Adult Classes

Ages 18+ | All Levels Welcome

Adult Classes

Ages 18+ | All Levels Welcome

Adult Classes

Ages 18+ | All Levels Welcome

Adult Classes

Ages 18+ | All Levels Welcome

ABOUT SUMMER CLASSES

JUNE 24 - AUGUST 1, 2024

Embark on an exciting dance journey with Ballet Hispánico's Adult Program, where dance enthusiasts explore the dynamic rhythms of Hispanic and Latin American music. Our classes accommodate all skill levels, providing a nurturing and energetic atmosphere for growth and improvement.

Receive personalized instruction from our expert faculty as you delve into a variety of dance styles. Whether you're a novice or seasoned dancer, our program offers a distinct opportunity to ignite your passion and refine your skills year-round and during the summer months.

Join us and discover your own rhythm as you embark on an unforgettable dance journey with Ballet Hispánico.

 

CLASS TECHNIQUES

Mat Pilates

Whether a dancer or not, having a strong balanced body will keep you away from chronic pain and injuries. This class will improve your posture, flexibility, balance, and body awareness. Pilates focuses on the connection between the body and the mind, being 100% present and aware during the class so when class is finished your new good habits happen without you having to think. The benefits from doing Pilates are worth the effort and for dancers out there, it will give you lean, long, and strong musculature!

Thursdays | 6:15pm - 7:15pm

DATES: June 27 - August 1
*No class on July 4
​TUITION: $120 (5 Classes)

Flamenco

Join School of Dance faculty member, and former soloist and choreographer for the Jose Greco Dance Company, JoDe Romano “La Chispa”, for an Adult Flamenco class series, exploring castanets, movement techniques, inspirational music, and more. ¡OLÉ!

Mondays | 6:15pm - 7:15pm

DATES: June 24 - July 29
TUITION: $140 (6 Classes)

Tap

Whether you have some tap experience or have never danced before, join us in our adult tap classes! This class will be tailored to meet the needs of each student. We will focus on tap fundamentals, gradually progressing throughout the session. We will dance to a variety of music, from classic jazz standards to contemporary music. As we learn technique, we will be improving balance and our rhythmic awareness. Come have fun dancing in a social, encouraging setting!

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6:15pm - 7:15pm

DATES: July 16 - August 1
TUITION: $140 (6 Classes)

Beginner Contemporary

Class will start with a full warmup that focuses on strength, technique, and flexibility appropriately preparing the dancers' bodies in a safe-injury preventative way. We will review the basics as well as work on more challenging elements in a fun, non-judgmental environment. Dancers will move through space, learn musicality, explore their artistic choices, and build stamina. Classes will end working on choreography.

Mondays | 6:15pm - 7:15pm

DATES: July 1 - July 29
TUITION: $120 (5 Classes)

Beginner Ballet

Join the School of Dance for this class designed to teach you the basic principles of ballet! If you have ever wanted to learn ballet, this is the perfect class for you. It will provide the necessary tools that will allow you to understand how a ballet class works and how the muscles in your body need to engage to achieve the simple but complex steps of this dance style.

Wednesdays | 6:15pm - 7:15pm

DATES: June 26 - July 31
TUITION: $140 (6 Classes)

Intermediate Ballet

This class is ideal for dance enthusiasts that have at least one year of experience in Ballet, or that have taken our Beginner Ballet Level course. We will explore new steps and combinations that will allow you to level up your training by building a solid technique.

Tuesdays | 6:15pm - 7:15pm

DATES: June 25 - July 30
TUITION: $140 (6 Classes)

Salsa Level 1

Join us in the Beginner Salsa for Adults! Get your body moving with us while learning the basic steps, shines, and partner work found in New York's Salsa On2 timing. All steps are safe for all ages and no partner is needed. This class explores the Latin dance of Salsa through body isolations, rhythm, and partner work which are explained and demonstrated in detail using dance kinesiology and theory. Level 1 students should be new to salsa or have less than 6 months of salsa training.

Tuesdays | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

DATES: June 25 - July 30
TUITION: $140 (6 Classes)

Salsa Level 2

Join the School of Dance in the Advanced Beginner Salsa for Adults! This class is designed to be the continuation of our Beginner Salsa, and is also ideal for those who have prior training in this dance style. This class will give you the opportunity to take your training to the next level! Steps are safe for all ages and no partner is needed. Level 2 students should have 6 months of salsa training or completed our Adult Salsa: Level 1 class.

Mondays | 6:15pm - 7:15pm

DATES: June 24 - July 29
TUITION: $140 (6 Classes)

Select classes have one-time drop-in slots available. For more information contact: [email protected]

INSTRUCTORS

JoDe Romano

Flamenco

JoDe Romano "La Chispa" was a guest teaching artist & graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas where she was featured in the Houston Grand Opera's 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's Live From Lincoln Center and then toured Japan. For over 20 years, Ms. Romano lived, studied, and performed Spanish dance in Spain and Japan, was soloist and choreographer for the José Greco Dance Company at The Joyce Theater, the Town Hall New York City, and toured the US and Spain. She was also a dancer in The Charo Show, and 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.

