Here's your chance, do your dance: learn ballet, hip hop, tap, or traditional African dance from the best of the best and discover your yet unearthed talents at Atlanta Ballet’s adult classes.
Fitness classes that incorporate technique from dance warm ups at the barre are gaining popularity, but what about those of us who actually wanna dance? Well, there’s hope for us yet. Atlanta Ballet is offering open classes for adults at various levels of experience (beginner through advanced) that teach the warm ups, technique and across the floor combinations. So unlike a barre fitness class that’s about sculpting your body, these classes are about learning how to dance with the bonus of it still being exercise (because sometimes we just want to exercise without thinking about the fact that it’s exercise). And there are no performances or recitals here, so you can practice and appreciate the art of dance totally pressure-free.
Atlanta Ballet teaches more than just the classical stuff, and actually offer six different styles of dance in their Adult Open Division, including:
Ballet: so, obviously, Atlanta Ballet teaches ballet. These classes focus on the poise, strength and probably the French words needed for classical ballet. Learn how to plie (2-3-4) and releve (6-7-8). And with five different levels, there is a ballet class for everyone.
Jazz: bust out your fluttery jazzhands and stage smiles for this high-energy class. With Jazz technique styles ranging from musical theater to Michael Jackson, it’s sure to get your heart pumping.
Hip-hop: pop, lock and drop it at this class, which features a fun yet challenging stretch and warm-up, as well as exciting and unique choreography.
Modern: Modern provides a multitude of movement possibilities that allow connection with the dance space, the music and fellow dancers. From what we’ve heard, it’s also good for the ballerina who doesn’t like shoes.
Tap: Always wanted to break out that original Manic Pixie Dream Girl line from Garden State, “I can tap dance. Wanna see me tap dance?” Well, with a class or three, that line could be yours. Adult tap students will focus on the fundamentals of tap technique while getting a great workout.
African Dance: African dance borrows from the many cultures and traditional dance across, usually, the Sub-Saharan region of the continent. This is a new class available only at the Powers Ferry Centre, and is open to all levels.
Your teachers are experienced dancers and part of a talented faculty for a company with rich history: Atlanta Ballet is the oldest continuously performing ballet company in the country, with an origin date of 1929. So you may have seen some of their work like, say, The Nutcracker, and thought, “Yes, I want to do that.” And between the poise, beauty and emotion conveyed through dance, it’s not hard to see why.
Students are encouraged to wear comfortable exercise clothing, and can opt for dance shoes, socks or bare feet. There are basic beginner classes, but if you’ve got roots in dance there are more advanced options too. Learn how to dance, meet fellow dance enthusiasts and get a great workout. And you never know, you could be the next dance prodigy.