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The following are the core Dance Instructional genres at Brant Lake Dance Camp and a brief description of our approach to teaching.
A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today's hottest video choreographers. Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin', locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Hip hop is urban, it's street, it's diverse and forever changing.
An exciting and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life. Steeped in the rhythm of jazz music, a true American art form, jazz dance brings energy and life to all those who dance it. Classes explore body isolation's of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical. Ever evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday.
Contemporary form has its roots in Modern (Horton, Graham and Limon) and Ballet, with hints of Jazz (Jack Cole and Gus Giordano). It emphasizes the use of the floor for centering and grounding oneself in movement. This class focuses on the breath (inhale/exhale), which brings quality to one's movement. Concepts of over curve/under curve, contraction/release, musicality and rhythm are explored. Contemporary Dance is a fusion of ballet, jazz, and modern, creating a limitless dance vocabulary.
Ballet Beauty, flow and elegance are inherent in the elements of ballet. Ballet is the classical dance form that can be mastered by itself or used as a technical base or supplement to other dance forms. Classes focus on overall body alignment and awareness with emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout. Carriage and usage of upper torso and arms are also stressed. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes.
Tap Classes emphasize the development and strengthening of basic tap technique and terminology highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound. Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer's feet. Rhythm tap is a broad category that encompasses the hoofing styles of current stars such as Savion Glover and the late Gregory Hines and past masters such as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Jimmy Slyde.
EnChoreo is the title of our camper directed choreography experience at Brant Lake Dance Camp. 2011 was our inaugural season of this very popular dance experience. Students are encouraged to choreograph and create new and exciting pieces on each other. Each interested choreographer is paired with and mentored by one of our extremely experienced faculty members. This workshop series is designed to help young dancers find their own creative voice and embrace their identities as choreographers. The intensives are oriented to the individual and allow girls to create their own work in a supportive, safe and inspiring environment!
It's the perfect experience if you are looking to conceptualize your own piece, further develop your own style of movement and use your great imagination.
It's a fully guided process where we experiment with how to:
• Create from a variety of angles.
• Draw movement from your "improve" and composition.
• Learn tools to get out of any creative blocks or challenge any habitual movement.
• Use diverse music styles, clothing, spacing, lighting ideas, and imposed unique situations, all using your years of training, well-founded technique and body as a vehicle.
• Mark your print on the world.
• At the end of the workshop, students will showcase their Choreographic piece!
The emphasis is on trust in yourselves to keep your movement coming from a more intuitive place.