Performing Arts: Dance

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.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education

Phone

314-984-7777

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Call 314-984-7777 to register for fall classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.

Click on the headings below to view available dance courses:

Ballet

Ballet Tone and Stretch: Beginning

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 is located behind a kitchen and bath design store.
DANC:701 | $69 | Age 60+: $69
F02 | M 7-8 p.m. | Sept. 10-Oct. 29 | 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 | $79 | Age 60+: $63
F03 | Th 6:15-7:15 p.m. | Amanda Fedor | Sept. 13-Nov. 15 | The Studio

Ballet: Intermediate

If you have studied classical ballet consistently, have a good understanding of basic barre work and centre work and are seeking to develop your technique, musicality, and artistry, this is the class for you! You'll refine your technique at the barre, with emphasis on Cecchetti, Royale and Vaganova methods of technique. Centre combinations will be given, including leaps and turns. Ballet shoes and appropriate attire is required.
DANC:701 | $79 | Age 60+: $63
F01 | W 8-9 p.m. | Amanda Fedor | Sept. 5-Nov. 14 | The Studio
NOTE: No class Oct. 31.

Tap

Tap Dance: Beginning

This class is designed for the beginner as well as someone with limited tap experience. Basic steps and combinations will be taught as well as an entire routine. Develop your sense of movement while practicing basic rhythm tap techniques. Tap dancing is fun AND it's a fun way to exercise! Do not purchase tap shoes until after first class. Adiva is located behind a kitchen and bath design store.
DANC:707 | $69 | Age 60+: $69
F01 | M 8-9 p.m. | Sept. 10-Oct. 29 | Adiva Dance Ctr
F02 | Th 7:15-8 p.m. | Amanda Fedor | Sept. 13-Nov. 15 | The Studio

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 routine that will make you a more proficient tapper. Previous tap experience and tap shoes required.
DANC:708 | $69 | Age 60+: $48
F01 | Tu 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Bonnie Kleyboecker | Sept. 11-Nov. 20 | St. John's Evangelical UCC
NOTE: No class Oct. 16.

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:708 | $79 | Age 60+: $63
F02 | Th 8-8:45 p.m. | Amanda Fedor | Sept. 13-Nov. 15 | The Studio

Belly Dance

Belly Dance FUNdamentals

Experience authentic Egyptian culture through the universal language of music and dance in this fun, beginner-level course! We will break down the fundamental movements of Raqs Sharqi, aka belly dance, set to the heart-pounding rhythms of the Middle East. Be prepared to develop musicality skills, learn the history of the dance and, above all, have fun! By the end of the course, you will be able to show off all of your new moves in one final group choreography. All genders welcome. Wear comfortable fitness clothing. Please, no skirts or baggy sweats.
DANC:719 | $59 | Age 60+: $38
F03 | Tu 7-8 p.m. | Amber Skye | Sept. 11-Nov. 13 | FP - PE, Dance Rm
NOTE: No class Oct. 16.

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. Studio is located behind a kitchen and bath design store.
DANC:745 | $69 | Age 60+: $69
F01 | Tu 8-9 p.m. | Sept. 11-Oct. 30 | Adiva Dance Ctr
NOTE: Course time changed from 7 p.m. start time to 8 p.m.

Egyptian Street Belly Dance

Egyptian Street Belly Dance is a new, exciting style known in the Arab world as mahragan sha'abi (Arabic for festival). This class is an introductory class to the core movements of belly dance and the Egyptian aesthetic, combined with modern hip hop-stylings and the contemporary movement vocabulary of present-day urban Egyptians. It is a street dance that emerged from post-revolution youth culture. It is characterized by a blend of indigenous, folkloric movements and modern hip-hop stylings. This is a high-energy dance with movements that are heavily based in the rhythm and take their gestural cues from the lyrics of the cutting-edge Egyptian electro-sha'abi music, also called mahragan. Students can expect to have fun, sweat and learn about another culture! Prior belly dance experience is not necessary, but it is helpful.
DANC:719 | $59 | Age 60+: $38
F02 | Th 7-8 p.m. | Amber Skye | Sept. 13-Nov. 15 | FP - PE, Dance Rm

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 which 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 | $69 | Age 60+: $47
F01 | M 6:30-7:50 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Sept. 10-Nov. 12 | Ellisville, Bluebird Park
NOTE: No class Oct. 8, Oct. 22.

