Hip Hop Choreo classes are extremely popular at City Dance and we have some fantastic dancers/teachers/people instructing these classes. Students should expect to start with a full body warmup and then move into learning choreography that is taught in segments until a dance of about 60-90 seconds is created. Once the learning part of class is completed, students split up into smaller groups and repeat the piece until the class is over. The music is usually something very current from popular culture and sometimes the instructor will select the strongest students to show the choreography at the end of class. Attire should be comfortable and loose fitting; Sneakers are usually worn. Shown in the video here is Emerson Aquino's Beginning/Intermediate hip hop choreo class taught every Sunday at 5:30pm at the City Dance Main Location.
A Party dance and Funkstyle created by Sam Solomon aka Boogaloo Sam, out of Fresno, California in the mid 70's with the West Coast Funk movement.
The quick tensing and releasing of muscles, often the arms, legs, back, chest and neck which creates a POP effect, designed initially to be done on beat to Funk.
City Dance offers Popping on Saturdays, 1-2:15pm, taught by Prince Ali (featured in video) and on Sundays, 5:30-7pm, taught by Kurt Aok. Both at the main location (10 Chase Court).
House dance is a social dance primarily danced to house music that has roots in the clubs of Chicago and New York. The main elements of House dance include Footwork, Jacking, Lofting and floor work. House dance is often improvised and emphasizes fast and complex foot-oriented steps combined with fluid movements in the torso.
"House Dance is an amalgamation of the post-disco era. It was a community based dance so vocal points were surrounded by music and DJs, but many of the dancers who were not looking to create, ended up becoming a part of that dance vocabulary." -- Brian Cox
The major source in house dance movement stems directly from the music and the elements within the music such as jazz, African, Latin, soul, R&B, funk, hip hop, etc. The other source is the individuals and their characteristics, ethnicities, origin, etc. There were people of all walks of life partying under one roof and therefore there was an exchange of information through body language.
In house dancing, there is an emphasis on the subtle rhythms and riffs of the music, and the footwork follows them closely. This is one of the main features that distinguishes house dancing from dancing that was done to disco before house music emerged and current dancing that is done to electronic dance music as part of the rave culture.
In the early progressions of the dance, there were hundreds of phenomenal dancers that were key in its progression in this social dance scene. However, out of the many there were few instrumental in the introduction of New York house dance culture across the globe. Some of these dancers are Ejoe Wilson, Brian "Footwork" Green, Tony McGregor, Marjory Smarth, Caleaf Sellers, "Brooklyn" Terry Wright, Kim D. Holmes, Shannon Mabra, Tony "Sekou" Williams, Shannon Selby (aka Shan S), Voodoo Ray, and others.
B-boying or breaking, also called breakdancing, is a style of street dance that originated primarily among African American and Puerto Rican youth during the mid 1970s. The dance spread worldwide due to popularity in the media, especially in regions such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Russia, and South Korea. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, b-boying consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes. B-boying is typically danced to hip hop, funk music and especially breakbeats, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.
A practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, b-girl, or breaker. Although the term "breakdance" is frequently used to refer to the dance in popular culture and in the mainstream entertainment industry, "b-boying" and "breaking" are the original terms. These terms are preferred by the majority of the pioneers and most notable practitioners.
Locking (originally Campbellocking) is a style of funk dance which is associated with hip hop. The name is based on the concept of locking movements, which basically means freezing from a fast movement and "locking" in a certain position, holding that position for a short while and then continuing in the same speed as before. It relies on fast and distinct arm and hand movements combined with more relaxed hips and legs. The movements are generally large and exaggerated, and often very rhythmic and tightly synced with the music. Locking is quite performance oriented, often interacting with the audience by smiling or giving them a high five and some moves are quite comical in nature. Lockers commonly use a distinctive dress style, such as colorful clothing with stripes and suspenders.
Locking was originally danced to traditional funk music such as that produced or performed by James Brown and it is still commonly favored by lockers. Locking movements create a strong contrast towards the many fast moves that are otherwise performed quite continuously, combined with mime style performance and acting towards the audience and other dancers. Locking includes quite a lot of acrobatics and physically demanding moves, such as landing on one's knees or in the splits. These moves often require knee protection of some sort.
Turf dance is a form of American street dance that originated in Oakland, California by an old school street dancer named Moty Giat. The term is credited also to dancer Jeriel Bey, who created it as an acronym for" Taking Up Room on the Floor" because the terms "having fun with it" or "hitting it" (as it was originally known) didn't seem marketable. The term turf dancing originated as a way to describe dances that different "turfs" from Oakland performed to represent where they were from (the same as "blocks" or "sets"). The dance form had its earliest influences in the Oakland boogaloo movement of the mid-1960s, later developing into a distinctive dance style.
Jazz has long been one of the most popular dance styles, partly due to its popularity on television shows, Broadway musicals, movies, music videos and commercials, and partly because it's incredibly fun and endlessly challenging for students to master.
Jazz classes consist of many steps that are taught in a ballet class and a strong history of ballet training will be very helpful to students who wish to study Jazz, but stylistically speaking the emphasis is completely different. Unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns will be part of almost every class as will high energy warm ups and across the floor combinations.
