Joy of Movement:
special creative movement class for the young, and the young at heart. Explores
movement and rhythm through fun dances, movements, rhythmic play, and creative exploration.
Ballet: A classical form of dance, focused on technique,
grace, and precision. This class provides students with a basic understanding
of the fundamental principles of classical
ballet technique, encourages students towards self discipline and physical control, and instills an appreciation of ballet
as an art form. Classical
ballet involves working in a turned out position, stretching and pointing the feet, proper alignment, and strengthening the
muscles of the legs and torso. Ballet class is made up of three components: barrework, centre, and traveling across the floor.
Tap: A lively form of dance
based on rhythm and phrasing. The dancer taps out rhythms and patterns with his/her
heels and toes, making the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician. Tap dance was born in the United States
during the 19th century, and today is popular all around the world.
Jazz / Hip Hop: Jazz
dance is an American form of dance, based on a smooth, modern, Broadway style of movement.
The most modern evolution of jazz dance is hip hop, which includes popular dance moves performed to hip-hop music. This class is designed to introduce students to the basic skills of jazz dance, with
an emphasis on general body techniques and development, rhythm awareness, rhythmic combinations of movement, and musicality. Turns, kicks, and jumps will be combined with popular dance moves, in this high-energy
We are in the process of developing our Fall schedule. If you are interested in Fall classes, please let Ms. Leslie
know what classes you would like to take. We will not be offering additional classes unless there is sufficient interest,
so please let us know right away.
New class: Adult/Teen Ballet is offered on Wednesdays, from 7-8 P.M.
This is a slower paced class, offered at the beginner level, for people with little or no ballet experience. It is designed
specifically to meet the needs of individuals with physical and/or mental limitations. Come join the fun!
Who can take our classes?
Everyone can dance in some way, shape, or form. Dance of the Phoenix courses are inclusive, and enrollment is
open to everyone. We welcome people of all ages, genders, ability levels, and
We welcome students with disabilities, including those in manual or power wheelchairs, students using crutches
or orthotics, and students with developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and autism. Able-bodied participants are also welcome to join our courses.
Benefits of dance include:
Increased self-confidence and self-awareness
Positive interpersonal interaction
Improves muscle coordination, motor skills, and balance
Enhances cognitive and brain development
Decreases muscle tension and stress
Increases discipline through challenging oneself to achieve