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Dance Styles

  • Dance Styles


    Welcome to our classic Ballet class, where the timeless beauty and elegance of this art form come to life! This foundational class welcomes students of all ages and levels, from beginners to experienced dancers, who wish to explore the grace and poise of ballet. Led by our dedicated instructors, participants will delve into the fundamental techniques, positions, and movements that define this iconic dance style. Through a carefully crafted curriculum, students will develop strength, flexibility, and impeccable posture, while also nurturing their artistic expression and musicality. Whether you dream of becoming a prima ballerina or simply want to experience the joy of ballet, this class offers a nurturing and inspiring environment for all. Come join us on this enchanting journey, where every plié and pirouette becomes a celebration of beauty, artistry, and passion!

    Baby Ballet

    Children aged 2 to 4 years old can explore the magical world of dance through imaginative movement, music, and play. Led by our skilled instructors, this introductory class focuses on building coordination, rhythm, and self-expression, while fostering a love for dance from the very beginning. Join us for a delightful journey of creativity and joy as we twirl, leap, and pirouette together!

    Break Dance

    "Breaking" is one of the core elements of hip hop dance. Popularized in the 1980's by such movies as Breakin', Beat Street and Flashdance, the form was developed on the streets of New York by mostly Latino and African-American dancers. Learn the basics of this exciting form, from the top-rock, the steps one does before hitting the floor, to the six-step and other floor moves and freezes, to battling with a partner.

    Creative Movement Class

    Encourages free expression, while teaching basic elements of dance, including rhythm, movement quality, space, body awareness and shape. The child's imagination and self-esteem are encouraged and strengthened through dance.

    Hip Hop

    Get ready to groove and express yourself in our high-energy Hip Hop dance class! This class is open to dancers of all levels, from beginners to those with previous experience. Led by our dynamic instructors, you'll learn the latest and coolest Hip Hop moves, as well as classic styles that have shaped this dynamic dance form. Through engaging choreography and freestyle sessions, you'll develop your creativity, musicality, and confidence on the dance floor. Hip Hop is all about individuality and self-expression, so get ready to unleash your inner dancer and bring your unique flair to every routine. Whether you're looking to master the latest dance trends or simply want to have a blast moving to the beat, this class promises an electrifying and unforgettable dance experience. So, join us as we pop, lock, and break it down in the world of Hip Hop! Let's dance our way to the rhythm of the urban beats!


    Step ball change into the world of excitement and rhythm in our dynamic Jazz dance class! Open to dancers of all ages and levels, this class offers an exploration of the high-energy and expressive style of jazz dance. Led by our talented instructors, you'll learn a variety of jazz techniques, including kicks, turns, jumps, and isolations. Through fun and engaging choreography, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your personality and style while building strength, flexibility, and coordination. Jazz dance is known for its versatility, making it a great foundation for dancers interested in various dance genres. Whether you're a jazz enthusiast or simply looking to add some pizzazz to your dance repertoire, this class promises an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. So, join us as we move to the infectious beats of jazz and let your passion for dance shine through! Let's jazz it up together!


    Modern dance is a contemporary dance form that has its roots in ballet. It emphasizes the use of the floor for centering and grounding oneself in movement. This class focuses on the breath (inhale/exhale), which brings quality to one's movement. Concepts of overcurve/undercurve, contraction/release, musicality and rhythm are explored. Teachers incorporate an eclectic blend of contemporary and post-modern movement into their classes.


    Whether you want to tone your muscles, rehabilitate from an injury, or train for an athletic event, Pilates Mat will safely guide you in the right direction. The Pilates Method helps to lengthen and strengthen muscles while building a uniformly developed body. Pilates focuses on core strength-abdominals, gluteals, inner thighs-and practices moving from the "inside out." It helps with posture, body alignment, breathing, control, balance, flow and strength. The mind works with the body to help realign movement patterns, and to work muscles properly and efficiently. Students gain a kinesthetic awareness of their own bodies so that they can integrate the ideas learned in class into their daily lives..


    Shuffle Step into the captivating world of Tap dance with our vibrant Tap class! Whether you're a beginner or have previous experience, this rhythmic and toe-tapping class welcomes dancers of all levels. Led by our enthusiastic instructors, you'll discover the joy of creating rhythms with your feet, mastering intricate footwork, and syncopating with the music. Through a blend of traditional and contemporary tap styles, students will develop precision, coordination, and musicality, while exploring various techniques and choreography. Get ready to make music with your feet and experience the infectious energy of Tap dance in a supportive and fun-filled environment. Join us for a toe-tapping adventure that will leave you smiling and tapping your way through life!