For all dance classes, students should wear clothing that allows them to move. In a Jazz class, a dancer's body lines need to be visible so baggy clothes are generally discouraged. Tights and leotards are fine, but most jazz dancers prefer to wear jazz or dance pants. Leather soled jazz shoes are also recommended on our Marley floors. Talk to the teacher if you have specific questions about shoes or clothing.
Jazz Class Structure:
If you are attending your first jazz dance class, get ready to really move. A good jazz class explodes with energy. With music styles ranging from hip-hop to show tunes, the beat alone will get you moving. Class will begin with a thorough warm-up that included stretching exercises and isolation movements.
You will be taught a variety of jazz steps that include basic turns such as chaines, piques, pirouettes, jazz turns, and some ballet turns. Leaps include grande jetes, turning jumps, and tour jetes. Learning jazz dance technique takes a lot of practice.
Many famous dancers have helped shape what we know as jazz dance today. Considered the father of jazz dance technique, Jack Cole developed techniques that are used today in musicals, films, television commercials and videos. His style emphasized isolations, rapid directional changes, angled placement and long knee slides. Winning eight Tony awards, Bob Fosse was a musical theater choreographer and director, and a film director. Characteristic of his dance style are inward knees, rounded shoulders and full-body isolations. Considered a founder of jazz dance, Gus Giordano was a master teacher and gifted choreographer. His dance style has influenced modern jazz dancing. Many jazz teachers employ his methods in their own classes.
Dennis Infante is one of the best dancers in the bay area and his 90s hip hop class is nothing short of fantastic. Check out the video to see what the moves are like and show up on Wednesdays 8:15PM at City Dance if you like it!
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Tap dance has its roots in the fusion of several ethnic percussive dances, primarily African tribal dances and Scottish, Irish, and English clog dances, hornpipes, and jigs. Tap dance is believed to have begun in the mid-1800s during the rise of minstrel shows. Famous as Master Juba, William Henry Lane became one of the few black performers to join an otherwise white minstrel troupe, and is widely considered to be one of the most famous forebears of tap dance.
As the minstrel shows began to decline in popularity, tap dance moved to the increasingly popular Vaudeville stage. Due to the two-colored rule, which forbade blacks from performing solo, the majority of Vaudeville tap acts were duets. This gave rise to the famous pair "Buck and Bubbles," which consisted of John "Bubbles" Sublett tap dancing and Ford "Buck" Washington on piano. The duo perfected the "Class Act", a routine in which the performers wore impeccable tuxedos, which has since become a common theme in tap dance. The move is seen by some as a rebuttal to the older minstrel show idea of the tap dancer as a "grinning-and-dancing clown."
Another notable figure to emerge during this period is Bill "Bojangles" Robinson who was a protégé of Alice Whitman of The Whitman Sisters around 1904 (then 'Willie Robinson'). Well versed in both Buck and Wing dancing and Irish Step dancing, Bill Robinson joined the Vaudeville circuit in 1902, in a duo with George W. Cooper. The act quickly became famous, headlining events across the country, and touring England as well. In 1908, however, the two had an altercation, and the partnership was ended. Gambling on his popularity, Robinson decided to form a solo act, which was extremely rare for a black man at that time.Despite this, he had tremendous success and soon became a world famous celebrity. He went on to have a leading role in many films, notably in the Shirley Temple franchise.
Shortly thereafter, the Nicholas Brothers came on the scene. Consisting of real life brothers Fayard and Harold, this team wowed audiences with their acrobatic feats incorporated into their classy style of dancing. A notable scene in the movie "Stormy Weather" features the pair dancing up a staircase and then descending the staircase in a series of leapfrogs over each other into a full split from which they rise with no hands.
During the 1930s tap dance mixed with Lindy Hop. "Flying swing outs" and "flying circles" are Lindy Hop moves with tap footwork. In the mid- to late 1950s, the style of entertainment changed. Jazz music and tap dance declined, while rock and roll and the new jazz dance emerged. What is now called jazz dance evolved out of tap dance, so both dances have many moves in common. But jazz evolved separately from tap dance to become a new form in its own right. Well-known dancers during the 1960s and 1970s included Arthur Duncan and Tommy Tune.
No Maps on My Taps, the Emmy award winning PBS documentary of 1979, helped begin the recent revival of tap dance. The outstanding success of the animated film, Happy Feet, has further reinforced the popular appeal. National Tap Dance Day in the United States, now celebrated May 25, was signed into law by President George Bush on November 7, 1989. (May 25 was chosen because it is the birthday of famous tapper Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.) Prominent modern tap dancers have included Sarah Reich, Brenda Bufalino, Melinda Sullivan, The Clark Brothers, Savion Glover, Gregory and Maurice Hines, LaVaughn Robinson, Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Jason Janas, Sam Weber, Marshall Davis Jr, Heather Cornell, Dule Hill, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Dianne "Lady Di" Walker Indie-pop band Tilly and the Wall also features a tap dancer, Jamie Pressnall, tapping as percussion.
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Marqui will have you dancing like you own the place. Don't miss this sexy class held every Friday night at 8:30pm :)
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