Dance Class Overview
Delaware Dance Fever offers free open classes for University of Delaware students in various dance styles outlined below. Classes include but are not limited to; beginner/intermediate/advanced jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, and technique. Classes are taught by company members only, but are open to non-members as well. The class schedule can be found on the company's Facebook page.
Jazz - Varied type of dance usually performed to fast-paced music; characterized by technical movements and elements of dancing; different types such as "street jazz", "funky jazz", "broadway/classical jazz", etc. Jazz classes vary in style according to choreographer. Class typically includes: stretching, warm-ups (pirouettes, kicks, etc.), across-the-floor, and combinations.
Hip-Hop - Have been the most popular and crowded classes according to positive response and consistent attendance for DDF. Newer form of dance usually characterized by "funky" movements, sometimes "popping and locking", "breaking", etc. Loose or structured movements are usually incorporated. Music tends to be very "current"; Class typically includes: stretching, warm-ups, combinations, freestyling.
Lyrical - The fusion of ballet and jazz technique. Lyrical dance interprets music or words, conveying the emotion of the particular piece. Classes typically include: stretching, warm-ups (pirouettes, kicks, etc.), across-the-floor, and combinations.
Modern/Contemporary - a form of dance created in the 20th Century breaking away from Western ballet technique and tradition; it features the dancer's movement, language, and choreographic style. Contemporary dance principles include: centering, alignment, gravity, breath, contraction, release, fall and recovery, balance and off-balance, tension and relaxation, opposition and emotion. Class typically includes: stretching, across-the-floor, and combinations.
Technique - Class dedicated entirely to strengthening the technical aspects of dance; Class typically includes a major focus on correcting and practicing pirouettes, fouettes, battements, switch leaps, axles, calypso leaps, etc. Class usually does not incorporate a combination/dance. Great class to take to strengthen or brush-up on those aspects of dance that are usually incorporated in most other forms of dance such as jazz, lyrical, ballet, modern, etc.