Hip-Hop, Jazz & Break Dance
Hip Hop (4th grade – Adult)
Hip Hop has evolved from African dancing, street dancing traditions, tap, and jazz. At DDC&G Hip Hop is taught emphasizing jazz technique as well as popular Hip Hop moves and style. Students learn syncopated pop movements to up-beat music and incorporate performance attributes into choreography. The Hip Hop classes at DDC&G strive to be fun, energetic, and age appropriate. (See Hip Hop/Jazz).
Jazz (3rd grade – Adult)
Jazz is a dramatic experience that encourages rhythmic movements, gestures and mimicry. Music stimulates the movement, accompanies it and motivates it. High energy, exhilaration and freedom of movement are all inherent in Jazz. Techniques taught include isolations of the body, polycentric’s (coordinate 2 or more centers), movements of tension with spontaneous relaxation, loco motor actions, use of level changes and counter movements such as twisting. Jazz style is intense and charged and students are taught to fully feel and illustrate the movement.
Break Dance (5th grade – Adult)
Very popular in the 1980’s, Break Dancing has reemerged better than ever! This extreme dance-sport uses tremendous upper-body strength for tricks and poses and combines the fundamentals of Hip Hop in choreography. At DDC&G, Break is taught from the beginning stages in a safe and positive environment. Individual choreography is encouraged in the true spirit of movement. This art-form is especially suited for boys, but also great for girls!