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Davis School of Dance

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At Davis School of Dance, we offer many different styles of dance, gymnastics and tumbling for all ages.  When choosing a class, it may be a bit bewildering as to which type is best for you or your child.  Here is a brief outline of what each style sets out to do.

 Pre-Ballet 

Ages three and up, from positions to piques

Ballet is great for perpetuating style, grace, good posture and strength.  It is also great for teaching self-discipline and pride in appearance.  Classes for  Beginners to Primary Grade start with the introduction and development of basic feet and arm positions and the basic steps e.g. plies (knee bends), rises, point and close, sautÚs (jumps), petit jetes (springs from foot to foot), spring points and traveling steps such as walking on the demi-pointe (tiptoes), skips, running and gallops.

For a young child Ballet is a very good first choice as it will help their concentration and posture and children often find other forms of dance easier to pick up once they have followed a course of Ballet.  As children mature Ballet helps to develop strength in their muscles and also maintain good posture.

 Tap 

Basic tap techniques to time steps

Tap is a great choice for promoting co-ordination, a sense of rhythm and for strengthening and loosening foot, ankle and leg muscles.  A typical class will begin with a warm-up, progressing through basic steps.  There will usually be a section devoted to rhythm where students are asked to clap, beat or walk to various rhythms.  The final part of the class is devoted to learning new steps and then putting these into routines which vary in length from 8 bars of music for younger pupils up to routines of 2 minutes in length for Senior pupils.

Tap is a very satisfying choice for all age groups. For younger pupils great delight is found from being able to dance and make noise at the same time.  With more advanced pupils being able to achieve and perform technically complex steps and rhythms is extremely satisfying.

 Disco, Freestyle, Jazz 

Disco dance first began in the 1970's when Saturday Night Fever became popular.  People wanted to learn routines like the ones in the film and from this craze dance teachers began to develop definite steps and techniques for this new style.  As music crazes changed so did styles of dance in disco dance and the term disco dance was deemed no longer appropriate, so it is now known as Freestyle dance.

A typical class will include a warm-up of the entire body and development of steps and routines.  Chart and Dance music is normally used and routines will often mimic steps and moves seen in pop videos as well as using steps and correct technique defined in the Freestyle syllabus.  At present many street dance styled routines are taught.

Freestyle dance is a great way of improving your child's stamina and fitness and is also good for developing rhythm, co-ordination and strength.  It is also a very appealing style of dance for the young person.

 Tumbling, Mini-Trampoline, Conditioning 

Our recreational gymnastics program is designed for kids  who are 6 years of age and older. The goal is "Fun, fitness and smiles," however, when the kids aren't looking, we sneak in balance, coordination, physical fitness, and total muscle control. We also promote positive social skills, discipline, self-control and self-awareness. These skills will help them in gymnastics as well as play a very important role in other sports and recreational activities.

 Toddler Time 

Our TODDLER TIME class is designed to stimulate early motor skill development and coordination in toddlers and preschool kids who are eighteen months to three years of age.  Games, hand-eye coordination exercises, climbing, jumping and fun-dance are used to stimulate development.  In addition, we incorporate a series of obstacle courses, basic trampoline skills and an introduction to apparatus.

 Clogging 

Clogging is similar to tap, but yet very different.  Similar steps are performed but using different parts of the foot.  Similar shoes and taps are also worn but an additional tap called a buck tap is applied to get an additional sound.  Clogging is performed more on the entire foot rather than just on the ball of the foot like tap.  Clogging steps range from basic to buck to Canadian.  Many forms of clogging also resemble step dancing.  Jazz moves are usually incorporated into a clogging routine.  Clogging is great fun and great exercise.

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Davis School of Dance
Heather Braungardt, Owner - Heather Davis Braungardt Instructor
527 W 7th Street
Augusta, KS  67010
Phone: 316.648-5558
E-mail: heather@davisdance.com

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