Free dance lessons on the catwalk from this weekend


After more than four months of having held in-person classes, the Repertory Dance Theater will be hosting a FREE class series at The Gateway in August. The RDT Dance Center on Broadway was established in 1994 as an extension of the Repertory Dance Theater’s dedication to the creation, development, awareness and understanding of the art of modern dance.

Before the pandemic, the RDT Dance Center offered a wide range of classes for adults (16 and over) evenings and weekends. The courses are designed on a “drop-in” basis, so no pre-registration or long-term commitments are required. The teachers work with students of all levels and no previous dance experience is expected. From March, classes moved online where teachers held regular classes from their homes. Classes were interrupted in July.

Thanks to The Gateway, RDT will be hosting its first in-person classes starting August 8 for a series of three weeks. Classes are designed to be fun, pressure-free and open to all levels. Students will be required to stay six feet from each other in designated areas and wear masks upon arrival.On August 8 and 22, Sarika Nayak will teach Bollywood / BollyPop. BollyPop is a high energy cardio workout with easy to follow movements and choreography. The class allows you to develop your overall strength and extend your dance style and skills. BollyPop includes not only the Bollywood dance style, but also Indian folk, Indian classics, Latin, Korean pop, hip hop and Egyptian classics movements as well as yoga. Prepare to shake, deflect, wiggle and groove across different continents in this adventurous, multicultural wonderland of dancing fun!

On August 15, RDT dancer Dan Higgins will teach Prime Movement / Basic Modern. This is a course originally designed for ages 40 and up, but will be open to all ages. By using basic modern technique and exploring various styles of movement, students will increase flexibility, strength and coordination. This joyful experience of movement is open to people of all ages and from all backgrounds in dance.


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