CLASS DESCRIPTIONS


CREATIVE DANCE: 

Creative Dance is a form of dance that combines movement and artistic expression,

    without the requirement of extensive training (Gilbert, 1992). Typically creative dance

  focuses on the development of motor skills and emotional expression. Creative dance

 allows for variation amongst the skill level of its participants, affording opportunities

     for those of any age and ability (Wang, 2004). Creative dance has also been shown as an

  effective holistic approach to promote movement development and improve social and

       cognitive functioning (Scharoun, 2014). Classes will focus on rhythm, and basic technique

      with ballet as the foundation. Music will range from classical, to follow along pre-school/

school age music. Classes are upbeat and fun. Props such as scarves will be used. 

 https://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:KIN366/ConceptLibrary/Creative_Dance



JAZZ:


​Jazz dance is an umbrella term encompassing several different styles of dance that became

popular in the early 20th-century. Though jazz dance has mixed roots extending back through both

African and European traditions, it's a uniquely American creation, which developed simultaneously

with jazz music in New Orleans. Today, jazz dance continues to evolve and blend with other dance styles —

for example, street jazz and theatre dance. However, true to its roots, jazz dance

continues to hearken back to the ethnic eclecticism that birthed it. 


Some identifying elements of jazz dance include:

Isolations: a dancer isolates one specific part of her body, such as her rib cage or wrist
Grounded movement: dancers keep a low center of gravity, and often bend their knees
Syncopation: accenting an offbeat or note of the musical accompaniment that surprises the audience
Contractions: motivated by her breath, a dancer will make a C-shape with her core

https://www.vox.com/2018/7/13/17556030/sytycd-dance-styles-guide


HIP HOP:


The history of hip hop is distinctly American, though, like other "distinctly American"

forms of dance, its roots extend back through jazz to African dance. 


Competitive nature: hip hoppers challenge each other with dance moves
Isolations: dancers control and move specific parts of their bodies
Popping: quick contraction and release of a dancer's muscles to the beat of the music
Locking: performing a series of movements to "lock" parts of the body in different positions
Breaking: improvisational freestyle movements performed closely to the rhythm of a song,

often including flips and tricks

https://www.vox.com/2018/7/13/17556030/sytycd-dance-styles-guide



LYRICAL:


Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends elements of ballet and jazz dance.

Lyrical dance is generally a little more fluid than ballet and also somewhat faster --

although not as rapidly executed as jazz dance. Lyrical dance is also somewhat smoother and a bit faster

than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz.

https://www.liveabout.com/what-is-lyrical-dance-1007414



IMPROVISATION: 


When taught holistically improvisation can help dance students grow in their technique,

artistry, and overall well-being. There are many benefits to incorporate improvisation into your students’

dance training, regardless of their age or the dance style they are studying. Improvisation helps dancers to:

Apply technical concepts in new ways, helping them to more deeply understand and internalize

their dance technique;Develop self-awareness as they explore movement in ways that work best

for their own bodies;Become empowered through the process of making movement choices, developing greater

levels of confidence;Experience meaningful self-expression and emotional release, helping to improve their well-being

in and out of the studio;Be freed from the expectation of perfection that is so common in dance training,

enabling them to find joy and a greater sense of self through movement.

https://shannondoolingdances.com/2018/07/11/danceimprovisation/







Our 12 week online dance program begins October 1, 2020 and ends December 19, 2020.

All classes are combo classes with 2 styles combined within the hour. 



Thursdays:


5:00-5:45-  Creative Dance (ages 3-4 yrs)

6:00-7:00- Jazz & Hip Hop (ages 5-6)

7:10-8:10- Jazz & Hip Hop (ages 7-9)

8:15-9:15- Jazz & Hip Hop (ages 10-12)


Saturdays:


12:00-12:45- Hip Hop (ages 3-4 yrs)

1:00-2:00- Improvisation & Lyrical  (ages 5-6)

2:10-3:10- Improvisation & Lyrical  (ages 7-9)

3:30-4:30-  Improvisation & Lyrical (ages 10-12)



45 min classes

1 class per week $11.25/class = $45/month + HST
2 classes per week $7.5/class = $60/month + HST


1 hour classes

1 class per week $15/class = $60/month + HST

2 classes per week $10/class = $80/month + HST



ONLINE DANCE PROGRAM