Senior HipHop

Are you above 50 and looking for a place to dance and exercise in Singapore? HipHop Seniors Dance Class Singapore

Actfa has dance classes for those above 50 years old. We are looking to start dance classes like Jazz/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Salsa, Tango, Lumbia, Jazroc for mature students in Singapore.

Dancing is a good way to exercise, stretch and move your body.  It is fun with funky music and lots of laughter.  From HipHop dance to Salsa dance, Yoga to Cha Cha, make like-minded friends and have loads of fun expressing yourselves in our seniors dance classes.  Who said seniors can't dance HipHop or Kpop?  We will prove them wrong!

Come join us if you are interested!

Featured classes (and more to come):
Seniors HipHop    every Thursday 4 - 5pm
Seniors Yoga        every Saturday 3 - 4pm

$125 for 13 classes
Classes on weekdays morning & afternoon, nights and also weekends.
Call 6225 0150 now to enquire!

Latin Jazz

Latin Jazz is a fusion of latin dance rhythms and techniques from Salsa, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Samba, Zouk, Lambada and more, with modern jazz and contemporary styles.

Starting with jazz and contemporary warm ups that trains and strengthens technique and flexibility, we move into breaking down the intricacies of Latin dance rhythms, movements and attitude.  With simple across the floor combos to learn Latin-style turns and jumps, we then combine these into a fluid dance routine to complete your Latin Jazz experience.

Related Classes: Bachata, Street Cha Cha, Zouk, Lumbia, Jazroc, Practica, Salsa, Salsa Styling, Cuban Salsa, Merengue, Casino Rueda, Afro Cuban Rumba
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Korean Pop

Korean Pop Dance Classes SingaporeKorean Pop, fondly known as Kpop, is Hip Hop/ Jazz Funk danced to Korean pop songs.  This dance that took the Singapore dance industry by storm was made popular by the Korean artistes who dance and sing to their songs, these MTV dances are copied and taught in classes for those who want to learn how to dance exactly like their Kpop idols from EXO to Sistar, Big Bang to Girls Generation and more!  So learn the dances of your favourite Kpop stars. Move like them, groove like them, shake it like them! Join our class to learn the moves of your favourite Kpop girl and boy bands!  These catchy and fast-paced songs are simple to learn and fun to dance, making it a great exercise workout to do!

Related Classes: Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Reggaeton, Pop & Lock, Salcaa (Body Isolation), Bboy/Breakdance, Parkour
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Jazz Funk

Street Jazz Dance Classes SingaporeStreet Jazz, or Jazz Funk is a mix of Ballet / Lyrical Jazz & Hip Hop.  Danced to popular music and commonly seen in MTV videos, this dance is usually fast-paced and high-energy, not for the fainthearted.  It's groovy with a good mix of Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and fun.  For those who like the smooth lines of Jazz and the funkiness of Hip Hop, this is a great dance to try out.

Related Classes: Jazz, HipHop, Reggaeton, Pop & Lock, Salcaa (Body Isolation), Bboy/Breakdance, Broadway, Cabaret, Stilettos Dance
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Salsa Shines

Wondering what to do when your partner break away from you? This is the class for you! Salsa Shines are the key to the next level of salsa. You will learn how to add a little more spice to your salsa moves for your routine. Shines are generally accomplished by incorporating some advanced footwork or stylish dance moves that work well with the salsa music into your pattern.

The goal of salsa shines is to shine the spotlight on one of the partners in the pair. Come on & join us in this class to discover what you can do and be in the spotlight at the dance floor!

Some videos:  Salsa ShinesBachata Shines, Salsa Shines

Related Classes: Bachata, Street Cha Cha, Zouk, Lumbia, Jazroc, Practica, Salsa, Salsa Styling, Cuban Salsa, Merengue, Casino Rueda, Afro Cuban Rumba
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Tap Dance

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by a tapping sound that is created from metal plates that are attached to both the ball and heel of the dancer's shoe. These metal plates, when tapped against a hard surface, create a percussive sound and as such the dancers are considered to be musicians.

