Dance Classes in Portland, Maine's West End!
Hustle and Flow™
Hustle and Flow offers eclectic, dynamic, and fun dance possibilities, such as Dancehall Hip-Hop, Contemporary Hip Hop and Slow Grind. Get to know our amazing instructors and check out the Dance & Movement Schedule to find your class!
Some of Our Dance Class Offerings:
Brazilian Beats Samba
Monday Nights 7:00-8:15pm
Warm-up, learn combinations and dance into playful, spirited Brazilian choreography with Beto Guimaraes. Born and raised in Olinda in the state of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil, Beto Guimaraes is dedicated to sharing the richness of his culture through the many forms of brazilian dance. The pure happiness that shines from Beto is infectious, you will laugh, move your body and feel the freedom of the Samba beats!
Dancehall Hip Hop in Portland Maine
Tuesday Nights at 7:00-8:15PM
Taught by Stephanie Harmon, this class is a mixture of high energy dance moves, inspired by hip hop, Jamaican Ragga AKA Dancehall and monthly choreography. We start with an intense 15 minute warmup, 55 minute choreography and 5 minute cool down. Dance choreography changes approximately every 3-4 weeks. You can drop in to any class during the month.
"Some would consider Dancehall to the most popular music in Jamaica. It began in the late 1970s and has now impacted all different types of musical genres worldwide. Many dance moves seen in Hip Hop videos are actually variations of Dancehall dances. With so much more to come, Dancehall has changed the face of music. It is one of the most versatile genres out there and so many artistes all over the world collaborate on tracks that feature Dancehall riddims or try to cut it close to the musicality if its uniqueness.”
See more at Jamaicanmusic.com
Hustle Heels Tuesday Nights 8:30-9:30pm
Dance Choreography in heels with elements of Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip Hop Dance and all the booty shaking and hair whips Hustle and Flow is so well known for. Alyx will warm you up, take you across the floor, you'll learn a combo and cool down!
*Heels recommended, but not required. Soft knee pads sometimes needed. Women and Men Welcome!
Contemporary Hip Hop Thursday Nights 7:00-8:15pm
Contemporary Hip Hop with Grace Raggiani will ignite the fire of slow fluid Contemporary Dance mixed with the sharp intense isolations in Hip Hop. Learn fresh choreography that will enhance your dance floor repertoire while you also get a fun and sweaty workout. Gym sneaker recommended, Please no outside shoes.
About Hip Hop and Contemporary:
"Hip Hop dance includes a wide range of "street dance" styles that are associated with the Hip Hop culture born in New York City in the mid-'70s. Traditionally, the original dance of Hip Hop was Breaking, which was the predominant style from the 1970s until the mid-‘80s. This led to the emergence of a new style of Hip Hop dance expression, more correctly termed Hip Hop Freestyle, and led to movements more suited to the music. Club or Party dancing took over with the style and steps named or influenced by what was happening in popular culture."
See more at bbc.co.uk The History of Hip Hop Dance
"Contemporary Dance tends to combine the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance's stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance."
Slow Grind Thursdays 8:30-9:30pm
**Females/Female Identified Only** Heels optional** Shake loose your Shakira-chakra and take that Pussycat Doll out to play! We welcome you to enjoy some exciting ways to move that will make you feel sexy, free, feminine and dirty in the best of ways. Slow Grind is a dance class experience designed to work your body as you wine your waist, arch your back, bump your booty and fire up your thighs. The lights will be low, the jams will be slow; think honey-sweet hipwork ala- 'Make Love In This Club' and less rapid-rabbit, speed twerking. We will be isolating, undulating, spiraling and shimmying our bodies like erotic poetry. There will be super, sultry, stripper-esque, floorwork (bring kneepads!). You will leave needing a shower and a smoke. This class is for women, those who identify as women, or femme-males; sorry straight dudes, maybe next lifetime;) This is a heels optional class, feel free to kick off your shoes at any time. Wear what you feel comfortable in, whether that be provocative or conservative. The intention for this class is to enjoy our bodies and allow our sensual sides the space to prowl. We will begin with a short, breathing exercise and visualization to activate your lower chakras, a full body warmup, then move through a continuous, creative, guided, dance flow, ending in a delicious cool down and grounding. All levels of experience are welcome, this class is about embracing your body where it's at in this moment. Release the freak and let's have fun!
Check out the Studio Calendar to find out when each class is offered. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to get a multi-class pass!
*The below class(es) are separate from our regular schedule
Please contact the instructor for more information*
Capoeira for Kids
Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons at 4pm
For more info about Kids Capoeira contact Pamela McGrath at
207-409-6124 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela McGrath (Formada Sonho) has been a dedicated student of Capoeira since September 2002. She was graduated to Formada level (first level Professor) in August 2014 and became the first official female capoeira teacher in the state of Maine. Pamela teaches the art of Capoeira to both children and adults through weekly classes, and custom workshops and events.Pamela holds a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design & owns Flora Bonita Design Studio; she also holds a Master's degree in Health Arts and Science, focusing on expressive movement practices–helping children and adults move through trauma from loss, teaching them tools of self renewal and recovery, as well as resilience and self confidence. She recently designed and produced a short documentary film entitled Healing the Heart®, detailing the powerful healing benefits of Capoeira. The film is used as an educational tool to teach others about capoeira and the depths of this beautiful Brazilian art form.