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 | $59 | Age 60+: $38
F03 | Th 8-8:50 p.m. | Diane Brown | Sept. 6-Nov. 15 | FV - PE, 233
NOTE: No class Sept. 20. Class extended one week to end on Nov. 15.

NEW! Latin Dance for Mature Adults

Get ready to put on your dancing shoes and groove to the Latin Beat. This fun, energetic class will teach you basic steps to the common Latin Dance at a comfortable pace. You will learn Salsa, Bachata, Cha-Cha and Merengue. No prior experience necessary and no partner required. A great opportunity to meet new people or have a great time joining in with friends. So grab your dancing shoes and let's move!
DANC:725 | $69 | Age 60+: $69
F01 | Tu 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Aug 21-Oct. 9 | Almas Del Ritmo Dance Co

The Salsa Experience I

Learn 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 welcomed but no partner is required. On street parking; stairs-only access to dance studio in residential area.
DANC:725 | $69 | Age 60+: $69
F02 | Tu 6-7:30 p.m. | Aug 21-Oct. 9 | Almas Del Ritmo Dance Co

Swing

Let's Swing Dance!

Whether you're preparing for a special event or want to learn to dance for fun and fitness, this class is for you. You'll start with learning the basic steps and then variations will be added to include turns, rotations and promenade. Swing is the most popular dance in the St. Louis area and after taking this class, you'll feel comfortable in social settings that include dancing. No tennis shoes or sandals. Singles are welcome as well as couples.
DANC:738 | $59 | Age 60+: $38
F01 | Th 7-7:50 p.m. | Diane Brown | Sept. 6-Nov. 8 | FV - PE, 233

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. Fee is per person. Dress shoes recommended. No tennis shoes.
DANC:738
Singles/Couples | $59/person | Age 60+: $43
F02 | M 8-9 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Sept. 10-Nov. 12 | Ellisville, Bluebird Park
NOTE: Couples and singles welcome. Rotation of partners encouraged but not mandatory. No class Oct. 8, Oct. 22.
Couples only | $85/person | Age 60+: $55
F03 | Tu 7:30-9 p.m. | William Sevier | Sept. 11-Nov. 6 | Sperreng, Cafeteria
NOTE: Partners only. If you are NOT attending with a registered partner, see section F02. No class Oct. 23.

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 | $75 | Age 60+: $48.50
F04 | M 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Gerry Tevlin | Oct. 1-Nov. 5 | Concordia Lutheran Church

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 | $85 | Age 60+: $55
F01 | W 7:30-8:45 p.m. | Sharon Martin | Aug 29-Oct. 17 | Sperreng, Cafeteria

Social and Line Dancing

Let's Dance, Quick Start! Night Club 2-Step

Night Club 2-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 rhythm-n-blues, easy listening, and smooth jazz. Night Club 2-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 2-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 | $59 | Age 60+: $40
F01 | M 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Gerry Tevlin | Sept. 10-Sept. 24 | Concordia Lutheran Church

Modern Western-Style Square Dance: Introduction

This is modern western-style square dancing (not that old-time dance in the barn!) and the fun starts right on the very first night! Meet new people and make new friends. This course provides introductory square dancing lessons. No previous dance experience or special dance attire is needed. Come and join us for fun, fitness and friendship! Partner not required. Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Co-sponsored by West County Spinners.
DANC:747 | $65 | Age 60+: $65
F01 | Tu 7:15-8:45 p.m. | West County Spinners | Sept. 11-Dec. 11 | Trinity Lutheran Church

Country Western Line Dance

Learn the basic dance steps that will give you the confidence on the dance floor and join in on the fun. 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 | $85 | Age 60+: $55
F01 | Tu 6:15-7:15 p.m. | William Sevier | Sept. 11-Nov. 6 | Sperreng, Cafeteria
NOTE: No class Oct. 23.

