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FALL DANCE CLASSES

Beginner Classical Ballet
This is the perfect class for anyone who always wanted to learn ballet. Students will learn and enjoy the basic principles of ballet through exercising and dancing to beautiful classical ballet music. Instructor: Maria Shorb

Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275

Ages 14-17 | Wednesdays | 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
118.3171.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/13-12/6
118.3171.1

Ages 18 and up| Sundays | 3:00-4:00 PM
118.3181.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/17-12/10
118.3181.1

 

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 this amazing dance form for family and friends. Instructor: Fernando Naranjo
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275

Level: Beginner-Elementary
Ages 7-10 | Wednesdays | 6:00-7:00 PM
118.3451.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/13-12/6
118.3451.1

Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Ages 11-14 | Mondays | 5:30-6:30 PM
118.3461.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/11-12/4
118.3461.1

 

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.
Instructor: Lakshmi Babu
Level: Beginner
Ages 3-5 | Saturdays | 9:30-10:30 AM
118.3721.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/16-12/9
118.3721.1
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275

 

Kuchipudi Classical Indian Dance for Adults
This class is presented through a partnership with the Kuchipudi Dance Academy.
Explore the Indian classical dance form, Kuchipudi, along with the flavors of Indian performing arts and authentic beats. This class will be a workout 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.
Instructor: Lakshmi Babu
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Ages 18 and up | Saturdays | 8:00-9:30 AM
118.3731.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/16-12/9
118.3731.1

Early Registration: $325 | Regular Registration: $335

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
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275
Ages 5-8 | Fridays | 4:30-5:30 PM
118.4501.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/15-12/8
118.4501.1

Hip Hop Youth
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275
Ages 8-13 | Fridays | 5:30-6:30 PM
118.4521.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/15-12/8
118.4521.1

Hip Hop Adult
Level: Beginning-Intermediate
Ages 16 and up | Fridays | 6:30-7:30 PM
118.4551.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/15-12/8
118.4551.1
Season Pass for all 12 classes: $150
Drop In: $15 per class payable day-of at the Front Desk

Hip Hop in 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! Instructor: Monique Watson

Level : Beginner-Intermediate
Ages 18 and up | Fridays | 7:30-8:30 PM
118.4561.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 9/15-11/3
118.4561.1
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195

 

BollyBlast – Bollywood Inspired Dance Fitness Class
If you are looking to get fit and have fun, this is the class for you. Incorporating Bollywood style dancing with fitness moves, this class will provide you with a great workout while you enjoy upbeat, exciting music and energetic, engaging dance moves. Join BollyBlast for the perfect dance workout!

Ages 16 and up | Tuesdays | 7:30 PM-8:30 PM
118.3701.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 9/12-11/14
118.3701.1
Payment Options: $125 for an unlimited pass to all classes running March 28-June 13 (12 classes total!) or $15 Drop-In Rate payable day-of at BlackRock’s Front Desk.

 

Latin Dance for Teens
Whether you have a passion for Latin music or just interested in exploring the many styles of Latin dancing; Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and more are covered in this fun and exciting class. You are sure to be the envy of everyone at your next school dance. Instructor: Fernando Naranjo

Level: All Levels
Grades 9-12 | Mondays | 4:30-5:30 PM
118.3611.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 9/11-11/6
118.3611.1
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195

 

Latin Dance for Adults
This is the perfect class 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. Explore Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more as you dance to some amazing music and meet some great new friends. This class is sure to spice up your Tuesday nights! Instructor: Fernando Naranjo

Level: Beginner to Elementary

Ages 18 and up | Tuesdays | 7:30-8:30 PM
118.3621.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 9/12-11/14
118.3621.1
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235

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

 

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. Instructor: Fernando Naranjo

Level: Beginner-Elementary

Ages 16 and up | Wednesdays | 7:00-8:00 PM
118.3431.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 9/13-11/15
118.3431.1
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235

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

 


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. Instructor: Maria Shorb

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: $702 | Regular Registration: $712

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. Instructor: Maria Shorb

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: $702 | Regular Registration: $712

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. Instructor: Maria Shorb

Level: Elementary-Intermediate
Ages 7-11 | Thursdays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
618.3204.1 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
618.3204.1
Early Registration: $702 | Regular Registration: $712

Classical Ballet for Grades 6-8
Students advance in ballet technique and terminology with longer exercises, adagios and grand allegro combinations. With instructor’s approval, students who feel ready may also want to take Beginner Pointe in addition to this class. Instructor: Maria Shorb

Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Ages 11-14 | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
618.3214.1 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
618.3214.1
Early Registration: $702 | Regular Registration: $712

Beginner Pointe
This class is for students who have taken ballet technique for more than two years, have developed strength in their feet, and are able to go up on the pointe shoe. Students must also be registered for a Classical Ballet class in addition to this class. Instructor: Maria Shorb

Level: Beginner pointe class for Advanced ballet students
Ages 12 and Up | Thursdays | 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
618.3364.1 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
618.3364.1
Early Registration: $702 | Regular Registration: $712

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. Instructor: Maria Shorb

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: $863 | Regular Registration: $873

 


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.
Instructor: Becci Kimm

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 9/11-12/1, 1/8-3/12, 4/2-6/4 (30 sessions)
618.4014.1
Early Registration: $662 | Regular Registration: $672

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: $702 | Regular Registration: $712

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: $702 | Regular Registration: $712

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: $702 | Regular Registration: $712

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: $702 | Regular Registration: $712

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
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

Section 2
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

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: $1,677 | Regular Registration: $1,687