Free dance classes led by pros in Dallas, TX

Danielle Georgiou Dance Group to lead one session of the free outdoor fitness series Local Motion in the Dallas Arts DistrictDuring April – which is Dallas Arts Month – numerous dance companies will each lead one session of the free outdoor fitness series Local Motion in the Dallas Arts District of Texas. The spring 2017 semester recently kicked off on April 1 on the campus of the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Glenn Sims from Alvin Ailey Dance Theater hosted a modern dance class. This popular series of performance-based classes takes place in Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park on Saturday mornings during spring and fall.


The public is invited to join in on Saturday mornings in April for a month-long celebration of dance. Attendees can broaden their horizons and learn about different styles of dance from a special lineup of guest instructors representing some of the best performing arts companies from Dallas and beyond.


All skill levels are welcome. Classes are free and open to the public. See the class line-up below.


  • April 8: Contemporary Dance with Danielle Georgiou and Colby Calhoun from Danielle Georgiou Dance Group


  • April 15: Modern Dance with Nycole Ray, artistic director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre


  • April 29: Broadway Dance with Michael Sylvester, teaching artist at Dallas Theater Center


There will be no Local Motion class on April 22, but the public is invited to the Arts District for the Changing Perspectives block pARTy, a free day of performances, crafts, food and drinks, including three performances by vertical dance company BANDALOOP off the side of KPMG Plaza at HALL Arts.


All classes are held from 9-10 a.m. in Sammons Park, located outside of the Winspear Opera House. Free parking is available at the Winspear Opera House in Lexus Red Parking. If inclement weather occurs during the appointed Local Motion time, class will be canceled 24 hours prior.


Each spring and fall, Local Motion brings hundreds of people from different areas of the Metroplex to participate. The Local Motion fitness effort is an important way the AT&T Performing Arts Center fulfills its mission to be a community gathering place, and is just one of many free activities happening year round. 


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Photo: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group in performance. Photo by Jesus Ayala.