Children are the future of dance. It is through them that the love and disciplines of this art continue. Our classes provide proper training, a proven track record of excellence, and high value for your investment.
Mighty Mini Movers, ages 3 (potty trained)-6
At LDI we understand that even our tiniest dancers are capable of achieving big goals. Under the guidance of caring professionals with special training in early human development, our Mighty Mini Movers learn fine and gross motor skills, cross coordination, linking steps together, rhythm, and muscle memory. They engage in singing, exploring spatial awareness, and diversifying their movement by using colorful props, special songs, and creative imagery. Of equal importance is classroom emphasis on social-emotional learning, peer relationships, and developing a healthy sense of self-awareness. Our nurturing instructors create a caring environment that provides structure while allowing for ample freedom and creativity.
Pre Ballet, ages 4-6
Boys and girls are introduced to movement concepts, physical and mental intention, spacial and body awareness. A variety of music and props stimulate children’s creative spontaneity and enhance the learning experience. Students at this age begin to develop respect for themselves and others.
LEVEL 1- ADVANCED
AGES 6- 18
Our ballet training program for ladies and gentlemen encourages self worth, creativity, and discipline. Students receive age-appropriate technical training and are guided to reach their highest potential. LDI focuses on building a solid, anatomically-responsible foundation with an emphasis on intention, musicality, dynamic movement, and love for dance.
Explore a genre of collaboration between dance and the art of creating music – Tap Dance. Our Tap programs explore the foundations and fundamentals of tap with focus on correct foot technique and placement. LDI’s Tap education supports versatility for our dancers with exposure to musicality, rhythm, syncopation, stage presence, balance, and coordination.
LDI’s Jazz programs provide students with a progressive and supportive path to learning jazz foundations. Programs are designed to energize and educate with exposure to various forms of Jazz including, broadway, upbeat, Latin, and commercial.
In Performance Ensemble students learn choreography from different genres (ballet, jazz, contemporary, broadway, etc.) and experience additional performing opportunities throughout the season, both in studio and within our community.
While most artists don’t explore choreography until their pre-professional or collegiate years, LDI offers this important and expressive component of dance education from the very beginning. We explore the art of dance making, giving LDI students the opportunity to explore creative movement, improvisation, and choreography. Students are introduced to the tools and skills utilized in dance making, take on creative leadership roles, and set work on their peers; all in a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment.
With a strong focus on the application of modern, jazz, and classical techniques, LDI’s contemporary program offers a creative and dynamic outlet to our students in addition to providing an excellent and vital cross-training tool for the versatile dancer.
AGES 14- 18
The LDI Trainee Program will provide the power building, fine tuning, and performing experience that the students all need to prepare them for life in the field. PEP will provide more than 20 hours a week of training in Ballet technique, pointe work, variations, contemporary ballet choreography, pas de deux, contemporary and modern dance technique, contemporary partnering, and composition.
The program allows more time for the dancer to explore and broaden their potential as an artist. Time spent in the studio as a trainee is a powerful experience that affords the student everything needed to move forward toward a career in dance. LEARN MORE
LDI’s Commercial Jazz program guides our advanced students into the world of production style Jazz. The stylized combination of Jazz, Hip Hop, and Latin with the newest dance moves featured in music videos, Broadway shows, Film and International Concerts. Commercial Jazz explores the art of stage presence and versatility as a dancer.
Dancers focus on classical modern technique from the lineage of Lester Horton. The Horton technique is a codified style of dance that focuses on strength, lines, and musicality most famously seen in the work of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Dancers work through the Fortifications and Preludes of the technique, to foster a dancer’s sense of rhythm, core strength, flexibility, and attenuation, among other traits.
The Horton technique acts as a wonderful complement to classical ballet training because it draws on the same tenants of athleticism and alignment while providing exploration of new areas such as floor work, undulations of the spine and hips, and parallel positions.