About Vitality dance theater

Vitality dance theater offers classes and performance in Salsa, ballroom, hula, Creative Dance, Ballet, , Modern, Jazz, Flamenco and HipHop. The range of classes include recreational classes for children through adults and a full program of pre-professional classes. Vitality dance theater mission is to provide a caring and nurturing environment where students have the opportunity to learn professional conduct, correct technique, quality and fluidity of movement and the use of music and rhythm. The discipline the students learn at the Centre will help them achieve their ultimate goals in their chosen profession.

 

Salsa:

Salsa means sauce in Spanish and in this case the sauce can be hot and spicy!
Salsa is normally a lead & follow (freestyle) partner dance,
Salsa dancing is incredibly popular throughout Latin America and the United States, and is gaining popularity in Europe and elsewhere. Many clubs specialize in salsa music and most towns offer classes in salsa dancing.
Salsa style
LA on1 Style
When using the Mambo basic, LA or West coast style Salsa breaks on the 1st or strong beat. The patterns use frequent turns for the woman. LA style also uses more tricks and dips than does the traditional New York style.
New York on2 Style
When using the Mambo basic, New York or East coast style Salsa breaks on the 2nd beat. This reflects New York Salsa's Mambo heritage. A number of New York style patterns are based on the cross body lead rather than on the woman's turn.
Cuban and Miami Style
Cuban Salsa breaks on the 1st or strong beat. One of the basic steps is called the Guapea. In the Guapea, the couple do a back basic on the first three beats and a front basic on the next three beats, stepping towards one another on 5 and away on 6 and 7. The leader and follower use their right and left hands respectively to push away from each other on beat 6.
Cuban style Salsa is also called Casino and patterns frequently rotate. In a group dance called the Rueda, couples place themselves in a circle and change patterns or partners when a designated caller calls for a change.
Columbian Style
Colombian style Salsa (different from Cumbia) is based on Pachanga & Boogaloo, without the characteristic Boogaloo bounce. The focus in Columbia Salsa is on footwork. Some of the kicks and toe-heel swivels are reminiscent of Swing. The music can be very fast.

(Salsa video 05.14.2012)

 

Belly dance:

Belly dance or bellydance is a "Western"-coined name for a traditional "West Asian" dance, especially raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي‎).[citation needed], (Turkish: Dansöz) It is sometimes also called Middle Eastern dance or Arabic dance in the West.

The term "belly dance" is a translation of the French "danse du ventre" which was applied to the dance in the Victorian era. It is something of a misnomer as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part usually is the hips. Belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, both in costume and dance style, and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally. Although contemporary forms of the dance have generally been performed by women, some of the dances, particularly the cane dance, have origins in male forms of performance.

 

(Belly dance video 04.05.2012)

 

Hula:

hula traditional Hawaiian dance usually performed standing with symbolically descriptive arm and hand movements and gracefully sensual undulations of the hips; it is also done in a sitting position. Hawaiian myth ascribes hula's invention to Hi'iaka, sister of the volcano goddess Pele, and its safekeeping to the goddess Laka. Originally part of religious ceremonies, it was danced by groups of specially trained women who illustrated the various accompanying texts (mele), which were chanted by men. Instruments were limited to percussion–sharkskin drums, gourds, stone castanets, and bamboo rattles. Missionaries, who arrived in Hawaii in 1820, labeled the dance heathen and succeeded in having it banned. Nonetheless, it continued to be clandestinely taught and danced. Hula was again encouraged during the reign (1874–91) of David Kalakaua, Hawaii's last king; in this period it was expanded in text, song, movement, and costume. Although it was again subject to official disapproval after American annexation (1898), the hula was revived in a commercialized form in the 20th cent. Chant accompaniment yielded to music, drums and gourds to ukelele and guitar. The sensual swivel of the hips was accentuated, and the dance became a tourist staple and a feature of Hollywood productions. In the 1970s, however, a Hawaiian cultural renaissance revived interest in traditional hula.
(HULA video 04.28.2012)


