The Bournonville method, created in the Romantic era of ballet, was created by the Danish dancer and choreographer, August Bournonville in the mid-1800’s. This style of ballet is known for small, fast footwork (bravura), emphasized by movements of the torso, arms, and head in the direction of the feet (epaulement). Additionally, Bournonville ballets require a lot of acting and mime work.
Belly dance (or Oriental dance) is possibly the most ancient form of dancing. It started in the Middle East, and, contrary to popular belief, was not performed as a way for women to entertain men. Instead, belly dance is traditionally performed by men and women of all ages at celebrations such as weddings and festivals.
rican dance describes a wide range of dance styles that originated in sub-Saharan Africa. These dance styles are known for having a driving rhythm. The steps frequently involve the entire body, and often dancers must rely on musical signals rather than strict counting.
If your family is anything like mine, you’re constantly on the go. You’re driving your dancer to and from class, competitions, rehearsals, etc. and still need to make sure they have enough healthy energy to get them through the day.
Need a great gift for your contemporary dancer, but have no idea what they need, or even want? They can be especially hard to buy for since they definitely don’t want something with a pointe shoe or a tutu on it! But don’t worry, I’m here to take the guesswork out of it!
Everyone – even professional ballet dancers – needs a break to rest and rejuvenate. But now it’s time to get back to work. Use these tips to make sure you and your ballerina (or ballireno!) have a smooth, safe return to class.