ballet dancer

Lexington Ballet Classes | Dance Studio in Lexington, KY – Ballet introduces the proper stance for alignment, positions of the arms and feet, as well as the coordination of these principles. This class is an introduction to the fundamental principles of dance. Students will learn the ballet vocabulary necessary for other forms of dance disciplines. The class will include barre work, center floor exercises, and combinations across the floor while emphasizing strength, flexibility, and placement. We hope to allow you to enjoy movement while learning ballet technique in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Lexington Modern and Contemporary Dance Classes | Dance Classes in Lexington, KY – Modern concentrates on building a strong physical awareness of anatomy and kinesiology while strengthening performance aspects of focus, clarity, and efficiency in movement. Modern is often referred to as a contemporary dance class. Students will work on enabling themselves to harmonize their mind and body. Regardless of your age or dancing ability this dance class is suitable for anybody and everybody.


Lexington Jazz Dance Classes | Lexington Dance Studio – Jazz dance is usually associated with styles of dance seen on Broadway. The performance style of jazz dance was popularized to a large extent by Bob Fosse’s work, which is exemplified by Broadway shows such as Chicago, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, and The Pajama Game. Modern jazz dance continues to be an essential element of musical theatre, and it can often be seen in music videos and competitive dance. Jazz dancers often wear leather jazz shoes, colored either black or beige, to help them move smoothly when executing turns. Prior to dancing, dancers typically perform exercises in order to warm up and stretch muscles so as to prevent injuries. In addition, core strengthening exercises are often used for conditioning. Modern jazz dance is frequently influenced by other dance styles such as acro, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. In turn, many other dance styles are influenced by jazz dance. As in most forms of dance, technique is the foundation for all modern jazz dance movement. In particular, jazz dancers benefit from a sound working knowledge of ballet technique and, consequently, jazz dance curriculum commonly includes ballet training. Dancers who have mastered jazz dance technique are free to focus on the stylistic and performance aspects of dance. Class will include a warm up, stretching and strengthening, progressions across the floor (such as jumps and turns) and a sequence of choreography or a technical combination.

Lexington Tap Dance Classes | Dance Classes in Lexington, KY – Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by a tapping sound that is created from metal plates that are attached to both the ball and heel of the dancer’s shoe. Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation. Another aspect of tap dancing is improvisation. This can either be done with music and follow the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, otherwise known as a cappella dancing. Early dancers like Fred Astaire provided a more ballroom look to tap dancing, while Gene Kelly used his extensive ballet training to make tap dancing incorporate all the parts of the ballet. This style of tap led to what is today known as “Broadway style,” which is more mainstream in American culture. It often involves high heeled tap shoes and show music, and is usually the type of tap first taught to beginners. The best examples of this style are found in Broadway musicals such as 42nd Street. Tap classes address technique, rhythm, syncopation and phrasing. Through progressive patterns, students are able to improve the manipulation of their feet, sounds and speed. This class teaches students how to coordinate upper body movement, while maintaining foot work.

Lexington Salsa Dance Classes | Dance Classes in Lexington, KY – Salsa refers to a fusion of informal dance styles having roots in the Caribbean (especially in Cuba and North America). The dance originated through the mixture of Mambo, Danzón, Guaguancó, Cuban Son, and other typical Cuban dance forms. Salsa is danced to Salsa music. There is a strong African influence in the music as well as the dance.
Salsa is a partner dance, although there are recognized solo steps and some forms are danced in groups of couples, with frequent exchanges of partner (Rueda de Casino). Improvisation and social dancing are important elements of Salsa but it appears as a performance dance too.

Lexington Cha-Cha Classes | Dance Classes in Lexington, KY – The Cha-cha-cha may be either danced to authentic Cuban music, or Latin Pop or Latin Rock. The music for the international ballroom cha-cha is energetic and with a steady beat. The Cuban cha-cha is more sensual and may involve complex polyrhythm.

Lexington Rumba Dance Classes | Dance Classes in Lexington, KY – The rumba as a social dance was introduced first in Britain and America: the versions differ somewhat. It is a slower rhythm dance. All social dances in Cuba involve a hip-sway over the standing leg and, though this is scarcely noticeable in fast salsa, it is more pronounced in the slow ballroom rumba.[ This, at least, is authentic, as is the use of free arms in various figures. The figures derive from dance moves observed in Havana in the pre-revolutionary period, and have developed their own life since then.

Lexington Tango Dance Classes | Dance Classes in Lexington, KY – The tango is a musical genre and its associated dance forms that originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay and spread to the rest of the world soon after that.
Early tango was known as tango criollo, or simply tango. Today, there are many tango dance styles, including Argentine Tango, Uruguayan Tango, Ballroom tango (American and International styles), The styles are mostly danced in either open embrace, where lead and follow have space between their bodies, or close embrace, where the lead and follow connect either chest-to-chest (Argentine tango) or in the upper thigh, hip area (American and International tango).

Lexington Swing Dance Classes | Dance Classes in Lexington, KY – The term “swing dance” commonly refers to a group of dances that developed concurrently with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, although the earliest of these dance forms predate swing jazz music. East Coast Swing (ECS) is a form of social partner dance that evolved from the Lindy Hop with the work of the Arthur Murray dance studios in the 1940s. East Coast Swing can be referred to by many different names in different regions of the United States and the World. It has alternatively been called Eastern Swing, Jitterbug, American Swing, East Coast Lindy, Lindy (not to be confused with Lindy Hop) and Triple Swing. Other variants of East Coast Swing that use altered footwork forms are known as Single Swing or “Single-step Swing” (where the triple step is replaced by a single step forming a slow, slow, quick, quick rhythm common to Foxtrot), and Double Swing (using a tap-step footwork pattern).

Lexington Foxtrot Dance Classes | Dance Classes in Lexington, KY – The Foxtrot is the dance of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This smooth and elegant dance had its beginnings in a New York theater in 1914. There, a vaudeville actor named Harry Fox began dancing a series of trotting steps to ragtime music as a part of his act.
Eventually the dance evolved to incorporate the walking and brush steps that make this dance popular with beginners and advanced dancers alike. Foxtrot is danced to music with a 4/4 time signature (think Frank Sinatra) and has two rhythms: slow-slow-quick-quick and slow-quick-quick.




Hip Hop, Lexington, KY
refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hiphop music or that have evolved as part of hiphop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.

Grupo Balança Capoeira of Lexington-

Grupo Balança Capoeira of Lexington is a Brazilian martial arts group in Lexington. We are one branch of a global capoeira (martial art) organization, which is led by capoeira Mastre (master), Gildo Valu. We work closely with Premier Dance Studio and various other non-for-profit organizations in Lexington, KY, hosting workshops, demonstrations and performances throughout the Kentucky and Tennessee area.

• Developed and taught the capoeira curriculum for at risk youth and children working with programs such as MCAP through University of Kentucky, working with the Diversity Group at KCTCS, Kentucky Higher Educational programing through performances and workshops. The curriculum features social science, music and movement concepts, and the classes incorporated educational scaffolding, parallel learning structures and associative learning.
• Conducted beginner, intermediate and advanced martial arts classes for children (4 years and older) and adults.
• Designed websites, internet marketing and local advertising campaigns.
• Collaborated with film makers, musicians, dancers and martial artists to produce demonstrations and performances of capoeira.
• Organized, facilitated and led workshops and similar events which were attended by martial artists from throughout the United States.