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Laurier Recreation is proud to offer a wide variety of instructional dance classes. Many different styles and levels are offered to suit a multitude of participants. It is a great way to try something new or enhance your own abilities while receiving a great weekly workout! All classes occur weekly for 10 weeks and are 1 hour and 15 minutes in length. Each class creates a dance routine that will be performed at the end of each semester in the Dance Showcase. This is a chance for participants to demonstrate their talent and what they have accomplished during the semester. Information regarding the times, locations and class descriptions of all Special Interest programming can be found online through the registration site at www.laurierathletics.com/registration.

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Dance Program Fees: $61 + HST

DANCE CLASS LISTINGS

Acro
This class is based around acrobatics incorporated with dance.  We will focus on tricks and lifts throughout this semester and our end goal will reflect all that we have worked on.  This is an advanced level class and requires previous experience in acro dance or gymnastics.  

Advanced Hip Hop
This advanced class uses the latest sounds in Rap, R&B, Dance Music, Pop & Old School in combination with classic hip hop dance elements such as poppin', locking and freestyle movement. Dancers will be taught intricate combinations at an advanced level and therefore must have a strong background in this style of dance in order to participate.

Beginner Hip Hop
Come by and learn some hip-hop inspired by the hottest choreographers today. This high-energy class will pump you up and allow you to experience a fusion of moves seen in music videos. Each class will begin with a warm up followed by a routine that will be performed at the end of the semester. No previous dance experience is require as long as you are full of energy and ready to move this is the class for you.

Burlesque
This class is for ladies only. What a great way to have fun with friends. Leave your inhibitions at the door, this class is meant to be fun.


Competitive
This class is a chance for very advanced dancers to carry on with their high level of training. This class will combine disciplines such as jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop and acro. A dancer does not have to be trained in all forms to join the class but should be interested in learning new styles. This class will give all dancers a chance to improve their technique, flexibility and learn creative choreography. A technical and creative piece will be put together at the end of the semester. Previous dance experience is required.

Contemporary/Modern
This style is founded on natural movement, creativity, expression, technique, dynamics, body awareness and the use of space. Students will explore modern dance movement through warm-ups, various exercises and combinations, as well as improvisations that will be later used in the choreography of a performance routine. Previous dance experience is recommended.

Dancealates
This is an OPEN class, no dance experience is required.  Dancealates is essentially the way a dancer trains.  The class is high-energy and focuses on increasing flexibility, toning muscles and building strength.

Dancehall
This high-energy, exhilarating and groovy addition to the dance program proved to be a wild success in its first trial back in February. Next year, it will introduce participants to authentic Dancehall moves rooted in Afro-Caribbean culture. These moves, and contemporary Jamaican Dancehall and Reggae beats have called upon much international attention, proving popular in parts of Europe and Asia! This fun-filled class will definitely make participants work up a sweat and it will further promote cultural diversity in Lauriers Dance scene!


Feel The Beat
Feat the Beat, developed by a Laurier alumni, is a class comprised of young adults with developmental disabilities from the KW community as well Laurier student volunteers. In combination with great music, great moves, and great exercise, Feel the Beat provides participants and volunteers a with a great learning experience both creatively and socially through various styles of dance and activities focused on fostering a cohesive group atmosphere

Highland

Combining both elements of Celtic artistry and athleticism, Highland Dancing is one of the oldest forms of dance that was originally used to celebrate battle victories and social gatherings. This class will focus on combining a variety of steps and positions to contemporary Celtic music to work towards a choreographed routine for the semester's showcase. A great way to stay fit or get into shape, the class is open to all levels, however some experience is recommended.

Intermediate Hip Hop
Intermediate Hip Hop is a high-energy hip-hop class based on an intermediate level, which includes many different styles of hip-hop. The class will include conditioning, stretching, dance theory, choreography, swagger and technique. Main style that dancers will be trained in is LA style.

Jazz
An exciting and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life.  Jazz dance brings energy and life to all those who dance it.   Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Ever evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday.  Classes are offered at both the beginner and intermediate levels.

Lyrical
Lyrical dance combines techniques developed through jazz, modern, and ballet. The focus of lyrical dance is on the emotion expressed through the dancer and the piece of music. Due to the influence of other dance styles on lyrical, this class is designed for experienced dancers. Each class is composed of warm-up, developing jump and turn techniques, and learning a routine to be preformed at the end of the semester. This class is not for beginners.

Musical Theatre
Musical theatre is the American art form that first coined the phrase 'triple threat'. It is A combination of music, dancing and acting to entertain and tell wonderful stories. This class will explore different genres of musical theatre And culminate in a show-stopping dance number that will be sure to both challenge and entertain. An open level class, all dancers are welcome.

Street Dance
Street Dance is a term to describe the unison of all hip-hop styles: popping, locking, breakdance, krump and house.   Street Dance is known for its high-energy performances and lively participants.  Don't expect anything less during this class!

Tap
Do you find your toes tapping to the beat of the music?  If yes, then it's time to take a tap class!  Tap is a unique style of dance, with intricate rhythms and exciting combinations of steps that can be performed to any type of music.   This class will focus on learning new rhythms, developing tap technique, and having fun while still being challenged.  Beginners are welcome, but previous experience is recommended.


Technique/Stretch

This class will focus on increasing strength and flexibility, alignment, coordination and injury prevention. A variety of warm up activities and exercises will be developed and catered to the needs of the students. The class will also focus on developing proper dance technique, such as turns and jumps.

Dancelates

Dancelates is inspired by the way dancers train and condition their bodies. The focus of the class is on both flexibility and strength training. This class is an excellent alternative to your regular workout. Offered as a drop-in class only on Wednesdays at 8pm in Studio 2 for a $7 fee.

Registration
Winter dance classes: January 1st- January 19th, 2014
*Classes are available on a first come first serve basis.



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