Continue your dancing throughout the summer. Look at the previously posted lessons and do the ones you have not yet attempted....or review the ones you like.
There are also some free dance links that you can access listed below. Included are some fee based classes as well.
Have a terrific Summer....and keep DANCING!
Here is the link to the free class on Tuesdays!
Fee Based (but offer some free community classes)
The Dance Awards
Read a brief history of Jazz. Then watch the video with the tutorials of various jazz steps. Take your time to learn the different steps and practice them. Then choose 4 of the steps you learned to create a dance phrase. Use the flipgrid link below to show us your combination of steps.
What is jazz dance?
By: Brandon Ambrosino
Jazz dance is an umbrella term encompassing several different styles of dance that became popular in the early 20th-century. Though jazz dance has mixed roots extending back through both African and European traditions, it's a uniquely American creation, which developed simultaneously with jazz music in New Orleans.
Eventually this form of dance became popular. Social dances like the Charleston and the Jitterbug caught on. In the 1940s, the improvised, social aspect of jazz dance began to be replaced with intricate choreography as more dancers with training in ballet and Modern took up the dance form, especially on Broadway stages. This emerging style of technical jazz became codified in the movement of Jack Cole, Jerome Robbins, Gwen Verdon, and Bob Fosse.
Some recent and contemporary pioneers of jazz dance are Katherine Dunham, Michael Jackson, Luigi Faccuito, and Michael Bennett. Noted jazz choreographers on SYTYCD include Wade Robson, Mandy Moore, and Sonya Tayeh.
Some identifying elements of jazz dance include:
Howcast.com Jazz Moves for Beginners : Click the button below.
This channel is interesting because it a series of short and very clear 1-3-minute tutorials on different Jazz movements. Learn 4 steps or learn them all throughout the summer.
Read about each style of dance. Watch the video links and practice the Movements! Think about the similarities and differences of these two amazing dance genres.
What is tap dance?
By: Brandon Ambrosino
Tap dance was born from a fusion of European and West African cultures. In the mid-1600s, slaves in the Southern United States began to imitate the jigs and social dances of the Irish and Scottish, combining them with the West African Juba dance.
Tap dance continued to evolve through the end of the century and was performed either in hard-soled wooden shoes (Buck and Wing) or soft-soled leather shoes (Soft Shoe). In the 1920s, metal taps were added to dancers' shoes, which helped to further differentiate the emerging style of dance from its predecessors. With the rise of the musicals on stage and screen, tap dance became a part of America's cultural fabric. Its popularity saw a brief decline due to the rise of rock-and-roll in the 1950s, but thirty years later, the genre saw a renewed interest among dancers, especially among black dancers who looked up to hoofers like Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr., and Savion Glover.
Today, tap dance is broadly divided into two categories: rhythm tap and theatre tap. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality and improvisation.
Theatre tap (also called Broadway or Show Tap) is a much more presentational style of dance and concerns itself with the aesthetics of the entire dancing body.
How to tap dance-Beginner Tutorial
Irish step dancing (one type of "Irish dance") is a type of recreational and competitive folk dance that has been recently popularized by the world-famous "Riverdance", "Celtic Tiger", and "Lord of the Dance". The dance form has its roots in Ireland. When performed as a solo dance, it is generally characterized by a stiff upper body and the quick and precise movements of the feet. Step dancing as a modern form is descended directly from sean nós ("old style") step dancing.
As a dance form, Irish dance has very precise rules about what one may and may not do and when, but within these rules there is almost infinite
room for variety and innovation. Thus, Irish step dancing is a vibrant and constantly evolving art form.
CREATING A DANCE
Ideas for Dance come from a variety of places. Choreographers use many different types of sources as inspiration to transform concepts and ideas into movement for artistic expression.
Dance is Movement
Locomotor and non-Locomotor Movement are manipulated using Elements of Dance to create variations of movement. See the Elements of Dance Chart below to modify and make variations on your dance moves.
These are tools for manipulating dance movement, sequences or phrases
(repetition, inversion, accumulation, cannon, retrograde, call and response)
DANCE ACTIVITY: It is your turn to be a choreographer and create unique moves to build a dance.
STEP 1: Use the chart from above (in the ACTION Column) to choose different locomotor –travelling moves and combine them with Axial movement. If you would like to use the moves in the YouTube link below.... feel free to borrow the moves and then make variations on them by changing the direction, level, tempo, or other dance elements listed above. Explore each move using different elements to create your own movement.
STEP 2: Create a dance sequence using the moves you chose. Take the movements and change at least one element (tempo, level, direction) to make the second sequence. (Usually a sequence is a series of 8 counts)
STEP 3: Challenge: Now try taking your dance sequence and use the choreographic device – RETROGRADE- this is taking a few counts and doing them in reverse order. For example: 1,2,3,4....4,3,2,1 This will create the final sequence of your dance.
STEP 4: Put all the sequences together to make a 3-sequence dance. Share your choreography to the Flip Grid.
Choose Your Movements
Change at least one dance element
Dance the movements in Retrograde
Combine Dance Sequences
Dance all of the sequences together to music
Arabian Night dance from Aladdin on Broadway
Musicals are the embodiment of the Visual and Performing Arts. It is one of the few places where you can be immersed in a story through music, dance and art through the magic of theater. Today you will get to watch and learn a dance from the Broadway show, Aladdin. The show has over 80 special effect and is showing in 6 countries around the world.
