Terry's School of Dance & Gymnastics

8730 Richmond Highway

Alexandria, Virginia 22309

(703)780-7878

Email: terrysdanceandgym703@gmail.com

Hours of Operation

Monday-Wednesday: 5:30-8:30 pm

Thursday & Friday: Closed

Saturday: 10:00-1:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

TSD Students are enrolled into classes at the appropriate skill and age level so they may maximize their learning potential. All of TSD’s instructors get to know their students and watch their growth, especially in the first weeks of instruction, followed by suggestions and when necessary, replaced into classes that complement their learning levels.

TSD dancers interested in the creative, vibrant world of lyrical dance get a double bank for their effort -- they learn a style of expressive arts that was created by merging ballet and jazz. The style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz. Because of the links between the styles of dance, teachers originally struggled with whether to teach lyrical dance alongside jazz or ballet or as its own, separate style. At TSD, lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions the our choreographers feel from the lyrics in the chosen song. Because lyrical dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, the style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness than the precision of the dancer's movements. 

Your beautiful dancer will love TSD's lyrical dance training -- it's a time when we see a great energy and confidence blossom from them and truly grow in strength and endurance. 

 

Beginning Lyrical Instruction -- Ages 7-13, Our lyrical dancers learn to gain gain body

awareness and begin to grasp the concept of "mashing-up" jazz with ballet 

Intermediate to Senior Lyrical Instruction, I – Ages 14-18, Progressing from the basic principles

of merging jazz and ballet techniques, TSD dancers learn to work with progressive music routines,

varied musical tempos and center barre work. Basic movement themes such as; jumping,

balletic walks/runs, spinning and skipping are explored along with working with partners

and in groups to facilitate a sense of teamwork.

Here's some additional techniques and experiences covered in our Lyrical classes;  

1. Footwork positioning, speed and landing precision

2. Control of muscles and strength development with a awareness of pliability 

3. Practicing ballet movements that helps body prepare for more jumps and leaps

4. Flexibility and strength in the dancer will increase

5. The dancer's balance, balance and more balance control 

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