The Types of Dance We Teach

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JHDCClassesJoel Hall Dancer & Center offers one of the most extensive dance & movement curricula in the Midwest. We’re open 7 days a week with over 
150 adult & children’s classes — serving students of all ages, 
interests and experience levels.

Whether you are an avid dancer … someone who just enjoys dancing recreationally … or someone new to the dance world altogether … we offer Modern Jazz Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern (Horton/Graham based), Musical Theater and Tap.  Plus, Joel Hall’s unique signature urban dance style — based in jazz and expressing a rich vocabulary embracing both classical & modern idioms.

Students of all ages will learn terminologies, proper technique, body awareness, strengthening and movement control.

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Urban Jazz Dance — Urban Jazz is a choreographic exploration of urban club and street dance styles of the 1970’s to present day, that also combines elements of modern dance and classical ballet. This unique style has been developed and cultivated by Joel Hall for the concert dance audience.

Contemporary  — In contemporary the dancers will explore a fusion of multiple styles of dance including ballet, jazz, and modern.

Contemporary Ballet — is a type of dance inspired by both classical ballet and modern dance. It takes its technique and body control utilizing abdominal power coming from classical ballet, even though it allows a larger range of motion which may not necessarily stick to the stringent body lines established by traditional schools of ballet technique. A lot of its ideas come from the concepts and innovative developments of twentieth century modern dance, such as floor work.

Hip Hop — is a form of dance based on a variety of styles including breaking, locking, and popping. The formative influences of hip hop dance today came about in the 1970 early days of hip hop has since been refined and stylized by classically trained dancers to create studio 
hip hop as we now know it.

Modern Dance — shares a common history and technical foundation with ballet, but it came about in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a rebellion against ballet’s more controlled style. At JHDC, we teach the following styles of modern dance:

  • Graham-based Modern Dance is inspired by the work of Martha Graham, an American dancer who came out of the Denishawn school. Her highly expressive form of dance is noted for its use of sweeping movement and isolation, with inspiration from folklore and mythology.
  • Horton-based Modern Dance is based on the work of Lester Horton, an American dancer who created a technique intended to incorporate the entire body in the dramatic creation of shape and expression. Horton technique strongly emphasizes strength, flexibility, and coordination.