Acting

From comedy to tragedy, this class focuses on character study and development, improvisation, physical pantomime and stage projection. Acting skills are taught to build confidence and comfort in front of an audience. Two plays are produced each year allowing students to also be involved in a variety of character studies and themes.

Ballet

Originating from royal French court dances of the 1700s, Ballet evolved into the quintessential classic form of dance in which most dance forms are technique based. Ballet is meant to give an ephemeral fluid quality to the dancer. This became emphasized as Pointe shoes were introduced in the 1800s to give the audience an illusion of a floating dancer on stage. Meant to demonstrate the beauty of the human form, Ballet technique was formed to fit perfect alignment of the body and five positions of legs, arms, torso and head as well as proper leaps, turns jumps and footwork.

Breakdance

In its early form, breakdancing was divided into three distinct forms: Breaking, dancing, and popping. Breakdance is commonly associated with, but distinct from, popping which is one element of the funk styles that evolved independently in California during the 1970s, however elements of popping or poppin itself may have existed as a style or subculture of dance as early as the 1920’s when it, or the general sub culture of dance associated with Afro-Americans was known as Boogaloo. Other styles of dance associated with the funk styles include locking, tutting, krumping, boogaloo and liquid dancing. These styles are sometimes more “contortionistic” than “athletic,” although they are often incorporated by breakdancers who wish to widen their expressive range.

Choir

Heartbeat offers a youth choir program for students age eight to twelve, and a teen choir company. From world music to Broadway tunes, from soul to rock, the students learn a comprehensive selection of songs, while learning proper vocal technique, breathing and other tools to enhance vocal range and clarity. Both the youth and teen choirs perform in Heartbeat’s annual musical theater productions and other venues throughout the year.

Combination

These classes are primarily for students three to twelve years of age. The very young have a blend of Ballet and Tap dance plus creative motor-skills development. The next level introduces Jazz dance along with Ballet and Tap. The importance of exposure and training in a variety of dance disciplines is important at Heartbeat because we strongly believe it creates a better and more versatile dancer. Studying multi-disciplines is synergistic to the young dancer because the skills learned in each discipline only help the student excel in others.

 

Drum Classes

Introducing New Curriculum Beginning Monday, October 26, 2020
Pre-Registration Required by Friday, October 23, 2020

 Everything is Rhythm…Everything! 

  • Students Age: 8 – 12
  • Level: Beginner
  • Day/Time: Mondays, 2:45-3:15pm / Face mask required. 
  • Tuition: Follow Heartbeat’s regular class rate chart.

Class Description:
Music sticks, clave, buckets, wooden spoons, everyday items, and even your body can be a musical instrument. Rhythm is a natural extension of ourselves, and drumming, like dance, is a personal expression of the vibrations all around us. Drumming as an activity can be meditative and therapeutic. It is proven to relax and focus active minds and for children promotes cognitive thinking combining motion, fundamental mathematics as well as social interaction and teamwork through ensemble playing. Most of all, drumming is fun! In this class the students and I will explore together how rhythm can be produced from sounds all around us including everyday household items as well as musical instruments like hand drums and the drumset and work as a team to make music together and help each child find a voice through the drum. 

Everything is Rhythm – Drumset

  • Students Age: 12yr (mature and focused) to Adult
  • Level: Beginner-Intermediate. *See below for advanced level.
  • Day/Time: Mondays, 3:15-4:15pm / Face mask required. 
  • Tuition: Follow Heartbeat’s regular class rate chart.

Class Description:
Did you know that the drumset is an American invention, developed right here in the USA by the Jazz drummers of the early to mid-20th century? The unique feature of the drum set is that it’s an instrument that stick drummers also play with their feet, like a dancer! The drumset is like an orchestra unto itself-made up of many instruments that we project together as one voice and is an iconic instrument in the foundation of all contemporary dance and beat-based musical styles from Jazz to Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Pop, and also World Beat styles from cultures outside the USA. Our class will move progressively through the fundamentals of understanding the techniques, rhythms and musical styles that make the drummer a fantastic musician! What is your favorite music to play on the drumset? We will also focus on the individual interests of students in the arc of the class to stress individual expression along with group performance!

*For the Advanced student:
Interested Advanced students are welcome to join this class, but can also contact the instructor, David Stanoch, directly at, davidstanoch@gmailcom, to set up private lessons. Advance students are welcome to do both group lesson and private if desired. Private lesson fees are separate from Heartbeat’s group lesson fees and are discussed with the instructor.