Related Classes: Ballet, Jazz Funk, Broadway, Jazz, Tango
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Parkour

Parkour is a movement philosophy developed in twentieth century France. Parkour merges several disciplines. It is rumored to originate from a sport, a hobby and a philosophy. Fundamentally, parkour is where people learn to navigate obstacles with the help of public spaces. In the long run, this is applicable to their daily lives and making them more brave and confident people.

The beauty of parkour is where learners get from place to place in the most efficient way possible. Parkour teaches them to navigate physical obstacles as fast as possible during an emergency. As such, learners train their critical thinking where they consider the challenge confronting them, their physical capacity to execute the moves and the situation that presents to them.

Parkour is a non-competitive sport where learners pick up skills such as jumping and climbing or the more specific parkour moves. The objective of parkour is to get from place to place using only the human body and the objects in the environment. Parkour is often seen practiced in urban areas because of the many suitable public structures available such as buildings, walls and rails.

This sport became more popular in 1990s, when films were made about parkour. Some parkour practitioners have expressed unhappiness with the mainstreaming of the sport. Since parkour can be dangerous, an amateur may potentially hurt himself when doing parkour unsupervised. The art includes flying leaps, jumps and other physically challenging moves which can look very showy but hazardous.

Related Classes: Jazz, HipHop, Reggaeton, Kpop, Pop & Lock, Salcaa (Body Isolation), Bboy/Breakdance
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Pop & Lock

The Pop and Lock style of hip hop dance consists of rapid arm and leg movement and short pauses. The jerking effect in the dance is the pop and the freezes in between are the lock.

This dance is sometimes accompanied by subtle foot movements called "gliding." Someone who is gliding appears to move around the floor without using their legs.

Popping requires good rhythm. Hone your rhythm before attempting some complicated pop and lock moves.

Related Classes: Jazz, HipHop, Reggaeton, Salcaa (Body Isolation), Bboy/Breakdance, Parkour
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Jazz Contemporary

Jazz Contemporary Dance Class SingaporeJazz, Lyrical or Contemporary is a technique class that trains a dancer in jumps, spins, splits and balance.  One of the core technique and performance classes in Actfa Dance School Singapore, Lyrical Jazz is a hot favorite among dancers in Singapore as a dance that is emotive, classic and technical.  

Jazz & Contemporary dance combines the elegant long lines, polished spins and flexibility needed in Ballet with techniques required in modern dances.  The results: an unprecedented display of the beautiful unique characteristics of dances throughout the ages.  Students will learn & perfect a choreography over the span of 6 months in their Contemporary dance class, performing it for the examinations.

"Thousands of emotions well up inside me throughout the day. They are released when I dance." - Abraham Lincoln

Jazz is an American form of dance that originated in the early 1900 where both African and European people mixed their dance traditions.

Most of the time, dancers start off with ballet, where they learn muscle control, balance, poise and grace. Once they have mastered this discipline, they move off to pursue jazz. Jazz is a more spontaneous genre of dance which requires improvisation skills.

Jazz music is heavily syncopated and unpredictable due to the African influences. Thus, jazz dance is the same. One moment the jazz dancer may appear slow, graceful but the next moment, they execute sharp and abrupt moves and leap high into the air. To achieve all these, they have to be flexible and very attuned to the music.

In lyrical jazz classes, there is a very much fixed structure to warm up the muscles and body for the real dancing.

Firstly, a vigorous stretching regime at the start to warm-up the students’ muscles as well as prepare them for the subsequent exercises. This loosens up different parts of the body from the neck to the trunk to the legs. Practically, each muscle part that you can name of is taken care of and stretched during this period of time.

