Designed for adult dancers of all ages and abilities!  All classes are fun, educational, and challenging. For working professionals and others interested in dance.  A great workout to relieve daily stress.




*NO Classes in June 

Drop in Rates = $15 per class

Workshop Rate = $25

Unlimited Classes Membership = $65 per month *good for a month from purchase date

Class passes = 8 classes for $100 *good for a year from purchase date

Click on the Classes to Below to Sign Up!


Erika Bianca Vinson began performing hip-hop with Pamoja Dance Company at The University of Georgia in 2004. She continued her training with Culture Shock Chicago, through which she met and began touring with recording artist Kid Sister. She has performed in several music videos, international festivals, and on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC). Erika has been a dance instructor for adults eight years and for children three years. Erika has worked in public education since 2013.
Lavesh began teaching Bhangra at Natya Academy in North Carolina, USA in 2006. For 10 years, he taught over 300 students and started the independent (non-collegiate) Bhangra movement in NC. He established over 20 teams (youth and competitive), competing and performing across North America at cultural, diversity, corporate, competitive, and social events. In 2006, Lavesh won his first competition in NYC with his team Gabroo Alliance, a mixture of music and live (Dhol). He also was a part of UNC-C
ShaLeigh Comerford received a Masters degree in Visual and Performing Arts from Hollins University as well as a Bachelor’s with honors in Painting and Poetry. She began her formal dance training with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre in VA. She also trained under numerous master teachers at the American Dance Festival, NYC and at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, Belgium. In addition, Comerford was personally invited to train in the Gaga movement language with Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Av
Sakarah Hall-Edge is a Durham native, she began her training at age 5 in traditional West African dance styles. She spent numerous years as a student at The American Dance Festival and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she majored in Dance & Choreography. She currently tours with The Clothesline Muse.
Anthony “Ay-Jaye” Nelson Jr is a Durham native performer, choreographer, and instructor. With Hillside High School being his first dance home, he has thus branched out broadening his movement vocabulary and technique with a particular focus on modern movement, ballet, release technique, hip-hop, and jazz influenced styles. He has been featured in various Dance Theatre performances and has performed works for Chris Grant, renowned choreographer for Beyoncé, Leah Wilks of VECTOR, ShaLeigh Dance Wo
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HEALTH & FITNESS: Funk Dance Fitness {Currently in session}

EXPERIENCE: none | CLASS TIME: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: Workout gear and sneakers

DESCRIPTION: This class starts with a warm-up that will get you sweating, then dive into a blend of delicious full body stretching, core conditioning, and fun and funky dance choreography to energetic music. Get your body moving in new and challenging ways. Let loose, have fun, and gain a whole new level of fitness.

 *This class will challenge seasoned dancers to beginners, but with the priority being that everyone has a great time!


RHYTHM & GROOVE: Afrobeat 

EXPERIENCE: none | CLASS TIME: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: Knee Pads recommended, Sneakers optional

DESCRIPTION: An African based dance style with dancehall influences.  This class involves undulating hip movements, powerful high-energy steps, and strong core-based movements to an international cultural beat.

RHYTHM & GROOVE: Bhangra {Currently in session}

EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | CLASS TIME: 75 minutes | ATTIRE: Street shoes or Heels


DESCRIPTION: Bhangra is a high-energy folk dance from the state of Punjab! Come experience the fun with Lavesh Pritmani, creator of the Learn Bhangra App for iOS and Android devices and former instructor at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.  Learn Bhangra is a company focused on bringing Bhangra to everyone. As the premiere, global provider of Bhangra instruction, we want to make it possible for any person to learn and enjoy Bhangra, especially as it continues to become a recognizable dance form around the world.



EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | CLASS TIME: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: Sneakers recommended

DESCRIPTION: Heavily influenced by video/commercial dance and street dance, this energetic class focuses on style, swag and FUN! Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. This class encourages you to bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements.  Starting with a warm-up of free-styling, stretching, and conditioning that’s guaranteed to get your heart pounding. Then learn choreography that’s set to groove-worthy jams spanning all decades of music!



EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | CLASS TIME: 90 minutes | ATTIRE: Street shoes or Heels

DESCRIPTION:  The class is focused around basic body rhythms inherent in Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Cha-Cha-Cha.  There will be a rotation of classes that will focus on one of the five Latin Club Dances - Merengue, Salsa Styling, Bachata, Cumbia, and Cha-Cha-Cha, which are the most popular dance styles seen at Latin clubs today.

