Types of Dance
D.T.S offers a wide range of dance styles: Acro, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Kinder Dance, Mini Dance, Musical Theatre, & NEW this 2016/2017 season is the Foundations class.
This discipline is a combination of acrobatics, classical dance and often jazz. Dancers will be meticulously trained in flips and bends as well as flexibility. Acro is known for its athleticism and unique choreography, and is popular in both amateur and professional circles. This physically demanding activity may be known by other names including acrobatic dance and gymnastic dance, but for professionals it’s simply referred to as acro. Our acro students receive the best of both worlds – both dance and acrobatic skills.
Ballet is one of the most fundamental disciplines of dance training. It allows a dancer to build strength and the technique required for other dance classes. The R.A.D. training method will be taught. Ballet actually originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. Ballet traditionally requires years of training to master and requires inspiration, dedication and direction, which we provide. Ballet is a mandatory component for all members of the DanceTastic Competitive Company.
The newest and hottest techniques allow our students to explore the numerous moves seen in music videos by combining jazz and the latest pop culture. Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music, or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles including breaking, locking and popping that were created in the 1970s and made popular by dancers in the United States. Today hip-hop is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces. Though it appears occasionally in live theatre, it maintains a strong presence throughout many Canadian urban neighbourhoods. Educational opportunities and dance competitions have helped maintain its presence worldwide. One element that distinguishes hip-hop from other forms of dance is that it is often improvisational, with hip-hop dancers engaging in “freestyle” dance competitions.
Students will learn all the latest jazz techniques and choreography in highly enthusiastic and energetic classes. Technically, jazz dance represents a broad range of styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to styles that originated from African American culture. During the 1950s, modern jazz dance emerged with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Today, every individual style of jazz dance has roots in one of these two styles. Today jazz dance is still popular all over the world. Choreographers from the modern and ballet dance worlds experimented with the style and this has resulted in highly trained dancers performing a specific set of meticulous movements.
This program encourages younger children to explore the fundamentals of ballet, rhythm and coordination, while at the same time learning to interact with other children. It emphasizes building self-confidence and self-esteem by learning to share, lead, interact and respond to others’ needs as well as their own.
This program encourages younger children to explore the fundamentals of jazz, rhythm and coordination, while at the same time learning to interact with other children. It emphasizes building self-confidence and self-esteem by learning to share, lead, interact and respond to others’ needs as well as their own.
This technique combines both jazz and ballet, while focusing on the lyrics of the chosen music. This class works to strengthen balance, posture and expression. Movements are generally smoother and faster than ballet, but not as fast as jazz. A lyrical dancer can use movement to express basic emotions such as love, joy and anger. The music chosen is usually emotionally charged and expressive, and can include pop, rock and hip-hop. Movements are characterized by fluidity and grace, with the dancer flowing seamlessly from one move to another, holding finishing steps as long as possible. Leaps are usually high and soaring, and turns are fluid and often continuous.
Foundations (Combo of 3 styles of dance)
The Foundations class is a program that combines acro, jazz, and hip hop and/or jazz, lyrical, and hip hop into one class. This class is designed to teach three popular styles of dance in one class. Designed for dancers who do not want to specialize/focus on one of the many different styles of dance. It eliminates the worry of not selecting the correct dance style that best suits your needs.
Musical Theatre (Competition only)
This discipline combines dance and theatre. As well as dance movements, it usually also entails songs, dialogue and acting. The story and emotional content are communicated through the words, music and movements an integrated performance. Musical theatre gives equal importance to the music compared to dialogue, dance and other elements. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been referred to as “musicals.”
Students will discover the fundamentals of both contemporary and progressive tap techniques in this energetic and fun-filled class. Classes also stress rhythm, timing and coordination. Tap is a form of dance that uses the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument – so it’s also considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: Rhythm (Jazz) Tap and Broadway Tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance and is widely performed as a part of musical theatre. Rhythm tap focuses more on the music, and dancers consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition. Tap shoes are required.