Winter Free Class Week 2024

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Start 2024 off right with a week of free dance classes hosted by DanceATL in partnership with several local studios, organizations and teachers.

Monday, January 22 – Sunday, January 28, 2024

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

click to jump to each day’s class descriptions & registration links if applicable

Free class week came into fruition as a result of community conversations between local dance educators and DanceATL. In DanceATL’s Annual Survey, many responses emphasized a need for more affordable dance class opportunities. This is our third bi-annual Free Class Week, and we have so many classes donated by generous teachers and studios throughout the Metro-Atlanta area!


Class Descriptions


Monday, January 22, 2024

Beginner Contemporary Ballet with Zara Estelle
12-1pm at Metropolitan Studios

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL!
This class is a perfect introduction to ballet in a non-competitive and fun environment. It is a great way to continue to refine technique for those who may have taken classes before. Exercises are aimed at conditioning the body for dance and focus on proper alignment, core strength, leg strength, balance, and flexibility.
Wear something you are comfortable moving in and that is stretchy. Ballet slippers or socks are welcome.


Jumpboard/ Reformer Pilates
2-2:50pm at Contour Pilates ATL

PRE-REGISTER with code: DANCEATL
Get your heart rate up with our jumpboard/reformer class!


POSTPONED– Free Class will be offered Monday 1/29
Dance Foundry Adult Ballet with Sammy Spriggs
7-8pm at Dance Foundry

Open to all-levels, and adapted in the moment to challenge and suit each of the dancers in the room, this is a fun and supportive class environment. We take up space, move our bodies, and challenge our minds by moving through a classical ballet class in a fresh way. 


Manifestation Through Movement with Zara Estelle
7-8pm at Metropolitan Studios

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL!
This class is designed to connect the mind, body and soul. Bring in and create good energy, set your intentions, visualize what you want to manifest for yourself and let go of any negativity you have pent up. Learn slow and sultry burlesque with a twist on classic choreography. This class specifically will teach you the fundamentals of burlesque and have you leaving class loving your body and ready to show off your new moves and take on whatever life throws at you. This class is great for self care and is a positive motivator.
Wear something you are comfortable moving in and that is stretchy.


Adult Modern with Corian Ellisor
7:30-8:30pm at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center – Winter Living Room

PRE-REGISTER with code: freeweek24
A hybrid contemporary/modern class steeped in release technique.  Known for welcoming all levels and thorough warm-up.


Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Reformer Pilates
4-4:50pm at Contour Pilates ATL

PRE-REGISTER with code: DANCEATL
These classes are done on the Pilates reformer machine. The machine consists of a movable platform, called the carriage, that is attached to springs and pulleys which provide resistance to the Pilates exercises. Reformer classes help improve strength, flexibility, posture, coordination and balance. *This is a multi-level class. It is recommended that clients have prior Pilates experience or have completed 3 fundamentals classes and/or 3 private sessions before entering into this class.


Reformer Pilates
6-6:50pm at Contour Pilates ATL

PRE-REGISTER with Code: DANCEATL
These classes are done on the Pilates reformer machine. The machine consists of a movable platform, called the carriage, that is attached to springs and pulleys which provide resistance to the Pilates exercises. Reformer classes help improve strength, flexibility, posture, coordination and balance. *This is a multi-level class. It is recommended that clients have prior Pilates experience or have completed 3 fundamentals classes and/or 3 private sessions before entering into this class.


Yoga with a Twist with Haylee Warner
6:30-7:30 at Moving In The Spirit

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL
Taught by Haylee Warner, Yoga with a Twist flows through various postures to stretch and strengthen our physical bodies and center our minds. Expect a little “dance break” to find your own groove, with optional partnering to connect with classmates. Come with an open mind, ready to experience the joy of moving with new friends! This class is part of Moving in the Spirit‘s dance fitness series for movers of all ages and abilities, including children and seniors.


