Adult Tap Dance and Barre Sculpt
October 7, 14, 21, 28 Fridays, 4 sessions
10:30am - 11:45am
Instructor: Mary Gucciardo & Venea Ellis
Class Fee: $80 non-member
$72 *BRMAA Member*
This workshop series is for individuals who want to learn tap for the first time in a friendly environment, or for those who want a refresher in tap dance. Learn the basics of a variety of tap styles designed to develop rhythm, style, and sound. Each session also incorporates Barre sculpting exercises taken from traditional ballet class, and weight training using the Ballet Barre. Each student will receive an uplifting warm-up for the major muscle group, invigorating tap movements to increase aerobic power and burn calories, exercises to tone the upper body, lower body, and core, and beautiful closing stretches to further increase alignment, flexibility, and proper posture.
Call (706) 632-2144 for questions regarding this course and registration. Payment is required to register for BRMAA courses. You may pay via PayPal above, over the phone, or visit The Art Center located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to pay in person. The Programming Coordinator is in the office from 10 am - 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Venae Ellis, Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Owner of Kharisma Dance Studio
Starting dance classes at the age of 6 years old, Venae developed a deep love of the performing arts and began teaching dance classes in high school and danced with a professional dance troupe to help pay for college. Venae retired from her position as Senior Vice President with AIG Corporation and her work as a busy Management Consultant to pursue her love of dance fitness opening Kharisma Dance Studio in 2014. Her studio provided a variety of dance classes specifically for adults including ballroom, tap, jazz, line dance, and Zumba.
Venae also expresses her creativity and deep love of the performing arts as a lead vocalist in the Jazz band, Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk, she started with her husband. Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk Band performs nationally and recently released their first CD, "Eye Candy" (www.kharismajazzmaticfunk.com)
Current Active Certifications:
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Fitness
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Sunrise Yoga
CPR – AED- First Aid
Mary Gucciardo, Certified Ballet Barre Fitness Instructor
Mary’s growth into dance-inspired fitness began as an adult student of jazz, tap, and ballet. Her training and interests in the fitness industry are in the areas of Body Sculpting, Pilates, Barre, and Aerobic Conditioning. Through her work as a kitchen-designer, and her business, The Blue Ridge Cabinet Company, Mary understands the importance of encouraging creative skills and imagination. Energized by her world of creative self-expression, Mary strives to design invigorating fitness programming for her students using an artistic approach along with science that includes: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and education.
Current Active Fitness Certifications: Gold Standard
International Ballet Barre Fitness Association (IBBFA)
American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Instructor (ACE)
Zumba Fitness Instructor