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Adult Classes

ADULT CLASSES

OVERVIEW

Adult Classes | Online Registration Recommended

The Adult Classes are designed for adult students of all levels of training, from former dancers/professionals to adults who are looking to start their formal dance training for the first time. Emphasis in class will be on correct body alignment/placement, strength and flexibility, and providing formal training in the foundations of classical ballet.

Adult Classes is an open program offering single drop-in classes to all adults (Online Registration Recommended). Classes fill quickly and check-in is on a first come first serve basis. We strongly advise students to register prior to arriving at the school to avoid delays in the sign in process.

Adult Classes Workshops | Online Pre-Registration Required

Joffrey Ballet School periodically offers seminars/courses for adult students new to dance. Unlike most of our classes, these courses do require pre-registration, as they are a series of classes, not a single drop-in class.

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ADULT CLASSES

DESCRIPTIONS

Absolute Beginner Ballet

This introductory workshop is specially designed for adults who have a passion and desire to learn ballet but have no prior dance experience. The classes provide a welcoming and friendly environment, with individualized instruction and attention, which exposes you to the core fundamentals of ballet in a relaxed and comfortable class setting. Throughout this workshop you will learn the basic body positions, core ballet exercises such as plié and tendu, how to stand at the barre with appropriate body alignment and posture, an introduction to ballet terminology as well as ballet classroom etiquette. An emphasis on proper body alignment will be a key point of focus, in addition to hip rotation and postural placement.
Registration is required for this workshop as this is a series of classes, not single drop-in classes. Consistent attendance is important, as each class will build upon the previous concepts studied. Students can not miss more than 1/4 of the workshop series. (Recommended for beginners)

Beginner Ballet

This beginner level is for adults who have a basic understanding of the foundations of ballet. These concepts are incorporated into a full ballet class with exercises at the barre, in the center and moving across the floor. The core emphasis of this level will be on understanding and improving proper alignment, posture, rotation, and flexibility. Dancers will also expand their ballet vocabulary while learning new movements and positions.

Beginner Ballet II

This next level will expand upon the foundations of Beginner Ballet. The class will focus on continuing to fine-tune the basic positions, posture and alignment, while introducing more advanced steps both at the barre and in the center. Exercises will focus on increasing speed and complexity, coordination of arm and leg movements, and increased strength in the lower body.

Intermediate Ballet

This is the perfect level for dancers who are serious about their training and have many years of experience in ballet. This class will move at a much quicker pace, offering complex combinations both at the barre and in the center. Dancers will be exposed to more advanced and diverse exercises, challenging them to elevate their level of training while still maintaining a strong focus on their core ballet technique. At this level dancers should begin to explore and develop their artistry, musicality and epaulement.

Beginner Pointe

This class is for those who have taken ballet classes with our Adult Program faculty and have been assessed and approved for pointe by the pointe teacher. The decision of whether one is ready to go on pointe is determined by assessing the student’s strength and physical development. All adults must attend an adult ballet class prior to taking the pointe class for the safety of you and your body.
Registration is required for this workshop as this is a series of classes, not single drop-in classes. Consistent attendance is important, as each class will build upon the previous concepts studied.

Pointe

This class is for those who have taken ballet classes with our Adult Program faculty and have been assessed and approved for pointe by the pointe teacher. The decision of whether one is ready to go on pointe is determined by assessing the student’s strength and physical development. All adults must attend an adult ballet class prior to taking the pointe class for the safety of you and your body.
Registration is required for this workshop as this is a series of classes, not single drop-in classes. Consistent attendance is important, as each class will build upon the previous concepts studied.

Beginner Jazz

This classic Jazz class is designed for dancers of all levels and meets on Wednesdays. It provides solid technical training, which is essential to the progress of the beginner. The class is also designed to develop the style and artistry of the more advanced dancer. This method encourages a general lengthening of the body, develops beautiful bodyline, and builds stage presence, musicality and a sense of individual style. Each class begins with a set warm-up in which each exercise is taught and broken-down in clear detail. After the warm-up, a piece of choreography in a “classic jazz” style is taught and studied. The choreography is designed to incorporate the technique taught in the warm up and nurture the artistic development of the dancer.

Ballet Workout

This ballet based class is open to people of all fitness and dance levels who enjoy a low impact full body workout. Basic ballet movements will be incorporated throughout the class as well as elements of Pilates and Barre. This is a great cross-training class for dancers who want to further tone, stretch, and strengthen. This is also an excellent class for all non-dancers who just want a full body workout and feel like a long, lean, and graceful dancer in the process.

Pilates Mat

Pilates Mat class is low-impact and features controlled exercises to improve muscular strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, balance, and posture. With emphasis on the body’s core, Pilates Mat introduces beginners to the principles of Pilates, and challenges advanced clients by incorporating props, and combining a variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced progressions. Yoga mat required

Men's Ballet

This class is designed for male dancers of all levels. This class can be a supplement for a regular ballet class. Each class will focus on the development of the male dancer’s body and strength building, as well as the general principles of men’s ballet technique. Class will follow a set curriculum and will focus on big jumps and multiple turns such as double cabriole derrieré, double cabriole devant, double tours to the knee and Passé, grand second turns, grand assemblé en tournant and brisé volé. The male dancer will learn how to walk and present himself on stage. In each class the dancers will learn a new variation to classical ballet music. Ballet shoes are mandatory for this class. Students will be expected to adhere to proper men’s ballet dress code (fitted white t-shirt, black tights.)
Registration is required for this workshop as this is a series of classes, not single drop-in classes. Consistent attendance is important, as each class will build upon the previous concepts studied. Students can not miss more than 1/4 of the workshop series.

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As the beginner workshop starts to come to a close, I just wanted to tell you how great it has worked out with Jessica. She makes us work really hard and yet is incredibly supportive and encouraging at the same time. I am so grateful for her careful eye and then her feedback during her regular classes. I really appreciate the continuity of working with her throughout the week and then more closely in the workshop. It’s exactly the kind of environment I was looking for and is better than all the other beginner workshops I’ve tried at other studios.

I’m deeply in love with the crumbling, unrenovated, late-70s vibe of the building. The studios are boiling hot, but that’s good for your flexibility. And the oversized windows look out on Sixth Ave and 10th Street, which makes you feel like you’re in a Woody Allen movie. In short, I truly adore the Joffrey Ballet School.

As an adult beginner with no previous dance experience whatsoever, I tried out many beginner ballet classes around the city and found most unsatisfying–crowded, with little personal attention. I’d read about the Joffrey Absolute Beginner Workshop and although it seemed daunting– class 4x a week– I was tired of wasting money and time and learning nothing elsewhere. I took the workshop this past October and it was fantastic. The class breaks down everything starting from the basic positions to how to follow the barre and some basic center work.

After the workshop, you will not know everything about ballet, but you will know far more than when you started, and have enough knowledge to attend regular classes and improve on what you learned. I found the workshop so valuable that I took it again the next time it was offered and learned just as much this time around.