Dance Styles and Dress Codes

Creative Dance Center offers two main types of classes:

  • Recital classes - a 1 or 1 1/2 hour class that focuses on one or more styles of dance. Students are taught the technique for each of the styles throughout the year. In December / January, the class begins to learn and refine a choreographed routine to be performed at our end-of-season recital in June.

  • Technique classes - a 1 or 1 1/2 hour class that focuses in a single discipline of dance. Students are instructed on the specific skills related to the technique / style of dance. Technique is the focus on the class throughout the year - no routine is choreographed for the annual recital.

Click on the specific style for more details and dress codes

Ballet


A classical dance form reflecting grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement. Ballet education begins with mastering the placement of the body, legs and arms. Beginner students work towards developing technique and coordination. As students advance, classes become increasingly complex in terms of the development of strength, stability and grace. Dress Code: Girls

  • Black Leotard (bra under leo must be black)
  • Pink tights
  • Pink canvas or leather ballet slippers
Hair
  • Low bun, hair net suggested. Flyaways pinned / gelled
Dress Code: Boys
  • Form-fitting tank top or t-shirt
  • Athletic shorts
  • Black canvas or leather ballet shoes
Don'ts
  • No jewelry
  • No smart watches
  • No booty shorts or t-shirts




Jazz technique


A class that develops energized upbeat technique such as splits, contractions, isolation movements, quick combinations, leaps, and complicated rhythms. Incorporates strength and flexibility training. Movement correlates to high-energy music. Dress Code

  • All black. Crop tops, snug-fitting tanks, leotards. Booty shorts or leggings.
Hair Tight, low bun. Wispies and flyaways gelled back. Shoes
  • So Dance "Jills" split-sole jazz shoes in dancer's skin tone.




Combo recital classes


(Ballet/Jazz/Tap, Ballet/Jazz, Jazz, Ballet/Tap, Jazz/Tap) Classes that includes study in two or more dance disciplines in one class block, so dancers may be introduced to different dance genres and music. Classes include Ballet/Jazz/Tap, Ballet/Jazz, Ballet/Tap, and Jazz/Tap where each indicated style is equally explored. The recital dance may incorporate skills from any or all styles. ​Dress Code: Girls

  • Black Leotard
  • Pink or tan tights
  • Booty shorts optional
  • Pink ballet slippers or So Danca "Jill" split sole jazz shoes (teacher preference)
Hair
  • Pulled back into ponytail or bun. Flyaways pinned or gelled
Dress Code: Boys
  • Form-fitting tank top or t-shirt
  • Athletic shorts
  • Black ballet or jazz shoes




Lyrical


A class that blends ballet and jazz technique performed to the lyrics or mood of the music. Emphasis is placed on balance, flexibility, fluidity and grade. Dress Code: Girls

  • Comfortable, form-fitting athletic clothes (snug tank, leggings, crop top, etc)
  • Pink ballet slippers or So Danca "Jill" jazz shoes in dancer's skin tone. (teacher preference)
Hair
  • Pulled back into ponytail or bun. Flyaways pinned
Dress Code: Boys
  • Form-fitting tank top or t-shirt
  • Athletic shorts
  • Shoes - teacher preference




Jazz/Pom


An energetic, upbeat style that incorporates jazz moves with dance team / cheer-style pom technique. Team unison is stressed in this class along with showmanship, precision of motion, jumps, leaps, turns, and visual use of pom-poms Dress Code

  • Comfortable athletic clothes
Hair
  • Pulled back
Shoes
  • Tan jazz shoes or Clean sneakers, preferably not worn outside (teacher preference)




Acro


A class that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Acro teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focused on the development of tumbling and increasingly difficult skills and tricks as defined in the Acrobatic Arts program. Dress Code: Black leotard or sports bar Black spandex shorts Bare legs and bare feet Hair: Ponytail or bun. Flyaways pinned or gelled. Dress Code - Boys: Black snug-fitting t-shirt or tank Black athletic shorts Bare feet




Baby Ballerina





Adult classes





Tap


A class utilizing tap technique and must be performed with tap shoes. Tap dance is rhythmic and stresses syncopation and synchronization.




Contemporary


A class that explores and develops expressive dance through the combination of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical, and classical ballet. There is an emphasis to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movement. Contemporary dance has an emphasis on improvization and free movement, interpreting the words and melody of the music with fluid movement.




Musical Theater


A class that explores storytelling through movement to the music of a Broadway musical or a movie musical.




General technique classes


Company Tech, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop Technique classes focus on developing the skills of the specific style of dance. Classes are leveled by age and ability and skills development increases with experience Dress Code - Girls:

  • Black sports bra, fitted tank, or leotard
  • Black booty shorts or leggings
  • Jazz shoes or barefoot (teacher preference)
Hair:
  • Low bun, wrapped tight and pinned. Flyaways pinned or gelled.
Dress Code - Boys: Black t-shirt or tank Black athletic shorts Black socks or barefoot (teacher preference)




Pointe


A ballet class performed 'en pointe' or on the point of the toes wearing specially-designed pointe shoes




Hip Hop or Jazz/Hip Hop recital classes


A fast-paced, rhythm-based, energetic class that explores the latest street dance style. A high-energy style focusing on grooves and foundations such as locking, popping, etc. Jazz / Hip Hop combines elements from both Jazz and Hip Hop styles into a single class. Recital dance will reflect styles learned throughout the year. Dress Code

  • Comfortable athletic clothes
Hair
  • Pulled back
Shoes
  • Clean sneakers (not worn outside) Style: Teacher preference





Ashburn Studio

44710 Cape Ct, # 126
Ashburn, VA 20147

703-724-4900

South Riding Studio

43130 Amberwood Pl., #110

South Riding, VA 20152

703-542-2008