DTH On Demand: LIVE Open Classes

DTH On Demand: LIVE Open Classes

LIVE Open Classes

Company Artist Sanford Placide teaching the Ballet for Everyone Open Class
Company Artist Sanford Placide teaching the Ballet for Everyone Open Class

Join us for LIVE Open Classes Mondays – Saturdays at 6:30pm EDT/ 3:30pm PDT from September 28th, 2020 – November 21st, 2020:

Mondays: Ballet Barre & Basics on Zoom

Tuesdays: Modern – Horton Technique on YouTube

Wednesdays: Ballet For Everyone on Zoom

Thursdays: Alumni Spotlight on YouTube

Fridays: Ballet Warm-up & Variation on Zoom

Saturdays: Stay Fit on Zoom 

Whether you’re dancing for fun or working toward your fitness goals, we have a class for you.

Please note: Our open classes are now $8 each with the exception of our Modern – Horton Technique classes on Tuesdays and Alumni Spotlight classes on Thursdays which remain free. Classes must be paid for online only. All purchases for open classes must be made by 6pm EDT/ 3pm PDT the day of the class. After that time, purchases will be closed. Once your purchase is made, the Zoom details will be included in your confirmation email. If you don’t receive the Zoom details, please contact our Arts Education & Outreach Manager, Sophia Morris directly at smorris@dancetheatreofharlem.org.

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Past Live Open Classes:

Alumni, DTH School Instructors and Company Artists

Ballet Barre: "Get On Your Leg!" with DTH Alumnus Kevin Thomas


Enjoy a Ballet Barre with former DTH Principal Dancer Kevin Thomas. This class will focus on placement and alignment to maximize a dancer’s ballet technique.

Watch his class:

Thursday, November 19, 2020

GYROKINESIS® with DTH Alumna Anjali Austin

Gyrokinesis methodology is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. Exercises are conducted seated, standing and as floor work. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus.

Watch her class:

Thursday, November 5, 2020

GYROKINESIS® with DTH Alumna Dr. Adesola Akinleye

Dr. Adesola Akinleye will be teaching a GYROKINESIS® class with a focus on how this movement system can support ballet practice. By the end of a GYROKINESIS® session, one’s entire system is awakened and brought into greater balance. Focus on the breath stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in a sense of calm, well-being and mental clarity. Adesola’s classes emphasize the connectedness of dancing/moving body with environment through breath and imagery.

*Those taking part in the class should have a steady stall or chair they can sit on. Please wear loose comfortable workout clothing.

Watch her class:

October 29, 2020

Classic Ballethnic Masterclass - Ballet Barre with DTH Alumnus Waverly Lucas


This masterclass with DTH Alumnus Waverly Lucas will provide students with functional information and practice of classical ballet.

Watch his class:

Thursday, October 1st

Pilates for Dancers with DTH Alumna Elena Dominguez-Bartley

This particular Classical Pilates Class is dedicated to dancers that want to understand how to find your center, strengthen your core, understand “The 2 way stretch” to create length, and move with ease and grace.

We will follow the original basic sequence created by Joe Pilates.

Watch her class:
Monday, July 20th

Intermediate Advanced Ballet with DTH Almunus Donald Williams

Former DTH Principal Dancer Donald Williams will teach a classical ballet barre with center exercises for dancers with at least intermediate ballet knowledge.

Watch his class:

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Thursday, October 8,2020

Yoga Class with DTH Alumna Tai Jimenez

Former DTH Principal Ballerina, Tai Jimenez’s Yoga class will include breath-work followed by an all-levels creative vinyasa flow.

Watch her class:

Friday, July 10, 2020



Meditation Class with DTH Alumna Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith, MBA

During this meditation class participants will be offered a basic understanding of what it means to meditate and how to incorporate a basic practice into their daily lives. Ramona Lisa will talk briefly about her path to meditation through dance as well as offer a brief description of the tradition she currently practices. Following the introduction, there will be at least 20 minutes of guided silent meditation practice followed by questions and responses.
All are welcome. No meditation experience required.

Watch her class:

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Intermediate Advanced-Ballet Barre with DTH Alumna Lorraine Graves

This Intermediate-Advanced Ballet Barre class will feature structured exercises that every aspiring dancer does from inception. We will focus on proper execution, form and how understanding ballet technique and terminology builds strength and stamina.

This class will have something for everyone and most ages, so don’t be nervous.Lorraine Graves will also share her personal story about being diagnosed with LUPUS after an almost 18-year career as a Dance Theatre of Harlem Principal Ballerina and Ballet Mistress.Come along for the journey and let’s have some fun.

