Adult Dance & Fitness Classes

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Our adult dance & fitness class offerings for ages 15+ will get you up, energized, and moving to the beat in no time!


ADULT CLASSES 

Class Rates:

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

Fall 2017 Classes:

Mondays 7:15pm: CARIBBEAN FLOW with Dana Manno
All levels welcome. Teens & Adults, open to ages 15 and up.

Wednesdays 7:15pm:
AFRO-LATIN JAZZ FUSION with Sekou McMiller
All levels welcome. Adults ages 18 and up.

Thursdays 7:30 pm: ADULT SALSA 1 with Yvonne Gutierrez
Beginner to Advanced Beginner. Adults ages 18 and up.

Schedule Varies: BALLET HISPÁNICO COMPANY CLASS
For seasoned dancers. Click here for the Company class schedule.

Click on the tabs to the left to learn more about our Fall 2017 adult class offerings!

Cancellation Policy: Please note that three students are required for the class to take place. Classes with less than three students will be cancelled.

Stay tuned for our Spring Adult Class Schedule with more offerings like Adult Ballet, Flamenco and Zumba! Don’t see the style of class you want to take? Let us know by emailing school@ballethispanico.org with your suggestions.
 

CARIBBEAN FLOW with Dana Manno

Fall 2017:
Mondays at 7:15 pm

Teens & Adults, open to ages 15 and up

LAST CLASS on November 20. Spring 2018 schedule coming soon.


Dana'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, Rhumba, Soca, Merengue, and more. Get strong, get loose, and learn some cultural history while you move! All levels welcome. No previous dance experience required. 

1 hr 15 min class
Class rate: $20

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


 

DANA MANNO

Dana Manno began her professional career as a choreographer for jazz legend Mary Lou Williams. She became a performer and then a teacher under the tutelage of Katherine Dunham and is a Dunham Technique Master. Her years as a faculty member of the Dunham School inspired her to create the 42nd Street Repertory Theatre that became the model for Theatre Row. There, she produced and directed plays including “Blues or Mr. Charlie” and “The Connection”. Her Off-Broadway staging of “Shuffle Along” went on to Broadway as the musical “Eubie”, which was nominated for a Tony Award. Her work as a director and choreographer includes film, on-and-Off Broadway theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Ghana Television, the United Nations and the New Zealand stage. Manno has also given Master Classes at Yale, Sarah Lawrence and Holy Cross universities. 

She has performed at the Apollo Theater, The Metropolitan Opera (Corps de Ballet), the Public Theater, as well as several New Federal Theatre productions. Manno is a contributor to the “Blueprint for Dance Education” of the NYC Department of Education. Manno has produced and directed productions at the 78th Street Theatre Lab and the United Nations Library Theatre (the ground breaking HIV play, St. Mark’s Place). Currently, Manno teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she was Director of the Theatre Ensemble. 

 

AFRO-LATIN JAZZ FUSION with Sekou McMiller

Fall 2017:
Wednesdays at 7:15 pm
Adults ages 18 and up

LAST CLASS on November 22. Spring 2018 schedule coming soon.


At the forefront of a new movement in the Latin dance world, Sekou’s unique and exciting style of Afro-Latin Jazz Fusion introduces Latin rhythms and techniques deeply rooted in the Caribbean (salsa/mambo, cha-cha-cha, rumba) while blending with urban dance, modern, jazz, and contemporary styles.

Structurally derived from traditional ballet/jazz classes and Pilates practices, Sekou’s warm-up guides students through breathing and fluid movement exercises that strengthen technique, musicality, and flexibility, while breaking down the intricacies of Latin dance rhythms and movements, and emphasizing attitude. The across-the-floor combinations get dancers moving with turns and jumps using authentic Latin moves and promoting spatial awareness, power, and presence. Class choreography includes movements fused with mainstream styles from urban to contemporary dance. Always explosive and theatrical in nature, these smooth combinations are a marriage of rhythm and technique! All levels welcome.

1 hr 15 min class
Class rate: $20

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



SEKOU MCMILLER

Native Chicagoan now residing in New York City, Sekou is at the forefront of a new movement in the Latin dance world. Sekou’s unique style of Latin dance rich with Afro-Carribean essence and laced with techniques from many genres of dance combined with his explosive energy on and off stage, has earned Sekou’s dancing and instructing broad recognition worldwide. Sekou made his NYC Off-Broadway debut and International Tour with Celia the Musical. He is the founder and artist director of SMc Dance Co, an internationally recognized Contemporary Afro-Latin Dance Company.

Sekou has performed and choreographed for top Latin artists such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Willie Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Rojas, Tito Nieves, PitBull and pop icon MADONNA. Sekou has also worked with the Radio City Rockettes and has over 14 years of instructing and performing at Latin Dance conventions all over North and South America, Europe and Asia. Also he has conducted Master Classes in New York, Chicago, LA, Seoul, Tokyo, San Diego, Seattle, Beijing, Singapore, Mumbai, Miami, Shanghai, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Boston, Manchester, Warsaw, Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Rome, Paris, Brussels and many other international hubs of dance.


 

ADULT SALSA 1 with Yvonne Gutierrez

Fall 2017:
Thursdays at 7:30 pm

Adults ages 18 and up

LAST CLASS on November 16. Spring 2018 schedule coming soon.


Learn fundamentals to the rhythmic movement, partnering, and turn sequences that make up the popular New York On2 salsa style. This class walks you through the basics of the form before building on styling techniques that will improve your prowess on the dance floor! Beginner to Advanced Beginner.

1 hr class
Class rate: $20

Recommended Attire: Students can wear work out, dance or street clothes. Ballroom shoes, heels, character or jazz shoes recommended.



YVONNE GUTIERREZ

Yvonne Gutierrez is an alumna of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance. Of Cuban descent, she holds a BS in Applied Computer Science from Pace University. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Ms. Gutierrez started teaching at Ballet Hispánico in the late 1980s and returned in 2010. Her teaching history has taken her to work at Flamenco Latino, the New School, Joffrey Ballet, Purelements and Educational Alliance. She was formerly on the dance faculty of Henry Street Settlement for over twenty years. There, she was responsible for creating and building a Flamenco program which included enlightening collaborations with her students and Carlotta Santana’s Flamenco Vivo. Her freelancing has exposed her to multiple venues as a dancer, teacher, coach and/or choreographer. She creatively choreographed salsa, cha-cha and flamenco to the music of Tchaikovsky in an original production of “The Nutcracker in the Lower” (2002-2011) at the Harry Du Jur Playhouse. Although Ms. Gutierrez’s teaching is based in New York, she has taught workshops in Orlando, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana, Stamford, Connecticut, and Montreal, Canada. 


In 2015, she received recognition from the Lower East Side Community for her years of service (HIV/AIDS Awareness and support festivals throughout the LES). Highlights of her past performances include the Flamenco Latino Dance Company, AllNations International Dance Company, Stringbeans Latin Brazilian Jazz Band under the direction of Annette Aguilar, as well as events/operas under the direction of Luis Montero. Ms. Gutierrez and her administrative work offer her an opportunity to attend conferences in Early Childhood Education giving her insight on high quality early care, education and school readiness. She is always working on enhancing her approach to teaching, focusing on the complete student with specific attention to their individual uniqueness.

 

BALLET HISPÁNICO COMPANY CLASS


Seasoned dancers may take class with the Ballet Hispánico company at a drop-in rate of $20.



 


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