Studio Classes for Adult Dancers

Location: Pilates Plus
    1210 South Gilbert Street, Suite 104-105

Upcoming Class Sessions

Winter Session

Important notes for all group classes (updated for the 3-week winter session):

  • Registrations are accepted in the order tuitions are paid and are not transferable to another person or day/date. As classes often fill, reserving spots without payment will not be possible.
  • Prepaid single classes: $36 per 75-minute class, $29 per 60-minute class. Available only if the class isn't full. Please email to inquire/purchase interested dates. Because of limited space, no unscheduled drop-ins will be possible during the 3-week winter session.
  • Refunds (less $30 administrative fee) for cancellations prior to December 18, 2019. No refunds after this date.
  • In the event of an emergency class cancellation, I will coordinate with the studio owners to schedule a make-up class. When you enroll, please confirm your email address with me for these announcements.
  • In the three weeks of winter ballet class we will abbreviate floor barre by a few minutes and extend time to teach the details of the golf ball/pinky ball foot activity at the end of class. This extra attention will better prepare us for the spring session.
  • Tuesday: Ballet Level 2
        (Continuing level and above)

7:35-8:50 pm (75 minutes):
   December 31, 2019-January 14, 2020.

Tuition: $75.

  • Wednesday: Ballet Level 1 and Level 2
        (Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

6:25-7:40 pm (75 minutes):
   January 1-January 15, 2020.

Tuition: $75.

  • Wednesday: Modern Dance
        (Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

7:50-8:50 pm (60 minutes):
   January 1-January 15, 2020.

Tuition: $60.

Spring Session 2020

Important notes for all group classes (updated for the Spring 2020 session):

  • Registrations are accepted in the order tuitions are paid and are not transferable to another person or day/date. As classes often fill, reserving spots without payment will not be possible.
  • Refunds (less $75 administrative fee) for cancellations prior to January 8, 2020. No refunds after this date.
  • In the event of an emergency cancellation, I will coordinate with the studio owners to schedule a make-up class. When you enroll, please confirm your email address with me for these announcements.
  • Prepaid single classes: $36 per 75-minute class, $29 per 60-minute class. Available only if the class isn't full. Please email to inquire/purchase interested dates. Because of limited space, no unscheduled drop-ins will be possible during the spring session.
  • In spring 2020 students enrolled in ballet one night of the week are welcome to take single classes on the other night as space allows at a discounted rate: $25 instead of $36. Advance notice by email is important to confirm space.
  • Tuesday: Ballet Level 2
        (Continuing level and above)

7:35-8:50 pm (75 minutes):
   January 21-May 12, 2020 (no class Mar. 17 for spring break and May 5 for professional engagement).

Tuition: $400. Early birds: $375 for payments completed by Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

  • Wednesday: Ballet Level 1 and Level 2
        (Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

6:25-7:40 pm (75 minutes):
   January 22-May 13, 2020 (no class Mar. 18 for spring break and May 6 for professional engagement).

Tuition: $400. Early birds: $375 for payments completed by Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

  • Wednesday: Modern Dance
        (Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

7:50-8:50 pm (60 minutes):
   January 22-May 13, 2020 (no class Mar. 18 for spring break and May 6 for professional engagement).

Tuition: $320. Early birds: $300 for payments completed by Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Currently Underway

Fall Session 2019

Important notes for all group classes (specific to fall 2019):

  • Registrations are accepted in the order tuitions are paid and are not transferable to another person or day/date. As classes often fill, no spots can be held without payment.
  • Prepaid single classes: $36 per 75-minute class, $29 per 60-minute class. Available only if the class isn't full. Please email to inquire/purchase interested dates.
  • Refunds (less $45 administrative fee) for cancellations prior to August 21, 2019. No refunds after this date.
  • In the event of an emergency cancellation, I will coordinate with the studio owners to schedule a make-up class. When you enroll, please confirm your email address with me for these announcements.
  • This fall students enrolled in ballet one night of the week are welcome to take single classes on the other night at a discounted rate: $25 instead of $36. Advance notice by email is helpful.
  • Tuesday: Ballet Level 2
        (Continuing level and above)

7:35-8:50 pm (75 minutes):
   August 27-December 17, 2019 (no class Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving break).

Tuition: $400. $375 for early-bird payments by Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

  • Wednesday: Ballet Level 1 and Level 2
        (Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

6:20-7:35 pm (75 minutes):
  August 28-Decemnber 18, 2019 (no class Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving break).

Tuition: $400. $375 for early-bird payments by Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

  • Wednesday: Beginning/Continuing Level Modern Dance
        (Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

7:50-8:50 pm (60 minutes):
   August 28-December 18, 2019 (no class Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving break).

Tuition: $320. $300 for early-bird payments by Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Class Descriptions

Ballet

Drawing on my background in dance kinesiology and classical ballet pedagogy I design classes specifically for adult learners. Each day I bring a contemporary approach to richly musical classical exercises, illuminating the muscular engagement and alignment that bring about ballet movement in the body. Working from the inside out in this way, students do not merely recite the shapes and steps of ballet, but practice how to move with accuracy adhering to sound principles of anatomy and pure classical style.

Class typically begins on the floor (often barefoot), with exercises designed to locate and strengthen the muscles of the inner thighs, abdomen, and pelvic floor, as well as the intrinsic muscles of the feet. This activity is called Floor Barre, a term coined to describe the various methods ballet masters have developed to help professional classical dancers improve their technique, line, and career longevity. Then, in exercises standing at the barre and center (wearing ballet slippers), students work to apply these principles to their movement in the ballet vocabulary.

The time we spend in each section will vary, but with the following goals for an 75-minute class: floor, approximately 20-25 minutes, barre, approximately 30 minutes, center approximately 20-25 minutes including 6-8 minute closing ritual*, in which we massage the soles of the feet, focus attention on alignment, and create internal connections and spaces.

Daily instruction and feedback from me will vary, including carefully crafted imagery to appeal to the senses, anatomical references to clarify mechanics, and gentle humor to remind that there must be joy in the process. As a student, your responsibility is to strive to maintain focus, let go of unnecessary tension, and make the most out of each exercise.

These classes are intended for students who are beginning to intermediate level dancers, or who have  experience with Floor Barre technique or with ballet-related somatics or imagery. Anyone can benefit from the practice though, from absolute novice to seasoned professional.

*see winter session notes for modification

Modern

This one hour class will introduce novice adult learners to the principles of modern dance and provide veteran dancers a place to tune-in and hone their movements. Classroom activities follow a general progression from floor work to standing phrases and then locomotor phrases or combinations. From week to week we will expand and embellish phrases and concepts from the classes before, all while focusing on efficient alignment, clarity of initiation, and accurate musicality.

The modernists cast off their dancing shoes so they could feel the ground directly with their flesh. That sensory interaction with the space is a central element of the artistry. For this reason, students are welcome to bring socks for warmth, but bare feet are recommended whenever possible.

The ballet class in the studio before modern ends at 7:35 (or soon thereafter). Please feel free to use the space from 7:40-7:50 to prepare yourself physically and mentally by doing self-directed warm-up or centering activities. Depending on your needs, this may include light calisthenics, floor barre, a brief yoga flow, etc. You may also wish to use the time to recall or practice material from the previous week. In any case, please respect the studio space and be safe around other dancers doing their own activities.

What questions do you have? Send me an email at the address below.

For more information on coaching, guest teaching, or to enroll in a class, contact: info@jasonschadt.com