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.
Adult Ballet: Absolute Beginner Level
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 Levels
For dancers at least in their second year of ballet training through Intermediate level.
Class Description for Absolute and Continuing Beginner Levels
Instructor Jason Schadt draws from his deep knowledge of dance kinesiology and classical ballet pedagogy in two classes designed 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, 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. 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
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.
Open Level Modern
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.
Beginner Level Tap
Tap is a fun art form to be enjoyed at all ages. In tap class you will learn to make percussive sounds with your feet as well as experience a pleasing cardiovascular workout. Adult Tap at the UIYB is a wonderful way to spend your Saturday morning and to create joy to last all day.