Surround yourself with music, dance, and creative opportunities

The Drum & Dance Learning Center, located in the Northeast Academy of Martial Arts (NEAMA) building at 4054 Quakerbridge Road in Lawrence Township, offers weekly classes in Belly Dance, Zumba, Nia, yoga, and drum and percussion from around the world. NEAMA offers Karate, MMA, and a gym on site. It’s a one-stop spot for fitness and creative arts!

“Many people start dance classes to get moving or perhaps pick up a move or two. What they find here is much more,” says Kim Leary, co-director of the Drum & Dance Learning Center. “Any doubt they had about their ability to learn new things will disappear quickly. I’ve watched so many people who thought they couldn’t dance or had no rhythm transform into confident and very motivated dancers and musicians. Whether they do it for fun or with aspirations of performing, the result is the same. Our students are having a blast learning and are feeling great because they keep achieving and getting better with each creative opportunity we provide for them.”

“The Drum and Dance Learning Center is a true gem,” states long time student Brooke VanDerZee. “It is both a place for exercise as well as cultural education. I travel from almost an hour away every week to come to classes here because it is so unique. I love it!!!”

The Drum & Dance Learning Center has many specialized programs within the school:

Alexia’s Belly Dance & Beyond Program is the most comprehensive belly dance program in New Jersey. It offers classes for both the hobbyist seeking a fun workout as well as programs for professional-level performers. The program provides creative projects for students to develop their own works as well as collaborative dance projects. Specialty workshops with master instructors from around the world are offered for all levels of experience.

The Drum Dojo offers classes and workshops in world percussion including: Djembe, Doumbek, Bodhran, drum set, and rudimental drumming technique for ages 8 years through adult. “It’s never too late to get started,” states co-director Dave Merritt. “The discipline of learning to drum is a great way to focus creativity and release stress.”

The West African Dance Project: Open level dance classes are offered with a focus on learning the richness of West African Dance traditions. Classes are offered two Sundays a month and features live drumming. A performance group is forming now.

The Dance Fitness Program includes many classes throughout the week including Zumba, ZumbAtomic for kids, Zumba Toning, yoga/mind-body and conditioning classes. Nia, a lyrical/modern dance fitness program, is also offered.

There are great opportunities for families to come to the studio together. While mom takes Zumba or a dance class, the kids can take drum lessons and dad can work on MMA skills. It truly is a one-stop spot for fitness and creative arts!

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Drum & Dance Learning Center, 4054 Quakerbridge Road, Lawrenceville. 609-324-7383. See display ad page 14.

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