Afrikan Dance and Drum
High energy, authentic rhythms and dance are bought together and shared by Ase Amen-Ra and Althea Kariamu. This class is fun for all ages. Bring the whole family!
American Sign Language
American Sign Language classes at A Common Ground includes instruction in natural gesture and expression techniques, sign language vocabulary and grammar, Deaf culture and ASL literature. Lessons involve an introduction to language theory concepts, vocabulary practice, role-playing activities, group conversations and performance opportunities. Every class is designed to address individual skill levels and challenge students to expand their visual communication.
Jill Hancock inspires confidence, camaraderie, and the love to dance in all her students ages 3-adult. Her upbeat classes are fun and technical.
CapoeiraCapoeira is a Brazilian martial art with its origin occurring during the 1500's in Bahia, Brazil, during the slave trade. Over the years it evolved into a formidable fighting form that eventually was used to help to end slavery in Brazil (c. 1888). From 1889-1933, capoeira was outlawed in Brazil until Manoel dos Reis Machado, the famed Mestre Bimba, created Capoeira Regional and formed the first capoeira academy in Salvador, Bahia.
Our practice continues the traditions passed on by Mestre Bimba. Capoeira is movement, balance, and discipline combined with traditional music and song.
Class is currently open to anyone fifteen years old and up. Classes for children from 6 to 14 are planned to start in early 2013. Students of all levels (beginner - advanced) are welcome.
Community Circle Dance
Dances from many cultures as well as contemporary pieces created in the spirit of ancient folk dance. No partners and no experience is required. All dances are taught, so start any time. Appropriate for all ages (youngsters must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)
Learn the soulful traditional Spanish dance of Flamenco. Renowned performer Alessandra Greco and Spanish native Sandra Hernandez bring to their classes their experience and lifelong dedication to dance and culture. A variety of classes are available for teen and adults.
This high energy dance class with have you sweating WHILE having a blast! Learn the hottest dance moves to some of today's hottest music. Instructor Melisany Espinal's infectious energy brings you a fun and exciting hip hop dance class for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
Hot Fusion Dance and Sculpt Workout
"Ol Skool Grooves with New Skool Moves" - A fun and unique workout, HOT FUSION® combines strength, flexibility and balance training with "Ol Skool Grooves with New Skool Moves". This unique, effective 60 minute format fuses dance cardio and free weights sculpting, taking your fitness level to a whole new level, while having fun, enjoying music and feeling like a confident dancer. This “total body workout” tones your upper and lower body as it throws you back in time with dance moves like the Tootsie Roll, The Troupe, and The Charleston set to funky, retro music. HOT FUSION® makes you sing along and smile through your workout, BECAUSE GETTING FIT IS HOT!
Looking for a unique and cultural work out? This "TOTAL BODY WORKOUT" teaches you basic hula dance moves with fitness moves incorporated into the routine. You’ll also explore the art of Tahitian dancing, with fast hip movements that work your entire core. The class is 60 minutes of conditioning and dance routine, where you’ll learn and practice a full-length hula and Tahitian dance. A very effective and healthy way to lose weight.
Hula & Tahitian Dance
Imma "Chona" Trinidad continues the artful, historic dance of hula here in our community. Be it a graceful story told through dance or the hypnotic movement of Tahitian roots, Imma shares this art with her children and adult classes.
Freak-Out FreestyleA class where the students will see two sides of hip hop. Freestyle, where the students can really learn to feel out the music, self move and groove to the beat while exploring their creativity forms of pop and lock to breakdancing. And, choreography from and synchronized movement where the ying and yang of hip hop balance and develop.
Irish Step DanceIrish Step Dancing (all ages) – Hard and soft shoe Irish Step Dancing. Ceili Dancing for Fun and Exercise – Group dancing, fun for all ages. This class will get your heart pumping and legs working in a light-hearted atmosphere!
Latin Moves Plus
Influenced by Zumba and Latin Cardio, this new class will emphasize the total workout, getting the heart rate up and shedding unwanted pounds. Latin Moves Plus fuses Latin, Middle Eastern, and Flamenco dance and will also focus on the upper body and hips, essential to the student's sense of self-awareness and self-confidence.
Middle Eastern Percussion Circle
Guided and Open drumming. A relaxing place to become more familiar with Middle Eastern percussion instruments and rhythms. Bring your hand drums: dumbek, riq/tambourine, tar/frame, zills/finger cymbals, etc. African and other instruments welcomed. Technique taught will be Arabic. Participants are at mixed levels and you may start any time.
Mixed Martial Arts
Rocks Mixed Martial Arts is a study of all martial arts combined into one very affective form of self defense and fitness. It’s great for kids discipline, respect, confidence and self-defense. For adults it will help them with weight loss, health and learning self-defense.
Musical TheaterStudents in this course will have the opportunity to explore a few of the many aspects of musical theater. From musical performance etiquette, to simple choreography, script and character analysis, as well as popular theater and vocal techniques and games to find that inner-performer! Ages 10-15.
Pre and Post Natal Pilates
Whether you are anxiously awaiting the arrival or have just brought you new bundle home, certified Doula Sherrie Rushmeyer will keep you feeling good. Sherrie's genuine nature and expansive knowledge is comforting. Her class is designed to tone and strengthen the muscles used for childbirth along with a total body workout.
Prenatal Pilates is a class designed specifically for pregnant women. It will stretch, strengthen and tone your body as well as help alleviate common discomforts associated with pregnancy and prepare your body for your upcoming birth.
Postnatal Pilates will help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight and tone and strengthen all muscle groups. Babies are welcome to come to class with you.
Jay Bardalai shows his enjoyment of the music and the dance, teaching the fancy but sensual moves of Salsa to teens and adults.
Swedish Gym Fitness
Sandra Hernandez offers a well-rounded fitness class to tone and strengthen the entire body. Most workouts focus extensively on the lower body and core strength. Build muscle, encourage flexibility, and eliminate body fat.
Yoga (ages 14 and up)
Balance of body and mind is created through the practice of Yoga postures. Jill Hancock teaches the correct alignment and technique to instill this balance to her students. Ages 14 to adults are welcome.
Yoga (ages 9-13)
Yoga offers many tools to help handle the stresses of school and social life and can empower pre-teens with self-confidence. In these light-hearted classes designed for 9 to 13 year olds, we explore ways to increase social consciousness, cope with stress, develop body awareness, and enhance mental focus.
Jennifer's Yoga Classes incorporate many of the same concepts as adult yoga classes, modified to be age-appropriate. The classes generally begin by finding a way to connect with each other and with the larger world; she then takes time to help students notice their breath and to work on breathing techniques (pranayama) and movement (asana) designed to increase energy or to help calm down. Like many adult classes, there is also a section on building mental focus, but in a children's class this can involve many creative activities ranging from child-friendly meditation techniques to art projects to journaling or poetry writing. All children's yoga classes end with relaxation, teaching children ways to help themselves relax not only in yoga class but in their daily lives.
Dance, Tone and Sculpt with Zumba Fitness!! Featuring exotic, Latin-inspired rhythms, these high-energy classes will have you grooving and burning calories in a fun environment. You can also trim with Zumba Toning (which focuses on sculpting muscles). Zumba is a fun, effective, and addicting workout regimen that will keep you coming back for more! All you need is yourself, clean sneakers to change into, and water! All levels ages 13 and up are welcome. Participants are at mixed levels and you may start any time.
• Piano Lessons
• Theater Arts Sessions
• Voice Lessons
• Sweet 16 Choreography
• Wedding Party Dances