I developed my dance fitness classes to share my love of dance with all. I wanted to create dance and barre classes that are fun, safe, and results oriented. My classes are uniquely designed and utilize my background in Professional Dance, and Exercise Science. The dance exercises draw from classical ballet and jazz dance. I have also incorporated physical therapy exercises into the classes to both treat and prevent injuries. Proper breathing, alignment, safety, technique, and appropriate modifications are emphasized when performing the exercises. Students are encouraged to work slowly and at their own pace with an emphasis on correct technique.
The Class Experience
My dance and barre classes are choreographed to fun, upbeat music to energize your body and mind. The classes combine ballet technique, cardio dance, core stabilization, strengthening exercises, and flexibility training to sculpt, tone, and lengthen every major muscle group in the body.
During the class, students perform a dance based warm up combined with easy to follow dynamic stretching or low impact cardio dance. The next phase of the class is resistance training with light hand weights or resistance bands to target specific muscle groups. At the barre, students perform ballet based exercises to tone the entire body, especially the legs. The class then moves to the mat to perform core stability and strengthening exercises. All classes finish with simple yoga, floor barre, and relaxation exercises.
All of my dance and barre classes are designed to build strength and endurance and create the elongated silhouette of a dancer. These classes will help you move with grace and elegance.
Key Components of the Method
The key to safe exercise is proper alignment and execution. As mentioned above, my classes incorporate dance science in combination with physical therapy and exercise science. We work in a “neutral spine” position that supports healthy alignment and safety of the spine. Once you lose the alignment of the spine, you are setting yourself up for injury.
Additionally, I do not believe exercise needs to be complicated to be effective. In my dance and barre classes, I teach the exercises in a beginner friendly format. As students progress in execution and strength, we can advance the exercise to make it more challenging. This approach makes my classes accessible to all. Beginners can start with the basics, and advanced students can work with more intensity. Everyone is accommodated in a supportive environment.
As we build upon alignment, I emphasize that students work at their own pace. Yes, it’s true we are moving to the music. However, students may need to move slower than the beat of the music to maintain their alignment. It is much more productive to do five repetitions in excellent alignment than twenty with poor form. Dance to your own beat!
Muscle Strengthening and Endurance
My dance and barre classes will strengthen and tone your entire body and improve your cardiovascular health. To strengthen a muscle you need to apply a certain amount of “overload.” The key is to avoid too much overload and muscle strain. As we build upon alignment and pace, we will add resistance to overload the muscle slowly over time. As we increase the overload, you will feel a “burn” in the muscle. This burn will not bulk your muscles up. A slow and steady approach to strengthening will sculpt your muscles and tone your body, improve your posture, and help you lose inches.
Mind & Body
Mindfulness is a key component to effective exercise. Staying present and tuning into your body will give you the quickest results. When you are fully present and engaged, you will create new neural patterns that lead to positive mental states. In other words, mind/body exercises like dance and barre classes help stimulate positive vibes! You will leave class feeling elevated!
Dance Sculpt is a fun dance class that begins with a total body warm up that incorporates jazz, contemporary, and ballet dance techniques. Dancers will learn easy to follow choreography in an upbeat atmosphere!The class includes barre and mat work. No dance experience required!
Dijon Whyte's Power Moves: Dance Cardio is a refreshing fitness experience, offering high and low intensity aerobic exercise. This dance cardio class focuses on increasing your range of motion through a series of guided routines. These routines are inspired by multiple dance styles, calisthenic exercises and the vibrant energy within the room. Welcoming all levels, this class will increase your mobility, strengthen the joints and the surrounding muscles. You will be certain to leave this class drenched in sweat and feeling refreshed. There is power in movement, and this class encourages each individual to embrace their journey with Power Moves: Dance Cardio.
We require taking this class in clean sneakers. Class runs 55 minutes in duration.
Our Barre Class is our ballet inspired total body workout choreographed to fun, upbeat music to energize your body and mind. The class combines a short dance cardio warm-up, ballet technique, ballet barre work, adagio center floor, core stabilization, strengthening exercises with hand weights, and yoga. The class will strengthen and lengthen all major muscle groups. Proper breathing, alignment, safety, and appropriate modifications are emphasized when performing the exercises. Perfect for all levels, no dance experience required.
For safety and cleanliness, in this class we require socks or ballet/dance shoes (you may provide your own or we sell toesox/grip socks. Class runs 55 minutes in duration.
For anyone preferring private Dance, Dance Fitness, or Barre Training we offer one hour private lessons. Please check our Private Lessons page.