What’s the difference between a dance center and a traditional dance studio? Lakeland is about to find out.
Ultimate Dance Center opens Jan. 9 with a ribbon cutting, open house and demonstrations. The center mirrors dance/fitness centers that have become popular in New York City and Los Angeles.
With this venture, co-owners Freddie DeJesus, the former associate director and resident choreographer of Florida Dance Theatre, and Jennifer Davis, who once operated Art in Motion Academy of Dance, have taken an innovative approach to teaching dance.
It is not a dance studio geared primarily toward children that only offers lessons and recitals. DeJesus and Davis describe Ultimate Dance Center as a place for families and dance enthusiasts ages 2 and up to take lessons.
“This is for people who have danced since childhood and love it,” DeJesus says. “It’s for adults who have no experience, but really want to dance. They just don’t want to be in a class with 7-year-old Suzie in her pink tights.”
Lessons at Ultimate Dance Center will cover a variety of styles, including clogging, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, sexy chair dance, modern, lyrical, acrobat, artivism and flexibility. The center also offers classes for the 60 and older crowd, as well as for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
“This will be a less intimidating environment because we’re embracing dancers at every ability level, and families who are focused on a fun fitness experience,” DeJesus says.
The 3,800 square foot space includes three studios so multiple types of dance are offered at once. Children’s ballet classes can be scheduled alongside adult contemporary dance classes so parents and their children can take lessons simultaneously.
Ultimate Dance Center also offers prenatal yoga and “Mommy and me” classes where moms can bring children as young as 18 months old to classes.
Davis says Ultimate Dance Center is the only studio that offers classes to children that young. It’s also the only dance center that offers dance to developmentally disabled children and adults.
“We also will offer live Web streaming for parents who want to drop off their kids and run errands, but still be able to view lessons remotely,” Davis says.
Ultimate Dance Center is located at 3234 S. Florida Ave., in the plaza with Jet’s Pizza and Regal Cleaners.
Registration is open, and classes start Jan. 11. You can register here. For more information, visit: UDCLakeland.com or call (863) 644-5275.