Dance Arts Academy’s adult program consists of TAP, BALLET, JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATER, and PILATES for our adult clients who would like to improve their quality of life through strength, balancing, exercise, and fun. Our professional faculty offers classes daily to enrich your experience. First Class Free! A 10-class card is available for $100, 20-class card for $190, or drop in at $12 per class.
Whether you are passionate about dance or simply desire dance based fitness classes, these classes are a wonderful way to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
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TAP is a fun style of dance that anyone can learn, regardless of previous dance experience. Besides being so much fun, the benefits of tap dance include cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Tap builds strength in the legs and feet in addition to increasing flexibility in the hips, knees, and ankles. Cognitive abilities are also enhanced, as tap dancers must develop both mental and muscle memory to become proficient at tapping. Our tap teacher, Laurie Murphy, has over 30 years of teaching experience and is brilliant at it!
JAZZ has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. Jazz is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To truly excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. Judy Harrison will get you moving and grooving. Her class is so much fun! No experience necessary…just come expecting to get a good workout. Learn some moves that will even impress your kids!
BALLET for adults is ideal for those with no previous ballet background and former dancers choosing to start “from scratch” again or for students who have studied ballet for a few terms to those acquiring extensive ballet training. Ballet theory and technique will be presented at a fundamental level to provide a solid foundation for further work and Ballet movement vocabulary will be expanded gradually, and more emphasis will be placed on the skills necessary to execute combinations with vitality and grace. If the combinations given are beyond the level of exposure of the class members, the teacher will break down the elements of the movements to ensure a healthy learning experience.
PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on scapular stabilization. There are more preparatory exercises and modifications to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life. Pilates is an excellent way to improve posture, alignment, breathing and poise, gain a better understanding of the body and unique alignment issues.
MUSICAL THEATER is designed to develop comprehensive musical theater skills including theater dance, acting, and character development. Class will focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expressions. This class will be an excellent opportunity for students to prepare for community theater auditions as well as developing confidence and stage presence in a fun and inspiring atmosphere.