Dance!

Dancing in the kitchen with my daughter because, why not?!

Want to cut a rug in your own home? That’s right, I’m bringing dance to you! I was 10 years-old when I choreographed and directed my first show. 20 years later and I still LOVE dancing! From musicals like Willy Wonka Jr. and Fiddler on the Roof, to cheer, African, jazz, tap, and hip-hop, I’ve been choreographing and teaching for decades. Now I’m excited to see the show go on…in your living room!

My Dance class will be taught LIVE online on Wednesdays at 5:00, with the video available to watch again within 24 hours on a password protected site. Students can ask questions and learn from each other this way! You can also re-watch material you love and to make sure you really understand it.

Each week you will go through a basic warm up, and stretch sequence. Then you’ll learn some new dance vocabulary or stage terminology. After that you’ll learn new choreography to an upbeat and energetic song. The dance style will focus on hip-hop, and the music will always be wholesome and uplifting. Once a month we’ll explore another style of dance so you can have a well-rounded education of movement and discover other styles.

If you’re local, there will be an opportunity at the end of the year to perform some dancing alone or in a group. I will also be setting up a performance at an assisted living facility midway through the year. These activities are definitely not mandatory, but it’s often fun to share what you’ve learned or to use your talents to serve. I believe that’s partly what they’re for and will grow even more as we use them those ways.

This class is part of The Arts Subscription and is only $20 a month for 20 20-minute LIVE classes for anyone in the family to enjoy!

I don’t have any specific religious content in my classes, but they are hopeful and happy because that’s just how I am. 🙂

My classes go above and beyond other online courses or YouTube videos because…

  • I’ll be teaching them LIVE so students can ask questions and get real-time feedback. It can also help ensure the videos get watched since they’re at a scheduled time. Of course, they will also be available for viewing later to rewatch or in case you miss the class time.
  • I will get YOUR input on which songs we learn to play, sing, and dance to, so you can ensure you’re loving the content!
  • My password-protected site means you won’t have any ads or other random, inappropriate pop-ups or distractions.
  • My classes follow a deliberate arc based on my teaching philosophy. In fact, it’s the same one I use to create art: Lift, Love, Learn, Laugh, Repeat. In other words, I try to make my classes a hopeful, inspiring experience where we grow from setbacks and respect ourselves and our efforts. Music, clothing, and content is always modest, wholesome, and appropriate for all ages.
  • One low monthly price gives you access for your entire household! This means you can learn and grow together without driving all over town or having all those course costs add up.
  • 20-minute classes mean they are bite-sized information sessions that can be absorbed and retained. The session will keep a student’s focus. Also, if the class is for kids it can give parents a chance to sneak away for a break or get dinner ready in peace! (Or maybe even learn beside them! You can allow yourself 20-minutes for some enrichment!)
  • I’m an experienced teacher and parent. I’ve taught and tutored in elementary schools, junior highs, high schools, community centers and at the college level. Now I’ve homeschooled my own kids for 6 years and have loved it! My oldest is a teenager so I have quite the spectrum of experience from teaching littles on up.
  • I’m a professional in the areas I’m teaching in, meaning I’m experienced and still engaged with the material. I know this will help me engage your student too!
  • Since I’m a homeschooling mom first, there might be an occasional need to reschedule class due to an educational trip or unexpected illness. I will always do make-up classes within the week so you can keep your educational experience moving forward! Your satisfaction is a top priority!

Arts classes are geared for multi-age learning. I’m confident that most kids 7-years-old and up will benefit from my courses, and maybe even younger ages depending on the course and child. You know your family best! If they want to try a class even if they are younger, go for it! Let’s see what happens!

Arts classes will begin in September 3rd and run through April. (My fitness classes will continue with a modified schedule through summer.) There will be no classes the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Spring Break. To account for those weeks with no classes, and if you are enrolled the entire year, there will be no charge in March for April’s courses.

On average, one video will be posted online per week to a password-protected site for your entire household to enjoy until there are at least 32 videos per subject. After they are taught live, the class videos will be uploaded within 24 hours. If there is ever a reason that I need to postpone filming or posting of a class video, I will let you know as soon as possible via email.

You can sign up at any time and stop at any time, although I highly recommend trying any class for at least 3 months. It takes that long just to get used to a new program! Enjoying it is easier once that happens, as is the case for any class that requires a foundation first. But if you feel like you want to try something different, go ahead and start watching videos of a different arts class. My program offers flexibility, and that’s something that I hope you take advantage of any time you feel like it!

To sign up for the awesome learning opportunity my Arts Subscription offers, and to ensure you are enrolled and ready for your courses beginning September 3rd, click here to register starting August 1st! To learn about my arts and teaching experience click here. Finally, reviews of my teaching can be found at the bottom of the Classes Menu.

Together I think we can give you the chance to develop artistically, take a break from your everyday chores and duties, and feel some joy as you learn! If you have any questions, please reach out to me at eva@riseupandsmile.com and I will do my best to answer them! I look forward to hearing from you and helping you find joy through dance! Thanks!