Saturday, February 9, 2013

Different Styles of Dance

For those that really love to dance, it’s hard to choose a favorite style; however, most student dancers will hone their skills towards one particular style. Before making that decision, many students will take several different classes to find the one that they really love.

Ballet Dancing
Ballet serves as a backbone for many other styles of dance in that these other dance styles are based on the fundamentals of ballet. Ballet techniques have been developed over centuries and incorporate music and dance together to tell a story. Often performers will transport their audience to another world as they watch the dance unfold, like a good book.

Tap Dancing
Tap dancers create rhythmic patterns and tap out beats with their feet. Tap dancing is a very exciting form of dance that comes to life with metal taps attached to special shoes. Often young children will be drawn to the sound of the clicky-clack of a tap dancers shoe and will want to give this dance style a whirl.

Hip-Hop Dancing
Many popular movies have been made in the last ten years that featured hip-hop dancers. Hip-hop includes energetic moves including breaking, popping, locking, and krumping. Hip-hop dancers usually dance to much that evolved from the hip-hop culture. An important part of any good hip-hop dancers’ routine is to incorporate improvisation and personal interpretation of the music.

Jazz Dancing
Many jazz dancers express themselves through this form of dance by adding their own artistic style into their dance. Jazz is an entertaining dance style that relies heavily on personal expression and interpretation of the music into body movements. Bold dramatic movements and body isolations are key to a good performance.

If you are considering having your child take dance lessons to learn how to dance, selecting a style can be a tough decision. The age of the student, interests, and music selection typically associated with a particular dance style, can help narrow down your options.

Many people become inspired to learn how to dance after seeing a performance, movie or someone simply dancing on a dance floor. Be sure that you and your son or daughter visits the dance studio in which you are thinking of enrolling your child. Often they will be enthralled with a class currently in session and your decision will be an easy one!

In the long run, if you still don’t know what type of style to select, the best thing to do is experiment. If you can’t make up your mind between two types, have you child try one or both of them! Your child will never really know until they try it. You may be surprised what kind of dancing best suits them!

About Wagner Dance and Music

Since 1989, Wagner Dance and Music, a performing arts school, has been teaching East Valley students. Our 3600 square foot Gilbert facility is conveniently located on the southeast corner of Gilbert and Guadalupe in the Big Lots plaza. We offer classes for ages two to adult in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Tumbling, Cheer, Musical Theater and Voice as well as adult classes. For more information about Wagner Dance and Music or to sign up for a class, visit or call 480-892-7179.

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