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BALLET

Whether dancing for pleasure or for the more serious minded individual. This style of expressive movement has something to offer for everyone.

Ballet today differs greatly from its origins. The term ballet was originally applied to Renaissance dances of the Italian court. Only men performed, as any form of acting was considered inappropriate for women. Though ballet is often considered French, the first ballets were performed in Italy.

However, as ballet progressed, the French became the real innovators of modern ballet. It has since become 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.

Ballet classes are available for all ages and abilities from Pre school to Professional standard.

 

 

 


 

MODERN

Modern classes are invigorating and fun. They build strength, stamina, core stability and increase flexibility. Modern dance encourages an appreciation of music and an expressive performance.

Students are required to demonstrate emotion through interpretation of any musical genre, one minute you may be dancing to the rhythm of a drum, the next to a funky jazz style.

Modern dance began in America early in the 20th century. Artists rebelled against both the formality of ballet and the predictability of popular show dancing.

Isadora Duncan is considered a great innovator of modern dance. She introduced audiences and dancers alike to the concept of a new form of serious theatrical dancing.

Modern dance has continued to develop over the years resulting in many exciting forms of dancing such as Freestyle, Street dance and Hip hop.

 

 

 


 

TAP

Tap is the most accessible dance style of all, simply requiring a good sense of rhythm and musicality. It is a great way to have fun and keep fit for young and old alike.

Tap has many ancestors. It is said to be a mix of many forms of dance including the English clog dance, Irish dancing, Flamenco dance and African dance.

Juba was a kind of dance practiced by African slaves. Many American slaves came from cultures in Africa that used drumming as a form of communication and of personal expression. Slaves were not permitted to play drums, so they began using their bodies as instruments, clapping hands, stamping feet and making lots of different rhythms.

Tap continued to evolve and famous dancers made tap popular such as Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and Shirley Temple.

Over the years it has continued to develop and now a days can be seen in shows such as Tap Dogs, Billy Elliot and Stomp with a Modern twist.

 

 

 


 

 

FREESTYLE

This style of dancing originated from the 1970's made famous by John Travolta and Saturday night Fever. When you think of Disco the first thing that springs to mind is Travolta strutting his funky stuff to the music of The Bee Gee's.

Disco has developed over the years into an artistic style of dance involving runs, spins, kicks and leaps as well as many other diverse steps and movements with lots of different arm and hand actions. This evolution has also seen a change to the name of the dance from disco to Freestyle.

This style can be danced to slow or fast music allowing the individual dancer the freedom to express themselves. It can be fast paced, energetic and covers a wide range of rhythm's and styles.

 

 

 

 

 

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