Adult Dance & Fitness Classes

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Sign up today — our adult classes will keep you moving, fit, and energized.


Cost:
$20 drop-in class
$90 5-class card
$170 10-class card


Adult Class Policies:
Questions? E-mail school@ballethispanico.org

Adult Ballet with Rebeca Maso

Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm

This ballet class for adults is a great form of movement fitness, slowly building upper body strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination for the new dancer! Taught by Cuban classical ballet master teacher Rebeca Maso, this introductory level is perfect for novice dancers or for dancers who want to refine their technique. Class is open to dancers of all levels ages 16 and up. No previous dance experience required.

Recommended Attire: Workout clothes or dance attire. Ballet shoes.

REBECA MASO is a former ballet dancer from Cuba. She received her training at the Professional School of Ballet Arts in Cuba under the direction of Fernando Alonso. She also obtained her diploma as a Ballet Teacher in Cuba and has been teaching for more than 25 years. She was one of the founding ballet dancers of the Professional Ballet Company of Santiago of Cuba in 1990, under the direction of Maria Elena Martinez and choreographer and dancer Jorge Lefebvre, artistic director of Royal Ballet of Wallonie at that time. In 1994, she traveled to Venezuela as a guest ballet teacher to different ballet schools in the southern part of the country, working in regional ballet festivals and teaching Cuban ballet methodology. In Venezuela, she was a member of the Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas for five years under direction of Zhandra Rodriguez, where she performed neoclassic and contemporary works by choreographer such as Jose Pares, Paulo Denubila, Dennis Nahat, Gabriel Castillo, Hector Montero, Maria Rovira among others, participating in European tour and International Ballet Festivals in Cuba. During her time in Venezuela she had the opportunity to perform with Ballet Metropolitano of Caracas by Artistic Director Keyla Ermecheo in different classical ballet productions like The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. Ms. Maso also was invited from Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas to be part of the world premier “Dejando Rastro,” a modern dance created for four female ballet dancers by Carlos Orta, a leading dancer and teacher with the José Limón Dance Company and director of Corearte Dance Company of Venezuela. Ms. Maso came to U.S in 1999 as a guest artist of Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas participating in the international Ballet in Philadelphia. Ms. Maso is currently a student at Saint Mary’s College (LEAP), an internationally recognized Bachelor’s degree program specifically designed for current and former professional dancers. Ms. Maso was a judge of NJN Hispanic Youth Showcase at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) for three years and still teaches throughout NY & NJ.
 


 

Adult Caribbean Flow with Winston Benons Jr. 

Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm

Winston's high-energy style transports dancers of all levels straight to the islands of the Caribbean in this fun and lively class. Each session fuses dance styles of salsa, rumba, soca, merengue, and more. Get strong, get loose, and learn some cultural history while you move! Class is open to dancers of all levels ages 16 and up. No previous dance experience required.

Recommended Attire: Workout clothes or dance attire. Bare feet, socks, or jazz shoes permitted.



WINSTON A. BENONS JR. is a researcher, choreographer, educator, and the Artistic Director of The Ground Provision Movement (GP), which is a dance theater company founded in 2003. His work is informed by socio-cultural studies and uses dance vocabulary, theatre and text as communicative tools. Winston has had the opportunity to supplement his dance training with socio-cultural studies of several countries of the Southern Hemisphere. Winston has trained with Baba Richard Gonzales, Roseangela Silvestre, Ron Brown, Nia Love and Ned Williams. He is versed in Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, Afro-Brazilian and Contemporary Modern techniques. He has danced with Roots of Brazil at Symphony Space, Sita Frederick and Laura Bennett at Judson Church, Jocelyn Soulet and Art For Change with Patricia Gutierrez. He has performed as a company member of Ground Floor Dance Collaborative and Blackfeet Dance Co. Winston has performed in Venezuela at the Teatro de la Opera de Maracay and at Aaron Davis Hall with the Mezclado Movement Group. He also performed in theatrical works like The Beauty Part, which was co-produced by the Dodger Productions and Peccadillo Theater Co, King Gilgamesh with the Gilgamesh Theater Co., and La Fille du Regiment and La Boheme operas with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Winston has been a member of PAKA Dance Company since 2012 and is honored to be a part of their mission to pass ancestral knowledge along. Winston is currently the Co-Director of EVOLVE Diaspora an organization that provides intensive studies in culture and dance techniques of the African Diaspora in NYC and Cuba.
 

