Dance Styles

Tumble Time

A Tumble Track is a training tool designed to allow for increased repetition of tumbling and gymnastic skills by decreasing stress on body parts. The Tumble Track has become a “must have” piece of equipment for gym clubs and cheerleading programs. Used from beginner to elite levels, it allows athletes to learn and perfect new skills and progressions.

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Acrobatic gymnastics is a gymnastic discipline where partnerships of gymnasts work together and perform figures consisting of acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling, set to music. There are three types of routines; a ‘balance’ routine where the focus is on strength, poise and flexibility; a ‘dynamic’ routine which includes throws, somersaults and catches, and a ‘combined’ routine which includes elements from both balance and dynamic. As well as partner and group elements we focus on individual needs to increase each child’s ability. The equipment that SDA use in this class is floor mats, crash mats, a floor beam and an inflatable tumble track.

Cheerleading

Cheerleading ranges from yelling to intense physical activity for sports team motivation, audience entertainment, or competition based upon organized routines. The routines usually range anywhere from one to three minutes, which may contain many components of tumblingdancejumpscheers, and stunting in order to direct spectators of events to cheer for sports teams at games or to participate in cheerleading competitions. The yellers, dancers, and athletes involved in cheerleading are called cheerleaders. The equipment that SDA use in this class is floor mats, crash mats and an inflatable tumble track. Not forgetting the purple and yellow giant pompoms!

“S is for the way we shine our smiles they always look divine,

D is for our dancing moves they always get you in the groove,

A is for our attitude our mighty brighty attitude,

SDA are here to stay so come on team let’s go! Ok!

Modern

Jazz dance developed alongside jazz music in New Orleans in the early 1900s. The steps and essential style of this dance, however, originated from dances of Africans brought to the Americas as slaves. Originally, the term jazz dance encompassed any dance done to jazz music, including both tap dance and jitterbug. Over time, a clearly defined jazz genre emerged, changing from a street dance to a theatrical dance performed on stage by professionals. A low centre of gravity and high level of energy are other important identifying characteristics of jazz dance. Other elements of jazz dance are less common and are the stylizations of their respective choreographers. One such example are the inverted limbs and hunched-over posture of Bob Fosse.

Street

Street dance, also informally referred to as street, is an umbrella term which encompasses a range of dance styles characterised by descriptions such as hip hop, funk and breakdancing. Its eclectic nature has spawned a whole new street dance lexicon, including terms such as popping, locking, waving and krumping. A street dance is a dance style, regardless of country of origin, that evolved outside dance studios in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards, raves, and nightclubs. The term is used to describe vernacular dances in urban context. Vernacular dances are often improvisational and social in nature, encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and other dancers.

Ballet

Theatrical entertainment in which dancers, usually accompanied by classical music, tell a story or express a mood through their movements. The technique of ballet is elaborate and requires many years of training. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres.

Tap

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Broadway tap focuses on dance, it is widely performed in musical theatre. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal “tap” on the heel and toe.

Contemporary

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance’s stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well.

HE Gymnastics

This is a class specifically for children who are home educated. Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring strengthflexibility, balance, agility, endurance and control. The equipment that SDA use in this class is floor mats, crash mats, a floor beam and an inflatable tumble track.

Dance4U

Dance4U is a class specifically for teenagers and adults with special needs. We do simple routines where you simply copy the instructor who incorporates elements of street dance, modern, jazz and even Zumba. Every class is different!

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