Brazilian Zouk

African Dance

Modern Dance

DA dance studio offers you dance classes in various ways. We have weekly classes in partner and solo dances, 6 days a week, for over 45 weeks a year. Most classes are 75 minutes long. The schedule can be found under “lesson schedule”. During summer and winter holidays we work with a special schedule.

Besides our weekly classes we offer varying courses to try-out different dance styles.

The best way to improve your dancing is to take private classes. In a private class you practice personally with a teacher. It is a great opportunity for a student to ask questions, practive intensively and receive personal feedback. The effect of one private class can be compared to four group classes.

DA teachers are regularly requested for workshops. Workshops can be given at company parties, schools, dance parties, etc.

 

Various partner dances

Bachata (sensual)

Bachata can be danced in closed, semi-closed or open positions. Bachata is sensual and fun. In the style bachata sensual movements of the upperbody are added which gives this style even more sensuality and dynamics.

Samba de Gafieira

Samba de Gafieira is a lively partner dance to the Brazilian Samba musical rhythms. Who listens to samba music, immediately starts moving!

Partner Acrobatics

Partner Acrobatics are universal, whether you dance salsa, bachata,  samba or zouk. Two central aspects of partner acrobatics are communication and safety!

Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation focusses on connecting with the body of your partner through dance/movement material. The organic way of moving and the physical connection are also very useful in partner dance.

Argentine tango is a passionate partner dance from Argentina.


 

Various solo dances

Burlesque

Burlesque comes from Italy and started as a humorous art form (burla = joke). In the classes we focus on enlarging the movements, making the movement sensual and the sexy feeling that burlesque creates which results in more self confidence on the dance floor.

 

Jazz

Jazz dance is an American dance style from the early twentieth century and is mainly used in musicaltheater, film, cabaret and television.

Ballet

Classical ballet is a traditional, formal style of ballet that adheres to classical ballet technique. It is known for its aesthetics and rigourous technique, its flowing, precise movements and its ethereal qualities.

Capoeira

Capoeira is a Brazilian fight dance. Two people dance in a circle of people ‘roda’.

Samba Solo

Samba solo is a solo dance danced to samba music.


Bachata / Bachata Sensual

Bachata is a social dance originally from the Dominican Republic. Bachata can be danced in closed, semi-closed or open positions. Unlike other partnerdances it doesn’t include many turn patterns. Bachata is sensual and fun. In the style bachata sensual movements of the upperbody are added.


Samba de Gafieira

Samba de Gafieira is a partner dance to the Brazilian Samba musical rhythms (should be distinguished from the ballroom Samba, danced in International Latin and American Rhythm ballroom dance styles). It appeared in the 1940s and it gets its name from the Gafieira – popular urban nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro at that time. Over time the style significantly evolved away from the style 1940s under significant influence of Argentine Tango and incorporating many acrobatic elements. Samba de Gafieira is sometimes referred as the Happy Tango or the Brazilian Tango.

Gafieira is usually a pair dance, although in artistic performances it is not uncommon to add solo variations, including steps of Samba no Pé (Samba Solo).

In Brazil, Samba de Gafieira is danced to certain kinds of Samba music, Bossa Nova, Chorinho, Pagode and other kinds of Brazilian music. In the international scene, you can see Samba being danced to a variety of music including music which is not from Brazil, which makes Samba a popular modern dance.

Other Samba partner-dance styles you see people dance in Samba parties are Samba Funkeado & Samba Pagode.

Some of you might know Brazilian Zouk, then you will recognise some steps of Zouk in Samba – as some steps in Zouk came from Samba!


Samba solo / Samba no pé

Samba solo is a solo dance danced to samba music. The basic movements involves a straight body and bending one knee at a time. It is a fun and energetic dance!


Ladystyling

Often it is in the small things we can make our dance more beautiful, feminine and sensual.

Laili is a sensual, organic mover and will teach you the secrets how to move natural and beautiful.
We will work with techniques, isolations and some choreo to find that sensual dancer within you.

This class will help your zouk dancing or bachata sensual dancing to become a stronger solo dancer!


Spinning

Turns, turns, turns!

 

In this class we will train your stationary turns (spins) and travelling turns.

You will be given the tools and techniques, bit by bit, in a way your body can handle it.

 

This class is an open level and feedback will be very personal for each individual and their own level.

You will feel more balanced, stronger in your movements and more orientated while following.


Burlesque

Burlesque comes from Italy and started as a humorous art form (burla = joke). This humour can be recognized in burlesques’ theaterforms: dance, singing and theatre. In burlesque it is all about exaggerating. Exaggeration can make serious topics comical, provocative and can cause tension as well as light emotions. Later burlesque became more about elaborating the provocative and sensual character of the burlesque dancers. In the classes we focus on enlarging the movements, making the movement sensual and the sexy feeling that burlesque creates which results in more self confidence on the dance floor.


Partner Acrobatics

Two central aspects of partner acrobatics are communication and safety! Partner acrobatics are universal, whether you dance salsa, bachata,  samba or zouk.  Themes in this course are: body tension, breathing, communication and posture. We will practice lifts, jumps and drops. Experience in partner dancing is desirable.


Contact improvisation

In contact improvisation you will focus on connecting with the body of your partner through dance/movement material. What are the physical contact points that connect two bodies? Can you switch leader and follower or can you be both? The organic way of moving and the physical connection are also very usefull in partner dance.