Class Descriptions & Dress Codes
Creative Movement (Ages 2-3)
This 45-minute class is designed for our youngest dancers who want to express their independence without the assistance of mom or dad. Dancers will have fun learning pre-ballet movement through singing and movement games. Props such as hula-hoops, parachutes and beanbags are used to enhance the learning experience. Musical instruments such as maracas, triangles, tambourines and boomwhackers are used to teach basic rhythm. Class sizes are kept very small to assure plenty of individual attention for toddler dancers.
Girls: Pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, flat dance skirt optional (no tutus). Hair secured away from the face.
Boys: White t-shirt, black shorts, black ballet shoes.
Ballet/Tap Combo 1 (Ages 3-5) & Ballet/Tap Combo 2 (Ages 4-6)
Girls: Pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes, flat dance skirt optional (no tutus). Hair should be secured away from the face in a ponytail or bun.
Boys: Black shorts, white t-shirt, black ballet shoes, black tap shoes.
Ballet (Ages 7+)
Girls Level 1 & 2: Black leotard, pink convertible tights, pink ballet shoes. Flat dance skirt optional (no tutus).
Contemporary Jazz (Ages 7+)
Hip Hop (Ages 7+)
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.
Girls Level 1 & 2: Black leotard or black athletic top with black leggings or tan convertible tights and black shorts, non-marking sneakers.
Boys Level 1 & 2: Black t-shirt, black athletic pants or shorts (with supportive underwear), non-marking sneakers.
Tap (Ages 7+)
Adaptive Dance (Ages 7+)
ABDC's Adaptive Dance Program offers creative movement classes in an open environment for children with Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Occupational & behavioral therapists and aides are welcome to join for free.
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.
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.