Campus 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 A 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.
Salsa B TBA
Salsa C TBA
Everything you need to get out on the floor and have fun! Swing A will yield great results in only a few classes to the inexperienced dancer and make them a hit at any wedding or formal you attend within 2-3 weeks! You will be introduced to steps and styles suited to fast and slow music of every swing genre. You will also be taught enough moves to spice up your dancing and enough technique to make it all work. This class will mainly focus on basic dancing techniques from Lindy-Hop, Charleston and Blues which are applicable to almost any dance style and contains material from Swing I and Swing II of the Studio 88-SWING curriculum.
Swing B is a follow-up to Swing A and is adapted to the level of the attendees who are nonetheless expected to have mastered basics of triples, singles and kicks. You will be taught many moves to spice up your dancing and some more subtle and advanced Swing, Lindy-Hop and Charleston techniques. This class contains material from Swing II and Swing III of the Studio 88-SWING curriculum.
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, the embrace, the “ocho” or figure eight, forward & back will be covered. Emphasis is on the man initiating or leading the woman and the woman responding or following accordingly to his signal. Walk, embrace, musicality and connection are the main subjects of the classes and are studied through improvisation exercises and sequences. Good for all levels, but the attention will be toward beginners.
Not your regular ballet class! Ballet workout is based on basic ballet techniques and movements to promote and achieve improved overall conditioning, tone and form. Ballet workout combines the stretching and toning benefits normally associated with classical ballet and the cardio benefits of aerobics to strengthen and tone in this total body workout!
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!