Gentle Stretch is a comprehensive stretch class incorporating breath, body alignment, muscular toning, and relaxation. Flow through a series of stretch exercises at a slow, harmonious pace, designed to lengthen muscles, improve flexibility, increase range of motion, and elongate healthy posture. Gentle Stretch utilizes a wide range of stretches to encourage overall wellness through movement.
Classic Mat Pilates
Pilates is a system of flowing exercises designed to strengthen the core and lengthen the muscles, engaging both the body and mind. Pilates works from the inside out with control and precision. Pilates aides in: centering the body Injury prevention - sculpting the body - discovering and working deeper muscle groups. Possible benefits include: strengthening abdominal muscles - relieving back stress - sculpting muscles for a long lean look - connecting the mind and body through concentration and focus - centering and balancing the body, lessening the chance for injuries.
The Workout (a dance lab original offering)
The Workout is a masterful blend of Ballet, Pilates, and Yoga designed to develop long, lean legs, a stronger core, and more definition in your arms. Exercises are shared at the Ballet barre, on the mat, and in a chair. This workout targets the whole body with a focus on balance, alignment, core strength, and overall toning. All levels welcome.
The Ballet Hour
The Ballet Hour targets Elongating, Sculpting, and Strengthening muscles as well as developing your inner Dance Spirit. Increase your flexibility, range of motion, stability, balance, and body/brain connectivity. Boost your Spirit with this beautifully structured Ballet experience. No Ballet experience necessary, Simply a Joy of Dance.
Yoga ~ Dance
Kids Yoga ~ Dance blends traditional elements of Yoga, breath-postures-relaxation, along with yoga flow games, stretch-strengthen-balance challenges and energizing activities, in a fun, creative setting to encourage self-expression and individual growth. We focus on Stretching, Strengthening, Balancing, Centering, Breathing, and Self-reflection.
Creative Dance (a dance lab signature offering)
Creative Dance incorporates the expansive works of Rudolf Laban. A focus on motor skill development, increasing movement vocabularies, and encouraging creativity and imagination allow children to grow and learn. Creative Dance emphasizes the Joy of Dance! Sharing creative problem-solving and decision-making collaborations encourage each child’s artistic growth. Creative Dance develops Body-Mind-Spirit connectivity. Elements of Creative Dance include: Space, Body, Relationships, Time, Weight, Energy, Flow, and Effort.
Dance Makers (a dance lab original offering)
Dance Makers is a blend of creative dance and creative writing allowing student-created stories to come alive through dance and movement. Nature, the world around us, Artwork, and even silly Nonsense inspire our writings and dances. Dance Makers incorporates individual dance stories and group story projects. Creative writing skills unfold through Dance and Literacy Connections.
Story Dance (a dance lab original offering)
Story Dance is a uniquely creative experience blending stories with Creative Dance. Each Story Dance experience includes yoga stretches, movement games, dance explorations, along with the sharing of a story to guide our creativity and imaginative inspirations. Dance and Literacy come together with each carefully selected picture book and Creative Dance structures. Percussion instruments, world music, and props further encourage our own creative growth.
photo credit: Randhy Rodriguez Photography
Family Yoga ~ Dance (a dance lab original offering)
Family Yoga ~ Dance incorporates mindful breathing, yoga stretches, creative dance, relaxation, and more. This multi-generational experience allows families to explore, create, share, discover, and bond together in a caring, interactive environment. Percussion instruments, world music, props, artwork, and literature enhance the Family Yoga ~ Dance Experience.
A Creative Arts Curriculum
Creative Arts Workshops (a dance lab original offering)
Connecting the Arts with Literacy Curriculum
Creative Arts Workshops blend artistic explorations with literacy development. Each workshop will focus on an artistic element including: art, yoga, creative dance, or poetry and props, and connect those discoveries with literacy components including: character and story development, vocabulary building, writing skills, listening skills, creative writing styles, and self-expression.
Workshops included in this curriculum include: Art & Story, Story Makers, Poetry Moves, and Yoga & Creative Writing.