Open Division
Ages 14 to Adult

The School's Open Division includes a variety of dance and dance-based fitness classes. Open Division classes are ideal for beginners, former dancers wanting to return to their passion and those looking to use dance-based fitness as a way to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

2011 Summer Schedule

June 27-August 1

All Open Division classes will meet for five weeks. Open Division classes will not meet on Monday, July 4. The last day of Open Division classes will be Monday, August 1.

Ballet Classes
With instructors Heather Ferranti Ferguson, Traci Gilchrest, Sarkis Kaltakthchian, and Rene Olivier

Class Day Time
Adult Beginning Ballet Monday 7:00-8:30 PM
Adult Beginning Ballet Wednesday 7:00-8:30 PM
Adult Intermediate Ballet Tuesday 6:45-8:15 PM
Adult Intermediate Ballet Thursday 6:45-8:15 PM
Adult Intermediate Ballet Saturday 9:30-11:00 AM
Class Day Time Instructor
Afro-Caribbean Dance Monday 6:00-7:15 PM April Berry
Adult Tap (Int./Adv.)
*Meets at Spirit Square
Tuesday 6:15-7:45 PM Gretchen Jax
Power Dance
(July 12, 19 and 26)

*Click here to pre-register for just $12 per class.
Tuesday 6:30-7:30 PM Tara Winston Conrad
Jazz Fundamentals Wednesday 7:00-8:15 PM Kyle Shawell
Adult Musical Theatre Dance Thursday 7:00-8:15 PM Tom Hildebrand

Class Descriptions

No dance experience is needed unless class is at the intermediate level or it is indicated in the class description.

Experience the joy of movement and creative expression while learning the fundamentals of classical ballet.

Building from the foundations of Adult Beginning Ballet this class increases technique, body alignment and balletic expression.

Students experience movement and rhythms from the Caribbean. This exhilarating and fun class fuses traditional African, Caribbean and Latin American movements with classic modern technique from Katherine Dunham. April Berry, former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a certified “master” teacher in the Dunham technique, leads the class with live drum accompaniment.

*Meets at Spirit Square
This class is recommended for students with some prior tap experience. Class explores more complexity in rhythm, movement and movement sequencing.

Students will study rhythm, syncopation, isolation and improvisation while moving to upbeat music. Students gain strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination.

Students will experience a variety of Musical Theatre dance styles from classic Broadway to Bollywood while learning how to bring a character to life through the choreography. Students will be challenged, have fun and build confidence as they learn how to take the stage.


Register Now and Save!
Pre-Registration for Summer 2011 Open Division classes is now closed.
For the first time, pre-registration is available for all Open Division classes this summer. Pre-register for one five-week class and pay $60. Pre-register for two or more five-week classes and pay just $55 per class. This is a savings of over 25% compared to the single class price! Registration can be completed online here. Please note that pre-registration is not transferrable to other classes. This offer ends Friday, June 24.
Drop-Ins Welcome
Students may still choose to drop in to any Open Division class for the single class price of $16 ($10 with valid college student ID). Five-class Summer Dance Cards will be available for $75. Summer Dance Cards are valid for all Open Division classes through August 1, 2011.

Please contact Cindy Miller (cmiller@ncdance.org; 704.372.3900) with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at the Center for Dance this summer!


Who will be teaching the class?
The School of Dance’s faculty is top notch! The instructors are former professional dancers or have received degrees from prestigious college dance programs.  

I have a child that is younger than 13 that wants to take a class. Are there classes for children?
Yes, the School offers classes for students ages 3 through adult. Click here for more information.