An Introduction to Performance Dance

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Performance Dance
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The Linda Jamieson School of Dance is a Royal Academy of Dance studio located in Ottawa, Ontario. Each year, the Linda Jamieson School of Dance produces a number of high-quality dance performances, including works of classical ballet like The Nutcracker.

Performance dance, also known as concert dance, encompasses an array of dance styles that are traditionally performed before a live audience. Performance dance styles include belly dancing, hip hop, and ballet. Sub-styles of performance dance, meanwhile, include lyrical and contemporary.

The different styles of performance dance can vary greatly. For example, classical ballet is often associated with narrative performances such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Hip hop dancing, by comparison, can range from highly choreographed team dances to individual free-style and break dancing.

Tap and jazz are further examples of popular performance dance styles. Like ballet and hip hop, both tap and jazz involve dance routines set to a musical score or soundtrack. Dance studios that offer classes in performance dance typically cover multiple styles of dance.

A Brief Overview of Social Dance

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Dancing

The Linda Jamieson School of Dance, a member of the Royal Academy of Dance, has provided professional-level training to international dance students for more than three decades. A number of the school’s students have gone on to enjoy success across various styles of dance, from classical ballet to Broadway. For more information on the Linda Jamieson School of Dance, visit www.jamiesondance.com.

Among the thousands of unique dance styles, one could argue that the art of social dance is one of the most popular, if not the most widely practiced. Social dance styles, including line dancing, salsa, swing dancing, and ballroom dancing, are not only performed by professionals at competitions and as part of live performances, but also by armatures at social events or in casual settings.

Freestyle dancing is perhaps the best example of a social dancing. Popularized nearly six decades ago, “freestyle” is a term attributed to any dance that lacks a set pattern of footwork and lacks choreographed contact between partners. Certain moves and steps may be associated with a specific freestyle dance, but individuals can implement and arrange these moves in any number of ways. The vast majority of dancing that occurs at nightclubs or public dances would be considered freestyle dancing.

Dance Professional Karin Baker Noted for Broadway Success

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Karin Baker
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Ottawa’s Linda Jamieson School of Dance provides dance training for every level, including young dancer, recreational, and pre-professional programs. As a complement to its exceptional instruction, Linda Jamieson School of Dance hosts workshops led by luminaries such as Karin Baker, an esteemed dancer and choreographer with a notable Broadway career. It began in the 1960s with appearances in shows starring high-profile performers, such as Joel Grey and Katherine Hepburn.

One of the major milestones in Karin Baker’s career occurred in 1980, when she had to assume the role of dance captain for a production of 42nd Street following the abrupt passing of a colleague. After demonstrating her ability to lead her team of dancers to achieve continued excellence, Karin Baker recreated 42nd Street for two companies in the United States, along with one in London. Following this success, Ms. Baker served as an assistant choreographer for the 1986 production of Me and My Gal, and choreographed several productions, including Bach Suite, Last of the Red Hot Mamas, and The Melody Lingered On.

Throughout her Broadway career, Ms. Baker performed in other notable shows, including George M! and Coco. In addition to achieving success on Broadway, she also performed with the Pacific Ballet and on the famed television program The Carol Burnett Show.

Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart Returns to RWB as a Dancer and Mentor

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Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart
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Offering dance instruction for 30 years, Linda Jamieson School of Dance provides summer and winter workshops led by top industry professionals. Linda Jamieson School of Dance has welcomed notable guest teachers such as Canada’s prima ballerina Evelyn Hart.

A former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), Evelyn Hart is an award-winning ballerina who launched her career in 1978, following her completion of the RWB Professional Division Ballet Academic Program. She became a household name in 1982 after starring in the company’s full-length production of Giselle, a timeless love story.

Ms. Hart returned to RWB in September 2015 to rejoin the cast of Giselle. Performing the role of Giselle’s mother, she also served as a mentor to a new generation of dancers. Now a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Ms. Hart gave advice to the principal dancers on understanding their characters and stressed the importance of emoting in delivering a memorable performance.