Class Descriptions

Social Dance

  • Social Dance Classes (5 Week Sessions): Learn Salsa, Tango, Cha Cha, Waltz, Foxtrot, Bachata and more in 5 week sessions. The classes build one on another, so students should plan to attend all classes in one session. The class can be done with or without a partner. If you come with a partner you will dance with your partner. If you attend as a solo dancer you will be matched up with another solo dancer and will dance with that person for that class. No experience is necessary (except for the “level 2” classes) for these fun, friendly classes!
  • Wedding Ready: Wedding Ready is a drop-in class that will equip you with tools and tips to master turns and dips, as well as many fundamental ballroom dance concepts, so that you may feel calm, classic, and confident when dancing at a wedding (or any other venue with popular music). Each week we will explore one dance concept across multiple social styles including waltz, rumba, fox trot, hustle, and swing. Your posture (and partner) will thank you!
  • Tango Práctica: If you are already familiar with Tango basics, but want to learn more, teachers Katie and Eugene are here each week to give you ample space and practice to prepare you to dance social tango within the global milonga circuit. Each week your embrace and connection will deepen as we break down what makes this improvised dance so intimate and irresistible through exploring body awareness, partnered exercises, and the footwork of possible patterns.
  • Social Latin Club: If you already have a basic knowledge of Latin dance, such as Salsa or Bachata, and if you crave to go out dancing at salsa venues, this class is for you! We will alternate between salsa, bachata, merengue, and cha cha, each week developing stronger rhythm and sophisticated style, so that you can feel coordinated regardless of song played. This class will periodically opt to go out social dancing as a group instead of staying in the studio for class!

BeMoved®: This is a low-impact dance fitness class for all levels. It is a “follow along” class which means you are not trying to remember choreography, you are just following the instructor and doing what they do. It starts and ends with a warm-up and cool-down both of which are done standing (no getting down on the floor). The middle section is the “genre” section which changes every week — it could be 80s music, or gospel pop. or swing music, or even Bollywood. That part of the class gets your heart rate up and keeps you moving! You will leave this class feeling energized and refreshed!

Musical Theatre: Learn fun, original choreography to songs from Broadway Musicals while in exploring different styles of movement incorporated in Broadway musicals, with influences from jazz, contemporary, modern and ballet in this class for all levels. Typically the class will work on one pieces of chorography for two weeks, but new students are welcome to drop in any time since the previous week is always reviewed.

Sassy Heels: Learn fun, sassy dance moves at Sassy Heels! Each class will include a warm-up, across the floor combinations to better understand how to dance and perform in heels, and a new choreography combination each week. Don’t want to wear heels? The class will be just as much sassy fun without heels.

Ballet

  • Ballet Basics (Level 1): If you have never had a ballet class before, this class is for you! It is also a great class for students with some ballet knowledge who want to work on basics. The class builds throughout the session so those new to ballet should try to start at the beginning of the session, but you can also drop in anytime and just follow along with what the class is doing. Those with some ballet knowledge can drop in any time.
  • Beginning Ballet (Level 2): Designed for students who know the basics of ballet but are still at a beginning level. Students in this class should already be familiar with common French ballet terminology and the basic ballet positions.
  • Advanced Beginner Ballet (Level 3): For advanced beginners who have a strong foundation in basic ballet terminology and technique. Dancers in this level should be comfortable learning combinations more quickly both in barre and in center, doing combinations facing away from the mirror, and are working towards the intermediate level.
  • Intermediate Ballet (Level 4): For intermediate level dancers who have a strong foundation in basic ballet terminology and technique.
  • Pointe Basics (Level 1): This class provides students with an introduction to pointe. It will start with pre-pointe strengthening exercises. With instructor permission, students will the move on to going on pointe and doing basic pointe exercises.
  • Beginning Pointe (Level 2): This class is for ballet students who are fairly comfortable on pointe but are still at a beginning level and would like to refine and practice their technique.
  • Ballet Repertoire: Dancers with a strong foundation in ballet terminology and technique, at the advanced beginning and intermediate levels, can build their artistry, musicality, and stage presence through this class. The class will learn variations and corps pieces from classical ballets, adapted to be performed in ballet slippers rather than en pointe. Dancers of all genders are welcome! This is not a drop-in class; each piece will be worked on for 3 to 4 weeks. If you wish to join the class mid-session, please contact us at info@glenwooddancestudio.com to find out when the class will start the next variation.

Modern and Contemporary

  • Beginning Contemporary: Those new to dance will enjoy this accessible and engaging class. The class starts with a warm-up which incorporates basic dance technique, and includes learning a short dance combination.  The main focus of class is the quality of movement, feeling rhythms and patterns, and emoting through choreography. 
  • Intermediate Contemporary: This class is for students who have some previous experience or training in contemporary dance, or with other related dance styles such as ballet, modern and jazz. The class includes warm up exercises, across the floor combinations, and choreographic variations.
  • Intermediate Modern: This class is a blend of the classic codified modern techniques fused with the instructors own innate sense of movement. An emphasis is placed on the initiations and connections of movement, musicality and a sense of weight.  Classes finish with a group combination that incorporates all the elements that were worked on throughout the class.
  • Intermediate Contemporary Jazz: Expand your dance vocabulary with emphasis on both jazz and contemporary styles. The class includes technique training, warm up exercises, across the floor combinations, and choreographic variations. Students with prior experience in jazz, modern, contemporary, or ballet styles will be best prepared for the class.

Tap

  • Tap Basics (Level 1): This class is for students who are brand new to tap. If you have never had a tap class before this class is for you! If you don’t have tap shoes we have a limited selection of loaner shoes; you can also wear any hard-soled shoe for your first class. If possible those brand new to tap should start at the beginning of the session, but you can also drop in anytime and just follow along with what the class is doing. Those with some tap knowledge can drop in any time.
  • Beginning Tap (Level 2): This class is for students with some tap knowledge who are still at a beginning level. The class starts with a basic warm up and moves on to learning technique and tap combinations. Tap shoes are required but there are some loaner tap shoes available for new students.
  • Advanced Beginner Tap (Level 3) and Intermediate Tap (Level 4): These classes are designed for students with previous tap experience, focusing on clean sounds, learning variations of rhythms, and working towards learning more complex tap combinations and choreography.

Performance Workshop: This is an opportunity for dancers to spend a quarter learning a piece of choreography. There will be no warm-up, so dancers who have not recently taken class will have the chance to warm themselves up at the beginning of class. After the first two weeks of the session, this class is no longer drop-in.