Get in the groove and try a dance class! Workshops on ballet, jazz, belly dance and more will be offered throughout the semester, designed specifically for adults. See schedule below.
No experience, specific clothes or shoes necessary. Just wear something comfortable and be ready to move and sweat!
Fall Session 2: October 31 - December 19
This class has been cancelled.
Saturday, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Michigan Tech Student Daily $5, Session $25
General Public Daily $7, Session $35
Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. You’ll receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class.
About the Instructors
Allison Mills coaxed her parents into letting her take dance classes at the tender age of three. She studied classical ballet in Helena, Montana and in Minnesota's Twin Cities area, including an apprenticeship with the Continental Ballet Company and toured the Midwest for several years performing in The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Coppelia. When she left professional ballet, Allison became the youngest member at the Rosemount High School Modern Dance Company and explored other dance forms including belly dance, jazz and improvisation.
Belly dance especially stole her heart and feet when she began studying Raqs Sharqi. Allison's belly dance training is mostly in cabaret styles (Egyptian and a hint of Turkish) though she's dabbled in American fusion styles as well.
Allison has been instructing a variety of dances over the past decade and hasn't stopped performing since her first stage appearance as an itty-bitty, sequined gull in Peter Pan. She believes strongly in making dance training accessible in rural areas and that dancers of all ages can learn to connect, appreciate and take care of their bodies. Allison is also a science geek and writer (her day job) as well as a dog owner, gardener and teapot fanatic.
Ariana Johnson started dancing when she was three years old and hasn't stopped since. During high school, she won a state championship in high kick dance with the Lightning Dance Team of Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN. Along with being named her high school's Dance Student of the Year her senior year, she choreographed and participated in her high school's musical productions and won the Spotlight Award for Best Outstanding Choreography in a Musical for her choreography in her school's show "Annie". After high school, she danced at Arizona State University and helped choreograph and teach the Downtown Dance Team at the Downtown Phoenix Campus at ASU. She has experience in many forms of dance, ranging from hip-hop and jazz to lyrical and swing dancing. While she has learned many styles, her personal favorites are hip-hop, musical theatre, and jazz. Ariana started dancing through a community program in her city growing up and cannot wait to share her knowledge with the Youth Dance Program.