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 | $59 | Age 60+: $43
F02 | Tu 6:15-7:15 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Sept. 11-Nov. 6 | Ellisville, Bluebird Park
NOTE: No class Oct. 9.
F03 | Th 8-9 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Sept. 13-Nov. 8 | Ellisville, Bluebird Park
NOTE: No class Oct. 11.

Line Dance for Older Adults: Beginning

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. No partner required.
SENR:703 | $69 | Age 60+: $53
F03 | F 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Sandra Derickson | Sept. 21-Oct. 26 | Affton White-Rodgers, Gym
F05 | F 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Sandra Derickson | Nov. 2-Dec. 14 | Affton White-Rodgers, Gym
NOTE: No class Nov. 16, Nov. 23.

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: Beginning Line Dancing for Older Adults. No partner required.
SENR:703 | $59 | Age 60+: $38
F01 | Th 10-10:50 a.m. | Sandra Derickson | Sept. 13-Nov. 15 | FV - PE, 233
F02 | F 12:20-1:20 p.m. | Sandra Derickson | Sept. 21-Oct. 26 | Affton White-Rodgers, Gym
F04 | F 12:20-1:20 p.m. | Sandra Derickson | Nov. 2-Dec. 14 | Affton White-Rodgers, Gym
NOTE: No class Nov. 16, Nov. 23.

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 | $49 | Age 60+: $34
F01 | Sa 11 a.m.-11:50 a.m. | Eleanor Whitney | Aug 25-Oct. 6 | FV - PE, 233
NOTE: No class Sept. 1.
F02 | Tu 10-10:50 a.m. | Eleanor Whitney | Sept. 4-Oct. 9 | FP - PE, Dance Rm
F03 | Sa 10-10:50 a.m. | Nigeria King | Sept. 8-Oct. 13 | FP - PE, Dance Rm
F04 | Sa 11-11:50 a.m. | LaVerne Gee | Oct. 13-Nov. 17 | FV - PE, 233

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 | $49 | Age 60+: $34
F05 | Sa noon-12:50 p.m. | Eleanor Whitney | Aug 25-Oct. 6 | FV - PE, 233
NOTE: No class Sept. 1.
F06 | Sa noon-12:50 p.m. | LaVerne Gee | Oct. 13-Nov. 17 | FV - PE, 233
F07 | Tu 10-10:50 a.m. | Eleanor Whitney | Oct. 23-Nov. 27 | FP - PE, Dance Rm
F08 | Sa 10-10:50 a.m. | Nigeria King | Oct. 27-Dec. 8 | FP - PE, Dance Rm
NOTE: No class Nov. 24.

Easy Social Dance I and II

In this fun class, you'll learn how to look good and move with confidence on the dance floor. Start at the beginning or come back for a refresher and add some new moves to what you already know. It's fun, it's social, and you'll be out in the center of it all when the music starts playing at your next social gathering. You'll get help learning how to dance on the beat of the music; the best form for body positioning, posture and balance; how to lead and follow; how to spin (!), plus lots of great tips and ideas geared especially for each individual and couple. You'll practice forms of Swing, Slow, Latin and even Freestyle, if you like. Great music, lots of fun and all you need to know for your next social event or night on the town. Partners preferred. Fee is per person. Dress shoes recommended. No tennis shoes.
DANC:728 | $85 | Age 60+: $55
F01 | W 6-7:15 p.m. | Sharon Martin | Aug 29-Oct. 17 | Sperreng, Cafeteria
F02 | M 8-9:30 p.m. | Sharon Martin | Sept. 10-Oct. 29 | Concordia Lutheran Church

Easy Social Dance for Special Occasions

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 (men) or follow (ladies) 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. 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 | $69 | Age 60+: $47
F03 | Tu 7:30-8:50 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Sept. 11-Nov. 6 | Ellisville, Bluebird Park
NOTE: No class Oct. 9.
F04 | Th 6:30-7:50 p.m. | Karen Merlin | Sept. 13-Nov. 8 | Ellisville, Bluebird Park
NOTE: No class Oct. 11.

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