The Legacy Project – technique classes for ages 30+

Welcome to The Legacy Project, Philadelphia, where dancers over 30(ish) are encouraged to attend a safe weekly class designed to minimize injury, maintain range of motion and encourage artistic fulfillment and exploration. Trained, experienced professionals have a store of body knowledge that is worth articulating, preserving and sharing. With this in mind, The Legacy Project aims to bring together dance professionals of all genres for weekly maintenance classes designed specifically for the wise moving body. Classes are ballet and contemporary-based and will include safe warm up principles, range of motion (ROM) maintenance and non-traditional work that is underpinned by years of research on aging and ROM. Together we will build a supportive community acknowledging decades of practice and experience, where discussion and knowledge transfer encourages professionals to preserve and share their legacies.

Class fees:
One off: 20.00
1x per week monthly card: 60.00 (20.00 discount)
2x per week monthly card: 120.00 (40.00 discount)
Snow days: Participants are encouraged to take an alternate and additional class

Facilitator/Instructor: Janine Bryant, BFA, MA, PhD (Candidate), SFHEA, is a Registered Provider and Assessor with Safe in Dance International. Her desire to focus on and learn more about aging and range of motion for dancers is what drives her research. Janine’s primary goal is to share this knowledge in a safe and judgement-free space, to offer a traditional class in a non-traditional way, and to create a community of dancers who can celebrate their collective knowledge and draw upon decades of hard work, sacrifice and dedication. Janine’s secondary goal through The Legacy Project is to allow for joyful movement exploration without the traditional restrictions that dancers are often asked to adhere to in early training scenarios.

Quick Start Beginner Belly Dance

Students learn isolation movements of the hips and torso how to frame them with graceful arm positions and how to put them together with foot patterns in a simple choreography. Belly Dance technique enhances flexibility and provides a fun workout to great music but is gentle on the ankles and knees. Students learn alignment and posture to enhance the dance.

Oriental dance originated in Egypt and has spread around the globe as a performing art and an exciting way to exercise. Women all over the globe have taken to this dance and it flourishes today in Asia Europe and the Americas as well as the Middle East.

Habiba trains dancers in Middle Eastern movement techniques and cultural traditions at her Philadelphia studio. She is a leading researcher of the dances of Egypt and Tunisia and teaches belly dance as well as the traditional folkloric dances that have been performed and passed down for many years. The Habiba Studio has a regular schedule of classes personally taught by Habiba and welcomes students of all levels from beginner through advanced and professional

Hip Hop 4 Two Left Feet

A great dance class for complete beginners with hip hop dance, taught by Urban Movement Arts’ founder, Vince Johnson. This class will focus on the foundation of grooves, footwork, postures and shapes taught at a very comfortable pace. This is a space for folks that are interested in the process of growing themselves, not for people who want to look dope right away. We will focus on body mechanics and building foundation with the aim of participants becoming confident with entering beginner level classes in multiples styles at UMA and elsewhere. And of course, we hope that you will apply everything that you learn to the dance floor at clubs and parties!

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet – Children’s Program – Primary for ages 6-8

*(2 classes per week required)
6-8 years of age
(Students must be 6 years of age by September 1st)
No experience required

This level is a bridge to our Fundamental levels. Strength, vocabulary, and classroom etiquette are stressed, as well as flexibility and body alignment. Students enrolled by 11/1/19 will be eligible to perform in the Spring Performance.

*Once enrolled student is eligible to take an additional Saturday lesson from 10:30am – 11:30am.

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet – Children’s Program – Primary for ages 6-8

*(2 classes per week required)
6-8 years of age
(Students must be 6 years of age by September 1st)
No experience required

This level is a bridge to our Fundamental levels. Strength, vocabulary, and classroom etiquette are stressed, as well as flexibility and body alignment. Students enrolled by 11/1/19 will be eligible to perform in the Spring Performance.

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet – Children’s Program Pre-Ballet for ages 5-7

*5-7 years of age
(Students must be 5 years of age by September 1st)
No experience required
Pre-Ballet classes are an exciting introduction to Ballet technique. Students will begin work on fine motor skills and ballet vocabulary. Continued use of the imagination along with balance, body alignment, and spatial awareness are a focus. Students enrolled in Pre-Ballet by 11/1/19 will be eligible to perform in the Spring Production.

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet – Adult Intermediate Class with Jessica Kilpatrick

Intermediate Ballet is a fun and invigorating ballet class. During intermediate ballet, we begin to move more quickly and combine multiple steps into ‘combinations’ together within a single exercise. Barre work can move quite swiftly and focuses on strengthening the dancer’s muscles while building stamina with repetition. Center work expands the movement vocabulary even further and pushes the dancer’s artistry. Intermediate ballet is a full body workout that is designed to challenge the dancer. As always, everyone is welcome and self-care along with modifications are celebrated and encouraged.

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet – Children’s Program – Creative Movement for ages 3-4

*3-4 years of age
(Students must be 3 years of age by September 1st)
No experience required

The introduction to ballet-based movement begins at this tender age. We want a child’s first experience with dance to be a positive one. Students work on gross motor skills using various types of music and songs, props, and their imagination. Students enrolled in Movement classes will not perform in the Spring Production but will have an in-house studio demonstration in May.

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet – Creative Movement for ages 4-5

*4-5 years of age
(Students must be 4 years of age by September 1st)
No experience required

Continued work on gross motor skills with greater focus on creative thinking is the core of this level. Students will explore working with others as well as spatial awareness. Students enrolled in Creative classes will not perform in the Spring Production but will have an in-house studio demonstration in May.