Performing Arts: Dance

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Off-Site

Individually, with a partner, or as a group, explore ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom, Latin dance fundamentals and more to help you get started on the dance floor.

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314-984-7777

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Ballet

Ballet Tone and Stretch for Beginners

Beginning techniques of classical ballet will be combined with toning and stretching on center floor and barre for overall body conditioning. No prior ballet experience required. Leotard, leggings or tights and ballet shoes required. Adiva Dance Center is located behind a kitchen and bath design store.
DANC:701 | 8 sessions | $69 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P01 | M 7-7:55 p.m. | Feb. 4-March 25 | Adiva Dance Ctr

Ballet: Beginning

This fun class is designed for the student who has never studied ballet before or hasn't taken a recent class. You'll learn to utilize your center/core for strong ballet technique. The fun and exciting movement of ballet is a great way to get into shape with music and movement that is as good for the soul as it is for the body! Ballet shoes required.
DANC:701 | 10 sessions | $48 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P02 | Th 6:15-7:15 p.m. | Amanda Fedor | Feb. 21-May 2 | The Studio, Inc.
• NOTE: No class 3/21.

Tap

Tap Dance: Beginning

Designed for the beginner as well as for someone with limited tap experience, you will learn basic tap steps and tap combinations as well as a tap routine. Develop your sense of movement while practicing basic rhythm tap techniques. Tap is a fun way to exercise!
DANC:707 | 8 sessions | $69 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P01 | M 8-9 p.m. | Feb. 4-March 25 | Adiva Dance Ctr
• NOTE: Do not purchase tap shoes until after first class.
DANC:707 | 10 sessions | $48 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P02 | Tu 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Bonnie Kleyboecker | Feb. 19-April 23 | St John's Evangelical UCC
• NOTE: Bring shoes to first class.
DANC:707 | 10 sessions | $48 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P03 | Th 7:15-8 p.m. | Amanda Fedor | Feb. 21-May 2 | The Studio, Inc.
• NOTE: No class 3/21. Please do not have metatarsal rubber grippers on bottom of tap shoes.

Tap Dance: Beyond the Basics

Once you've thoroughly mastered the basics, take the next steps to advance your dancing technique. You'll learn and practice new steps, combinations and a dance that will make you a more proficient tapper. Previous tap experience and tap shoes required.
DANC:708 | 10 sessions | $48 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P01| Tu 6:30-7:25 p.m. | Bonnie Kleyboecker | Feb. 19-April 23 | St John's Evangelical UCC

Belly Dance

Belly Dance for Fun and Fitness

If you're looking for a fun and entertaining new way to exercise, try belly dancing. This class will teach you to perform various forms in the belly dance genre. It's a workout to middle eastern music that just might be what you're looking for, whether your goal is exercise or performance. Wear fitness style clothing for freedom of movement. No baggy sweat clothes. Adiva Dance Studio is located behind a kitchen and bath design store.
DANC:745 | 8 sessions | $69 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P01 | Tu 8-9 p.m. | Feb. 5-March 26 | Adiva Dance Ctr

Egyptian Street Belly Dance: Beginning

If you are itching for something new in your dance routine, this class is it! Egyptian street belly dance is an exciting new style known in the Arab world as mahraganat sha'abi (Arabic for "festival dancing") aka street sha'abi. This class is an introduction to this style which has recently emerged from post-revolution youth culture. It is characterized by a blend of the indigenous, core movements of belly dance, Egyptian folkloric movements and modern street dance stylings. This high-energy dance is based heavily in the rhythm and takes its gestural cues from the lyrics of the cutting-edge Egyptian electro-sha'abi music, also called mahragan. You can expect to sweat, have fun and learn about another culture! All genders welcome. This is a beginner class; no prior dance experience required.
DANC:719 | 10 sessions | $38 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P01 | W 7-8 p.m. | Amber Skye | Feb. 20-May 1 | FP-PE, Dance Rm
• NOTE: No class 3/19.

Egyptian Street Belly Dance: Intermediate/Advanced

Yalla! ("Let's go!") This class is a continuation of the skills learned in our ESBD beginner level course. Our intermediate class will expand your knowledge and skill level by further exploring street dance concepts, layered and intermediate torso work while also learning to dance as an individual as well as learning group choreography. You will go deeper into footwork, layering, tracing, basic concepts of tutting and broaden your knowledge of Arabic music and rhythms as we explore musicality and emotion in Egyptian dance! All genders welcome. Prerequisite: Egyptian Street Belly Dance: Beginning.
DANC:719 | 10 sessions | $38 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P02 | Th 7-8 p.m. | Amber Skye | Feb. 21-May 2 | FP-PE, Dance Rm
• NOTE: No class 3/21.

Ballroom

Ballroom Dance: Beginning

In eight short weeks, you can learn to dance with grace and ease. Be comfortable and confident at the next social event you attend! A variety of dance rhythms and steps will be covered. Add a new dimension to your life by learning some of the classic favorites that can provide you with a lifetime of enjoyment. It's a fun night out and you'll be amazed at what you can do! Partners helpful though not required. Rotation of partners is encouraged but not mandatory. Fee is per person. Dress shoes recommended. No tennis shoes.
DANC:720 | 8 sessions | $47 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P01 | M 6:30-7:50 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Feb. 25-April 22 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
• NOTE: No class 3/11.