    Video Dance

    This class is a dance form combining jazz, hip-hop and funk. This style of dance can be seen in videos by artists such as: Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Mya and Usher to name a few. Students are asked to have some background in jazz and hip-hop along with a desire to strive for their best in class. Please do not wear street shoes into class.


    Welcome to our thrilling Acrobatics class, where we blend the grace of dance with the daring feats of acrobatics! This dynamic class is open to students of all levels, from beginners eager to explore their physicality to experienced gymnasts looking to enhance their performance skills. Under the guidance of our skilled instructors, participants will learn a variety of acrobatic skills, including tumbling, balancing, contortion, and partner tricks. Through progressive training and safety-focused techniques, students will build strength, flexibility, and body awareness while developing confidence in their abilities. Whether you aspire to be a versatile performer or simply want to challenge yourself in a supportive and encouraging environment, this class promises a thrilling and rewarding journey of acrobatic achievement. Join us as we flip, twist, and soar to new heights in this exhilarating fusion of artistry and athleticism! *In order to be enrolled in a Intermediate Acro class the student must have teacher approval and be enrolled in a jazz, ballet, or contemporary class*


    An exciting and ever evolving dance form. Classes teach basic dance technique and terminology with an emphasis on isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms while encouraging individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz dance is taught with the music of today and can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical.


    Welcome to the vibrant and energetic world of Bollywood dance! In our Bollywood dance class, you'll experience the magic of Indian cinema and culture through dance. Open to dancers of all backgrounds and levels, this class will take you on a journey through the colorful and expressive movements that define Bollywood dance. Led by our skilled instructors, you'll learn a fusion of traditional Indian dance styles, folk dances, and modern moves, all set to the infectious beats of Bollywood music. Through lively choreography and storytelling, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the joy and emotion of Bollywood dance. Whether you're a Bollywood movie fan or simply want to experience the exuberance of this dance form, this class promises a delightful and unforgettable dance experience. So, join us as we celebrate the magic of Bollywood and let the rhythm of India sweep you off your feet! Let's dance Bollywood style!


    Welcome to our exhilarating Zumba class, where fitness and fun come together in a party-like atmosphere! Zumba is a high-energy dance fitness program that combines Latin and international music with easy-to-follow dance moves. Led by our enthusiastic instructors, you'll experience an exhilarating full-body workout that will leave you feeling energized and empowered. Whether you're a seasoned dancer or have never danced before, Zumba is designed for everyone to enjoy. Get ready to groove, sweat, and let loose as you move to the infectious beats of salsa, merengue, reggaeton, and more. This class is not just about burning calories; it's about celebrating movement, joy, and community. So, join us for a Zumba party like no other, where you'll dance your way to fitness and happiness! Let's dance, sweat, and have a blast in our Zumba class!


    This class covers all the basics of running and standing tumbling such as handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, and back handsprings. In the beginner class, we focus on form and technique.

    Aerial Silks

    Utilizes acrobatics while hanging from a special fabric. Silk used to climb, wrap, suspend, fall, swing, and spiral in various positions. Silk may be used to fly while striking poses/figures. Levels increase in difficulty, mastering skills, building on a prior level.

    Leaps jumps & turns

    Welcome to our dynamic Leaps, Jumps, and Turns class, where aspiring dancers can elevate their skills to new heights! This exhilarating class is designed for intermediate to advanced students who are eager to perfect their technique and showcase their athleticism. Led by our experienced instructors, participants will dive into the world of dynamic movements, including powerful leaps, gravity-defying jumps, and graceful turns. Through specialized exercises and personalized feedback, dancers will gain strength, flexibility, and precision, all while honing their performance quality. Whether you're a budding performer or a seasoned dancer looking to refine your skills, this class promises to take your artistry to the next level. Join us for an electrifying journey of artistry and athleticism that will leave you soaring with confidence!

    Bachata Fusion – Open Level

    This class is designed for the students who want to learn a variety of different Bachata Styles including; Traditional/Dominican Style Footwork, Modern/Urban Partnerwork with a fusion of the most popular bachata-styles from Bachatango to Bachata Guajira and much more.


