It's a new year and that means new classes! A variety of wonderful classes will start the last week of January which are sure to get you sweating, having fun, learning and creatively expressing yourself. All classes are held at Dance Place San Diego and are $12 per class if you sign up for the whole 8 week series or $15 drop-in. Please read each class description for the room number. Some classes have a performance opportunity on March 21 which is optional. If you plan to perform, you are required to attend all classes and rehearsals. Audition information for professional hoop and burlesque troupes at the bottom! Thai Temple Fusion Belly Dance Mondays, 7-8pm, Room #204 Jan 26 - March 16 *Performance Opportunity* Sign up here: http://unityhoops.com/eventclass/thai-temple-fusion-belly-dance Inspiration from Valentina's travels to Thailand will be incorporated into this 8 week beginner Belly Dance series. Not only will we work on basic belly dance movements including undulations, shimmies, isolations and posture; we will also incorporate the beautiful, articulate hand and arm motions Thai dancers use in their traditional classical dance form. We will work together in class to create intricate shapes that can only be made with a group. Each class will include a stretch, warm-up, specific belly dance movement break-down and drills, plus building on a choreography that will be performed on March 21. Performance opportunity optional. Beginning Hoop Dance w/ Leela Wednesdays, 6-7pm, Room #201 Jan 28 - March 18 Sign up here: http://unityhoops.com/eventclass/beginning-hoop-dance-0 It's a new year and a perfect time to start your Hoop Dance journey! Hooping is a fun and creative way to work out and express yourself. An increasingly popular way to exercise, hooping is also a new form of dance and performance art. Tone your core, arms, legs and gluts while getting a cardio work out, learning a new skill, increasing your coordination and having FUN while you do it! You will not feel like you're burning 600 calories per hour as you challenge yourself to continue learning the endless amount of tricks and dance moves the hoop has to offer. Hoops will be available to borrow in class and can be purchased from http://etsy.com/shop/unityhoops so you can practice at home! Intermediate/Advanced Hoop Dance Wednesdays, 7-8pm, Room #201 Jan 28 - March 18 Sign up here: http://unityhoops.com/eventclass/intadv-hoop-dance Take your hooping to the next level! This eight week course will cover a variety of styles of hooping, including: fancy combos and flashy flourishes with one hoop; body throws and catches; on-body and off-body doubles; and some impressive and accessible triple hooping. Beginning Burlesque: Feather Boa Play Thursdays, 6-7pm, Room #204 Jan 29 - March 19 *Performance Opportunity* Sign up here: http://unityhoops.com/eventclass/beginning-burlesque-feather-boa-play We'll be playing with feather boas in this introduction to Burlesque dancing class! Our choreography will be set to Tom Wait's song "Pasties & a G-String" - listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH51fbzXg_E Ready to get sultry, sassy and sexy? We'll be turning up the heat and letting loose in class each week; embracing and harnessing our feminine sexual power! This class will give you a fun, empowering workout with warm-ups, stretching, teasing and playful bump n' grind dance exercises. Please bring a feather boa, heels you can dance in and a pair of satin gloves to class. Valentina will also have extra gloves to loan out. We'll be building a choreography each week that will be performed in Valentina's next production, "Va Va Voom!" on March 21. Solo Act Creation Course Thursdays 7-8pm, Room #204 Jan 29 - March 19 *Performance Opportunity* Sign up here: http://unityhoops.com/eventclass/solo-act-creation-course Get your act together! And let Valentina guide you through the process. Valentina has been performing Burlesque for 6 years, Hoop Dance for 7 years and Belly Dance for 17 years. After all of these years spent on the stage, she is finally ready to help you create your very own solo act! It can be in the arts of belly dance, hoop dance or burlesque. We will cover the entire process of creating an act: telling your story/picking a theme or concept, choosing music, costume building, choreography, tricks/dance moves/removal logistics, performance skills and more. We will meet each week on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm to work on your piece with an opportunity to perform it on March 21. You are also expected to spend your own time outside of the weekly meetings working on your act. Valentina will give you one-on-one feedback and constructive criticism to make your act the best it can be! Hoop Unit Auditions Wed, Jan 28, 8pm, Room #201 The Hoop Unit has been performing together since 2009. Every year we bring in new hoopers to experience the magic of working in a group. We will have a new choreography to perform on March 21, some of which will be presented to you in this audition. We will be looking for hoopers who can pick up on hoop choreography naturally and are dedicated to coming to rehearsals. All new Hoop Unit members will be required to attend the Int/Adv hoop dance class on Wednesdays from 7-8pm at a discounted rate and the weekly rehearsal after class from 8-9pm the same night. Please bring your hoops to the audition. Please dress comfortably, what you would wear to any yoga or dance class is appropriate, no costumes required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Professional Showgirl Auditions Thurs, Jan 29, 8pm, Room #204 Valentina is starting a professional Burlesque showgirl troupe! We are looking for experienced dancers who are dedicated to the art form of Burlesque. Please bring heels you can dance in, but no costuming is required. A short choreography will be presented to you for you to learn and audition with. Rehearsals will be Thursday nights from 8-9pm. Feel free to email Valentina with any questions at email@example.com. Thank you!