Intro to House: Sunday
INTRO TO HOUSE with Michael O’Neal Jr.
Sundays / 10:30AM-Noon
$100 for one 6-week series
House Dance is known as a club/street style and is a social dance. House originated in the late ’70s and early ’80s from underground gay clubs in New York. The style was influenced by many types of movement, including Tap, African dance, Latin dance, and martial arts. House Dance is about freedom, improvisation, and feeling the music. It is usually danced to House music but was born out of disco. Main elements of House dance include “Footwork”, “Jacking”, and “Lofting” House is often improvised and emphasizes fast footwork steps combined with fluid movements in the torso and can also include floorwork but can borrow from other styles as well.
In this class we will focus on drilling foundational steps, feeling the music, freestyling and learning choreography. This class will help others learn some history of House dance as well as gain a larger vocabulary in House dance and have fun. Class movement is heavily influenced by the beats, tone and lyrics of the music used while still allowing for students to add their own personal individuality to the choreography. Every three weeks will be a new House foundation and choreography to new music which will vary in movement and feeling. Warm-up consists of dynamic stability exercises, isolations, rocking, bouncing, freestyling, and learning to feel the music physically and hopefully emotionally. Come ready to be yourself, have of fun, and challenge yourself! This class is a safe space and is welcoming of all people
Dancers that helped progress House Dance to what it is today From is New York roots are Ejoe Wilson, Brian “Footwork” Green, Tony McGregor, Marjory Smarth, Caleaf “Big Leaf” Sellers, “Brooklyn” Terry Wright, Kim D. Holmes, Shannon Mabra, Tony “Sekou Heru” Williams, Shannon “Shan S” Selby, and Voodoo Ray.
Winter/Spring Series 2020
SERIES I – Jan 5 – Feb 9
SERIES II – Feb 16 – March 22
SERIES III – March 29 – May 3
SERIES IV – May 10 – June 14