Introduction by Alex Skinner of East Sussex Dance.
Although these three modern dance styles usually come under the same umbrella, they are incredibly different. They are often taught in one class to equip students with the very different skills required to become a professional dancer.
Disco describes any style danced to modern music and has been popular in the UK since the late 1970's. The emphasis is on "feeling" the rhythm of the music through the core and routines are learned to modern music.
Freestyle is a gymnastic style of dance requiring flexibility, dynamic movement and performance. Freestyle dance can be fast or slow and has a large competitive/performance emphasis.
Street dance encompasses a wide range of urban styles; Breaking, Waacking, Popping, Locking, Commercial and Hip Hop to name but a few! These styles came out of America in the 70's and 80's and were first widely recognised when Michael Jackson was in his prime.
Street Dance can trace its roots back to the late 1960's. It became popular when Michael Jackson began locking and popping. It has evolved from many styles of dancing. There are many styles, including Locking, Popping, Ticking, Robot, Electric, etc.
The longest continuous moonwalk lasted for 2 hours 30 minutes 50 seconds and was achieved by dance instructor, Michael Frank in Germany, in 2011. At the end of the attempt he stated he could not feel the soles of his feet, but feeling was quickly regained!
Things to consider when looking for a dance teacher;
How many other children are in the class? Is it mixed gender?
What is the studio space like? Can you go and have a look at it before you sign up?
Is there a strict dress code? Most dance schools encourage children to wear any comfortable clothes but guidelines are often more specific regarding footwear.
The National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) offers an exam structure in Street Dance and Freestyle from Rainbows (ages 3 to 8 years) through to National Awards for all ages.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) offers examinations in Street Dance and Commercial Hip Hop and Disco Freestyle.
The International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) is one of the world’s largest examination boards, covering the full spectrum of dance examinations on a global scale, with over 7,000 members in 55 countries. It offers Freestyle and Street Dance examinations.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) provides training and qualifications for dance teachers.
The Professional Teachers of Dancing (PDT) is an examining board and teaching society and is accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training. Established in 1992, it is a not-for-profit society that covers a range of dance subjects both in the UK and abroad.
Gross motor skills
George William Sampson (born June 29, 1993) is a British street dancer and actor from Warrington. He won the second series of Britain's Got Talent on 31 May 2008 at the age of 14.
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