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Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres.
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Acrobatics is the performance of extraordinary feats of balance, agility, and motor coordination. It can be found in many of the performing arts, sporting events, and martial arts. Acrobatics is most often associated with activities that make extensive use of gymnastic elements, such as acro dance, circus, and gymnastics, but many other athletic activities — such as ballet and diving — may also employ acrobatics.

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The CBDS Acro program is based on the Acrobatic Arts syllabus for AcroDance. This syllabus is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling. Our Acro teachers are professionally trained and accredited.


The term jazz dance was first used to describe dances done to the jazz music of the early 20th century, but its origin lie in the dances brought from Africa to America. Beginning in the 1930s and continuing through the 1960s, jazz dance transformed from its street form into a theatre-based performance art.  During this time, choreographers from other genres experimented with the style, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Jack Cole, Hanya Holm, Helen Tamiris, Michael Kidd, Jerome Robbins, and Bob Fosse. All of these choreographers influenced jazz by requiring highly trained dancers, and introducing steps from ballet and contemporary dance.

In the 1950s, jazz dance was profoundly influenced by Caribbean and Latin American influences (such as isolations) introduced by Katherine Dunham. A low centre of gravity and high level of energy are other important identifying characteristics of jazz dance. Other elements of jazz dance are less common and are the stylisations of their respective choreographers. One such example are the inverted limbs and hunched-over posture of Bob Fosse.

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Hip Hop

Tap dance is a form of dance characterised by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance; it is widely performed in musical theatre. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and toe. There are different brands of shoes which sometimes differ in the way they sound.

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Hip hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. 
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Contemporary dance is a dance performance genre that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles.In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance's stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. It sometimes also incorporates elements of non-western dance cultures such as elements from African dance including bent knees, or movements from the Japanese contemporary dance Butoh.

Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song.

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This non-performance class takes the place of our previous 'Stretch & Technique' classes, with an increased focus on the practical applications of technique - turns, kicks, and jumps. With stronger technique, students will be able to learn and perfect more difficult choreography in their regular production classes and competition routines.

Drawing inspiration from ballet and jazz syllabi, this Technique class will benefit all students performing on stage, and particularly exam and competition students.

This class will be compulsory for all CBDS students enrolled in Ballet, Jazz, and/or Tap, Junior 2 level and higher, as of 2017.

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