Watch her class:

Monday, June 15, 2020

Tips and Advice for Training En Pointe with DTH Alumna Karen Brown


Legendary Ballerina Karen Brown’s Tips and Advice for Training En Pointe class is for all dancers interested in learning how to develop strength and stamina for training en pointe. The class will explain how to sew, tie and care for your pointe shoes. Learn how to warm up and improve your ankle and foot strength. Basic barre combinations and simple pointe combinations in the center will be reviewed and demonstrated. All levels welcome!

Watch her class:

Monday, May 18, 2020

Contemporary Ballet Explorations Warm-up and Barre with DTH Alumna Endalyn Taylor

This Contemporary Ballet Explorations Warm-up and Barre is for all levels of Ballet lovers who enjoy applying contemporary methodologies to the fundamentals of classical ballet.

Watch her class:

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Pilates with DTH Alumna Courtney Cochran

Align, balance, and strengthen your body through a blend of Pilates mat, barre, and active stretching. This Pilates class is designed to access your deepest core and stabilizing muscles, redefining how you approach movement and power your body. Open to all levels of movers!

Watch her class:

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Classical Pilates Mat Class with DTH Alumna Gina Papalia

This Classical Pilates Mat class will focus on your core, alignment, strengthening and lengthening your body all at the same time. Learn how to correct yourself in the exercises and set yourself up for continuous growth and understanding of the exercises as Joseph Pilates intended you to do them. It is an open level class, set to give you the basics and challenge you as well.

Watch her class:

Thursday, April 30, 2020


Contemporary Ballet Barre with DTH Alumna Charmaine Hunter

During this challenging and stressful time, it’s important to stay safe AND stay in shape. Ms. Hunter’s classes keep dancers inspired and uplifted. This contemporary, Vaganova-based ballet barre with Balanchine accents is for dancers of all levels. Enjoy!

Watch her classes:

Monday, April 20, 2020

Monday, June 1st, 2020

Intermediate Ballet Barre with DTH Company Artist Lindsey Donnell

Company Artist Lindsey Donnell will teach an Intermediate Ballet Barre that will focus on developing strength and coordination.

Watch her class:

Monday, July 13th 

Contemporary Ballet 

DTH Company Artist Stephanie Rae Williams’ Contemporary Ballet class is rooted in the basics of ballet and at the same time challenges the student to find her or his personal expression in the form. All levels are welcome!

Watch her class:

Monday, April 27, 2020

Intermediate Ballet

Company Artist Yinet Fernandez will teach an Intermediate-level ballet class that will focus on developing strength and coordination.

Watch her class:

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Intermediate Beginner Ballet Barre with DTH School Instructor Bethânia Gomes

Join us for an Intermediate Beginner Ballet Barre! This class is designed to develop coordination, musicality and stamina through barre and center work.

Watch her class on Wednesday, July 8, 2020:

Part 1

Part 2

Umfundalai African Dance

Welcome to Umfundalai (ma-foon-da-la), a Kiswahili word meaning, “essential”. This contemporary Pan-African dance technique draws from movements and traditions of the African Diaspora. The technique espouses a holistic view of the body and the arts including theater, drumming, song, masquerade and vocalization. The codified technique of Umfundalai stands on the shoulders of the Katherine Dunham and Pearl Primus techniques, it is great cardio and history all in one class!

Watch the class:

Thursday April 23, 2020 with DTH School Instructor Erin Bryce Holmes

Saturday, June 6, 2020 with DTH School Instructor Erin Bryce Holmes

Saturday, June 13, 2020 with DTH School Instructor Erin Bryce Holmes

Saturday, June 20,2020 with DTH School Instructor Erin Bryce Holmes

Saturday, June 27,2020 with DTH School Instructor Erin Bryce Holmes


“Bomba” is an Afro- Puerto Rican style of traditional music that reflects the influence of three different cultures that shaped Puerto Rico’s History: Taino (natives indigenous), Spanish and African. The “Bomba” music and dance focused on the powerful expression of Puerto Rico’s African Heritage. In this Bomba class, we are going to learn the basic steps, “paseo” and “piquetes” of some of the most popular “bomba” rhythms. Open to all level of movers!

Watch the previous classes:

Thursday May 14th, 2020 with DTH School Instructor Luz Iturbe

Thursday May 21th, 2020 with DTH School Instructor Luz Iturbe

Thursday, July 23rd,2020 with DTH School Instructor Luz Iturbe