If you want to learn tap from the very top, this series is for you.
In 5 weeks, we will cover the basics of 1) mechanics: weight transfer, body placement, balancing and how to touch the floor; 2) music: pulse, groove, time, rhythm and tempo; 3) technique: learning basic steps; 4) movement: so we have these steps....how do we dance what we hear?
All students will leave with a 1-page handout listing all the terminology and music theory concepts covered in class.
MONDAYS 6 pm - 7 pm
Four courses for beginner and intermediate levels:
Beginner courses: THURSDAYS 6-7:30
Intermediate courses: SATURDAYS 1-2:30
Always with live guitar accompaniment!
COURSE 1: PALMAS Y PIES (clapping and footwork)
January 11-February 8 (beg); January 13-February 10 (int)
During this 5-week session, students will work on expressing various flamenco palos (rhythms) with palmas (rhythmic hand clapping) and zapateo (percussive footwork). Each class will end with Sevillanas, a traditional dance done in pairs that stems from folkloric Spanish dance.
February 15-March 15 (beg); February 17-March 17 (int)
This 5-week session will concentrate on the movement of the upper body and locomotor movements. Students will learn braceo (the movement of the arms/port de bras) and floreo (the circular movement of the hands). Learning marcaje (simple movement patters that mark the beat) will allow us to combine skills of the upper and lower body. Students will also continue to learn Sevillanas, a traditional dance done in pairs that stems from folkloric Spanish dance.
COURSE 3: GIROS (turns)
March 22-April 12 (beg); March 24-April 14 (int)
Each week, we will focus one or more types of turns including vuelta normal, vuelta de pecho, vuelta quebrada, vuelta de tacón, vuelta de cadera, pirueta, and vuelta debulé. These skills will later be combined with the arms, marking steps, and footwork acquired in the previous sessions. Students will continue learning Sevillanas, a traditional dance done in pairs that stems from folkloric Spanish dance.
COURSE 4: COREOGRAFIA (choreography)
March 19-May 17 (beg); March 21-May 19 (int)
The last five weeks of our spring session will combine all of the skills from the previous three into original choreography. During this session, students will gain a greater understanding of how to “mount” or build a choreography around the singing (cante). This choreography will use steps and concepts learned in previous sessions. Students will continue learning Sevillanas, a couples dance that stems from folkloric Spanish dance.
In this 6-week series, students will learn the basics of Bharatanatyam and Odissi, including footwork, arms, body placement and rhythmic study. The series will culminate will an in-studio showcase. Register here!
Always with live drum accompaniment!
Relatively obscure in the United States due to the infamous Cuban embargo, Afro-Cuban Modern dance or "Tecnica Cubana" is a unique blend of North American modern technique (Duncan, Graham, Limón) and European ballet (Ballet Alicia Alonso) with social and sacred Afro-Cuban traditions. The class will start with a warm-up focused on contraction and release techniques and undulation exercises, followed by across-the-floor and choreographed combinations.
This class focuses on mastering the control and isolation of particular muscles in the body, allowing students to take command of their body movements. It will also help students build confidence and develop a new avenue for self-expression, in addition to improving strength, flexibility, and technique. All classes have live music accompaniment.