Classical Greek dance is exciting, varied and quite different from
many other dance styles.
based on the natural movements of the body, which means anyone can have
a go! There are loads of different styles, from the flowing Lyrical,
to the strong and dynamic Athletic and the exciting and energetic Bacchic.
Best of all is that whichever style you are working on there are loads
of opportunities to use your drama skills and expressive qualities.
are six grades to work through and all of the usual vocational exams.
Each exam has some set work, the rest being free work. This means that
a Classical Greek class is made up mostly of free work and you will
probably never do the same class twice! Often we dance with props, such
as scarves and ribbons, cymbals and tambours, and later on even javelins
and bows. There are also Medal Tests, where you have to characterise
the set sequences.
in bare feet and usually wear a tunic. There are exercises for every
part of the body. Studying Classical Greek dance will strengthen your
feet and your centre, and give you a supple back and torso, all of which
will help other forms of dance, especially Ballet and Contemporary/Jazz.
are a number of events that you can take part in. For example, the Ruby
Ginner Awards are held every year, which is a competition based around
class work. The Classical Greek Festival happens every two years and
runs just like a normal dance festival except that all the dancing is
Greek! There is also a Choreographic Competition held every two years
where you can enter your own choreography. We also run a residential
Summer Dance School, where you can study some Classical Greek in addition
to drama, National, Tap and Jazz.
you give Classical Greek a go? You'll have a great time!
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