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Nia

Nia is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending aspects of martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, Nia provides a variety of movement dynamics to create an experience that is full-bodied, as well as full-spirited. The stillness and concentration of tai chi, the dynamic poses of yoga, the explosive power of martial arts, and the grace and spontaneity of modern and ethnic dance make it possible to create a whole new sense of well being! The use of eclectic, rich music, guided imagery, powerful kinesthetic cues, and heart-felt joy add to the full experience of a Nia class. This class is designed to work with your body's way and is for all levels and all ages, beginners are always welcome.

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Barre Body

No experience required! Does your work-out routine need a makeover?

Defined Motion has created a high intensity, low impact class that focuses on sculpting and elongating muscles, strengthening the core and raising the heart rate for a complete body work out experience. Students will be led through a series of exercises at the ballet barre that are designed to trim, tighten and tone the body. Barre Body exercises use isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. This class is pretty pacy and powerfull. The efficient use of bodyweight exercises, light hand weights and props delivers a dynamic toning class that works fast!

Restorative Flow & Strengthening Yoga

Restorative flow and strengthening is available to EVERY BODY. This class will start with a short meditation and or a restorative posture designed to quiet the mind and slow the nervous system, reconnecting with oneself. We will flow slowly holding postures longer to cultivate alignment, strength, and integration. Each class will be intelligently sequenced leading to a peak posture designed to strengthen and challenge the body and mind. Class will end with a gentle restorative pose integrating body, mind and spirit encouraging harmony and balance on and off the mat.

Creative Movement

Creative movement is a class that focuses on movement quality, self-expression, and the love of dance as an art form while strengthening motor skills. Students will be introduced to dynamics, time, effort and spacing through imaginative and improvisational movement. Students will develop the ability to fully express themselves to music with not only creative dance exercises but with the aids of props like balloons, scarves, ribbons, sticks, hoops and small percussion instruments. Creative movement is the beginning step for building a passion for dance and music that will last a lifetime.

Ages 3-4

Ballet

Recognized as the foundation form for studio dance, Ballet emphasizes technique, discipline, musicality and vocabulary.  Created in the royal courts of Europe, Ballet values precision, alignment, and discipline.  Our ballet classes will be conducted in a professional atmosphere by educated and trained instructors with teaching and performing experience.  Students will master the fundamentals of classical ballet that will enrich their artistry as well as build a strong base for additional dance forms.

Jazz

Jazz dance is an American form that emerged from and combined African, Folk, Ballet, Modern, and Musical Theatre techniques in light of the Jazz music era.  It is a dance genre that relies on rhythmical variation, flexibility, and strength.  Students will be taught a variety of modern jazz dance styles that will emphasize rhythm, center control of the body, isolations, and balance.  All which are skills that aid in the execution of the strong and sharp movements that make this form so popular.   

Tap

A fundamental technique, Tap dancing is an art form that combines percussion with movement.  Rooted in African dance and blossomed by American jazz dancers of the 1920’s and 30’s, Tap is embedded in intricate footwork that focuses on complex rhythms.  Students will master the codified steps that are used in rhythm and Broadway styles.

Hip Hop

The most recent and most popular form of movement is the American born culture and lifestyle of Hip Hop.  An Art form that encompasses music, lyrics, art, and dance, Hip Hop is a technique that began in the seventies on both sides of the U.S. coasts.  Its steps have been studied, mastered, and passed along influencing social and theatrical dance style variations.  Students will be exposed to the intricate steps as well as the cultural aspects of the form. This class focuses on both hip hop foundation and choreography. Students will learn movement vocabulary from hip hop styles like breakin, locking, popping and choreography which combines these styes with hip hop and RnB inspired movement and music. Using this vocabulary and choreography each student will find their personal groove.

Contemporary Dance

This class emphasizes the fusion of traditional studio techniques (ballet, modern and jazz) as well as concepts from hip-hop, folk dance and dance from pop culture.  Elements of ballet technique, modern floorwork and jazz isolations are incorporated into both the warm up and choreographic phrases.  Students are encouraged to focus on individual artistry through the rhythm, focus, and movement quality that comes from the blending of different dance styles.  Because a general understanding of multiple styles is required, this class is recommended only for dancers ages 12 and up who have had a minimum of two years of dance in at least two different dance techniques. 

Lyrical

Lyrical is a fusion of ballet, jazz, and modern, with expressive motions that tell a story. This class blends the sustained, controlled movement of ballet with the freedom, power, and dynamics of jazz and modern. Students will learn lyrical technique along with freedom of expression and interpretation of music.

Breakin'

Breakin' is the original form of hip hop dance. In this class students will learn the basics of breakin: Top Rock, Footwork, Drops or Go-downs, Freezes and Power Moves as well as practice the foundation of breakin. The main focus of this class is to teach foundation and freestyle. This is a dynamic class with many acrobatic tricks and moves.

Summer Creative Movement

Creative movement is a class that focuses on movement quality, self-expression, and the love of dance as an art form while strengthening motor skills. Presented through dynamics, time, effort and spacing dancers explore imaginative and improvisational movement. Students will develop the ability to fully express themselves to music with not only creative dance exercises but with the aids of props like balloons, scarves, ribbons, sticks, hoops and small percussion instruments. Creative movement is the beginning step for building a passion for dance and music that will last a lifetime. Summer Creative Movement will be taking place at Defined Motion.

Summer Dance Intensives 4th-12th Grade

Hip Hop and Breakin’

Wendy and Jacob are excited to come together at Planet Bluegrass and share their love of Breakin’ and Hip Hop with students in a summer camp setting. Breakin’ and Hip Hop are two dance styles that are rooted in personal expression. In this three day camp, instructors will enrich students in the hip hop culture through history, movement and music. Fundamentals and foundation technique like locking, popping, top rock, transition and freezes will be taught in an upbeat and fun environment. There will be a balance of set choreography, freestyle movement and occasionally, chillin by the river.   

 

Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical

Teaching together at Defined Motion/Mayama for over a DECADE Erin, Summer, Ali and Amber are teaming up to bring you their favorite styles of dance on the magical grounds of Planet Bluegrass. Students will learn technique, set choreography and dance history. Truly, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical are different fusions of each other and other dance forms and they all three continue to evolve with new generations. Instructors will be collaborating to bring you a fresh dance experience as we blur the lines further between these three styles. Be ready to dance hard, have a ton of fun and connect with teachers and fellow dancers and we move, explore and grow as artists alongside the river.   

Summer Dance Camp K-3rd Grade

Movement Exploration and Discovery

Join Defined Motion for an exciting summer session taking place at Planet Bluegrass. The curriculum will consist of Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop along with improvisation, games, crafts and some “feet in the river” time. Defined Motion instructors will give informative introductory classes using various approaches. By facilitating art, props, media and music students will explore styles with an artistic lens. Dancers will receive a short history, technique and choreography lesson on each dance form. This is a great opportunity for students to try new forms and see what sparks their interest in incredibly inspiring surroundings.