    Welcome to our soul-stirring Lyrical dance class, where emotion and movement intertwine to create powerful storytelling through dance! Open to dancers of all backgrounds and levels, this expressive class combines elements of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance to convey a heartfelt narrative. Led by our passionate instructors, students will explore the fluidity of movement, the connection with music, and the art of conveying emotions through dance. Lyrical dance encourages dancers to interpret lyrics and melodies, infusing each step with genuine feeling and authenticity. Through graceful lines, emotive gestures, and seamless transitions, participants will discover the beauty of dance as a form of self-expression and artistic communication. Whether you're drawn to the beauty of the music or eager to explore your emotions through movement, this class promises an enchanting journey of self-discovery and artistic growth. Join us as we dance our stories, expressing our deepest emotions and connecting with others through the universal language of dance.

    Musical Theater

    Welcome to the magical world of Musical Theater! In our Musical Theater class, you'll have the opportunity to combine your love for acting, singing, and dancing as we explore the art of storytelling through song and dance. Open to performers of all levels, this class will guide you through the fundamentals of musical theater, including character development, vocal technique, and choreography. Led by our talented instructors, you'll learn iconic Broadway songs and dance numbers, as well as delve into scenes from beloved musicals. Through engaging rehearsals and performance opportunities, you'll develop your stage presence, confidence, and teamwork skills. Whether you dream of treading the boards of Broadway or simply want to experience the joy of musical theater, this class promises a delightful and enriching journey into the world of musical storytelling. So, come join us as we sing, dance, and act our way to the spotlight in the world of Musical Theater! Let's bring the magic of Broadway to life!

  • Latin Dance Styles


    Welcome to our exciting Salsa class! In our studio, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant world of this energetic and passionate Latin dance. Designed for both beginners and experienced dancers, this class will guide you through the fundamental movements of Salsa, from basic steps to thrilling turns. Our talented instructors will teach you the importance of rhythm, style, and connection with your partner as you delve into the rich culture of Salsa. Whether you dance for fun, to meet new people, or to improve your technique, this class will provide an unforgettable experience as you groove to the music and dance. So, join us to enjoy Salsa and learn to move to the rhythm of Latin passion and flavor! Let's dance!


    The music and dance originated in Cuba and developed from the musical form called "Son." It began its climb in popularity in the US in the 1940's, and particularly in the 1950's and 1960's (see Cha Cha) at NYC's Palladium Ballroom. It had a revival in appeal in the 1990's. Mambo/Salsa should be your first dance choice when learning the Latin dances, as it is all the rage throughout the world today!

    Cha Cha

    Spicy, upbeat Latin dance that is related to the Mambo (a slower version.) This dance gained popularity on the streets of NYC in the late '50's and '60's. Originally called "Cha Cha Cha" and a favorite with jazz musicians and the Latin Community, the Cha Cha of today is still as exciting as ever. It is such a versatile dance that it can easily be done to many different styles of music from classic Tito Puente to Santana and Ricky Martin.


    Having arrived in the US in the early part of the 20th Century from the Dominican Republic, Merengue is pure, playful fun. The rhythm is the simplest of the dances making the footwork easy, and the arms and turns more complex. Merengue is the perfect compliment to the Salsa and a must learn if you plan on going out to a Latin Club.

    Salsa Fitness/Aerobics

    Get ready for an aerobic experience while enjoying the addictive, pulsating rhythms of the Latin dances. Cardio Latin is a cardio workout class with a dance flair. Open to all levels, the class consists of five fast-paced basic Latin dances (Cha Cha, Samba, Meringue, Salsa, and Jive). No experience or partner required.


    Oh so sexy & romantic. Bachata is a style of dance that accompanies music of the same name. With origins in the Dominican Republic, it borrows from the Cuban Bolero, and is sometimes referred to as the "blues music of the Dominican Republic." Traditionally, it's based strongly around the guitar and is a romantic dance. However, many variations of the Bachata have evolved over the years. The dance is a four-step beat & action achieved with a walking Cuban hip motion, and a one-beat unique "pop," hip motion, or pause.


    An intensely passionate dance that will capture your feet and your soul. Your life will never be the same as you enter the nocturnal world of ochos, sentadas, and milongas. On any given night, NYC provides dancers with many Tango dance spots to hone their new steps and technique. Enjoyable at any level, Tango becomes more physically and intellectually rewarding as your relationship with the Buenos Aires-born dance deepens. Other versions of the Tango evolved, which are now part of the American and International Styles of Ballroom Dancing. Whether it's the Argentine Tango or another style, this sultry dance will set your soul on fire!


