Character dance is a dance style predominantly based on the national traditions of the Polish, Russian and Hungarian dance techniques as used in classical ballet repertoire. It is a specific subdivision of classical dance. It is the stylized representation of a traditional folk or national dance, mostly from European countries and uses movements and music which have been adapted for the theater.
This class will introduce students to many folk dances from around the world as well as character choreography from many classical ballets. This class will improve the dancers musicality, rhythm and overall performance quality. This is important for the development of versatile dance technique.
In the class the students will develop the ability to demonstrate and understand the basic movements needed in classical character dance. This will include the study of the origin of certain dances like mazurkas, czardas, polonaises, tarantella and Spanish dance. They will develop style, presentation and give characterization to all forms of character movement.