Open Program

Open Program students

About

The Open Program serves a diverse community of teens and adults offering classes in beginning through advanced Ballet Technique, Ballet Variations, Jazz, and Yoga. The use of classical music, focused exercise and the precision required in ballet transcends a typical workout and transports students to the true physical art of dance. A flexible drop-in schedule meets the needs of both the working professional and busy student.

All classes take place at our studios at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.


Adult Absolute Beginning Ballet

This class is suitable for students with zero to little ballet training. The class will introduce basic movement vocabulary and French terminology as well as safe stretching techniques and practices. Students will learn positions of the feet, arms, and begin fundamental barre and center work. Like all of our open classes, this class is subject to the needs of the overall attendees of each class.



Adult Beginning Ballet

Suitable for the beginner teen/ adult as well as students who would like to work in a slower paced environment, this class progresses slowly and is open to adult beginners at any point in the semester. Attention is paid to proper body alignment, use of the legs and feet, and developing movement sequences through coordination of the arms and head. Students are encouraged to follow more experienced students as well as ask questions when needed. Like all of our open classes, this class is subject to the needs of the overall attendees of each class.



Adult Intermediate Ballet

This class welcomes student’s teen/adult with at least 3 years of committed ballet training. Students attending this class are expected to know basic barre and center vocabulary as well as simple petite allegro, pirouettes, combinations from the corner and grand allegro. Like all of our open classes, this class is subject to the needs of the overall attendees of each class.



Mixed Level Ballet

Suitable for the beginner teen/adult as well as more advanced students looking to work on expression within basic moves, this class is taught with advanced sequencing as well as modifications for less experienced students. Students are encouraged to follow more experienced students as well as ask questions when needed. Like all of our open classes, this class is subject to the needs of the overall attendees of each class. This class is offered on Saturdays.



Adult Variations

This class is for Intermediate level dancers who want to learn and practice classical and contemporary Variations in a fun and no-pressure environment. Bring either your soft ballet technique shoes or pointe shoes, and a sense of exploration and playfulness. Please come warmed up prior to delving into Variations.



Adult Yoga

This is an a Beginning-Intermediate level yoga class, with an emphasis on gentle stretching and strengthening through a Vinyasa flow style. Breathing techniques and alignment guidance will be incorporated throughout. Upon request, elements of Yin Yoga, Gyrokinesis and Yoga Nidra may be introduced as well. Please bring a yoga mat, and two yoga blocks if you have them.


Coming Fall 2018

Adult Jazz

This class will provide a thorough grounding in jazz terminology and technique while giving students an opportunity to try different styles and have a great work out! The warm-up and progressions will use classic jazz technique to develop musicality, athleticism, alignment and coordination while exploring a variety of jazz styles, including classical, musical theater, jazz funk and lyrical/contemporary.

Mondays 6:00-7:00pm


Adult Tap

Adult Tap development will provide a thorough grounding of tap technique & terminology. The class will develop skills including musicality and sound clarity with an added focus on increasing speed, and developing style. Tappers should expect to learn double and triple time steps, 3 & 5 beat riffs, pull-backs, pick-ups, progressive levels of turns, and intricate rhythms. Class begins at the “tap barre” and progresses to center floor combinations and repetitive exercises, instilling a strong skill set for the Adult tapper.

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm

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