DANCE STYLES & DESCRIPTIONS BALLROOM: Ballroom dance refers to a set of partner dances which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Its performance and entertainment aspects are also widely enjoyed on stage, in film, and on television. Various social dances, such as the Foxtrot, Tango, Waltz, Charleston or the Jitterbug in which couples follow a conventional pattern of steps. Ballroom dance contests, feature both amateur and professional dancers. LATIN: The term Latin dance has two meanings, depending on whether the context is social or Ballroom dance. Latin dance includes a wide range of dances originating in Latin America & Cuba. Examples include the Cha-cha, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Bachata, and Cumbia & Bolero. Some also include Tango and Argentine Tango in this list, although these dances differ from the rest in their style. SALSA: Salsa is a dance genre from Cuba, emanating from the merging of European and African popular culture. It later spread to Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean Isles. Salsa is essentially Cuban with deep Afro-Cuban beats. Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are recognized solo forms, line dancing (suelta), and (Rueda de Casino) where groups of couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine. HIP HOP: Hip-hop dance originated in New York among young Hispanic and African-American men during the late 1960s as part of the hip-hop culture of rap, scratch music, and graffiti art. The dance is always changing but essentially embraces the two styles of break dance and body popping. The former is an athletic solo form in which the performer enters the dance arena in a sideways motion then dives or breaks to the floor, spins around on his head, shoulders, or buttocks and ends with a freeze position. Body popping involves a series of fast, sharp actions that travel through the body in a robotic-looking alternation of move and freeze. The dance and its music became internationally current from the late 1970s and are often incorporated into theatre dance. JAZZ: Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance — modern jazz dance — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. Jazz was a big hit in the early 50′s and it is still a well-loved style of dance all over the world. Moves used in Jazz Dance include Jazz Hands, Kicks, Leaps, Sideways Shuffling, Rolled Shoulders, and Turned Knees. BURLESQUE: Burlesque is a dance class in heels. This class will be incorporating sexy and sensual moves and a bit of Jazz for technique. This class will make you get in touch with your sexiness and appreciation of your own beauty and body. Ladies age 18 and above only. WEST COAST SWING: West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance derived from Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together. BOLLYWOOD: Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; however, it is only a part of the total Indian film industry, which includes other production centers producing films in multiple languages.Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world.Bollywood is also formally referred to as Hindi cinema.There has been a growing presence of Indian English in dialogue and songs as well. It is common to see films that feature dialogue with English words (also known as Hinglish), phrases, or even whole sentences. KATHAK: Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, originated from India. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Katha Kars or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onwards it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and central Asian dance which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era. The name Kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word Katha meaning story, and katthaka in Sanskrit means he who tells a story, or to do with stories. The name of the form is properly katthak, with the geminated dental to show a derived form, but this has since simplified to modern-day kathak, kathaa, kahe or kathak is a saying many teachers pass on to their pupils, which is generally translated, she/he who tells a story, is a kathak’, but which can also be translated, ‘that which tells a story, that is ‘Kathak’. ZUMBA: Zumba is a dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto Perez in Colombia during the 1990s. The program combines Latin and International music with dance in an effort to make exercise fun. Zumba classes are offered through licensed instructors. Classes use music based on Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton and other international music styles and forms. THERABAND: THERA BAND is a resistance exercise systems used as tools for rehabilitating and restoring muscle and joint functions and for improving conditioning, balance and building strength.
LES MILLS BODY JAM:
BODYJAM™ is the cardio workout where you are free to enjoy the sensation of dance. An addictive fusion of the latest dance styles and hottest new sounds puts the emphasis as much on having fun as on breaking a sweat. Funky instructors teach you to move with attitude. So grab a friend, get front and center, and get high on the feeling of dance. Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYJAM™ class is produced every three months with new music and choreography. Each new class will be a different dance experience depending on what’s current and hot.