Classes

We not only dance at Art in Motion PGH…We explore the world!

We offer a wide variety of international dance forms along with traditional forms of Western dance. Scroll down to see our schedule and class descriptions.  Thank you and remember, our classes can also be attended via zoom!

January – June 2021 SCHEDULE

Mondays

  • 5pm Butterfly Ballet & Bellydance 3-5- with Jen
  • 6pm Bellydance adults 1- with Jen
  • 7pm Bellydance adults 2- with Emily

Tuesdays

  • 5pm – Ballet, ages 7-9, with Tricia 
  • 6 pm – Latin Jazz 3 ages 7-9, with Lucy
  • 7 pm – Kangoo Dance Club

Wednesdays

  • 4:30pm – Ballet-Latin jazz 1 acro combo ages 3-5, with Lucy
  • 5:30pm – Ballet-Latin jazz 2 acro combo ages 6-7, with Lucy
  • 6:30pm – Samba Jazz Technique
  • 7:30 pm – Samba Jazz Choreo and Combos

Thursdays Tap classes are NOT available on zoom due to the nature of the competing sounds. Classes are in studio only.

  • 5:30 pm – Kangoo Dance Club
  • 6:30 pm – Adult Tap 1- with Cindy
  • 7:30 pm – Adult Tap 2- with Cindy

Fridays

  • 3:30 pm- Private rehearsal
  • 4:30 pm- Bellydance & Jazz ages 6 and up- with Jen

Saturdays 

  • 10am – Tap dance kids, ages 6 and up, with Simon
  • 11am – Hip hop kids, ages 6 and up, with Simon (This class is closed. Please email us to be put on the waitlist)
  • 12pm – LaTeen Dance Class ages 10 and up
  • 1pm Kangoo Dance Club
  • 2pm- Movement & Flow for Adults, with Simon

Sunday 

  • 11am Bellydance Brunch (Beginner adults)
  • available for private intensives and rentals

Class Descriptions

BELLYDANCE

Bellydance Mondays, Level 1 Technique and Training. Bellydance Level I is perfect for beginners as well as those who want to refine their movements. Students will focus on increasing extension and isolations of basic bellydance moves through conditioning, drills, and combinations.

Bellydance Mondays, Level 2 Combos and Choreography. Bellydance Level 2 develops traveling combos and transitions with and without props as we develop combinations that complete a choreography throughout the session.

Level 1 and 2 classes include a short warm up and stretch, head to toe technique and conditioning, an explanation of what genre we will explore and its cultural/ historical roots, and short combinations that you can take home with you! We will often incorporate zills (finger cymbals) and veils; don’t worry, we have loaners! Class is suitable for ALL levels of experience. Modifications are always offered to accommodate each and every level of dancer. Monday night adult classes work together and students are encouraged to try both hours for the best bellydance experience. We can’t wait to dance with you!

Youth Bellydance Classes

Bellydance & Jazz:  ages 6-10 with Jen Students will learn the basics of the bellydance exploring music, movement and rhythms with fun props like finger cymbals, veils and more. This age appropriate class features bellydance and ballet/jazz technique, choreographies, movement games, and an introduction to zilling (finger cymbals).

Butterfly Bellydance & Ballet, ages 3-5 with Jen. (Part of our Lil’ Dance Bug Program.) In this creative movement class, our young students will learn the basics of ballet, jazz, and bellydance exploring music, movement and rhythms in creative, whimsical ways. We use many props in this class…tutus, fairy wings, veils, finger cymbals, and fans in order to express the joy of dance and movement! This age appropriate class features bellydance and ballet technique, combinations, movement games, and an introduction to rhythms.

Samba/ Latin Jazz

Ballet-Latin jazz 1-acro combo  ages 3-5 with Lucy. Kids transition from our toddler dance program . Students will learn the basics of the ballet, exploring the music and movement from different Brazilian and latin rhythms . This class features jazz technique, choreographies, movement games, and an introduction to acro dance and Portuguese language

Ballet -Latin jazz 2 acro combo ages 6-7 with Lucy. Kids transition from our latin jazz 1 Students will learn the basics of the ballet, exploring the music and movement from different Brazilian and latin rhythms . This class features jazz technique, choreographies, movement games, and an introduction acro dance and Portuguese language. 

Latin jazz ages 7-9: Students will learn Jazz steps exploring the music and movement from different Brazilian and latin rhythms. This class features jazz technique, choreographies, and movement games. Intermediary class for kids age 7-9 who already have at least one year dance experience.

