Freestyle in South Africa encompasses 4 styles of dance: Foundation, Slowdance, Freestyle, and Rock n’ Roll. All 4 styles of dance require a different and very specific skill set.
Introduced to the SADTA Syllabus in 2019, Foundation is a style of dance that draws its inspiration from other genres of dance such as Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz and many other classical performing arts. The style, which closely resembles that of a Contemporary, incorporates the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dances stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and the improvisation characteristics of modern dance.
Slowdance and Freestyle
Slowdance and Freestyle remain popular competitive dance forms in South Africa. Both can be considered high energy and involve the careful sequencing of runs, spins, kicks, jumps and leaps as well as many other rhythmically diverse steps and movements inclusive of arm and hand action. Despite one style being slower than the other, both employ contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction. Most Importantly, both styles allow the dancer individual freedom of expression to enhance their own individual style.
Rock n’ Roll
A 1959 dance book describes Rock n’ Roll as performed without undue tension, the body and legs being flexible so that there may be a physical rhythmic expression of co-ordination with the beats of music. A dance that leaves much scope for personal expression and interpretation in style, movement, rhythm, and even in the manner in which the figures are constructed. Requires a level of dedication and understanding in order to sucessfull execute routines with good technique and style.