Dance Styles

 

Dance Styles

 

Ballet

 

Ballet serves as a backbone for many other styles of dance, as many other dance genres are based on ballet. Ballet is based on techniques that have been developed over centuries. Body alignment, technique, musicality, aesthetic purity of line, and grace merge to produce a wonderful fluidity of movement.

 

Contemporary

 

A constantly evolving style of movement that is initiated from an emotional standpoint. Based on the Graham, Limon and Cunningham techniques with an athletic approach.

 

Hip Hop

 

Hip-hop is a dance style, usually danced to hip-hop music, that evolved from the hip-hop culture. Street moves are fused with footwork derived from breaking to create dance moves that borrows equally from both club dancing and funk.

 

Jazz

 

Jazz dance is taught to the music of today, layering jazz style over traditional ballet technique. Developing flexibility, strength and co-ordination of total body through warm up, centre exercises, across the floor turns and progressions as well as high energy choreography.

 

Lyrical

 

Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance. Lyrical is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy, and anger. Emphasis is placed on expressive, fluid movements and the “storytelling” of the music or lyrics of a song.

 

Poms

Poms uses pom poms as they use sharp dance moves combined with elements of jazz.

 

 

Tap

 

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Tap is an exciting form of dancing in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.

 

Tumbling

 

Tumbling is an acrobatic sporting discipline which combines some of the skills of artistic gymnastics on the floor.