Adult Dance Classes Spring 2018

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SPRING SESSION (9 WEEKS) MARCH 27 - MAY 30
NO CLASSES APRIL 17 & 18

Adult Classes are $15 drop-in or $110 for an 8-class card

Adult Ballet
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm
This is a mixed-level ballet class that offers students a physical and mental workout while focusing on alignment and strength building in a healthy, welcoming environment. No leotards necessary here, comfortable exercise-wear is just fine! Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

Adult Ballroom
Tuesdays 6:30-8pm
This class offers instruction in various social dance styles including swing, rumba, cha cha, foxtrot, waltz, tango, night club two-step, and hustle. Each month two dances will be taught, and each class will build on the one before, while also accommodating students who drop-in. All levels welcome, and no partner is necessary (but you can come with one if you want!). This class takes a progressive approach to "ballroom gender norms." Taught by Tom Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

About the Instructors:

Kelly Silliman is an experienced dance educator who emphasizes healthy alignment, integrated warm-ups, individualized attention, and having fun while exploring movement and music material. Students are encouraged to develop movement patterns intended to serve their bodies long term, and to think about why we move the way we do and how the lessons of dance class can apply to life outside the studio. Kelly holds an MFA in dance from Smith College, and is the founder/director of the tinydance project. She is also Program Director for NCFA.


Tom Silliman, an IT professional, has been dancing socially since 1995, when he discovered that it's actually possible to train two left feet to dance comfortably. Because he started as an adult, he is skilled at introducing dance steps and technique in easy-to-understand ways. During college, Tom took ballroom lessons both socially and competitively, and competed in the collegiate ballroom circuit in Boston, MA. He began teaching in Tucson in 2000, but it was in Virginia where he had the opportunity to develop his class structure and teaching style, which focuses on leading/following skills and helping students feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor. Tom is excited to be teaching again in this area, and is available for private lessons and wedding prep in addition to the weekly social dance class.