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Dance Styles

  • Dance Styles

    Ballet Beauty

    Flow and elegance are inherent in the elements of ballet. Ballet is the classical dance form that can be mastered by itself or used as a technical base or supplement to other dance forms. Classes focus on overall body alignment and awareness with emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout. Carriage and usage of upper torso and arms are also stressed. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes.

    Break Dance

    “Breaking” is one of the core elements of hip hop dance. Popularized in the 1980’s by such movies as Breakin’, Beat Street and Flashdance, the form was developed on the streets of New York by mostly Latino and African-American dancers. Learn the basics of this exciting form, from the top-rock, the steps one does before hitting the floor, to the six-step and other floor moves and freezes, to battling with a partner.

    Creative Movement Class

    Encourages free expression, while teaching basic elements of dance, including rhythm, movement quality, space, body awareness and shape. The child’s imagination and self-esteem are encouraged and strengthened through dance.

    Hip Hop

    A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreographers. Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin’, locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Hip hop is urban, it’s street, it’s diverse and forever changing. Please do not wear street shoes into class.


    An exciting and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life. Steeped in the rhythm of jazz music, a true American art form, jazz dance brings energy and life to all those who dance it. Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical. Ever evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday. Classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on proper execution of jazz isolations, rhythms and style performed to contemporary music.


    Modern dance is a contemporary dance form that has its roots in ballet. It emphasizes the use of the floor for centering and grounding oneself in movement. This class focuses on the breath (inhale/exhale), which brings quality to one’s movement. Concepts of overcurve/undercurve, contraction/release, musicality and rhythm are explored. Teachers incorporate an eclectic blend of contemporary and post-modern movement into their classes.


    Whether you want to tone your muscles, rehabilitate from an injury, or train for an athletic event, Pilates Mat will safely guide you in the right direction. The Pilates Method helps to lengthen and strengthen muscles while building a uniformly developed body. Pilates focuses on core strength-abdominals, gluteals, inner thighs-and practices moving from the “inside out.” It helps with posture, body alignment, breathing, control, balance, flow and strength. The mind works with the body to help realign movement patterns, and to work muscles properly and efficiently. Students gain a kinesthetic awareness of their own bodies so that they can integrate the ideas learned in class into their daily lives..


    Tap Classes emphasize the development and strengthening of basic tap technique and terminology highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound. Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet. Just like jazz vocalists who add rhythms to music by scatting, tappers add their voice by “scatting” with their feet. Rhythm tap tends to be a heavier or harder-hitting form of tap than Broadway tap, and sounds are made not only with the bottom of the shoe, but also with the back, sides, and tip. Rhythm tap is a broad category that encompasses the hoofing styles of current stars such as Savion Glover and the late Gregory Hines and past masters such as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Jimmy Slyde.

    Video Dance

    This class is a dance form combining jazz, hip-hop and funk. This style of dance can be seen in videos by artists such as: Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Mya and Usher to name a few. Students are asked to have some background in jazz and hip-hop along with a desire to strive for their best in class. Please do not wear street shoes into class.


    Teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline, and concentration. Students will learn movements such as forward and backwards rolls, cartwheels, hand stands, and back bends. In acrobatic class elements from ballet and jazz will be incorporated to help create a well rounded acro experience.
    *In order to be enrolled in a Intermediate Acro class the student must have teacher approval and be enrolled in a jazz, ballet, or contemporary class*


    An exciting and ever evolving dance form. Classes teach basic dance technique and terminology with an emphasis on isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms while encouraging individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz dance is taught with the music of today and can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical.


    Inspired by the high energy music from Indian films, our mixed level Bollywood & Bhangra class combines traditional Indian folk and classical dance with Bhangra and contemporary movement like hip hop, jazz, Latin and Belly dance. You will learn technique and choreography that incorporate rhythmic, full body movement. We carefully curate our music and playlist to keep you energized and engaged. Did we mention it’s really fun? Every class includes a Bhangra warm up and yoga postures and stretches to cool down.


    ZUMBA® is a fusion of Latin and International music/dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, and based on the principle that a workout should be “FUN AND EASY TO DO.” The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.


    This class covers all the basics of running and standing tumbling such as handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, and back handsprings. In the beginner class, we focus on form and technique.

    Aerial Silks

    Utilizes acrobatics while hanging from a special fabric. Silk used to climb, wrap, suspend, fall, swing, and spiral in various positions. Silk may be used to fly while striking poses/figures. Levels increase in difficulty, mastering skills, building on a prior level.

    Jump, Leaps & Turns Skills

    Athletic class designed to improve jump technique, flexibility, control, and height. Conditioning targets specific muscles used to achieve superior jumps. Introduces a variety of leaps & turns necessary for dance, drill team, and baton, with emphasis on proper technique.

    Bachata Fusion – Open Level

    This class is designed for the students who want to learn a variety of different Bachata Styles including; Traditional/Dominican Style Footwork, Modern/Urban Partnerwork with a fusion of the most popular bachata-styles from Bachatango to Bachata Guajira and much more.

