Dance Classes

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Exercise your mind, become a better communicator, reduce stress, improve fitness, and more! Dance benefits people of all ages.

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WINTER DANCE CLASSES

Contemporary
Poetic, fluid, and artistic are all words often used to describe this beautiful form of dance.  Drawing influence from ballet, lyrical, jazz, and modern, Contemporary brings together the fundamentals of traditional dance styles while adding a contemporary, modern edge. Students will work on movement, artistic expression, floor work, musicality, and improvisation.  During the final class, students will demonstrate choreography for family and friends.  This is also a perfect class for ballet students who wish to supplement their ballet training while discovering another genre of dance.

Kids
Ages 7-10 | Wednesdays | 5:00-6:00 PM
218.3451.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Beginner-Elementary Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Fernando Naranjo

Youth
Ages 11-14 | Wednesdays | 6:00-7:00 PM
218.3461.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Fernando Naranjo


Little Bells Kuchipudi Classical Indian Dance

This class is presented through a partnership with the Kuchipudi Dance Academy.
Little bells is perfect for kids just starting to get a grasp on movement. This enlightening dance class will help teach your child movement, dance, rhythm, and how to move to the beat all while learning about the Indian classical dance form, Kuchipudi.

Ages 3-5 | Saturdays | 9:30-10:30 AM
218.3721.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/13-3/17
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Lakshmi Babu


Kuchipudi Classical Indian Dance for Adults
This class is presented through a partnership with the Kuchipudi Dance Academy.
Join this class now to explore the Indian classical dance form, Kuchipudi, along with the flavors of Indian performing arts and authentic beats of music. This class will be a work out as well and will provide you with the background and technique needed to understand classical dance. Much like ballet, it is structured yet graceful with fluid movements.

Ages 18 and up | Saturdays | 8:00-9:30 AM
218.3731.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/13-3/17
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $270 | Regular Registration: $280 Instructor: Lakshmi Babu


W
est African Dance
This class is presented through a partnership with Soul in Motion Players, Inc.
Come and explore the vibrant, expressive, energy-filled world of West African dance. Learn the movements, style, rhythms, and significance of dances from West Africa, all while having a fantastic time with professional instructors.  This class is taught at the same time as our West African Drumming class, so students will enjoy being accompanied by live drumming.  It’s suggested that dance students wear a traditional lapa for the class. A lapa is a large piece of African fabric that is wrapped around the waist of the dancer.

Ages 14 and up | Sundays | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
218.3711.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/14-3/4
Level: Beginning-Advanced
Season Pass for all 8 classes: $100
Drop In: $15 per class payable day-of at the Front Desk
Instructor: Michael Friend and Soul in Motion Players, Inc. Instructors


Latin Dance for Adults

Spice up your Tuesday nights with this fun and sizzling class!  Explore Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more as you dance to some amazing music and meet some great new friends.  This is perfect for anyone who has been curious about taking a Latin dance class or who wants to learn a few new moves for the dance floor.

Ages 18 and up* | Tuesdays | 7:30-8:30 PM
218.3621.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/9-3/13
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Season Pass for all 10 classes: $125
Drop In: $15 per class payable day-of at the Front Desk
Instructor: Fernando Naranjo
*If someone younger than the required age is interested, please call our Front Desk at 301-528-2260.


Tap for Kids
Do you have a Shirley Temple or a little Fred Astaire at home ready to take their first dance class. This is the perfect class to get them tapping.  Students will learn the basics of tap dancing while being fully engaged and having a great time. Tap dancing terms, skills, and routines will be taught as well as dance exercises and games.  Students must be able to attend class without a caregiver present.

Ages 5-8 | Saturdays | 10:30-11:30 AM
218.3401.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/13-3/3
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $180 | Regular Registration: $190
Instructor: Fernando Naranjo


Tap for Adults
Who wants moves like Jagger when you can have moves like Kelly… Gene Kelly! It’s never too late to late to learn to tap, so throw on some tap shoes and join this fun, energetic class.  Whether this is your first dance class ever but always wanted to learn tap, or you took classes when you were younger and want to brush up on your skills, this is the perfect class.  You will be “shuffling off to Buffalo” in no time.

Ages 16 and up | Wednesdays | 7:00-8:00 PM
218.3431.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Fernando Naranjo
*If someone younger than the required age is interested, please call our Front Desk at 301-528-2260.


