This technical program at Above the Barre is where the foundation of dance is built. Whether a child is dancing for recreation, performance or competitive purposes, technical classes should come first and foremost in all of our dancer’s training. The two most beneficial dance genres at this stage are ballet and tap. In addition to the many physical benefits of formal dance training, ballet helps develop the mind and attitude of the dancer with discipline, focus and appreciation of structure which are critical attributes for continued dance education. Ballet training is essential for dancers who want to excel in jazz and contemporary styles as technique and vocabulary for these disciplines come from ballet. Tap is essential as it is a dance form that helps the young dancer with coordination, rhythm, timing and musicality; giving a child a music foundation which is essential for all forms of dance. Hip-Hop is perfect for the beginning or advanced student who has the desire to participate in a less structured dance form which does not require knowledge or training in classical technique.