Open Division students participated in a Flash Mob. Photo: Peter Zay

Adult 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.

2013-2014 Open Division Calendar

Open Division classes will meet in three 11-week sessions throughout the 2013-14 academic year. Students may pre-register for the entire session or drop in any time.

Fall Session September 9 – November 23, 2013
Winter Session January 6 - March 22, 2014
Spring Session March 24 - June 7, 2014
For a complete School of Dance calendar, including all holidays and school closures, click here.

Class Schedule

Click here for a printable copy of the Open Division class schedule and registration form.

Ballet Classes

Class Day Time Instructor Studio
Adult Beginning Ballet Monday 7:15-8:45 PM Sarkis Kaltakhtchian 4
Adult Beginning Ballet Wednesday 7:05-8:35 PM Lauren Skrabalak 4
Adult Intermediate Ballet Tuesday 6:45-8:15 PM Lauren Skrabalak 1
Adult Intermediate Ballet Thursday 6:45-8:15 PM Kati Mayo 1
Adult Intermediate Ballet Saturday 9:30-11:00 AM Heather Ferguson 3

Other Dance Classes

Class Day Time Instructor Studio
Adult Beginning Tap
Meets at Spirit Square
*Some tap experience required for Spring session.
Monday 6:15-7:15 PM Gretchen Jax  
Adult Intermediate Tap
Meets at Spirit Square
Tuesday 6:15-7:45 PM Gretchen Jax  
Hip Hop (NEW!) Monday 7:15-8:15 PM Kyle Shawell 3
Intermediate Modern Dance Wednesday 7:15-8:30 PM Gretchen Jax A
Power Dance Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM Tara Winston Conrad 2

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.

This class lays the foundation for solid tap technical skills through rhythm combinations and choreography.

This class expands on beginning tap with more complexity in rhythm, movement and movement sequencing.

Students will experience a fusion of movement styles such as funk, pop, west coast and African dance set to popular music.

Class focuses on use of breath and core strength while developing spatial relationship and awareness, rhythmic patterning and the beginning of the vocabulary of modern dance.

“Getting it all done” has never been such fun with this all inclusive ‘work out’ class. Using techniques found in body sculpting, power dance and yoga, this class will focus on reshaping the muscles, strengthening cardio vascular fitness and increasing flexibility.


Pay just $125 to pre-register for one class for the eleven-week session. At less than $12 per class, this is a savings of almost 30% compared to the single class price!

Drop-Ins Welcome

Students may choose to drop in to any Open Division class for the single class price of $16 ($10 with valid college student ID). Five-class Dance Cards are available for $75, and ten-class Dance Cards are available for $140. Dance Cards are valid for all Open Division classes through June 8, 2014.

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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.

What is the dress code for the Open Division classes?
Any comfortable workout attire is acceptable in the Open Division.  There is no official dress code for these classes.  You will need to purchase proper footwear.  Ballet slippers are required for ballet classes- pink, black or white, leather or canvas.  Modern classes are danced barefoot.  Tap shoes are required for tap classes, Jazz shoes in any style for Jazz and Power Dance.  Hip Hop students can wear clean street sneakers or jazz sneakers.  Morris Costumes, 4300 Monroe Road is recommended for dancewear and shoes.

Where should I park for class?
Free parking is available in the gravel lot located behind the Center for Dance, 701 N Tryon St (corner of Tryon and 10th streets).  Turn down 10th Street and then enter the gate for the McColl Center for Visual Art, located on the right just beyond our building.  Do not park on the pavement but exit the back left corner and proceed to the gravel area.  Enter the Center for Dance on 10th Street.

Tap classes are held at Spirit Square, 345 N College Street, at the corner of College and 7th Street.  Spirit Square has a parking lot at the 7th street entrance but fees are charged.  Free street parking is available in the area after 6 PM.  Paid parking is also available in the 7th Street Station. 

Where should I go when I arrive for class?
Open Division classes at the Center for Dance are generally held on the second floor.  All students must sign in at the lobby reception desk for each class attended.  The receptionist on duty can direct you to the correct studio.  Restrooms are available on both floors for changing if necessary.  Students should take their possessions into the studio. 

Tap students will sign in with the teacher at Spirit Square.  Classes are held on the 3rd floor in Studio A.