Concordia recreation offers a wide range of innovative and popular classes for your dancing pleasure. Fall classes are the best avenue for newcomers wishing to learn or improve their technique and proficiency in a low-key instructional setting.
Learn the basics of belly dancing and get a workout at the same time! Belly dancing is a great workout as every part of the body is involved in the dance. Most of the movements in belly dancing involve isolating different parts of the body (hips, shoulders, chest, stomach etc.), which appear similar to the isolations used in jazz ballet, but are often driven differently. In much of belly dance there is a focus upon the core muscles of the body producing the movement rather than the external muscles of the body. Correct posture is as important in belly dance as it is in other fields of dance. In most belly dance styles, the focus is on the hip and pelvic area. Due to the diversity of styles and 'origins' of the dance, many of the moves are referred to by a wide variety of different terminologies. However, from an observer's point of view belly dance includes certain key elements. Belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, both in costume and dance style, and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally.
Hip-hop dance refers to dance styles primarily danced to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s by African Americans. What separates hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle in nature and hip-hop dancers frequently engage inbattles—formal or informal freestyle dance competitions. Informal freestyle sessions and battles are usually performed in a cipher, "a circular dance space that forms naturally once the dancing begins." These three elements—freestyling, battles, and ciphers—are key components of hip-hop dance.
Salsa is an introductory course, which gives a foundation of movement for students who have had little or no dance experience. In this course, students will learn the basics in 'Salsa and Merengue'. Emphasis will be on the development of partnering skills, lead and follow, the basic principles of timing, as well as basic foot work and variations of simple turn patterns.
The basic elements of the Argentine Tango are taught in this class. If you have never danced Argentine Tango, this is the class to begin with. Walking in harmony, the man & woman facing each other, they embrace the “ocho” or figure eight, forward & backward movements will be covered. Emphasis is placed on the man initiating or leading the woman and the woman responding or following his lead. Musicality and connection are the main objectives of the classes and are acheived through improvisation exercises and sequences. Open to all levels, but geared toward beginners.
Zumba is a mixture of dance and aerobic exercise routines accompanied by popular music, mainly Latin-American, but also featuring hip-hop, soca, samba and world music. Zumba is class for everybody and every class feels like a party.
Not your regular ballet class! It is a course designed for adults with or without a dance background who wish to improve their strength and flexibility in a fun and challenging atmosphere. The course promotes understanding and maintenance of correct posture, helps to develop a range of movements within the student’s natural capabilities and develops communication through movement in an artistic way. In this 2-hour multi-level course, we will focus on strength and flexibility in the legs, back and centre corps with exercises that will progressively challenge each student.
Is all about dancing with an attitude! The class consists of a mix of dance routines performed with different styles of music (dancehall, burlesque, pop, hip-hop). It is intended to be fun, allow you to self-express and make you lose some of your inhibitions and burn calories at the same time!