Teen and Adult Classes

BALLET

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ADULT BEGINNER LEVEL – is for students with no previous ballet experience or for those returning to ballet after several years away. Students will be introduced to the basic arm and leg positions, the concept of turnout and developing coordination through simple exercises at the barre and in the center. This includes the Teen/Adult level. Taught by: Nathanael Santiago.

TEEN/ADULT BALLET (ages 14 and up) – is for students with no previous ballet experience or for those returning to ballet after several years away. Students will be introduced to the basic arm and leg positions, the concept of turnout and developing coordination through simple exercises at the barre and in the center. Taught by: Kathleen Davis Pierce.

ADULT BALLET I – For those who have completed 1-2 years of Beginning Ballet in the past year and for individuals needing a refresher course after several years away from dancing. This class will help students build additional strength and increase technical vocabulary. The vocabulary is increased through longer combinations at the barre and the center. The concepts of turning, adagio and petit allegro are introduced as students develop their knowledge of ballet vocabulary. The goal is to move on to the Intermediate levels. Taught by: Nathanael Santiago.

ADULT BALLET II (Intermediate) – is for students who have completed at least one year of the Adult Ballet I class or have had at least 2-3 years of prior ballet experience. Additional technical challenges include new vocabulary, increased physical coordination and strength, and refinement of ones’ musicality and artistry. Barre work includes balances in all positions, turning and port de bras. Centre work includes the use of the body directions in combinations, and building of grand allegro (large traveling jumps). Adults at this level may also take Ballet II and Ballet III in the student division. Taught by: Abigail Fedor.

BALLET II/III LEVEL (Intermediate/Advanced) – for students with a complete knowledge of barre and center work, or who have completed the Ballet II level. More complex combinations of steps are introduced, and classes are taught at a faster pace. Taught by: Lauren Dangelo.

MORNING THERAPUTIC BALLET I/II – for students with experience wishing to delve into greater comprehension of balletic movement including breaking down the steps. Class also incorporates additional stretching and strengthening exercises using a resistance band (Thera-band). Taught by: Bridget Biliunas.

ADVANCED LEVEL – designed for students who are either professional or former professional dancers, or are currently studying at a professional school. This is the highest level of training offered at Cleveland City Dance. Taught by: Courtney Laves-Mearini, Mark Otloski, Andrea Blankstein-Otloski, and Samantha Basford.

CLEVELAND CITY DANCE BARRE – Sculpt your body by engaging your core and elongating your muscles in this low impact, high results class. Quickly and effectively get in shape in this fun fusion of workout methods and basic ballet. No dance experience necessary!

Barre class includes exercises from a traditional ballet class, yoga and weight training and alters them while using the ballet barre to sculpt the body for maximize results creating the long lean muscles, strong core, and strength of dancers.

In a group class you receive individual instruction like a ballet class without the price of a personal trainer. Attention focuses on each student to ensure proper technique and placement to achieve the desired result.

Through a series of conditioning exercises of both strengthening and stretching you can increase strength and flexibility, strengthen your core, improve posture and energize your day. Like many training techniques, consistency is key. In a month you will begin seeing results like people who take ballet classes consistently. Taught by: Heather Koniz Young.

CONDITIONING CLASSES

STRENGTH & STRETCH – is based on the classical Pilates series of mat exercises, which focuses on developing and maintaining dynamic core strength while increasing flexibility and lengthening muscles. Emphasis is placed on developing a healthy awareness of posture and breath supporting the flow and efficiency of movement. Therabands and light weights may be incorporated for greater resistance training. Like many training techniques, consistency is key. In a month you will begin seeing results like people who take ballet classes consistently. Taught by: Courtney Laves-Mearini.

ZUMBA – Zumba is a Latin dance inspired fitness program created by choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia during the 1990s. It involves dance as well as aerobic elements. It incorporates the following: hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Taught by: Heather Koniz Young.

ADDITIONAL DANCE FORMS

TEEN/ADULT MODERN – for beginners to those with up to two years of recent experience; Modern dance emphasizes the exploration of our most basic movement impulses, such as breathing, walking, running, hopping and leaping. Students will develop the means for individual expression and seek inner motivation for movement. Through floorwork exercises and movements across the floor, students will improve flexibility and strength in the hips and core muscles while exploring rhythmic, spatial and performance challenges. Taught by: Lauren Dangelo.

TEEN/ADULT JAZZ – for beginners to those with two- years of recent experience; Jazz dance is based on the technique seen on Broadway and in the LA scene. The training is based on growing from a strong ballet background emphasizing dynamic movements and passion. Jazz incorporates strong passionate acting skills. Taught by: Lori Simplican.

TEEN/ADULT HIP-HOP – for beginners to those with up to two years of recent experience; Hip-Hop adds urban moves to jazz technique in an energetic face-paced setting as seen in music videos of today and hip concerts incorporating acting with more attitude. Students will learn the fundamentals and strengthening techniques such as body isolations, breaks and dynamic moves. Taught by: Jason Wang.

TEEN/ADULT TAP – for beginners to those with up to two years of recent experience; Tap was created in the United States. Its musicality and precise footwork is beneficial for students in musical theater. Tap technique includes center technique, rhythm sequences, progressions and choreography focusing on the clarity of movement and sound. Taught by: Sara Lawrence-Sucato.

ADVANCE TAP – by tap teacher recommendation. Taught by: April Hirsh.

LYRICAL — Pre-requisite is to be in Ballet III or Higher and Jazz II or Higher. The technique in lyrical will build upon ballet and jazz techniques and work with mature themed concepts. The students will work on conveying a motivation or meaning through their dancing. Taught by: Diana Braun.

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