What is the course about?
A high energy, fun dance class suitable for beginners and those with some prior knowledge of dance. Following a warm-up we will use centre practice and travelling steps to explore a variety of movement leading to a choreographed routine. Music will be from either a West End or Broadway musical.
What will we cover?
A warm up will be used to focus and stretch the body followed with centre practice and travelling steps to explore a variety of movements. A variety of dance styles will be adopted although the main focus will on jazz style. The course will culminate in a choreographed routine.
Choreographic techniques might include musical staging, narrative or character and will be accompanied with music.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate an appreciation of the style with a greater sense of enjoyment.
Identify improved co-ordination, flexibility, strength and stamina
Perform a routine with greater confidence
Evidence greater knowledge and improved performance skills.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for beginners. Some experience of dance (jazz/contemporary etc.) is useful but not essential.
A beginner's dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any dance class there will be students 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 and syncopations within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The is physical class from beginning to end. The class is tutor led and you will be taught through demonstration and explanation. During the class you 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?
Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement, allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature, and allows your tutor to see your work more clearly.
The exercises are best undertaken in jazz shoes or trainers. If you have long hair, you should tie it back for your own safety and comfort, and you must remove jewellery for health and safety as well as comfort.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue with this class or try one of our many other Dance courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details