Adult/Teen Classes > Dance Techniques
AfroJazz is a fusion of a number of styles and forms, including traditional West African dance, African-American social dances, Afro-Caribbean dances and traditional jazz dance styles. Students should be barefoot and should wear comfortable clothing for this upbeat class. Open to all levels, most especially the enthusiastic beginner!
Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan. 5-March 9
Instructors: Jessi Knight
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.
Beginning:Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 10 or
Advanced Beginning: Thursdays, 5:30-7 pm, Jan. 8-March 12 or
Barre Only:Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm,Jan. 5-March 9
Intermediate:Mondays, 7:30-9 pm, Jan. 5-March 9 or
Mixed-level: Thursdays, noon-1:30 pm, Jan. 8-March 12 or
Pointe/Pointe Prep: Sundays, 3:30-4 pm, Jan. 11-March 15
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.
Beginning: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jan. 8-March 12 or
Continuing: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan. 8-March 12
Have you ever watched a Beyoncé or Britney video and wanted to learn the dance yourself? This class shows you how to do just that! After a short warm-up, this fun, low-key class will focus on a step-by-step breakdown of the original choreography from your favorite music videos (with credit to the choreographers of course). We'll even take requests! Don't miss your chance to dance like Michael, Janet, Beyoncé, N*Sync, J.Lo, Aaliyah and more
Thursdays, 7-8 pm, Jan. 8-March 12
Instructors: Erica Bianca Vinson
Bhangra is a high-spirited, high-energy folk dance from Punjab, India. Traditionally performed at harvest celebrations, Bhangra has become popular worldwide. Basic steps and simple but lively choreography will be taught; this class is excellent aerobic exercise!
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 10
Instructors: Priya Balagopal
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.
Sundays, 4-5 pm, Jan. 11-March 15
Instructors: Adriana Freiberger
Photo by Bobbi Bogaert
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.
Beginning: Fridays, 5:30-7 pm, Jan. 9-March 13
Continuing: : Fridays, 7-8:30 pm, Jan. 9-March 13
Instructors: Jose Velasquez
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.
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jan. 5-March 9
Instructors: Danielle Oldziey
Photo by Bobbi Bogaert
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!
Advanced Beginning: Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Jan. 7-March 11
Intermediate: Thursdays, 8-9 pm, Jan. 8-March 12
Love Riverdance? Now you can do it, too! Irish step dance is characterized by a relatively immobile upper body, straight arms, and quick, precise movements of the feet. In this introduction to Irish step, we’ll tackle the subsets of soft-shoe technique: jigs, reels, and slipjigs. Irish dancing is great exercise, lots of fun, and there’s that fabulous, upbeat music. You gotta try this class!
Wednesdays, , 6:30-7:30 pm, Jan. 7-March 11
Instructors: Mikaela Saccoccio
Jazz Funk is an exciting blend of jazz and hip hop dance styles. This class begins with a thorough, heart-pumping warm up focused on mobility, strength and alignment. Then we dive into fun and funky choreography combining fluid, full-body jazz and hard-hitting funk and hip hop styles. Some dance or movement experience recommended, but adventurous beginners welcome!
Fridays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan.9-March 13
Instructors: Christina Conley
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.
Beginning: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 7-March 11Advanced Beginning: Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 5-March 9
Continuing: Thursdays, 7:30-9 pm, Jan. 8-March 12
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.
Inspired by the Gaga movement philosophy of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, this class presents an easy and fun way for beginners and experienced dancers alike to connect with their bodies in new, more authentic ways. Each class begins slowly and builds to continuous motion, providing enjoyable exercise for both body and soul.
Sundays, 5-6 pm, Jan. 11-March 15
Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford
Photo by Bobbi Bogaert
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!
Beginning: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 10
Continuing: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 10
Instructors: Whitney Goodman
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!
Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Jan. 7-March 11
Instructors: McDaniel Roberts