Class Types


CULTURE SHOCK DANCE CENTER offers training and fitness classes in a variety of dance types and styles.  Ability levels range from Intro/Beginner to Advanced. Master Classes and Open Floor Sessions are also available.  Classes are typically open for drop-ins unless otherwise specified on the schedule.

CLASS TYPES

  • Cardio Classes focus on providing a workout while having fun dancing to a specific style such as Hip Hop.  Although these classes are for all levels of dancers and fitness enthusiasts, they are a great place to start for the novice dancer.
  • Choreography & Technique Classes focus on detailed choreography and technique.  These classes typically involve more precise and challenging movements than the cardio classes.
  • Youth and Teen Classes provide a great way for kids to learn and master different techniques and styles.  Youth and teen classes are grouped by age ranges, and offered in multi-week sessions as specified in the schedule of classes.
  • Open Floor provides space for dancers who are welcome to come freestyle and meet other dancers with similar dance styles.
  • Master Classes are taught by choreographers at a professional/advanced level. These classes allow outside master choreographers from different places to share their knowledge and style of dance.

LEVELS

  • Level 1 (L-1) = Intro/Beginning: A great place to start if you're interested in a new dance style or have never taken dance classes before. You will be taken through the basic elements of dance, step by step, so you will have a better understanding of the movement and eventually be ready for the next level of classes. This may include rhythym, counting, body isolations, placement, repitition of movements, and common vocabulary.
  • Level 2 (L-2) = Beginning: For the novice dancer ready to apply foundational knowledge (from L-1) into dance combinations.
  • Level 3 (L-3) = Beginning/Intermediate: For dancers who have mastered L-2 and are ready to apply foundational knowledge into more detailed dance combinations at a faster rate and with more stylized choreography.
  • Level 4 (L-4) = Intermediate: For dancers who have mastered fundamentals up to L-3 and are ready for more challenging choreography that focuses more on detail and texture of movements taught at a quicker rate.
  • Level 5 (L-5) = Advanced: For experienced dancers who want to advance to a professional level. These classes are taught at a proficient rate with exceptional attention to detail and texture of movement. A great place for dancers who are up for a challenge!

DANCE / CLASS STYLES

All Styles Hip Hop

This foundational Hip Hop class introduces the Old School Dance Styles of Popping, Locking, Breakin', & House.

American Tribal Style Belly Dance

American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance is an eclectic modern style of dance that blends classic Egyptian, Folkloric, Flamenco, and Indian influences. ATS uses specific cues, combinations, formations and nonverbal communication to create brilliant improvisational dancing. http://fcbd.com/about/

Ballet Bootcamp

Earn your best body ever in a positive and supportive atmosphere. The synergy of classical ballet techniques, strengthening, cardio, agility, flexibility, balance and poise will take you to a new level. Mini-combos strengthen your mind-body connection while providing high intensity cardio in a safe, low impact format. Breaking the classics down to their elemental essences, this class will challenge beginners and professionals alike. All you need are ballet shoes, a towel, and your goals. (If you'd like to try the class in socks, barefoot, or with another soft dance shoe you are welcome!)

Breakin (Break Dance)

B-boying, often called "breakdancing", is a popular style of street dance that was created and developed as part of hip-hop culture in New York City. The dance consists of four primary elements: toprock, downrock, freezes/suicides and power moves. It is danced to both Funk and other genres of music that are often remixed to prolong the musical breaks.

Burlesque

In recent decades, there has been a revival of Burlesque. A new generation nostalgic for the spectacle and glamour of the classic American Burlesque, developed a cult following for the art in the early 1990s. Choreography seen in the film Burlesque was inspired by Bob Fosse's Cabaret and European Burlesque entertainment. This class offers a fun and sensual style of dance with a sense of playfulness. This class contains mature content.

Contemporary

Contemporary includes a full warm up, across the floor and/or center technique, choreography, and elements of structured improvisation. Drawing from various styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and even Hip Hop, this class challenges dancers to explore quality of movement, texture, musicality, and performance. Suitable for dancers with a solid background in any form of technical dance who are looking to improve their execution and adaptability. No special attire or shoes required.

Contemporary Choreography

Contemporary Choreography includes a full warm up with a focus on choreography and elements of structured improvisation (technique exercises, drills, and/or across-the-floor combinations are typically not included - please see Contemporary classes for these options). Drawing from various styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and even Hip Hop, this class challenges dancers to explore quality of movement, texture, musicality, and performance. Suitable for dancers with a solid background in any form of technical dance who are looking to improve their execution and adaptability. No special attire or shoes required.

