Dance Styles

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For a detailed description, click the dance style title below:

Acrobatics

Acrobatic dancing is combining the fluid motions of gymnastics, the mind/body-bending acts of contortionism and the graceful movements of ballet. Acrobatic Dance is one of the most versatile forms of dance, it allows you the freedom to couple athleticism with the refinement of ballet, the precision of tap or the musicality of jazz.

African

African dance was originally from the Kimbundu tradition in Angola. When brought to Brazil, it took on many different forms, but it’s African origins are still very distinct.

Ballet

Ballet is a theatrical form of dance and is usually danced with the idea of an audience viewing it from a fixed perspective. Ballet can be a very expressive art form, telling stories and showing emotions, or the work can be abstract.

Hip Hop

Our Hip Hop class is a combination of old school and new school in which they practice elements of various hip hop dances, often mixing them with more structured dance styles such as jazz. As hip hop is such a broad genre it gives the choreographer much freedom and room for personal interpretation, allowing them to be more creative.

Jazz

Jazz dancing can be inspired by jazz music. Jazz included elements from Ballet, Tap, and Jazz dancing. For this Jazz/Theater dance, dancers must have flexibility, fast, accurate feet, and power for lifts, leaps, and movements. Jazz Dancing differs from traditional music because of the music beats that it highlights. It is swingy and sharp with many quick movements that can require great flexibility. Some of the basic moves are twists, kicks, rolls, turns, and steps. Jazz is usually done in large groups of people. Jazz is taught to dance students, often in conjunction with ballet and tap dancing.

Modern

Modern dance is a movement form developed in the early 20th century. Although the term modern dances has also been applied to a category of 20th century ballroom dances, modern dance as a term usually refers to 20th century concert dance.

Pointe

Pointe is a form of classical ballet, where a dancer uses special shoes (called pointe shoes or toe shoes). Although Pointe is difficult and often painful to learn, both men and women may benefit from studying pointe technique, however, most performance opportunities are for women only. Dancers must have the correct stance and to participate dancers must be approved by the director.

Praise

Students are taught Praise and Worship Dance, and Creative Movement.

Tap

What is now called jazz dance evolved out of tap dance. Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation. Choreographies typically start on the eighth beat, or between the eighth and the first count. Another aspect of tap dancing is improvisation. This can either be done with music and follow the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, otherwise known as acapella dancing.