Our dance studio in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake offer a wide variety of classes. In addition to ballet classes we offer a full program of dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Tap and Vocal Dance Choreography. All of our dance studios are fully air conditioned and have viewing windows so parents can view the progress of the class.
What Type Of Floor Is Used?
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor”. A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density foam base is superior to a “sprung” floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on the regular floor.
The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A vinyl composite “marley” floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance. A marley floor allows dancers to slide, with a degree of “controlled slip", but is not slippery so there is less risk of slips and falls. Very few studios use professional marley floors because of the expense involved, and usually opt for a regular floor tile for a studio floor.
All of our studios have floating floors that have over 700 high density foam blocks under the floor surface and a marley top surface. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.
Beginning classes will focus on introducing children with little to no experience to tumbling. Children will begin to learn such skills as forward and backward rolls, backbends from the ground, and building up to the beginnings of a cartwheel.
Intermediate classes will build upon skills learned and mastered at the beginning level, with variations to forward and backward rolls, standing backbends, handstands, back walkovers, cartwheels, and round-offs.
Advanced level classes will build upon skills learned and mastered at the intermediate level, with back extension rolls, handstand forward rolls, flip flops, ariels, standing back flips, and tumbling sequences such as round-off flip flop.
All classes will include flexibility and conditioning training tailored to the level of experience and skill.