Adult & Teen Classes
We offer the unique opportunity for teens and adults to begin or continue their dance training in an environment that challenges and encourages them to explore their movement potential.
To see our class schedule click and choose the schedule (opens a PDF) or Enroll (opens the registration form) under the Teen and Adult Division section.
Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm with Joan Gonwa
RelaXercise is a class in thorough, somatic-based exercise for strength and flexibility, in coordination with full body breathing techniques and relaxation methods to facilitate stress reduction; individualized, efficient movement; renewal of positive energy and body-mind integration.
The classes progress sequentially toward more challenging concepts, repetitions, and patterns of movement/exercises throughout the semester – thereby addressing the conditioning needs of dancers, other performing artists, athletes, and community members at large. A period of guided imagery relaxation will end each class. People of all ages, regardless of experience or acquired skills, are welcome and will benefit from this class as they work at their own pace and for their desired overall fitness goals.
Body Tone and Conditioning
Thursdays, 6:00-6:50pm with Madison Holtz
This class is designed to build and maintain strength throughout the whole body, creating long and lean muscles in the legs, arms, back, and abdominal muscles. Using techniques from Pilates, barre, yoga, and other toning workouts, this class will help build the correct muscles for stability, flexibility, and strength for dancing or just day-to-day life. With fun and motivating music, body conditioning is a workout anyone can enjoy!
Adult Ballet: Absolute Beginner Level
Saturdays, 12:15-1:45pm with Juliet Remmers
For dancers in their first full year of weekly ballet training. Students with more experience are encouraged to take Continuing Beginner level, but are allowed to take this class if it better suits their personal goals.
Adult Ballet: Continuing Beginner Level
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm with Jason Schadt
For dancers at least in their second year of ballet training (recommended at least 32-38 classes of experience) through Intermediate level.
Drawing on his background in dance kinesiology and classical ballet pedagogy, instructor Jason Schadt designs these two classes specifically for adult learners. Each day Mr. Schadt brings a contemporary approach to richly musical classical exercises, illuminating the muscular engagement and alignment that bring about ballet movement in the body. Working from the inside out in this way, students do not merely recite the shapes and steps of ballet, but practice how to execute exercises with accuracy adhering both to sound principles anatomy and pure classical style.
Class typically begins on the floor (often barefoot), where students practice exercises designed to locate and strengthen the muscles of the inner thighs, abdomen, and pelvic floor, as well as the intrinsic muscles of the feet. This activity is called Floor Barre--a term used to describe the various methods ballet masters have developed to help professional classical dancers improve their technique, line, and career longevity. Then, in exercises standing at the barre and center, students work to apply these principles to their movement in the ballet vocabulary.
Adult Ballet: Low-Intermediate Level
Tuesdays, 7:10-8:40pm with Jacinta Hamilton
For Intermediate level students with a solid foundation in ballet already in place, this ninety minute class has a similar structure as traditional ballet class for children: barre to warm up and center to move. Instruction is designed with adult learners in mind. Class may be more aerobic than introductory levels, with fewer stops so that muscles stay warm. Ballet provides a great workout, with lasting benefits of toning, lengthening, and stretching.
Modern: Open Level
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm with Veronica Patterson
Warm-up, center, and across the floor exercises in the fundamentals of modern dance technique with modifications for experienced dancers. Class is typically mixed level, including beginning- to intermediate- teens and adults, and advanced ballet dancers seeking to expand their understanding of other techniques.
Family Stretch and Move
Saturdays 10:30-11:30am with Jacinta Hamilton
The UIYB is pleased to offer an “Hour of Movement” during our Spring Semester 2021. Make us a part of your routine and join us Saturday mornings in a class designed with the entire family in mind. This class will incorporate dancing, movement, and music—with a special emphasis on creative exploration—thus leaving you refreshed. Structured with a vigorous mix of stretching, strengthening, conditioning, and cardio, this class combines a mix of imagination and play for little ones while providing a full body and cross training workout for more advanced participants. Families and friends of all ages are invited to experience movement in this special all-inclusive format.
Special note on the format of the class: This class was specifically designed with the Zoom format we are using in mind. We aim to provide you the highest quality of engaging content that will help your child thrive. The foundation of what we do is to provide mastery through repetition and muscle memory, while creating novel experiences to create, imagine, and play. The goal is for you and your child to walk away happy, healthy, and energized. We appreciate your support of us and wish for you to know you are supported as we continue to teach over Zoom.