Adult Classes (ages 13+)

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Adult Session Classes

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Winter Session Dates

January 15 - June 3. Registration for the full session is required! Open enrollment, pro rated after session start date.

Payment

Payment is due at registration. You may cancel up to one week before the class begins for a return of payment in the form of credits on your account.

Virtual Classes

If you register for a virtual class, the Zoom link will be sent each week before the class begins.

In-Person Classes

Please note: Dovetail follows Chicago local ordinance guidelines for masks and COVID-19 safety policies.

Adult Ballet: Beginner

Ballet originated in the Italian renaissance courts of the 15th century, where elite members of society were treated to a spectacle of dance and music. Transitioning from the court, to the opera, and then to the stage by the late 18th century, ballet began to stand on its own as an art form. By the 19th century, ballet began to look like what we see today; dancers in pointe shoes, narrative storylines, and ethereal athleticism. Ballet is a classical style of dance that is characterized by graceful movement, balance and symmetry, precision of movement, and a codified classical technique.

Adult Ballet: Beginner is for absolute beginners who have never had any ballet training before and want to learn. No experience needed!

Ballet is a great physical activity that involves cardio, stretching, concentration, music, and memory. It burns calories, lengthens and strengthens muscles and contributes to an all-around sense of well-being.

This is an engaging, upbeat, thoughtful class that challenges without frustrating the students while focusing on helping them adjust their technical placement and posture for better strength and control.

DRESS CODE

Comfortable, form-fitting attire. Ballet shoes are best, but socks will do.

One class per week. Registration required.

Adult Ballet: Beg/Int

Ballet originated in the Italian renaissance courts of the 15th century, where elite members of society were treated to a spectacle of dance and music.Transitioning from the court, to the opera, and then to the stage by the late 18th century, ballet began to stand on its own as an art form. By the 19th century, ballet began to look like what we see today; dancers in pointe shoes, narrative storylines, and ethereal athleticism. Ballet is a classical style of dance that is characterized by graceful movement, balance and symmetry, precision of movement, and a codified classical technique.

Adult Ballet: Beginning/Intermediate is for dancers who know the fundamentals of ballet and want to continue their training. This is an engaging, upbeat, thoughtful class that challenges without frustrating the students while focusing on helping them adjust their technical placement and posture for better strength and control.

DRESS CODE

Comfortable, form-fitting attire. Ballet shoes are best, but socks will do.

One class per week. Registration required.

Adult Ballet: Intermediate/Adv

Adult Ballet: Intermediate/Adv is a class for those with previous experience and confidence in the technique. The class will work on more complex steps and will move at a quicker pace.

Ballet is a great physical activity that involves cardio, stretching, concentration, music, and memory. It burns calories, lengthens and strengthens muscles and contributes to an all-around sense of well-being.

This is an engaging, upbeat, and thoughtful class that challenges without frustrating the students. Teachers focus on helping students adjust their technical placement and posture for increased strength, mobility, and control.

DRESS CODE

Comfortable, form-fitting attire. Ballet shoes are best, but socks will do.

One class per week. Registration required.

Adult Tap: Beginner

Tap originated in the early 19th century from African-American and Irish dance forms. As enslaved peoples had traditional African percussion instruments taken from them, they created rhythmic dances with percussive sounds to maintain their traditions. This style merged with wooden clog dancing brought to America by Irish immigrants, and thus the art of Tap dancing was born. 20th century Tap was pivotal in American culture, ranging from Vaudeville acts and the Harlem Renaissance, all the way to Hollywood and Broadway. Tap dancing is characterized by shoes with metal on the toes and heel that create the percussive sounds highlighted by the rhythmic motions of the feet.

Adult Tap: Beginner is for absolute beginners or dancers with some tapping experience.

Tap dance is simultaneously music and movement. This class draws on a diversity of approaches to integrating the basic fundamentals of these two elements. The emphasis will be on establishing a strong technical foundation of vocabulary, execution, clarity, and time.

Through warm-up exercises, improvisation, and choreography, students will learn how to shift weight, execute motions efficiently, recognize styles of music, and express rhythm through sound and movement.

