While strongly influenced by classical ballet, the movement of modern dance is more fluid and contains dynamic highlights and tricks of jazz dance, including isolations, kicks, and leaps; alternately, many movements are weighted and close to the earth.
The choreography of modern dance is very diverse and generally cannot be categorized as any specific dance style, although many dance styles influence much of the movement.
As the field of modern dance has developed and other dance genres have become more defined, the term, modern dance, has become almost obsolete. Where it once fought for the recognition it is now expressed, adapted, and displayed through many genres of dance including jazz, classical, and contemporary. Contemporary dance draws on both modern and postmodern dance as a source of inspiration and combines steps from ballet, jazz, and tap.
Hip hop is a dance style, usually danced to hip hop music that evolved from the hip hop culture. The dance is always changing but essentially embraces the two styles of breakdance and body-popping.
Hip-hop dance is a broad category that includes a variety of urban styles.
Like hip-hop music, hip-hop social dancing continues to change as new songs are released and new dances are created to accompany them.
Hip hop is a lifestyle that includes its own language, music, wardrobe style and style of dance.
Tap Dancing is a style using precise rhythmical patterns of foot movement and audible foot tapping. It is derived from the traditional clog dance of northern England, the jigs and reels of Ireland and Scotland, and the rhythmic foot-stamping of African dances.
Two major variations on tap dance exist rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance.
The sound is made by shoes with a metal “tap” on the heel and toe. Tap shoes can be bought at most dance shops. There are different brands of shoes which sometimes differ in the way they sound.
Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation. Choreography typically starts on the eighth or first beat count. Another aspect of tap dancing is improvisation. This can either be done with music and follow the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, also known as a cappella dancing.
Lyrical dance is very similar to ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom, fluidity, expressiveness and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance.
Lyrical dance is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement.
Choreography can be gripping and exquisitely delicate, at the same time.
Lyrical is based around choreography and the interpretation of the music. Routines are based around feeling and emotion and, though technique is crucial, spirit generally tells where the dance will go.
Of utmost importance in lyrical dance is the connectivity of movement, flowing quite seamlessly from one move to the next.
Gauteng Dance Studios we offer dance lessons for children from the age of 3 yrs. Our preschool program is taught by qualified teachers who will gently introduce your child to the world of dance and performance.
Through our interactive dance classes, your little one will enhance their coordination, timing and muscle tone. Basic modern dance technique is our focus but by the time that they are 6 yrs they understood all the styles taught at Gauteng Dance Studios.
These little dancers can express themselves within a fun, safe and caring environment!
Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics.
Acro is an especially challenging dance style for dancers as it requires them to be trained in both dance and acrobatic skills. Acro dancers must be in excellent physical condition as well because acro is a physically demanding activity.
Acrobatic training teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, and above all, discipline and concentration. Acrobatic Dance combines suppleness and gracefulness of a dancer.
With instruction, a dancer will gain more flexibility and upper body strength, giving him or her a substantial advantage in today’s demanding choreography.
Ballet is a classical dance form. Precision, grace and technique in a flowing form (patterns) through movement is what makes Ballet one of the strongest dance forms. Expression combined with light and shade (such as grand jettès and pirouettes) can make a ballet routine a non-forgettable experience for a dancer.
Dance fitness has so many benefits! This class is specially developed for the more mature person who would like to get into shape but without using heavy gym equipment.
It improves stamina, increases strength, condition of the heart and lungs and tones the body, all while you have fun and enjoy the class.