Secondly, be it a social dancer or a professional artist, the core muscles are crucial for one to hold his body upright and to be able to do physically-demanding moves. This aspect is covered when the instructor doing a series of crunches, leg-lifts, push-ups, planks that leave one very much exhausted. However, in the long run, with the gradual strengthening of these muscles, one will not be able to feel that great a strain compared to their first day doing it.

Subsequently, technical work comes in where there is a standard ankle-strengthening exercise that is done to build the dancer’s ability to stand on tip-toe. Naturally, the next set of exercises will be across the floor work that consist mainly of the different turns and spins such as pirouette and pose turns. This is often accompanied by jumps there dancers build their stamina to jump high and far.

Only then will the real jazz dancing starts where dancers do choreographies to hone their skills further and to apply what techniques they learnt into a song.
 

Broadway

Broadway is known as a more theatrical dance form suited for stage productions, focusing on dramatic sets, costumes and showy storylines. Beginning in the streets of New York – there is literally a street named Broadway – it was made popular by world-renown musicals such as West Side Story, Grease & Chicago.

Related Classes: Ballet, Jazz Funk, Jazz, Tap Dance, Tango
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Breakdance Bboy

Breaking or b-boying, commonly called Breakdancing, is a style of dance that evolved as part of hip-hop culture among Black and Latino American youths in the South Bronx during the 1970s. The term b-boy came from the term of beat boy, because they danced to a specific beat. It is danced to both hip-hop and other genres of music that are often remixed  to prolong the musical breaks.

Related Classes: Jazz, HipHop, Kpop, Reggaeton, Pop & Lock, Salcaa (Body Isolation), Parkour
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Hip Hop

Hip Hop Singapore Dance ClassesHip hop is possibly the most popular dance in Singapore.  Actfa has hip hop classes for all ages- kids, teens, adults and even for those who are mature or seniors.  The energetic and groovy fast-paced movements will help you get your body in better shape than before as you have fun. Britney Spears, Beyonce and Usher already took their spin on it. It's now your time to unleash your creativity into this dance!

“Hip-hop gave a generation a common ground that didn't require either race to lose anything; everyone gained.” ― Jay-Z, Decoded HipHop 

Originating in the New York City ghettos especially the Bronx in the 1970s, the hip hop dance has since taken the world by storm from the streets to the dance studios.  It is also prevalent on social media groups like YouTube and Facebook, in the movies and on TV.

African-Americans were seen dancing on the streets to vent their anger and frustration. There were mixed influences from African-American, Jamaican and Latino. Block parties often had the DJs playing popular genre of music especially funk and soul. 

Hip Hop Classes Singapore

Hip hop as a dance can be divided into 2 broad categories: old school and new school hip hop. Old school hip hop includes styles like break dancing where they are known for moves like the windmills, head spins and moonwalk. On the other hand, new school hip hop comprises of styles like krump and whacking.  

Modern day HipHop classes typically draws its inspiration from the wide variety of old and new hiphop dance moves, creating unique styles in Singapore and around the world.

The attire of most hip hop dancers is casual street wear and it has altered with growing and fading fashion trends. In general, they wear baggy shirts and pants in outstanding colours with caps. Just like in the past, where this dance can be danced on the streets, the outfit preserves the essence of the hip hop culture.

Related Classes: Kpop, Jazz Funk, Reggaeton, Pop & Lock, Salcaa (Body Isolation), Bboy/Breakdance, Parkour
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Ballet

Ballet is a foundation class that works the poise, grace and lines of a dancer.  From the basics of Ballet, students will learn to apply these techniques to other dances, giving them the ‘feel’ and grace of a professional dancer.

Ballet goes way back to the early seventeenth century where dancers performed as a form of entertainment to a crowd during intermissions of operas. Soon ballet grew popular and had more impact on the crowd. Gradually, the ballet structure was formed defined by a style of its own.

In 1661, King Louis XIV of France founded the Académie Royale de Musique et de Danse, establishing Paris as the center of academic ballet. Over time, Russia became the international center of ballet, combining the strength and passion of Italian style with the softness and fluidity of the French school.

