Salsa is an energetic and exciting form of Latin dance. The word “salsa” means sauce, and likewise is often times hot and spicy! It is by far one of the most popular dances worldwide, due to its upbeat music, fun moves, intricate combinations, sharp movements, and exciting turns. In recent years, India has caught the salsa fever, and in most major cities you can now find popular clubs featuring Latin social dances several days of the week. Styles vary depending on where you are from. LA style is danced in most clubs, and is the choice of many an international performer - so it’s a great style to learn. Salsa can be danced fast or slow, with a partner, or solo. Either way, the infectious moves and upbeat rhythm make it one of the most exciting dances around!
Bachata is a dance that originated from the Dominican Republic. True to its Caribbean roots, it is a soulful, relaxed, and sometimes sensual dance. With much less complex turn patterns than salsa, the bachata basic is a four-step with a Cuban hip motion. Characterized by a swaying of the hips, and the tap that is sometimes accompanied with a “pop” of the hips on the 4th beat, most of the movement in bachata is in the lower body. The music of bachata is often about themes of love, and the dance reflects this. With simple patterns mixed with syncopations, bachata can be danced to different timings, and in different directions. The moves of the dance follow the music’s mood, lyrics and tone, and can vary from slow and sensual, to peppy and quick. Very often played at Latin social dances, its popularity only rivals that of salsa’s.
Ballet /ˈbæleɪ/ (French: [balɛ]) is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Becoming a ballet dancer requires years of training to learn and master, and much practice to retain proficiency. It has been taught in ballet schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures to evolve the art.
Belly dance is a Western-coined name for a type of Middle Eastern dance. Originally a solo, improvised dance involving torso articulation, belly dance takes many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style, and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally.
Jazz is by far one of the most popular dance styles in the world. Seen in music videos, musicals, television shows, commercials, and incorporated into various other dance styles, its centrality to current dance culture has made it a foundational dance form. Jazz is a combination of classical ballet moves mixed with steps from American pop culture, including African and Celtic. While jazz dancing was traditionally matched to rhythms of jazz music, today it is danced to every type of music. Characterized by unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps, quick turns, and a showy “Broadway” feel, Jazz is a fun, energetic and impressive dance form. While there are some core moves, every jazz dancer will interpret the steps in their own way, as Jazz is meant to showcase each dancer’s original style. As a foundation for other dances, or a way to get in touch with your Broadway side, Jazz is an essential dance form.
Hip hop describes a variety of street dance styles that have evolved as a part of hip hop culture. Created in the 1970s in American ghettos, and made popular by dance crews in the US, it developed from several style influences, including jazz, rock, tap, and African American and Latino styles. What started primarily with Breaking, Locking, and Popping styles, it has amalgamated different styles, evolving into a wide range of forms that continue to grow all the time. Hip hop is generally characterized by cool moves, quick spins, “Downrock” and “Uprock” variations, and an urban party dance feel. Hip hop allows dancers freedom of movement, encouraging improvisation, and emphasizing the dancer’s own personality and style. What started off as a street dance, still maintains its vestiges of competition, improvisation and self-expression. From tough and gritty, to soft and romantic, hip hop encompasses every range of expression. Whether you’ve been inspired by MTV music videos or TV dance reality shows, hip hop is impressive to watch and even more fun to dance!
Today Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular and most performed Indian classical styles. Originating in the temples of Tamil Nadu, Bharatanatyam is a dance form that was popularized in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Characterized by graceful, elegant, tender movements and sculpturesque poses, Bharatanatyam is a dance full of expression. Considered to be a fire dance, it is meant to be a mystic manifestation of the five major styles, with a Bharatanatyam dancer taking on numerous characters by switching roles. Swift turns and circles, dramatic performances, elaborate hand gestures and expressive sentiments are used to interpret the narrative of the song. Esteemed by some as the ballet of India, Bharatanatyam focuses on the mastery of form and expression, of abstract hand gestures and movements, and complex systems of hand signals and body language to depict emotional expressions. The result is art in movement, and for this reason Bharatanatyam continues to be an immensely popular dance form across India.
Specially adapted to the skill level, ages and ability of each group, Moving Souls provides dance classes that are tailor-made just for kids. With elements of fitness, technique, and performance, Moving Souls offers well-rounded classes to improve the confidence, coordination and skill of each child - no matter the level. The emphasis of our kids’ classes are on enjoyment, exploration, fun, growth, and team building, rather than competition. We believe that dance is meant to be empowering and joyful, and that kids should leave our classes feeling a boost of energy, happiness, and respect for themselves. Our kids’ classes consist of Western and Indian, popular and foundational styles, adapted to the group’s skill level and ages. With fun choreographies taught each class, and regular student showcases, the kids get a chance to continually discover and gain confidence as dancers.
Bollywood dance is the theatrical dance form seen in many an Indian film. It has evolved over the years to include a mixture of numerous styles, including belly-dancing, kathak, Indian folk, modern jazz, hip hop, and other popular dance forms. Recognized and loved worldwide for its exotic and exciting moves, Bollywood dance has started to become chic in Europe and North America, and can now be seen in dance shows and music videos across the world. Moving Souls has taken the drama and fun of Bollywood dance to make it a perfect workout. Interwoven into a high-energy, calorie-blasting fitness session, the Bollywood dance-fitness class feels more like busting a move at a wedding than working out. Set to the hottest music from Bollywood, our certified fitness instructors take you through exciting choreographies that work and tone the entire body. No dance experience is required, just come ready to sweat!
Zumba is the buzz word in fitness these days, and after attending just one class, it’s easy to understand what all the hype is about. Mixing exciting dance moves from Salsa clubs, with invigorating music, Zumba feels more like a high-energy dance party than a workout. It is so fun that many people describe Zumba as an almost effortless way to lose weight and get into shape. Its popularity has reached a global scale, and in order to maintain the true feel and fitness ethics, the founders of Zumba provide special training and certifications in Zumba Fitness instruction. Our Moving Souls Zumba instructors hold official international certifications in Zumba Fitness, and are dedicated to getting you hooked on the fun and fitness of Zumba. We can bet that Zumba’s addictive beats and infectious moves will have you tapping your feet long after the class is over.