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!!!
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.
Street 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.
Pre-pointe/Pointe and PBT (Ages 9-up) - This class is to push the ballet dancer even farther. The 1st half of the class uses pilate apparatus to work on core and balancing techniques then the 2nd part of the class students will develpp 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 discreation 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 develp a better ballet dancer.
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 Students (Ballet, Jazz, Tap,Hip Hop, Acro) - Black Leotard Any Style with pink tights or tan tights,solid colored dance skirt, fitted dance shorts or capris are allowed NO PANTS , dance pants are allowed for hip hop only
Male Students (All Styles) - Solid Black Shorts, Capris, or Pants NO JEANS and solid colored tank or t-shirt
Ballet - #150 Stretch Ballet Shoe (Classic Pink)
Tap - #826 U Shell Tap Shoe (Dark Tan) 3rd grade-12th grade
Tap - #RD60014 Easy On Student Tap (Dark Tan) Age 3-2nd grade
Jazz - #606 Premium Pull On Jazz Boot (Dark Tan)
Hip Hop - #991 Ultra Arch Dance Sneaker (Black)
Funky Jazz - #991 Ultra Arch Dance Sneaker (Black)
Lyrical/Contemporary - #219 Sole Shield (Nude)
Ballet - #151 Stretch Ballet Shoe (Black)
Tap - #521 Intro JT Shoe (Black)
Jazz - #421 Stretch Jazz Shoe (Black)
Hip Hop - #991 Ultra Arch Dance Sneaker (Black)
Hip Hop/Jazz Combo - #991 Ultra Arch Dance Sneaker (Black)
Lyrical/Contemporary - #219 Sole Shield (Light Tan)
All Shoes and Attire can be ordered by clicking on ORDER NOW.
Raise the Barre Dance Academy
1902 N Rankin Ave
Newton NC, 28658