Currently, Ms. Romano conducts Spanish dance and castanet classes at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center, has been a guest teacher at Hunter College and co-developed and taught a Dance Education Laboratory workshop at the 92Y. She has also taught master classes and workshops at NYU for NYSDEA and at Fall for Dance at NY City Center, and regularly teaches at Steps on Broadway, Ballet Hispánico, the Joffrey Ballet trainees and summer intensive NYC, Alvin Ailey, along with other locations and public schools throughout the NY metropolitan area. Ms. Romano holds a teaching license from the Bureau of Provisionary School Supervision (BPSS) under the NY Department of Education. She has completed a series of instructional DVDs on castanet and flamenco movement techniques and produced and played castanets on her "Spanish Classical Piano and Castanets" CD.

Melissa Castañeda

Beginner Ballet • Intermediate Ballet

Melissa Castañeda started her career more than twenty years ago in Monterrey, México, where she was born and raised. She recently received her M.A. in Dance Education with a focus on American Ballet Theater's National Training Curriculum from NYU Steinhardt. She is a fully certified teacher of the NTC and also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Dance Education with a Specialty in Classical from the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey. Her dance training includes ballet, modern, and jazz in intensive courses and performances with different schools around the United States, such as Houston Ballet Academy, Orlando Ballet School, and The Ailey School.

As a teacher, Melissa has prepared students for national and international dance competitions, where they have obtained successful results, and she has received awards such as NYU's "Outstanding Scholarship and Service in Dance Education." She is a passionate dance educator who strives to positively impact the lives of her students, and she is very excited to be a part of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance.

Vanessa Martínez de Baños

Mat Pilates • Beginner Contemporary

Internationally recognized dancer, teacher, choreographer and co-artistic director of DoubleTake Dance. Vanessa has been trained in Contemporary, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Areal Silks and Acting. She can be seen dancing in Daniel Gwirtzman Company, now celebrating 10 years as a soloist. Some of her favorite shows include Lincoln Center Outdoors, Battery Dance, Rochester Fringe Festival, Christy Walsh Company and DoubleTake Dance. Recently seen as “The Queen” in the Contemporary Ballet production of “The Queen of Nöri” by Stoneworks Productions (performed in Oahu, Hawaii) and in the Fashion Magazine BAZAAR Indonesia, dancing/modeling for Fashion Designer Yinglun Zhang. Credits in Spain include choreographing “Tick Tick…BOOM!” and “I Love You, You're Perfect... Now Change” produced by Tela-Katola as well as performing with the European show "Compradores de Sueños.” Vanessa loves traveling as a teacher, judge, choreographer, and a Pilates Mat Certified Trainer.

Aubrey Cheek

Tap

Aubrey Cheek is originally from Florida, attended Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major, and graduated summa cum laude from Pace University with a degree in Arts and Entertainment Management. Aubrey has performed in numerous professional theatre productions including “42nd Street” (Fulton, Fireside) and “Cats” (Interlakes). She choreographed “Sister Act” (Interlakes). In NYC, she was part of Pre-Production for “Funny Girl” Broadway (with tap choreographer Ayodele Casel), and performed in “In The Groove” (choreographed by Dormeshia), and in “Gypsy of the Year” (choreographed by Chaz Wolcott).

Aubrey is an alumna of the Tap Program at the prestigious School at Jacob’s Pillow (directed by Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia). She was a student in the Dance Lab NY Broadway Choreography Intensive (directed by Josh Prince and Valerie Salgado). Aubrey was a scholarship student in the Gus Giordano Dance School College/Pro Intensive. Aubrey continues to train at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center, where she has also assisted. She has presented work in several NYC choreography showcases.

Shani Talmor

Salsa Level 1 • Salsa Level 2

Shani Talmor professional actor, performer and teacher, has traveled worldwide presenting her sensual and sexy Salsa style. Trained in a variety of dance styles, including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Samba and Afro-Cuban, Shani is an energetic and explosive dancer. Shani is worldwide known for her unique sensuous styling and body movement on and off the dance floor. She has powerful stage presence and a passionate love for teaching. Shani made her Broadway debut and became an ensemble dancer on the musical "ON YOUR FEET" the life story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Right after that, Shani opened the 1st national tour of "On Your Feet" until closing.

Shani was recently seen in the Warner brothers movie "In The Heights" by Lin Manuel Miranda, directed by Jon Chu. She was the associate choreographer at "The Muny's" theatre production of "ON YOUR FEET" and "LEGALLY BLONDE" and was also the associate choreographer on the 2nd national tour of "ON YOUR FEET" that is currently still touring. A few of her credits include performances with artists: Pitbull, Marc Anthony, T-Pain, Ne-Yo and Kat Deluna. She performed at Jennifer Lopez's 40th Birthday Party event, The "NY Knicks" Noche Latina at Madison Square Garden and Madonna's "Smirnoff Lifestyle Exchange Project" showcase. Her TV credits include "The Wendy Williams Show", "Kennedy Center Honors", “Mira Quien Baila” , "The View" , "America's Got Talent", "Penny Dreadful City Of Angles", "Let The Right One In" and "The Godfather Of Harlem."


Tuition prices can be found on our Mindbody site.



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