Joy Karley

Joy Karley

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Joy Karley (she/her) holds a Master’s degree in Biomechanics and Athletic Training from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Modern Dance from Kent State University. Her background also includes extensive training in classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Latin, and Theater dance. She studied at the School of Cleveland Ballet and has performed with companies in Ohio, California, Washington DC, New Jersey, and New York. She has taught students of all ages and abilitie...read more

Class Descriptions

Ballet

 In this class we take a fun approach to building a movement vocabulary, refining basic skills, and developing good ballet technique. After steps are broken down and mastered, you will learn how to add style and musicality to your movements. Special emphasis is given to dancing from a physiologically sound basis, in order to prevent injury and make the most of your abilities. This is the perfect class not only for “beginners,” but also for anyone looking to build or enhance technique, improve your line, or increase overall strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Pilates

 Perfect for anyone wishing to improve posture and prevent injury, this class focuses on core muscle strength while stretching and strengthening the entire body. This class combines traditional Pilates exercises with contemporary approaches to strength and flexibility training for an effective workout appropriate for all skill levels and body types. Increases in back strength, hip flexibility, alignment, and joint stability are just some of the results you can achieve!

Pointe

This class combines strength and technique with the artistry necessary for pointe work. Through her background in classical ballet, biomechanics, and Pilates, Joy will provide the fundamentals necessary to reach the next level of technique, along with work on musicality, style, and grace. Elements from the Cecchetti and Vaganova techniques will be used to provide a well-rounded foundation in pointe work. It is strongly recommended that dancers have at least three years of ballet training and be currently taking at least three ballet classes per week in addition to the pointe class. A good knowledge of ballet vocabulary, and the ability to satisfactorily perform ballet steps and exercises on demi-pointe is required. Students must have adequate foot, ankle, leg, and core strength, as well as the focus and awareness necessary for safe movement. Students are welcome to take the class on demi-pointe in soft shoes in order to build the strength, technique, and confidence necessary for future pointe work. Beginning level pointe is truly intermediate / advanced ballet; without proper training and sufficient strength, pointe work can be dangerous and untrained dancers risk serious, permanent injuries. Because this is an open, all levels class, students may be asked to remove their pointe shoes and finish class on demi-pointe at any time. Pointe shoes must be appropriately fit, sewn, and tied. This is a 90 minute class and will include warmup and strengthening exercises prior to putting point shoes on for barre work. Instruction will be available for sewing and preparing shoes, as well as recommendations for fit. The exercises and combinations will be geared toward the level of students in class.

Foot Conditioning

Open to and appropriate for dancers & non-dancers, any age or fitness level.

Your feet are your foundation & most important tool as a dancer. Unfortunately they are often neglected and abused. Show your feet some love & make sure you are using them correctly. We'll apply the techniques learned in The Fabulous Foot Seminar, as well as other exercises, releases and techniques to improve your strength, power, balance, and flexibility! We'll also address ankles, knees, hips, gait & more! Special requests welcome & lots of Q&A to get your feet looking, feeling, & performing at their best!

 

The Fabulous Foot Seminar

Open to and appropriate for dancers & non-dancers, any age or fitness level.

This seminar will cover basic anatomy and biomechanics, alignment, gait, choosing the appropriate shoes as well as the implications of various footwear choices. Strengthening and corrective exercises, evaluation techniques, stretches, releases, and the use of various props and training tools will be covered. Bringing a Fabulous Foot Kit is recommended. Available for purchase at The Shop at BDC.

Stretching the Truth

What is the safest and most effective stretching technique? Current lifestyles and habits (cell phones and laptops!) have changed common postural habits, causing new imbalances. Most people know they need to work on flexibility, but don’t know the best way to do it. Despite getting zero improvement, many stubbornly stick to routines. Others stubbornly refuse to start a routine. Myths abound, and traditions resist change. There are several stretching techniques, some more widely known than others.  The science of stretching has been around for decades and continues to grow, yet it is often overshadowed by the hottest new fitness trend. In this session we’ll review some common knowledge, explore lesser known facts, and discover a few new insights. We’ll answer a lot of questions and discuss some grey areas so you can learn how to effectively improve your flexibility! 

Higher Extensions

One of the most frequently asked questions: “How do I get higher extensions?” We not only want them – we need them. Needless to say, standards are high in our industry (pun intended). Often it is simply a matter of understanding proper mechanics & execution – then some hard work. This class will shine a light on it to help you reach new heights! We will use concepts from basic anatomy, biomechanics, and strengthening exercises to achieve your goals. Appropriate for instructors and dancers – learn how to raise the standards for you and/or your students! For non-dancers: keep the range of motion small and use this as an opportunity to improve posture, balance, hip and back strength.

Upcoming Classes

Wed · Oct 05
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
IN-PERSON: All Levels PILATES
Wed · Oct 05
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
LIVESTREAM: All Levels PILATES
Wed · Oct 05
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
IN-PERSON: Beg BALLET
Wed · Oct 05
2:45 pm to 4:15 pm
IN-PERSON: All Levels POINTE
Fri · Oct 07
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
IN-PERSON: All Levels PILATES
Fri · Oct 07
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
IN-PERSON: Basic BALLET
Sun · Oct 09
11:15 am to 12:45 pm
IN-PERSON: Beg BALLET
Mon · Oct 10
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
IN-PERSON: Beg BALLET
Wed · Oct 12
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
IN-PERSON: All Levels PILATES
Wed · Oct 12
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
LIVESTREAM: All Levels PILATES
Wed · Oct 12
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
IN-PERSON: Beg BALLET
Wed · Oct 12
2:45 pm to 4:15 pm
IN-PERSON: All Levels POINTE

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