North Texas Dance Educators, Take Class With Us!

I have been a dance educator here in the metroplex for over 14 years. During those years I (along with all of the other dance educators) have struggled to find local professional development. Not only do I require these hours to renew my certification every 5 years but I also require these hours to remain a successful teacher. As educators it is important to stay active in our field. We must constantly be keep up with progress in technique and teaching styles. One of my biggest fears as an educator is that I will not fully prepare my students for what lies ahead. If I am preparing them to attend some of the top college dance programs in the US then I need to continue to progress in my own technique and methods. Even my students who plan on pursuing other careers post high school deserve to receive the most current and enriched dance experience possible. In addition to my responsibility to the students, I have a responsibility to myself. What better way to stay refreshed and energized than to receive professional development?

So, there is no question that this professional development is necessary but where can I get it? This is where Further Dance Fort Worth wants to step in and help. FurtherDance’s mission is to “equip our dance community to better serve Fort Worth” and providing professional development for dance educators fits perfectly in this statement.

In January we will begin our annual Winter Master Class Series. This series offers four technique classes from local professionals. Participating in these classes will not only engage you physically, but mentally as well. What better way to hear and apply successful teaching strategies than being in the class yourself with a local professional. Each class is 90 minutes in length, so by participating in all four you can earn 6 professional development hours. These professional level classes are for dancers who are 18 years of age and older. Although to a non-dance educator that statement may not seem important, but to those of us dancers in the area that are 18 years or older, we know that this is something hard to find. Unless you are currently performing with a group that offers regular classes, non-beginner adult dance classes are hard to find. Further Dance exists to fill that void.

Earming these hours and feeding your dancer soul is easy to do. Visit to see the schedule, purchase your classes and request your completion certificate to keep for your records. This certificate can be used as documentation for your professional development hours. FurtherDance Fort Worth believes in and support local dance educators. We are beyond thrilled to help all of you earn your hours and stay rejuvenated in your process of sharing the love of dance with the youth in the metroplex!

-Sheyna Ferraro is on faculty in Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts‘ dance department, director of the Academy Dance Company, and is director of Texas Dance Conservatory.

Back to Class Series 2016 Recap

We had awesome master classes in August with DFW dance artists and educators Joy Bollinger of Bruce Wood Dance Project, Brian Devine of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Joshua L. Peugh of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Jessica Zeller of the TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance.

Joy Bollinger teaching at TCU Dance Studios. (photo by Tommy Jordan)

During Brian Devine’s Class at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts

Jessica Zeller demonstrating at Arlington Heights High School dance studios. (photo by Natalie Bracken)

Josh Peugh giving notes during his class at Texas Ballet Theater studios. (photo by Natalie Bracken)

Want to keep dancing with us?  We have classes every Friday night this fall from 6:30-8PM, just $10.  We’d love to see you in class! Learn more here.



Parking for class at TCU’s School for Classical & Contemporary Dance

We have class at TCU dance studios (Erma Lowe Hall, Home of the School for Classical and Contemporary Dance) on Friday!  Here’s some valuable information about Parking for this class!

Pssst! Class is with Joy Atkins Bollinger, founding dancer with Bruce Wood Dance Project!!! Want to buy your class for Friday?  Find info here!

There is a parking lot behind Erma Lowe Hall, but we cannot use it since it will be designated for TCU student move in ONLY.

However, since our class is after 5PM, there are several lots that we are able to use that are normally permit only.  TCU Police is allowing us to park in any lot between Rogers and Stadium (which run north to south) and Bellaire Dr. N and Berry (which run east to west). You may park in spots that are designated “reserved” unless a sign notes that they are reserved 24 hours/day. Please see the map below for more information (parking highlighted in pink, dance studios highlighted in yellow).

Parking info

Please arrive early to give yourself plenty of time to park and get into the studio. Enter through the doors that face the parking lot behind Erma Lowe Hall.

See you in Class!


May and June FurtherDance Fridays

We had some Marvelous classes in May and June!IMG_3669
Kiera Amison gave a great modern dance technique class!

Asia Waters got us moving the next week!

IMG_3831Rubén Gerding taught an awesome ballet technique class!

IMG_9762  We changed it up a bit for Memorial Day Weekend and took Kristi Rittby’s Smart Barre class as Smart Barre Cityview!

IMG_4051 Acclaimed Dark Circles Contemporary Dance performer, Alex Karigan Farrior, closed out our spring semester of FurtherDance Fridays!

What’s Next?

We’re breaking for the summer, but you should keep moving and dancing! We’ll keep posting about dance opportunities and performances on our Facebook page. We’ll be back for a master class series in August and FurtherDance Friday classes will return after Labor Day.

#fwisdancing #onfridayswedance


April FurtherDance Fridays

We had some AWESOME Classes in April!
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Fabulous and Fierce Women Pi-Yo-ing with Frieda Austin! IMG_3501
Beautiful, feel-good dancing with Ann-Marie Heilman!

Contemporary Class with Joy Atkins Bollinger

A Fusion of styles with Alex Masi!

