Classes

Ballet:  The basis of all dance forms, ballet is a formal, classical dance style that emphasizes proper body placement and technique.  Students will start the class with work at the barre, do progressions across the floor, and finish with work in the center.  Ballet shoes required.

Tap: Students will tap out rhythms with their toes, heels, and the balls of their feet using taps on the shoes.  Tap can be performed with or without music.  Tap basics include the shuffle, flap, and heel, which are then combined to create unique sounds in steps such as the maxie ford, buffalo, and Cincinnati.  Fun for all ages, including adults!  Tap shoes required.

Jazz: Jazz is a style of dance which uses upbeat and current music.  Movements accent the rhythms of the music and include classical, funky, or Broadway styles. This style is used in Musical Theater classes as well.  Ballet or jazz shoes required.

Lyrical: Ballet and Jazz styles are combined to create a beautiful, flowing expression of the music.  Lyrical expresses the emotion of the music used. This class is offered for more advanced students with good technique in ballet or jazz.  Ballet or jazz shoes required.

Contemporary:   This style is similar to lyrical, however contemporary uses more modern dance technique instead of the classical ballet to create a more powerful expression of the music.  This class is offered for more advanced students with good technique in ballet or jazz.  Ballet or jazz shoes required.

Hip Hop:  This funky, street style of dance is the latest craze.  It is similar to jazz because it is performed to upbeat music and movements accentuate the beats of the music, however hiphop is a more urban style which uses some improvisation as well.  Jazz shoes required.

Musical Theater:  This class provides a basic knowledge of the terminology and skills required for this art form by incorporating the three aspects of musical theater (dance, voice, and acting) into one class. We will practice vocal techniques that will protect and strengthen the voice for speech and singing, There will be opportunity for both scene work and solo work, and dance choreography will be incorporated into a Cabaret that will be the culmination of the skills and material studied.

Pointe:  For advanced ballet students only.  This class requires more technical training and strength and requires instructor approval. Pointe shoes required.

Mommy and Me:  For ages 1.5 to 3 years, this is an adult participation class for our youngest students who may not be ready to go into a class on their own yet.  We will do fun games and dances using props while focusing on motor development and coordination.

Intro to Dance:  This is a 60 minute class for kindergarten and pre-k students who want to try a variety of styles. Ballet, tap, and tumbling will be taught in each class, and students will learn a tap and ballet dance.  Tap and ballet shoes required.

Irish Step Dance-Beginner:  In this introductory class, students will learn the basics of Irish Step Dance; a dance form that has become very popular thanks to shows such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Techniques such as turnout, posture, timing and foot placement will be emphasized while dancers learn soft shoe dances, the jig and the reel.

Irish Step Dance-Intermediate:  This class is for dancers who have learned the basics of Irish Step Dance and are ready to progress into more advanced dances, such as the slip jig (soft shoe), as well as begin learning the basics of hard shoe.

Vinyasa Yoga with Jessica  

Vinyasa is a strong practice that builds heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and mental focus. The word "vinyasa" can be translated as "arranging something in a special way" like yoga poses for example. Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic system of practicing Asanas (poses). Yoga postures few in a logical sequence. Each position complements those that precede and follow. This practice focuses on the synchronization of breath & the continuous flow of movement.

I started practicing yoga in 2014, and after completing the yoga certification with Amazing Yoga in March of 2018, l am very honored to share my experience and sequencing with you all. Eager to show you all the shapes and ways you can be. One of my favorite experiences with yoga has been, besides its athletic advances, is the mindfulness and self-awareness that comes from giving myself the opportunity to get out of my head and into my breath and body during the poses and flows in this practice. Nama-Slay!

Please allow yourself a learning curve with all the yoga poses. We will start out very basic and simple and I will cue suggestions to advance in poses as well as modifications. These are suggestions, and an opportunity for you to listen to what your body needs. This is not a competition. Not a sport to win trophies or ribbons but a space for you to get in-tune with your unique body and all its wants in needs. You will find your strengths, as well as your weaknesses on your mat, and I encourage you all to love every ounce of yourself regardless. Showing up is the hardest part but I promise you will leave lighter than when you came in. We don't practice with mirrors, so please keep all expectations at the door and allow yourself to experience a tranquil, meditative stretch for your mind, body, and soul.

Please bring water, a towel, a yoga mat, and a yoga block if you have one.

Best,
Jessica