Adult Dance Programs
We don’t stop dancing because we grow old...
...we grow old because we stop dancing
The child in all of us that was born to dance has not forgotten the feeling of pure delight and freedom that comes when we surrender to it. Find our adult dance classes below and see what jumps out to the dancer in you.
Adult Course Offerings
Come home to yourself in a community of supportive teachers and kindred adult spirits! We offer daytime and evening classes for adults in a variety of dance styles. Our class schedule is updated regularly and works on a drop-in basis. Most classes are $12 – you can pay as you go, or pick up a handy AIWA Adult Class Card (a $60 value for $50) from our office. Class cards never expire, can be used for all of our Adult Class offerings, and are easily reloadable!
AfroCaribbean dance is an African-rooted style of dance woven with the multicultural influences of traditional Caribbean dance. This style is generally fast-paced, high energy, free spirited, and uses the whole body.
Students will start with a rhythmic warmup, set to different styles of African drumming and Caribbean music. The class transitions to movement practice. This consists of travel patterns and center practice that is selected to prepare students for the main choreography which is taught and rehearsed for the second portion of the class.
Each class introduces new movements but begins fresh from the warm-up so that returning students and first-timers alike can learn and have a blast!
Have you felt the pull of the dance floor when the beat drops? This class is for you. It is an introduction to basic hip-hop styles set to the urban hip-hop music you love. The music is uptempo, but the phrasing is layered a little at a time so students can build their vocabularies of new movement; including street style, breaking, pop/lock, b-boy, and old school boogaloo.
As dancers, we know we can become the dance – but with Tap, the study of rhythm also allows us to become the music. In this class, students will be introduced to tap technique and vocabulary and then be invited to play with rhythm, syncopation, accent, compound steps, and polyrhythms. Classes are offered at two levels of ability and each class will introduce basic vocabulary as well as combination skills where students will be able to develop a sense of rhythms and patterns. Class consists of a warm-up, mini combinations either in a stationary or traveling time step, and finish with a creative dance piece.
Ballet Barre and Stretch
Ballet technique provides a solid foundation for the study of many different styles of dance. The dancer learns to properly hold the spine, work the appropriate muscle groups, increase flexibility, external rotation, and absorb the French terminology associated with dance. Whether you are an experienced dancer returning to the barre or meeting yourself at the barre for the first time, this mixed level class will emphasize fundamentals with a focus on correct placement, clarity of movement, and development of musicality and grace. Exercises are set to both traditional and world music, inviting you to explore a personal expression through classic vocabulary.
Our modern practice is a breath-infused exploration of movement. Fall and recovery, improvisation, and floor work combine with traditional movement modalities to offer a well rounded class for dancers of all levels.
Can hips speak? You bet they can. Embrace the qualities of strength, sensuality, and feminine power in Goddess Dance. We have shoulders, ribs, and hips for a reason, so we shake what our Mamas gave us and learn dances in the styles of Jazz and Contemporary. Open to all levels. Feeling shy? We can fix that.