Adult Flamenco with JoDe Romano

Saturdays 3:30-4:25pm

This class serves as an introduction to the art form of flamenco, covering basic technique. Work on rhythm exercises and full body coordination to engage the entire body through hand, arm and footwork exercises. Have fun expressing yourself through this empowering dance style! Class is open to dancers of all levels ages 16 and up. No previous dance experience required.

Recommended Attire: Leotard, flamenco skirt, flamenco heels, and castanets

JODE ROMANO "La Chispa" is a guest teaching artist & graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas. There, she was featured in the Houston Grand Opera’s production of Carmen. She also performed in the Franco Zeffirelli original production of Carmen, starring Placido Domingo and Maria Benitez at the Metropolitan Opera which was broadcast for PBS as part of "Live From Lincoln Center" with President Clinton in attendance.

For over 20 years, Ms. Romano studied and performed Spanish dance in Spain and Japan, was the soloist and choreographer for the José Greco Dance Company at the Joyce Theater and the Town Hall in New York City, and toured throughout the US and Spain. She was also a dancer in The Charo Show in Las Vegas with Jerry Lewis and others, and has taught a castanet workout on the Dr. Oz Show.

Ms. Romano choreographed the Broadway Workshop production of Rita Hayworth-Hollywood Goddess, numerous Zarzuelas, and the mixed media dramatic presentation, Picasso's Guernica, at The Thalia Theater in New York.

She has also taught at Alvin Ailey and Ballet Hispánico studios, in NYC public schools, and with the summer intensives at Joffrey Ballet NYC.

Currently, Ms. Romano teaches Spanish dance and castanet classes at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center and is a graduate of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program. She has been a guest teacher at Hunter College and co-developed and taught a DEL workshop at the 92Y.

Ms. Romano also taught a master class and workshop at NYU for NYSDEA and at Fall for Dance at NY City Center.

She currently teaches at Steps on Broadway and other locations throughout the NY city area. She has completed a series of instructional DVDs on castanet and flamenco movement techniques, and has produced and played castanets on her Spanish Classical Piano and Castanets CD.

 

 

Adult Latin Fusion with Brett Sturgis - Classes begin October 3

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm

Brett's exciting style of Latin Fusion introduces rhythms through elements of salsa/mambo, cha-cha-cha, Rumba , Samba and African through contemporary styles of jazz dance, modern, theater and improvisation. A marriage of rhythm and technique, with a cardio/dance movement driven warm-up that will increase the student/performers' ability to gain endurance and stamina, classes include a multi-styled technique base including work on posture, stretch, form & balance, and strengthening through movements from Latin Dance styles. Dancers can improve their style & performance skills including everything from spatial awareness to facial expressions, and developing confident body language overall. Class is open to dancers of all levels ages 16 and up. No previous dance experience required.

Recommended Attire:
Workout clothes or dance attire. Bare feet, socks, or jazz shoes permitted.


BRETT STURGIS is currently in the Gloria & Emilio Estefan hit Broadway musical On Your Feet. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, he began dancing & singing at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club training in styles of West African, jazz, tap, modern, hip -op. Teaching since age 15 while a part of the dance troupe Culture Shock, he learned the true meaning of structure, composition and execution hands on. While attending Professional Performing Arts School & Talent Unlimited High School, he majored in dance as well as classical vocal, and took Musical Theater as an elective while training at Amas Musical Theater for acting and fine tuning at Ballet Hispánico and The Alvin Ailey School. Since then, he has taught in Amsterdam at the Lucia Marthas Dance Academy, Fontis Academy, Danceworks in London, Los Angeles at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy as well as New York City at Broadway Dance Center & Steps along with choreographing numerous award shows, fashion shows and industrials in Germany, Budapest, China & United States. Working with local youth organizations, The Board Of Education and various studios in NY, he has made himself the “man of many styles.” Teaching styles include: jazz, theater jazz, West African, hip-hop/ street jazz, tap, flamenco fusion, samba fusion, Afro-Cuban, modern jazz, bomba y plena & salsa open shines/ partner work on 2 with an equal knowledge of each discipline and style he teaches. He strives to make the next generation of performers versatile and passionate about what they do when the lights hit the stage!



