Lyrical dance is a form of dance that branches from ballet. It takes the technical training that dancers receive and softens it, while still keeping the foundation. The music in these classes often tells a story, and the movement corresponds. Lyrical dance is a very expressive form of dance. At Ballet Elite we start our younger dancers in this style, as it is a good introduction and transition to contemporary dance. To make the transition as smooth as possible, lyrical dance works mainly in the turned out position and follows many of the same rules as ballet. In this class, dancers will learn to be more expressive in their movement and performance. They will tap into the ability to tell a story and evoke emotion from the audience. Students will be challenged to different progressions weekly that include leaps, turns, and transition steps. Improvisational skills are introduced as well. Dancers will often be asked to take an intention or emotion and move freely to explore the music, describing this emotion through dance. As they get older these exercises will get more challenging and become a large portion of their training. The instructors at Ballet Elite push dancers to become more open and learn new ways to communicate through movement and dance.