ART IN MOTION PITTSBURGH

Classes

Dance is for Everyone and Every BODY. You belong in class!

We welcome students into our community to nurture and foster their love of dance through meaningful, inclusive and considerate instruction.

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Adult Classes

Kids Classes

Kids Ballet

ages 6 and up combines classical ballet technique with fluid acrobatic movements. Ballet & Acro class helps students to increase their strength, control and flexibility...

Children’s Jazz & Acro Dance

ages 6 & upStudents will learn Jazz technique including turns, kicks and leaps while exploring modern and traditional music and rhythms along with fluid acrobatic....

Class Descriptions

Adult Class Descriptions

BELLYDANCE

Bellydance 1 Technique & Training is perfect for adventurous beginners and intermediate/advanced dancers who want to increase body awareness through bellydance technique, conditioning, drills, and combinations. You will shimmy, sweat and smile with us guaranteed! We will incorporate veils and zills (finger cymbals) into class. Don’t worry, we have loaners if you do not have a veil or set of zills! 

Bellydance 2 Combos & Choreography:  In this class we will learn combinations and choreographies at a fast and exciting pace. We will focus less on technique breakdown and more on the total dance. Often times we will incorporate props to create a dynamic and joyful experience. 

Monday Bellydance 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!

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.

Tap 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.

Modern

Adult Modern: Movement & Flow! This class explores sensation in the range of our bodies and forces of the environment. Participants enhance physicality through creative movement meditation and conditioning. We also exercise the mind with energizing and thought provoking ideas for movement phrases. This class challenges strength, endurance, flexibility, and mindfulness through smooth flowing, adaptive dance! *This adult class is highly recreational; no experience required!

Hip Hop

Adult Hip Hop: Rhythm & Power with Simon, Feel the pulse of music and your heart as we exercise rhythmic movements of the full body.  This aerobic class is great fun for all, regardless of level or ability. Join the party in promoting holistic wellbeing by learning basic hip hop steps, exploring rhythms, and embracing individual attitude!

Adult Musical Theater Jazz

Adult Musical Theatre Jazz: Ever dreamed of dancing on Broadway? Love singing along to your favorite musicals? Maybe you don’t like musicals but can’t resist moving your feet to the beat. Whatever the feeling, this class will transport you to the stage with the art of theatre jazz. This is an all-levels jazz class with a theatre twist. Learn the basics of jazz, stage movement, and performance through fun combinations to your favorite musical hits! No experience, singing, or acting required!

Adult Jazz: Soul & Groove

Adult Jazz: Soul & Groove with Simon: Energize the body, relax the mind, and dance the soul with jazz. From blues, funk, pop, to contemporary, this class ranges various jazz styles. Learn inspired movements that encourage technique as well as freedom and personality. This class is for folks to enjoy  grooving to music. All levels welcome

Ballet, Yoga & More

Ballet, Adults with Tricia: This is a perfect class for those getting started or revisiting ballet! We will focus on alignment, foundation of technique, and movement quality. All skill levels welcome!

Safe Space Sunday is a time to bring together people of all ages in community to explore mental wellness through creative expression and movement guided by Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Therapist, and Art In Motion Instructor Bailey Zembower.

 Each Space will include a hands on creative activity and guided movement using yoga, dance, and flow arts to express ourselves all centered on a theme for mental wellness with room for discussion and Q&A throughout. Did you know activities such as art, music, dance, and yoga are linked to positive psychological characteristics including happiness, gratitude, and optimism? Join us for a safe space to freely express yourself, at home at Art In Motion!

Mosh Moves: Are you an elder punk who misses the mosh pit? A millennial emo who hasn’t gotten to “WOOAH” in public for far too long? A dance lover who has felt like other movement classes aren’t quite meant for you? Then Mosh Moves wants you on the dance floor! Designed to leave you feeling like you just walked out of your favorite concert, Mosh Moves is a true all-levels class set to a wide variety of rock, punk, and metal tunes. With a focus on uplifting lyrics and powerful moves, Mosh Moves dancers will finish class feeling sweaty, happy, and in their element. Bust out your favorite band tees, it’s Mosh Moves time!

Hoop Fusion: Join us for a 45 minute guided Hoop Movement class. Stick around after to trade tricks with hoopers, fine tune tech with Bailey, or have space to flow freely.

 

 

Grief Movement

Grief Movement with Bethany: If loss is part of life, why is processing it so hard

Grief often leaves us frozen, exhausted, and disconnected from our bodies. If you’re navigating any of the many forms that grief takes, we’re here to support you. Whether your painful experiences happened years in the past or you’re in the midst of them today, we’ve created a space for you to process and heal in your own way, at your own pace. As writer Naila Francis says, “There is an energy, a movement that grief stirs in our bodies… the body wants to move our grief. To go where it wants to go.” We’re here to move with you.

