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A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement and by elaborate formal gestures, steps and poses. Ballet is a technical form of dance with its own vocabulary of French terminology. Ballet has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres.
This style of dance comes from contemporary ballet with a mix of modern, jazz and lyrical. Contemporary can range from soft to stronger movements to portray the feel of the music. It can be a study of musicality or a visual performance inspired by creating shapes both with the body and choreographed formations. It can be a piece strictly inspired by an idea, concept or theme, or an abstraction of ballet technique. Contemporary has become a very popular style because of television shows like “So You Think You Can Dance”.
This style is an opportunity for dancers to showcase their strength in a high energy class. Jazz, if not classical, is upbeat with sharp, precise movements. The beat of the music should drive the dancer’s movement. Common elements include grand battements, leaps, use of parallel positions, forced arch, and turns.
Inspired by jazz and utilizing ballet technique, lyrical dance expresses the lyrics and the story of a song. A dancer uses their emotions through their movement and facial expressions to portray the feeling and mood of the music.
A storytelling dance performed to a song from a musical or movie musical. Lip syncing or actual singing can be done in musical theater, but dancers should rely on their movement and acting to portray the song. This is a wonderful opportunity for a dancer to dig further into growing as a performer.
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations of tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance; it is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality.