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    Flamenco

    FLAMENCO lessons! We're not talking about the plastic, pink critters in your lawn. Get both feet on the ground, and get groovin' with castanets! This beginner flamenco class covers all basic aspects of flamenco, ideal for students without prior dance experience. You'll learn strong footwork techniques, upper body coordination, and proper posture and breathing. You'll also gain an understanding of flamenco music and rhythm, while developing key muscle strength and dance skills necessary for flamenco dance . By the end of class you'll have mastered a new choreography sequence and be on your way to flamenco fanatic! Again, not the bird.
    Flamenco

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn the fundamentals of flamenco dancing
    • Practice footwork techniques, posture, breathing and coordination
    • Gain an understanding of flamenco music
    • Master a choreography sequence
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    Brazilian Samba

    And then he held up the small lion and said, "One day, everything the light touches will be yours." -- oh wait. That's S "i" mba. Let's get on the same page. So you want to learn the S "a" mba. You've come to the right place. Regardless of your skillset, you will learn from the native Brazilian, Beto Guimaraes, Samba-instructing veteran of 20 years. No partners in this style of samba. The class starts with a gentle warm-up, gradually adding steps, combinations, then finally some authentic choreography before the cool-down. Come and feel the heat of Rio de Janeiro and the samba schools! Rawr!
    Brazilian Samba

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn the basics and methods of the Brazilian dance form known as samba
    • Enjoy the lively music that accompanies this dance while learning the moves and techniques
    • Feel yourself getting a diverse workout while having a great time dancing to music
    • Impress your friends with your newfound samba skills!
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    Lyrical Jazz

    What does "jazz" mean to you? If you said "stuffy elevator music," get OUT! Jazz is actually more of a term for knowing all of the rules so that you can break them. So jazz dance (commonly simply referred to in the dance world as "jazz") is a style of dance that combines ballet, tap, African, modern dance, and hip-hop, and can be performed to almost any type of music. The versatility of this dance style allows room for creativity and personal expression. In a jazz dance class at Dance With Joy Studios, you'll learn basic jazz technique, and develop fun, feel-good choreography to apply to a wide variety of music! So you'll learn all of the styles, and apply them when and wherever you want. But please, no dancing in the elevator -- it's already pretty cramped in there!
    Lyrical Jazz

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn the fundamental techniques of jazz such as basic turns and combinations
    • Add a variety of different skills to your dance repertoire as you stretch and improve your footwork
    • Grow as a dancer by expanding your balancing capabilities and your ability to master movements and routines
    • Skills of all levels are welcome
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    Hip Hop

    If you're new to hip-hop or if you want a fun form of exercise, the adult hip-hop series is for you. You'll be instructed in a fun, energetic dance sequence set to hip-hop music. You'll gain new moves and learn new skills throughout the series, which meets once a week for a month and starts in the first week of the month. This is a class for a solo dance (no partners) for ages 13 and up.
    Hip Hop

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Move and groove in this beginner's hip-hop class
    • Perform rapid, flashy, energetic movements in an impressive dance sequence
    • Learn a choreographed dance sequence in an upbeat environment
    • Add a great new style to your repertoire
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    Club Style Hip Hop

    Never fear being the center of a dance circle at the club again. Vitalidad Movement Arts Center will teach you the dopest moves humanly possible. In this class, your instructor will introduce you to the dopest hip hop club-style dances, like vogue, waacking, or dancehall. You'll also get to learn the history of club-style hip hop, and ease your way into the dance community armed with both the right moves and the right knowledge. Do you want to wow everyone at the club when you bust out these incredible moves? Then you better take this class!
    Club Style Hip Hop

    700 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

    • Learn both the foundation and the execution of club style hip hop dancing, including voguin and waacking
    • Get a great workout while learning moves that will make you the life of the party
    • Develop your own style, with the help of expert instructor Jesus Rodales
    • Meet new people in a supportive and comfortable environment
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    Hustle

    The Hustle is a disco dance that emphasizes the swing and movement of two partners, and it comes in both a New York and LA form. The New York form of the dance is done at a slower tempo and is more linear. The LA form is much tighter and keeps one of the partners in a near-constant state of rotation. Both reflect the speed and glamor of the disco era, and in this class you'll learn the basics to this social dance that is perfect for the energy and vibrancy of a nightclub.
    Hustle

