Adult Dance & Fitness Classes


At Dancewave, everyone is invited to dance! All of our teachers create a community in class that is supportive and non-competitive. We are committed to providing opportunities for students to engage with a diverse range of movement styles. Taking class at Dancewave is about the joy of moving, building confidence, and learning together in an environment that celebrates individual expression and creativity. Please find in each class description our notes in bold about what level of experience and preparation is suggested to best enjoy the class.


We are committed to supporting our dance and teaching artist community. Our teaching artists are paid a fair wage for their work teaching online classes at Dancewave. Please visit our list of Resources for Dance Artists affected by COVID-19. We are closely monitoring community news and updating this daily. Have a new lead on a COVID-19 relief resource? Email us additional resources any time with subject line “COVID-19 Relief Resource” and we’ll add it to the list. Thanks for your support!


○ Modified Adult schedule with new classes!
○ All classes are $10/drop-in: Please note, Adult Class Cards are suspended/on hold until we return to in-studio classes
○ Registration links available 2 weeks at a time.
○ Online classes are anticipated to run through the end of April, possibly into May


Participation in our online classes requires a device that has a camera and speaker
○ Click the blue registration button for the date you wish to attend
Important: Attendees must complete registration no later than 30 minutes before class begins
○ After you complete payment, you will receive a confirmation email from
○ 30 minutes before class begins, you will receive another email with an invitation link to a Zoom webinar
○ Please join the Zoom link at least 5 minutes before class to allow time for you to set up your camera

$25,000 for 25 Years GoFundMe!

Dancewave, along with many other performing arts nonprofits, has lost crucial funding as a result of coronavirus-related closures. We need YOUR help to continue into our next 25 years of dance education and service! We are asking for your participation to help us weather this challenge in support of our youth, our staff, and our mission to transform lives through dance. Your contribution is more vital than ever before, and will allow us to provide more online dance opportunities for youth, adults and seniors across New York and beyond. Your support means the world to us, our students and teaching artists, and the future of our organization. Thank you!

If you are able, please donate and share Dancewave’s $25,000 for 25 Years GoFundMe:


Begin Again Ballet | Sundays, 10:00-11:00am EST | Taught by Deborah Lohse

Taught with humor and vivid imagery, our adult ballet class focuses on building ballet technique in a light-hearted and imaginative atmosphere. Deborah Lohse, also a performing artist, creates a fun environment for adults of all levels to learn and strengthen their foundational ballet technique. Begin Again Ballet reorients adults who may have taken some time away from ballet and are excited to jump back in. This class moves through the traditional ballet structure of barre and center combinations into a final full-bodied movement phrase that encourages physicality, while developing improvisational and performance instincts. Some prior ballet knowledge and understanding of terminology is helpful.


Beginner Modern | Sundays, 12:00-1:00pm EST | Taught by Marion Spencer

Dancewave’s Beginner Modern is a highly imaginative investigation of ourselves as facile creative movers. Our class creates a safe space for learning and growth while embracing risk and technical challenges. Beginning with a sensation-based warm-up, we wake up our bodies and ground ourselves through both set material and improvisation. Our class strengthens basic modern technique and cultivates courage and curiosity through floor and standing exercises, finally culminating with a full-bodied dance phrase that challenges us both physically and creatively. Suitable for the absolute beginner to dance and/or modern dance, this class welcomes all levels interested in moving.


Intermediate Modern | Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm EST | Taught by Marion Spencer

Our Intermediate Modern class follows a similar format to our Beginner Modern class, though is slightly more challenging than our beginner class. Dancers are welcomed into a creative learning environment that challenges a broad spectrum of levels in an inclusive and supportive community. Come join the fun! This class is for all interested in being pushed physically and creatively to dig deeper in their dancing, geared towards a person with some prior modern dance experience and technique.