Hip Hop

Explore the art of urban style dancing in these fun and electric classes.  Students will spend time exploring rhythm, body isolations, popping, funk, basic break dance moves and innovative choreography.  Have fun, dance to great music, and share your skills with friends and family at the end of the session.

Instructor: Monique Watson

Hip Hop Kidz
Ages 5-8 | Fridays | 4:30-5:30 PM
218.4501.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/12-3/16
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235

Hip Hop Youth
Ages 8-13 | Fridays | 5:30-6:30 PM
218.4521.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/12-3/16
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235

Hip Hop Adult
Ages 16 and up* | Fridays | 6:30-7:30 PM
218.4551.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/12-3/16
Level: Beginning-Intermediate
Season Pass for all 10 classes: $125
Drop In: $15 per class payable day-of at the Front Desk

*If someone younger than the required age is interested, please call our Front Desk at 301-528-2260.

Strut: High Heels Dance Class
Learn how to strut, pump, dance, and prance in your highest pair of heels. Strengthen your legs, feet, hips, lower and upper body while learning engaging and expressive choreography.  This fun new class will help build confidence and leave you wanting to strut the catwalk and be your own Queen Bee!
Ages 18 and up | Fridays | 7:30-8:30 PM
218.4561.1 | 6 Weeks | Meets 1/12-2/16
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Season Pass for all 6 classes: $75
Drop In: $15 per class payable day-of at the Front Desk
Instructor: Monique Watson


 

Dance Conservatory


The dance conservatory provides focused year-long study for students of all ages. We encourage students and families to read each course description carefully to find the best fit for the year. The price of all conservatory dance classes include a $52 costume fee for the Spring Conservatory Recital which will be selected by the instructor. All conservatory classes culminate in a mid-year demonstration and spring recital.

Conservatory Dance Attire
Girls: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun if applicable. No skirts, tutus or jewelry.
Boys: White t-shirt, black tights with black ballet shoes or black dance shorts with white socks and black ballet shoes.
Adult Class: Instructor’s discretion. Please use the above attire as a guide.


Pre-Ballet

This is a great introductory course for our youngest students interested in developing a strong foundation in ballet. Students learn the basics through exercises, games and dances to develop coordination, musicality, creativity and motor skills. Students must be able to attend class without a caregiver present.

Level: Beginner
Age 4-5 | Sundays | 2:00-3:00 PM
618.3024.1 | Meets 9/17-12/10, 1/14-3/18, 4/8-6/10
618.3024.1
Early Registration: $467 | Regular Registration: $477
Instructor: Maria Shorb


Classical Ballet for Grades 1-2

Students begin to learn basic ballet technique and terminology through exercises at the barre and center floor. Skills such as plie, tendu, releve, port de bras, jumps, turns, leaps, are explored as students learn fun dances.

Level: Beginner-Elementary
Ages 6-8 | Tuesdays | 5:30-6:30 PM
618.3194.1 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
618.3194.1
Early Registration: $467 | Regular Registration: $477
Instructor: Maria Shorb


Classical Ballet for Grades 3-5

Students continue to learn new steps with emphasis on alignment and stance while becoming more familiar with ballet terminology. Petit allegro combinations, pique turns and stretching exercises are introduced.

Level: Elementary-Intermediate
Ages 7-11 | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
618.3204.1 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
618.3204.1
Early Registration: $467 | Regular Registration: $477
Instructor: Maria Shorb

 

Intermediate Classical Ballet for Adults
Students work on more complex combinations at the barre, center, and across the floor becoming a stronger and more refined dancer. With instructor’s approval, students who feel ready may also want to take Beginner Pointe in addition to this class.

Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Ages 18 and up| Wednesdays | 7:00 PM-8:15 PM
618.3354.1 | Meets 9/13-12/6, 1/10-3/14, 4/4-6/6
618.3354.1
Early Registration: $567 | Regular Registration: $577
Instructor: Maria Shorb


Young Artists Ballet (YAB)

YAB is based on the internationally recognized methodology of the Royal Academy of Dance. The Academy’s syllabi have been devised with great care to enable a child to progress through their dance training in planned stages to insure safety of physical development and well-being. Teachers adhere to the carefully structured syllabi and continue to train through the Academy’s professional development courses throughout their teaching careers. YAB Instructor, Ms. Becci Kimm has achieved lifetime membership to the Royal Academy of Ballet.