DANCE 101: Ballet {Currently in session}

EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 75 minutes | Attire: Leggings, leotard, tights, & Ballet shoes recommended

DESCRIPTION: This class presents a fun and easy way for beginning and experienced adult dancers alike to connect with their bodies through the technical foundations of ballet. We will discover how to tone and work out our bodies while moving through the classical form with joy and ease.


DANCE 101: Modern Dance

EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 75 minutes | Attire: loose fitting clothing or leggings


DESCRIPTION:  This class is designed to help dancers gain confidence in dance through a moderate pace class that focuses on technique and basic lyrical style choreography. This is a great class for first time dancers!


DANCE 101: Tap

EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 60 minutes | Attire: Tap shoes or shoes with a hard sole


DESCRIPTION: Everybody has rhythm. This class will help you find it and express it! Work on tap dance fundamentals and apply them to choreography and improvisation to different types of music.


DANCE 101: Stretch

EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 40 minutes | Attire: leggings or shorts


DESCRIPTION: A perfect way to set a calm tone to your busy work week.  This class will motivate and educate you on how to safely improve your flexibility and strength while having fun. Stretch your hamstrings, quads, and open your hips and perform or improve splits.

DANCE 2.0: Jazz

EXPERIENCE: Some experience | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: dancers choice

DESCRIPTION This class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Classes include center warm-up technique, stretch and strengthening exercises, floor work, and across the floor progressions and jazz choreography.


DANCE 2.0: Lyrical

EXPERIENCE: Some experience | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 60 minutes | ATTIRE: dancers choice!

DESCRIPTION: Bring your favorite songs to life through movement. Take the phrase "leave it on the dance floor" literally and all the emotions with it.  This class focuses on choreography, students will learn a new lyrical combination each week.


DANCE 2.0: Contemporary

EXPERIENCE: Some experience | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 60 minutes | Attire:


DESCRIPTION: This class is a fusion of ballet, jazz, and modern dance, and usually contains an emotional journey, or story.

Strong focus on modern techniques such as contraction and release, off-center balances and suspension as well as musicality and self-expression.


Part of the #Girlboss Dance Series is a SAFE environment to be sexy and empowered while getting fit!  These classes are available for private group sessions!  Reserve your Private class via Mindbody Reservations.

*HEELS NOTE:  Your heels should provide ankle support and should not be over 4 inches, unless they are sensible platforms. Thicker heels may be better for extra stability. Comfort comes first!


#GIRLBOSS: Heels {Currently in session}

EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 60 minutes | Attire: Heels* not required but encouraged


DESCRIPTION: This high-energy class is designed to sharpen performance technique, movement quality, lines and shapes, core strength, musicality and proper alignment, all while wearing a pump! With influences from street-jazz, hip-hop, vouging, hairography, and stage performance, this class is geared toward finding and perfecting your ultimate sexy! Classes will incorporate a small warm-up done without heels to focus on core strengthening, across the floor to hone your catwalk and sexy movement, and will also end with a combination.



EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 60 minutes | Attire: Heels* not required but encouraged


DESCRIPTION: Learn a hypnotic, sexy chair dance routine to share with your special someone or use this class to stay fit! These moves that will tone your abs, butt and legs. This class is red hot! Get ready to put a sexy smirk on your face and straddle a chair as you learn sizzling group choreography using a chair as your prop.


#GIRLBOSS: Floorwork

EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 60 minutes | Attire: long pants, knee pads optional


DESCRIPTION:  This class is designed to help you achieve more graceful and fluid movements to a sensual floor routine that focuses on body rolls, strength moves, coupled with heel clacks and twerking.


#GIRLBOSS: Vogue {Currently in session}

EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 60 minutes | Attire: Have Fun And Be Creative!


DESCRIPTION: Students will learn the fundamental gestures, poses, and movements of the Vogue dance style and classic Runway.  This highly stylized, modern house dance originating in the late 1980s and evolved out of the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1960s.  Embody the stylish, pop-culture inspired dance that has pushed cultural boundaries.


#GIRLBOSS: Video Vixen {Currently in session}

EXPERIENCE: All Levels Welcome | Ages: 21+ | Class Time: 60 minutes | Attire: Have Fun And Be Creative!

DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wanted to dance like a video vixen? Now you can! Enjoy a sassy, hip hop meets jazz funk, cardio session! Learn dance combinations that will provide a full body workout like no other.


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Tel. 984-377-2017

109 West Parrish St

Durham, NC 27701

*Entrance is at Side door from the grassy park area



Monday - Friday 7:00 - 9:30 pm

Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm 

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