Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.
This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
Course Code: DDB029C
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
Breakdance (traditionally known as Bboying or Breakin’) is a highly dynamic style of dance that originated from the Bronx, New York in the 1970s. You will learn fundamental steps and approaches to movements frequently performed by bboys and bgirls worldwide. You will gain a basic understanding of rhythm and how to perform fundamental movements to drum breaks. You will also learn a few short combinations which can be shown to the groups at the end of the course. You will develop the ability to freestyle, using these combinations of steps in your own way.
What will we cover?
This course will cover many topics at a basic level to give a general understanding of what elements are present in the dance and how different movements are linked together to create a dynamic style.
We will be practicing in particular a variety of basic top rock, footwork and freezes. We will also cover a brief history of Break dance and how certain movements were pioneered and innovated through the involvement of different cultures together in the Bronx, New York.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate fundamental moves within the Breakdance repertoire to music.
Identify improved co-ordination, flexibility, strength and stamina.
Perform a freestyle and choreographed routines with greater confidence.
Recall a brief history of the dance.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for those who are new to Break dance or dance in general as well as those looking to improve and gain further experience.
You will need to be comfortable crouching and in good physical fitness to get the most out of this course. No injuries when attending is preferable.
A beginner's dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any dance class there will be student’s of all levels and abilities. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely
A beginner’s dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginner’s dance class there will be student’s from all types of backgrounds. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course has a physical approach from beginning to end with structured exercises to improve different qualities. The class is tutor led and you will be taught through demonstration and explanation. During the class participants will be given an opportunity to demonstrate the work and receive verbal feedback from your tutor. We encourage you to work in your own time to perfect the work but there is no formal requirement to do so.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
It is advised to bring a soft hat such as a beanie and knee pads for protection during floor sequences. If you do not have knee pads then long, loose trousers/tracksuit bottoms that cover your knees are recommended.
Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. Trainers, dance shoes or plimsols are essential. Jock straps should be worn by men. Students are required to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. Jewellery should be removed at the start of the class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Street dance, Jazz dance or Tap dance or try one of our many other dance courses.
Benjamin Bailey trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in Barbican, London and has since worked on numerous dance/ theatre shows around the world as a ‘triple threat’ performer. Prior to professional training Benjamin was a national tap dance champion with his brother AJ performing as The Bailey Brothers. Career highlights include dancing and singing at the V&A museum, The Royal Albert Hall, Museu Nacional de Catalunya, Kensington Olympia, and many more. Benjamin works as a dance teacher, choreographer and producer across the UK and abroad. He is passionate about passing on the knowledge of tap dancing dating back to the 1800’s. Benjamin was fortunate enough to form a friendship with the late Steve Clark (The Clark Brothers) before he passed away. Benjamin honours the work of great tap dancers such as Sammy Davis Junior, Eleanor Powell, Gregory Hines and Fred Astaire in his classes and builds on this knowledge to keep coming up with endless new steps for his students. Benjamin is passionate about all levels of tap dancing and would recommend class to anyone who wants to develop their coordination and musicality!
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.