Adult Modern with Jessi Scopp-McGrath
6:30-7:30pm at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center – 2nd Floor Gallery

PRE-REGISTER with code: freeweek24
With an anatomically sound approach to technique, this class flows from floor to standing and culminates in musically-driven, lovely phrases.


Embodying the Void: Butoh Workshop with Frankie Mulinix (Vandellous)
7-8:30pm at 1083 Austin Ave NE, #202, Atlanta, GA

PRE-REGISTER
Ignite your power and expand your movement vocabulary with this free workshop. Explore the wisdom of your body through breath, presence, imagery, sensation, and movement.

This workshop is ideal for anyone with a body, including artists and performers of all backgrounds.


Adult Modern
7:30-8:30pm at En Pointe School of Dance

PRE-REGISTER


Beginner Tap with Melissa Hoover
7:30-8:30pm at DanceFX Atlanta

PRE-REGISTER


Sensu-All Bodies Stretch & Conditioning with Talloolah Love
7:30-8:30pm at Metropolitan Studios

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL!
Discover improved flexibility, relaxation, and overall well-being through guided stretching exercises. Available at Metropolitan Studios: Yoga Strap, Two firm yoga blocks, Tennis ball, Yoga mat, Yoga blanket 


Intermediate/Advanced Tap with Payton McCarty
7:30-8:30pm at DanceFX Atlanta

PRE-REGISTER


Adult Hip Hop
8-9pm at The Neighborhood Ballet – Ormewood Park

PRE-REGISTER (Video- How to register for Free Class Week classes at TNB)
This class is specifically designed for adults who are interested in learning and exploring the art of Hip Hop dance in a fun and supportive environment. Whether you’re a beginner or have previous dance experience, this class is open to all skill levels.


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Full Radius Dance Physically Integrated Modern Dance
9-10:15am at Dance Foundry

PRE-REGISTER
Almost all professional dance training assumes a set of norms, paradigms, and aesthetics applicable only to
people without disabilities. Full Radius Dance has created a methodology of rigorous dance training that serves both dancers with and without disabilities. Our classes welcome all bodies.


Reformer Pilates
12-12:50pm at Contour Pilates ATL

PRE-REGISTER with code: DANCEATL
These classes are done on the Pilates reformer machine. The machine consists of a movable platform, called the carriage, that is attached to springs and pulleys which provide resistance to the Pilates exercises. Reformer classes help improve strength, flexibility, posture, coordination and balance.
*This is a multi-level class. It is recommended that clients have prior Pilates experience or have completed 3 fundamentals classes and/or 3 private sessions before entering into this class.


Adult Contemporary with Emily Christianson
12-1pm at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center – Winter Living Room

PRE-REGISTER with code: freeweek24
Contemporary movement class explores relationship with gravity, tension, form, and release and builds a foundation of support from the ground up .Class progresses to spatial, dynamic phrase work that encourages individual exploration/expression.


Jumpboard/ Reformer Pilates
2-2:50pm at Contour Pilates ATL

PRE-REGISTER with code: DANCEATL
Get your heart rate up with our jumpboard/reformer class!


Movement Arts Atlanta Absolute Beginner Adult Ballet
5:45-6:45pm at Inman Park United Methodist Church

PRE-REGISTER by email: movementartsatl@gmail.com
Absolute Beginner Adult Ballet is a beginning ballet class for adults that starts at the absolute beginning with basic ballet vocabulary and how to take a ballet class. No judgments, all joy!


Adult Beginning Ballet with Han Meyers
6:30-7:30pm at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center – Winter Living Room

PRE-REGISTER with code: freeweek24
Introduction to the sequence of exercises at the barre, the physicality and terminology of ballet. Easy to follow dance phrases and floor work. Appropriate for those new to ballet, revisiting the art form after an absence or dancers who want to refresh the basics of ballet.