Latin

Let's Salsa!

Salsa is one of the most popular of the Latin dances; it is easy to learn and a great workout. The rhythm is fast-paced full of sharp, energetic and exciting turns along with other variations. After taking a few classes, you'll have the confidence to join in the fun at parties, receptions and dance clubs. No tennis shoes or sandals. Singles are welcome as well as couples.
DANC:725 | 10 sessions | $38 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P01 | Th 8-8:50 p.m. | Diane Brown | Feb. 21-May 2 | FV-PE, 233
• NOTE: No class 3/21.

The Salsa Experience: Beginning

Learn the authentic Latin culture through the rhythmic sounds of salsa music and dance. In just eight weeks, you will learn the history of salsa, the origin of the dance, basic salsa steps, musicality skills, technique for men to become the perfect lead and ladies to be a fantastic follow. You will be moving and shaking in time for a class night at some of the hottest Latin dance spots in town! (Admissions and transportation on your own.) Couples are welcome though no partner is required. On street parking; stairs-only access to dance studio in residential area.
DANC:725 | 8 sessions | $69 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P02 | Tu 6-7 p.m. | Feb. 26-April 16 | Almas Del Ritmo Dance Co

The Salsa Experience: Intermediate

This class is for those who have taken Salsa Experience: Beginning and understand basic salsa steps, technique, musicality skills and cultural awareness. In this class you will learn more intricate turn patterns, footwork and body movement. You will also have a better understanding of musicality, timing and speed. This will really get you moving and shaking to some of the best Latin tunes on our class night out on the town! Couples are welcome though no partner is required.
DANC:725 | 8 sessions | $69 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P03 | Tu 7-8 p.m. | Feb. 26-April 16 | Almas Del Ritmo Dance Co

The Bachata Experience

This Dominican dance will have you styling and socializing on the dance floor in no time! The main focus in this course is for students to build a strong foundation in both footwork and partner-work, attain an authentic look and feel, develop and enhance leading and following techniques, as well as develop social dancing techniques and dance etiquette. This class will help you gain a better understanding of what makes up bachata including history and origins, culture, theory, tools and concepts to make you a versatile dancer.
DANC:725 | 8 sessions | $69 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P04 | Th 7-8 p.m. | Feb. 28-April 18 | Almas Del Ritmo Dance Co

Swing

Swing Dance: Beginning

Learn to swing dance in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. You'll learn and practice a variety of easily performed swing dance steps that are the basic ingredients of all higher level swing dancing. This class will teach the basics of swing along with combinations and patterns of various swing movements. The techniques taught in this course will help you look great on the dance floor after just a few lessons! A fun way to meet new friends and dance to great music. Couples and singles welcome. Rotation of partners is encouraged but not mandatory. Fee is per person. Dress shoes recommended. No tennis shoes.
DANC:738 | 8 sessions | $55 Age 60+ | $85 Regular
P01 | Tu 7:30-9 p.m. | William Sevier | Feb. 19-April 16 | Sperreng, Cafeteria
• NOTE: No class 3/19.
DANC:738 | 8 sessions | $47 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P02 | M 8-9 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Feb. 25-April 22 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
• NOTE: No class 3/11.

Swing Dance: Beginning I and II

This class will take you from beginning to amazing! Learn to swing dance in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. This class will start with the basics of swing along with patterns of various swing movements, then move on to more complex combinations and techniques. If you already know the basics, come refine your technique and swing to the next level. By the end of this course, you'll look great on the dance floor! A fun way to meet new friends and dance to great music. Partners only. Fee is per person. Dress shoes recommended. No tennis shoes.
DANC:738 | 6 sessions | $48.50 Age 60+ | $75 Regular
P03 | M 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Geraldine Tevlin | March 4-April 8 | Concordia Lutheran

West Coast Swing

West Coast swing is the most popular, evolving form of swing dancing throughout the world, danced by all generations. The music can be slower for blues or more upbeat for today's popular tunes. Leads are smooth, flirty and fun. It's very popular in the St. Louis area-lots of places to enjoy West Coast swing on your next dance-night out. Our instructors will cover the basics and move on to as many patterns as possible. We'll work on spinning, timing, lead/follow and more. Great fun for parties, weddings and other social events. Partners required. Fee is per person. Dress shoes recommended. No tennis shoes.
DANC:740 | 8 sessions | $55 Age 60+ | $85 Regular
P01 | M 8-9:15 p.m. | Sharon Martin | Feb. 4-April 1 | Concordia Lutheran
• NOTE: No class 2/18.
P02 | W 7:15-8:30 p.m. | Sharon Martin | Feb. 20-April 17 | Sperreng, Cafeteria
• NOTE: No class 3/20.

