Ballet has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Aspects of ballet technique include alignment, promotes clean footwork, correct body positions, and angles Ballet classes are designed to give dancers techniques that improve posture, gracefulness, flexibility, and spin movements. This class is for beginners because it concentrates primarily on ballet technique.
Contemporary movement involves the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance’s stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. This dance allows you to create shapes with your body. It also encompasses elements from African dance including bent knees. No partners are required in these classes.
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. Our hip hop classes have children and adult levels. Choose to show off your new techniques in class or get ready to battle. No partners are required in these classes. There are two classes that are primarily ladies only classes. This includes our Sexy Hip Hop and Video Vixen classes. They are flirty classes. The Video Vixen classes provide a different choreography for each class. You will see lots of these moves on the videos that you watch on MTV VHI and BET. The class also includes burlesque moves, chairs and floor work.
Line dances are choreographed series of steps performed by groups of dancers at all kinds of social gatherings. Each dance has its own unique patterns. Line dancing is done in unison so you don’t need a partner. Line Dancing is seen at wedding receptions, cruises, parties, and even corporate social events. These classes are designed to help you enjoy the dance and not learn the moves the day of your event. Learn so you can teach your friends. Some of the popular line dancing moves include the electric slide, cupid shuffle, wobble, bus stop, blurred lines. No partners are required in these classes.
Zumba has dance and aerobic elements. It is a dance fitness program that incorporates latin dance such as salsa, meringue, hip hop. It also incorporates lunges and squats. It includes fast and slow rhythms that have a form of resistance training.
Latin Dance Programs (street style dancing)
Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically. The dance consists of 3 steps normal and then a tap step. The basics to the dance are three-steps with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap which can include a hip movement also on the 4th beat. Generally, most of the dancer’s movement is in the lower body up to the hips, and the upper body can be moved more or less. This dance is for the grown and sexy so be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and never regret it. Partner dancing is incorporated but you do not need to bring a partner.
Cha Cha Cha
Cha Cha Cha is a style of dance derived from two other dances, it is a derivative of Mambo through its Latin music and it is also a stepchild of Swing (Lindy, as it is danced with a triple step and a break). When the music was introduced, it sound like a slow Mambo, and Cuban dancers used a slight triple hip undulation on the slow count. Gradually this was changed to a triple step on the slow count and the Cha Cha Cha was born. Musically it is counted: 1,2,3, Cha (4), Cha(&) Cha(5) (a Cha is 1/2 beat), 6,7 Cha (8) Cha (&) Cha (1). Partner dancing is incorporated but you do not need to bring a partner.
Ladies styling improves the female appearance when dancing salsa by incorporating arm styling, finger styling, shoulder styling, head and hip rolls and leg styling to your dancing. Our ladies styling class has a performance program. This 6 weeks progressive class incorporates choreography for ladies so they can execute a performance.
Salsa is a dance form with origins from the Cuban Son (circa 1920s) and Afro-Cuban dance (specifically Afro-Cuban Rumba (dance). It is commonly associated with the salsa music style. The modern dance from New York was popularized in the 1980s by Eddie Torres, who was a 2nd generation New York Puerto Ricans. This style is sometimes danced to mambo music, but more often to salsa dura (old-school salsa). It is termed “mambo on 2″ because the break, or direction change, in the basic step occurs on count 2. New York style salsa emphasizes harmony with the percussive instruments in salsa music, such as the congas, timbales, and clave, since many or all of those instruments often mark the second beat in the music. The etiquette of New York Style is strict about remaining in the “slot”. There is greater emphasis on performing “shines” in which dancers separate themselves and dance solo with intricate footwork and styling for a time—suspected origins from Swing and New York Tap. Partner dancing is incorporated but you do not need to bring a partner. Our salsa classes have children and adult levels.