Classes

Ballet

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Ballet class teaches not only the basics of ballet but incorporates combinations and musicality. Posture, ballet positions, barre warm up, across the floor, and center floor work. Ballet enables you to engage in body awareness, flowing movements and increases upper and lower body strength. "Ballet is a type of performance dance, that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century, and which was further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. The early portions preceded the invention of the proscenium stage and were presented in large chambers with most of the audience seated on tiers or galleries on three sides of the dance floor. It has since become a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It is primarily performed with the accompaniment of classical music and has been influential as a form of dance globally. Ballet has been taught in ballet schools around the world, which use their own cultures and societies to inform the art. Ballet dance works (ballets) are choreographed and performed by trained artists, include mime and acting, and are set to music (usually orchestral but occasionally vocal). It is a poised style of dance that incorporates the foundational techniques for many other dance forms. This genre of dance is very hard to master and requires much practice. It is best known in the form of late Romantic ballet or Ballet Blanc, which preoccupies itself with the female dancer to the exclusion of almost all else, focusing on pointe work, flowing, precise acrobatic movements, and often presenting the dancers in the conventional short white French tutu. Later developments include expressionist ballet, neoclassical ballet, and elements of modern dance." - Wikipedia

Burlesque

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Burlesque dancing, sensual and sexy, is most often associated with strip teases or bawdy shows. However, burlesque dance can be a great workout! Working out with burlesque can be a great way to both improve your body and improve your confidence. Burlesque dancing is now being used as an exercise workout, and it is an excellent way to tone muscles and build posture. Burlesque workouts may include a combination of pole dancing, chair dancing and sensual dance for a great total body cardio workout. Women of all different shapes and sizes can learn burlesque dancing. Burlesque dance classes are taught at a variety of dance studios and fitness centers. Many women are attracted to learn this new form of art. Burlesque dancing not only provides a great workout, it helps to increase the confidence and self-assurance in many women.

Buti Yoga

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BUTI is a high-intensity workout that fuses yoga and dance with circuits of plyometrics and conditioning. Each class is 60 minutes and consists of deep stretching, BUTI shaking and heart-pounding cardio. BUTI dance moves are taken from various styles that focus on an intense shaking of the hips (and BUTI) including Miami Booty Dance, Brazilain Baile Funk, Hip Hop, Crunk and African Tribal. BUTI is sure to get your energy high and your abs tight!

Contemporary

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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. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floorwork, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.

Jazz

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Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance — "modern jazz dance" — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. Jazz dancers often wear leather jazz shoes, to help them move smoothly when executing turns (e.g. pirouette). Modern jazz dance encompasses various techniques, including: Center control By treating the center of balance as the point from which movements emanate, it becomes possible to maintain balance and control while executing movements that would otherwise take the dancer off balance. Spotting This enables dancers to maintain balance and control while executing turns such as pirouettes and fouettés, by reducing the dizzying effect of repeated rotation. Pointing When pointing, dancers stretch their ankles and point their toes so as to align their feet with the leg lines in an aesthetically pleasing manner. - Wikipedia  

Jazz Seduction

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This class is a fuse between Jazz technique and Burlesque. Jazz Seduction will provide a high-energy dancer warm up, making sure to focus on all muscles of your body. Technique is a major part of this class, so get ready to work on the basics of turns, leaps, core strength and proper placement.  Class will always provide a sexy/sassy, fun combo that will make you feel confident, and empowered. Be prepared to sweat, flip your hair and get a little “naughty” after a great dance technique class.  

Hip Hop

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Hip-hop dance refers to dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The television show Soul Train and the 1980s films Breakin', Beat Street, and Wild Style showcased these crews and dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure. The dance industry responded with a studio based version of hip-hop—sometimes called new style—and jazz-funk. Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances that were being performed on the street.

Modern

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This modern class will consist of a somewhat traditional Humphrey-Weidman warm up, but with the additional flair of the instructors personal style. Floor work is an integral part of modern movement, so we will explore the various ways of making "love" with the floor, as well as articulating and moving through the body while maintaining some classical lines.  

Tap

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Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one's tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance. It is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition. The sound is made by shoes with a metal tap on the heel and toe. Tap shoes can be bought at most dance shops. - Wikipedia

CLASS POLICIES

PLEASE PLEASE SIGN UP ONLIGN: If I sign up for class and can not make class what happens?  Please note that if you know you are unable to make the class you need to early cancel 24 hours in advance.  Go back to the schedule and select the early cancel button to remove yourself.  You will be charged for this class if you are unable to make it. We are always willing to work with you under uncontrollable circumstances. Please email abbe@tapsdancedenver.com to discuss. What if the Weather is Bad?  We hardly ever cancel classes due to weather but please check our FB page for any updates. :)