Sexify™ with Roula Roulette
7-8pm at Metropolitan Studios

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL!
Sexify™ class is available online and all registered students will receive an online link, even if they attend in person. Please email metrostudioseav@gmail.com if you plan to attend virtually. Sexify™ Signature is a one-of-a-kind dance experience in an affirming and welcoming environment! Learn dance movements that add hot tricks to your bag. This dance class brings a sense of a collective experience and support for your journey through your body; one that embodies the true essence of who you are. We know all bodies are different and hold space for that. We believe that all bodies are good bodies. This class is typically done to one song, so you can get the choreography and musicality. Open to all levels, no experience required. The Sexify™ certified instructors of The Atlanta School of Burlesque teach real-life sensual movements that can make you feel more confident, powerful, and expressive. Fitness components make this an ultimate workout that will leave you feeling empowered and in tune with your flow. You will want to push yourself out of your comfort zone – and you’ll look hot doing it!

Geared towards individuals with no dance experience. You don’t need any particular strengths, rhythm, or to be in good shape to get started. Sensual dance fitness brings an awareness of your body and improved coordination. This is an LGBTQ+ affirming fitness class that is for people of marginalized genders including women, non-binary folks and trans men. There is always a possibility of adult themes and language usage in this class. We welcome people from all walks of life. You’ll meet uniquely supportive babes as you dance, strengthen, and stretch your way through the class. Students tell us they are never bored in this class and that you won’t feel like you’re working out until you wake up the next morning.
What to bring: Kneepads, Long socks or leg warmers are welcome.


Beginner Hip-Hop
7:30-8:30pm at DanceFX Atlanta

PRE-REGISTER


Adult Tap
8-9pm at En Pointe School of Dance

PRE-REGISTER


Intermediate/Advanced Hip-Hop
8:30-9:30pm at DanceFX Atlanta

PRE-REGISTER


Thursday, January 25, 2024

Morning Movement, Mobility and Mindfulness with Talloolah Love
7:30-8:30am at Metropolitan Studios

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL!
Greet the day and the self with this structurally informed practice. Pulling from Talloolah’s years of yoga, structural therapy, meditation, and dance, this class will integrate these practices into a coherent on-and-off-the-mat experience. The class is accessible for all levels of skill and fitness. It meets you where you are and invites you to heal through movement, mobility, and mindfulness. Available at Metropolitan Studios Yoga Strap, Two firm yoga blocks, Tennis ball, Yoga mat, Yoga blanket.


Adult Intermediate Ballet
9:30-11am at The Neighborhood Ballet – Ormewood Park Annex (above Spoon Restaurant)

PRE-REGISTER (Video- How to register for Free Class Week classes at TNB)
This ballet class is perfect for those with ballet training experience that are looking to get back in the studio! It is also suited for dancers who are ready to challenge themselves or those who are outgrowing our beginner level class. Class will begin at the barre then move to the center.


Adult Ballet Barre and Stretch with Beth Del Nero
10:45-11:45am at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center – Winter Living Room

PRE-REGISTER with code: freeweek24
This one hour class is a complete classical ballet barre with lots of STRETCH!  Appropriate for beginners with some ballet training and on up through professionals (not an intro class).


Movement Arts Atlanta Adult Beginner Ballet
11am-12pm at Inman Park United Methodist Church

PRE-REGISTER by email: movementartsatl@gmail.com
Adult Ballet is a ballet class for adults that includes gentle stretching and strength exercises in addition to ballet vocabulary. It is a great class for beginners with experience and those returning to dance.


Stretch, Strengthen, Flex with Zara Estelle
12-1pm at Metropolitan Studios

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL!
This class is designed to help enhance your overall performance and provide a deeper understanding of your body’s connectivity. In this class you will work on engaging your core, stretching your muscles and introducing exercises to help increase your flexibility. The benefits of stretching exercises are endless; they help in injury prevention and healing, provide better muscle coordination, improved posture, enhance performance, an increased range of motion, and overall greater mental health.


