Contemporary

Contemporary dance

Contemporary is a style of dance that draws its inspiration from styles such as Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz and many other classical performing arts. Contemporary dance can be fluid or strong & expressive dance movement. Students are taught to tell a story through the music and movement. … Dancers are trying to convey an emotion and expressiveness through movement. Choreography can be narrative and tell a story through abstract movement.

Contemporary dance combines the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dances stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and the improvisation characteristics of modern dance.

Contemporary Examinations

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4
  • Level 5

 

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet is an art form created by the movement of the human body.

It is theatrical – performed on a stage to an audience utilizing costumes, scenic design and lighting. It can tell a story or express a thought, concept or emotion. Ballet can be magical, exciting, provoking or disturbing.

Types of Ballet 

Story ballets (not surprisingly!) tell a story. They contain narrative action, characters, a beginning and an end. The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty are famous story ballets from the 19th century; classic stories and novels such as The Great Gatsby and The Three Musketeers also have been transformed into ballets.

Plotless ballets have no storyline. Instead they use the movement of the body and theatrical elements to interpret music, create an image or express or provoke emotion. Choreographer George Balanchine was a prolific creator of plotless ballets.

Styles of Ballet

Classical ballet is what people generally think of  first when it comes to “ballet.” Classical ballet reached its height in 19th- century Russia through the work of choreographers like Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The following elements characterize this style:

  • graceful, flowing movements
  • classical form: turn-out of the legs and pointe work
  • balance and symmetry
  • ethereal quality
  • emphasis on story ballets and narrative
  • elaborate sets and costumes

Neo-classical ballet was introduced in the 20th century by choreographers like George Balanchine. It generally includes:

  • increased speed, energy and attack
  • manipulation of the classical form
  • asymmetry, an off-balance feel
  • non-narrative, often one-act ballets
  • pared-down aesthetic with simple sets and costumes

Contemporary ballet is influenced by modern dance. Renowned contemporary ballet choreographers include Twyla Tharp, Jiří Kylián, Paul Taylor, William Forsythe and Dwight Rhoden. In contemporary ballet, you may see:

  • floor work
  • turn-inof the legs
  • greater range of movement and body line
  • pointe shoes but also bare feet

Ballet Examinations: ADA – Academy of Dance Arts 

  • Coral
  • Copper
  • Pre-primary
  • Primary
  • Grade 1
  • Character 1
  • Grade 2
  • Character 2
  • Grade 3
  • Character 3
  • Grade 4
  • Character 4
  • Grade 5
  • Advanced
  • Intro to pointe
  • Pointe level 1
  • Pointe level 2
  • Pointe level 3
  • Teachers

 

Hip Hop

Hiphop

Hip-hop dance is a broad category that includes a variety of styles. The older dance styles that were created in the 1970s include up rock, breaking, and the funk styles. As breaking, locking, and popping gained popularity in the 1980’s, hip-hop social dancing (party dancing) started to develop.

Hip hop dancing is thought to have officially begun in New York City during the late 1960s and early 70s. During this time, individuals without professional dance training but with a natural instinct for movement brought dancing to the streets. A dance form meant to be popular in the original sense of the word, meaning that it was for the people and not for the academy, hip hop moves were inspired by complex rhythms and the down-to-earth movement style of African dancing. Music and movement came together to form a new art. While vestiges of modern, tap, swing, and African dancing can all be found in hip hop, this dance style is really in a class of its own when it comes to improvisation and an edge of competition.

A very popular style in today’s times as the youngsters all want to replicate and be “SWAG” like Chris Brown and Usher 😊

Private Lessons

Latin and Ballroom

What is ballroom and Latin dancing?
 
The Latin dances are the cha-cha-cha, samba, rumba, paso doble and jive.
 
Cha-Cha
The mid-tempo Cha-Cha is a spin-off of the Rumba and the Mambo.
With its two slow steps followed by three quick ones (rock step, cha-cha-cha), this sensual, energetic dance is extraordinarily popular with old and young alike. The tempo is slow and staccato, making it easy for dancers to inject their own personality into the patterns. The Cha-Cha-Cha rhythm can still be heard in the music of contemporary performers like Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Gloria Estefan.
 