 

Adult Latin Jazz with Camille Moten

Saturdays 4:00-5:00pm

Latin Jazz is a style equally rooted in jazz-influenced technique with a Latin-American inflection, infusing styles of salsa, samba, cha cha, and other popular Latin vernacular dance. The movement, expression, and musical accompaniment are pulled from both styles, exploring the fundamentals of both classical jazz and Latin ballroom. Combinations will explore polyrhythmic movement, stylistic textures, and performance development. Class is open to dancers of all levels ages 16 and up. No previous dance experience required.

Recommended Attire:
Workout clothes or dance attire. Jazz shoes.



CAMILLE MOTEN a New Jersey native, is a freelance performer, choreographer and educator who is passionate about the promotion of dance arts as a form of citizenship and inclusion. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from Temple University while training with the PHILADANCO! Apprentice Company, D/2. As a freelance performer, Camille has had the pleasure of working with Kim Bears-Bailey, Laurie M. Taylor, Ashlé Dawson, Laura Peterson, Kavin Grant, and Sonia James Pennington, among others. Camille also served as the Assistant Choreographer to André DeShields on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Crossroads Theater Company’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2018). Her work was most recently commissioned by CoLab Arts: Motion New Dance Works, and she continues to self-produce throughout the tristate area as freelance choreographer. Camille serves on the Junior Committee Board of Dance/NYC and is currently a teaching artist at Ballet Hispánico, Rutgers University, and Artists in Motion. She is in her final year at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University as a MFA in Dance candidate.

 

Adult Sevillanas with Castanets with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana* - Classes begin October 6

Saturdays 4:30-6:00pm

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana brings a lively Sevillanas with Castanets class right into the Ballet Hispánico studios! People of all ages and levels will enjoy learning the basic techniques and rhythms of the castanets and will also dive into the Sevillanas; a partner dance that is a "must-learn" for any flamenco student. Led by Maria De Los Angeles, the Sevillanas with Castanets class will prepare you to participate in the Annual Feria Celebration that takes place each April in NYC! No partner necessary. Class is open to dancers of all levels ages 16 and up. No previous dance experience required.

Recommended Attire:
Leotard, flamenco skirt, flamenco heels, and castanets



*Note: Adult Sevillanas with Castanets is hosted by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, but takes place at Ballet Hispánico's studios. Ballet Hispánico students can receive a 25% discount on Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana 5-class and 10-class cards with code FVCS@BH. Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana class cards should be purchased before October 31, 2018.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Class Rates:
$30 Drop-in clas
$140 5-class card
$275 10-class card
 

Adult Tap with Raquel Valiente

Mondays 7:00-8:00pm

Tap dance fundamentals will be taught and explored in fun rhythmic patterns. Students will dance to Latin, jazz and Broadway tunes, ending each class with a short combo. Class is open to dancers of all levels ages 16 and up. No previous dance experience required.

Recommended Attire: Workout clothes or dance attire. Tap shoes.


RAQUEL VALIENTE holds a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, where she trained under the direction of ballet master Frank Augustyn. Raquel was also a scholarship student at Jennifer Muller/The Works, where she studied with Artistic Director Jennifer Muller, Associate Director John Brookes and principal company members. In addition, she has completed DEL’s Foundations of Dance Education and Dance for Students with Special Needs. Raquel is an ABT ® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum. 


In her native El Salvador, Raquel created a dance program for the prestigious British School and also founded The Broadway Ballet School, which made its debut on the Salvadorian reality TV show Bailando por un Sueño. Raquel served as a judge for the show’s third season (2010), which holds the highest ratings in the history of Salvadorian TV, and also made guest appearances on other popular shows like Brinka and Viva la Mañana. Currently, Raquel serves as Programs Manager at Ballet Hispanico, where she supervises the Early Childhood Program, teaches ballet for the Open and Pre-Professional programs, as well as Latin American folkloric dance as an Education & Outreach teaching artist. In addition, Raquel is Ballet Mistress for Dances Patrelle’s Nutcracker, performs with American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap Addicts Anonymous and enjoys sharing her expertise through presentations, as she has done for organizations such as the Arts in Education Roundtable’ Face 2 Face conference, City College of New York, Adelphi University and the Department of Education’s Dance Department.

 


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