Classes for Adults at Center For Movement Arts

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Fundamentals of Ballet
A ballet class for the absolute beginner, no previous dance experience required. Fundamentals of Ballet is a gentle and practical introduction to the art of Ballet. Careful attention to posture and proper technique are the hallmarks of this class. Fundamentals of Ballet is a session class. A one-class trial is available, please contact the studio for details.
Beginning Ballet
This class is a continuation of the work done in Fundamentals. Emphasis is on expanding Ballet vocabulary at the barre and in the center. Students who have studied for a minimum of two sessions of Fundamentals and have the instructor’s consent may move into Beginning Ballet. If a prospective student studied extensively as a child and teen but has not taken class in many years, this class is a good place to get back to ballet. Beginning Ballet is a session class. A one-class trial is available, please contact the studio for details.
Ballet One
Ballet one is not a class for beginners. A basic working vocabulary of both barre and center work are required. A prospective Ballet One student should have 5 to 7 years of ballet training and taken class in the last year. If you are at all unsure about whether this class is for you, please contact the studio. Drop-ins and class cards are available for this class.
Ballet Two
Ballet Two is an intermediate level Ballet class. The instructor’s consent is required to take this class. Ballet Two consists of a thorough barre and center and a fairly expansive ballet vocabulary is expected. Combinations in Ballet Two are rotated on a monthly basis to allow the student to really familiarize themselves with and practice presented combinations. Drop-ins and class cards are available for this class.
Open Ballet
This class is also an intermediate level class. The primary difference between Open Ballet and Ballet Two is the combinations are rotated weekly instead of monthly so there is the added challenge of learning patterns more quickly. Drop-ins and class cards are available for this class.
Contemporary Ballet
This is the most challenging adult ballet class at CMA. This class mixes modern dance with classical ballet and will often use non-traditional music. Regular attendance in at least Ballet Two is expected. Drop-ins and class cards are available for this class.
Ballroom Dance One
An 8 week session of classes for adults geared for the absolute beginner. Students will learn the basics of swing, waltz, fox trot and tango in an encouraging atmosphere. Ballroom is offered by sessions only and taught by Sherie Ryan.
Ballroom Dance Two
A continuation of Ballroom One, Ballroom Two builds on the dances and variations learned in Ballroom One. More difficult variations are added and there is more emphasis on styling. In addition, the instructor likes to introduce Rumba in Ballroom Two. Two sessions of Ballroom One or the consent of the instructor are required for entrance to Ballroom Two.
Ballroom Dance Three
A continuation of the work done in Ballroom Two, this class includes more complex steps and longer combinations. Ballroom Three puts greater emphasis on improvisation, leading/following skills and individual style. This is advanced work. Instructor’s consent required.
Adult Tap
Adult Tap class is designed for a wide range of skill levels from Beginning to Advanced-Intermediate. Using contemporary music with enjoyable syncopated rhythms, students of all skill levels will enjoy this easy-going, fun loving class!
Pilates Mat Class
Developed in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates, this exercise system works to strengthen and stretch muscles while integrating the mind and body. Certified instructor Laura Haney focuses on the union of breath and movement, encouraging students to work deeply with awareness and ease. Attention to core support and alignment is coupled with release from the joints and superficial muscles, allowing the body and mind to begin to work together in a dynamic synergy.
Yummy Bodies
is a hybrid movement form that is ever-evolving from Tracy Broyles' study and/or teaching of contemporary dance, Pilates, Butoh, yoga, energy work and Alexander Technique. Base pathways to be established are connecting into and through the torso, developing presence and awareness in the body/mind, and self/re-educating on the functional efficiency of movement. Class will be taught through the experiential, and ideas will build on each other. Done on the floor and standing, this class is for everyone.
Modern Dance
Agnieszka Laska's classes are based on 25 years of experience as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. In the process of developing her choreographic language, she has created a mixture of different dance techniques, firmly based in Limon tradition. She views dance as an instinctive form of human expression, communication and gratification. Her classes are balanced sessions, focusing on developing technical skills, achieving emotional expression and coaxing forth the body's natural joy in dance movement.

"Dancing... is life itself."

~ Havelock Ellis, psychologist/writer