Dancing is a delightful past time for everyone of all ages. It is a great way to stay fit, keep your joints loose, learn about the rhythm and learn about different cultures. Dance also teaches you other life skills such as self-confidence, discipline, making new friends and training your mind and body to push the limits to excel.
If you are looking to learn a style or enroll your child in a dance class, choosing the right dance style can be confusing. There are a wide range of genres to spoil you for choice. How do you choose the right one? If you are new to the dance, what do you wear to the classes?
ConfiDance Studios in Kitchener/Waterloo keeps you in step with the trends. We have made our presence felt in many competitions, winning many awards since our inception. Walk through the different dance types and outfits below to see what we offer.
What to Look for in a Dance School
Before you select the right dance style, you need to select the right dance school. Here are a few things to look for:
- Dance Genres: A good dance studio offers technical training in a broad variety of dance genres, mainly ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, breakdance and more, each of requires different instructions.
- Specialized Teachers: Make sure the studio hires skilled instructors who are experienced in the age group you are interested in. Good teachers become a role model for your children. Make sure they are in trusted hands.
- High-Quality Facilities: It is important for the studio to be warm and inviting for you or your child to feel at home. If the ambiance of the studio doesn’t match up to your expectations, chances are the dance class won’t be appealing either. Rooms must be clean and spacious. Mats, props, lighting and floors should be installed with hygiene and safety in mind, to minimize the impact of injuries from falls and joint soreness.
- Relaxed Ambience, Motivating Instructors: Make sure the studio focuses on enjoyment and creativity as much as they do on discipline, technique and competition. They will be shaping you or your child’s future so you need to keep an eye on these finer details. The school needs to keep you in the loop about progress report, upcoming events, audition calls and attire.
Select the Right Dance Style and Attire
- Ballet: Ballet combines grace, control and strength. The attire should allow you to move without restraint. Students can be as young as 5 years old to start developing strength and techniques. They are first taught pre-point, with attention on building feet and leg muscle strength to prepare them for pointe (dancing on the top of their toes). Pointe starts at age 12 and it is an advanced technique that requires special shoes.
Attire: Ballet pink slippers; leotard, pink tights and a firm, tight bun.
- Hip Hop: This style involves sharp, quick, precise movements. The dance form is about expressing an inner emotional struggle.
Attire: Loose, stylish type clothing like tank tops, track pants, adidas pants, and running shoes.
- Breakdancing: This is a street dance style that evolved from the hip hop movement in New York. It is also known as breaking, b-boying or b-girling.
Attire: Comfortable clothes that show off your personal style, sneakers.
- Jazz: Jazz is a modern American dance form that has many different styles. It focuses on strength for big leaps and turns.
Attire: Leotard, tights, dance shorts, tank top, jazz shoes (named footundeez) and hair out of face.
- Lyrical: Lyrical is an introductory form contemporary style dancing that fuses several forms such as ballet, modern and jazz. It is about expressing a story with a song.
Attire: Leotard, tights, dance shorts, footundeez, hair out of face.
- Contemporary: This modern style of dance is also known for the story it expresses. The form involves two people connecting powerfully with each other.
Attire: Leotard, tights, bare feet and turn shoes, hair out of face.
- Modern: Modern dance form uses the core to move in a slow, measured manner. Modern dance involves various dance styles that focuses on various aspects such as gravity, free flow and breadth of movement.
Attire: Leotard, tights, bare feet, hair out of face.
Call at us ConfiDance Studio to understand what else we offer. We are happy to discuss our programs and help you choose a customized style that fits your needs.