    The exotic cousin of the spirited Caribbean dances, Samba has its own personality, ranging from gutsy and primitive, to zany and fun. Hailing from Brazil with a strong African influence, Samba is both a challenge in its rhythmic patterns and a physical workout. It is often referred to as the "Brazilian Waltz," since the step patterns are developed from the Waltz. Initially, this dance was called the "Maxixe," which was part of the "Animal Dances" of the 1920's. This dance makes no apologies for the spell it will cast on you.

    Latin Jazz

    Welcome to our electrifying Latin Jazz dance class, where the rhythms of Latin music fuse with the sophistication of jazz to create a captivating dance experience! This class is open to dancers of all levels, from beginners to experienced performers. Led by our talented instructors, you'll explore the vibrant fusion of Latin and jazz styles, infusing your movements with the sizzle of salsa, the sway of samba, and the smoothness of jazz. Through dynamic choreography and improvisation, you'll develop versatility, musicality, and the ability to blend different dance elements seamlessly. Latin Jazz is known for its infectious energy and expressive flair, making it a perfect choice for those who want to explore the exciting world of fusion dance. Whether you're looking to challenge yourself or simply want to move to the irresistible Latin rhythms, this class promises an exhilarating and unforgettable dance journey. Join us as we groove, shimmy, and swing to the exhilarating beats of Latin Jazz! Let's dance to the fusion of rhythms and styles!

  • Belly Dance Styles & Levels

    Belly Dance

    Welcome to our mesmerizing Adult Belly Dance class, where the enchanting art of belly dance meets the celebration of femininity and self-expression! Open to adults of all ages and dance backgrounds, this class embraces the beauty of this ancient dance form. Led by our experienced instructors, you'll explore the graceful movements, isolations, and shimmies that define belly dance. With a focus on posture, musicality, and fluidity, participants will discover the joy of connecting with their bodies and expressing their inner strength and sensuality through dance. Belly dance celebrates diversity and body positivity, making it a wonderful choice for all who seek a supportive and inclusive dance experience. Whether you're a seasoned dancer or new to the world of belly dance, this class offers a warm and inviting space to explore the magic and allure of this captivating dance style. Join us for a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and the celebration of femininity in the art of belly dance!

    Steps and technique

    Most of the movements in belly dancing involve isolating different parts of the body (hips, shoulders, chest, stomach etc.), which appear similar to the isolations used in jazz and hip hop, but are often driven differently. In much of belly dance there is a focus upon the core muscles of the body producing the movement rather than the larger muscle groups of the body. Correct posture is as important in belly dance as it is in other genres of dance. In most belly dance styles, the focus is on the hip and pelvic area. Due to the diversity of styles and ‘origins’ of the dance, many of the moves are referred to by a wide variety of different terminologies. However, from an observer’s point of view belly dance includes certain key elements.

    Important moves are:

    Shimmy and vibrations– a shimmy or vibration of the hips is usually layered onto other movements to create depth in performance. It may be created by moving the knees past each other at high speed, although some dancers use contractions of the glutes or thighs instead. It is also possible to perform this using the muscles of the lower back. The two terms may refer to performing this move in different directions, as it is possible to create this vibration moving the hips alternately up and down, side-to-side, or in a forward and back swinging motion. The same move can be performed using the shoulders and is sometimes called a shoulder shimmy.

    Hip accenting – A staccato movement of the hips out from the body. This can also be performed using other body parts such as the shoulders or chest. The move is usually performed by a quick shifting of the weight from one leg to the other and creates the impression of a swinging pelvis.

    Undulations – Fluid movements of the hips or of the chest in a circular or rotating fashion. There are a wide variety of movements of this kind, of which the most well known is probably the rotating movements of the chest forward, up, back and down to create the impression of riding a camel.

    Different styles also incorporate kicks and arm movements as an integral part of the style.

    Class Descriptions

    Belly dance Fitness- This class is a full aerobic workout which will include many isolations to tone and shape arms, abs, buttocks, thighs and calves. There will be a full warm up followed by fast paced travel steps adding belly dance movements throughout the class.

    Beginner Level 1 (Intro to belly dance)

    **No previous belly dance experience is required.**

    This class will cover the basic moves of belly dance in a relaxed atmosphere. Strength conditioning and belly dance technique will be introduced at the beginner level. Focus on posture and alignment is very important. Foot patterns and dance movement will be taught separately from belly dance movement to prepare students for eventual entry into higher level classes.

    Beginner Level 2 (Intro to Veil and Layering)

    This class is for students with an understanding belly dance technique and footwork patterns. A few months or more of Beginner I belly dance classes are required before entering this class. Even if you have studied with other belly dance instructors, you will need to take a series of Beginner I classes before entering Beginner II.

