Ballet is not only beautiful to watch, but also the foundation for all other techniques of dance. Ballet training strengthens and tones the muscles while focusing on body alignment and good posture. It requires flexibility, stamina, memorization focus and discipline. Training in Ballet can help a child not only in their other dance classes, but in all areas of life. Our entire staff have all been classically trained. Miss Jessica teaches all levels including our NEW Ballet Company!
Pre-Ballet for three to five year old pre-schoolers is usually the first dance class they will take and introduces traditional ballet movements and techniques in a non-competitive, friendly, safe environment. Children develop coordination and listening skills by moving, dancing and sometimes singing along to beautiful classical music. With the use of special props and games, students learn dance etiquette and how to interact appropriately in a group setting while making new friends. They are also introduced to the French language through the repetitive use of common dance terms. A great class for the first time dancer!
Modern dance is the ultimate form of expression through dance. There are many different styles of Modern from Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Horton, Limon, and Merce Cunningham to Alvin Ailey and more. It is a very powerful style and beautiful to watch! It is an expressive way to dance, and often tells a beautiful and imaginative story. Throwing the body off center while using incredible core strength allows students the chance to experience movement from the inside out. This in turn serves to deepen each student’s understanding of the style.
Miss Alex teaches our Modern Company dancers some of the most unique and special choreography! It's moving and beautiful to watch...
Introduces the elementary stages of tap in a fun and exciting age based setting!
Tap has many styles and variations. The beginner through advanced tap technique taught at On Hudson by Miss Alex Martin is....rhythmic, percussive and fun! It works with your body ... it stems back to one of the Tap legends of Mr. Bojangles and continues to be used by some of today’s greatest tap artists. This technique will give you structure as well as freedom when you dance. It sounds great too!
Jazz is a cool, energetic, fun filled expressive form of movement. The music is current and the styles vary from traditional such as Luigi and Fosse (Broadway Jazz)... to the very expressive and dramatic Lyrical and Contemporary.... to the present day style called Hip Hop performed in music videos, dance shows and by current pop recording artists. Davon teaches all levels and styles of Jazz including the very popular Hip Hop. He teaches our highest level of jazz dancers in the OHD Jazz Company.
Alex Martin teaches an awesome Open Level Lyrical Jazz class for 11 years and up on Saturdays.