Child 8-10 Lyrical Ballet (Thursday 7pm)
Lyrical dance class incorporates elements of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance styles while developing an emotional connection to the music. The dancing tells the story of the song with powerful movement and beautiful lines. Therefore lyrical dance routines are dynamic while allowing dancers to focus on their expression as a performer. Lyrical dance also helps students to improve their balance, flexibility, and coordination.
What is Lyrical Dance?
Lyrical dance is a mixture of elements from ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance techniques. It is the coming together of ballet with rock, folk, pop, and alternative music. It is a variety of jazz and modern dance styles. Lyrical is usually smoother and a little bit faster than ballet, but not as fast as jazz.
What kind of music is used for lyrical dance?
Lyrical dancing is performed to music that has lyrics that are inspirational to the dancer or choreographer and focuses on the expression of the emotion that song conveys. Because expressiveness is important in this style, it concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness and not the precision of the move, like ballet and jazz do. The music used is usually emotionally charged and expressive. Lyrical gained its name because the dancers are expressing the lyrics of the song with their movements. It is a very passionate dance style.
What is movement like in lyrical dance?
Movements in lyrical dance are characterized by fluidity and grace. The dancer moves seamlessly from one move to another. There is a constant continuation of movement. Leaps in this style are high and soaring. Turns are fluid and continuous. The moves are intricate and highly technical. Proper placement and bodily alignment are important. However it is not as rigorously demanding as other styles because of the concentration on the individual style. Lyrical covers a large amount of space during one dance.
What is the history of lyrical dance?
Lyrical dance can be traced back to roots in Russia during the first half of the 20th century. At that time, the Russian method of dancing focused on back strength and fluid arm motions. Lyrical dance started to become closer to the modern style in the 1970’s. It was known as a style of dance that told a story. Lyrical dance started to reach the height of its popularity in the 1990’s.
Do I need dance experience for this class?
A solid beginning in ballet dance classes will be a huge help when it comes to lyrical dance. These two styles share a lot of the same techniques.