Core dance classes at The Minneapolis Performing Arts Center are recital-based classes. We offer core classes in ballet/tap, jazz, hip-hop and acrobatics. Core classes are primarily focused on learning proper technique; this is done through barre work, exercises center, and down the floor. Students in core classes learn basic dance etiquette and terminology, build strength, and gain flexibility, and grow in confidence.
Ballet is the foundation of most dance forms. At MPAC, we teach basic French terminology, pulling from all styles of ballet. Students in ballet will develop solid technique, strength, agility, grace, poise, flexibility, and balance.
Tap is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of the tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The instructors at MPAC teach basic tap terminology, pulling from the two major styles of tap technique--rhythm and Broadway. Students of tap use cognitive thinking skills along with mental and muscle memory to learn the combinations in rhythm.
Jazz dance is a true American style. To properly execute jazz dance steps with strength and agility, a firm classical ballet foundation is required. MPAC teaches classical terminology, pulling from classical jazz, Fosse, and funk.
Hip-hop dance is a broad category that includes a variety of urban street dance styles: breaking, copying, locking, sliding, and isolations. We teach basic terminology pulling from both studio and street dance. Hip-hop students at MPAC develop strength, agility, personal style, flexibility and balance.
Acrobatics (or acro) can be found in many of the performing arts. Combining classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements, acro is the execution of extraordinary feats of balance, agility, and motor coordination. Our high-energy acro classes teach tumbling, tricks, and flexibility.