Join us for Class in May and June!

May 6, 2016 – Kiera Amison, Intermediate/Advanced Modern

Kiera is a TCC South Dance Program Director and performer/choreographer with Muscle Memory Dance Theatre. Kiera’s class concentrates on use of breath, head tail connectivity, and exploring the full reach of distal limbs.  Class will include a warm up, across the floor, and center combination. 

May 13, 2016 – Asia Waters, Modern Dance Technique

Anastasia is the artistic director of imPULSE dance project.

May 20, 2016 – Ruben Gerding, Ballet Technique

May 27, 2016 – Kristi Rittby, Smart Barre – Open Level

Kristi is Owner of Smart Barre Cityview and Bluebonnet Circle.

Smart Barre practices concentrated movements that function as deep sculpting tools to strengthen and lengthen muscles. As a total body workout, this class fuses principles of ballet, Pilates, and yoga to target the core, hips, thighs, seat and arms. A traditional ballet barre is used to help maintain balance and provide resistance. In addition to the barre, light weights, a playground ball, and a cushy mat are used. An efficient, upbeat workout, you will find it a “smart” use of time.

This class is open to all adults over the age of 18; Any level or style of dancer or mover is welcome!

Time and Location Change: Class will begin at 6:45 PM at Smart Barre Cityview
6080 S. Hulen Street, Suite 320, Fort Worth, Texas 76132
(Located in the Kroger Shopping Center, to the left of Mardel)

June 3, 2016 – Alex Karigan Farrior, Modern Dance Technique

Alex Karigan Farrior, MFA, is a dancer with Dark Circles Contemporary Dance.

March FurtherDance Fridays

Moments from our March classes!IMG_2611
Contemporary Jazz taught by Natalie Bracken.

Contemporary Ballet taught by Hannah Ernest Requa.

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Contemporary Dance taught by Krista Jennings Langford.

See more photos from our classes! #onfridayswedance #fwisdancing

Join us for class in April!

April 1, 2016 – Frieda Austin, PiYo Workout (6:30-7:45)

Frieda is a DFW dance teacher. Get a high intensity workout with low impact through the combination of Pilates & Yoga. It’s a great way to get fit or build strength. This class is open to all adults over the age of 18; Any level or style of dancer or mover is welcome!

Special to this class only: Bring a friend who has never taken class with us before, and your class is just $5!

After class we plan to grab a snack, drink, dinner at Central Market across the street. Join us!

April 8, 2016 – Ann-Marie Heilman, Modern Dance Technique

Ann-Marie is the creator of Movementology, dance faculty with Dance Revolution and Ingredients Dance Company, and company member with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth.

April 15, 2016 – Joy Atkins Bollinger, Contemporary Class

Joy is Rehearsal Director & Repetiteur for Bruce Wood Dance Project.

April 29, 2016 – Alex Masi, Contemporary Technique

Alex is a Florida and Texas-based Choreographer & Dancer, Yoga teacher, Gyrokinesis® & Gyrotonic® Trainer, and Fulbright Scholar. She describes her class as an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary technique featuring movement inspired by yoga, hip-hop, Gyrotonic (R), and other dance forms.

February FurtherDance Friday Recap

In February we danced or moved every Friday night!  How about you?

Check out some moments from classes this month!

Contemporary Technique with Sarah Newton, Lecturer in Dance at School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU and company member with Out On a Limb Dance.

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Ballet Technique with Emily Hunter, Dance Faculty at Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts.

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Modern Dance Technique with Rachel Wade, Dance Director at Arlington Heights High School.

Post-class selfie with Laura Barbee, certified Gyrotonic Ⓡ & Gyrokinesis Ⓡ Trainer.

Join us for class in March!

March 4, 2016 – Natalie Bracken, Contemporary Jazz
(This week only: Class moved to Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts)

Natalie teaches dance and theater at Fort Worth Country Day.
Location Change: Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Dance Studio,
3901 S Hulen St., Fort Worth, TX 76109
Park in the lot adjacent to Hulen Street and
enter through the school’s main entrance facing Hulen.

March 11, 2016 – Hannah Ernest Requa, Contemporary Ballet
(return to our normal space at Arlington Heights)

Hannah is a Company Dancer with Bruce Wood Dance Project. Her class consists of a traditional ballet barre followed by a contemporary center.

March 25, 2016 – Krista Jennings Langford, Contemporary Dance

Krista is on dance faculty at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Texas Dance Conservatory and is a dancer/choreographer with imPULSE dance project.

How to Find Us

Joining us for FurtherDance Fridays at Arlington Heights?

We hope so.  Sometimes we hear that the studio is a little hard to find, so here’s some further explanation and (dancer-drawn) map to help you get to class on time!

Parking and Entrance:
Please park in the lot adjacent to Hulen Street and enter the building through the Dance office. To find this entrance, walk toward the school’s door that faces Hulen St., make a right down the pathway between the building and the tennis court. There are stairs leading to the dance office on your left.


See you in class!

#onfridayswedance #FWisDancing