Class Descriptions

Saturday Beginning Social Dance: Learn basic social dance steps in this fun class that can be done with or without a partner. No experience necessary! Instructor Katie DeSalvo will teach a different style each week including some fun footwork and turning basics. You will learn combinations of moves and some tips on how to freestyle like a pro! This fun, friendly class is a great way to add some dance to your Saturday night!

Ballet Move and Stretch: This all-levels class will loosen up your body and get you moving! Teacher Natalie Moreira will guide you through gentle movements to wake up the muscles and joints and then will lead you through stretching and strengthening (mostly on the floor but also standing) that will energize and refresh you! 

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: This choreography-focused class is designed for students new to dance as well as experienced dancers who are interested in exploring the different styles of movement incorporated in Broadway musicals, with influences from jazz, contemporary, modern and ballet. Dancers in this class typically spend 2-3 weeks working on a single piece or dance, with the last week focused on staging.

Ballet Basics: 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: 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: 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: For intermediate level dancers who have a strong foundation in basic ballet terminology and technique.

Pointe Barre:  This class is to provide a basic barre exercises for students new to pointe to help with strengthening and basic technique. Students not on pointe can take the class without pointe shoes for strengthening only.

Beginning Pointe: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Intermediate Modern: This class is a blend of the classic codified techniques of Graham, Humphrey and Limon 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, all while focusing on an intelligent awareness of alignment and core structure.  Classes finish with a group combination that incorporates all the elements that were worked on throughout the class. Technique exercises are usually kept and developed throughout 3 weeks while combos are developed throughout 4-6 weeks.

Tap Basics: 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: 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.

Intermediate Tap: This class is designed for students with some 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.