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Traveling this summer?

You may make up classes you miss due to travel or other reasons in any other class we offer. Make up classes must be taken by Aug. 29 and may be taken in advance. During the summer session ONLY, we will prorate fees for absences of two or more weeks if you tell us the dates you will miss when you register.

Afro-Caribbean

This class is based in the technique of Katherine Dunham, an early modern dancer who has been called “the queen of black dance.” Bringing together African, Caribbean ritual, social dance and concert dance, this technique focuses on developing strength, flexibility, and the ability to fully and rapidly undulate the torso. Through the magical sounds of the drums and the fusion of dance, rhythm, and song, the class creates a dance community that nurtures, heals, renews, and inspires body and spirit.

Summer 2018

Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25

Instructors: Emylice Landestoy
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Ballet Daytime sections!


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Studying ballet is one of the most effective and elegant ways of improving posture, grace, flexibility, and strength. No experience needed for the beginning classes; one year of training is recommended for advanced beginning, barre and mixed-level classes, and at least two for intermediate and int./advanced. The Pointe/Pointe Prep class, which may be done in pointe shoes or on demi-pointe, will focus on ankle-strengthening exercises and is for students also enrolled in the mixed-level class preceding it.

Summer 2018

Beginning:
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 8-Aug. 24 or
Wednesdays, 12-1 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4) or
Tuesdays, 8-9 pm, June 5-Aug. 21 or
Saturdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25 or
Sundays, 3-4 pm, June 10-Aug. 26
Instructors: ShaLeigh Fairbanks (Mon., Wed,); Clayton Barrier (Sun.); Leah Wilks with Rachelle Feldman (Tues.)
Fee (12 weeks): $132

Advanced Beginning:
Tuesdays, 5:30-7 pm, June 5-Aug. 21 or
Saturdays, 12:30-2 pm, June 9-Aug. 25
Instructors: Steven James
Fee (12 weeks): $168

Barre Only: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 4-Aug. 20
Instructor: Steven James
Fee (12 weeks): $132

Intermediate:
Thursdays, 5:30-7 pm, June 7-Aug. 23or
Saturdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25
Instructors: Steven James (Sat.); Nicki Miller (Thurs.)
Fee (12 weeks): $168; Drop-ins (Intermediate & Int./Advanced only): $18

Intermediate/Advanced: Mondays, 7:30-9 pm, June 4-Aug. 20
Instructor: Nicki Miller
Fee (12 weeks): $168; Drop-ins (Intermediate & Int./Advanced only): $18

Mixed-level:
Sundays, 3-4:30 pm, June 10-Aug. 26
Instructors: ShaLeigh Fairbanks (Sun.)
Fee (12 weeks): $168

Pointe/Pointe Prep:
Mondays, 9-10 pm, June 8-Aug. 24 or
Sundays, 4:30-5:30 pm, June 10-Aug. 26
Instructor: ShaLeigh Fairbanks (Sun.);Nicki Miller (Mon.)
Fee (12 weeks): $132; Pointe students must also enroll in class immediately preceding.

Instructors: See above

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Belly Dance

Experience the fun and energy of this ancient dance form! Beginners will enjoy low-impact aerobic exercise as they learn the basic moves of Middle Eastern dance. The continuing class, for dancers with at least 1-2 years of basic belly dance experience, will teach more challenging hip movements, dancing with finger cymbals and veils, and floor work.

Summer 2018

Beginning:
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4) or
Sundays, 4-5 pm, June 10-Aug. 26

Intermediate: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4)

Instructors: Laylianah Mahasin (Wed.); Cristina Velasquez (Sun.)
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Bollywood Dance

Bollywood is the name given to the style of dancing seen in popular Indian musical films. It is an exciting fusion of many different styles, including classical Indian dance, hip-hop, belly dance, Latin dance and more. This class will bring out your inner Bollywood superstar, while giving you a fun workout!

Summer 2018

Saturdays, 4-5 pm, June 9-Aug. 25

Instructors: Nischitha Shetty
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Break Dance


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Break dancing originated in NYC in the early 70's and is one of the Four Elements of Hip-Hop. In this physically demanding, beginning-level class, you’ll learn moves such as toprocking, uprocking, and freezes, as well as footwork and power moves. Young people under 13 admitted with instructor’s permission.

Summer 2018

Fridays, 6-7:30 pm, June 8-Aug. 24

Instructors: Jose Velasquez
Fees (12 weeks): $168

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Carnival Soca/Afrobeat

Prepare to "wine your waist" (move your hips in a circular motion) with Soca, a fun, high-energy, sexy style of dance popular in the Caribbean, and Afrobeat, a fusion of African-inspired dance and music, including Azonto and Dancehall. The goal of this class is to learn a full-length choreography with the option of performing as a troupe for Raleigh's August 25th Carnival. Costumes, should you choose to perform, will be an additional cost.

Summer 2018

Sundays, 12-1 pm, June 10-Aug. 26

Instructors: Diandra Jones
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Contemporary/Hip-Hop Fusion New!

In this class, we will play with fundamentals of contemporary dance and street dance. We will explore similarities and differences between the styles and learn choreography that is a meaningful fusion of the two. Our motto: "It's not about the movement, it's all about what the move meant." Beginners to intermediate-level dancers welcome.

Summer 2018

Fridays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 8-Aug. 24

Instructors: Travis Simmons
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Contemporary/Lyrical


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Do you love SYTYCD? Based in ballet and modern dance, this contemporary lyrical class teaches a fluid choreography, often using emotion to motivate the movement. One year prior training recommended for the continuing class.

Summer 2018

Beginning:
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4)

Mixed-level: Tuesdays, 12-1 pm, June 5-Aug. 21

Intermediate: Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm, June 7-Aug. 23

Instructors: ShaLeigh Fairbanks (Tues., Wed.); Nicki Miller (Thurs.)
Fees (12 weeks): $132 (Beg.); $168 (Int.)