Hip Hop | Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm EST | Taught by Alicia Hutchinson

Hip Hop is a fun and highly energetic class for all dancers. Learn basic Hip Hop vocabulary, rhythms, musicality, phrasing and choreography to popular hip hop music, then get the chance to perform longer phrases that incorporate these moves. This popular class is a fun way to increase confidence through movement. All interested in Hip Hop are welcome to this class, choreography is built throughout class and can be modified to challenge beginner and more advanced dancers alike!


Modern Jazz | Fridays, 5:00-6:00pm EST | Taught by Audrey Madison

Whether you’ve danced before or always wanted to, we welcome all levels to Modern Jazz Dance. Classes begin with thirty minutes of exercise designed to increase flexibility as well as strengthen, lengthen and tone muscles. Then we Dance! …combining movements that incorporate a range of dance styles to form different routines weekly. Our minds are challenged as we learn new routines. Our hearts soar as we express ourselves creatively. Our spirits rise as we celebrate the joy of dance. Expressive content, taught in phrases, make this a great class for beginners to intermediates who want to enjoy themselves while dancing!


Friday Night Improv Jam | Fridays, 7:00-8:00pm EST | Taught by Leah Wilks

Deepen your unique sense of movement exploration. Friday Night Improv classes are crafted for dancers of all levels to enjoy and unwind from the week. Join us for a fun, communal, contemporary dance experience and a chance to connect with others through movement.



Zumba® | Sundays – NEW TIME! – 2:00-3:00pm & Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm EST | Taught by Ashlea Bonds

Zumba classes feature Latin rhythms set to high-energy international beats. Before you know it, you’ll be getting fit and will feel your energy levels soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness Party. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students.This is a medium-paced, follow along class with basic sequencing, suitable for all levels.


Yoga | Mondays, 9:00-10:00am EST | Maddie Warriner

Maddie’s yoga class is about empowering people to feel strong, soft and in tune with their bodies. Yoga focuses on breath, alignment, awareness, and a sense of lightness while pushing the body and mind. This class will move you, working up a sweat, and then we’ll bring it down for deep stretching, lengthening and easy breath. All ages and experiences welcome. Please have a water, towel or scarf, pillow or couch cushion, and a mat with you at the top of class.


Barre Vida | Mondays, 7:00-8:00pm EST | Taught by Autumn Oftedal

Barre Vida is a total body workout open to people of all fitness levels. It is a low cardio and intense toning class that works to elongate the muscles while burning fat. The class utilizes the use of the ballet barre, small hand weights, and other props to improve posture, give muscle definition, increase flexibility, and encourage weight loss. Each class is choreographed to a specific playlist to help motivate and give that extra musical push. Barre fitness targets the smaller muscles that often get lost in regular cardio or boot camp classes such as the oblique muscles, transverse abdominals, triceps, inner thighs, and gluteus. Expect to have fun and leave sweaty! Class consists of demanding rigorous muscle targeted exercises, though all movement levels are welcome. Be prepared to push yourself! Use a mat!


Pilates® | Wednesdays, 9:00am-10:00am EST | Taught by Austin Selden

Increase your strength and ease of movement with an embodied sense of your anatomy. This class focuses on engaging the core while increasing the mobility and stability of your joints. We will address any injuries and integrate your individual goals into a full-body group Pilates class. This gentle somatic-based Pilates class is perfect for all abilities.


Essentrics® | Fridays, 9:00-10:00am EST | Taught by Diane Jacobowitz

Essentrics is a full body workout that rapidly changes the shape of your body through a dynamic combination of strengthening and stretching. The technique develops lean, strong and flexible muscles with immediate changes to your posture. Perfect for people of all fitness levels, this program rebalances the body, prevents and treats injuries and unlocks tight joints. With a diverse music playlist accompanying each routine, this equipment-free workout leaves you feeling energized, youthful and healthy. This is an even-paced class designed to increase flexibility and mobility, accessible to all movers! Occasional use of a mat, if available.


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