Dance academies grant world heritage travel, whether dance education is a way of living or simply to learn dances now and then, here and there.
Dance classes everywhere bring closer to home dance traditions from around the globe. The travelling experience is most vivid and, much more engaging than travelling through books... You access dance world heritage in a unique way.
I enjoy both travelling through books and through dances.
With books, I free my imagination and go as wild as I wish in visualization.
With dances, my body connects.
As an amateur, a professional or to dance for fun only, from your neighborhood small dance school to national institutions, quality schools carry dance traditions heritage respectfully, for your delight, enlightenment and empowerment. Truly!
Consider the following criteria in choosing the right fit for you:
Use dance schools directories to sort through dance styles and find the location that best suits you.
The quickest access to readily available information is to enter in your search engine the term <<dance schools directory>> follow by the location name of your choice.
You may add a specific dance style to narrow your search. You may also use worldwide as location for a broader search.
Balance, in your choice, personal elements of comforts such as...
You don't need formal dance instructions to set your body in motion in your journey to dance your soul...
Self-teaching, alone or with friends, is good.
Urban street dance gets you in the energy of spontaneous vibes.
Community rituals bring you to the heart of traditions.
Online dance education and class dance put you in relation with a teacher or a mentor's personal experiences.
I often have a bliss just alone, feeling the music and the movements, my memory teaching me.
Why would you choose a dance academy?
Well, for one, you can afford it.
Second, you have practically unlimited choices.
Third, it might shorten the learning curve.
Hmm! I guess those apply to any kind of dance education, right?
Usually it is the techniques, the discipline and mentorship you get that will greatly validate choosing your dance education in a dance academy. Those are also the most look for basic elements of differentiation from one school to another.
"Freedom to a dancer means discipline.
That is what technique is for... liberation"
In a class, usually indoors, you have predetermined boundaries within dance class planning lessons and curriculum.
As you may find through the link in the picture's example from Nichelle Suzanne, ballet is very popular.
However, schools curriculum are extremely diverse. I can't even start to name them. Really, from bollywood to hip hop, latin dances, modern and contemporary, ethnic dances from around the world... the list goes on..
Your learning experience is affected by the instructors knowledge, style and values. It is also impacted, by the class condition itself such as dance floor quality, class temperature, lighting or outside view, mirrors or not and space size.
One special place is Toubab Dialaw in Senegal. The space is widely open, the dance class is outside and the dance floor is simply sand. It is at l'Ecole des Sables founded by the renown, Germaine Acogny / Compagnie Jant Bi.
The dance floor quality and the instructors knowledge, style and values are most crucial.
Your joints are sensitive to the dance floor you set foot on. You don't want to break anything or slowly injure yourself by sheer ignorance.
As for the dance instructor, I have a preference for someone who values traditions and the overall mind, body and soul dance connection to universal movements beyond time. They have that broad view, nonjudgmental attitude and openness which really make your travel experience through dance, unique and fitting like a glove.
I lived that harmonious integrative experience particularly with Zab Maboungou, a pioneer in teaching contemporary african dance in Montreal, while taking her Professional and Artistic Training Program in Dance at Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata.
Urban street dance emerged from urban streets life and hip hop culture. It has become so popular, thanks to word of mouth and medias, particularly films, that it is being taught nowadays in dance academies.
Are you familiar with the epic dance battles films like Step Up, Step Up Revolution, You Got Served, Honey, Street Dance...? They bring on contagious vibes of lively and strong urban scenes through dance. I have watched them in awe pleasure with my sons.
The concept of street dance in dance academies kind of remind me of a growing tendency to appropriate existing styles and promote them in a certain angle, sometimes as personal creation or for the benefit of setting a new trend.
From an anthropological point of view, most popular dance being taught now in classes have strong roots related to traditional dances, such as Capoeira, for example.
Fatima Robinson's journey to a very well know in-demand choreographer, reflects the evolution of urban street dances in the hip hop culture from its young age to its actual international rave and solid implementation in youth culture all over the world.
I cherish Youth dance programs because I care deeply for young people in general. My Youth Dance Programs Pinterest board is a good reference, limited though to those I know of. I am very fond of the programs Dansepyenu in Haiti, C.D.C. La Termitière in Burkina Faso, The children of Angkor in Cambodia and Moving Into Dance MOPHATONG in South Africa.
Youth is a challenging period for both the individuals and the communities.
Youth involved in physical activities can better focus and canalized their energies and acquire keen self-knowledge in the process about their overall being, strengths and weaknesses. Dance provides those benefits and more...
Plus, as the saying goes, travel is formative.
So is world heritage travel easily accessible through the large variety of dance schools teaching the most pleasant way to discover other cultures' rich legacies.
Conscious communities are deeply aware that the best investments we could ever make is in our youth.
Dance institutions do have youth as clientele for they are quite a large market.
Activists individuals and groups invest in youth dance programs and make them extremely affordable or free to children and youth, often in precarious life conditions.
Youth dance programs are taught through...
- special curriculum school arts program in elementary and high schools, college, universities, boarding schools
- dedicated dance centers
- community centers
- dance festivals
- dance institutions
Youth dance programs in dance academies and, to a broader extent in community venues, generally provide great education and an excellent setting for wonderful life experiences to grow in balance and harmony.
"The man who has received a good education
will be able to sing and dance in a beautiful way"