Contemporary dance borrows from jazz, ballet, funk, social dance styles and many modern dance styles of the 20th century. Contemporary dance encourages natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignment. Classes start with a comprehensive warm-up and gradually build up to more elaborate dance routines.
Contemporary/Improv will involve a basic contemporary dance warm up followed by guided movement tasks. Students will be encouraged to improvise and interpret the verbal and physical information given by the teacher. The content of these tasks will include a variety of creative explorations including body mapping, body mind centering, play with levels, shape and dynamics and possibly include sensory experience through touch and contact. This class will be suitable for those interested in choreography and exploring their own movement language and those who wish to explore 'free movement'.
Classical ballet is characterized by a standard vocabulary of steps, poses, and graceful movements including pointed feet, rising, jumping, stretching and spinning. It is strengthening, disciplined and stylized. The class starts with exercises at the barre followed by work in the centre of the floor. Classical ballet for adults is a great way of improving flexibility and coordination.
Funk is an old school street style, originating in California in the 1970s during the funk era. It is a stylized combination of street funk, hip hop and pop, similar to the styles seen in music video clips for Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. Funk is a great workout without realizing that you are exercising and is a perfect place to start if you have never danced before. A usual class begins with a funky warm-up, light stretching and culminates with a funky routine.