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    Ballet Basics

    Missed your calling as a prima ballerina? It's never too late to pointe yourself in the right direction! During this introductory dance class, you'll master the fundamentals of ballet under the guidance of a trade professional. You'll begin with basic barre work designed to strengthen and elongate your body while teaching it basic postures. Then, you'll move to center floor work where you'll put it all together into dazzling combinations. Learn to express yourself through motion, develop your motor coordination, and get a great workout at the same time. What are you waiting for? Take the leap!
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    Ballet Basics

    1235 SE Division St #107, Portland

    • Familiarize yourself with the basic techniques of the timeless art of ballet
    • Express yourself through skilled footwork and body articulation
    • Develop your coordination while dancing your way to a more toned and flexible body
    • Build your confidence in a fun, supportive studio perfect for novice dancers
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    Flamenco

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    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.
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    Flamenco

    8051 SE 16th 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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    West Coast Swing

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    Are you often overcome by uncontrollable fits of dancing? Channel your spastic energy during this high tempo dance class featuring West Coast Swing. An offshoot of the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, WCS is a back-and-forth partner dance that features heavy improvisation. As such, it's a fun dance with for showing off your creative side. You'll learn some of the classic steps and passes, developing your ability to read your partner's intent and play along, no matter the differences in your skill level. This is a great opportunity to meet some new friends to hit your local swing scene with, and to keep in shape while having a blast. No more dancing fits for you!! Well, okay. But only on the dance floor.
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    West Coast Swing

    8051 SE 16th Avenue, Portland

    • Learn the basics of West Coast Swing, including 6-count and 8-count footwork rhythms
    • Step in time to the music, using the appropriate weight changes for the pattern
    • Understand and demonstrate compression and extension, proper body position, continuous motion, and how to lead preps for an inside turn
    • Get handsy when you learn proper hand hold, hand positions, and hand connection
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    Lyrical Jazz

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    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!
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    Lyrical Jazz

    8051 SE 16th 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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    Beginner Bonanza & Sevillanas

    Wish everyday was a fiesta? Learn the celebratory dance of Sevillanas and it can be! This jubilant style is the traditional country dance of the Seville region of Spain, directly influenced by the Flamenco. You'll be working on upper body techniques common to this style of dance, which will also build your core and arm strength. In addition you will internalize the various footwork techniques and be developing your motor coordination through a series of drills and exercises set to invigorating Sevillanas music. Afterwards, your instructor will teach you a choreography that will bring what you learned together in an expressive, turn-heavy performance that will have your body and spirits soaring! It's a dance class, it's a workout, and it's a party! It's a danworkarty!
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    Beginner Bonanza & Sevillanas

    5516 SE Foster Rd, Portland

    • Learn the traditional folk dance of Spain's Seville in a fun social learning environment
    • Master steps and embellishments under the guidance of a professional dance teacher
    • Tone your body and get a great aerobic workout while internalizing steps with energetic drills
    • Discover an expressive new performance/social dance that will leave you feeling full of joy
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