QUEENS FITNESS FOR TEENAGERS
Every day we pick up the paper and read an article or hear a story on the news about the need to increase fitness opportunities for America’s youth. We are constantly reminded of the challenges that our youth face fighting the sedentary lifestyle that is a consequence of computers, video games, TV and other technologies.
The program is not about teaching gymnastics skills; it is about gymnastics clubs helping kids increase their flexibility, strength and endurance, as well as learn about the importance of a well-balanced diet.
Our Dance school in Queens New York is like a fitness center for kids—a safe place where they participate in fun and entertaining activities that serve as the beginning of healthy lifestyle habits that will last for a lifetime.
What: The Queens Dance School is a fitness initiative that encourages physical fitness through fun activities with an emphasis on strength training, cardiovascular exercise, flexibility and good nutrition.
Who: The Queens Dance School is geared toward teenagers in junior high school & high school with no previous gymnastics experience. This program reflects activities and timelines recommended by Physical Education Fundamentals course and program. It also features exercises for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, as well as preschool children.
- Today’s children are considered the most inactive generation in history.
- Approximately one in five kids is overweight, a percentage that has more than doubled in the last 30 years. Childhood obesity is considered the most common nutritional disorder of U.S. children. (American Obesity Association)
- Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults. One study found that approximately 80 percent of children who were overweight at 10-15 years old were obese adults at age 25. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Queens Dance School Club is a fun and safe environment and already have fitness-related activities and classes.
- The basics of gymnastics and dance provide a solid foundation for becoming physically fit and preparing to participate in other activities and sports.
BREAK DANCE CLASSES FOR BOYS
Our break dance programs for boys are focused on work outs and lots of fitness education.
Every student in our classes will do push ups, sit ups and crunches besides learning a very unique style of dance. Our staff and students treats break dance as a sport.
There are four primary elements that form breaking. These include toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes
Toprock generally refers to any string of steps performed from a standing position. It is usually the first and foremost opening display of style, though dancers often transition from other aspects of breaking to toprock and back. Toprock has a variety of steps which can each be varied according to the dancer's expression (ie. aggressive, calm, excited). A great deal of freedom is allowed in the definition of toprock: as long as the dancer maintains cleanness, form and the b-boy attitude, theoretically anything can be toprock. Toprock can draw upon many other dance styles such as popping, locking, tap dance, or house dance. Transitions from toprock to downrock and power moves are called "drops".
Downrock (also known as "footwork" or "floorwork") is used to describe any movement on the floor with the hands supporting the dancer as much as the feet. Downrock includes moves such as the foundational 6-step, and its variants such as the 3-step. The most basic of downrock is done entirely on feet and hands but more complex variations can involve the knees when threading limbs through each other.
Power moves are acrobatic moves that require momentum, speed, endurance, strength, and control to execute. The breaker is generally supported by his upper body while the rest of his body creates circular momentum. Some examples are the windmill, swipe, and head spin. Some power moves are borrowed from gymnastics and martial arts. An example of a power move taken from gymnastics is the Thomas Flair which is shortened and spelled flare in b-boying.
Freezes are stylish poses, and the more difficult require the breaker to suspend himself or herself off the ground using upper body strength in poses such as the pike. They are used to emphasize strong beats in the music and often signal the end of a b-boy set. Freezes can be linked into chains or "stacks" where breakers go from freeze to freeze to the music to display musicality and physical strength
CONTEMPORARY DANCE SCHOOL IN QUEENS NY
Contemporary Dance employs many modern dance techniques such as contact-release, fall and recovery, floor work, improvisation, and lifts in partnering.
Contemporary dance emerged in the 1950's as a dance form combining elements of modern dance and classical ballet. It can use elements from non-western dance cultures, such as world dancing with bent knees as a characteristic trait, and Butoh, Japanese contemporary dancing that developed in the 1950s.
BALLET CLASSES IN QUEENS NY
To properly execute jazz dance steps, many teachers still believe in teaching a firm classical ballet foundation so that bodies can develop with strength and agility. Turns and leaps are prevalent in jazz, so understanding the history of jazz dance and the different styles it is derived from, is vital in performing it properly. One of the components of jazz that first made it appealing to dancers of all ages, was the high level of improvisation it required. Dancers who are bold enough to do so can alter classic jazz steps to fit their own style and personality, making it not only entertaining to create, but endlessly fun to watch as an audience member as well. Jazz dance is able to be traditionally peppy and bright, but can also take on a flowy and soulful feel. There are no limits to its creativity, and this has continued to rank it as one of the most popular forms of dance available in studios today.
JAZZ DANCE CLASSES IN QUEENS NY
When people give a modern jazz dance performance, it's usually done in a theater. For this kind of theatrical performance, the dancers must be in shape to perform. They are like acrobats doing lifts, turns, leaps and swinging movements. Everything is choreographed for the storytelling dance. Every jazz dance must have a "good swing." Performances may include movements such as axel turns, barrel jumps, bounces and a traveling step movement. Dances will incorporate ballet movements, pencil turns and pivot steps. They will involve twists, leaps and slides.