Ballet and Pointe
Ballet originated in the 15th century in Europe. It is a highly technical form of dance with a French movement vocabulary. Ballet has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres, and is an important foundation for any young dancer wishing to pursue other styles. Intermediate - Advanced dancers can continue their ballet training en pointe (in pointe shoes).
Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to a style that originated from African American dance. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance —modern jazz dance — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Jazz incorporates a lot of style, energy, rhythm, and has developed over time in parallel with popular movement.
This style developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and western Europe. It is common in contemporary dance to see ballet technique in the legwork and modern influences in the upper body. It requires dancers to move in a full bodied way, while emoting feelings with their hands, chest, and face.
While sometimes referred to as a rejection of ballet in the early 20th century, modern dance evolved from a variety of changing cultural and social norms during this time. Artists like Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, Martha Graham, Lester Horton, Katherine Dunham, and Merce Cunningham developed this new genre into codified techniques, each unique in style. Modern dance is a constantly evolving style, now including elements such as speech and film.
Hip Hop is a broad term referring to street dance styles. It includes a range of styles from the 1970s (breaking, locking, and popping), gaining mainstream exposure through "dance crews." This evolved into a studio style of hip-hop, turning the moves of the street style into teachable choreography. Because of this development, hip-hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces. It is a highly stylized technique, involving detailed musicality and rhythm, focusing on choreography.
Strength and Conditioning
...helps dancers to improve in all dance styles. This class focuses on building strength through the core, combined with a total body work out. Dancers build stamina and coordination, while benefiting their overall health. Serves as a great addition to any other area of study.
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