Basic to intermediate concepts of acrobatics for dancers are covered in class, including back walkovers, back and front hand springs, cartwheels, additional floor work as well as partnerwork.
Kick It Up uses a mixture of Vaganova, Cecchetti and R.A.D (Royal Academy of Dance) techniques so that children, teens and adults are well versed in different ballet styles and formats. Classes include stretching, ballet barre, across the floor, center work and variations for classical ballets. Students should wear pink ballet shoes, leotard of any color, tights/form fitting shorts/skirt, and hair pulled off of the face.
Combo classes ‘combine’ the best of both worlds – ballet and tap – for children to learn and have fun in class. Ballet focuses on improving flexibility, grace and poise while tap helps to improve rhythm, timing and coordination. In addition to basic steps, children also work on patterns and learn new routines. Students should wear pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes, leotard of any color, tights/leggings are optional, skirt/tutu is optional and hair pulled off of the face.
Strength & Flexibility
Focusing on a dancer's core strength and overall leg and back flexibility, strength and flexibility incorporates strength training through resistance bands, tubing and light weights as well as mat-based elements in Pilates and Yoga to achieve the best possible exercises for dancers. Classes offered are for grade school aged, intermediate dancers and/or intermediate/advanced dancers in middle school and high school. For more information, please call us or speak directly with the instructor.
The Kick It Up Dance Teams perform during the Spring season at various locations throughout Southern California, such as Staples Center, Home Depot Center, Honda Center, Galeon Center, The Pyramid, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, OC Fair and more. The style of the dance teams is performance jazz and we offer 4 levels based on age and ability. Auditions are held annually in September with a year commitment through July.
Contemporary dance is a genre of dance that utilizes the technique work of jazz, modern dance and ballet to guide dancers in unchoreographed movement. Although technique is employed throughout the class, it is not considered a classical or technique oriented class – it is conceptual style of dance that works with the technique of the dancers involved. Students should wear dance paws or foot undeez, forming fitting clothing, such as shorts, leggings, leotard or tank top, and hair should be pulled off of the face.
Our hip hop classes cover different styles of hip hop, such as popping, tutting, jerking, etc, but our main focus is getting our students moving and enjoying this popular style of dance. Routines are created to popular music each class and similar to those seen in music videos. In addition to routine-work, students also work on creating their own style through different movement and stylization approaches. All music and moves used in class are ‘clean’ and age appropriate. Students should wear tennis shoes, t-shirt/tank top, shorts/skorts and hair pulled off of the face.
Covering the forms of Tahitian, Hawaiian and Samoan dance, our Hula classes cover a variety of different techniques and styles used throughout the various islands. Class includes basic step technique, traditional routines as well as the use of implements (such as poi balls). Students will enjoy showing off this beautiful art form to their friends and family! Students should wear barefeet, t-shirt/tank top, shorts, sarong and hair pulled off of the face. Implements needed in class are available for purchase from the instructor.
Combing traditional and modern elements, Kick It Up’s jazz dance program incorporates in a variety of styles to keep dancers current. Jazz is influenced by a variety of dance types, in particular ballet, lyrical and hip hop, to give dancers a strong technical foundation but permitting for more freedom in movement. Classes include warm up and stretch, core strengthening exercises, technique conditioning and routine work. Students should wear jazz shoes, forming fitting clothing, such as shorts, leggings, leotard or tank top, and hair should be pulled off of the face.
Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques. Lyrical dance style has its primary basis in ballet, although it is typically considered a sub-category of jazz and/or contemporary dance. Lyrical dance is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is a combination of intricate, highly technical, and naturalistic moves. It is commonly set to popular music with vocals. Students should wear dance paws or foot undeez, forming fitting clothing, such as shorts, leggings, leotard or tank top, and hair should be pulled off of the face.
Students will learn to sing, dance and act in this great class! Class includes vocal warm-ups, coaching and learning Broadway-style songs, Broadway jazz style of dancing and acting techniques and games. In addition to standardized group routines, students will also be able to focus on individual solos as well. Students should wear jazz shoes, comfortable clothing, such as t-shirt/tank top and shorts and hair should be pulled off of the face. Check out our fantastic Rise and Shine Theatre Arts Performing Program in its own link above for more information and specifics on all kinds of theatre and acting classes available!
Kick It Up offers a mix of Rhythm and Broadway style tap technique to provide students with a well-rounded dance program. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality and is based off of jazz beats while Broadway tap focuses more on the actual dance itself. Students will work on different steps, various rhythm patterns and group routine work each class. In addition, children and teen students also work on improvisational movement and choreography for performance. Students should wear tap shoes, comfortable clothing and hair should be pulled off of the face.
