Class Descriptions & Dress Codes

Youth Classes

Lyrical


This class combines technique and skills from ballet, jazz, and modern. Students will explore how lyrical dance emphasizes interpretation of music & lyrics to tell a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. Some prior dance experience is helpful.
Dress Code: Comfortable athletic clothing, with supportive undergarments. Barefoot or foot paws.




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.




Gentle Yoga (or Cancer Survivor Yoga)


Our Gengle Yoga class focuses on the practice of Hatha yoga, which 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. Dress Code: Barefoot. Comfortable athletic clothing, with supportive undergarments.




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. Dress Code: Comfortable clothing with athletic shoes or barefoot.





Adult Classes

Lyrical


This class combines technique and skills from ballet, jazz, and modern. Students will explore how lyrical dance emphasizes interpretation of music & lyrics to tell a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. Some prior dance experience is helpful.
Dress Code: Comfortable athletic clothing, with supportive undergarments. Barefoot or foot paws.




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.




Gentle Yoga (or Cancer Survivor Yoga)


Our Gengle Yoga class focuses on the practice of Hatha yoga, which 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. Dress Code: Barefoot. Comfortable athletic clothing, with supportive undergarments.




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. Dress Code: Comfortable clothing with athletic shoes or barefoot.





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