Pilates Mat w/ Props
5:30-6:20pm at Contour Pilates ATL

PRE-REGISTER with Code: DANCEATL
These classes focus on body weight exercises while utilizing small props such as balls, bands, magic circles, foam rollers, etc. Mat classes help improve strength, flexibility, posture, and balance.
*This is a multi-level class. It is recommended that clients have prior Pilates experience or have completed 3 fundamentals classes and/or 3 private sessions before entering into this class.


Beginning Intermediate Modern with Arneshuia Nelson
6-7pm at Atlanta Dance & Music Academy

A technical blend of breath work, release recovery, and improvisation.


Pilates Tower
6:30-7:20pm at Contour Pilates ATL

PRE-REGISTER with Code: DANCEATL
These classes are done on the Pilates Tower machine, which utilizes springs to provide resistance to the Pilates exercises. The Tower has a flat mat that provides a stable surface to work from. Tower classes will build strength, flexibility, improve posture and muscular endurance. These classes are open to all levels.
*This is a multi-level class. It is recommended that clients have prior Pilates experience or have completed 3 fundamentals classes and/or 3 private sessions before entering into this class.


Contemporary with Monica Hogan Thysell
6:30-7:30pm at Mōtus Dance

PRE-REGISTER
In Monica’s Contemporary class, we’ll explore fluid movement pathways, connection to breath, and dynamic musicality. The choreography will break down technical foundational movements in a grounded, accessible, and feel-good way. The class level is for experienced beginners and up. Monica gives modifications for all levels.


Adult Ballet
6:30-7:30pm at British Academy of Performing Arts

All are welcome in this beginner-intermediate level Adult Ballet class.


Adult Yoga
7:30-8:30pm at British Academy of Performing Arts

All are welcome in this mixed level Adult Yoga class.


Friday, January 26, 2024

Contemporary Modern Technique with Kristin O’Neal
10-11:30am at Core Dance

PRE-REGISTER with code: DANCEATL24
Geared for the intermediate to professional mover who enjoys deepening and clarifying alignment/technique through somatic lenses, we will warm our way from the floor investigating our bodies’ nuances that morning considering the weight of our bones to activate deep core muscles.  Solo Contact Improvisation concepts will invite ease and efficiency while conditioning thoughtfully, readying the body for a myriad of delightful possibilities that contemporary modern dance asks of us.  We will consider all surfaces of our bodies in contact with the floor, noticing anchor points of stability to find freedom of movement in our joints and in space while sliding, swinging, floating, falling, pouring, gliding and all the things that inspire us along the way.


Modus Technique with Jillian Mitchell and Kit Modus
10:10-11:40am at Decatur School of Ballet – Sams St.

Reframe your technique with Modus. Our distinctive training style seamlessly integrates classical and contemporary movement, empowers maximum physicality, challenges the mind, and ignites creativity + musicality. Modus redefines ballet.


Saturday, January 27, 2024

Adult Ballet
9:30-10:30am at En Pointe School of Dance

PRE-REGISTER


Movement Arts Atlanta MultiAge Beginning Modern
10-11:15am at Inman Park United Methodist Church

PRE-REGISTER by email: movementartsatl@gmail.com
This is a multi-age class for dancers age 7 through adult. It is a beginning class that introduces the basic structure and vocabulary of modern dance. Stretching, strengthening and gross motor movement work is infused with concepts such as suspension/release and improvisation.


Social Dance Class with Reframed/Wilder Smith – Movement Arts Atlanta Guest Class Series
1-3pm at Inman Park United Methodist Church

PRE-REGISTER
Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to announce the first in MAA’s Guest Class Series for 2024. Wilder Smith of Reframed will teach a Social Dance Class on Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Students age 11 and older are welcome. No experience is necessary. The dances taught for the class will be selected according to the students who attend the class but may include tango, merengue, and/or bachata.


Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sexify™ with Ursula Undress
10:45-11:45am at Metropolitan Studios

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL!
Sexify™ class is available online and all registered students will receive an online link, even if they attend in person. Please email metrostudioseav@gmail.com if you plan to attend virtually. Sexify™ Signature is a one-of-a-kind dance experience in an affirming and welcoming environment! Learn dance movements that add hot tricks to your bag. This dance class brings a sense of a collective experience and support for your journey through your body; one that embodies the true essence of who you are. We know all bodies are different and hold space for that. We believe that all bodies are good bodies. This class is typically done to one song, so you can get the choreography and musicality. Open to all levels, no experience required. The Sexify™ certified instructors of The Atlanta School of Burlesque teach real-life sensual movements that can make you feel more confident, powerful, and expressive. Fitness components make this an ultimate workout that will leave you feeling empowered and in tune with your flow. You will want to push yourself out of your comfort zone – and you’ll look hot doing it!

Geared towards individuals with no dance experience. You don’t need any particular strengths, rhythm, or to be in good shape to get started. Sensual dance fitness brings an awareness of your body and improved coordination. This is an LGBTQ+ affirming fitness class that is for people of marginalized genders including women, non-binary folks and trans men. There is always a possibility of adult themes and language usage in this class. We welcome people from all walks of life. You’ll meet uniquely supportive babes as you dance, strengthen, and stretch your way through the class. Students tell us they are never bored in this class and that you won’t feel like you’re working out until you wake up the next morning.
What to bring: Kneepads, Long socks or leg warmers are welcome.


Synergetic Flow with Bleu Pearl
1:30-2:30pm at Metropolitan Studios

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL!
Ready to learn a fun and exhilarating way to dance? Synergetic Flow focuses on using the chair as a prop as you learn sensual movements that show off your best assets in and around the chair. Learning to connect and flow with every movement. Boost your confidence in this high energy hour of chair dancing. This class starts with a warm up focusing on flexibility and some stability work with core strength.
What to bring: Kneepads, Long socks or leg warmers are welcome.


Burlesque Basics with Golden Mystique
3-4pm at Metropolitan Studios

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL!
Learn Burlesque Basics with the critically celebrated and award-winning teachers at The Atlanta School of Burlesque! Take a tour of the burlesque studio and learn about Burlesque Legends, The Burlesque Hall of Fame, and some notable points in Burlesque history. Then, move into the classroom where our instructors will review fundamental Burlesque movement and walks which culminate in a short routine. No experience required and all bodies and skill levels are welcome! What to bring: Dance/character shoes or strapped toe shoes with a 2-3-inch heel. Other acceptable footwear include jazz flats, salsa shoes or barefoot. Water.


Heels (18+)
5-6pm at DanceFX Atlanta

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Fat Babe Finesse with Platinum Pussycat
6-7pm at Metropolitan Studios

PRE-REGISTER with code: DanceATL!
Dance is for everyBODY! Spend an hour shaking your gorgeous bits, singing along to the music and showing just how amazing dance looks on fat bodies. All levels are welcome, no prior training necessary. Each class we will learn and practice choreography with different approaches and accommodations to make it look fabulous on your body shape. Classes begin with community building, affirmations and stretching, and ends with a cool down. Students can dance barefoot, in jazz or character shoes. Bring water.


Thanks to our partners and volunteers for Free Class Week!
Class Donors: Atlanta Dance & Music Academy, British Academy of Performing Arts, Callanwolde School of Dance, Contour Pilates, Core Dance, Dance Foundry, DanceFX Atlanta, Divine Dance Studio, En Pointe School of Dance, Full Radius Dance, Kit Modus, Metropolitan Studios, Mōtus Dance, Movement Arts Atlanta, Frankie Mulinix (Vandellous), The Neighborhood Ballet, Monica Hogan Thysell, Vibrance Centre

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