YAB: Introduction to Ballet

Students are introduced to the art of classical ballet by concentrating on musicality, body coordination and a sense of movement. They will be exposed to very basic ballet positions of the feet and arms and simple dance steps. Awareness of body carriage and placement will be addressed.

Level: Beginner
Ages 5-8 | Mondays | 5:30-6:30 PM
618.4014.1 | Meets 9/11-12/11, 1/8-3/12, 4/2-6/4 (30 sessions)
618.4014.1
Early Registration: $467 | Regular Registration: $477
Instructor: Becci Kimm


YAB: Level 1

This class is for students with one year of prior training or by permission from instructor. Exercises will be executed at the barre and in the center concentrating on posture, body alignment or stance, and placement of the feet and arms. Basic ballet steps and allegro will be achieved in the center while continuing to focus on musicality, sense of movement, and terminology.

Level: Elementary
Ages 6-10 | Thursdays | 4:45-5:45 PM
618.4024.1 |Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
618.4024.1
Early Registration: $467 | Regular Registration: $477
Instructor: Becci Kimm


YAB: Level 2

Students must have at least two years of previous training or by permission from instructor. The class will introduce many more steps both at the barre and in the center. Combining several steps in one exercise (amalgamation) will be done across the floor. More intricate musical patterns will be introduced in the center and students will begin to learn the meaning of all terminology of steps.

Level: Elementary
Ages 7-12 | Wednesdays | 6:00-7:00 PM
618.4034.1 | Meets 9/13-12/6, 1/10-3/14, 4/4-6/6
618.4034.1
Early Registration: $467 | Regular Registration: $477
Instructor: Becci Kimm


YAB: Level 3A & 3B

Barre work will continue to strengthen body placement/alignment, increase technique, and introduce demi pointe work. Center practice exercises concentrate on correct placement and balance without use of the barre. Simple petite allegro and traveling enchainments will be executed.

YAB 3A
This class is for third year students or by permission from instructor.
Level: Intermediate
Ages 8-13 | Wednesdays | 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
618.4044.1 | Meets 9/13-12/6, 1/10-3/14, 4/4-6/6
618.4044.1
Early Registration: $467 | Regular Registration: $477
Instructor: Becci Kimm

YAB 3B
This class is for fourth year students or by permission from instructor.
Level: Intermediate
Ages 8-15 | Tuesdays | 4:45 PM-5:45 PM
618.4104.1 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
618.4104.1
Early Registration: $467 | Regular Registration: $477
Instructor: Becci Kimm


YAB: Level 4B

This class is for fifth year students or by permission from instructor. It is recommended for students to register for both lessons each week to achieve maximum benefits from the class. This level is an extension of Level 4 and increases the difficulty of exercises at the barre in order to strengthen body alignment and proper use of the feet and legs. More concentration will be given executing demi pointe work both at the barre and in the center practice. The center will include adagio work and pirouettes. Simple petite and grand allegro will be expanded as well as terminology. Knowing the methodology of each step is an important part of developing as a student. *If you plan to attend both sections of this class, please register over the phone to avoid paying 2 costume fees.

Section 1 – Full – Not accepting new students.
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Ages 8-16 | Tuesdays | 5:45-6:45 PM
618.4154.1 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
618.4154.1
Early Registration: $702 | Regular Registration: $712
Instructor: Becci Kimm

Section 2 – Full – Not accepting new students.
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Ages 8-16 | Thursdays | 5:45-6:45 PM
618.4154.2 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
618.4154.2
Early Registration: $702 | Regular Registration: $712
Instructor: Becci Kimm


YAB: Level 5B

This class is for students with at least six years previous training in ballet or by permission from instructor. This level is an extension of Level 5 and demonstrates semi-advanced barre work stressing body alignment, technique, and articulation of feet. Depending on the age of the student and strength of their feet and legs, pointe work will be introduced at the barre. The center practice incorporates adagio, pirouettes, petite and grande allegro, and beginning beaten enchainments.

Level: Advanced
Ages 9-16 | Tuesdays and Thursdays | 6:45-8:00 PM
618.4114.1 | Meets 9/12-12/7, 1/9-3/15, 4/3-6/7
618.4114.1
Early Registration: $1,067 | Regular Registration: $1,077
Instructor: Becci Kimm