Styles of dance: Ballet
Discover grace and poise with Ballet
an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements and at the advanced levels the use of pointe shoes.
Ballet is the foundation of all dance styles, and provides dancers with a fantastic understanding of posture and strength. This graceful style is a great match for children who enjoy a softer approach to movement.
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Styles of dance: Jazz
Considered a primary stage discipline along with Ballet and Tap
Jazz dance is a performance dance technique and style that first emerged in the United States in the early twentieth century.
Jazz dance may refer to vernacular jazz or to Broadway or theatrical jazz .
Both genres build on African-American vernacular styles of dancing that emerged with jazz music.
Jazz dancers will work diligently on things like flexibility, posture, balance and style while listening to their favourite upbeat music! This is a great class for a beginner dancer and is excellent for physical fitness.
Styles of dance: Tap
Dance becomes music Tap dance
Tap is a dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels. It is both a form of dance and music as the performer created rhythms to compliment the music or sometimes a cappella.
Styles of dance: Hip Hop
This street styled dance Hip Hop is a genre including popping, locking, and isolations
This is a fantastic class for both the beginner and advanced dancer. Street style movement is paired with top music chart hits! Dancers will learn choreography similar to something you might see in music videos or on popular television shows.
Styles of dance: Contemporary/Lyrical
Lyrical exploring movement and expression
,Contemporary dance tends to combine the strong but controlled legwork of ballet with modern that stresses on torso. It also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance.
This class combines jazz, ballet and modern dance technique while also focusing a lot on expression and storytelling. Dancers will focus on jumps, turns and many other technical skills while also learning the art of dance improvisation.
Styles of dance: Acrobatics
Stretch your limits with Acrobatics & discover your balance
Acrobatics (Acro dance) is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style in amateur competitive dance as well as in professional dance theater and in contemporary circus productions such as those by Cirque du Soleil. Elements include tumbling, balancing partnering, contortion, trick elements and jumps.
We are a fully certified Acrobatic Arts Levels 1 & 2 studio with training up to pre-professional
Styles of dance offered in dance studios are often called stage disciplines
Styles of dance are sometimes referred to as the Genre
The styles of dance taught in dance studios are essentially stage disciplines which many students take multiple dance classes per week. The genres of dance can be taken together and often compliment each other. Professional dancers typically have a studio upbringing with several of the styles of dance class which allows for a much more balanced athlete.
Dance Classes: A history of styles
Styles of dance like Ballet have their history based in a long heritage. Ballet starting in the courts of Louis the 14th in France and spreading to Russia, Italy, Spain, Holland and other European countries. All of these countries including the US and Canada have variations of Ballet which are all accepted today as legitimate.
Jazz and tap dance having roots in many earlier dance forms including Vaudeville, African American dance and theatre.
Newer stylizations like Lyrical & Contemporary find foundations in the category of Modern dance influenced by trailblazers like Martha Graham who studied human movement and its translation to art. Today we have the evolution of street forms of dance heavily influenced by the music culture of America and the genre of Hip Hop music.
Most dance studios offer multiple disciplines or styles of dance. Professionals have a typical mix of Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Contemporary or Lyrical. The industry work also now favors dancers with a background in acrobatics, aerialists and Hip Hop urban dancers as it is very prevalent in pop culture and commercial applications. Dance classes have moved well beyond a place of sole interest and now cover a range of styles.
Teachers in dance class balance technical instruction with combinations of steps and choreography illustrating through dance creative outlets. The Dance classes most taken are often ones that strike a balance of these skills and offer both instructional strength bout also artistic expression. The dance classes are also a haven for kids who need a safe space for expression and a sense of belonging. Any dance classes are good dance classes due to the benefits.