  • Latin Dance Styles


    Salsa is the hottest dance on the club scene today, emphasizing undulating body movement, sassy turns and compelling rhythms. This “nubile” dance originally hailed from Cuba in the 1950’s, and was greatly influenced by dancers and musicians in Puerto Rico, Miami and New York. Originally, a fast Mambo was called “Mambo con salsa” (Mambo with hot sauce). Now the world just calls it “Salsa!”


    The music and dance originated in Cuba and developed from the musical form called “Son.” It began its climb in popularity in the US in the 1940’s, and particularly in the 1950’s and 1960’s (see Cha Cha) at NYC’s Palladium Ballroom. It had a revival in appeal in the 1990’s. Mambo/Salsa should be your first dance choice when learning the Latin dances, as it is all the rage throughout the world today!

    Cha Cha

    Spicy, upbeat Latin dance that is related to the Mambo (a slower version.) This dance gained popularity on the streets of NYC in the late ’50’s and ’60’s. Originally called “Cha Cha Cha” and a favorite with jazz musicians and the Latin Community, the Cha Cha of today is still as exciting as ever. It is such a versatile dance that it can easily be done to many different styles of music from classic Tito Puente to Santana and Ricky Martin.


    Having arrived in the US in the early part of the 20th Century from the Dominican Republic, Merengue is pure, playful fun. The rhythm is the simplest of the dances making the footwork easy, and the arms and turns more complex. Merengue is the perfect compliment to the Salsa and a must learn if you plan on going out to a Latin Club.

    Salsa Fitness/Aerobics

    Get ready for an aerobic experience while enjoying the addictive, pulsating rhythms of the Latin dances. Cardio Latin is a cardio workout class with a dance flair. Open to all levels, the class consists of five fast-paced basic Latin dances (Cha Cha, Samba, Meringue, Salsa, and Jive). No experience or partner required.


    Oh so sexy & romantic. Bachata is a style of dance that accompanies music of the same name. With origins in the Dominican Republic, it borrows from the Cuban Bolero, and is sometimes referred to as the “blues music of the Dominican Republic.” Traditionally, it’s based strongly around the guitar and is a romantic dance. However, many variations of the Bachata have evolved over the years. The dance is a four-step beat & action achieved with a walking Cuban hip motion, and a one-beat unique “pop,” hip motion, or pause.


    An intensely passionate dance that will capture your feet and your soul. Your life will never be the same as you enter the nocturnal world of ochos, sentadas, and milongas. On any given night, NYC provides dancers with many Tango dance spots to hone their new steps and technique. Enjoyable at any level, Tango becomes more physically and intellectually rewarding as your relationship with the Buenos Aires-born dance deepens. Other versions of the Tango evolved, which are now part of the American and International Styles of Ballroom Dancing. Whether it’s the Argentine Tango or another style, this sultry dance will set your soul on fire!


    The exotic cousin of the spirited Caribbean dances, Samba has its own personality, ranging from gutsy and primitive, to zany and fun. Hailing from Brazil with a strong African influence, Samba is both a challenge in its rhythmic patterns and a physical workout. It is often referred to as the “Brazilian Waltz,” since the step patterns are developed from the Waltz. Initially, this dance was called the “Maxixe,” which was part of the “Animal Dances” of the 1920’s. This dance makes no apologies for the spell it will cast on you.

  • Belly Dance Styles & Levels

    Steps and technique

    Most of the movements in belly dancing involve isolating different parts of the body (hips, shoulders, chest, stomach etc.), which appear similar to the isolations used in jazz and hip hop, but are often driven differently. In much of belly dance there is a focus upon the core muscles of the body producing the movement rather than the larger muscle groups of the body. Correct posture is as important in belly dance as it is in other genres of dance. In most belly dance styles, the focus is on the hip and pelvic area. Due to the diversity of styles and ‘origins’ of the dance, many of the moves are referred to by a wide variety of different terminologies. However, from an observer’s point of view belly dance includes certain key elements.

    Important moves are:

    Shimmy and vibrations– a shimmy or vibration of the hips is usually layered onto other movements to create depth in performance. It may be created by moving the knees past each other at high speed, although some dancers use contractions of the glutes or thighs instead. It is also possible to perform this using the muscles of the lower back. The two terms may refer to performing this move in different directions, as it is possible to create this vibration moving the hips alternately up and down, side-to-side, or in a forward and back swinging motion. The same move can be performed using the shoulders and is sometimes called a shoulder shimmy.

    Hip accenting – A staccato movement of the hips out from the body. This can also be performed using other body parts such as the shoulders or chest. The move is usually performed by a quick shifting of the weight from one leg to the other and creates the impression of a swinging pelvis.

    Undulations – Fluid movements of the hips or of the chest in a circular or rotating fashion. There are a wide variety of movements of this kind, of which the most well known is probably the rotating movements of the chest forward, up, back and down to create the impression of riding a camel.

    Different styles also incorporate kicks and arm movements as an integral part of the style.

    Class Descriptions

    Belly dance Fitness- This class is a full aerobic workout which will include many isolations to tone and shape arms, abs, buttocks, thighs and calves. There will be a full warm up followed by fast paced travel steps adding belly dance movements throughout the class.

