Allegra Dance Greenwich provides a curriculum of dance classes in all areas and levels of expertise. We offer classes in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop Contemporary, Acro and Tap. Each class presents opportunities for students to enjoy the physical benefits of dance education as well as artistic, intellectual, and creative growth. We also host master classes, workshops and residencies with local and national dance professionals.
The study of Ballet focuses on posture, balance, discipline, grace, self-confidence, stamina and flexibility. Knowledge of basic ballet is extremely important for all other styles of dance and serves as the backbone of all dance training. Dancers who show exceptional technique and endurance are hand selected to advance to Pointe. Allegra's ballet training program produces "The Nutcracker" every winter for the performing group classes. Soloists come from the Allegra Ballet Program. All students are encouraged to audition for lead roles.
Modern dance integrates the mind, body, and spirit through movement. It encourages dancers to express their inner feelings and emotions and teaches the body to move as an expressive tool. Allegra Dance modern classes emphasize creative in both choreography and performance. Each Modern Teacher brings his or her unique perspective on Modern Dance to the student.
Jazz classes incorporate different styles of jazz into each class including swing, blues and pop. Jazz dance often uses bold, dramatic movements, including isolations and contractions. Jazz dance appeals to everyone because of its high energy, variety and vitality. Jazz is a timeless style of dance and is seen in today's hip hop styles.
Tap is a form of dance where the dancer uses the sound of tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. Allegra Dance tap classes teach students rhythms, timing, and leg/foot coordination done to various types of music. Students will receive well-rounded knowledge of all types of tap from traditional Broadway tap exercises to more modern hip hop infused tap dancing.
Hip Hop provides students with the latest hip-hop styles and choreography. Hip-hop class helps dancers loosen up and gain rhythm during a fun, high energy classroom experience. Dance moves from popular movies, television shows, and music videos will be incorporated into other hip-hop styles including both east and west coast hip-hop. Allegra boasts three professional Hip Hop Instructors each bring their own focus and style.
Acro is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.
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.
The Allegra Rising Stars program has been designed as an introduction to formal dance lessons while keeping a relaxed, enjoyable and creative environment for the youngest dancer age 2 1/2 through 8 years old. Rising Stars classes are aimed at learning fundamental movement to appropriate music after a proper warm up. Dance Recital will be held in Spring for those students interested in partaking and will be a positive and nurturing experience for the young dancer.