A wonderfully dynamic dance style, Tap routines can be light and merry, while others can be powerful and dramatic. Brilliant for developing rhythm! The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.

A beautiful, technical and disciplined style of dance that will definitely improve your strength and flexibility. Ballet has its own vocabulary of moves which are all in French and these names and moves are taught to the students as they practice ballet. Imperial Classical Ballet stems from the early days of the ISTD and the first written syllabus in 1913 which was based on the teaching of the French School from the Paris Opéra. The syllabus has now evolved to promote the English classical style and address the changing needs of Ballet dancers today.

Is a broad genre that takes elements from other dance styles, Modern is considered to be one of the most freely expressive styles of dance. Modern is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. This style uses traveling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style. Modern is a term that also encompasses Jazz and Lyrical.

More often referred to as simply ‘Street’ or ‘Commercial’ this style takes aspects of Hip-Hop, Funk and Breakdancing. Street Dance routines are very entertaining with their high energy and attitude! Street Dance is an excellent place to start learning to dance but at the higher abilities Street can be very impressive, with routines requiring expert body control, precise timing and a high level of stamina.

Musical Theatre covers a range of theatrical skills such as singing, spoken dialogue and expressive dance. Another highly educational class and excellent for building confidence! Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.

Contemporary dance is a combination of several dance styles used in harmony to create striking and sometimes theatrical routines. 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 is very emotive and routines generally convey a story without the need for words or song.

Commonly shortened to Acro, this dance style combines classical dance moves with gymnastic elements. Acro develops excellent all-body strength and flexibility. In Acro students will learn tricks like handstands, walk-overs, cartwheels and flips! Students may progress through their the recognised Acrobatic Arts syllabus right here at JL Dance! In Acro lessons, we frequently use our professional SAQ® Aerofloors to give our students a super safe area to practice flips and tricks with confidence!

This genre covers a wide range of European Folk Dance including Scottish, Finnish, Danish and English to name but a few. These traditional dances were developed by communities in the corresponding country and help provide a sense of community and awareness of others.