CHAOS offers classes for dancers of all ages and all levels of experience.
All of CHAOS’ recreational classes are offered for beginner dancers, some of which are also offered at intermediate and advanced levels. The Competitive level classes are reserved for advanced or semi-professional dancers.
For each class, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothing. CHAOS does not impose a specific dress code for any of its classes.
Dancers must wear sneakers for Hip Hop and Breakdancing classes. All other classes can be taken barefoot or with footwear specific to the style of dance. Your teacher will provide you with details during your first class.
In this class, children will learn the basics of dancing, all while preparing a high energy routine to showcase at the end of the year. The approach to dance taught in this class will enable students to discover stretching, basic techniques in urban dancing, musicality and movement in a fun and positive atmosphere. This class also focuses on developing a sense of belonging to a group, listening, autonomy, memorization and fun! Ultimately, we want to give kids a taste of what it’s like to be a dancer!
Hip Hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music. It includes a wide range of styles such as breaking, locking, and popping, which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style. All about musicality, Hip Hop as we see in our studio plays a lot with visual effects, footwork, good usage of space and strong arm movements. Isolations, waving and expressions are a big part of Hip Hop routines at Chaos!
Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. Due to their technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance and ballet.
In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary uses strong and controlled legwork, employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well.
Dancehall is an urban dance style performed on Dancehall music. The popularity of dancehall has spawned dance moves that help to make parties and stage performances more energetic. Many dance moves seen in hip-hop videos are actually variations of dancehall dances. Dancehall is groovy, fun and energetic; it uses a lot of levels, waving, hip movements and footwork.
Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.
L.A. Style is a more feminine and commercial version of Hip Hop. The style can be found in the video clips of artists such as Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears. Accent is placed on musicality, precise lines, expression and attitude, all of which make this class one of our most fun and popular.
Lyrical dance is a style of dance created from the fusion of ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques and is a “cousin” to those styles. Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions. Lyrical concentrates more on individual approach and feelings rather than the precision of the dancer’s movements.
B-boying or breaking, also called breakdancing, is a style of street dance that originated during the mid-70s. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, b-boying consists of four kinds of movements: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. B-boying is typically danced to hip-hop, funk music, and breakbeats, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.
A practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, a b-girl, or a breaker. B-boying uses a lot of floor work, footwork and is all about freestyling.