Ballet is a formalized form of dance with its origins in the Italian Renaissance court, further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. It is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It has been influential as a form of dance globally and is taught in ballet schools around the world. It is best known in the form of classical ballet, notable for its techniques, such as pointe work, turn-out of the legs; its graceful, flowing, precise movements; and its ethereal qualities. Later developments include neoclassical ballet and contemporary ballet.
Jazz is more of a technical dance with fun, hit pop music. The focus in jazz is stretch, strength, core stabilization and flexibility. This is a common dance for beginners.
A mix of Jazz and ballet, dancing with an expressive style to the lyrics of a song.
Discover individual expression. Encourages creativity using the body's natural movements.
Tap dance was born in the United States, with roots from the Afro-Americans, Irish and English. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes touch a hard floor. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician.
You've seen it on the music videos; it is the biggest craze right now, its hip hop! Hip hop is a mixture of jazz, pop n' lock and break dancing. All you need is energy!
This art is a mixture of dance and acting. Using show tunes from various musicals and playing the role of a character, while lip synching the words the tune. A great way to pretend you’re somebody else, and let your acting side take over!!
Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style in amateur competitive dance as well as in professional dance theater, such as Cirque du Soleil. Acro is an especially challenging dance style for dancers as it requires them to be trained in both dance and acrobatic skills.
The term Highland Dancing is used today to refer to a style of athletic solo dancing which evolved into its current form during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events (namely, Highland games), where it is typically performed to the accompaniment of bagpipe music. Dancers wear specialized shoes called ghillies.
For dancers 18yrs and older. Move to the music in a sensual way, while developing dance technique, flexibility, and strength. Chair and floor work are very popular. Let loose and have fun!!
Most of the movements in belly dancing involve isolating different parts of the body (hips, shoulders, chest, stomach, etc.), which appear similar to the isolations used in jazz ballet, but are often driven differently. Correct posture and muscle control is as important in belly dance as it is in other fields of dance.
Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is thus suitable for all ages. Belly Dancing is good exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis. Many of the moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. Belly dance moves are beneficial to the spine, as the full-body undulation moves lengthens (decompress) and strengthens the entire column of spinal and abdominal muscles in a gentle way.