DANCE STYLES & DESCRIPTIONS

STANDARD 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. Examples include Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Quick Step. Ballroom dance contests feature both amateur and professional dancers.

LATIN:

The term Latin dance has two meanings, depending on whether the context is Social dance 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.

HIP HOP:

Hip Hop dance originated in New York among young Hispanic and African-American men during the late 1960s. Technique in Hip Hop class is very essential in this class and will help you to hit hard on the beats, perform stronger and cleaner and take your dance skill to a higher level. This class focuses on all aspects of Hip Hop from groove, waves, popping & locking, basic breakdance and choreography. We have different levels and ages for this class from beginners to advanced and from kids to adults.

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.

Jazz in our studio combines all these different styles from Broadway, fosse, African American style to classical and ballet fundamentals. Jazz needs to establish the alignment and posture to create a beautiful dancer in you. Rhythm as well is vital component in jazz, in which all other dance genres are also very dependent. At the start of the class is a technique based toning and stretching of the muscles and basic posture. Music in class varies from soul to R&B and upbeat music.

BALLET:

Ballet class for kids 6 to 11 years old will start with beginning barre work and progressively to simple center technique that will improve their posture and stance, space awareness and lastly is to prepare them for ballet choreography.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT:

This is 45 to 50 minute introductory class for toddler age 3-5 years old. Dance class will involve ballet foundations, music appreciation, following directions and movement imitation. Engaging kids to dance with music make them inspired to become beautiful dancers. Props like little teddy bears, maracas, tambourines and hula hoops help tickle and use their imagination.

THEATER ARTS – BROADWAY BOUND:

This class is designed to bring out the star in your child.  Students in grades 4-6 will engage in theater training exercises such as improvisation as well as learn acting, singing and dancing skills.  Students will perform a variety of musical theater scenes and perform these vignettes at the Spring Recital.

THEATER ARTS – BROADWAY BOOTCAMP:

This class is designed for students in grades 7-12 who need to refine their triple threat (acting, dancing and singing) status, or who just love to perform in musical theater. Students will learn a variety of Broadway version dance routines and acting scenes from the most popular musicals of today.  The instructor will tailor the training to match each student’s needs to ensure they are audition ready and get the opportunity to perform scenes from their favorite musical.   Musical vignettes will be performed at the Spring Recital.

HULA DANCE for KIDS:

Hula dancing is an art form of dance that uses the graceful technique of hand motions to tell a story.  It also incorporates hip movement and footwork allowing the dancer to build strength and flexibility.  Hula originates from the Hawaiian Islands and has evolved over time by Western culture.  Students ages 5-8 and 9-12 will learn to do the hula and share the joy of this dance form within a non-competitive environment.

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 which is generally translated as ‘she/he who tells a story is a kathak’, but which can also be translated, ‘that which tells a story, that is Kathak’.