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Shaga: Moving Inside/Out

Inspired by the Gaga technique of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, this class is a fun and easy way for beginners and experienced dancers alike to connect with their bodies in new, more authentic ways. Each class begins slowly but builds up to continuous motion, providing a great workout for both body and soul!

Spring 2014

Sundays, April 27-May 25, 5:30-6:30 pm

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford
Fees (5 weeks): $$55

Ballet

Studying ballet is one of the most effective and elegant ways of improving posture, grace, flexibility, and strength. No experience needed for the beginning classes; one year of training is recommended for advanced beginning, barre and mixed-level classes, and at least two for intermediate. The Pointe/Pointe Prep class, which may be done in pointe shoes or on demi-pointe, will focus on ankle-strengthening exercises and is for students also enrolled in the mixed-level class preceding it.

Spring 2014

Beginning:Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, March 18-May 20 or
Wednesdays, noon-1 pm, March 19-May 21 or
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, March 19-May 21 or
Sundays, 3-4 pm, March 16-May 18 (no class Apr. 20)
Fee (10 weeks): $110; Sun. (9 weeks) $99

Advanced Beginning: Thursdays, 5:30-7 pm, March 20-May 22 or
Saturdays, 12:30-2 pm, March 15-May 17
Fee (10 weeks): $140

Barre Only:Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, March 17-May 19
Fee (10 weeks): $110

Intermediate:Mondays, 7:30-9 pm, March 17-May 19 or
Saturdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, March 15-May 17
Fee (10 weeks): $140
Drop-ins: $17

Mixed-level: Tuesdays, noon-1:30 pm, March 18-May 20 or
Sundays, 2-3:30 pm, March 16-May 18 (no class Apr. 20)
Fee (10 weeks): $140 (Tues.); $126 (Sun. )

Pointe/Pointe Prep: Sundays, 3:30-4 pm, March 16-May 18 (no class Apr. 20)
Fee (9 weeks): $50 (must also take 2 pm class preceding)

Instructors: Christiana Barnett-Murphy (Sun. Mixed-level, Pointe);ShaLeigh Comerford (Tues. noon; Wed. eve); Danielle Oldziey (Mon., Tues. eve., Wed. noon, Thurs., Sat.); Leah Wilks (Sun. Beg.)

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Belly Dance

Experience the fun and energy of this ancient dance form! Beginners will enjoy low-impact aerobic exercise as they learn the basic moves of Middle Eastern dance. The intermediate class, for dancers with at least 1-2 years of basic belly dance experience, will teach more challenging hip movements, dancing with finger cymbals and veils, and floor work.

Spring 2014

Beginning: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, March 17-May 19 or
Sundays, 6-7 pm, March 16-May 18 (no class Apr. 20) Cancelled

Adv. Beginning: Sundays, 7-8 pm, March 16-May 18 (no class Apr. 20) Cancelled

Instructors: Laylianah Mahasin (Mon.); Cristina Velasquez )Sun.)
Fees (10 weeks): $110 (Beg.); $140 (Cont.)

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Bhangra

Bhangra is a high-impact, high-energy folk dance from Punjab, India. Traditionally performed at harvest celebrations, Bhangra has become popular world-wide. Basic steps and simple but lively choreography will be taught; this class is great exercise and great fun!

Spring 2014

Sundays, 4-5 pm, March 16-April 27 (no class Apr. 20)

Instructors: Kurren Mehta
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Brazilian Dance

Come dance to the irresistible rhythms of Brazil! You’ll get a great workout in this fun class as you learn Afro-Brazilian dance styles from Bahia and Rio.

Spring 2014

Sundays, 4-5 pm, March 16-May 18 (no class April 20)

Instructors: Iya Silva
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Break Dance


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Break dancing originated in NYC in the early 70's and is one of the Four Elements of Hip-Hop. In this physically demanding, beginning-level class, you’ll learn moves such as toprocking, uprocking, and freezes, as well as footwork and power moves. Young people under 13 admitted with instructor’s permission.

Spring 2014

Beginning: Fridays, 5:30-7 pm, March 21-May 23

Continuing: : Fridays, 7-8:30 pm, March 21-May 23

Instructors: Jose Velasquez
Fees (10 weeks): $140

Spring 2014

Beginning: Fridays, 5:30-7 pm, March 21-May 23

Continuing: : Fridays, 7-8:30 pm, March 21-May 23

Instructors: Jose Velasquez
Fees (10 weeks): $140

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Broadway Dance

You can pretend you’re a star on Broadway in this fun musical theatre class! After a warm-up and across the floor exercises, you’ll learn simple combinations from musicals such as The Wiz and Chorus Line, among others. For beginners as well as those with some dance experience.

