The fall session for youth programs at the NAC officially began Tuesday, September 8. There are a variety of classes offered for children, including dance, gymnastics, tae kwon do and KidFit. These classes are a great option for parents who want their kids to stay active and learn new skills.

What many parents may not know about the Youth Programs department is that they can also take advantage of these amazing programs. The Academy of Dance at the NAC offers a variety of adult dance classes. Participants in these classes not only get a great workout, but also learn new skills and form friendships with others in their class. Additionally, dancing is shown to reduce chances of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease along with other benefits that come with staying active and fit.



Adult Tap | Tuesdays at 11 am

This class is for dancers of all levels. Participants have fun while getting a great workout. Throughout the year, dancers will learn various tap steps and techniques. By the end of the session, participants will have learned several routines.

Adult Ballet | Fridays at 9:30 am

This class is structured as a typical ballet class, with barre work, center work, adage and allegro steps. Come and learn classical ballet technique, which will give you great balance, better posture, and a strong core. This class is for dancers of all levels. Beginners are welcome!

Belly Dancing | Beginner: Tuesdays at 7:30 pm | Intermediate: Mondays at 7:30 pm & Wednesdays at 9:30 am | Performance: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Spice up your workout! Learn the ancient art of belly dancing with this full body workout focusing on core strength and flexibility. The class consists of core isolation drills, basic dance movements, and easy to follow choreography patterns. This class is offered in three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, & Performance. The performance class is invitation only and the class is used as practice for the group’s various performances throughout the year, including the NAC dance recital and other exhibitions around the east coast.

Country Line Dancing | Thursdays at 7:30 pm

Learn some of the newest country line dances to pop country music. Bring your dance shoes or cowboy boots and get ready for a hoe down stompin’ fun time.Great exercise without even realizing it! You’ll be able to go out dancing at a country western club after you take this class. Learn all the basic steps such as kickball change, boxstep, Grapevine, sailor steps and more. Requests will also be taken for special songs.

Meet the Instructors: 
Kathy Peoples | Country Line Dancing

Kathy has been teaching country line dance in the Philadelphia area for the past 10 years with a great reputation for patience. She has a knack for teaching even those with two left feet! A study at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. found dancing to be the only regular physical activity associated with a significant drop in the incidence of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Other studies have shown Line Dancing in particular to be a great help in areas of memory, balance, cardiovascular and vertigo. And at the same time you get to have lots of fun!

JoAnna Hopkins | Adult Tap & Ballet
JoAnna Hopkins has over 30 years experience in teaching dance. She is the owner and operator of Ballet Workshop 11, and she is a Grade 6 Certified ballet instructor by the Cecchetti Council of America LCCA. JoAnna teaches both the Adult Ballet & Adult Tap classes.
Anne Jeronis | Belly Dance
Anne has studied tribal style belly dance and performed at many venues over the past 12 years. Wanting to share her passion for the dance as well its physical benefits, she began teaching belly dance movement classes at the NAC in 2005. Anne is also a certified Pilates instructor and an ACE certified fitness instructor with over 25 years in the fitness industry.

To enroll in adult dance classes, visit the Program Desk. For more information about these classes, email or call 215-968-0600 x112.

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