    Beginner Level 1 (Intro to belly dance)

    **No previous belly dance experience is required.**

    This class will cover the basic moves of belly dance in a relaxed atmosphere. Strength conditioning and belly dance technique will be introduced at the beginner level.
    Focus on posture and alignment is very important. Foot patterns and dance movement will be taught separately from belly dance movement to prepare students for eventual entry into higher level classes.

    Beginner Level 2 (Intro to Veil and Layering)

    This class is for students with an understanding belly dance technique and footwork patterns. A few months or more of Beginner I belly dance classes are required before entering this class. Even if you have studied with other belly dance instructors, you will need to take a series of Beginner I classes before entering Beginner II.

    Classes will incorporate dance specific warm-up and stretches, strengthening excercises, belly dance technique drills and dance movement vocabulary along with weekly dance combinations using the movements covered that week.

    Belly dance classes will help develop core body awareness while building strength, stamina, toning and strengthening the different muscle groups of the body. You will learn to isolate your glutes, hips, abs, pelvis, ribcage, shoulders, head and arms while dancing to hypnotic and rhythmic Middle Eastern music. Belly dance will raise your heart rate, so be prepared to sweat a little. This class is low-impact and appropriate for women of all ages and fitness levels. Modifications for all skill levels can be made with awareness of student ability and level. Each student will receive personal attention and direction appropriate to their skill level.

    Intermediate Level 3 (Intro to cymbals) This class will teach zill patterns from basic to advanced. All body movements, body positions and isolations with travel steps will be used in addition to your cymbal work.

    Performance / Choreography Class This class is invitation only and includes the Lotus Dance Troupe members. It’s goal is to prepare the student to execute a professional belly dance show. Improvisational skills are taught along with choreographed pieces. Props such as zills, veils, candle tray, sword, wings and cane are taught and worked into improvisation and routines

  • Dance Attire

    What to wear:

    Wear comfortable clothing suitable for a dance class, such as yoga or jazz pants, tank top, fitted t-shirt or sports bra – nothing constrictive around the hips or waist. Clothing that reveals the body line allows for easier correction of posture and technique.

    A sash or hip scarf should be worn around the hips for definition. A variation of styles and colors are for purchase at studio.

    Jorday Rivera’s Dance Studio Required Dance Attire

    Class/Workshop Dance Attire
    Baby Ballet 2-3yrs Old Pink Leotard, Tutu, White Stockings, White Ballet Slippers
    Baby Salsa & Cha Cha Babies 2.0-5yrs old Black Leotard, Salsa Skirt, Red Leggings, Tan Jazz Shoes
    Ballet & Tap/Jazz 3-6yrs Old Pink Leotard, Tutu, White Stockings, White Ballet Slippers, Black Tap or Tan Jazz Shoes
    Ballet & Tap/Jazz/Lyrical 5-12yrs Old Black Leotard, White Stockings, White Ballet Slippers, Tan Lyrical Sandals, Tan Jazz or Black Tap Shoes
    Ballet & Tap/Jazz/Lyrical/Modern Fusion 13-Adult Black Leotard, Black Leggings, White Ballet Slippers, Tan Jazz, Tan Lyrical Sandals or Black Tap Shoes
    Ballroom, Tango, and Hustle (Adult) Female: Leggings or Yoga Pants, T-Shirt, Heels Preferred
    Males: Gym Attire, Light Shoes-No Heavy Boots or Sneakers
    Belly Dance 5-17 years Old Black Leotard (5-12yrs)/Black Studio Logo Shirt (13-17yrs),Black Leggings, Red Hip Scarf
    Belly Dance All Adult Levels Refer to Belly Dance Guideline Sheet
    Brazilian Samba Youth: Black Studio T-Shirt, Black Leggings, Jazz Shoes
    Adults: Form Fitting Apparel, Barefoot or Heels
    Hip Hop Tots/Hip Hop/Break-Dance Fusion 2-17yrs Old White Studio T-shirt, Black Leggings or Pants (boys), Black Sneakers, Knee Pads (break-dance)
    Salsa/Mambo & Ballroom Ages 4-17yrs Old (Levels 1-3) Female: Black Studio Logo Shirt, Red Leggings, Black Salsa Skirt, Black or Silver Shoes (Females)
    Males: Black Studio Logo Shirt, Black Pants, Black Character Shoes
    Salsa/Mambo, Merengue & Bachata Adult Levels Female: Leggings or Yoga Pants, T-Shirt, Heels Preferred
    Males: Gym Attire, Light Shoes-No Heavy Boots or Sneakers
    Ladies Styling: Black Attire, Dance Shoes are a MUST
    Stiletto Workout, Angel Burlesque, DIVA Hip Hop & Pole Dancing Form Fitting Apparel, Heels or Boots
    Pole Dancing: Shorts, Tank Top, Heels, Small Hand Towel
    Yoga, Pilates, Diva Girl Fitness, Belly Fitness and Zumba Gym Attire, Sneakers, Yoga Mat (except for Zumba)

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