The notion of a set sequence of steps which are often repeatable is common in many styles of dance, whether called enchaînement, amalgamations or routines. During the second half of the 17th century the French King Louis XIV founded his 'Académie Royale de Musique et de Danse', where rules for the execution of every dance and the ‘five positions’ of the feet were first formulated. This eventually led to the first division of the styles as the professional dancers appearing in the Ballets took their performances from the royal court and established them on stage, while the dancers remaining at court continued to perform the ‘Noble dances’ such as Minuets and Gavottes in the Ballroom.
Classical Sequence includes Waltzes, Two Steps and Mazurkas that are a based on the five positions of the feet, and also Saunters, Swings and Tangos that are danced with parallel feet positions. Together, these classical dances present a challenge that demands both grace and strength within performance, and which is completely rewarding to teach. Both Modern and Latin Sequence are hugely popular today and together with their Classical counterpart make up the Sequence genre.
"The disciplines of Classical Sequence had a really positive effect on all the styles learnt in my training, benefits that I can now pass on to my own pupils."
Rachel Glen, Co-Principal of DanceXcel Academy, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk
Students gain a clear insight into the different rhythms and the particular sequences within each of these. The Waltzing is integral to several of the rhythms, however the different tempi alter various aspects of the technique, and these are explained and discussed. The glossary of composite figures is covered, and with it being possible to dance figures such as the Pas de Basqué, the Pas de Valsé and the Balancé in different ways, time is also given to comparisons. Lastly, the poise, and carriage of the head and arms is fundamental to Sequence dancing and teaching methods are included as an important part of the tutorials.
Virtual learning programme
Our Classical Sequence training is provided through a blended learning solution, which offers studio training, online interactive tutorials and a video service. Contact us today and we will create a programme designed specifically for you.
We offer ongoing lessons and courses in both Greece and England. Please contact us for specific dates, or to arrange your own venue or schedule.
Sunday 30th June 2019, at the Maria Stavrou Dance School, Athens, Greece.
August 2019: Session in Hertfordshire, Englandat. Date to be announced.
February 2020: Session in Athens Greece. Date to be announced.
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