Dance Classes

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Move Phase/Vogue (Maarquii)

(Every 6 weeks on Tuesday nights, 7-9pm)

As so above so below and as the moon transforms we will too! This will be a class of variety of drills and routines in vogue.  We will focus on technique and strength building- incorporating skills from my experience in vogue, street dance, and contemporary movement. 

Trained in multiple dance styles MAARQUII (Marquise Dickerson) has had the honor to train and work with several amazing dancers collectives, and artists  in Portland, 11 Dance company, House of Ada and Chanti Darling. 

 Fee: $5-$10 sliding scale or $15, pay what you can!

 

Foundation chicago style steppin (level 1 & level 2 w/ denise and hernandez)

(Tuesdays at 7pm- level 1, and 8pm- level 2)

Our six-week FOUNDATION CHICAGO-STYLE STEPPIN’ 1 and 2 courses teach students the core elements of both foot-patterns and partnering.  Groovin’ High Steppers strives to provide students an authentic Chicago perspective of Steppin’.  Students will learn not only the structure of the dance (foot-patterns), but its nuances and important etiquette that will provide you with the confidence to dance (Step) at any Chicago-Steppin’ local, regional and national event; or any place where folks are Steppin!  This energy-packed, highly-structured series (level 1) is designed for students who have no Chicago Steppin’ experience. This social dance rooted in various African American swing dance traditions (The Bop, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Detroit Ballroom, D.C. Hand Dancing, to name a few) and music (R & B, Smooth Jazz, Neo-Soul) is the perfect social activity for singles and couples.  

You can find out more about Denise, Hernandez, and the Groovin High Steppers at www.groovinhighsteppers.com- where you can also register for their classes at (com)motion, or by going to "Register" on our website.

 

Hip Hop/jazz funk (akela)

(Sunday Evenings, 5-6:30pm)

Beginning with a short strengthening and stretching warm up, this class will focus on musicality and confidence building in choreography. We will move at a pace that is comfortable for all students, while maintaining an intention to build stamina and challenge ourselves. This class is for dancers who are comfortable learning choreography, and interested in exploring and fine tuning their personal style within the class setting.

                       All ages  (sign up by going to the "register" tab!)              

Drop In: $12, 4-week session $40 (if money is an issue, email us at theresia@commotionpdx.org and we can put you in touch with the instructor)

Burlesque (kristen)

(Wednesdays 7-7:55pm)

The style of this class is very sexy and girly.  It’s burlesque inspired with a modern spin.  Not a class where you learn how to do burlesque preforming and take your clothes off.  This is a great opportunity for dancers to gain confidence in their movements and feel good in their own skin.  If you are curious at all, come and try it.  It will be blast whether you are new to dance or a seasoned dancer. I will be giving modifications while I teach so students have the option to make the dance easier for them or more difficult. 

·         $10 for the hour, purchase all 6 weeks for $55.00

Hip-hop (kristen)

(Wednesdays 8:05-9:00pm)

This class will incorporate many different styles of hip hop in the routines you learn each week.  We will move at a pace that is comfortable for all students while building your own personal style and stamina.  Each class will begin with a short warm up and stretch followed by instruction on a routine.  As I teach I will teach modifications that will allow dancers to make the routine easier for them or more challenging.  If you are curious at all, come and give it a try! I promise this class will be a blast for all levels of dancers.

·         $10 for the hour, purchase all 6 weeks for $55.00

Vogue/session (brandon)

(Thursdays 7-8:30pm Vogue class, 8:30-9pm Ballroom Session) 

Vogue & Session is the perfect place to learn the fundamentals of vogue!  The last 30-minutes are designed to provide space to session and practice the movement.  Each week there will be a ballroom-centered intention for the session which may include Dramatic Vogue/Soft & Fem Vogue/Runway practice.