Zumba - Ditch the routine, join the party! Join the millions of people that have decided having fun and working out are not mutually exclusive. Inspired by traditional Cumbia, Salsa, Samba and Merengue steps combined with pulsating Latin rhythms and top 40 music, Zumba is a dance fitness program that moves for one full hour of calorie burning fun. Join the party at Kick It Up today! Please wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Zumba Tone - Just like our standard Zumba classes, Zumba Tone incorporates in light weights and even some mat based work to keep the party extra spicy! Maraca shakers are available for purchase with instructors or borrow some light weights from us.
Aqua Zumba - Why not take it to the water with our Aqua Zumba classes? The same fun and energy that you see in our regular classes but in the water to provide you with a workout that has no impact whatsoever to the body. Classes are offered privately in your home year round or during the months of May - September at Mayfair Pool and McCormick Pool in Lakewood.
Hot Hula- This is a fun, new and exciting dance workout, which isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core. Inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands, Hot Hula incorporates traditional and new dance movements set to the Polynesian drum beats, funky Reggae music, in a 60 minute total body workout. Please wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Cardio Sculpt - Be ready for anything with this one-hour action packed class. Working with steps, dumbbells, weighted body bars, tubing, resist-a-balls and more, this strength and sometimes cardio interval class fires up all the muscles of the body and allows you to burn lots of calories while getting strong and tone your body. Each class is different to keep your muscles and your mind guessing! Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Bring a water bottle with you and please bring a mat to class.
Spinning – In this 60-minute Indoor Cycle Training Class, students will simulate outdoor terrain on a stationary bike, such as jumps, hills, flat roads, etc, while burning as much as 700 calories per hour while having fun! In addition to the ride itself, students will also work on heart rate training; heart rate monitors are recommended. Gel seats for your comfort are available. All bikes are equipped for tennis shoes or SPD bike clip shoes. Please bring a towel and bottle of water to class. It is highly recommended that new students attend an “Intro to Spinning” prior to taking a class.
Spin & Sculpt - A 60-minute format which combines cardio intervals on the Johnny G. Spinning bike with strength training using dumbbells, body bars, etc. to train the upper and lower body muscles for endurance and tone. Interval training helps to burn lots of calories! Be prepared to sweat! Gel seats for your comfort are available. All bikes are equipped for tennis shoes or SPD bike clip shoes. Please bring a towel, mat and bottle of water to class. It is highly recommended that new students attend an “Intro to Spinning” prior to taking a class.
Spin & Core - This high energy class incorporates a 40-minute Spinning ride followed by a 20 minute workout for the abs, lower back and pelvis (aka – the Core). This is a great class to improve your cardio but also to improve overall strength and flexibility. You’ll be burning calories, strengthening and having fun! All bikes are equipped for tennis shoes or SPD bike clip shoes. Please bring a towel, mat and bottle of water to class. It is highly recommended that new students attend an “Intro to Spinning” prior to taking a class.
Intro to Spinning - An Indoor Cycling basics class. Members will learn the components of the Spinning Bike as well as the proper biomechanics to ride the bike. You’ll learn bike set-up and hear a brief lecture about what the Spinning program is all about. Instructors will go through step-by-step instructions on proper bike set-up and heart rate goals with each individual in class. We are proud to offer this class to help members get the most out of their Spinning classes. Gel seats for your comfort are available. All bikes are equipped for tennis shoes or SPD bike clip shoes. Please bring a towel and bottle of water to class.
Hatha Yoga - A 60-minute class with a Hatha Yoga Flow. This class is designed to help students gain better flexibility as well as tone & strengthen the body. The traditional postures are modified to accommodate any injury or disability an individual might have. The results are that students will walk tall, gain greater muscle tone and feel awesome when finished! Please bring a mat, towel and bottle of water to class.
BellyJamz- This dance inspired, fitness workout bases itself on the exotic rhythms of Lebanon and Persia. Powerful yet graceful, Bellydance moves let class participants experiance an hour of fun, energetic and exciting cardio to burn calories, increase muscle tone, improve posture, reduce stress and so much more!
Ballet Barre - Incorporate ballet and strength training into a one hour class that is designed to tone, strengthen and build muscles throughout the body. Low impact movement and light weights help to create lean muscles through traditional ballet movements.
PiYo- PiYo combines the muscle sculpting, core firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of Yoga. And we crank up the speed to deliver a true, fat burning low impact workout that leaves your body looking lean, long and incrediby defined.