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September 8, 2015

Classes (English)

Chinese Dance Classes 2015-2016

Latin Dance
The category of Latin dance in international dance sport competitions consists of the cha-cha, rumba, samba, paso doble, and the jive. Latin dancing is known for strictness and standardization.
Each dance has its own style. Such as enthusiastic samba, energetic cha-cha, romantic rumba, lively paso doble, and fun jive.

When you listen to different varieties of music, you will find yourself enjoying and understanding the fundamentals of the music. Understanding the melody has always been an important part of knowing the music. Start with rhythmic activities such as walking, jogging or practising dance steps and then finally progress to dancing.

As we all know, music is the soul of dance. The flowing melody can be an expression of body movements of the dancer, that’s the highest level of performing arts.

Cultural differences between the east and west make easterners feel shy and reserved when performing Latin dances. Generally, they do not express themselves with body language or eye contact. Therefore, to getting to know more about western culture is very helpful in performing Latin dance with authentic flavour.

Latin dance tends to focus on exercising more than 100 muscle movements including shoulder, abdomen, waist, hips etc.

From the 1960s to now, many researchers have done a lot of physiological and psychological effects of sports dance.

A typical individual Latin dance-oriented routine can expect to twist your waist up to 160-180 times. For the female dancers, the maximum heart rate may up to 197 beats per minute, and 210 beats per minute for those male dancers.

The energy metabolism rate is 8.5 or more, which is equivalent to the energy consumption of a 800 meter runner. Latin dancing in particular can burn off more calories in an hour than equivalent time spent playing tennis or badminton.

Rumba is the most romantic Latin dance and often known as the soul of Latin dance. Compared to other ballroom dancers, Latin dancers generally choose Rumba as their first dance to learn.

Rumba is the kind of dance which expresses the love story between man and woman, with soft and clinging melodies.

The Latin dances are meant for couples. Partners sometimes dance in a closed, tight positions, and sometimes hold only one hand in order to create a fun dancing experience as well as giving an impressive performance.

The cha-cha is another popular dance originating from Mexico . Although cha-cha and Rumba share many similarities, they are playful and cheerful in very different style.

Whether it is from the physical, psychological or social point of perspective, Latin dance is a very effective aerobic workout. As well, it is a great way to develop personally and to show off to your partner and others on the dance floor.

Adults (18+) fitness class
Getting in shape

Our adult class is composed of ballet and aerobic Latin dance training. This class is an optimal fitness choice with easy to perform maneouvres that do not require much straight or high leg lifts or kicks.

The benefit that Ballet has for anyone is bringing grace and elegance to their daily lives. From a kinematic point of view, its three factors of open, flip and linearity are very effective in exercising muscle fibres.

Combined static-dynamic movements maximize body toning and calorie burning. This results in developing a slender physique, good posture, focus and concentration, and relaxation.

These movements are quite effective in promoting flexibility and increasing the endurance of your muscles. Though it consumes a certain amount of energy, this exercise is generally acceptable due to its low exercise intensity.

It is ideal for females who seek to improve themselves.

This course is easy to learn. The first half is focused on floor exercise, leg exercise, hand & leg swings, and other basic training methods. It focuses on improving health and posture.

After warm-up, we start basic training exercise such leg stretching. Basic physical training, Latin dance and contemporary dance will be followed by basic ballet training.

1/ Floor exercises include forefoot pressure, cross legged sitting, supine leg lifts, lateral leg lifts, prone leg lifts, waist training and supine leg kicks. These movements can stretch shoulder and hip joints, consolidate lumbar flexibility, and strengthen the flexibility and endurance of the waist, legs and back.

Leg exercises include squat, full squat, small kicks, rotations and other activities. As well, one-legged squat, leg bounce, front leg press, side leg press and rear leg press are important exercises.

2/ These exercises strengthen your spine, hip, legs and arms. As well, these exercises will help improve mood and attitude.
3/ Arm and leg swings, such arm waves and feet rotation, can be difficult to perform.

4/ Integrating aerobic Latin training in conjunction with secondary floor exercises help burn calories and stretch muscles.

These exercises are designed to develop physique and build poise and grace for female learners How to Dance ages 4-6

  • The young dancers are introduced to basic dance training
  • Begin to learn dance, posture and ground training exercises
  • Basic ballet training I & II
  • Students are expected to master basic movements and dancing to the beat of the music

Intensive program Ages 6-7

  • Students are required to take two classes per week and will learn dance and performance
  • Strengthening in basic ballet II & III skills
  • Students will understand and appreciate the diversity of various Chinese national and ethnic group dances
  • Start to learn sport dance
  • Reinforce the basic dance skills

School Classes (ages 7-8 )

  • Focus on elementary body shape training exercises, combined with Tibetan, Mongolia, Han, Uyghur and other Chinese ethnic dance,
  • Master two -three Chinese ethnic dance technique and body rhythm
  • Learn basic Ballet III & IV and familiarize with the placement of the hands and feet
  • Jazz and other contemporary dances, interspersed with Chinese classical dance skills and rhythm to build a solid dance foundation

Junior Classes (ages 8-10)

  • Learn basic Ballet V & VI, interspersed with Jazz and contemporary dance
  • Explore Chinese Ethic dance skills and learn Uyghur ,Mongolia ,Han, Li, Tibetan, Xian, Hani, Dai, etc. as well as classical dance
  • Master the formation changes and classical dance moves.

Teen Classes (Ages 11-17)

  • Learn basic ballet VII – X
  • Focus on body shape and ballet skills training
  • Master basic rhythms of ethnic dance
  • Work on classic group dance, choreographed and stage performance training

Intensive Junior programme Ages 8-10

  • All students are required to attend 2 classes per week.
  • Increased learning time on dance and performance
  • Strengthening on Chinese classical dance skills training and multi-ethnic dance skills training as well
  • Students will continue with Ballet basic training Level VII after completing Level VI.
  • The programme includes jazz and sport dance skill training
  • Single, double and triple training program is also available based on the students ‘ height difference

Teen Intensive program(Ages 11-17)

  • The students need to attend the classes twice a week.
  • Focused on classical dance rhythms and stage-performance
  • Master Chinese ethnic dance, basic Ballet VIII -X and modern jazz group dance
  • Increased learning time on Dance and performance

Students with outstanding performance may wish to take a ballet pointe class.

Adults performance class ages 18+
We have created a class for student’s aged 18+, giving adults the opportunity to learn Chinese ethnic dance.This course is designed to learn dance and performance while achieving fitness and health.