Dance & Fitness
All Bolender Center and Johnson County classes are subject to change. KCBS reserves the right to cancel or change classes based on enrollment.
DRESS CODE: There is no formal dress code, but we recommend close- fitting attire that allows the dancer to move comfortably and receive proper instruction. Ballet slippers are required for ballet classes and tap shoes for tap classes. No midriff tops please. Recommended dance apparel stores are listed HERE.
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Ballet & Pointe
All classes listed include barre, center work and stretching.
Designed for those with little or no ballet experience, this class will teach basic technique and terminology in a fun and positive environment. The class includes stretching, barre work, and steps that travel across the room.
For dancers with some ballet experience, this class will offer longer ballet combinations while continuing to expand on terminology and technique. This class will have a steady pace that will be fun and challenging.
For experienced dancers, with knowledge of technique and terminology, this class will challenge you both physically and mentally. If you are looking to further your technique, increase your flexibility and stamina, or focus on your performing quality, then this is the class for you.
*All ballet classes are 1.5 hours
This class is an exploration of organic movement inspired by the dancer, choreographer and technique. Improvisation, floor work, fall and recovery and emotional vulnerability encompass this class. Strong ballet and modern training is needed.
Participants will learn a wide-variety of fiery Flamenco dance steps, rhythmic hand clapping, and how to exude attitude. It’s the most cost-effective trip to “Spain” you can find without leaving Kansas City. (1 Hour; Medium Intensity)
Filled with inviting and invigorating energy, each class includes a jazz warm up, technical combinations, progressions and choreography. (1 Hour; Medium to High Intensity)
Contemporary modern dance technique exploring stability and mobility through floorwork, inversions, standing exercises, off-center and extended movement sequences. (Medium-High Intensity)
This Mixed Level Pilates class is a non-impact, balanced system that works as well for the elite athlete as it does for the injured, or the unconditioned. It can produce results regardless of age or fitness level. Pilates is a tried and true method of exercise for true core development, total body strengthening and flexibility that delivers results! (1 Hour; Medium/High Intensity)
This class is limited to 5 participants and is performed on the Pilates Reformer apparatus. Expect to strengthen your entire body through a system that produces long, lean, flexible muscles. Your posture will be taken to a new level. The spring system on the Reformer allows challenge to be added or subtracted as you improve and progress. The Reformer is both harder and easier than a mat class, in that it creates resistance while providing assistance to your movements so that you execute them correctly for maximum results. Try this class out to achieve a ‘Pilates body’ which is similar to the appearance of a dancer’s body! Since the Reformer was originally developed to help ill people, it is gentle and effective and can be used successful for all levels of fitness.
Learn the basics of tap in a fun and friendly environment.
This class will transition you from a beginner to an intermediate tapper. Pre-requisites include; knowledge and proper execution of the difference between a “flap” and a “shuffle”; the basic soft shoe, and confidence to move up to the next level. Class work will include various time steps and breaks; development into the more advanced soft shoe; heel and toe drops, paddle and roll.
This quick-paced class is challenging with a mix of tap styles: soft shoe, Broadway, and contemporary rhythm. Pre-requisites include: Time Steps (Single Rhythm, Double Rhythm, Triple Rhythm, Soft shoe, Waltz Clog and Military), Cramp roll, Paddle and roll, Riffs (4 count, 5 count, 6 count), Shim Sham. If you are not familiar with any of the steps above, with prior tap experience, you should be able to pick it up in one session.
Vinyasa Mixed Level Flow
This is an all level flow class which borrows from several yoga styles. The pace is smooth and incorporates deep breathing for a calming, meditative experience. Expect to be challenged to tone, build strength, lengthen tight muscles, and improve range of motion in joints. With a balanced practice of yoga poses presented in an integrative way, the mind and body respond with more space and openness. The class ends in a calming, deep relaxation.
Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. Zumba Fitness® is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a "fitness-party" that is downright addictive. (1 Hour; Medium to High Intensity)