    Classes will incorporate dance specific warm-up and stretches, strengthening excercises, belly dance technique drills and dance movement vocabulary along with weekly dance combinations using the movements covered that week.

    Belly dance classes will help develop core body awareness while building strength, stamina, toning and strengthening the different muscle groups of the body. You will learn to isolate your glutes, hips, abs, pelvis, ribcage, shoulders, head and arms while dancing to hypnotic and rhythmic Middle Eastern music. Belly dance will raise your heart rate, so be prepared to sweat a little. This class is low-impact and appropriate for women of all ages and fitness levels. Modifications for all skill levels can be made with awareness of student ability and level. Each student will receive personal attention and direction appropriate to their skill level.

    Intermediate Level 3 (Intro to cymbals) This class will teach zill patterns from basic to advanced. All body movements, body positions and isolations with travel steps will be used in addition to your cymbal work.

    Performance / Choreography Class This class is invitation only and includes the Lotus Dance Troupe members. It’s goal is to prepare the student to execute a professional belly dance show. Improvisational skills are taught along with choreographed pieces. Props such as zills, veils, candle tray, sword, wings and cane are taught and worked into improvisation and routines

  • Dance Attire

    What to wear:

    Wear comfortable clothing suitable for a dance class, such as yoga or jazz pants, tank top, fitted t-shirt or sports bra - nothing constrictive around the hips or waist. Clothing that reveals the body line allows for easier correction of posture and technique.

    A sash or hip scarf should be worn around the hips for definition. A variation of styles and colors are for purchase at studio.

    Jorday Rivera’s Dance Studio Required Dance Attire

    Class/Workshop Dance Attire
    Baby Ballet 2-3yrs Old Pink Leotard, Tutu, White Stockings, White Ballet Slippers
    Baby Salsa & Cha Cha Babies 2.0-5yrs old Black Leotard, Salsa Skirt, Red Leggings, Tan Jazz Shoes
    Ballet & Tap/Jazz 3-6yrs Old Pink Leotard, Tutu, White Stockings, White Ballet Slippers, Black Tap or Tan Jazz Shoes
    Ballet & Tap/Jazz/Lyrical 5-12yrs Old Black Leotard, White Stockings, White Ballet Slippers, Tan Lyrical Sandals, Tan Jazz or Black Tap Shoes
    Ballet & Tap/Jazz/Lyrical/Modern Fusion 13-Adult Black Leotard, Black Leggings, White Ballet Slippers, Tan Jazz, Tan Lyrical Sandals or Black Tap Shoes
    Ballroom, Tango, and Hustle (Adult) Female: Leggings or Yoga Pants, T-Shirt, Heels Preferred
    Males: Gym Attire, Light Shoes-No Heavy Boots or Sneakers
    Belly Dance 5-17 years Old Black Leotard (5-12yrs)/Black Studio Logo Shirt (13-17yrs),Black Leggings, Red Hip Scarf
    Belly Dance All Adult Levels Refer to Belly Dance Guideline Sheet
    Brazilian Samba Youth: Black Studio T-Shirt, Black Leggings, Jazz Shoes
    Adults: Form Fitting Apparel, Barefoot or Heels
    Hip Hop Tots/Hip Hop/Break-Dance Fusion 2-17yrs Old White Studio T-shirt, Black Leggings or Pants (boys), Black Sneakers, Knee Pads (break-dance)
    Salsa/Mambo & Ballroom Ages 4-17yrs Old (Levels 1-3) Female: Black Studio Logo Shirt, Red Leggings, Black Salsa Skirt, Black or Silver Shoes (Females)
    Males: Black Studio Logo Shirt, Black Pants, Black Character Shoes
    Salsa/Mambo, Merengue & Bachata Adult Levels Female: Leggings or Yoga Pants, T-Shirt, Heels Preferred
    Males: Gym Attire, Light Shoes-No Heavy Boots or Sneakers
    Ladies Styling: Black Attire, Dance Shoes are a MUST
    Stiletto Workout, Angel Burlesque, DIVA Hip Hop & Pole Dancing Form Fitting Apparel, Heels or Boots
    Pole Dancing: Shorts, Tank Top, Heels, Small Hand Towel
    Yoga, Pilates, Diva Girl Fitness, Belly Fitness and Zumba Gym Attire, Sneakers, Yoga Mat (except for Zumba)

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