Adult Class Descriptions

Tap

ABDC focuses on Rhythm Tap in the jazz tradition. Dancers learn the basics of tap dance through musicality, technique, improvisation and the rich history of our American vernacular dance. Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style, and sound. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

 

*Level placement for each student will be determined by faculty.

Dress Code: Oxford-style tap shoes, comfortable clothing that you can move freely in.

Jazz

Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique, improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street, and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
 

*Level placement for each student will be determined by faculty.


Dress Code: Jazz shoes, Pirouette shoes, or foot paws. Comfortable athletic clothing, with supportive undergarments.

Ballet

Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the- floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vaganova, and Cecchetti methods. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
 

*Level placement for each student will be determined by faculty.


Dress code: Leather or canvas ballet technique shoes. Comfortable, fitted or semi-fitted clothing that you can move freely in. Some adults choose to wear leotard and tights, some choose athletic pants and a tank top. Gentlemen should consider a dance belt or other supportive undergarment.

Modern/Contemporary

Modern/Contemporary classes will incorporate many of the foundations of modern dance technique, including suspension and release, fall and recovery, the use of momentum and connecting breath with movement. Dancers will explore new ways of moving in combinations, floor work and partnering, and also in various methods of improvisation. It emphasizes interpretation of music while telling a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
 

*Level placement for each student will be determined by faculty.


Dress Code: Barefoot or foot paws. Comfortable athletic clothing, with supportive undergarments.

Cardio Dance/Hip Hop

Hip Hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip Hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform movements, therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

 

Dress Code: Athletic tank or t-shirt, sweatpants or leggings, non-marking sneakers.

Barre Shape (16+)

Barre Shape is an exercise class for Adults using the fundamentals of ballet technique at the barre with low impact. No jumps allowed in this class! Barre Shape focuses on using repetition to target those hard to shape areas such as inner thighs, lower back, and glutes. You will continue to reshape your body with conditioning on mats, then on to a cool down with a total body stretch. This will be your "weekend redemption" class.

Dress Code: Barefoot, jazz shoes, or foot paws. Comfortable athletic wear, with supportive undergarments.

Bucket Drumming

No previous experience is necessary for this fun and interactive class! ABDC will provide the bucket and drum sticks. Students will learn how to drum basic rhythms and how to notate them.

 

Dress Code: Comfortable clothes.

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Gentle Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (asanas) designed to align the muscles and bones and open the many energy channels of the body, especially the spine, so that energy can flow freely. Hatha yoga is intended to create a balance of strength and flexibility in the body as well as a balance of effort and surrender in each asana. A powerful tool for self-transformation, Hatha yoga requires that one pay special attention to the breath, which helps calm the fluctuations of the mind. This allows the practitioner to become more present in the unfolding of each moment, resulting in more awareness and relaxation. The class is designed around the students’ needs and moves at a gentle pace. Modifications and props are always available.

Flow Yoga

This Hatha Flow yoga class is designed to get your heart rate up energy moving! The class links the postures (asanas) practiced in a regular Hatha class into a sequence of movements that "flow" with the breath in a series with very little rest between postures. Some previous experience recommended.

Curvy Yoga

Yoga is for "everybody" and for "every body" but it doesn't always feel like that in every yoga class. Curvy Yoga class offers a safe space to learn yoga in YOUR body. This course will encourage you to move safely through a gentle yoga practice and learn ways to support both body and mind. If you've ever felt shamed in a class, worried that you're not flexible enough for yoga, or felt like your body didn't work well enough for yoga, this class will help you find acceptance and peace both on and off the mat. Curvy Yoga will cover yoga basics, breathing and meditation, and provide understanding of how to use yoga to support your well-being, regardless of shape or size.

Senior Yoga

This safe and slower moving class is designed for seniors and people of all ages with physical challenges or those who might be recovering from an injury. We work gently to increase range of motion in shoulders, back, hips and legs, to develop better balance, core awareness and breath awareness. Each class has time at the end for quieting the mind to reduce anxiety and stress, and provide relaxation and renewal.

Please note: This is not a chair yoga class. Students should be able to stand unassisted, but many of our practices are done with props, including the wall and chairs, so help is available. You do not need to get down on the floor to attend this class.

Team Survivor Yoga

This Hatha yoga class is a free class for members of Team Survivor – a cancer survivorship group. For more information and to join Team Survivor, go to www.teamsurvivoraustin.org.

Swing Dance (Ages 16+)

Have fun and increase your confidence as a dancer in this introduction to swing dance 4-week series! Vanessa Shields has been competing and teaching vintage social dance for 15 years and loves working with beginners! Come find out why Austin is home to one of the friendliest and fastest growing dance scenes in the country. Come by yourself or bring a partner and experience the joy that swing dancing has to offer. Weekly video recaps will be available for home practice.

Dress Code: Comfortable clothes you can move in. We recommend comfortable shoes that are easy to move in, like a lightweight sneaker. Flip flops and backless shoes/sandals are not permitted.

Dance for Parkinson's

This class offers specialized fitness and movement classes to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends, and care partners. Balance and Movement classes allow people with Parkinson’s to experience the joys and benefits of movement while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence. This class is designed to engage the participants’ minds and bodies, and create an enjoyable, social environment that emphasizes dancing rather than therapy. Active demonstration by professional dancers inspires participants to recapture grace, while guided improvisation fosters creativity, and experimentation with movement.
 

Senior Swan Ballet

This safe and slower moving ballet class is designed for seniors and people of all ages with physical challenges or those who might be recovering from an injury. Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the- floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vaganova, and Cecchetti methods. We will work on balance, memory, and community.

Mat & Pilates Stretch

Pilates Mat Classes are the floor work version of the Pilates method. These classes take place in a group setting using your body weight as the primary source of resistance. Focus is placed on precise movements originating from the center or core of your body. Working from the deepest layers of muscles, which stabilize and support your spine and pelvis, resulting in a strong, flexible spine with ideal posture and alignment. Classes emphasize the foundational principals of Pilates while offering modifications and variations to suit each student’s individual needs.

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