JAZZ/HIP HOP I (Beg)
Fun energized athletic style of dance to pop and hip hop music. Classes begin with a simple but thorough warm up of technique stretches and isolations. We then move to doing combinations across the floor traveling with energy, learning basic turns, leaps and footwork. We then progress to choreography of different styles of jazz dance and hip hop – Broadway, hip hop, T.V., break dance, pop & lock and many more. This jazz class is designed to engage the students in hard work, fun, concentrated and disciplined movement and lively expression from emotional honesty. We do not compete in dance competitions; we believe it goes against the art of dance itself.
JAZZ/HIP HOP II (Int)
In Jazz II we build on the fundamentals of Jazz1 and learn more advance technique and more complex choreography. The class moves at a faster pace and the expectations are higher for discipline and execution.
JAZZ/HIP HOP III
Bust a move with the signature style of Artistic Director and Broadway veteran Mark Ruhala! Strong warm ups keep the dancers injury free, and across the floor drills keep the technique tight and focused. Learn about how to integrate emotional truth into your dancing. This class will challenge the dancer at intermediate and advanced levels from where they are, but new teen and adult dancers are always welcome, and can learn much from Mark and the more advanced students.
Various styles of music and choreography will keep the class fresh and vibrant, from Pop to Funk to Broadway, to Blues, and more! Come kick your legs with us! These Jazz classes are based in true jazz combined with contemporary movement such as hip hop while always staying true to the work ethic required to excel in dance. These classes MOVE! They are fun and invigorating and designed for varying levels of dancers. The warm-up is a variation of a theme – a set structure from which we vary. Classes are energetic and fun while we search for inner motivations to dance that give us inner satisfaction. Bring your Jazz self!
The uniform for this class is all black. Socks and/or jazz shoes are a must.
Pre-Tap & TAP I / II / III
Tap dancing at Ruhala is fun! Learn the fundamentals while popping out cool rhythms and sounds. We move fast and you learn the basics while doing dances that are simply fun to do. We focus on dancing steps while learning and not too many drill exercises. Tap is a uniquely American dance that can be done to all kinds of music and styles and we mix ’em up a lot to keep it creative. We move the class as fast as the class learns so the more home practice the sooner we advance. Learn to begin slow and speed up the tempo. Learn flaps, shuffles, cramp rolls, time steps, etc. while dancing steps. Learn to improvise and make up your own rhythms. Have a blast making so much sound!
Tap II & Tap III take the basics and push for faster speeds while learning pull backs, wings and other more difficult steps. The routines get more complex and the music is more sophisticated but the class remains full of cool style and fun choreography.
You MUST have tap shoes for tap classes.
Classes in Ballet and Jazz offered for BOYS ONLY in an atmosphere of encouragement, athletics, and self-confidence.
For Boys only! This class will create a safe space for boys to experience dance, expression, and performing. Much of the work will relate to sports and will help young athletes develop their agility and coordination. High energy exercises and fun routines and games will provide the foundation for the boys to explore and gain new knowledge. Acting Improv games open the boys imagination and provide a really fun way to make new friends.
Like classical music is the foundation to all music, so is Ballet to all forms of dance. Ballet gives the dancer line, strength, control, carriage, discipline, grace, elegance and poise to name a few. Artistic Director Mark Ruhala understands this all too well as it was drilled into him from the very beginning of his own dance training as a young man by his first teacher and mentor, Ric Mitchell. Mark understands the requirements for today’s dancer and structures his classes accordingly to fit those needs of each dancer that steps into his class. Whether the young student training for a professional dance career; Or the young lady that simply wants to dance and gain elegance and poise …RPAC has a class, AND THE INSTRUCTOR to oblige.
BALLET I : Beg
Ballet I is fun and is a wonderful way to learn it right the first time! Ballet has to be taught carefully so as to insure proper alignment of the bones so no injuries occur. Artistic Director Mark Ruhala is expert at teaching the young ballet. The true ballet rigors are more than these bodies can handle so he prepares them with pre-ballet and lots of fun yoga poses and moves to align the young bodies. Port-de-bras, or the graceful arm movements of classical ballet are emphasized. Choreography is simple and elegant, and sometimes mixed in with some improvisation free dance which allows the dancers to explore and express their own impulse to dance. This is a great way to start dancing for the young ballerina!
BALLET II : Int
Now begins the real ballet class that starts at the barre and moves to the center. Proper use of the legs is stressed and taught so the dancer knows how to do it right from the beginning so no relearning will take place later. Simple, clean, elegant barre exercises based in the Russian tradition will give dancers a strong foundation to carry their studies on with. Pirouettes, Jumps, leaps, and adagio slow movements are taught and emotional connections are made. Dancers learn to execute basic ballet in an expressive way that lights up the stage! Come begin your classical journey with us!
BALLET III : Int/Adv
Bring your best formal personality and feel the flow of the most beautiful dancing. Classical dance requires high expectations of discipline and dedication for those wishing to study ballet at this level. Each class includes full barre, center, and/or choreography. The emphasis is on advanced technique such as beats, multiple pirouettes, greater turn-out, higher extension, and longer variations. Contemporary music is used in tandem with classical music in order to connect this classical form to present culture. The joy is in the hard work and focus – fun stuff when there is desire.