Social and Line Dancing

Country Western Line Dance

Learn the basic dance steps that will give you confidence on the dance floor. You'll have a lot of energetic fun while learning classic country western line dances as well as newer country western line dances. You will be able to dance at social events, weddings and more. Partner not required, but bring a friend or two for twice the fun! No experience necessary.
DANC:748 | 8 sessions | $55 Age 60+ | $85 Regular
P01 | Tu 6:15-7:15 p.m. | William Sevier | Feb. 19-April 16 | Sperreng, Cafeteria
• NOTE: No class 3/19.

Let's Dance! Night Club 2-Step

Night club two-step is a great couple's dance to learn to dance to slow music. It's a dance that crosses music types, from country dance to R and B, easy listening, and smooth jazz. Night club two-step can travel around the dance floor, stay as a stationary dance or a combination. It's a popular style for many wedding couples because of its smooth, romantic and relaxed qualities. If you are looking for a great slow dance, Night club two-step is the dance to learn, and our experienced instructors will have you feeling comfortable on the dance floor in three short lessons! Partners only. Fee is per person. Dress shoes recommended. No tennis shoes.
DANC:719 | 3 sessions | $40 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P03 | M 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Geraldine Tevlin | April 22-May 6 | Concordia Lutheran
DANC:719 | 8 sessions | $55 Age 60+ | $85 Regular
P04 | W 5:45-7 p.m. | Sharon Martin | Feb. 20-April 17 | Sperreng, Cafeteria

Easy Social Dance

Are you attending a cruise, wedding reception or social gathering where there will be dancing? Then take our fun course and learn several easy dances that will allow you to dance to anything-fast or slow. You can learn how to look good and move with confidence on the dance floor. You'll develop the ability to lead or follow for a smooth, confident look. If there is a particular song you want to know how to dance to for your wedding or other social event, feel free to bring it to class for helpful suggestions.
DANC:728 | 8 sessions | $47 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P02 | Tu 7:30-8:50 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Feb. 26-April 23 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
• NOTE: No class 3/12.
P03 | Th 6:30-7:50 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Feb. 28-April 25 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
• NOTE: No class 3/14.
DANC:728 | 10 sessions | $38 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P01 | Th 7-7:50 p.m. | Diane Brown | Feb. 21-May 2 | FV-PE, 233

Line Dance for Adults

Even if you think you have two left feet, you can learn basic line dancing steps. No prior experience is necessary, and no partner is required. Come by yourself or bring a group of friends. Be prepared for lots of fun, cardiovascular exercise and the opportunity to make new friends. Learn some new line dances and some old classics at an easy-going pace. Non-rubber soled shoes recommended.
DANC:748 | 8 sessions | $43 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P02 | Tu 6:15-7:15 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Feb. 26-April 23 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
• NOTE: No class 3/12.
P03 | Th 8-9 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Feb. 28-April 25 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
• NOTE: No class 3/14.

Line Dance for Older Adults: Easy Intermediate

Step it up a notch! This class is for those who have mastered the beginning class and want to learn more dances. Come learn fun line dances you can do without a partner. This is a great class if you're single or in a group of friends who want to dance. So put on your dancing shoes and learn the hottest new line dances as well as the all-time classics. Be prepared for lots of fun, cardiovascular exercise and meeting good friends. Prerequisite: Line Dance for Older Adults: Beginning. No partner required.
SENR:703 | 10 sessions | $38 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P01 | Th 10 a.m.-10:50 am | Sandra Derickson | Feb. 7-April 25 | FV-PE, 233
• NOTE: No class 2/28, 3/21.

Slide Dance: Beginning

Slide dancing is a fun, energetic way to get your exercise. People of all ages can have a lot of fun moving to great music and making new friends, too! If you've never tried slide dancing or you haven't danced this style in a while and would like a refresher, this is the class for you. Our instructor will start at the beginning and take you to fantastic! No experience required.
DANC:749 | 6 sessions | $34 Age 60+ | $49 Regular
P01 | Sa 10-10:50 a.m. | Nigeria King | Feb. 2-March 9 | FP-PE, Dance Rm
P02 | Sa 11-11:50 a.m. | LaVerne Gee | Feb. 2-March 9 | FV-PE, 233
P04 | Sa 10-10:50 a.m. | Nigeria King | March 30-May 11 | FP-PE, Dance Rm
• NOTE: No class 4/20.
P05 | Sa 11-11:50 a.m. | Eleanor Whitney | March 30-May 11 | FV-PE, 233
• NOTE: No class 4/20.

Slide Dance: Plus

This is a strictly-for-fun course that is designed to teach you the electric slide and many of its popular variations. Be on top of the latest steps and routines so you can be confident on the dance floor at the next party or social event. Some experience recommended.
DANC:749 | 6 sessions | $34 Age 60+ | $49 Regular
P03 | Sa noon-12:50 p.m. | LaVerne Gee | Feb. 9-March 16 | FV-PE, 233
• NOTE: Course dates have changed.
P06 | Sa noon-12:50 p.m. | Eleanor Whitney | March 30-May 11 | FV-PE, 233
• NOTE: No class 4/20.

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