Classics technique - a universal system of the musculoskeletal system and training of dancer's body, which was the basis of classical dance, and descended from a more modern dance styles: contemporary, modern, jazz, broadway jazz, pop-jazz, street-jazz, afro-jazz.
(Illustration from the A.Vaganova's book "Bases of classical dance")
Studios of classical dance aimed to make harmonious development of elasticity, stability, turnout, balance, coordination, strength and endurance of the body. These include a set of exercises to stage the body, arms, legs and head movements that give the ease, clarity, harmony and geometric perfection.
The history of classical dance
Ballet first appeared in Italy during the Renaissance (XV cent.) As a dance interpretation of fencing. Later, the dances were developed in France at the court of Catherine de Medici. But the appearance of the ballet as a classic aristocratic art is primarily due to the name of Louis XIV, who in his youth he danced in productions of Pierre Beauchamp and Jean-Baptiste Lully, and in 1661 - founded the Royal Academy of Dance ( Académie Royale de Danse). From here appeared entirely French terminology used in the ballet.
At the beginning of the XVIII century ballet appeared in the Russian royal court. At first, the dancers brought foreign choreographers - mostly Italians and French. Combining the best traditions of European classical dance performance with originality, Russian ballet gained worldwide fame.
A new milestone in the development of the ballet took place on the eve of the First World War, thanks again to the Russian dancers. Actually, the world-famous Russian ballet got it in the twentieth century thanks to Sergei Diaghilev and "Russian Seasons" - performances by Russian artists on the stages of the European theaters. Moreover, his troupe "Russian Ballet of Diaghilev" became a role model for many dancers and choreographers in the difficult times of revolutions and riots.
Classical dance and contemporary culture
Classical dance is based on a traditionally ballet art, and includes techniques of different schools: French, Russian, Italian, Danish, and the methods of George Balanchine and Enrico Cecchetti.
Neoclassical ballet uses the tradition of classical ballet, but in a free manner. For example, in the neo-classical choreographers can use non-standard rhythms, or a more complex technique, if required by the performance.
Contemporary ballet - is a mix of classical ballet and modern. His technique is based on the «en pointe» (dance on tiptoes) and basic classical ballet movements, but, at the same time, it allows you to deviate from the strict lines of body, required in classical ballet.
wear to classic dance classes?
For dancing the classics, you need feel yourself comfortable, you need clothing that does not hide the body: swimsuits, bodies, tights, light ballet skirt. It is important to understand that at the lessons of classics everyone focuses on the muscles, so the body must be not hidden by many clothes, otherwise the teacher will not be able to notice mistakes in the work of the student. In addition, you should wear ballet shoes. Long hair is preferable to pin-up.