Dancer, yoga instructor, and art educator Bethany Narajka invites you to join for gentle movement, writing, and art-making. Each session is designed to give you practical tools for integrating your grief and finding new ways to live your life in fullness. You may find it helpful to wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook. 

 

Kids Class Descriptions

Bellydance & Jazz 1

ages 6 & up with Jen. Students will learn the basics of 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, and movement games.

Bellydance & Jazz 2

tweens & teens with Jen. Students move beyond the basics of bellydance exploring music, movement and rhythms through choreographies and combinations and advanced prop work. This class builds confidence and strengthens awareness while featuring bellydance and ballet/jazz technique, choreographies, movement games, and an introduction to zilling (finger cymbals). Permission required to register.

Butterfly Ballet

Butterfly Ballet, ages 3-5 with Jen.  In this creative movement class, our young students will learn the basics of ballet 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.

Ladybug Lyrical

(Bigs & Littles), ages 3-5. Guardians and our tiniest dancers can both participate in this this creative movement class! Our young students will learn the basics of ballet, jazz, and lyrical dance as well as stretching yoga poses while exploring music, movement and rhythms in creative, whimsical ways. We may use many props in this class in order to express the joy of dance and movement!

Children’s Tap and Jazz

ages 6 & up 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.

Kids Dance Party

for ages 6 & up, for ages 6 & up, Ever want to learn cool dance moves, cartwheel, or split? Do you just like to move your body? This recreational class is for releasing energy while building strength, flexibility, and confidence in self-expression. Come exercise with friends, learn new tricks, and have fun while promoting good health. Kids dance party combines well with our Ballet and Jazz class on the same night!

Kids Ballet

ages 6 and up combines classical ballet technique with fluid acrobatic movements. Ballet & Acro class helps students to increase their strength, control and flexibility. Beginners are welcome and modifications will be made for individual skill levels. Dancers are introduced to alignment, flexibility, and coordination as a way of furthering their dance.  Fun, creative elements such as stories, games and other imaginative activities keep exciting pace of the class lively and engaging. 

Ballet & Jazz

ages 6 & up. Learn the basics of dance technique through this exciting blend of ballet and jazz. Listen to your favorite pop songs and express yourself while growing strength and personality as a dancer.

Children’s Jazz & Acro Dance

ages 6 & up. Students will learn Jazz technique including turns, kicks and leaps while exploring modern and traditional music and rhythms along with fluid acrobatic movements. Jazz & Acro class helps students to increase their strength, control and flexibility. This class features jazz technique, choreographies, and movement games featuring trendy dance steps used for many forms of dance.

Hip Hop with Simon

ages 6 and up. 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.

Teen Classes

Ballet & Jazz for Teens: Teens will learn the basics of dance technique through this exciting blend of ballet and jazz. Listen to your favorite pop songs and express yourself while growing strength and personality as a dancer. No experience required! All skill levels welcome.

Hoop Flow for Teens: Join us for a 45 minute guided Hoop Movement class. Stick around after to trade tricks with hoopers, fine tune tech with Bailey, or have space to flow freely.

Bellydance & Jazz for tweens & teens with Jen. Students move beyond the basics of bellydance exploring music, movement and rhythms through choreographies and combinations and advanced prop work. This class builds confidence and strengthens awareness while featuring bellydance and ballet/jazz technique, choreographies, movement games, and an introduction to zilling (finger cymbals). Permission required to register.

Technique & Flow for Teens and tweens. This class is designed to help teen & tween dancers find a flow of personality and emotion in their movement! Class will begin with a modern-inspired warmup and skill review to build strength & confidence in dance technique. Students will then have opportunities to explore themes relevant to dance development – feelings, flair, textures, levels, qualities – with guided prompts. This class will also include experimentation of various props and floorwork. We will explore leadership and teamwork through collaborative choreography and sharing personal progress! 

Kids’ Theatre Jazz & Tap

Students will learn the basics of stage movement, jazz, tap, and performance in this fun jazz class with a focus on musical theatre. This class features games, short combinations, and technique exercises that all work together to build confidence and allow for personal expression. Students will be transported to the Broadway stage as they boogie to age-appropriate show tunes and truly become the star of the show! No experience, singing, or acting required!

Arts & Crafts

Dance & Draw Coloring, building, imagining. Take a break to enjoy stimulating arts and crafts for the entire family. We will explore various forms of art making to facilitate creation, reflection, relaxation, and fun! We will also include percussion games into our dance and draw movement games.