Jazz showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. It is a performance dance technique that first emerged in Brazil in the early twentieth century whereby dancers interpreted and executed moves and steps in their own way. Jazz is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in Jazz, we recommend dancers build up their skills in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. Our Jazz Funk classes focus on traditional jazz through to commercial jazz styles and are designed to encourage dancers to add their own personality to make each step unique and fun. Students love learning upbeat Jazz choreography to their favourite songs.
Tap dance is an example of a non-partnered dance that is generally choreographed, with one or more participating dancers. A rhythmical tapping sound is attained by the dancer from the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes. It is in this way that the dancer also becomes a percussive musician. Tap dance is often characterized by syncopation and improvisation. Tap can also be performed without music, known as ‘Capella’ dancing. Another type of Tap dance is the ‘soft-shoe’ form, which is a style that is performed in soft-soled shoes without metal taps. The nature of the tapping in this style of Tap is more leisurely and smooth, and there is generally an element of humour within the dance routines. In contrast, the ‘buck-and-wing’ Tap technique is danced much more vigorously in wooden soled shoes. By Nichola Manning
Classical Ballet is the essential component of every dancer’s repertoire. It creates balance, grace, agility, core strength and discipline.
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. RAD was created with the objective to improve the standard of ballet teaching and in pursuit of that goal, a new teaching method and dance technique was created.
The most identifiable aspect of the RAD method is the attention to detail when learning the basic steps, and the progression in difficulty is often very slow. While the difficulty of an exercise may only increase slightly from grade to grade, more importance is placed on whether the student is performing the step with improved technique. For example, plié exercises are employed consistently throughout the lower grades to enable the student to progressively deepen the plié and improve turnout. The principle behind this is that if enough time is spent achieving optimal technique before introducing new vocabulary, the easier it is for the student to learn the harder steps, while exercising basic technique to the maximum at all times.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. The term "contemporary" is somewhat misleading: it describes a genre that developed during the mid-20th century and is still very popular today.
Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floorwork, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.
Pioneers of contemporary dance include Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham.
Acro dance style combines classical ballet techniques with fluid movements and tricks such as cartwheels, aerials, handsprings, backbends and the splits. It is a physically demanding style that requires you to build great strength, control and flexibility and therefore holds a pre-requisite of attending Jazz or ballet to be eligible to participate in the class.
The aim in Acro is for the dancer to move gracefully from one trick to the next, incorporating dance techniques between each trick. This is different from the isolated movements of a gymnastic floor exercise. In true acro dance, the dancing portion comprises more of the performance than the acro moves.
Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialog, and dance. The varied emotional aspects of the production—humour, pathos, love, anger—as well as the story itself, are communicated through the words, music, dance, and staging of the entertainment as an integrated whole.
Hip Hop is a street style dance originating from the Bronx in New York City in the 1970’s. Constantly evolving, it is a free, funky and soulful expression of movement used by artists such as Beyonce, Kayne West, Justin Timberlake, Neo, Flo Rida and Rhianna.
Body Conditioning is a whole body workout that can improve your overall fitness. Body Conditioning classes can help you on your way to get in great shape and feel great about your body. Focusing on strength, muscular endurance and fitness conditioning, these classes will help to develop a strong and toned physique. Body conditioning classes involve a high energy, high impact workout and typically involves a combination of pilates and toning.
KICKS, LEAPS & TURNS
As the name suggests, students will spend their time perfecting their kicks, leaps and turns amongst other steps and techniques!