“Just as a musician needs to understand his instrument and use it skillfully to achieve artistic goals, so a dancer needs to develop and use their body as a future instrument of their expression.” – Madame Gabriela Darvash
Ballet is the foundation of all dance technique. Vocabulary is broken down with emphasis placed on proper placement, technique, transitions and musicality. The ballet program at TFDC is greatly influenced by the scientific system of movement created by Master Teacher Madame Darvash. Miss Jill was a dancer trained by Madame and continues to be mentored as a teacher by Madame!
POINTE & PRE-POINTE
As students’ progress with their ballet technique and strength, they can add pre-pointe or pointe to their ballet training.
Jazz is an art form that uses popular music and expands on the basics of ballet technique in a broader and more expressive way. A Jazz Class consists of a dance warm-up designed to enhance technique and develop strength and flexibility. Class involves learning leaps, jumps and turns. Combinations are taught in a variety of styles.
Hip Hop Class involves a warm up to develop the style of dance known as Hip Hop. Hip Hop originated in the streets and has a lot of energy and attitude. Class includes strength training for the tricks of Hip Hop. Kids learn Hip Hop trick/skills as well as across the floor and center combinations. Those without a lot of dance experience feel comfortable in this class. Hip Hop is a fun way for kids to express themselves.
HIP HOP/JAZZ FUSION
This class was created for the dancers who like the style of Hip Hop but need the technique of a Jazz Class.
Modern Dance’s roots come from world dance and the influence of dance pioneers Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey. Traditional modern dance has now developed into a style known as “Contemporary”. A Contemporary Class consists of a technical warm up and progresses to learning choreography with a dramatic intention and quality of movement.
Technique built on rhythm and musicality with a variety of movement patterns. Tap Class at TFDC consists of both the traditional Broadway Style and the new Street Style of tap.
The Musical Theater Program @ TFDC is designed for kids who love Broadway and also those who love to perform in theater. Class teaches Tap and Jazz technique, steps and choreography. Audition Tips are taught in this class! Musical Theater students both sing and dance in TFDC productions
Beginner Gymnastics Classes are taught using equipment that is safe and best suited to learn the foundations of gymnastics.
Intermediate to Advanced Gymnastics Classes are taught by an Elite Gymnastics Coach. Floor and Tumbling Skills are taught in a systematic and progressive way. Miss Jill coached members of the US National Gymnastics Team between the years 2002 and 2008. “MJ” was a staff member at the US Olympic Training Center for the Junior Olympic National Team in 2008.
Cheer Tumbling is much harder without the spring floor of gymnastics. The fundamentals of tumbling are taught and progressed, Floor Skills, Leaps and Jumps for Cheer are the focus of these classes.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL CLASSES
These classes combine dance and gymnastics in a fun and creative way. Partnering and group work are included in the choreography in the unique way of Cirque du Soleil.
ACTING & VOICE
Actors Technique New York comes to TFDC!
TV/Film & Singers Monologues Class!
Acting & Audition Technique w/Singers Showcase Finale
From ATNY: We’re back and ready! In this great young actor’s class, we’ll explore the art of Acting & Audition Technique with Scenes, as well as Monologues. We’ll learn the difference between TV/Film Technique and Stage, and what a difference it is. In addition, we’ll incorporate ALL SINGERS with a desire for Broadway Musical Theatre and Pop. We’ll use songs as monologues to improve performance ability.
Weekday & Weekend Class Options!
Thursday and/or Saturday Options!
Actors may register for one or both. Make-Up Classes in NJ or NYC.
FINAL CUSTOMIZED INDUSTRY DAY IN NYC!
MASTER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Take Flight Dance Center is very involved with the arts community in New York City. Broadway Dancers, Hip Hop Artists, Ballroom Champions and Contemporary Choreographers are frequent guest instructors at the studio.
DANCE COMPANY & TEAM
The TFDC Dance Company does many performances to benefit local communities. They also compete in solo, duo, trio and group dance competitions.
TFDC Dancer, Cate Flournoy was Regional Champion at her competition in NJ. She was one of a few select dancers in the country invited to audition for The “So You Think You Can Dance” Dizzy Feet Benefit in Los Angeles.
Contemporary Duo-Cate Flournoy & Rebecca Brady were also named Regional Champions.
Our group pieces won First Place Overall for Ballet. It is rare to win First Place Overall with a Ballet Piece. We are very proud of that!
Interested in Dance Team? Please call or email the studio for information on joining.
TFDC students have many performance opportunities throughout the year. Students have danced in a surprise “Flash Mob” and last year put on a production of “Frozen-The Musical” which included dance and vocal students performing all of their favorite songs.
TFDC students have danced at Six Flags Great Adventure, Patriot Stadium, Brite Nites and The Bonfire Festival in Warren.
Our end of year show gives students the opportunity to witness and perform alongside professional dancers and singers! TFDC is very proud and excited to announce that Alvin Ailey Principle Dancer Patricia Dingle-Killpack and professional vocalist Joanna Russell are performing in our student showcase! Also performing are professional dancers Jill Cookingham, Michelle Puskas and ballroom dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Center.
The student production is a tribute to Movie Musicals and includes productions of “Into The Woods”, “The Lion King”, “Aladdin”, “Mamma Mia” and “Step Up”.
Over the years, Miss Jill’s school-age amateur students have performed on the stages of Broadway, Madison Square Garden, NJPAC, The State Theater and Lincoln Center to name a few.
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