Everything is Rhythm Hand Drums & Percussion 

  • Students Age: 12yr (mature and focused) to Adult
  • Level: Beginner-Intermediate. *See below for advanced level.
  • Day/Time: Mondays, 4:15-5:15 pm / Face mask required. 
  • Tuition: Follow Heartbeat’s regular class rate chart.

Class Description:
The drum, along with the voice, were our first musical instruments. Like the voice, the drum was also used for communication, but across father distances than a voice could carry. Playing a skinned drum with our own hands is a feeling like no other. It is relaxing and therapeutic and it is also fun, especially in a group setting like ours where together we will explore the sounds and rhythms of many cultures around the globe, like a travelogue, and progressively learn techniques for creating different sounds on the drums with our fingertips, palms, fists and even the snap of our fingers! We will learn about and play a variety of other hand percussion instruments as well. The study will be progressive focusing on beginning to advanced techniques and rhythms that we can play individually and together as an ensemble and you are welcome to bring your own drum(s).

*For the Advanced student:
Interested Advanced students are welcome to join this class, but can also contact the instructor, David Stanoch, directly at, davidstanoch@gmailcom, to set up private lessons. Advance students are welcome to do both group lesson and private if desired. Private lesson fees are separate from Heartbeat’s group lesson fees and are discussed with the instructor.

Flamenco

Flamenco dance is a highly-expressive and passionate Spanish dance form. Flamenco is dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm and body movements. In addition to rhythmic footwork and hand clapping, flamenco dancers often use fans, shawls, canes, hats or castanet’s to tell the story within each dance.

Hawaiian

Hawaiian/Polynesian Dance: Hula/Ori Tahiti
Dancers tell a story using their hands and body movements. Both styles of dances are Polynesian but each style is unique. Originating from Hawaii, Hula is the traditional lineage dance with fluid arm and hand motions, and voice and choreography that comes from an old place. Performed to chants or accompanied by ancient percussion instruments, it requires much training and dedication and is regarded as being a dance of spiritual connection. Modern Hula is Influenced by contemporary times but with old knowledge and is accompanied by modern instruments such as the ukulele, guitar, steel guitar, bass or piano. Originating from Tahiti, Ori Tahiti dance involves fast hip movements and fast drum beats for the story-telling.

Hip Hop

An art form as we know it today, originated in the South Bronx section of New York City around the mid 1970s. You can see Hip Hop in most MTV videos. It’s an aerobic and acrobatic style of dance that has basic technique of foot work and floor work that is accented by individual free style and perspective.

Jazz

This American dance form was developed along side the revolutionary musical form, thus they share the same name. In the early 1900’s, original Jazz movement was meant to be a visual representation of Jazz music. Influenced by the rhythmic punctuation and syncopation, Jazz technique is based in isolations of torso, shoulders, and hips with fast footwork. Highly styled, flashy and sleek, Jazz dance has evolved into the most common dance form found in Broadway productions today.

Leap and Turns

Fundamental, and vital to most dance forms, leaps and turns challenge the strength, grace, and technical expertise of a dancer. Whether sailing high in a grand jete’, or executing multiple pirouettes, leaps and turns are integral to most choreography, and exemplify the dancer’s skill.

Modern

Modern dance originated as rebellion against Ballet. In the late 1800’s, a ballerina named Isadora Duncan became internationally famous by performing her passionate free form solos while barefoot and costumed in loose flowing fabrics without a corset. This was a new form of dance thus it was named Modern. In the early 1900’s, choreographer Martha Graham shaped Modern technique by incorporating Ballet technique to give it structure and added her philosophy that Modern’s dynamic movement must passionately radiate from a center contraction. Modern has evolved into today’s highest art form of dance and consequently is the basis of most college dance programs.

Tap

This original American art form, along with Jazz music, share a unique “marriage” in the performing arts.  Based on the influence of rhythms from many ethnic sources. Tap not only trains the student as a dancer, but as a musician/percussionist as well.   Heartbeat’s Tap instruction reinforces the musicianship of the dancers.  Correct technique and the freedom of improvisation are equally important at Heartbeat.  Tap students, even the very young, may find themselves using hand drums as part of their Tap dance training.  The intricacies of Jazz music and its relationship to Tap dance are also stressed.  The dancers soon find out that they are the music; the time keepers; the soul in what their soles can do!