Samba
The spirited Samba always gets feet tapping! Originally from Brazil, the festive Samba was popularized in the movies of Carmen Miranda. The Samba is characterized by a steady bounce in 2/4 meter achieved by flexing and straightening the knees while weight is transferred from the ball to the flat of the foot. 
 
Rumba
Slow and romantic, the Rumba is the most sensual of the Latin dances. Motion is produced through a transfer of body weight and not from direct movement of the hips. Couples dance very closely together, using their body language to express emotion between them. The Rumba is sometimes referred to as the “Dance of Love” because couples stare deeply into each other’s eyes while they dance.
 
Paso Doble
The Paso Doble is characterized by sharp movements as it moves around the floor. The dance is based on the pageantry of the Spanish matadors, and it is helpful to keep this in mind when dancing the Paso Doble. The matadors make their grand entry into the bull ring and it is this attitude that is displayed during the fight that characterizes this dance.
 
Jive
Jive is a very happy, boppy, energetic dance, with plenty of knee-lifting, bending, and rocking of the hips. The fastest of the Latin dances, jive incorporates lots of kicks and flicks, even twirling of the woman, and doesn’t move around the dance floor like other dances. Although jive dancers may appear to be moving their feet haphazardly in every direction, the feet are actually well-controlled under the body with the knees close together.
 
The Ballroom dances are progressive dances and move anti-clockwise around the room down the line of dance (the imaginary line which represents the flow of traffic around the dance floor). Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Vienese Waltz and Quickstep
 
Waltz
The Waltz, with its 3/4 rhythms and strong accent on the first beat, was born in the suburbs of Vienna. When the dance was first introduced in the early 19th century, people were shocked since it was the first ballroom dance where the man put his hand on a woman’s waist! 
 
Tango
The Tango, a sensual, dramatic dance made famous by Rudolph Valentino, originated in Buenos Aires and was stylized by the Gauchos in Argentina. The Tango is known for flexing steps and posed pauses.
 
Foxtrot
Harry Fox who introduced this fun, theatrical dance to the world. Foxtrot dancers travel around the perimeter of the room in a counter clockwise direction in a basic rhythm of slow-slow-quick-quick.
 
Viennese Waltz
The Viennese Waltz, made popular in the 1880s by the invigorating music of Johann Strauss, is a very fast version of the waltz at a tempo of about 180 beats a minute. This dance is characterized by its fast pace and continuous circling. 
 
Quickstep
The quickstep is a light-hearted dance. The movement of the dance is fast and powerfully flowing and sprinkled with syncopations. The upbeat  melodies.
Quickstep was developed in the 1920s in New York City and was first danced by Caribbean and African dancers. Its origins are in combination of slow foxtrot combined with the Charleston.
 

Private Lessons

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre dancing is less of a particular style, and more of a description of dancing that is rooted in the diverse history of Broadway musicals. Relying heavily on a knowledge of ballet, tap, and jazz, musical theater dancers are, first and foremost, actors and place a high focus on musical interpretation.

 

 
 

Private Lessons

Modern / Jazz

Modern dance is a broad genre of western concert or theatrical dance, primarily arising out of Germany and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Modern dance is often considered to have emerged as a rejection of, or rebellion against, classical ballet.

Jazz dance began as an African American social dance that had roots in African slave dances. Over time, a clearly defined jazz genre emerged, changing from a street dance to a theatrical dance performed on stage. It is, like some other forms of dance and music, an African influence in western culture.

Examinations Modern:

  • Coral

  • Copper

  • Jade

  • (pre-schoolers) Crystal

  • Quartz

  • Garnet

  • Pearl

  • Topaz

  • Emerald

  • Sapphire Turquoise

  • Ruby

  • Diamond

  • Teachers​

 

 
 

Private Lessons

Private Lessons 

Get some One-on-One time with your teachers!

Private lessons are available to all students and are great for dancers who want to polish their skills or for those who aspire to reach even greater heights in the competitive dance world.