Koresh School of Dance – Adult Dance Class Descriptions & Level Placements
Koresh Dance Company

Since 1993 the Koresh School of Dance has offered open classes in dance instruction for adults. Our Center City Philadelphia studio at 2002 Rittenhouse Square boasts four sprung floor dance studios and large dressing rooms, with classes held seven days a week. We offer more than 37 adult classes in a wide variety of movement instruction, including tap, ballet, jazz, modern jazz and hip hop. Our instructors are widely regarded as some of the best in the city.

Ballet

A classical dance form characterized by grace, precision of movement and elaborate formal gestures, steps and poses. Coordination, strength, flexibility, rhythm and musicality are all emphasized. Ballet shoes required.
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Jazz
Typically the style of dance you see on Broadway, concerts or television. Students warm up with stretching, isolations, strengthening exercises, and "across the floor" exercises such as turns and leaps.The class ends with a combination that is usually fast-paced and danced to popular music. Jazz shoes are optional; socks or bare feet acceptable.
Only offered as private lessons please call the studio to make arrangements: 215-751-0959.
Modern Jazz
This style of dance reflects the style of Koresh Dance Company. Modern Jazz classes encompass components from jazz, modern and ballet techniques. No shoes required; bare feet acceptable.
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Contemporary Ballet
This intermediate dance class will utilize classic ballet technique while exploring dynamic alignment to increase our range of movement, release tension, and get as close to flying as we can. We will harness momentum to create form, be musical, listen to our bodies responses, and tone our ballet bodies. Gary Jeter, currently dancing with BalletX, incorporates his fundamentals into the technical exploration by teaching a little anatomy and imagery to increase movement function, reduce the risk of injury and increase stability and mobility. 
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Hip Hop
Inspired by street dance styles, this class is by far our most popular. Isolations, stretching, rhythms, upper body strength and funky footwork are all emphasized. Instructors may incorporate elements from popping, breaking, locking and house dance. Each class ends with learning choreography to popular music. Clean sneakers required (please bring with you in a bag; do not wear your studio shoes on your way to class).
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Tap
Tap is an original American art form that combines music and dance traditions from West Africa and the British Isles. Classes focus on technique and musicality and are supplemented by a wide variety of musical genres.  Students will also be exposed to both musical theater or "Broadway" tap and “hoofing” or rhythm tap. Each class includes a warm up, steps across the floor, guided improvisation exercises and a final combination. Tap shoes required.
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Level Placements

 

Introduction

              NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! An absolute beginning class that will introduce basic dance vocabulary and emphasize proper posture, muscle development, flexibility, musicality, and grace of movement. Steps are introduced incrementally so that self-esteem and technique develop in a positive atmosphere. This class is highly recommended for first time students and those who are unfamiliar with basic dance technique.

 

Beginner

This class is designed for novice dancers or students who have not danced for many years. We will continue to emphasize proper posture, muscle development, flexibility, musicality, and grace of movement through beginner level combinations. Students are expected to know basic dance vocabulary and have a desire to improve their strength and technique.

 

Intermediate

Dancers with previous training will enjoy the transition into an intermediate level class. Students will progress at a quick yet comfortable pace while increasing strength and flexibility. Movement combinations are layered with multiple steps to refine and advance your dance technique on a pre-professional level.

 

Advanced

Pre-professional and professional dancers with an extensive background in dance training will benefit from this class. An advanced level class moves quickly and is meant to challenge you as a dance artist.