Continuing its partnership with L.A.’s Invertigo Dance Theatre, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills is offering a new session of three public dance/movement courses on Fridays beginning Jan. 22. These three intergenerational courses—Invert/ED’s Tiny Tots Move and Groove, Dancing Through Life and Dancing Through Parkinson’s—provide toddlers and guardians, older adults and people living with Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative diseases an inviting environment specially designed to let them explore dance and encourage movement.
A free open house kicks-off the new session on Jan. 22 at GRoW: A Space for Arts Education at The Wallis, with classes continuing every Friday through June.
“We’re excited to open our doors on Jan. 22 and invite the community back to The Wallis to experience these fun dance classes,” says Mark Slavkin, Director of Education at The Wallis. “It is thrilling to share the joy of dance with learners of all ages.”
“Our instructors provide a great and accommodating environment that teaches dance through community-building and without intimidation,” says Tara Aesquivel, Invertigo’s Executive Director. “Through our partnership with The Wallis, we are thrilled to be able to continue to offer classes that are fun, safe and an accessible way to learn dance.”
Classes will be held on Fridays, Jan. 22-June 17. And along with the multi-class packages previously offered, The Wallis is now offering a single-class price.
Invert/ED Tiny Tots Move and Groove classes are a fun way to encourage creativity, activate the body, and develop fine-motor skills. Toddlers and parents are able to move and groove to fun music in a safe and creative environment. Classes begin with an energetic warm-up, followed by dance games and activities. At the end of each session, students demonstrate the exciting new dance moves they have learned for friends and family. No prior dance experience is required. All toddler participants must be accompanied by an adult. Classes will be held from 11:15 a.m.-noon. The fee for each class is $30, and includes the participation of the child and one parent/caregiver. Parents purchasing three classes for $30 each will receive the fourth at a discounted price of $15. Register here.
Dancing Through Life, for ages 50 and up, was created for people who want to explore dance as an older adult. The classes are taught by experienced professional dancers and designed to help strengthen participant’s bodies through the medium of dance. Friends and family are encouraged to join these classes that allow participants to move at their own pace while creating joy through movement, community and creativity. Movements are taught with variations to accommodate a range of abilities, and no dance experience is required. Classes will be held from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Each class is $15, and registration is available here.
Dancing Through Parkinson’s (DTP), a community program of Invertigo Dance Theatre, has held weekly classes throughout Los Angeles since 2010. DTP provides donation-based weekly dance classes to people living with Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative diseases, as well as their family and caregivers. Classes, taught by experience professional dancers who have trained in methods specific to older adults and people with Parkinson’s, are designed to encourage joy, strength, community, stability, mental clarity and creativity. Teachers demonstrate standing and seated activities and can provide movement options for a wide range of physical abilities. No dance experience is required. Classes will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Suggested donation for each class is $15. No pre-registration is required.
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts GRoW: A Space for Arts Education is located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Self-parking is available at The Wallis (450 N. Crescent Drive), with entrances from Crescent Drive and South Santa Monica Boulevard, for $1 per hour for the first two hours.