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Dance Video Divas

Have you ever watched a Beyoncé or Britney video and wanted to learn the dance yourself? This class (formerly known as Beyoncé and Beyond) shows you how to do just that! After a short warm-up, this fun class will focus on a step-by-step breakdown of the original choreography from your favorite music videos (with credit to the choreographers of course). We'll even take requests! Don't miss your chance to dance like Michael, Janet, Beyoncé, N*Sync, J.Lo, Aaliyah and more!

Summer 2018

Tuesdays, 7-8 pm, June 5-Aug. 21 Full or
Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, June 7-Aug. 23

Instructors: Erika Vinson
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Flamenco Basics New level!

If you have seen and been excited by this dynamic and passionate Spanish dance form, this class is for you! You'll be introduced to all its components: the music, beautiful arm and hand movements, aggressive footwork, rhythmic clapping, and castanets. No experience needed for Level 1; Level 2 students should be comfortable with basic footwork. Wear shoes with a sturdy 2-inch heel, and bring all your enthusiasm!

Summer 2018

Level 1:
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 5-Aug. 21

Level 2:
Saturdays, 5-6:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25

Instructors: Jeanie “Marisol” Ibanez
Fees (12 weeks): $132 (Level 1); $168 (Level 2)

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Hip-Hop


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These classes teach a fast-paced, high-energy "MTV-style" dance. After a short warm-up, class will focus on learning aerobic dance combinations done to pop and hip-hop music. At least six months hip-hop experience recommended for advanced beginner class; one year for intermediate. Wear sneakers and be prepared to sweat!

Summer 2018

Beginning:
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, June 5-Aug. 21 or
Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, June 7-Aug. 23 or
Saturdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25

Advanced Beginning: Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, June 5-Aug. 21

Intermediate: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4)

Instructors: Antonio Luna (Thurs.); Bernadine Fields (Wed.); Jose Velasquez (Tues., Sat.)
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Holistic Ballet

This class is for students interested in gaining a deeper insight into the technical foundations of ballet technique. Students will discover their movement potential through classwork paced at a moderate rate that allows for active experimentation, clear comprehension, and the use of dance imagery to expand and enhance their understanding of concepts, techniques and vocabulary. We will discover how to move through the classical form with an awareness of initiation, articulation and dynamic alignment.

Summer 2018

Thursdays, 10:45 am-noon, June 7-Aug. 23

Instructors: ShaLeigh Fairbanks
Fees (12 weeks): $132

Summer 2018

Thursdays, 10:45 am-noon, June 7-Aug. 23

Instructors: ShaLeigh Fairbanks
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Jazz Funk

Jazz Funk is an exciting blend of jazz and hip hop dance styles. This class begins with a thorough, heart-pumping warm up focused on mobility, strength and alignment. Then we dive into fun and funky choreography combining fluid, full-body jazz and hard-hitting funk and hip hop styles. Some dance or movement experience recommended, but adventurous beginners welcome!

Summer 2018

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4)

Instructors: Christina Conley
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Modern Daytime section!

Modern dance evolved as a rebellion against the formality of ballet; it is freer and more expressive but still emphasizes proper alignment and technique. No experience needed for the beginning class; one or more years of training recommended for continuing. Some experience recommended but not required for the mixed-level class.

Summer 2018

Beginning:
Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 4-Aug. 20
Fee (12 weeks): $132

Mixed-level:
Thursdays, 12-1 pm, June 7-Aug. 23
Fee (12 weeks): $132

Intermediate:
Mondays, 7:30-9 pm, June 4-Aug. 20 or
Saturdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25
Fee (12 weeks: $168

Instructors: ShaLeigh Fairbanks (Mon., Thurs.); Rachelle Feldman (Sat.)

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Modern Jazz New!

This soulful modern jazz dance class is based in the technique of legendary jazz dance teacher, Luigi. After a grounding warm-up, students will be challenged from the outside in and trained in both the expression and execution of movement. Set to eclectic, atmospheric and heart-thumping music, this modern jazz class will equip you with ballet foundations as well as with modern and jazz dance vocabulary and will keep you engaged, sweaty, and inspired. Some dance training recommended.

Summer 2018

Sundays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 10-Aug. 26

Instructors: Tracey Durbin
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Stepping New!

Come learn this fun form of percussive dance and discover how your entire body can be used as an instrument, producing rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and handclaps. Rooted in the traditions of African-American fraternities and sororities, stepping has evolved to sometimes include other styles of dance. No experience needed.

Summer 2018

Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 7-Aug. 23

Instructors: LeBrandi Johnson
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Tap


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Everybody has rhythm. This class will help you find it and express it! We'll work on tap dance fundamentals and apply them to choreography and improvisation to different types of music. One year of tap experience recommended for the intermediate class. Please wear tap-shoes or shoes with a hard, smooth sole.

Summer 2018

Beginning: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4)
Intermediate: Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4)

Beginning: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4)
Intermediate: Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4)

Instructors: Rebecca Conley
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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West African Dance Live drumming!

This fun, energetic, aerobic class is sure to get you in great shape. Traditional West African rhythm and dance styles will be explored for everyone to enjoy!

Summer 2018

Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (not July 4)

Instructors: McDaniel Roberts
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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CLASSES

Afro-Caribbean
Ballet
Belly Dance
Bhangra
Bollywood Dance
Break Dance
Contemporary/Hip-Hop Fusion
Dance Video Divas
Flamenco Basics
Hip-Hop
Holistic Ballet
Jazz Funk
Lyrical/Contemporary
Modern
Modern Jazz
Soca/Afrobeat
Stepping
Tap
West African