Acro does not teach things like barres or horse. It strictly teaches tumbling, balance, floor work and aerial skills (flips, handspings, aerials etc.)
Broadway Bound Workshop
This workshop style class teaches dancers what it means to be a triple threat! Dancing on Broadway means dancing, singing, and acting! Dancers will learn how to audition, scene study, vocal techniques, theatre dance and performance skills in this class.
Lyrical and contemporary dance styles are very expressive and pull from a variety of dance genres. Ballet is always very helpful when taking any of these classes. Dancers will explore movement through modern techniques such as Horton and Graham, as well as lyrical storytelling and expression.
We LOVE when boys come and take dance classes. While all of our classes are co-ed, sometimes the boys just need a class to call their own! We offer boys hip-hop and well as boys tap! These classes teach the same things as our regular classes, however it is specifically geared towards the boys.
HDD has a competition team which rehearses and is required to take certain dance classes. This program for our competitive dancers is suggested for students who are serious about their art and are considering to pursue dance in their future. The team competes 3-4 times per year, performs at community engagements, the NYC dance parade, and various other events during the year. This is a great way for dancers to make connections and network with other dance professionals in the industry.