Serving Southern Maine and the New Hampshire Seacoast
The Dance Annex
Barre Fitness is a mind-body workout that combines ballet barre work, Pilates, and yoga. The strength work consists of exercises that work each muscle to exhaustion followed by stretching, giving the muscle a lean appearance. Alignment is the most important part of each exercise to be sure the muscle can be worked as intensely and safely as possible. This method includes an hour-long mind-body workout to fun, upbeat music followed by an inspirational cool down. This combination creates a fitness system that firms, lengthens, and re-shapes muscles to their optimal form. This class method was influenced by decades-old proven exercise, The Lotte Berk Method. The class itself begins with working the upper body with free weights, then moves to the barre to work the legs intensely, followed by abdominal work. The class finishes on mats where core work, seated exercises and stretching are completed, all while listening to the perfect music to get you feeling exactly how you should at each moment!
An intermediate level class that includes floor work, standing warm-up and a center that is based in modern dance, but also branches out into jazz and contemporary ballet styles. This exciting fusion offers eclectic across the floor and center dance phrases that will challenge students to move in diverse ways with attention to both solid technique and creative expression. Some structured improvisation and composition work will be included to enhance understanding of the choreographic process and artistic expression.
A union of classical ballet and traditional modern dance concepts combined to create a dynamic class with barre work, center work, and across the floor movement.
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, ages 12 and up
Intermediate/advanced level ballet for dancers with several years of ballet training.
Pre-Pointe/Pointe, Variations ages 12 and up
Must be taking at least two ballet classes a week and have previous ballet experience. Studio approval required.
Several selected Sundays to feature guest teachers, master classes, and introduce new programs.
This style of yoga incorporates flowing movement and mindful breath in an invigorating practice. We focus on strengthening, conditioning, enhancing flexibility and a gracefulness while also helping to promote a sense of calm and well-being. This class can be used to complement classical and contemporary dance training, but formal dance training is not required to participate. Students are required to bring their own yoga mats.
Ballet Focus Class, ages 12 and up
A class to focus solely on individual elements of technique (i.e., jumps, turns, flexibility, adagio, strengthening, etc). For intermediate and advanced dancers.
Adult/Teen Beginning Ballet, ages 16-adult
For teens and adults with little experience.
Ballet 1, ages 7-9
Beginner ballet class introducing the formal format of a traditional class with barre and center exercises. Students will learn the fundamentals of classical dance. Strengthen posture, engage larger and more intricate movement skills, develop classroom protocol and move with enjoyment.
Intermediate Ballet, ages 11-14
For children with some previous experience in ballet. Students will continue to build their foundation for dance and expand their dance vocabulary.
Beginner Teen Dance, ages 12-16
Beginner dance class for teens with little or no experience who want to try a bit of everything. A combination class with the opportunity to experience ballet, tap, and jazz within the year.
Dance class based on traditional modern foundations.
High energy dance with contemporary movement.
High energy dance based in classical jazz movements.