Classes and Workshops

95 Empire Workshops



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w/ Katie McNamara (6/30-8/11) and Betsy Miller (8/18-8/25) $13 Drop In/ $10 Class Package

Contemporary Modern Dance is an invigorating mix of rigor, connection, fluidity and poise. Come and investigate your full range of motion and expression. This class explores various somatic practices, improvisations, conditioning, rhythmic work and movement phrases, that incorporate various spatial levels and energetic qualities.  It creates a practice in which one works to their full potential without unnecessary strain.  Simply finding true joy in the physical experience allows for the work to unfold in time, space and sensation.  This is dance’s offering, please join in!


w/ Myah Shein $13 Drop In/ $10 Class Package
If you would rather hang out on your mat than at the gym, and if plies sound better than squats, make Stretch and Strength part of your routine.  Drawing from Pilates, yoga and dance, this class promises a total body workout toning muscle, building flexibility and even throws in a little cardio.  All fitness and experience levels welcome!  Bring your own mat or use one of ours.

w/ Michael Bolger (7/1-8/12) & Betsy Miller (8/18-8/25) $13 Drop In/ $10 Class Card
Classical ballet with an anatomical approach and an emphasis on the joy of movement! This class is designed to build on ballet basics and introduce more advanced movement vocabulary and complex combinations, while approaching the form through a clear understanding of body mechanics. Come discover how to use your body safely and efficiently to create clarity and expression in your dancing.


w/ Julie Shore $5 Drop In
A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice

w/ Stephanie Turner $13 Drop In/ $10 Class Package
Class begins with a warm-up that incorporates yoga and breathwork with gentle movements of the spine. A series of short phrases will then be explored; students are encouraged to play and experiment with how their  individual bodies prefer to move through the demonstrated movements. The phrases include directional changes, movement through space, spirals, rotation, lines, momentum, energy and floorwork. Each phrase that is developed will lead to a rich and colorful dance toward the end of class.


VIRA YOGA 6:45-8:00PM
w/ Joel Pelkey-Blum $13 to Drop In/ $10 Class Package
When used as an adjective the Sanskrit word Vira translates as brave. This class bravely & boldly aims towards wholeness & balance, through a flowing series of yoga postures (Vinyasa), and a variety of breathing & meditation techniques. It will emphasize the strengthening of your will and body as equally as promoting your flexibility & learning when to let go and relax. Your first class is FREE.


SWITCH SERIES every 2nd & 4th Saturday 10-11:45AM 
returns in September- stay tuned!


w/ Daniel Shea $5 Drop In
A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone.

w/ Stephanie Lyon-Albanese $13 Drop In/ $10 Class Package
If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

w/ Stephanie Lyon-Albanese $13 Drop In/ $10 Class Package
This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. For people who have some prior ballet experience.

   Class Packages: $60 for 6 classes. Check or cash accepted, or buy online


Betsy Miller, 95 Empire Dance Studio Coordinator:

Teacher Bios

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

Michael Bolger’s creative life has traveled through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, France and Maine. He carries on as a teacher, choreographer and performer working with many creative thinkers and movers at the Providence Ballet Studio, The Complex Performing Arts Centre in Putnam, Connecticut and is on faculty for the Dance Performance Studies Program at Roger Williams University. He believes the everyday gesture and creative conversations, collaborations and exchanges with students, peers and colleagues, as a participant or observer, has informed his own work as a movement artist. Michael received a BFA from SUNY Purchase and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College.

Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist.  Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of it‘s stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Betsy Miller is a dance artist and educator based in Providence. She is a freelance choreographer and co-founder of Propel-her Dance Collective, and is a Special Lecturer in Dance at Providence College and Dance Coordinator of AS220. She currently performs with national touring company Lostwax MultiMedia Dance. She has performed with Fusionworks Dance Company and shove gently dance, and has recently danced in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Terry Creach, Pascal Rioult, Doug Varone, Rose Pasquarallo Beauchamp, Stephanie Turner, Deb Meunier, , Michael Kelly Bruce, Ming Shen Ku, Kristin O’Neal, and Marden Ramos, and in collaborations with Matthew Cumbie, Maggie Bennett and Erik Abbott-Main. Her choreography has been presented in various venues in New York City, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas. She holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.

Joel Pelkey-Blum: In 1993, Joel was re-introduced to the life force flowing in his body when he enrolled in an amazing hybrid class, Tai Chi / Art. This class ignited his curiosity, and he embarked on a practice and exploration that led to many formal studies and teacher certifications. To name a few, Kripalu Yoga, Kripalu Dance-Kinetics, Qi Qong, and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Fascinated by physics, rhythm, and the magic of the moment, Joel, lives to remind and excite people of their own creative and transformational powers.

Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business ( he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

Myah Shein is a dance and theatre artist from Chicago. She has trained in a variety of contemporary dance techniques, as well as maintaining a person practice that includes yoga and Pilates. As a founding artistic ensemble member with Red Tape Theatre, she served as resident choreographer and a performer, and performed in work for independent choreographers around Chicago.  Outside of dancing, Myah produced the annual Chicago Fringe Artists Networking Night, served as dramaturg and assistant director for various store front companies, and is a makeup artist who designs for dance and theatre.  Myah is the Public Relations and Advertising Manager for Trinity Repertory Company and holds a degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign in International Studies and French and a post-bac degree from the Dance Center of Columbia College in Dance with a focus in Dance Studies.

Julie Shore is an experienced and dedicated yoga practitioner with a passion for teaching. A California native, she has called Providence home since 2009, moving here after completing her BA at Bard College. She received her training from Eyes of the World Yoga Center and continues to deepen her studies as she builds her teaching practice. Yoga has continued to be a source of strength and insight in Julie’s life. Her classes translate a technical knowledge of vinyasa asana, with underpinnings of yogic philosophy which point to developing mindfulness and compassionate awareness.

Stephanie Turner is a choreographer, teacher and performer based in Providence, RI.  She earned a BFA in Dance Performance at Rhode Island College in 2010. Stephanie has performed for several independent choreographers including Olase Freeman, Katie McNamara, Melody Ruffin Ward and Betsy Miller. She is the co- founder of The Movement Exchange in Pawtucket, RI.  Stephanie has been teaching at AS220 since 2012 and has taught workshops at several universities and schools around New England.