Classes at Velocity

  1. Wednesdays / 8-9:30pm at Velocity

    This class encourages having fun and taking risks through full-bodied movement and a supportive community of dancers. Dancers develop strength, stamina, stability, and fluidity through phrasework that includes balancing on one leg, moving into and out of the floor, and jumping. Students are encouraged to think about dynamics and their relationship to space and music. Merging basic ballet vernacular with certain free-flowing, movement vocabulary, this class demonstrates that space itself is a support mechanism that can be utilized to attain particular movement objectives. Each class begins with floor work, plies, and sequences for the legs that prepare the dancers for classically influenced phrasework both on and off their centers. These phrases are compiled into a longer dance phrase at the class’s end, so that dancers can revisit all of the material when they are fully warmed up, and integrate what they’ve learned into a full experience of dancing.

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  2. Tuesdays / 8-9:30pm at Velocity

    Learn more about Intro to Dance >>

    Are you interested in dance but not sure where to start? Have you taken a beginning ballet or modern class and wondered if there was a MORE beginning level? Are you intimidated to drop into an ongoing class? This 6-week series is for you!

    Learn basic dance vocabulary used in Velocity’s ongoing ballet and modern classes with other students who have no previous dance experience. You will learn basic class etiquette and dance technique while developing body awareness and comfort dancing in a group. We will also explore tactics to remember choreography by learning and building on phrases each week. Intro to dance sets you up to continue exploring contemporary dance classes, other dance forms, and to simply feel more comfortable on any dance floor.

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  3. Sundays / 1:30-3pm at Velocity

    Developed by a professional dancer for dancers seeking long and healthy careers, Gyrokinesis is a movement system that has since been adapted for movers of all ages and levels. Gyrokinesis deepens our understanding of core strength to include qualities of suppleness, length and expansion. In this class, we will move through the fundamental exercises of Gyrokinesis–including the seven natural elements of spinal movement while also addressing all other joint articulations and ongoing deep abdominal engagement. This class serves as a great warm up for ballet or a rehearsal, can act as a beneficial supplement to yoga and other athletic endeavors, and just a good way to start your weekend. It is helpful to bring a mat or something soft to use as padding for work on the floor.

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  4. Sundays / 12-1:30pm at Velocity

    This class is appropriate for students with little or no ballet training or those returning to ballet after many years. It follows a traditional ballet class trajectory while opening up space for fun and exploration, breaking some ballet norms in order to not take our selves too seriously. Class begins with a warm up that focuses on foundational positions and exercises at the barre before moving into the center for combinations that build balance and strength while exploring different kinds of musicality. We’ll move across the floor waltzing, turning, leaping, and taking up lots of space. As a teacher, Shannon creates space for students to explore movement and challenge themselves in safe, non-judgemental environment. This ballet class offers a level of ritual and rigor for those students who appreciate the formality of ballet, balanced with a playful and curious mindset. Shannon’s class is perfect for athletes, yogis, musicians, actors, social dancers, activists, or performers of any sort who want to try something new and gain more awareness of their bodies.

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  5. Thursdays / 4:30-6pm at Velocity

    Intermediate Ballet for Contemporary Dancers w/ Rosa Vissers: This intermediate ballet class is ideal for dancers with prior ballet experience or contemporary dancers who would like to further develop their ballet chops. It is also a great class if you have taken a break and would like to return to dance. Drawing on both classical and contemporary ballet traditions, Rosa offers a dynamic, lighthearted class, with an emphasis on developing precision, musicality, creativity, and strength. We will expand and fine-tune our ballet vocabulary at the barre and in the center (mais oui!), explore dynamic alignment principles and simply enjoy moving with clarity and freedom. Rosa’s no-nonsense approach to dance encourages you to work smart and hard within the framework of the ballet tradition. If you enjoy an energetic class, with exercises ranging from quick to fast, small and controlled, to large, sweeping combos, this class is for you.

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Classes at Velocity

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What are classes Velocity really like? Take an inside look with the Classes at Velocity Mini Series!

Velocity encourages dancers of all levels to reach their maximum potential. Instructors are highly experienced in their art and generous with their…

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What are classes Velocity really like? Take an inside look with the Classes at Velocity Mini Series!

Velocity encourages dancers of all levels to reach their maximum potential. Instructors are highly experienced in their art and generous with their knowledge and encouragement in class. Instruction is geared toward motivating the individual student and encouraging personal exploration of movement. All classes at Velocity have a strong technical base but are eclectic in their style of movement expression. Drop-ins are welcome in all classes, unless otherwise noted.

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