Classes Cancelled Tuesday, March 14

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We’re going to play it safe this evening and cancel classes. Snow has been falling on and off, and we’re not sure if it is expected to stick or freeze. Side streets could be messy as well. A make-up class will be scheduled at a later date.

Safety first…we’ll see you next week, Tuesday dancers!

snow ballerina 1

We’re going to play it safe this evening and cancel classes. Snow has been falling on and off, and we’re not sure if it is expected to stick or freeze. Side streets could be messy as well. A make-up class will be scheduled at a later date.

Safety first…we’ll see you next week, Tuesday dancers!

We’ve got a new location!

New Space

This fall, DDA will begin offering classes at the Alfred A. Owens Family Life Community Center dance studio! Owens is located at 605 Rhode Island Avenue NE. We will continue offering classes in our current location at The Capoeira Spot.

Our schedule at Owens includes more Saturday classes for youth and a Zumba class for adults on Wednesday nights!

Check out the 2016-2017 schedule, and come dance in one or both studios! Space is limited and classes are filling quickly; register today!

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Snowstorm this Saturday! Studio Closed January 23

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Just about EVERY news outlet is reporting that the DC metro area is guaranteed at least one foot of snow this weekend! The storm is predicted to start Friday morning , January 22 and end Saturday night. We are cancelling classes this Saturday, January 23, and we will also be closed for administration.

If you were planning to come to a trial class this Saturday, January 23, please join us on the following Saturday, January 30. We should be thawed out by then!

Please be safe this weekend! As we say around here, when life hands you snow, make a snow ballerina ūüôā

Register for Winter/Spring 2016 Classes!

Soar with us

Register now for Winter/Spring 2016 classes starting Monday, January 4! Space is limited!

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Class Descriptions & Program Fees | Dress Code

New classes this semester:

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  • Creative Movement: Saturdays, 9am-9:40am (3-4 yrs.)
  • Primary Ballet 2: Wednesdays, 5-6pm (7-9yrs)
  • Jazz 1: Wednesdays, 6-7pm (7-9yrs).
Class schedule:

Winter-Spring 2016 Schedule

Classes must meet minimum enrollment by Saturday, February 13 or they may be combined or cancelled.

Registration is Closed

Registration ClosedRegistration for the Winter/Spring 2015 semester at District Dance Arts is now closed. We’re excited to have so many new dancers and families at our studio! It’s time to get to work on Showtime 2015!

Stay tuned for information on summer classes and the Fall 2015 semester.

Note: Due to classes being full, we are unable to enroll students for Session 4 of Saturday Pre-Combo for ages 4-5.

“Jazz; that’s kinda like ballet, right?”

When you think of jazz music, what comes to mind?

Maybe you think of 1920s swing era jazz, like Benny Goodman’s Sing, Sing, Sing, or 1950s era Dave Bruebeck’s “Take Five” (this is what I think of!). Now, think of all the dances people did to those–and other popular styles of music:

Like the “Black Bottom” from the 1920s:

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or Lindy Hop of the 1940s:

 

And–oh yes–the ultimate coolness: groovin’ to 1970s R&B and funk:

This, folks, is American Jazz Dance.

Textbook definition:

“Jazz dance mirrors the social history of the American people, reflecting ethnic influences, historical events, and cultural changes. Jazz dance has been greatly influenced by social dance and popular music…the two forms evolved together, each echoing and affecting developments in the other,” ¬†(from “Jump into Jazz” by Minda Goodman Kraines & Esther Pryor”).

…or what you’d tell¬†your neighbor:

“Well, Bob, ‘Jazz dance–like jazz music–developed from all of the popular dance trends and cultural influences in America over the years.'”

In jazz¬†class, we teach our students pieces of American history through movement, such as¬†a chasse ball change from the lindy hop, shuffling feet and rolling hips from African and Latin cultures, or popping shoulder and chest isolations seen in Broadway shimmys or Hip Hop. The core movements of these¬†historical dance¬†styles–as well as those of ballet and modern techniques–contribute to jazz dance technique. Learning them helps the student develop rhythm, coordination, range of motion and control of individual body parts, and more. We also focus on flexibility, core strength, individual¬†self-expression, and¬†improvisation. Who knows: you could create the next jazz trend!

What does jazz look like now?

Here is an example of intermediate jazz dancers working on their turning skills in what we call across-the-floor “progressions:”

…and here’s the kind of contemporary jazz we see on So You Think You Can Dance:

…and don’t forget our beginning jazz dancers from DDA’s first year-end production, “Starry Night:”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkyJaTzeEVc

DDA’s jazz classes are available for boys and girls ages 6-17.

 

~Miss Cristine