Broadway Performing Academy, 1225 Ken Pratt Blvd. Unit 225, Longmont, 303-990-4210, broadwayperformingacademy.com.
Instructor: Kimberleigh Spencer started dancing at 5 years old. She's trained in ballet, tap jazz and musical theater. She's taught for the last 37 years and opened the Broadway Performing Academy four and half years ago.
"We are a performing arts studio but everybody is welcome. You don't need to have experience to come and take a class," said Spencer. "Adults can dance, they just have to have the confidence to step into class."
What is the workout? The class started with a fun warm up that got us moving even before we started dancing. We then moved in to learning a couple basic steps and spins. Spencer demonstrated the moves, breaking them down into multiple parts. We moved through each one, slowly at first, then to the music.
The rest of the class was dedicated to learning a routine. The other students were already familiar with the first half of the routine. I had to jump in and try to find my way around the moves with the instructor's help.
What's different? Contemporary dance integrates various traditional and modern dance styles. This particular class has a strong base in classical ballet. The class is great for people who previously trained in dance or are looking to start fresh, without any pressure.
"We teach with a positive atmosphere. Anybody can, even if you haven't danced, come in and learn how to dance," said Spencer.
It's easier to just focus on yourself and not get self-conscious in a dance class specifically for adults. The small class size made it easy for Spencer to give everyone individual attention.
"I love watching people grow. I love watching people that think they can't do it, in a month or two months' time, be able to do it," said Spencer.
Cost: The studio offers membership pricing based on the time spent taking classes each week. One class a week is $65 and two classes a week is $120. You can find more detailed pricing on the studio website.
Level: This class is open to beginner and intermediate students. Spencer offered harder variations for more experienced students and easier ones for beginners like me. The beginner ballet class might be a better place to start for true beginners. The contemporary class relies heavily on basic ballet skills — getting these moves down makes the class much easier to comprehend.
When: The class is offered from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. every Sunday.
What to prepare: Regular workout clothes, preferably tights or leggings. Shoes are not needed for this class.
Muscles worked: My legs and core felt this the most. The class wasn't overly taxing. Like an introductory yoga class, I worked some muscles I didn't know were there but not to the point of over exertion. It was more of a mental workout in many ways, focusing on where to put my feet and which way to turn.
What I loved: It was enjoyable. I was jumping, hopping, spinning and sashaying. It was fun to dance with the other students. We all messed up multiple times and we'd laugh instead of getting frustrated. There wasn't any pressure to get everything right, just to have a good time and learn something new.
What I didn't like: I felt a little lost trying to learn the routine. It would take a couple classes for me to catch up with the other students and even longer to get some of the moves right. I'd call it controlled flailing on my part.
How I felt after the class: My limbs felt warm and loose. I was energized and ready to take on the rest of my Sunday.
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