Owner and Founder
of Raise the Barre Dance Academy
Jaimie Walden has more than 35 years of formal dance training and more than 20 years of teaching experience. She has owned and operated her own studio for over 16 years, danced for Disney, and was on season 8 So You Think You Can Dance. Recently she was on WBTV channel 3 television series [email protected], where she was able to tell about Raise the Barre Dance Academy and show off some of her hip hop skills. She is a certified dance instructor through Dance Masters of America. She is certified by 'Test to Teach' and a member of Carolina Dance Masters Chapter 15. She is also a certified and licensed Zumba instructor and is currently working on her certification for Pound and PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) Training. She has traveled all over the US competing, running dance competitions and performances, and teaching students of all ages. She sought after a new facility to share her love and passion with others and she found the beautiful city of Newton. She desires to be the best instructor and role model she can be and is honored to share that opportunity with your family. Welcome to Raise the Barre Dance Academy!!!
Mommy and Me - (Ages 18 months-3) This class combines ballet and tumbling to introduce the youngest student to dance. This class is designed for a student and a parent/grandparent/adult and participation is required. The class consist of creative movement, fun games, song and dance, and lots of interaction and imagination. As the child grows and becomes more independent, they can transaction into the next class without a chaperone. This class will cover an introduction to basic ballet movement and basic tumbling.
Ballet - (Ages 2-Adult) The foundation of all dance forms. Ballet demands grace and precision while employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement. Technique is developed at the barre and continues to grow and show in the center of the floor. Ballet is the most important dance form.
Tap - (Ages 4-Adult) Tap uses the feet as a musical instrument. It teaches the student how to count music and form different rhythms to music. It teaches precision and clarity and helps develop balance and control.
Jazz - (Ages 6-Adult) Jazz teaches the student how to isolate different parts of the body. Jazz helps develop core strength, balance, and control. It teaches the student how to transition smoothly between steps and build self confidence for stage presence.
Funky Jazz/Hip Hop - (Ages 6-12) A fusion of Jazz and Hip Hop that helps transition the student from a basic jazz class to more of a street style hip hop without losing the technical background. This class is catered more for the younger generation.
Hip Hop - (Ages 13-Adult) An urban style of dance that teaches popping, locking, and breaking. This style is seen in music videos and involves battling and gliding.
Lyrical/Contemporary - (Ages 9-Adult) Lyrical dance is a modern dance form which fuses modern dance, jazz, and ballet. This form is often referred to as contemporary dance. This dance is very expressive, therefore the dancer should be aware of his or her facial expressions while dancing. It often is built around a story or a theme. Ballet and Jazz is required.
Musical Theater/Broadway Jazz - (Ages 9-Adult) Musical Theater is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dancing. This class will teach the students how to have emotional aspect when dancing that tells a story.
Turns and Leaps - (Age 6-Adult) - This class works on balance control for the students to master a basic turn. Each student will build from a pirouette and a basic Jete (leap) and explore different turns and Leaps from Beginner thru advanced. THIS IS A NON RECITAL CLASS and just covers technique.
Pre-pointe/Pointe and PBT (Ages 9-Adult) - This class is to push the ballet dancer even farther. The 1st half of the class uses pilates apparatus to work on core and balancing techniques then the 2nd part of the class students will develop skills at the barre, across the floor, and at center to get them ready for pointe work or to begin pointe. It will be the teachers discretion as to weather a student will be allowed to wear pointe shoes in class. A student MUST reach certain criteria before progressing to pointe. This class will strength ankles and develop a better ballet dancer. THIS IS A NON RECITAL CLASS and just covers technique.
Tumbling - (Age2-5) Basic tumbling including forward and backward rolls, handstands, headstands, back bends, and cartwheels. It develops core strength, balance, and control.
Acro - (Ages 6-Adult) Includes basic tumbling including forward and backward rolls, handstands, headstands, back bends, cartwheels, and roundoffs. After a level 1 is completed then the student will advance to a level 2 which includes back walk overs, front walk overs, handsprings, aerials, and tucks. It develops core strength, balance, and control. Levels will be added as student needs to be challenged. Level 1-Level 6
Zumba - (All Ages that can follow a hour dance structural class) - Zumba is based out of Columbia and it shares the rich cultural style of Cumbia, Reggaetón, Salsa, and Merengue. These styles are fused together with todays hip hop giving you a rich dance history in an energetic fun dance class. Its like having a big dance party. Every month new material is introduced. This class is not only fun but offers the perfect way to get fit mentally and physically. Designed for ALL fitness levels. Each class is only $5.
Pound - (All Ages that can follow a 45 minute dance structural class) - Do you like to ROCK? Well this class is for you. This is an exhilarating full body workout that combines cardio, conditioning and strength training with yoga and Pilates inspired movements. Using ripstixs (lightly weighted drumsticks) POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Take out the stress on the dance floor and become the music. Designed for ALL fitness Levels. Each class is only $5.
Class Attire and Shoes
Female Student Age 18 months-3 - Pink Leotard Any Style with Pink Footless Tights for (Mommy and Me) and Footed Tights for 2-3 year old class. Moms wear solid black attire that is comfortable.
Female Student Age 4-5 - Black Leotard Any Style with Pink Footed Tights
Female Students Age 6-up - Black Leotard Any Style with tan tights, solid black dance skirt, fitted dance shorts or capris are allowed NO PANTS , dance pants are allowed for hip hop only
ALL Female TUMBLING/ACRO Students - Biketard/Leotard of your choice, Fitted Shorts optional (NO JEAN SHORTS) NO TIGHTS Barefoot
Female and Male Hip/Hop/Funky Jazz Students Age 6-up - Anything Comfortable that you can dance in
Male Students (All Styles except hip hop) - Solid Black Shorts, Capris, or Fitted Dance Pants NO JEANS and solid black tank or t-shirt
NO LOTION, OIL, OR EXCESSIVE HAIR PRODUCT ALLOWED IN CLASSROOM. Please do not put this on your child before coming to class.
Ballet - #150 Stretch Ballet Shoe (Classic Pink) Age 2-Adult
Tap - #826 U Shell Tap Shoe (Dark Tan) Age 9-Adult
Tap - #RD60014 Easy On Student Tap (Dark Tan) Age 4-8
Jazz/Musical Theater/Turns and Leaps - #606 Premium Pull On Jazz Boot (Dark Tan) Age 6-Adult
Hip Ho/Funky Jazz - #991 Ultra Arch Dance Sneaker (Black) Age 6-Adult
Lyrical/Contemporary - #219 Sole Shield (Nude) Age 9-Adult
Ballet - #151 Stretch Ballet Shoe (Black) Age 2-Adult
Tap - #521 Intro JT Shoe (Black) Age 4-Adult
Jazz/Musical Theater/Turns and Leaps - #601 Premium Pull On Jazz Boot(Black) Age 6-Adult
Hip Hop/FDunky Jazz - #991 Ultra Arch Dance Sneaker (Black) Age 6-Adult
Lyrical/Contemporary - #219 Sole Shield (Light Tan) Age 9-Adult
All Shoes and Attire can be ordered by clicking on ORDER NOW.
Raise the Barre Dance Academy
1902 N Rankin Ave
Newton NC, 28658