Faculty Features: Zumba® and Contemporary Jazz with Adriana Falcon

Adriana Falcon recently completed a contract as Dance Captain for the “Belles of Broadway” show in Macau, China. While in Asia, she had the opportunity to teach in Hong Kong at Central Dance Studios, DanceTrinity, Fusion Dance, and for the Project Dance Hong Kong Convention. Adriana has a B.A. in Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, has taught contemporary at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, and is the Founder/Artistic Director of NYC’S Performing Arts Collective. Adriana has adjudicated numerous dance competitions and has taught master classes for Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Step Up 2 Dance Competitions, Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Intensives, and American Dance Training Camps. She currently teaches contemporary jazz and Zumba® classes at Joy of Motion Dance Center and is also a Studio Assistant at JOMDC Friendship Heights. View a schedule of Adriana’s adult dance classes.

What is your teaching philosophy and/or teaching style?

I like to create an atmosphere in my class where it is safe to explore new movement vocabulary challenging students to move outside of their comfort zone into a world full of new possibilities. My contemporary class discovers innovative ways to work through the body and manipulate both ballet and jazz vocabulary. Students will explore musicality, spatial awareness, and how to approach each movement with different dynamics and energy. My Zumba® class is a high energy cardio dance workout, increasing your heart rate and making you work up a sweat! The Latin beats and influences keep the dance party alive for an hour-long workout!

What is your favorite part about teaching class?

My students continuously inspire me with their interpretation of the movement, their work ethic and integrity. There is such a give and take relationship in class and when there is a flow and exchange of ideas between teacher and student it is so invigorating! I love to see students challenge themselves with something new or uncomfortable and be able to grow and conquer their fears within that hour and a half class. I am fortunate to absolutely love what I do and be inspired each and every day!

What do you hope your students will take away from your class?

I hope my students will take away a sense of fearlessness after my class. Everyone has something to say through their own unique movement and I feel it is my job to help people discover their voice. I hope my students walk away with a rejuvenated spirit, feeling energized and happy! Dance has always been a positive and stable influence in my life and I want to share my passion for the arts with those that walk through the door. For additional information please visit www.adrianafalcon.info!