A wide range of dance styles from around the world and throughout the ages allow students to expand their dance vocabularies and work on technique derived from a multitude of cultures and traditions.
Learn the fundamentals of a Spanish art form in an introductory-level class that emphasizes the relationship between dance and music. Over the course of the six-week session, students will learn a beginning-level dance and explore the many possibilities for self-expression in this vibrant art form. Enjoy, work, think, and increase your self-confidence while learning to use your body to express characters and emotions.
Learn the fundamentals of a Spanish art form. This open level class covers flamenco basic technique with an emphasis on mastering the critical relationship between baile (the dance), toque (the music), and cante (singing). The class focuses on exercises for footwork, flamenco turns, body posture, movement and coordination and end with a short choreography, taking the student beyond the steps to incorporate style and expression. Enjoy, work, think, and increase your self-confidence while learning to use your body to express characters and emotions.
A class for experienced students to hone their flamenco technique with an emphasis on mastering the critical relationship between baile (the dance), toque (the music), and cante (singing). The class focuses on exercises for footwork, flamenco turns, body posture, movement and coordination and end with a short choreography, taking the student beyond the steps to incorporate style and expression.
This class covers the basics of salsa dancing in the traditional New York On 2 style. Classes will include stretching, body isolation, and styling techniques and will focus on footwork and basic partner work skills. A great opportunity to learn and refine your social dance skills in a fun, friendly, and exciting environment.
- Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move.
- Character shoes, ballroom dance shoes, jazz shoes or thin socks. No street shoes, heels, pumps.
Thursdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please note, Bethina Flores will be subbing for Andre Degas and Cindy Dowden from June 25 to September 13. For up-to-the-minute information see the adult class schedule.
Dancers will focus on sophisticated footwork, spinning techniques, and partner work. Additionally, class will explore salsa choreography, timing and musicality through the Cha Cha rhythm, and performance skills. Be ready to learn fun routines that you can take on the dance floor. Experience necessary. No partner required.
- Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move. Belly dance skirt optional
- Class is taken barefoot.
Capoeira (Pronounced ka-poo-eyh-da) is an African-Brazilian martial art that incorporates acrobatics, dance, music, and songs in a rhythmic dialogue of body, mind, and spirit. It is a communal game in which two opponents play each other inside the roda (circle), formed by the other players who create rhythm for the game by clapping, singing and playing the berimbaus (African-Brazilian traditional instruments, considered the soul of Capoeira) and other instruments. The two opponents compete with each other using capoeira movements, camouflaging self-defense kicks and moves with playful acrobatics and dance-like motions spontaneously creating strategy to fool their partner and catch them off guard.
“Capoeira is a dancer’s fight…It is a gladiator dance…It is a duel of comrades…It is a game, it is a dance, it is a dispute – a perfect symbiosis of force and rhythm, poetry and agility, the only art form where the movements are commanded by music and singing. The submission of the force to the rhythm. From the violence to the melody. The subliming of the antagonisms…”
~ Dias Gomes
This class unites dance, rhythm, and song. It creates an environment and dance community that nurtures, heals, renews, and inspires the body and spirit. The class was listed in New York magazine’s “The Best of New York”, New York Confidential, and was also written up in New York Woman’s “Time Out”. Open to all experience levels.
- Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move. Lapa or wrap skirt optional
- Class is taken barefoot.
Let go of the work week with a high energy African Dance class led by Broadway performer (and Beyoncé collaborator) Ismael Kouyate.
Accompanied by a live percussion ensemble.
A class for those with experience with West African Dance – this high energy class explores traditional dances from West Africa. Each week one or two new dances are explored. The start of a class builds on traditional West African dance techniques, followed by practice across the floor, and culminating in a final phrase. This class is accompanied by live music on traditional instruments such as the djembe and the djun-djun.
Take a trip back in time with the 18th century baroque class. This class focuses on the classical baroque suites of the late 17th and 18th centuries. Learn the poise, elegance, and grace associated with this time period while accompanied by classical music. A fun class for all levels, including actors looking to develop their knowledge and expand their movement vocabulary for a set time period.