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Classes

Classes for Every Intersection.
Train Your Skills to the Max.

Our goal is to provide the best training possible in order to produce strong versatile performers, with good people skills, that will enable them in a professional career in dance or any other avenue of their choosing.

Jazz Class Competition

Jazz

We believe the basic understanding of technique comes from a solid jazz training. Our jazz staff comes from a variety of backgrounds that offer a well rounded approach, focusing on quality and proper execution. Jazz is a dance form that appeals to everyone because of its energy, variety and vitality. Classes will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary.

Classes range from beginning to advanced for various ages. We also offer competitive teams for this style.

Clothing: Form-fitting, flexible attire (ie. leggings, dance shorts, tank top, or top)
Shoes: Jazz shoes or half-soles (no bare feet or socks)
Recommended jazz shoes: “Bloc Pulse Jazz Shoes”
Hair: Pulled back out of face in a ponytail or bun
Contemporary Dance Class Competiton

Contemporary

In this fast evolving world of contemporary fusion, a strong foundation in modern technique is pivotal for the development of a contemporary or modern dancer. Our classes provide such, as well as pushing them to explore creativity in their approach to movement. Contemporary dance pushes boundaries to previously learned techniques and styles. The intention is to break down patterns and habitual movement qualities and find newness and awareness of where the body naturally goes, and how it naturally moves. We will examine an array of styles from Modern-Contemporary to Contemporary-Pop/Fusion with an exploration of musicality, movement style, dynamic shifts, space, time, spinal mobility, movement initiation, physicality, floor work and partnering work.

Classes range from beginning to advanced for various ages. Competitive teams are also available for this genre.

Our “Fusion” class is a mixture of all styles/an open genre focused on movement.

Clothing: Form-fitting, flexible attire (ie. leggings, dance shorts, tank top, or top)
Shoes: Bare feet or dance socks
Hair: Pulled back out of face in a ponytail or bun
Hip Hop Class Competition

Hip-Hop

Our faculty offers a variety of styles that extend from hip hop fundamentals to industry/fusion. Our “Industry drop-in” classes are designed to train dancers commercially while incorporating elements of hip-hop style. Our hip-hop foundation classes focus on bounce, rock, groove, isolations, waving, footwork, etc. Classes range from beginning to advanced for various ages, as well as offering a pre-professional level program called RAW. We also have competitive teams that help sharpen their skills throughout their younger years preparing them to pursue bigger opportunities in this genre.

Clothing: Relaxed/loose-fitted clothing. Tshirts, shorts, and/or sweats
Shoes: Clean sneakers
Hair: Any hairstyle is fitting
Group of tap dancers on stage

Tap

Tap Dance is a timeless art that combines dance and percussion. Class begins in the center with warm up exercises focusing on control, coordination, rhythm, building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination and speed of movement followed by across the floor exercises that teach dynamics, shading, phrasing, and musicality, concluding with extended rhythmic phrases, and improvisation exercises. This art form assists in developing a sense of rhythm and timing and it’s a great genre to start with if a dancer is a bit intimidated by the more technical ones.

Classes range from beginning to advanced for various ages. We also offer competitive teams for this style.

Clothing: Form-fitting, flexible attire (ie. leggings, dance shorts, tank top, or top)
Shoes: Black Tap Shoes
Hair: Pulled back out of face in a ponytail or bun

Ballet

Ballet is at the core of all technical dance forms, therefore it plays an important role in the formation of strong performers. Our first focus is to establish a level of respect towards this art form, as well as developing an understanding of each dancer’s body and its proper use. Ballet classes focus on developing solid ballet techniques and terminology with emphasis on understanding correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body, and use of arms. Classes range from beginning to advanced for various ages, with various focuses, based on each teacher’s methodology.

Clothing: Black leotard, pink tights, black form-fitting shorts, or black skirt optional. Boys can wear white tank top or form fitting white top with black leggings.
Shoes: Pink ballet slippers
Hair: Pulled back, out of face, in neat bun
Lyrical Class Competition

Lyrical

Lyrical class is designed for intermediate to advanced students with previous training in ballet. Lyrical focuses on the interpretation of lyrics and storytelling in dance with a combination of jazz and ballet techniques. Students must take this class in conjunction with ballet.

Clothing: Form-fitting, flexible attire (ie. leggings, dance shorts, tank top, or top)
Shoes: Jazz shoes, half-soles, or bare feet 
Recommended jazz shoes: “Bloc Pulse Jazz Shoes”
Hair: Pulled back out of face in a ponytail or bun
Acrobatics Class in Session

Acro

Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. Acro classes will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique. Students will learn such things as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks. Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, and strength. This class has proven to be extremely beneficial for all our genres, giving the dancers another layer to their training.

