Dance and Nia

Ballet
Ballet is a classical dance form that promotes grace, confidence and musicality. It strengthens the core and promotes balance, flexibility and alignment.  It can be learned and enjoyed at any age and benefits both beginning students and those with more experience.  Beginning II students should have had at least six months to a year of training at the Beginning I level.  Ages 14 and up.

Ballet Power Barre 
Add this class to your workout and reap the benefits of ballet exercise. This class uses movements and principles from classical ballet to build strength and power in all your major muscle groups while also increasing your flexibility and range of motion.  We will do mat, barre and standing exercises taken not only from classical ballet, but also modern dance, pilates and other disciplines.  No previous dance experience is necessary.  Please come with bare feet or wear socks or ballet slippers.  Age 14 and up.

Belly Dance I (Beledi)
Also known as Beledi or Oriental Dance, this Middle Eastern dance form provides a fun and unique way to dance and exercise. Basic movements and steps are easy to learn and follow and provide an energizing low-impact class that effectively mobilizes the joints and muscles and increases flexibility and range of motion. Use of the veil during cool down provides excellent upper body conditioning. Veils are provided. Ages 15 and up. 

Belly Dance II-III (Beledi, Oriental Dance)
This graceful and popular Middle Eastern dance form is more appropriately known as Beledi or Oriental Dance. Participants in this class continue to develop their technique, learning more advanced movements and variations. Group choreography fosters the social nature of dance and allows students to use the skills they have learned. Students also have the option of learning to play finger cymbals. Use of the veil continues and participants may bring their own (a sheer fabric 3 yards long X 45” wide) or use one available for class use. Students in this class should have attended several sessions of Belly Dance I. Ages 15 and up.

"Dancin' Mamas" is a mother-baby cardio dance class designed to allow mothers of babies 4-14 months to work out with their little ones in a fun, low intensity class that both mama and baby will enjoy. Dancin' Mamas is designed so that we dance while wearing our babies! In other words, baby stays with mom whle held in a wrap or carrier like a Boba Wrap or Ergobaby Carrier that each mother brings to class. After a brief warm up, we will begin a series of "follow along" dances including salsa, merengue, Bollywood, hip hop, disco, dance hall and more. We will finish the class with some light stretching and some core conditioning especially designed for postpartum moms. For our little ones, we will incorporate nursery rhymes throughout our dances, and we'll have singing and cuddle time during stretching at the end of class. The benefits of baby wearing have already been widely documented, as research has shown that baby wearing leads to greater security and attachment for babies, as well as improved breathing regulation and motor development. We'll provide references in class.

NIA
Get in shape and move to great music in this unique fitness-promoting class. NIA integrates concepts from dance, martial ways, and various healing arts (e.g. Feldenkrais® and yoga) to provide cardiovascular conditioning (low impact), flexibility, strength and balance. And it's fun! Participants move naturally and fluidly to music in a workout that is readily adapted to all fitness levels. Bare feet are required unless the participant has a previous medical condition. Instructors are NIA certified. Age 15 and up. 

Gentle NIA
This is a NIA class (see above) that has been modified for those who want a slower approach. This 45-minute class is gentle, kind to the joints and appropriate for all fitness levels, especially if you're just starting a fitness program or rejoining after a hiatus. And it's fun! Movements are done naturally to great music, and many can be performed while seated. 

BollyFit ®- NEW!
BollyFit® will add a new dimension to your dance experience or fitness routine. It blends Indian dance styles like Bollywood and bhangra into a vigorous aerobic-like workout to create a fun, high energy class with a party-like atmosphere that will give you your exercise for the day. BollyFit® had its early roots at the Ann Arbor YMCA and we welcome its return to our program. Ages 15 and up.
 
Salsa/Latin Line Dance -New!
Learn dances such as the salsa, cha-cha and meringue as you are introduced to vibrant rhythms and dance styles from south of the border. Basic steps and Latin line routines provide fun and exercise in class and enable you to participate in the community dance scene. No partner or prior experience is necessary. Ages 15 and up.
 
West African Dance
This beginning class is an introduction to a world of West African dance that provides an amazing full-body workout that you don’t want to miss! Enjoy exciting, high energy movement and a sense of freedom that comes from celebration. This is a style built on tradition and community. Ages 15 and up.