Adult Group Classes vary in size (anywhere from 10-20 students on average), and are categorized by levels to accommodate each student comfort level. No matter what level or background, our classes are a great fit for anyone looking to learn and have FUN! Whether you are looking to learn a new dance, brush up on your dance moves or get a little extra help on your technique, group lessons are a great and affordable choice for everyone. Our classes are taught by trained and certified individuals who can teach both male and female perspectives. Classes are typically one hour long. Students may take any of our courses with friends or come alone.
NO partner is required or necessary.
Students are instructed as a group with rotating partners. All you need is a willing attitude and a desire to learn, and we will take it from there!
Adult Performance Classes are for the students who want the experience the joy, challenge and excitement of learning a routine, wearing a costume, and performing on stage in front of family and friends. Classes are specifically geared toward learning a choreography and performing. Levels vary, depending on the style of dance. Performance classes meet for one hour, once per week, culminating in a performance at the AIM Showcase at the end of the season. Performance class seasons are typically 4-6 months, depending on the season! No partner is required, and we strongly encourage all students to try at least one performance class at AIM!! It is truly an unforgettable experience.
**BEGINNER SALSA & BACHATA CLASSES are instructional classes that typically run in 2 month progressive sessions. Each class is held once per week, and is a building block to the next class. *Salsa beginner levels 1-3 are 8 week progressive courses, and Bachata Beg/Int is also an 8 week progressive courses! Other classes are open classes with new material each week. You are welcome to drop in at any time.
Salsa On1, also known LA-Style salsa, is one the most common styles of salsa dancing in the Philadelphia/NJ area and around the world. On1 salsa dancing is so-called because dancers break forward on the first count of the measure (on 1).
Beginner (Levels 1-3) *8 Week courses
Intermediate *8 Week Courses
Bachata originated in the rural neighborhoods of Dominican Republic. It has become one of the most popular Latin dances in recent years with the addition of electronic sounds and Mixing of pop music with the latin sound. Bachata basics consist of 3 steps and a tap. The chasse basic goes "side-together-side-tap" and can be spiced up with a hip motion or a lift of the leg at the "tap" step. Dancers keep their knees bent throughout to promote hip motion. Bachata can be danced in two-hand hold, open embrace but is often danced in close embrace at nightclubs.
Levels 1-3 (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) *8 week courses
The Hustle originated in the dance clubs in the 1970's. As music changed from rock & roll to disco the dance began to develop and multiple variations of the hustle were born. Today the hustle is still enjoyed at many dance venues, and is danced to the music of the latest artists such as Usher and Beyonce. At Art In Motion Dance Academy, we specialize in the New York Style Hustle - a smooth, slotted dance characterized by fast-moving patterns with many turns.
Cha Cha is a dance style that originated in Cuba and became popular in the U.S. in the 50s. This dance style is one of the most fun styles to dance to because it can be danced to authentic Cuban music as well as Latin Pop and Latin Rock.The primary difference in Cha Cha is the addition of a triple step that replaces the slow step in Mambo/Rumba.
AFRO LATIN DANCE:
The beauty of Afro-Latin and Folkloric dance is in the freedom of authentic emotion, full body expression and the strong connection to the music and drums. This class is designed to share that beauty with everyone - newcomers who are curious about Afro-Latin body movement, dancers who have a focused interest in Folkloric dance styles, as well as established Salsa dancers who want to deepen their movement versatility and musicality. Together we will work to uncover and build on the natural musicality each dancer has through the practice of drills that are aimed to teach broad Afro-Latin body movements, as well as isolations and emotional expressions to incorporate in each of the movements. To mirror the “call-and-response” song structure and strengthen the connection to the music, this class will be taught with the instructor leading students through a series of individual and progressive movements. Each week we will focus on a different part of the body, and will tie it all together as we advance through the series. By the end of the 8 weeks dancers will have increased understanding, expression and fluidity of body movement; and will have improved musicality that can be applied to many other styles of dance!
ZUMBA: Zumba is a latin-inspired dance workout! A Zumba class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using principles from aerobic and fitness to achieve cardio and muscle-toning benefits. Most of all, it is full of FUN!
**Fitness classes are typically 45 minutes long.
LEVELS: BEGINNER TO ADVANCED
Beginner: Is an introduction course appropriate for those who have never taken dance lessons. Concepts taught in this class are critical to understand future technique and terminology throughout the program. The Beginner class introduces you to the rhythm and timing of the music, and technique in leading and following. You will learn basic footwork, dance positions and connections between partners. Beginner Salsa and Bachata classes are taught in 8 week progressive courses for each level(1-3). Each level of Beginner Classes will progress into the next, and prepare you for the intermediate level. *No dance experience is required.
Intermediate: The Intermediate Course will help you build upon the basics learned in the Beginner Course. You will be introduced to intermediate variations and patterns to supplement your dancing. Men's and women's styling will be incorporated in all combinations taught. Each level of Intermediate will progress into the next, and will prepare you for Advanced level class. The only requirement to join in on this class is that you have taken a complete Beginner series at least once or by instructor approval.
Advanced: In the Advanced class you will learn more complex variations of patterns, syncopated footwork, double turns, 2 ½ turns, as well as men's and ladies' styling. Combinations learned in this class will not be repeated each series, and this is not a progressive course. *Requirement for this class is that you have completed the Intermediate Course.