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The curriculum at the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center is designed with students of all expertise in mind. We will have introductory classes for true beginners, intermediate sessions for those who have some experience and advanced classes for the experts.

 Open Classes

Afro-Caribbean – A joyful and high-spirited style of dance fused in the roots of African and the multicultural influences of the Caribbean. Get ready for energetic hip-rolls, fun foot-work, and plenty of undulations and isolations!

Afro Flow Yoga® – An infusion of electrifying dance movements of the African Diaspora with a meditative yoga sequence of gentle yet powerful stretches. Deeply connect with the soulful rhythmic drums, energize your chakras, gain strength and flexibility and rejoice in the bliss of feeling renewed, grounded and peaceful!

Advanced Modern – A free flowing and emotive form of contemporary movement. Often performed in bare feet, using the torso, floor work and fall and recovery.

Fit-For-Life – A light to moderate class, geared to build stamina, balance and flexibility, while having complete added aerobic metabolism weight-loss benefits.

GYROKINESIS® – is a conditioning class that will get the body moving harmoniously and feeling good. It is a gentle class, using three dimensional movement, rhythm and breath to encourage the body to release tension, while also stretching and strengthening. All levels are welcome, no prior dance experience is required.

Morning Stretch – Based on the teachings of Hilary Cartwrights “Yoga for Dancers” method, Amos’ class focuses on breath work and body alignment. Amos encourages his students to approach stretching from the inside out, using the natural rhythms of the body to help achieve the desired lengthened, toned and flexible aesthetic.

Rhythmic Stretch – Discover a new level of flexibility, poise, and strength in this rhythmic and full-body experience. Stretch from head-to-toe while developing your muscle tone and grooving to electrifying world rhythms.

West African – A high-energy, fast paced rhythmic dance style, using total body articulation, expressing traditions from across the African continent.

Program Classes (i.e. Spring/Summer/Fall)

West African – A high-energy, fast paced rhythmic dance style, using total body articulation, expressing traditions from across the African continent.

Afro-Caribbean – A joyful and free-spirited style of dance fused in the roots of Africa and the multicultural influences of the Caribbean.

Afro-Fusion – An integrated style of dance, which blends elements of African music with Western contemporary dance forms. Movement is deeply rooted in South African dance styles, such as Gumboot, Pantsula and Indlamu.

Ballet – A highly technical dance style, performed in ballet slippers, promoting refinement of movement and grace while sculpting the entire body, supporting proper alignment and building core strength.

Gumboot – An exciting workout, filled with rapid foot work, pulsating rhythms, and vocal expression. Learn the foot-stomping, boot-slapping dance of the South African miners, men and women who created the world-popular Gumboot dance in the gold mines of South Africa.

Hip-Hop – Inspired from hip-hop culture and lifestyles, hip-hop is a highly energetic variety of improvised, high impact and forceful, rhythmic clicks, pops and locks.

Jazz – An engaging, syncopated, sharp style of dance deeply rooted in the theater, expressing emotions of characters who often burst out into song to heighten the experience.

Modern – A free flowing and emotive form of contemporary movement often performed in bare feet, using the torso, floor work and fall and recovery.

Tap – An energetic, syncopated and improvised dance style made by a rhythmic tapping sound that comes from small metal plates on the dancers’ shoes. Tap dancers are often referred to as percussive musicians.