LaTeen Jazz, ages 10-14: LaTeen Jazz is a dance class aimed towards ages 10-14. Teens in this class explore the vibrant diversity of Brazil by learning movements and dances which compliment Brazilian samba, funk and jazz music.

Samba jazz technique we will learn the basics of samba and latin dance with smooth combinations of jazz dance ! Hips and waist combinations also posture and musicality! Shake your hips, feel sassy, and tone your body while having fun with us!

Samba jazz Choreo and Combos is a stand alone class and is geared to the intermediate to advanced dancers. Based on fast speed samba the steps will combined with hips, jumps and walking techniques!

Tap Dance

Beginner Tap Dance for Adults with Cindy. Love music? Need to move? This is the class for you! In Tappin’ Technique (Level 1), we will learn the basics of tap dance, experience different rhythms and throw in a little cardio just for good measure. Whether you have danced before or have always wanted to learn, you will be challenged in this class. If you don’t have tap shoes when the class starts, bring hard soled shoes (not sneakers) to dance in. Level 2, Choreo and Combos is a stand alone class and is geared to the intermediate to advanced tapper. For an added challenge, take both hours as this class builds on Tappin’ Technique and take sit to another level.

Butterfly Tap and Jazz ages 3-5,  (Part of our Lil’ Dance Bug Program.) Our young students will receive early exposure to the musical patterns and unique mind-to-foot connection associated with tap & jazz dancing in the form of movement games and creative combinations. Ongoing students will learn to recognize tempo & build off of the basic rhythms to more intricate movements and coordination in an enjoyable atmosphere.

Children’s Tap and Jazz ages 6-8 This class will build the foundation of both tap and traditional jazz. A fun class to learn the basics of jazz along with tap technique and musicality. Early exposure to the musical patterns and unique mind-to-foot connection associated with tap & jazz dancing will allow students to recognize tempo & build off of the basic rhythms to more intricate movements and coordination.

Ballet

Movement & Flow Technique! This class explores classical forms of ballet and modern dance to build a technical foundation for movement. Participants increase somatic understanding through meditation and conditioning, while also exercising the mind with challenging movement combinations. This class helps to increase strength, balance, focus, and flexibility through a groovy, medium-impact training method. *This adult class is highly recreational; no experience required!

Ballet Technique ages 6 – 9.Our children’s ballet class strives to teach the fundamental building blocks of training in Classical Ballet. Young dancers in this level 2 must have one year of prior dance experience. In this class, we continue to use fun and creative exercises while also introducing the basic vocabulary in this transition class. Dancers are introduced to learning at this level for alignment, flexibility, and coordination. This training develops a strong foundation of physical and mental understanding necessary for Classical Ballet training. Fun, creative elements such as stories, games and other imaginative activities keep exciting pace of the class lively and engaging.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop Saturdays with Simon ages 7-12 Explore the rhythmic body in this upbeat fusion of house and African dance. Full of playful exercises that move body and mind, this hip class encourages individuality in coolness. No experience required, just a good attitude, boys and girls welcome.

Stands Fusion with Sheryland – (adults) is a sassy, beginner-friendly, low-impact, variable cardio dance class with movements based in the style of band auxiliary-style dance teams in American Historically Black High Schools and Colleges. Think, Beyonce’s Homecoming! In this class, you’ll only need a moderate amount of space. There are many variations available to accommodate different abilities and levels of cardio.

Kangoo dance is a safe, energetic, fun and motivating aerobic program taught to music, for all ages and fitness levels. The program teaches participants effective jump techniques for enhanced enjoyment while preventing injury due to bio-mechanical stress. It offers more benefits than other popular group fitness program because Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes act as a shock absorbers to reduce impact, when compared with traditional aerobic activities performed in conventional shoes. The rebound shoes generate a trampoline-like feeling of weightlessness that not only increases the Fun-Effect, but more importantly decreases joint stress. Do all your favorite dance moves with Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes ,and discover the wonders of rebounding! Kangoo dance classes are not part of the dance program at Art In Motion Pittsburgh dance studio, so the tuition can not be combined with the dance class program.

Pittsburgh West Coast Swing (on hiatus and will return hopefully end of 2021)

Pittsburgh West Coast Swing- Art in Motion PGH class passes do not apply to this class. Please purchase passes directly from PGHWCS.  www.pghwcs.com West Coast Swing lessons and practice dance; no partner necessary. 7:30 ~ patterns lesson 8:15 ~ beginner and advanced fundamentals lesson 9:00 ~ social dance