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Workshop Age Limits

Workshops are primarily for adults and older teens, but younger teens may participate with instructor permission.

Afro/Jazz Contemporary

This class fuses jazz and contemporary dance with African-based movement to create a form all its own. Similar to some street jazz styles, it is characterized by fast footwork and big movements. Heart-thumping Afro-Jazz, House, and Funk music gives the class a party atmosphere. Open to beginners and experienced dancers alike; expect to sweat!

Fall 2018

Saturday, October 6
2-4 pm

Instructors: Clayton Barrier
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Bollywood Dance

Come discover the beautiful and colorful world of Bollywood dance! In this workshop you will be learning an easy-to-follow dance routine to a toetapping Bollywood song while getting a full body workout! Each step will be broken down and the techniques and expressions behind it explained. This workshop has something for everyone, whether you are an experienced dancer or have never busted a move in your life!

Fall 2018

Saturday, October 13
2-4 pm

Instructors: Nischi Shetty
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Thriller! Full

"Darkness falls across the land...The midnight hour is close at hand..And whosoever shall be found, without the soul for getting down..." This All Hallow's Eve, we will take on Michael Peters's iconic choreography in Michael Jackson's legendary "Thriller" video! Come dressed as your best grisly ghoul, zany zombie, or whatever you like! NOTE: The Oct. 27 section is FULL and we are now accepting registrations for Oct. 20.

Fall 2018

Saturday, October 20
2-4 pm

Instructors: Erika Vinson
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Contemporary Repertory

This workshop will give you a glimpse into the workings of a professional contemporary dance company! You'll get a chance to be involved in the dance-making process and will learn and rehearse a piece of original contemporary dance choreography. This fun experience is open to all levels; just come with an open mind!

Fall 2018

Saturday, November 3
2-4 pm

Instructors: Raina Lucas
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Brazilian Samba

Learn the intricate footwork, sensuous hip movement, and elegant port de bras of Brazilian Samba. This workshop will include a warmup and stretching, Samba basics, movements and combinations across-the-floor and a short choreography. Dress comfortably, wear jazz shoes or go barefoot, and prepare for a workout and a lot of fun!

Fall 2018

Saturday, November 10
2-4 pm

Instructors: Diandra Jones
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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Foam Rolling

If you've ever wondered what those long, styrofoam cylinders are hanging around the gym, this class is for you. If you incorporate foam rolling as a regular part of your wellness regimen, this class is also for you! We will explore the many ways in which you can use foam rolling as an affordable alternative to massage. We will use the foam roller as a form of myofascial release, which both improves flexibility and range of motion, and reduces muscle soreness and stress. We will also use the foam roller as an element that targets stability, core strength and overall injury prevention. Through a combination of Pilates, PT-based exercises and functional training, this hour-long class will demystify the foam roller so that you can incorporate it into your own individual practice. A limited number of full-length foam rollers provided; if you have your own, bring it!

Fall 2018

Saturday, November 17
2-3 pm

Instructors: Anna Barker
Fees: $15 in advance; $12 day of

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ShaLeigh Dance Works Repertory

Join the company experience in this workshop while learning excerpts of SDW’s repertory. This workshop will share methods employed by the company while creating their newest dance-theatre work entitled Bamboo Wind scheduled to premiere at The Fruit this January. Artistic Director, ShaLeigh Comerford will offer a sampling of how the company blends ballet, release technique, physical-theatre, contemporary partnering and Shaga to compose and execute dynamic movement phrases in enjoyable and fun new ways. Participants will also enjoy discovering their own solo movement through the use of improvisational scores designed for the original creation process. Open to all skill levels; a dance or theatre background is not required.

Fall 2018

Saturday, December 1
2-4 pm

Instructors: ShaLeigh Fairbanks

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Ballet Remix Rescheduled!

Warning: this is not your typical ballet class! While Ballet Remix will be based in the principles of a traditional ballet class, this 21st century class celebrates expression, musicality, rhythm, and accent in ballet by using non-traditional ballet music. If you ever wanted to dance ballet to hip hop, r&b, or popular music and today’s hits, this is your chance!

Fall 2018

Saturday, December 8
2-4 pm

Instructors: Raina Lucas
Fees: $18 in advance; $22 day of

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WORKSHOPS

Afro/Jazz
Ballet Remix
Bollywood Dance
Brazilian Samba
Contemporary Repertory
Foam Rolling
Irish Step Dance
Jazz Heels
ShaLeigh Dance Works
Thriller