Whether you’re looking for Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical / Contemporary, Acting, Musical Theatre or voice and music training, we have the best in New Jersey!
Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch! Words from the musical “A Chorus Line” and words that you will certainly hear in our jazz classes here at Center Stage! From Broadway shows, to movies, to music videos, jazz as an art form has evolved over time. However, turns, leaps, and kicks will always remain the core of our work. With a solid warm up at the beginning of each class, our jazz program strives to improve not only the dancers’ skills, but the strength and flexibility behind the movements. Endless combinations and across the floor building blocks will keep the dancers on their toes. Ready… A-five-six-seven-eight!
Get down and get funky in our hip hop classes! The word “Hip Hop” actually means “Cool Party!” So come join our party here at Center Stage, which celebrates the uniqueness and creativity of each dancer who joins. Explore the various styles of hip hop, including the latest b-boy/b-girl skills, popping, locking, waving, tutting, whacking, and many more. Hip hop students will learn how to freestyle and express themselves, something very important in the dance industry. The newest moves will keep you rocking all day long. So come and join our cool party!
Our classical ballet program contains the fundamental building blocks for all of our dancers. This elegant art form is designed to strengthen each dancer’s body and mind. Ballet classes stress body placement, flexibility and fluidity, which allows your dancer to reach a level of artistry unmatched by other styles of dance. Using every count to fill the music, ballet students show an outstanding control and carriage of their bodies. This style is recommended for dancers who are seriously motivated to train. Point classes are available for more advanced students ages 11 and up upon faculty recommendation.
Rhythm and Broadway tap – We’ve got it all!!! For anyone who has been excited by the syncopated rhythms of a tap dancer’s feet, we have a class for you. From the earliest part of the century when tap stars topped vaudeville marquees and flappers filled the Broadway stage, to the MGM movie classics with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers gliding across the screen, to Brenda Bufalino, Savion Glover and Jason Samuels Smith filling a stage today with their marvelous sounds. Tap dance is part of the American culture. We help keep this American art form ‘alive and well’ with classes for Beginners to Advanced levels for children and adults. Our tap choreography has won countless national awards as well as Paula Abdul’s “Company Dance” finals broadcast on national television.
With your arm extended gracefully as you gaze off into the distance, make sure you look to Center Stage’s lyrical/contemporary program to fulfill your softer side of dance. As a blend of ballet, jazz, and modern dance, flexibility and technique can surely be found here. Students will learn to tell a story through their graceful movements and will leave a lasting impression on their audience. The body will move in undefined ways allowing for a free spirit in this dance style. With connection to your music, surroundings, body and soul, this style will force you to join these ideas into one act of expression. Come join lyrical/contemporary class and tell us your story!
Modern dance is a style of theatrical dance that rejects the limitations of classical ballet and favors movement that draws expression of inner feelings. Classical ballet dancers strive to be light and airy on their feet, whereas modern dancers often use their body weight to enhance movement, often opting for deliberate falls to the floor. Modern dance encourages dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines. It is not unusual for dancers to invent new steps for their routines, instead of following a structured code of technique, as in ballet. Modern Dance embodies a wide range of dance styles, which has evolved through the work of renowned masters such as Martha Graham and Lester Horton. At Center Stage, classes are focused on the Graham and Horton Technique.