Now join some of the cast as they teach the dance “Arabian Nights”
Respond & Reflect
What makes each dance unique from other dances you have seen?
Can you describe to someone (parent, sibling, friend) why you like one dance motion more than another?
How does each dancer move their body differently than their fellow dancers? How does their personal style and energy show as they perform the dance?
Do you think the dance would be better if the tempo (speed of the music) was faster? Or slower?
Follow up activity (optional):
Use these videos to inspire the creation of your own dance inspired by “Arabian Nights.”
In your original dance, try to include at least 2 motions taught in the video, then feel free to add your own motions. Make sure you have enough space and a clean background behind you when you take pictures/video. Dances should not be more than 6 motions in length, feel free to repeat your dance two times if you want. No audio is needed.
American Heart Association: Hip Hop lesson
American Heart Challenge Hip Hop
Keep your heart healthy by taking the American Heart Challenge. You have two different routines to choose from. Have fun and try your best!
Questions/Things to keep in mind:
Follow up activity (optional):
Use these videos to inspire the creation of your own Hip Hop dance.
In your original dance try to include at least 3 motions taught in either video and feel free to add your own motion. Make sure you have enough space and a clean background behind you when you take pictures/video. Dances should not be more than 6 motions in length, feel free to repeat your dance two times if you want. No audio is needed.
Post your choreography to Flip Grid
Read a little history about ballet. Then watch the video clip. Challenge yourself to imitate a walk on the balls of your feet with all of your muscles engaged.
What is ballet?
By: Julia Jester
Classical ballet is the foundation from which nearly all dance styles have developed. It requires strong technique, athleticism, and grace.
Originating in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century, ballet de cour began as a casual pastime before Catherine de Medici, an ardent patron of the arts in Florence, helped develop it into a cohesive form performance complete with themes, geometric choreography, and theatrical elements. She then funded the art form in the French court, where King Louis XIV, a ballet dancer himself, elevated ballet to a professional endeavor requiring rigorous training. Louis XIV's personal teacher Pierre Beauchamps is credited for standardizing the five fundamental positions of the feet through which all balletic movements move.
In the mid-1700s, French ballet master Jean Georges Noverre diverged from the standard opera ballet to create ballet d'action, emphasizing the storytelling element of the form. Romantic ballets emerged in the 19th century, at which time dancing on the tips of toes, called en pointe, became the standard for ballerinas. During this period, ballet became overwhelmingly popular in Russia, where both choreographers and composers collaborated to create some of the world's most enduring ballets — for example, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. As movement sequences became more difficult, the original romantic tutu consisting of a calf-length tulle skirt was replaced by a shorter, stiffer tutu, which revealed the intricate footwork and precise lines of the dancers.
Ballet was revolutionized in the 20th-century, when the Russian-born choreographer George Balanchine immigrated to America and founded the New York City Ballet. There, Balanchine transformed the art form by creating neo-classical ballet, which aimed for the purity of expression by eliminating distracting theatrical elements. He also introduced the contemporary plotless ballet, in which movement rather than storyline is designed to convey emotion.
American Ballet Theatre artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov, modern choreographer Twyla Tharp, and Joffrey Ballet founder Robert Joffrey also greatly contributed to American ballet. Today, both classical and contemporary ballet companies, such as The Washington Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, respectively, continue to develop the style.
Some identifying elements of ballet include:
What Is Line Dancing?
By Treva Bedinghaus Updated May 05, 2019
Line dancing is exactly what its name implies: people dancing in lines to music. Line dances are choreographed dances with a repeating series of steps that are performed in unison by a group of people in lines or rows, most often without the dancers making contact with one another.
All the dancers performing a line dance face the same direction and perform the steps at exactly the same time. Although there are usually several lines, small groups may only form one line, but it's still considered a line dance even if only two people are participating.
From the American immigrants' adaptation of polka and the waltz in the 1800s that developed into square dancing to folk dances in schools of the 1900s, the origins of this dance format are widespread. Discover more about this centuries-old dance format and how to line dance below.
Line Dancing History
Although many popular line dances are set to country music, the first line dances did not originate from country-western dancing. Line dancing is believed to have originated from folk dancing, which has many similarities. Contra dancing, a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form two parallel lines and perform a sequence of dance movements with different partners down the length of the line, probably had a huge influence on the line dancing steps we are familiar with today.
During the 1980s and 1990s, line dances started being created for popular country songs. One example is a dance made for Billy Ray Cyrus' 1992 smash hit "Achy Breaky Heart." Even pop music began to see an upswing in line dances in the 1990s, with "the Macarena" serving as a sort of hybrid folk-pop dance number that swept the world by storm.
Line Dance Format
Basic line dances focus on movements of the legs and feet, with more advanced dances including the arms and hands. The movements of a line dance are marked as "counts," where one count generally equals one musical beat. A particular movement or step takes place at each beat.
A line dance will have a certain number of counts, meaning the number of beats in one complete sequence of the dance. For example, a 64-count dance would contain 64 beats. The number of beats does not necessarily equal the number of steps, however, as steps can be performed between two beats or over more than one beat.
Things keep in mind when doing line dance
Ø Stretching your lower body and upper body
Ø Make sure you have personal space with room to move in a line in all directions
Watch 2 or more videos that model different line dances:
Cotton Eye Joe