TYPES OF DANCE

BALLET
Lithe, flexible, graceful, elegant, poised...if you’re not all of those then it’s time to say farewell to your tutu. In ballet, each movement is an expression of a specific emotion so it must be executed precisely and without flaw. As a rule, ballet dancers should also be small, slender and dare I say virtually boneless? So check out your vital stats before signing up for a session.

BALLROOM DANCING
Although mainly popular in Latin America, where most of the well-known dances originated from, it is now nonetheless gaining quite a following all over the world. Examples of these are the cha-cha, tango and foxtrot. Although you’re basically required to master the fundamental steps, freestyle dancing is accepted and even encouraged for intermediate and professional dancers. If you’re interested in trying out this type of dancing, be aware that some forms include intricate steps so it’s better that you hire a dance instructor for yourself or take some classes.

JAZZ
Enthusiasts love to describe this as the dance that encompasses almost all forms of dancing. Although not as stringent as ballet, it nevertheless requires flexibility and grace. It emphasizes all nuances of body movement so folks are generally encouraged to wear tight fitting clothes to ensure that not even the smallest shift of the body will go unnoticed. If you sincerely believe that you’ve got two left feet, then I suggest that you forego trying this one out and choose one that’s not too rigid in style like hip hop.

LYRICAL
is a modern dance form which fuses modern dance, jazz, and ballet. Lyrical dance is often referred to as contemporary dance. It requires excellent technique to perform, as the moves are often difficult and precise. Moreover, the dancer must be well aware of facial expressions, essentially acting, to properly perform a lyrical dance piece.

TAP
It was born in the United States during the nineteenth century, and today is popular all around the world. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes touch a hard floor. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician.

HIP HOP
Inarguably the most popular form of dancing of today’s time, thanks to stars like Jennifer Lopez and Nelly, hip hop is also known as street grooves and preferred by but not limited to teenagers and young adults because of its choreography. Hip hop is a good and fun place to start for amateurs.

BREAK DANCING
The “higher” form of hip hop, break dancing is gymnastics with a groove. Cartwheels, head spins, splits and jumps are just about a few moves that you’ll be asked to learn if you’re interested in this type of dance. While it’s commonly known as a guy thing, if you think about it, girls just have another name for break dance: cheer dancing.

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