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Acrobatics Boca Raton

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Mrs P's Dance & Acrobatics Boca Raton is one of the best performing arts school in South Florida. Acrobatics involves extreme feats of balance, agility and coordination. All performance which involves full-body activity in short, highly controlled bursts of activity can be considered acrobatics. Typical examples are all the subdivisions of gymnastics and trapeze work, specialized activities like ballet and diving could also be included.

History

Western History

Acrobatics Boca Raton traditions are found in many cultures. In the West, Minoan art from circa 2000 BC contains depictions of acrobatic feats on the backs of bulls, which may have been a religious ritual.

Though initially the term applied to tight-rope walking, in the 19th century, a form of performance art, including circus acts began to use the term as well. In the late 19th century, tumbling and other acrobatic activities is a competitive sport in Europe.

Acrobatics in Western history have become a key subject of fine art. An excellent example is Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando by Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir which depicts two German acrobatic sisters.

Eastern History

In China, acrobatics have been a part of the culture since the Western Han Dynasty, over 2500 years ago. Acrobatics Boca Raton were part of village harvest festivals.

During the Tang Dynasty, acrobatics saw much the same sort of development as European acrobatics saw during the Middle Ages with court displays during the 7th through 10th century dominating the practice. Today the performance art remains to be one of the most important performances offered within Chinese variety art, mostly referred to in the west as "Chinese Circus".

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Children Ballet Classes

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Children Ballet Classes is a tremendous way for kids to learn dance. With long history of ballet dancing, many of today’s great dancers started this way. Learning to dance in a group is fun, and your child can make new friends!

Starting Children Ballet Classes at a young age is very rewarding in a long run. Benefits of ballet for children are many.

First: it involves children in a constructive activity which they can enjoy for many years, even when they become adults.

Second: dancing releases kid's extra energy in a productive way.

Third: dancing provides children with a community of friends, with whom they socialize and interact in a positive, respectful manner.

Our 60-minute dance class introduces preschoolers to ballet and creative movement in an enjoyable, nurturing environment. The class is designed to develop children’s motor and social skills in a supportive setting. Instructors guide the students to learn in a way that makes developing movement, balance and listening skills fun.

This class instructs students to dance at their current level of mental, physical, emotional, and cognitive development. It gives children a strong foundation in dance while keeping the movement on a child’s level so that they are always having fun and mastering new skills. Our program is designed to be an effective, safe, progressive and developmentally appropriate way for preschoolers to learn dance.

Our progressively developed classes have served to enrich and engage children in dance and more! Our ballet classes help build a strong foundations in dance and movement. These skills benefit the dance students for later roles in life both in general applications and for transitioning into adult ballet.

Interesting facts about Children Ballet Classes: Facts & Ideas

  • Ballet began 500 years ago in Italy as a form of entertainment in the kings courts.
  • The first full-scale ballet was staged in Paris on 15th October, 1581.
  • The word Ballet comes from the word “dance” in Latin.
  • There are four levels of dancers in a ballet company. At the bottom is the largest group, called the ‘corps de ballet’. Next are the ‘corphees’ who lead the corps de ballet and sometimes dance the smaller parts. Then there are the ‘soloists’ who dance alone. And at the top are the ‘principals’ who dance the lead roles.
  • Pointe shoes are handmade. Their toe boxes are painted or "blocked" with glue, then baked in ovens to stiffen and strengthen them. Some professional dancers can go through 20 pairs of ballet shoes a week; in fact, some can wear out a pair of pointe shoes in one hour. On average, England's Royal Ballet troupe goes through 15,000 pairs of pointe shoes a year!
  • Before a ballet class you rub ‘rosin’ on your shoes to stop them from slipping. This is a yellow powdered crystal that comes from pine trees and is the same substance that cellists, bassists and violinists rub on their bows to improve their instruments’ sound.
  • A prima ballerina can complete 32 fouette turns (a complicated turn where they whip their leg around), while staying in exactly the same spot on the floor. After the turns, her pointe shoe tip is hot to touch and it is so worn out that it is only then used in rehearsals.
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African Dance Studio

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African Dance Studio can legitimately be considered the oldest form of choreography in the world and the form has spread far beyond to thrill audiences around the world.

Characteristics of Sub-Saharan African Dance

There are essential ways that African dance is different than most Western forms. The most obvious is the lack of partnered dancing Instead, most of the dances are group performances separated by gender. The men dance for the women and vice versa, with all ages mingling or having their own dance.

African Drumming: the Heartbeat of the Tribe

A primary characteristic of African Dance Studio styles is the presence of drumming. However, it is also inextricably entwined with the art of dance; most African villages would never have drumming without dancing at the same time. A wide variety of instruments are used, from drums such as the djembe as well as other percussion instruments such as the shakera, a gourd with a net of tiny shells or stones loosely wrapped around it.

African Movement

One of the most striking parts of traditional African Dance Studio is the polyrhythmic nature of the movement. African dancers in African Dance Studio often are able to isolate particular parts of their body and move them to different parts of the rhythm, with two or three different beats going on simultaneously in the dancer's body. This fine motor control is often complemented by larger movements such as kicks, leaps, and wide and rapid swings of the arms. In the Adumu dance of the Masai, for example, the men show how high they can jump in the center of a circle while their fellow warriors encourage them. In contrast, the Mohobelo dance of the Sotho includes movements on all levels including writhing on the ground.

Preserving Culture and Spreading Knowledge

While African dance is alive and well in the villages below the Sahara to the tip of Cape Horn, it has also been embraced by other cultures such as African-Americans in the U.S. and Canada. Whether watching a breathtaking performance or taking the leap to learn at a workshop taught by a master teacher, there is something from the dance forms of African Dance Studio for anyone to enjoy.

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