Phoenix-area dancers have been busy this year, performing in diverse settings from the Crescent Ballroom to Desert Botanical Garden. And this summer, several of the dancers you've seen on local stages are sharing their tips and techniques in various dance classes around town.
Some classes are for experienced dancers, but many are for adult beginners. In some cases, older teens are also welcome to participate. Here's a look at studios offering summer dance classes – including several with classes taught by big names on the local dance scene, from choreographer Liliana Gomez to aerial arts specialist Gavin Sisson.
Open dance classes for adults and teens ages 14 and older include beginning, intermediate, and advanced ballet. Students can pay $18 per class, get a six-month 10-class card for $150, or buy a six-month 20-class card for $275. Ballet Arizona also teaches ballroom dance for $10 per class (or $18 per class for couples). Jazz, American tribal-style belly dance, modern, and Horton Technique classes are $15 each. Horton Technique incorporates movements and expressions drawn from Native American, Afro-Caribbean, Japanese, Javanese, and Balinese cultures. All classes are held at the Ballet Arizona studios. Find more information on the Ballet Arizona website.
CONDER/dance, which presents the annual Breaking Ground dance and film festival, is hosting a five-day workshop with choreographer and dancer Danielle Agami, founder and artistic director for Ate9 Dance Company in Los Angeles. Agami trained with Israeli contemporary dance choreographer Ohad Naharin, creator of a movement language called Gaga. The workshop takes place July 25 to 29 at ASU's Tempe campus and includes Gaga movement, Ate9 repertory, improvisation, and Q&A time. The workshop is open to professional dancers and dance students ages 18 and older. Find more information on the CONDER/dance website.
Fifth Row Dance Studios
Summer dance offerings at Fifth Row Dance Studios include courses in flamenco, hip-hop, and choreography. Introduction to flamenco for adults happens on Monday nights, with additional flamenco classes offered several days each week. All hip-hop classes are at the intermediate/advanced level. Choreography classes have a different focus each month. Classes are $10 to $15 each – or, in some cases, $65 for a five-week session. Find more information on the Fifth Row Dance Studios website.