ADULT DROP-IN CLASSES
Afro-Cuban Modern dance (or "Tecnica Cubana") is a Cuban dance that blends North American modern technique and European ballet with sacred Afro-Cuban traditions. The class starts with a warm-up focused on contraction and release techniques and undulation exercises, followed by across-the-floor and choreographed combinations. Components of traditional Afro-Cuban folkloric dances are also taught. The class is suitable for dancers of all levels.
Our Philly Bop social dance on Sundays is popping!
Led by the one and only Shirla Smith, no partner is required! Each class is a mix of instruction and practice.
All levels welcome.
Our classes center around learning and improving students' understanding of the following core flamenco dance principles:
Proper posture and body positioning (colocación), percussive footwork (zapateo); movement of the arms/port de bras (braceo) and the circular movement of the hands (floreo); turns (vueltas); movement patterns that mark the beat (marcaje); rhythmic hand-clapping (palmas sordas/palmas altas); understanding of select flamenco rhythms (palos); locomotor movements across the floor will combine skills of the upper and lower body. All classes feature live accompaniment by professional flamenco guitarist Pat D'Aprile.
Modern class structured in the style and teachings of Lester Horton. Horton technique incorporates 17 “fortification studies” (among other elements) that each focus on a different idea, such as descent/ascent and laterals, or body parts such as the Achilles tendons or abdominals. Class progresses across the floor with movement phrases, turns and single-foot arch springs (jumps from one foot).
Sound Space specializes in tap. That's why we built the best floor in town. Whether you're an absolute beginner or a working professional, we have the class for you.
Absolute beginner with Pam: a mix of music concepts and basic technique, including straight time, swing time, how to execute time steps and basic fundamentals like flap, slap, shuffle, hop, leap and step, breaks, understanding phrases, and more.
Beginner/intermediate with Pam: using more complex technique and phrasing, we work on fundamentals, dynamics, clarity and phrasing, typically in the jazz tap tradition.
Intermediate/advanced with Pam: complex weight shifting, increased tempos, specificity in footwork and a focus on clarity.
Street hoofin' with Robert: This class focuses on a style of dynamic, close-to-the-ground, a cappella tap that is unique to Philadelphia and was made most popular by the late LaVaughn Robinson.
Join our weekly Lindy hop event at the studio. No partner required!
Balboa is a partnered swing dance that was born out of necessity for space on crowded dance floors in the 20s &30s. its close embrace and focus on connection take up little space & create a unique dynamic and aesthetic. In this class we will build you up from the basics- no experience or partner necessary. Led by Paul and Diane, you'll be swinging in no time.
We are excited to offer our first session of clogging, a type of American percussive folk dance, which developed from aspects of English, Scottish, German, and Cherokee step dances, as well as African rhythms and movement.
This first session will run from June 23-July 28. Tap shoes or hard soled shoes required. Drop-in for $12 or take all six for $60.
Instructor: Beverly Rolfsmeyer