Spring 2014

Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm, March 17-May 19

Instructors: Danielle Oldziey
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Dance Fusion New!

This class combines several dance styles for a fun and lively workout. After a thorough warm-up to get you moving, you’ll learn energetic dance phrases blending modern, hip-hop and African dance. Some dance experience recommended.

Spring 2014

Saturdays, 4-5 pm, March 15-May 17 Cancelled

Instructors: Christina Conley
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Hip-Hop


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These classes teach a fast-paced, high-energy "MTV-style" dance. After a short warm-up, class will focus on learning aerobic dance combinations done to pop and hip-hop music. Wear sneakers and be prepared to sweat!

Spring 2014

Beginning:
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, March 18-May 20 or
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, March 19-May 21 or
Saturdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, March 15-May 17

Advanced Beginning: Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, March 19-May 21 or
Sundays, 5-6 pm, March 16-May 18 (no class Apr. 20) Cancelled

Intermediate: Thursdays, 8-9 pm, March 20-May 22

Instructors: LeBrandi Johnson (Wed Beg..); Bryant Newsome (Sun.); Jose Velasquez (Tues., Wed. Adv. Beg., Thurs., Sat.)
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Jazz

Start practicing your jazz hands and jazz walk! This beginning-level class explores a range of jazz styles with emphasis on technique, including isolations, swing, and rhythm. Class begins with a warm-up designed to develop strength, flexibility, alignment and coordination, followed by progressions across the floor and culminating in fun dance combinations.

Spring 2014

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, March 18-May 20

Instructors: Christina Conley
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Line Dance It's back!

Line dancing was once associated primarily with country western music, but no more! You’ll get a workout and have a great time in this class as you learn popular group dances from the standard Electric Slide to the Cupid Shuffle and Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. Line dances are easy for people of all ages to learn and are a fun way to get movin’ and groovin’!

Spring 2014

Fridays, 7-8 pm, March 21-April 18

Instructors: Beth Hoke
Fees (5 weeks): $55

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Lyrical/Contemporary

Do you love SYTYCD? Based in ballet and modern dance, this contemporary lyrical class teaches a fluid choreography, often using emotion to motivate the movement. One year prior training recommended for the continuing class.

Spring 2014

Beginning: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, March 19-May 21

Advanced Beginning: Mondays, 7:30-9 pm, March 17-May 19

Continuing: Thursdays, 8-9:30 pm, March 20-May 22

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed., Thurs.);Becca Wilusz (Mon.)
Fees (10 weeks): $110 (Beg.); $140 (Adv. Beg., Cont.)

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Modern

Modern dance evolved as a rebellion against the formality of ballet; it is freer and more expressive but still emphasizes proper alignment and technique. No experience needed for the beginning class; one or more years of training recommended for continuing.

Spring 2014

Beginning:
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, March 19-May 21 or
Sundays, 2-3 pm, March 16-May 18 (no class Apr. 20)
Fee (10 weeks): $110 (Wed.); $99 (Sun. - 9 weeks)

Continuing:
Thursdays, 6:30-8 pm, March 20-May 22 or
Saturdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, March 15-May 17
Fee (10 weeks): $140

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed., Thurs.);Justin Tornow (Sat.); Leah Wilks (Sun.)

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Tap


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Come dance the rhythm! Students in this mixed-level class will learn or review basic tap techniques and then progress to more complex steps and choreographed routines. Wear tap shoes or shoes that make noise!

Spring 2014

Beginning: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, March 18-May 20

Continuing: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, March 18-May 20

Instructors: Whitney Goodman
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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West African Dance Live drumming!

This fun, energetic, aerobic class is sure to get you in great shape. Traditional West African rhythm and dance styles will be explored for everyone to enjoy!

Spring 2014

Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, March 19-May 21

Instructors: McDaniel Roberts
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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CLASSES

Ballet
Belly Dance
Bhangra
Brazilian Dance
Break Dance
Broadway Dance
Dance Fusion
Hip-Hop
Jazz
Line Dance
Lyrical/Contemporary
Modern
Tap
West African Dance