Class Descriptions

Class Format

(can vary pending age group, length of class, dynamics & needs of class)

DURATION          TASK                                                                        BENEFIT  

5 mins                   Connect, Roll Call, Brief                                        Bond, Prepare Mind, Safety

10-15 mins           Warm up & Stretch/Circuit/Progressions           Prepare Body, Flexibility

5-10 mins             Technique, Rhythm, Timing                                 Improve Ability, Co-ordination

20-30 mins           Revision/Choreography                                       Achievement, Memory

5-7 mins                Personal Development/Team Activity                Bond, Self-Esteem, Acceptance

5-10mins              Polish Choreography, Positive Feedback            Confidence, Enjoyment, Fun

5 mins                   Praise and Final Brief/Cooldown                         Sense of Achievement: YAY!!!

 

Style Description

 

JAZZ (available for all ages)

Jazz can be a fun, energetic, invigorating style of dance where you are always moving and bouncing around with zest!! It can also be a smooth and lyrical style of dance, however most times it is super funky, energetic & full of upbeat music.

 

Moves may include: turns, jumps, splits, kicks, runs and gallops. We also teach the correct jazz terminology such as jettes, chainé, chassé, fan kick, coupé, retiré, pirouette, plié, etc.

 

Classes include: warm up, across room combinations, flexibility/co-ordination, technique & learning a series of routines. Classes also include balance, posture, style, timing, strength, memory, positive teamwork & self-acceptance.

 

Jazz/Funk

The great thing about Jazz/Funk is that it can include any style of jazz, however will always have a lot of funk & energy to it!

 

Broadway Jazz (available for 7yo and above)

Think of musical theatre without the singing. This style is very theatrical = full of facial expressions, character and loads of fun!!  Songs are used from Musicals such as Hairspray, High School Musical, Wizard of Oz, Chicago, Wicked, Lion King, Moulin Rouge, Cabaret, Cats, etc.

 
Commercial Jazz (available for 7yo and above)

The choreography & music for commercial is inspired from music clips eg. Beyonce, Britney, Lady Ga Ga, Katy Perry, JLo, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIP HOP (available for all ages)

Hip hop is full of ATTITUDE!! Positive attitude of course :) You'll learn to move just like the famous music stars and performers such as Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Beyonce and Rihanna. 

 

Hip Hop is a broad term that can include popping, locking, breakdancing, house, moonwalking, waving, etc. It's a popular style and one that has you sweating - you'll feel pumped after a class of Hip Hop.  Hip Hop teaches self-expression & self-acceptance.

 

In Hip Hop, you learn a lot of rhythm and groove - for instance, you’ll learn not only how to do a dance move, but how to sink into it the hip hop way and get a real good feel for what makes hip hop look & feel so good. This style is a great way to express yourself. A lot of the moves are generally on the spot (whereas Jazz travels a lot). This style involves isolations and moves that get you low, sinking into the groove.

 

Commercial Hip Hop (available from 7yo and above)

This style involves a lot of the latest music and is classified as new school hip hop ie. pop music like Beyonce, Rihanna, JLo, Fifth Harmony, Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars. It involves dance moves from music clips & movies.


Urban Hip Hop (available from 7yo and above)

This style is classified as old school hip hop and uses a range of bigger, expressive, loose and 'out there' moves. Loads of swagga! Suitable for those who like to dance it out BIG!

 

 

CONTEMPORARY (available for 6yo+)

Contemporary dance is a style that explores the likes of Jazz, Ballet and Lyrical. It includes a lot of ballet and jazz components.

Contemporary is used to tell a story and dancers are encouraged to connect with the music, use lots of emotion and to move their body through all different types of movement such as fluid, sharp or relaxed. Contemporary is not a strict style such as ballet as it is very versatile and 'free' like. Contemporary also features floor work, jumps, partner and group work.

Lyrical Contemporary (available for 9yo and above)

Lyrical uses more fluid 'pretty' movements. This style is not ridged and doesn't use many sharp or sudden movements. Lyrical Contemporary will use the lyrics throughout the song to tell the story and for timing and tempo, therefore encouraging students to express themselves through their body and face – dancing with emotion.


Abstract Contemporary (available for 9yo and above)

Abstract explores more modern movements in which the dance will include sharp and at times, strange sequences. Think of music clips from Sia. Modern Contemporary is being seen more and more in shows like 'So You Think You Can Dance' as it seems to capture the audience with its weird but incredibly entertaining style. 

 

 

CLASS LEVELS

BEGINNER

Beginner is suitable for students with no or little dance experience.

 

For students who are moving to another style of dance eg. from jazz to hip hop or from hip hop to contemporary - to start at the Beginner or Beg/Int level UNLESS permission is granted from the Teacher.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE

Intermediate level is suitable for students who have had some dance experience (here at Backstreet or elsewhere) or wishes to gain more challenges.

 

Intermediate is also suitable for students who have just moved up in age group. We therefore recommend students to move to Beg/Int or Int when moving up in age group.

 

 

ADVANCED

Advanced is only suitable for those students with a high level of co-ordination, ability/skills, confidence, flexibility, and fitness.

 

Students must gain a recommendation or permission from the Teacher to enrol at this level because moving to this level without having the necessary skills and confidence can jeopardise the students self-esteem.

Students therefore need to be physically and mentally prepared to take on this level.

 

 

OPEN

Open Level means suitable for all levels of experience from Beginner to Advanced.

An Open Class is designed to cater for all abilities and give the student an opportunity to experience a combination of different techniques within that style.

 

 

ADULT DANCE CLASSES

The goal for these classes is to learn a whole song ready to perform.

You can still enrol in this class if you choose not to perform - just inform your Teacher when stage positions are allocated.

 

Most Adult students come to Backstreet for fun, fitness, socialising, and to release stress from everyday life.

A lot of Adults do perform - purely for fun and a sense of achievement.

 

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