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dance styles

•    FLAMENCO, in its strictest sense, is a professionalized art-form based on the various folkloric music traditions of southern Spain in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Flamenco uses three basic counts or measures: Binary, Ternary and a form of a twelve-beat cycle that is unique to flamenco. There are also free-form styles including, among others, the tonás, saetas, malagueñas, sevillanas, tarantos, and some types of fandangos. Flamenco Dance is known for its emotional intensity, proud carriage, expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet. As with any dance form, many different styles of flamenco have developed.

•    BALLET is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. Ballets are choreographed and performed by trained ballet dancers. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology and universally known.

•    POINTE technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes.

•    ACRODANCE is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. Acrobatics, also referred to acro in short, is thought to be a subdivision of gymnastics. Unlike gymnastics, acro is practiced and performed on a hard stage. Acro also focuses more on body contortion and tricks that defy the center of gravity, whereas gymnastics tricks are meant to be executed in straight lines.

•    CONTEMPORARY dance draws on both classical ballet and modern dance, whereas postmodern dance was a direct and opposite response to modern dance. 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. (Modern Dance is a specific style of dance that is free form and stems from the core, or torso, of the body and uses elements like contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. Contemporary Dance is a collaborative style that includes modern, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop elements).

•    HIP-HOP includes a variety of dance styles ranging from breaking, locking, and popping which evolved in the 1970's by Black Americans. The distinguishing characteristic of hip-hop is improvisation and battles and dance competitions. These are usually performed in a cipher, which is a circular dance. Consequently, a wide range of styles are displayed including krumping, tutting, breaking, locking, boogaloo, and popping.

•    BELLYDANCE, also referred to as Arabic dance, is an Arabic expressive dance which originated in Egypt and that emphasizes complex movements of the torso, hips and full body isolations. It has evolved to take many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style. Belly dance is primarily a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips. Unlike many Western dance forms, the focus of the dance is on isolations of the torso muscles, rather than on movements of the limbs through space.

•    SALSA is a popular form of social dance originating from United States of America U.S.A regions of New York and Puerto Rico and Cuban folk dances. The movements of Salsa are a combination of the Afro-Cuban dances Son, cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Rumba, bomba and the Danzón. It is an energetic and fun partner or individual dance. Unlike some partner dances, it is a very sociable dance. In fact, it is common for salseros to dance with people they have never met before. That’s part of the fun of dancing Salsa. With its sociable nature, Salsa has become highly popular, all around the world. Today, you can easily find Salsa clubs wherever you go anywhere in the world.

•    There are seven basic categories of DRILLTEAM DANCE: jazz, kick, pom, prop, military, lyrical and novelty-character. Many teams will use other forms of dance such as ballet, modern, tap, folk, aerobics, clogging, drill, and these areas strongly influence the individual style of a team. A dance drill team creates routines based on precision dance movements rather than military drill. These teams usually do not carry anything, but may use props in field production numbers.

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