Freestyle

Introduction

Freestyle in South Africa encompasses 4 styles of dance: Slowdance, Freestyle, Rock n’ Roll and Hustle. All 4 styles of dance require a different and very specific skill set.
Slowdance and Freestyle remain popular competitive dance forms in South Africa. Both can be considered high energy and involve the careful sequencing of runs, spins, kicks, jumps and leaps as well as many other rhythmically diverse steps and movements inclusive of arm and hand action. Despite one style being slower than the other, both employ contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction. Most Importantly, both styles allow the dancer individual freedom of expression to enhance their own individual style.
A 1959 dance book describes Rock n’ Roll as performed without undue tension, the body and legs being flexible so that there may be a physical rhythmic expression of co-ordination with the beats of music. A dance that leaves much scope for personal expression and interpretation in style, movement, rhythm, and even in the manner in which the figures are constructed. Requires a level of dedication and understanding in order to successful execute routines with good technique and style.
The Hustle is a catch name for some disco dances that were extremely popular in the 1970’s. Today it mostly refers to the unique partner dance done in ballrooms and nightclubs. The SADTA refined and developed its very own unique and technical style as seen in the medal syllabus and on the competition floor. Requires a level of dedication and understanding in order to successful execute routines with good technique and style.

Examinations

SADTA exams can be taken for the following grades:

  • Pre-Badge (Freestyle Only)
  • Badge 1 (Freestyle Only)
  • Badge 2 (Freestyle + Slowdance)
  • Badge 3 (Freestyle, Slowdance + Rock+Roll)
  • Pre-Bronze, Bronze Bar + Bronze (Freestyle, Slowdance, Rock n’ Roll and Hustle)
  • Silver Bar + Silver (Freestyle, Slowdance, Rock n’ Roll and Hustle)
  • Gold Bar + Gold (Freestyle, Slowdance, Rock n’ Roll and Hustle)
  • Golden Scroll (Freestyle, Slowdance, Rock n’ Roll and Hustle)
  • Blue Riband (Freestyle, Slowdance, Rock n’ Roll and Hustle)
  • Emerald Star (Freestyle, Slowdance, Rock n’ Roll and Hustle)
  • Annual Award (Can be done on a yearly basis after passing Emerald star)

Competitive Categories:

Dancer wishing to compete can enter into any of the following categories but must start from Beginner in Solo sections and Novice for Duo sections:

  • Freestyle Solos (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Championship)
  • Freestyle Small Groups (Syllabus/Championship)
  • Freestyle Formation Teams (Championship)
  • Rock n’ Roll Duos (Novice, Intermediate, Championship)
  • Hustle Duos (Novice, Intermediate, Championship)
  • Slowdance Solo (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Championship)

Disco and Disco Freestyle

Introduction

Disco and Disco Freestyle fall under the Street Dance department of the IDO (International Dance Organisation). The dance is free and encompasses a range of borrowed steps from other genres of dance, all kinds of movements are permitted, but Disco Dance steps and movements dominate. Disco bares some similarities to Freestyle and employs the use of centre body rhythm, accented lines and strong technical movements at high speeds which are characteristic of this dance style..

Examinations

SADTA exams can be taken for the following grades:

  • Pre-Bronze
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

Competitive Categories:

Dancer wishing to compete can enter into any of the following categories:

  • Disco Solo Males (Amateur, WTC)
  • Disco Solo Females (Amateur, WTC)
  • Disco Duos (WTC)
  • Disco Small Groups (WTC)
  • Disco Formation Teams (WTC)
  • Disco Freestyle Solo Male (12 years and over) (WTC)
  • Disco Freestyle Solo Female (12 years and over) (WTC)

Contemporary

Introduction

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 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.

Ballet

Introduction

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is a UK-based examination board specialising in dance education and training, with an emphasis on classical ballet. The RAD was founded in London, England in 1920.
The 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 devised for the Academy by a group of eminent European dancers. The RAD is one of the largest dance organisations in the world.
The Graded Examination Syllabus consists of Pre-Primary, Primary, and numbered Grades 1-8. Each grade incorporates classical ballet, free movement and character dance. The syllabus is devised to progress in difficulty from one grade to the next and a student studying the grades in sequence would be expected to develop a greater degree of dance technique at each level.
Classical Ballet is one of the most widespread dance forms in the world. Originating in the Italian royal courts of the Renaissance period, over hundreds of years it has been developed into a highly technical dance form. Ballet is the foundation of the RAD’s work and is the most important part of the Graded Syllabi.
Free Movement is the term applied to movement from dance styles such as natural movement, contemporary and Classical Greek dance. Free movement does not have to include codified dance vocabulary and is usually an improvisation based on the student’s interpretation of a piece of music or stimulus.
Character Dance is an integral part of classical ballet repertoire. It is the stylised representation of a traditional folk dance, normally from a European country and uses movements and music which have been adapted for the theatre. The RAD syllabus uses character dances based on Hungarian, Russian and Polish folk dance

The Grades are:

  • Pre-Primary + Primary – 5 years and over
  • Grade 1 – 6 years and over
  • Grade 2 – 7 years and over
  • Grade 3 – 8 years and over
  • Grade 4 – 9 years and over
  • Grade 5 – 10 years and over
  • Grade 6 – 11 years and over
  • Grade 7 – 12 years and over (non-compulsory)
  • Grade 8 – 13 years and over (non-compulsory)

Hip Hop

Introduction

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

Introduction

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.

Private lessons are available for:

  • Freestyle, Slowdance, Rock and Roll and hustle
  • Disco and Disco Freestyle
  • Contemporary
  • Ballet
  • Hip Hop