DANCE STYLES

JAZZ

Jazz is a style of dance which was originally developed alongside jazz music in 1n New Orleans in the early 1900s. Jazz is often used in musical theatre, commercials, and sometimes in video clips. Jazz uses aspects of and technique from Classical Ballet.

Clothing: Jazz shoes and comfortable clothing that you can move in easily yet allows the teacher to see the student's technique.

BALLET

Classical Ballet is a form of dance used to improve posture, flexibility, strength and co-ordination. It is the basis of technique for styles such as jazz and contemporary.

Clothing: Leotard, ballet tights, ballet skirt, ballet shoes, in the relevant colours for your age group. During colder months a long sleeved cross over may be worn

TAP

Tap is a style of dance distinguished by percussive footwork that marks out precise rhythmic patterns on the floor. This style was developed in the US but owes much of its development to the Irish solo step dance, the English clog dance, and the Spanish flamenco.

Clothing: Tap shoes and comfortable clothing that you can move easily in.

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary is a form of dance that displays freedom of movement. It is an abstract style that often has a classical basis, though more recently styles have developed with groundings in urban dance. A regular class consists of a warm up of the spine and limbs, practice of travelling combinations, followed by a routine.

Clothing: Bare feet or foot thongs and comfortable clothing.

HIP HOP

Hip Hop is a style that falls under the urban dance banner. This style is often seen in video clips and is becoming more and more popular with mainstream artists including Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake and Usher. A regular class would start off with a short warm up followed by a routine which is taught in stages.

Clothing: Runners and comfortable clothing.

BREAK DANCE

Break Dance is a style of urban dance which came to prominence in the 1970s. It covers four main categories of moves: Toprock, Downrock (floor work), Power Moves and Freezes.

Clothing: Runners and comfortable clothing. Knee pads may be required.

ACROBATICS

Students are taught various tricks including cartwheels, round offs, aerials, back flips and back-saults. This class has an element of danger involved, however this is minimised by safety precautions and strict rules. A regular class usually consists of strength training, stretching, which is followed by practicing tricks.

Clothing: Bare feet and comfortable clothing.

CIRCUS

Circus covers a wide variety of disciplines which come under the main brackets of aerial skills, acrobatics, equilibrium (balancing skills)) and manipulation.

Students will be taught a range of skills including static trapeze, aerial hoop, aerial silks, partner acro-balance, hula hoops, poi, and more!

This class has an element of danger involved; however this is minimised by safety precautions and strict rules.

Clothing: Bare feet and comfortable, fitted clothing. Tights/leggings are recommended.

MUSICAL THEATRE

Musical Theatre class is a chance for students to learn dances in the style of famous musicals such as Grease, Hairspray, Cats, Matilda and many more. This class gives students an understanding of role play through dance and movement and also cultures them in the art form of characterization.

Clothing: Jazz shoes and comfortable clothing.