Today ballet is one of the top three most popular dances that people will pick up. It has a rigid syllabus for dancers to follow and get their way to the top. Ballet is divided into the grades as well as the majors. The grades are just for leisure dancers while the majors are for the more serious dancers who aspire to be instructors or professional dancers.

In ballet, there are two segments namely the barre work and the center work. The barre work is always done first as a warm up. Students will do plies and all the leg exercise to stretch and strength the leg muscles. After that shall they proceed on to the center to do short dance exercises. In the more advanced level, the duration of these pieces get longer as more techniques are being added to one piece of music.

Furthermore, when girls proceed on to the majors, they will be dancing on pointe. Special pointe shoes are worn so the girls can dance on their toes. For guys, they still remain in their soft shoes but they have to do more technical stuff compared to girls (e.g. jump higher, spin greater number of rounds).

Apart from ballet itself, another aspect that this genre expects of the dancers is to do character dance where they adapt the traditional dance from various countries like Hungary, Russia.

Related Classes: Jazz, Jazz Funk, Broadway, Tap Dance, Tango
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Starlinn Actfa DanceSTARLINN CHOO YANQING joined the SFDF program in 2004 while studying in NUS, training 12 hours a day; she completed her SFDF, Diploma & IHDC courses in 3 years, using her teaching income to finance her classes in Diploma & IHDC. In 2008 she pursued her IMDC Dance Business & is now doing her 3 years IPHDC Dance Product Research. While pursuing her IHDC she was already traveling around the world for assignments. more


Bianca Actfa DanceBIANCA enrolled in the SFDF course after A-levels. Within 6 months she was dancing as a backup dancer for MTV. She has also traveled to many countries like Germany, UK, Taiwan & Hong Kong to teach & perform, & was offered a position to dance in a few Musical plays. 


 Libin Actfa DanceLB, a masters degree holder working for a MNC, decided to do a career switch after he completed his SFDF. He then worked as an International Sales Manager in dance products, an international artist & dance instructor. He is the Singapore Bachata Champion 2008 and the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship behind Serge and Polina from Russia in 2010. more


manfred Actfa DanceMANGGOH was one of the elite few selected for the Mediacorp Dance Academy in 2000. He graduated from NTU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and used to work as a Project Manager in the IT Industry. He passed his examination & evaluation for SFDF and is currently doing his Diploma & IHDC. more


maricel Actfa DanceMARICEL, a professional dancer from the Philippines, joined SFDF in 2009. In less than a year, she has performed at the Esplanade Da:ns Festival 2009, Salsa Cruise Asia 2009, & has also been to China to teach & perform. In 2010 she was offered a full time dance instructor job in Singapore. She has since gone on to set up a dance studio in the Philippines and comes back periodically to upgrade her skills.


rachel Actfa DanceRACHEL an undergraduate in NTU joined the SFDF in 2010 and was offered to open a dance studio in China.  She has taught and performed in Guang Zhou, Shen Zhen, Hong Kong, Singapore.


 derrick actfa danceDERRICK has over 20 years of dance instructor experience with more than 30 types of dance. He was granted an exemption from SFDF after taking an examination & evaluation and signed up for the diploma & IHDC simultaneously.


tamil actfa danceTAMIL, a professional dancer & teacher actively involved in competitions & performances for Hip Hop, Bollywood, Indian Dance. He was teaching dance in secondary school and choreographing for SYF. He joined the IHDC program to further his training as a dancer & teacher in 2009.  Since joining the IHDC, he has taught, performed & competed in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan.


brenda actfa danceBRENDA joined the SFDF when she was 13 years old and was hired to teach and perform both locally and overseas after 6 months. She was also financing her own dance study while teaching private dance classes.  Under the SFDF, she was the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship 2010 and Singapore Bachata Champion 2009.  She was given opportunities to teach in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China.

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