Bachata:

The earliest bachata was originally developed in the Dominican Republic around the early part of the 20th century, with mixed Cuban boleros and, which originated from Son. With African elements, it combined with traditional Latin/Caribbean rhythms, and is a guitar based music which recently evolved from bolero and it was also influenced largely by Puerto Rican jibaro music and baladas/boleros. During much of its history Bachata music was denigrated by Latino/Caribbean society and associated with rural backwardness and delinquency. As recently as 1988 Bachata was considered too vulgar, crude and musically rustic to enter mainstream music. In the 1990s, bachata's instrumentation changed from acoustic guitar to electric steel string. The new electric bachata soon became an international phenomenon, and today bachata is as popular as salsa and merengue in some Latin American dance-halls.

(Bachata video 04.07.2012)

 

West Coast Swing:

West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation.Typically the follower walks into new patterns traveling forward on counts "1" and "2" of each basic pattern, rather than rocking back. The Anchor Step is a common ending pattern of many West Coast Swing figures

(weast coast swing video 03.08.2012)

 

Argentine Tango:

is a musical genre of simple quadruple metre and binary musical form, and the social dance that accompanies it. Its lyrics and music are marked by nostalgia, expressed through melodic instruments including the bandoneón. Originated at the ending of the 19th century in the suburbs of Buenos Aires,it quickly grew in popularity and spread internationally. Among its leading figures are the singer and songwriter Carlos Gardel, composer Mariano Mores and performers Osvaldo Pugliese and Ástor Piazzolla.

(Argentine Tango video: 06.10.2012)

 

Jazz dance:

is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance — 'Modern Jazz Dance'- — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins

( Jazz video 03.11.2012)

 

 

Contemporary dance:

emerged in the 1950s as the dance form that is combining the modern dance elements and the classical ballet elements. It can use elements from non-western dance cultures, such as African dancing with bent knees as a characteristic trait, and Butoh, Japanese contemporary dancing that developed in the 1950s. It used to describe also the dance which is not classical jazz nor traditional folk/cultural dance.[citation needed] Sub-genres include non-dance, conceptual dance and pedestrian contemporary
(video 03.25.2012)

 

Rumba:

Rumba is a family of percussive rhythms, song and dance that originated in Cuba as a combination of the musical traditions of Africans brought to Cuba as slaves and Spanish colonizers. The name derives from the Cuban Spanish word rumbo which means "party" or "spree". It is secular, with no religious connections.Rhythmically, Afro-Cuban folkloric rumba is based on the five-stroke pattern called clave and the inherent structure it conveys.Carlos Vidal Bolado (better known simply as Carlos Vidal) was the first to commercially record authentic folkloric rumba (Ritmo Afro-Cubano SMC 2519-A and 2520-B, circa 1948).

( Rumba video03.26.2012)

 

Merengue:
is a style of Dominican music and dance. Partners hold each other in a closed position. The leader holds the follower's waist with the leader's right hand, while holding the follower's right hand with the leader's left hand at the follower's eye level. Partners bend their knees slightly left and right, thus making the hips move left and right. The hips of the leader and follower move in the same direction throughout the song. Partners may walk sideways or circle each other, in small steps. They can switch to an open position and do separate turns without letting go each other's hands or releasing one hand. During these turns they may twist and tie their handhold into intricate pretzels. Other choreographies are possible

(Merengue video 04.18.2012)

 

Hip-Hop

refers to 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 notably breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The television show Soul Train and the 1980s films Breakin', Beat Street, and Wild Style showcased these crews and dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure. The dance industry responded with a studio based version of hip-hop—sometimes called new style—and a hip-hop influenced style of jazz dance called jazz-funk. Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances that were being performed on the street. Because of this development, hip-hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces.

(Hip-Hop video 04.21.02)