Dance

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec | 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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Ballet

Ballet Tone and Stretch for Beginners

Explore beginning techniques of classical ballet combined with toning and stretching on centre floor and barre work for overall body conditioning. No prior ballet experience necessary. Leotard, leggings or tights and ballet shoes required. Adiva Dance Center is located behind a kitchen and bath design store. **
DANC:701 | 6 sessions | $69 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P01 Tu 7-7:55 p.m.
Feb. 4-March 24 | ADIVA Dance Center

Ballet: Beginning

The fun and exciting movement and musicality of ballet provide a great way to get into shape with techniques that are as good for the soul as they are for the body! Learn to utilize your center/core for strong ballet technique. Designed for students who have never studied ballet or who haven’t taken a class recently. Ballet shoes and appropriate attire are required. **
DANC:701 | 10 sessions | $63 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
P02 Th 6:15-7:10 p.m. | Amanda Fedor
Feb. 27-May 7 | The Studio, Inc.
• NOTE: No class 3/19.

Ballet: Intermediate

If you have studied classical ballet consistently, have a good understanding of basic barre and centre work, and are seeking to develop your technique, musicality and artistry, this is the class for you! Refine your technique at the barre with emphasis on Cecchetti, Royale and Vaganova methods. Centre combinations will be given including leaps and turns. Ballet shoes and appropriate attire required. **
DANC:701 | 10 sessions | $63 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
P03 M 8-9 p.m. | Amanda Fedor
Feb. 24-May 4 | The Studio, Inc.
• NOTE: No class 3/16.

Ballroom

Ballroom Dance: Beginning

In eight short weeks learn to dance with grace and ease, then confidently dance at your next social event! Add new dimension to your life by learning classic ballroom favorites for a lifetime of enjoyment. It’s a fun night out, and you’ll be amazed at what you can do with the variety of dance rhythms and steps covered. 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 | $55.50 AGE 60+ | $75 REG
P01 M 6:30-7:50 p.m. | Karen Merlin
Feb. 24-April 13 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville

Tap

Tap Dance: Beginner and Beginner Plus

Designed for beginners and those with limited tap experience, this class explores basic tap steps and combinations as well as an entire tap routine. Develop your sense of movement while practicing basic rhythm tap techniques in this fun way to exercise! Do not purchase tap shoes until after first class. Adiva Dance Studio is located behind a kitchen and bath design store. **
DANC:707 | 8 sessions | $69 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P01 M 8-8:55 p.m.
Feb. 3-March 23 | ADIVA Dance Center

Tap Dance: Beginning

Learn steps and combinations as well as an entire routine. Develop your sense of movement while practicing basic rhythm tap techniques in this fun way to exercise! Designed for the beginners and those with limited tap experience. Do not purchase tap shoes until after first class. **
DANC:707 | 10 sessions | $63 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
P03 Th 7:15-8 p.m. | Amanda Fedor
Feb. 27-May 7 | The Studio, Inc.
• NOTE: No class 3/19.

Tap Dance: Beginning II Beyond the Basics

A continuation of Beginning Tap that will continue to build on the basics and students will learn to meld tap combos into a tap dance. Previous tap experience and tap shoes required. **
DANC:707 | 10 sessions | $51.50 AGE 60+ | $75 REG
P02 Tu 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Bonnie Kleyboecker
Feb. 11-April 14 | St John’s Evangelical UCC

Tap Dance: Beyond the Basics

Once you’ve thoroughly mastered the basics, take the next steps to advance your dancing technique. Learn and practice new steps, combinations and a dance routine that will make you a more proficient tapper. Previous tap experience and tap shoes required. **
DANC:708 | 10 sessions | $51.50 AGE 60+ | $75 REG
P01 Tu 6:30-7:25 p.m. | Bonnie Kleyboecker
Feb. 11-April 14 | St John’s Evangelical UCC

Tap Dance: Intermediate

This class is designed for the tap dancer who is ready to take the basics to the next level. Oxford style tap shoes preferred, no rubber metatarsal pads on tap shoes. Skills included in this course are five-count riffs, pullbacks, steps combined in succession, and focus on the rhythm and accent of each skill. **
DANC:707 | 10 sessions | $63 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
P04 Th 8:15-9 p.m. | Amanda Fedor
Feb. 27-May 7 | The Studio, Inc.
• NOTE: No class 3/19.