DRESS CODE

Comfortable clothing required and tap shoes.

Adult Tap: Beg/Int

Tap originated in the early 19th century from African-American and Irish dance forms. As enslaved peoples had traditional African percussion instruments taken from them, they created rhythmic dances with percussive sounds to maintain their traditions. This style merged with wooden clog dancing brought to America by Irish immigrants, and thus the art of Tap dancing was born. 20th century Tap was pivotal in American culture, ranging from Vaudeville acts and the Harlem Renaissance, all the way to Hollywood and Broadway. Tap dancing is characterized by shoes with metal on the toes and heel that create the percussive sounds highlighted by the rhythmic motions of the feet.

Adult Tap: Beginning/Intermediate is a continuation class from Beginner.

Tap dance is simultaneously music and movement. This class draws on a diversity of approaches to integrating the basic fundamentals of these two elements. The emphasis will be on establishing a strong technical foundation of vocabulary, execution, clarity, and time.

Through warm-up exercises, improvisation, and choreography, students will learn how to shift weight, execute motions efficiently, recognize styles of music, and express rhythm through sound and movement.

DRESS CODE

Comfortable clothing required and tap shoes.

Open Level Castanets

Open Level Castanents is a half hour class with focus on techniques ranging from castanet patterns to Sevillanas. Suitable for dancers just beginning with castanets and dancers who want the challenge of adding castanets to Sevillanas movement.

DRESS CODE

Ankle length skirt and character or flamenco shoes. Dancers must purchase their own castanets.

Registration required, repeatable.

Adult Flamenco: Beg/Int

Adult Flamenco: Beginning/Intermediate is a continuation class from Beginner.

Feel the rhythm, grace and power of flamenco dance. Learn the technique and vocabulary of traditional flamenco.

DRESS CODE

Ankle length skirt and character or flamenco shoes. Dancers must purchase their own castanets.

Registration required, repeatable.

Adult Contemporary Modern: Beginner

Modern dance is attributed to a rejection of Ballet’s structure and precision. Historically, the birth of Modern dance is credited to American dance performers Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis in the mid 19th century. Modern dance forever changed dance technique; bringing the body horizontal to the floor, bending feet and limbs in non-traditional ways, and including regional dance movements from the black diaspora in the Americas and Caribbean (Katherine Dunham). To this day Modern dance breaks boundaries, addresses contemporary issues, and allows for expression and free form.

Adult Contemporary Modern: Beginner is for dancers who are new to the Modern dance technique. This class teaches dancers the curvature of the spine, how to move in and out of the floor safely, and cardiovascular locomotion.

DRESS CODE

Comfortable clothing required and bare feet.

Registration required, repeatable.

Adult Drop-In Classes

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Drop-in Classes

Continuous weekly classes with a single drop-in rate for adults of all levels.

Payment

Pre-registration and payment is due at least 10 minutes before the class begins.

Cancellations

You may cancel your class up to 1 hour prior to the class start time without consequence (credits will be returned to your account). After this 1 hour threshold, no refunds will be given.

Dovetail follows Chicago local ordinance guidelines for masks and COVID-19 safety policies.

 

Open Level Ballet

Dance no matter what your level! This Open Level Ballet class will include barre, center and jumps.

In-Person & Virtual

Weekly Drop-in Class: $18.00

WERQ Fitness

Werq is the wildly addictive cardio dance class based on the hottest pop and hip hop music. The workout is nonstop with repetitive athletic moves and fresh dance step you get the best sweat.

Drop-in: $15.00

Popping & Locking

This class covers the fundamentals of major styles such as tutting, robot, snaking, Boogaloo, locking and animation. This class is suitable for students of all levels of experience but is geared towards beginners and intermediate levels. The class consists of drills, choreography and some history.

Drop-in: $15.00

Open Level Hip Hop

This is a high-energy, choreography based class; which infuses commercial dance, with the original forms of street dancing. Students will learn various choreographic combinations, while building confidence, grooving, and having fun!

Drop-in: $18.00

Please wear comfortable clothing, and clean sneakers.