Classes at Studio Sway

-No need to call ahead, drop-ins are welcome to all of our classes-

African Dance

This aerobic dance class is designed to introduce participants to the aesthetics of African dance technique. African dance develops efficient use of relaxed movement; grounding, weight-shifting, and isolation. The warm up emphasizes releasing the weight of the body by rolling down the spine, rotating the neck and shoulders, and isolating the pelvis and chest while opening and releasing the hip joints. 

We integrate these movements into traditional and non-traditional African steps while deepening our connection to ourselves and our community. Accompanied by authentic live African drumming, individual movements are sequenced to create an uplifting, cardiovascular combination that will have you breaking both a sweat and a smile. This movement and music will leave you feeling renewed and inspired.

$12 drop-in, five class card for $55.

Contact Improv Workshop and Jam

Contact improvisation involves the exploration of moving one's body in relation to others by using the fundamentals of weight, touch and movement awareness. The Albuquerque Contact Improvisation Jam is held the last Saturday of every month from 4:30-6:30pm. The first hour is a workshop introducing some of the guiding principles and concepts of the form. This is followed by an hour-long jam, which is an open time for people to dance at will with others. Open to all levels of dance experience. Come for part or stay for all!

$4-7 suggested donation.

Ecstatic Dance ABQ

Ecstatic dance is a spontaneous, expressive, and meditative movement practice. It occurs in a safe and non-judgmental environment where creative possibilities are infinite, and freedom and joy preside. Dancers move barefooted and without verbal interaction. The facilitator holds sacred space by setting a focus, offering a poem, or other suggestions, and with sophisticated music sequences crafted to evoke spiritual connection in personal movement. No experience is needed—just a willingness to move and be moved. The eclectic music gradually builds to a high energy level then winds down to a meditative, relaxing finish. Be prepared to sweat. The ecstatic dance community is a tribe that enjoys dancing and growing together. Dance the way your body wants to—without choreography or judgement, and discover the innate body wisdom you possess. All are welcome. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cervantes, founder (2009) and facilitator of Ecstatic Dance Albuquerque at elizcerv@gmail.com or visit the Ecstatic Dance ABQ Facebook page. 

Class fee is $12.

Friday Night Ecstatic Dance with Pam

Ecstatic dance is a conscious dance practice which allows you to drop in to a state of embodied consciousness. This consciousness shapes one’s thoughts through the interactions between body movement and the external physical world, fostering integration of one’s thoughts, emotions, and identity. It is associated with increased self-esteem, positive mood, and mindfulness. Embodied dance allows you look into yourself and get in touch with your own personal creative self-expression. Come join us on the first, second, and third Friday of each month as we practice this dance in a safe environment, with a community of people who are committed to acceptance, loving kindness, and self-exploration. Plus... it's a lot of fun and a great way to end your week!

$10 drop-in.

Happy Hour Yoga with Peggy

Peggy teaches classical yoga asana, breath work, and gentle warming movements to build strength, flexibility and relaxation.  Classes may focus on standing poses and basic seated work, suitable for all levels, or  Flow Yoga, which focuses on building strength and flexibility, and exploring dynamic tension for balance while connecting movement with breath.  Yoga is an excellent way to learn and apply self-care techniques to your body, mind and soul, enchanting your relationship with yourself and with others.  It improves one’s mental, emotion and physical health which lead to a stronger, healthier and balanced lifestyle.

$10 drop-in, $5 for students. 

Harmonic Kids

Harmonic Kids is proud to offer Music Together classes for preschool children. A pioneer in early childhood music and movement education, Music Together offers classes for children from birth through kindergarten, in which parents and caregivers actively participate. 

 

The family-like setting of Music Together's mixed-age classes enables siblings to attend together, creating an ideal learning environment where infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can freely participate at their own levels.

 

The ten-week winter semester starting Sunday, January 5th includes the beautiful full-color songbook, CD, digital downloads, and Hello Everybody app. We’ll meet weekly on Thursdays at 10:30 at Studio Sway.

It’s not too late to register for the winter semester!!  Classes can be prorated if you cannot start this week!

Hip-Hop

This class focuses on the basics of Popping and Commercial/Allstyles, House, Toprocking, and the history of Hip-Hop dance and cultural elements in the U.S. Each class begins with a thorough warm up and stretch, followed by a specific skill of the week, a short choreography, and concludes with a cool down.

$10 drop-in, $5 for students with ID.

music/moves

Inspired by Ecstatic Dance, music/moves is a freeform dance journey that is all about feeling and moving freely. Songs range from meditative to molten and tap into a wide range of moods and emotions. Dance where you are and where the music takes you — if you’re open to it, you will have a profound physical, emotional, artistic and spiritual experience! 

Join us on the 4th & 5th Fridays of the month from 7-8:30pm, and every Sunday at noon for a 60-minute format. 

$10 drop-in.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nia

The Nia Technique™ draws inspiration from dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts for a workout that is challenging and stimulating, yet easy to follow. Nia students improve strength, balance, cardiovascular stamina, flexibility, and joint mobility. Students are encouraged to pay attention to their sensations; experience the joy of movement; and fall in love with being in their bodies.

A typical Nia class includes some elements of free dance in which students are encouraged to move however they please. Nia offers us the opportunity to explore, play, and get sweaty. The hour spent in class is our time to recharge, connect, let loose, and get fit. First class is free to anyone who is new to Nia. We encourage everyone to dance in bare feet to build strength and awareness from the ground up; however, some dancers prefer a flexible, soft-sole shoe.

(Clean-soled, indoor-only shoes, please!)

Nia with Anna: $8-$10 drop in, $35 five class card, $70 ten class card

Nia with Beth: $10 drop-in, $80 ten class card

Nia with Erin: $12 drop-in, $58 five class card, $90 ten class card, $50 monthly pass

Nia with Kate: $10 drop-in, $35 five class card, $70 ten class card

Nia with May: $10 drop-in, $90 ten class card

Therapeutic Movement for Lymphatic Health

Therapeutic Movement for Lymphatic Health is a series of very basic movements specifically designed to optimize the flow and function of your lymphatic system. This workshop begins with a brief lecture on the important role of the lymphatic system, and teaches self-decongestion methods, along with the use of plant-based medicine oil and deep diaphragmatic breathing techniques. Together these practices accelerate the flow of lymph fluid throughout the entire body, and improve the overall well being of your lymphatic system, immune system, and gut health. A sluggish lymphatic system can cause poor health and overall sickness, fatigue, and disease. TMLH is right for you if you experience digestive problems, long term swelling, skin conditions, auto-immune disease, allergies, sinus issues, fatigue, nausea, or headaches. Workshops are held every second Saturday at 11am.

$20, essential oils included.

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