Course Dates: 25/02/20 - 31/03/20
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Benjamin Bailey

Breakdance (traditionally known as Bboying or Breakin’) is a highly dynamic style of dance that originated from the Bronx, New York in the 1970s. This beginners course will cover some of the fundamental steps, as seen by bboys and bgirls from all over the globe, and how to link them to ‘the breaks’. Breaks are heavy drum sections of music records that are looped together and prolonged to create a mix that first inspired this style of dance. This course will be focussed on developing our musicality, balance, flexibility, upper body strength and coordination through this traditional dance within hip hop culture.


What is the course about?

In this course, 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. Speak to the tutor for advice and guidance or contact the drama, dance and speech department for advice and guidance.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: DDB029

Please choose a course date 

Tue, eve, 25 Feb - 31 Mar '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £89.00
Senior fee: £89.00
Concession: £54.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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