Modern dance technique comes originally from the ballet syllabus. Dancers are then taught to modernize the moves, create contemporary lines and experiment with diverse styles, and choreograph unusual pieces of dance to the many various musical rhythms available. A modern dance class consists of warm up, stretching, loosening and strengthening classes, with the dancer becoming very flexible and able to move the body in many ways.
Street Dance / Freestyle
Moves taken from the street dancers, danced in tracksuits and trainers, very athletic with full use of isolations. Can includes some elements of breakdance, and looks at current Commercial Dance, e.g. MTV. Requires attitude and confidence! Danced to the latest music.
Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining songs, drama, and dance. The emotional content of the piece – humor, love, anger – as well as the story itself, is communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.
A fun way to dance, using pompoms. Lots of energetic moves with crazy arm lines. You can shout, cheer and chant also. Not a quiet class, but lots of fun. A must for all high school musical fans.
Literal translation meaning "songlike", the dancers movement must flow from one to another, with little use of isolation, and no strong impulsive work.
Students are required to study mime and drama as part of their ballet training. When very young, they are required to show mime in their examinations, but as they grow older they have to use mime in their character dance work. This style of dance uses ballet technique, with the use of facial and body expressiveness, thus creating a character or storyline.
Greek dance is a special technique of dance that can be quite lyrical in nature. Usually refers to Greek myths and Gods/Goddess, as well as Nature subjects, such as Countryside. Greek pottery mimics the style of positions used in Greek dance.