Grooves

Grooves teaches dancers the techniques of grooving, gliding, and body rolling for a smooth effortless style.

HEELS

Get your sexy on in your favorite pair of heels in this HEELS Choreography Class! We recommend bringing a few footwear options as you adjust to dancing in heels.

Heels Circuit

Heels circuit is a cardio based class that focuses on the fundamental techniques of dancing in heels. Using elements of Jazz Funk, Hip Hop and Classical Jazz, this class incorporates the practice of walking, across the floor patterns, and choreography drills. Heels circuit is a great supplement to any HEELS choreography class.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop dance refers to dance styles primarily danced to Hip Hop music or that have evolved as part of the Hip Hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles notably Breaking, Locking, and Popping. If you are new to hip hop dance we recommend that you start with Intro To Hip Hop.

Hip Hop Burlesque

A fusion of stylized, sultry Hip Hop and Burlesque. This class includes mature content.

House

House is a group of club dance styles primarily danced to House music. Born in the Chicago club scene, House evolved and expanded in the clubs of New York. The main styles include Footwork, Jacking, and Lofting. Like Hip Hop dance it is often improvisational in nature. It emphasizes fast and complex foot oriented steps combined with fluid movements in the torso. House dance incorporates movements from many other sources such as Capoeira, Tap, Jazz, Bebop, and Salsa. It includes a variety of techniques and sub-styles that include skating, stomping, and shuffling.

Intro to Hip Hop

Intro to Hip Hop (for adults) is for the novice dancer. It is a great place to start if you’ve never taken dance or Hip Hop classes. You will practice the basic elements of Hip Hop dance through drills and repetition. This is a great precursor to Level 1 and up choreography classes.

Island Fusion

Explore a high energy fusion of cultural styles like Dance Hall, Reggae, Reggaeton, African, and Salsa.

Jazz

Jazz is a comprehensive class that begins with a thorough warm-up, across-the-floor, ending with a choreographed combination. Appropriate footwear includes Jazz shoes, bear paws, or barefoot.

Jazz-Funk

Emerging in the 1980’s this dance form was brought about by the popularization and commercial influence of Hip Hop Dance. Jazz Funk, also called Street Jazz, borrows a lot of movement from Hip Hop and other dance styles.

Jazzercise

You can burn up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective 60-minute total body workout. Every Jazzercise group fitness class combines dance-based cardio with strength training and stretching to sculpt, tone and lengthen muscles for maximum fat burn.
This is an independent class. For more information please visit:
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Krump

Krump is a style of dance that originated in the African-American community of South Central Los Angeles, California. It involves elaborate face-painting and freestyle dance moves usually performed in competition with other crews. Krump is characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement involving the arms, head, legs, chest, and feet. Krump started as a way to escape gang life and to release anger, aggression and frustration positively, in a non-violent way.

Latin Jazz

This Jazz Technique Choreography Class features Latin Rhythms, style, and music.

Master Class

Our Master Classes offer various styles from advanced professionals.

Musical Theater (Dance)

Musical theater dance is the study of Broadway dance and dance styles.

Musical Theater (Voice)

If you are a young actor/singer, and considering making a career out music or acting, this workshop is a great way to enhance your skills and get comfortable performing in front of others.
This is an independently run class. For more information please visit
http://leighscarritt.com/Home_Page.php

Popping

These dance styles include the Robot, Waving and Tutting. However, Popping is distinct from Breaking and Locking, with which it is often confused. A Popping dancer is commonly referred to as a Popper. As one of the earliest Funk Styles, Popping is closely related to Hip Hop dancing.

SHORTY-N-ME

SHORTY-N-ME is a "Mommy & Me" style Hip Hop program for kids ages 1-4. Our mission is to make your Shorties happy and give them the platform to express themselves through dance! For more detailed information, please check out our FB page www.facebook.com/shortynme

Stretch & Conditioning

This class teaches physical fitness for dancers. It offers them tools to build strength, endurance, & safety awareness, while building teamwork & leadership in the classroom.

Tap

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion.

Urban Choreography

Urban Choreo- aka: Stylized Hip Hop, Lyrical Hip Hop….these are many names for this passionate, new dance style. The motivation comes from the individual dancer’s interpretation of the selected piece of music. Most often choreographed to ballads, driven by the lyrics rather than the beat. Reminiscent of Contemporary dance, with more emphasis on style than technique.