Hip-Hop is a dance fusion of street dance disciplines and cultural interpretations that capture the look, attitude, posture, music and elements of the urban environment to make it uniquely hip-hop. Hip Hop dance is continuously transforming and redefining itself with each new generation of dancers. Combinations/Routines generally contains a variety of street dance styles, showmanship, original signature moves, engaging music and a demonstration of continuous and uninterrupted complete body (head to toe) hip hop dance choreography without overuse of gymnastic; cheer, acrobatics or overly dangerous moves.
Breaking also known as breakdance, is one of the hip-hop elements. Breakdance has a lot of moves that can be shown thru toprocking, footwork, powermoves, & freezes just to name a few, while incorporating your own style. This form of street dance originated primarily among Puerto Rican and African American youths from the Bronx during the mid 70’s. You can even utilize some of the martial arts, gymnastics, & acrobatic elements in breakdance.
Jazz Funk was brought about in the 1980’s by the popularization and commercial influence of Hip Hop dance. Jazz Funk, also called Street Jazz, borrows a lot of movement from other dance styles. From ballet modern-hip hop- to lyrical and jazz funk. At times you might be graceful and then boom!!! Hit isolations with sheer intensity! Movements are soft—then hard—then soft again. You might recognize jazz funk dancing in music videos, TV/film; from artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande or Beyoncé.
Contemporary is a dance performance genre developed during the mid 20th century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. It is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Dancers in this genre strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Students will learn to use their bodies in a variety of ways. Traditional modern dance, release techniques and intense athleticism are combined to attain a grounded sense of freedom within the body.
Pom is a dance style that contains important characteristics such as strong pom technique (clean, precise and sharp motions), synchronization, and visual effects and may incorporate Pom Elements (i.e. pom passes, jump sequences, leaps/turns, kick lines, etc). Pom-poms are generally used 80% of the dance combination/routine.
Leaps & Turns Technique class focuses on improving balance, flexibility, body alignment, and strength through both center floor and barre work, as well as across the floor combinations. There is a strong emphasis on proper execution of various turns, leaps and jumps. Students will be introduced to various dance steps in order to build dance vocabulary, & focus on improving existing skills.
Stepping also known as Step-Dance is a dance style that has African roots and is an African American tradition. Often associated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Fraternities and sororities join in steps — elaborate synchronized group routines that are performed in competitions between the fraternities and sororities called “step shows.” Step style incorporates majorette, military, and drill-team moves, especially the call-and-response element inherent in those forms. These aspects are not only important to the energy of stepping for entertainment use but also for bonding and pride within the groups.
Elements of Freestyle is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shape and improvisational dynamics. Improvisation is a free, seemingly unstructured, less technically strict and impulsive form that draws inspiration from everyday dance practices and influences. It is a movement technique that is capable of evoking dramatic and thought provoking content just as well as more codified hip-hop dance techniques & movement forms.