Swing

Swing Dance: Beginning

Learn to swing dance in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, practicing a variety of easily performed steps that form the basic ingredients of all higher level swing dancing. Experience 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! It’s 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. Tennis shoes and sandals are discouraged. **
DANC:738 | 8 sessions | $55.50 AGE 60+ | $89 REG
P01 Tu 7:30-9 p.m. | William Sevier
Feb. 4-March 31 | Sperreng, Cafe
• NOTE: No class 3/17.
DANC:738 | 8 sessions | $46 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
P03 M 8-9 p.m. | Karen Merlin
Feb. 24-April 13 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville

Swing Dance: Beginning I and II

This class will take you from beginning to amazing! Learn to swing dance in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, starting with the basics and various swing movements, then moving 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 | $51 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
P02 M 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Geraldine Tevlin
March 23-April 27 | Concordia Lutheran, Cafe

NEW! East Coast Swing

East Coast Swing is a partnered social dance that has never really gone out of style! This vintage dance has had many iterations throughout the times and many styles of dance have evolved from it. Students who take this course will learn East Coast basics as well as how to lead and follow single and triple step 6 count moves. **
DANC:719 | 8 sessions | $59 AGE 60+ | $85 REG
P04 Tu 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Jan. 21-March 10 | Kirkwood CC, Multi Rm

West Coast Swing

West Coast swing is the most popular, evolving form of swing dance worldwide and is 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 with many places to enjoy West Coast swing on your next dance-night out. Learn the basics and move on to as many patterns as possible. 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 | $86.50 AGE 60+ | $125 REG
P01 M 8-9:30 p.m. | Sharon Martin
Feb. 3-March 30 | Concordia Lutheran, Cafe
• NOTE: No class 2/17.

Latin

The Bachata Experience II

The bachata dance from Dominican Republic draws influence from the merengue, salsa, cumbia and Cuban bolero. Explore its basic steps, technique and musicality skills while building your cultural awareness. Learn turn patterns, footwork and body movement while developing your timing and speed. Couples are welcome but no partner is required. **
DANC:725 | 8 sessions | $69 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P04 M 8-9 p.m.
Feb. 24-April 13 | Almas Del Ritmo

The Salsa Experience: Beginning

Learn about authentic Latin culture through the rhythmic sounds of salsa music and dance. In eight weeks discover the history of salsa, the origin of the dance, basic salsa steps and musicality skills. You will be moving and shaking in time for our last class night at some of the hottest Latin dance spots in town! Couples are welcome but no partner is required. **
DANC:725 | 8 sessions | $69 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P02 Tu 6-7 p.m.
Feb. 25-April 14 | Almas Del Ritmo
P03 Th 7-8 p.m.
Feb. 27-April 16 | Almas Del Ritmo

The Salsa Experience: Intermediate

Learn more intricate turn patterns, footwork and body movement and gain 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! Prerequisite: The Salsa Experience: Beginning or understanding of basic salsa steps, technique, musicality skills, and cultural awareness. Couples are welcome but no partner is required. **
DANC:725 | 8 sessions | $69 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P01 W 7-7:55 p.m.
Feb. 26-April 15 | Almas Del Ritmo

Vintage Era Dances

NEW! 1920s, ’30s, ’40s Charleston

Kick it like Gatsby with this fun and energetic class! The partnered Charleston dance swept the nation from the 1920s to the 1940s, evolving over that time. Fast-paced and high energy, the style combines kicks and a high pulse to bring out your fun and wild side while dancing to jazz, ragtime and swing music. Come learn Charleston’s basic steps, turns and stylistic variations. **
DANC:719 | 8 sessions | $59 AGE 60+ | $85 REG
P02 Tu 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21-March 10 | Kirkwood CC, Multi Rm

NEW! Balboa

Discover this popular and fun WWII era dance that combines close-connection and intricate footwork perfect for crowded dance floors and big band swing music. Enjoy giving your feet and brain a workout while conserving energy so you can dance all night long and not break a sweat! Learn to focus on the techniques of tension, compression and conservation of momentum. **
DANC:719 | 8 sessions | $59 AGE 60+ | $85 REG
P05 Tu 7:45-8:45 p.m.
March 24-May 12 | Kirkwood CC, Multi Rm

NEW! Collegiate, Carolina and St. Louis Shag

Love big band, jazz and swing? Enjoy learning three fantastically fun and energetic styles of shag that pair with those musical genres: St. Louis, Carolina and collegiate shag. We’ll explore basics, variations, tricks and turns of each style in this high-paced, high-energy class. Come expecting a fun workout!  **
DANC:719 | 8 sessions | $59 AGE 60+ | $85 REG
P03 Tu 6:30-7:30 p.m.
March 24-May 12 | Kirkwood CC, Multi Rm

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 workout is set to Middle Eastern music and explores various belly dance moves, delivering active fun 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 REG
P01 Tu 8-8:55 p.m.
Feb. 4-March 24 | ADIVA Dance Center

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”) aka street sha’abi, which has recently emerged from post-revolution youth culture. Characterized by a blend of the indigenous core movements of belly dance, Egyptian folkloric movements and modern street dance stylings, this high-energy and heavily rhythm-based dance takes its gestural cues from lyrics of cutting-edge Egyptian electro-sha’abi music, also called mahragan. You can expect to sweat, have fun and learn about another culture! We will end the session with a hafla (Arabic for “party”) where students can show off their new moves! All genders welcome. This is a beginner class; no prior dance experience required. **
DANC:745 | 10 sessions | $37.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
P02 W 7-8 p.m. | Amber Skye
Feb. 12-April 22 | FP-PE, Dance Room
• NOTE: No class 3/18.

