Monday, July 17, 2023

Modern Dance for Adults - FAQ's


Modern Dance: A Summer Class Series for Adults has begun! We had an awesome first class last week and I met so many new dancers (some dancers who were new to me, and some folks who were new to dance)! 

I received some questions about the class, so here are some more details. 

Q. What exactly is Modern Dance? 
A. Modern Dance is an umbrella term for a style of dance characterized by artistic and individual expression. It, like other dance genres, has a web of influencers, a specific movement language, and a general class flow. My personal style is informed by finding efficient movement pathways to reflect an idea or image. For example, I LOVE talking about the ebb and flow of the ocean as a metaphor for the way I want my dancers to move across the space. Other genres might focus more on the rhythm of movement or creating a specific shape. There's volumes more - you'll have to come to find out!

Q. What should I wear?
A. Please wear clothes in which you feel comfortable moving. "Workout" clothes or "Yoga" clothes are most appropriate. For your safety, leave the big jewelry and personal adornments at home. Please take off your shoes when you come in the studio. You might want to take off your socks, depending on your personal preference and/or the texture of the floor. I suggest layers so you can shed clothes as you get warm or put clothes on (like long pants or a long-sleeved shirt) when we do floor work. 

Q. Floor Work? 
A. Yep. In finding efficiently of movement, we'll explore anatomical planes of the body and different ways our bodies respond to gravity. We'll explore movement standing, traveling across the floor, and with a majority of our body on the floor. 

Q. Is that safe?
A. Yes. If you're uncomfortable with anything, I will provide accommodations. For example, if you have cranky knees we have tools to help you achieve the idea of the movement that works best for you and the specific exercise. 

Q. Is this a fitness class?
A. Not really. Modern Dance is more focused on artistry. That being said, you will get your heart rate up, sweat, build core, upper and lower strength, increase flexibility and multidimensional movement patterns, laugh, and work!

Q. I've never danced before. Can I still attend?
A. Absolutely! Thank you for taking the risk and for being interested. We're all here to learn together and we'll all learn something new, together!

Q. Do I have to come to every class?
A. Nope. This is a trial series to see if and who might be interested in learning (more) about Modern Dance (and dance in general). Come when you can! Please register so I can plan appropriately for each class. Register by following this link. 

Q. I'm interested, but I can't make those times. 
A. Great! Thank you! Please let me know! After this series, I'll be analyzing the data I receive through the class itself, registration, and folks who are interested to see how we move forward. Please email me at or

Q. Where's the studio? 
A. It's on Alvernia University's Main Campus in the Campus Commons Building. The Commons has a Fitness Center on the first floor. Enter the Fitness Center and go up the stairs. 

Q. Is there parking?
A. Yes, Alvernia has visitors parking available. 

Q. Where's Alvernia?

Q. The cost for class is $10-15 sliding scale. What does that mean?
A. I don't believe that financial constraints should be a barrier to artistic experiences. That being said, art making and doing has value and incurs costs. Please pay what you wish or what you can within that range. (Or more if you feel so compelled). PayPal - jcwkdancelab  Venmo - JCWarchal-King

Q. I don't have PayPal or Venmo. Can I pay in cash?
A. Sure! If you want to pay by check, please make that out to JCWK Dance Lab. 

Q. I still have questions. 
A. Great! I'm into life-long learning. Please email me at or

I can't wait to dance with you! 

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