Musical Theatre Class Competition

Musical Theatre

Musical theater dances use jazz-based technique and movement to interpret music from Broadway and musicals. Focus on a sense of story, emotional connection, expression, and movement. This class will also develop a student’s personality and confidence as well as brighten their stage presence.

Clothing: Form-fitting, flexible attire (ie. leggings, dance shorts, tank top, or top)
Shoes: Jazz shoes or half-soles (no bare feet or socks)
Recommended jazz shoes: “Bloc Pulse Jazz Shoes”
Hair: Pulled back out of face in a ponytail or bun
Acting Class Photo

Acting

Acting goes hand in hand with dance. It provides performers with a deeper level of interpretation and understanding of a role, however, this class provides a broad gamma of the different backgrounds and methods. We offer 2 different levels for this class for ages 10 and up.

Tiny Dancer Class Photo

Tiny Dancers

Our introductory classes made for students to have fun and express themselves! The young dancers program at MVP is an enjoyable, healthy, and wholesome environment for 3-5 year old students. These classes expose students to the joy of dance through movement games, creative exercises, exploration of dance styles and an introduction to movement vocabulary.

Break Dancing Class

Breaking

Breaking, also called breakdancing, is a style of street dance. Breaking consists of four kinds of movement: top rock, down rock, power moves, and freezes. Breaking is typically danced to hip hop, funk music, and especially breakbeats, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.

Stretch Class in Session

Stretch & Strength

This class is designed to improve a dancer’s range of motion, enhance muscle flexibility and increase their level of core muscle strength.

Improv Class Photo

Improvisation

A big part of being a dancer is being able to express yourself through improv. Our improv classes guide students through their choices and help them be vulnerable while growing.

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My three children started to dance at MVP eleven years ago, and now my daughter is still taking classes here. MVP is there second home! The owner Patti is the most caring person you can ever meet. She understands how much time and money every family spends to support their kids, she tries her best to help every kid to reach their goal. We trust her! All the staff are very professional, they work very hard to make sure every class is valuable! Over the last 11 years we have created such beautiful memories at MVP, we will carry all the memories for the rest our lives!

Dahui Dunn Parent

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My daughter loves the friends she has made at MVP Dance Elite. The competitive dance teams always place in the top of any completion they enter. The choreographers are some of the best in the city especially in hip-hop and more commercially viable formats. The staff is the best!

Scott Ostby Parent

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We’ve been a part of the MVP family for many years. What is most impressive about MVP is not only their commitment to providing their dancers with the highest level of instruction and coaching, but they are equally focused on life lessons and helping young people to become the best versions of themselves. They are always looking for opportunities to capitalize on teachable moments. Our daughter has grown just as much as a citizen as she has as a dancer/performer. We feel lucky to have found our way to MVP Dance Elite.

Michael & Ally Burr-Harris Parents

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Since my daughter started dancing at MVP, it truly has become our 2nd home. She has been with the studio for over 12 years and we cannot imagine a better environment to learn and thrive. With the instruction of her talented teachers, she continues to study the technical basics but has also been able to go beyond, pushing herself in multiple styles and genres. And just as important, the support and camaraderie the students have amongst themselves. They are truly a family.

Tami Brost Parent

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I’ve been trying to find the right words to express my praise for MVP. I could easily just say “this is the best place to dance, period.” but there is so much that goes into that sentiment. Both of my kids dance at MVP and within the first few months of each taking classes, you could see a difference in not only their skill level but their love for dance. If you are lucky enough to observe a class you know they come alive with the enthusiasm of the dancers and teachers. I’ve never seen kids work so hard and be having as much fun at the same time. The camaraderie of these kids is something I have not seen in all my years spectating. They support each other no matter what age or level they are. MVP has given my kids much more than a dance education. They’ve given them a second home.

Jenny Brokaw Parent

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Amazing teachers who are very skilled at what they do and a lovely, student/staff atmosphere. Highly recommend. Best well rounded studio in Oregon hands down!

Jason Wickett Faculty

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I can not say enough positive words about MVP! I attended this studio as a student for 8 years, and the training I received here was instrumental in setting myself up for a successful career of dancing and instructing.

Ashley Corkett Faculty

CLASSES AT EVERY INTERSECTION OF LIFE.

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