We offer Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of each of the following:
Ballet came to popularity during the Italian Renaissance primarily as a dance done for entertainment of the high courts. As its popularity spread over Europe, a vocabulary was formed in the court of French King Louis XIV. Ballet utilizes the entire body and has since gone on to be a show of great artistry and strength.
Pointe: Is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. A dancer is said to be en pointe when the dancer's body is supported in this manner, and a fully extended vertical foot is said to be en pointe when touching the floor, even when not bearing weight. Pointe work is performed while wearing pointe shoes, which employ structural reinforcing to distribute the dancer's weight load throughout the foot, thus reducing the load on the toes enough to enable the dancer to support all body weight on fully vertical feet.
Pointe technique resulted from a desire for female dancers to appear weightless and sylph-like. Although both men and women are capable of pointe work, it is most often performed by women. Extensive training and practice are required to develop the strength and technique needed for pointe work.
Tap is believed to have begun in the mid 1800’s gaining most of its influence from African dance. Tap grew in popularity over the years, reaching its pinnacle during the Vaudeville era. Tap is now generally split into two separate schools: Broadway tap and Rhythm tap which gained popularity thanks to dance greats such as Savion Glover among others.
Jazz also has its early roots in the African dance culture. Fused with classical vocabulary, jazz has now grown to be a widely popular form of dance that incorporates various styles from hip-hop to Fosse and is used in many major theatrical.
Hip hop refers to 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 notably breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.
A popular social dance from Latin America, Salsa combines energetic afro-cuban rythms and elaborate movements.
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