Egyptian Street Belly Dance: Intermediate

Yalla! (Let’s go!) Expand your knowledge and skill level by further exploring street dance concepts and layered, intermediate torso work while also developing your skills through both individual dance and group choreography. Delve more deeply into footwork, layering, tracing and the basic concepts of tutting, broadening your knowledge of Arabic music and rhythms as we explore musicality and emotion in Egyptian dance. We will end the session with a hafla (Arabic for “party”) where students can show off their new moves! All genders welcome. Prerequisite: Egyptian Street Belly Dance: Beginning. **
DANC:745 | 10 sessions | $37.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
P03 Th 7-8 p.m. | Amber Skye
Feb. 13-April 23 | FP-PE, Dance Room
• NOTE: No class 3/19.

Social and Line Dancing

Country Western Line Dance

Learn basic dance steps that will give you the confidence to join in on the dance floor fun. Enjoy energetic fun while learning classic and modern country western line dances for social events, weddings and more! Bring a friend or two for twice the fun! No experience necessary! Fee is per person. **
DANC:748 | 8 sessions | $54 AGE 60+ | $89 REG
P01 Tu 6:15-7:15 p.m. | William Sevier
Feb. 4-March 31 | Sperreng, Cafe
• NOTE: No class 3/17.

Let’s Dance! Night Club Two-Step

Night club two-step is a way couples can learn to dance to slow music. It crosses music types from country dance and R&B to 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 | $42.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
P01 M 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Geraldine Tevlin
Feb. 24-March 9 | Concordia Lutheran, Cafe
DANC:719 | 8 sessions | $86.50 AGE 60+ | $125 REG
P06 W 6-7:30 p.m. | Sharon Martin
Feb. 5-April 1 | Sperreng, Large Gym
• NOTE: No class 3/18.

Easy Social Dance

Are you attending a reunion, wedding reception or social gathering where there will be dancing? In this fun course, explore several easy dances that will allow you to dance to anything, fast or slow. Learn techniques to move smoothly and to lead or follow with confidence. 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. Couples and singles are welcome. Rotation of partners is encouraged but not mandatory. Fee is per person. Dress shoes recommended, no tennis shoes. **
DANC:728 | 8 sessions | $55 AGE 60+ | $75 REG
P01 Tu 7:30-8:50 p.m. | Karen Merlin
Feb. 25-April 14 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
P02 Th 6:30-7:50 p.m. | Karen Merlin
Feb. 27-April 16 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville

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. Whether you’ve never tried slide dancing or haven’t danced this style in a while and would like a refresher, our instructor will start at the beginning and take you to fantastic! No experience required. **
DANC:749 | 6 sessions | $34 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
P01 Sa 11-11:50 a.m. | LaVerne Gee
Feb. 1-March 7 | FV-PE, 233
P03 Sa 11-11:50 a.m. | Eleanor Whitney
March 28-May 2 | FV-PE, 233
DANC:749 | 6 sessions | $36 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
P05 Sa 10-10:50 a.m. | Nigeria King
Feb. 1-March 7 | FP-T, 103
P06 Sa 10-10:50 a.m. | Nigeria King
March 28-May 2 | FP-T, 103

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 REG
P02 Sa noon-12:50 p.m. | LaVerne Gee
Feb. 1-March 7 | FV-PE, 233
P04 Sa noon-12:50 p.m. | Eleanor Whitney
March 28-May 2 | FV-PE, 233

Line Dance for Adults

Even if you have two left feet, you can learn basic line dancing steps. No prior experience necessary and no partner 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 new line dances and old classics at an easy-going pace. Non-rubber soled shoes recommended. Fee is per person. **
DANC:748 | 8 sessions | $46 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
P02 Tu 6:15-7:15 p.m. | Karen Merlin
Feb. 25-April 14 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville
P03 Th 8-9 p.m. | Karen Merlin
Feb. 27-April 16 | Bluebird Park, Ellisville

NEW! Chair Line Dance for Seniors

This class keeps feet movin’, tappin’ and chassé-ing! As featured on St. Louis Public Radio and in the Ladue News, come try this fun, one-of-a-kind program for yourself! Great classic country tunes from back in the day, mixed with upbeat oldies, keep everyone’s brain active and body moving as the instructor leads the group through energetic steps, stretches and simple choreographic line dances adapted to be done from the chair. **
SENR:703 | 6 sessions | $55 AGE 60+ | $55 REG
P03 Sa 10-10:50 a.m. | Vitality Ballet
Jan. 18-Feb. 22 | MC-PE, 201
P02 Sa 10-11 a.m. | Vitality Ballet
March 28-May 2 | FP-Theater, 104

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. Great for singles and those 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 | $41.50 AGE 60+ | $65 REG
P01 Th 10-10:50 a.m. | Sandra Derickson
Feb. 6-April 23 | FV-PE, 233
• NOTE: No class 2/27, 3/19.

 
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