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn the famous disco dance popular in the 1970s
    • Perform both the New York and LA version of the Hustle
    • Twirl and rotate in this high-energy form of swing dancing
    • Feel the glamor and speed of a classic American dance
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    Brazilian Zouk

    Brazilian Zouk is a contagious dance form-- once everyone sees how much fun you're having, they'll all want to join in! Spend a joyous hour affirming your freedom and your harmony with the universe, engaging in Brazilian cultural expression, and performing an elegant, sexy dance style. This class is ideal for students with little to no Zouk training. You'll learn new moves, get a great workout, and enjoy an incredibly fun, welcoming environment. Working out shouldn't be this fun, but somehow, it is!
    Brazilian Zouk

    700 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

    • Learn about Brazilian Zouk, the dance form that expresses joy, freedom and harmony
    • Practice new moves while getting a great whole-body workout
    • Meet new people in a welcoming and fun environment, led by expert teacher Nathalia Carbajal
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    Salsa and Latin Dance Sampler

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    Trying to edge your way into the salsa dance scene can be a tricky affair without the proper training. Especially if your background is limited to old [i]Sweating to the Oldies[/i] VHS tapes that you bought for 50 cents at your neighborhood thrift store. But we digress. Immerse yourself in the world of Latin dance with this sampler class, and you'll never be on the outside looking in again! While the focus of your instruction will be salsa, you'll also spend time in class exploring elements of other styles as well, including merengue and bachata. You'll dance under the guidance of an experienced instructor, working on elements of posture, motion, and partnering as you move across the dance floor. Your instructor will delve into both technical and attitudinal aspects of each dance, teach you how to cover up mistakes, and boost your performance confidence so you can focus on having fun, rather than thoughts of tripping over your own two feet! Latin dance is not only a great way to meet others, but a wonderful tool for stress release and fitness as well! With the elements you pick up during this dance class, you'll be opening doors and gifting yourself with an enriching new hobby!
    Salsa and Latin Dance Sampler

    720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland

    • Learn the fundamentals of salsa and other Latin dance styles during an introductory sampler class
    • Grasp the forms and embellishments of each dance under the guidance of an experienced instructor
    • Partner with other students to develop your abilities in leading, following, and improvising
    • Develop your confidence and skill while dancing in an energetic and supportive dance environment
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    Argentine Tango (All Levels)

    They say it takes two to tango, but baby steps -- let's start with YOU. You are but one, but by the time you take this class you'll be moving so fast onlookers will think there are four of you. So become the Jamie Madrox of dance and step into the groove today. Argentine Tango is known to be a dance of passion and connection. A highly individualistic and improvisational dance, with endless possibilities in its intricately woven steps, this dance provides freedom for musical expression via movement through time. A true social dance, based on the art of leading and following, tango allows the opportunity for layers of connection, creating a lovely present moment Zen between dancers. Some say that tango should have a warning label for how highly addictive it is. Who are these "they's" and "some's?" They're spot-on, if you ask us.
    Argentine Tango (All Levels)

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Discover the sensual steps and turns of one of the great social dances of all time
    • Practice leading and following to dance with partners of any skill level
    • Learn to make motions second nature so you can improvise on the fly and focus on fun
    • Experience the uplifting joy of dancing an expressive and energetic dance
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    Zumba Nightclub Experience

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    Zumba. What the heck is zumba -- other than really fun to say? Zumba is an incredible way to get a workout where all you have to do is dance. The sessions incorporate choreography from hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, and other international rhythms to provide you with an engaging workout that is extremely effective. The Zumba studio is decked out with disco lights and an incredible sound system so you'll feel like you're out at the Club rather than at the gym. Boogie for an hour with this strenuous but very fun workout. Don't wait -- Zoom-ba over to this class ASAP!
    Zumba Nightclub Experience

    3602 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland

    • Get a great workout while you dance the night away
    • Groove to the infectious, high energy tunes while you burn excess fat
    • Use choreography that incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, cumbia, and reggaeton
    • Enjoy the club-like studio as you sweat out more calories than you thought possible in this 1-hour session
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