Absolute Beginner

Ages 13+

Whether you are a professional dancer looking for an edge in the next audition, or a dance enthusiast who wants to learn from a pool of world-renowned choreographers, Peridance’s Online Workshops provide you with the tools vital for a successful dance career!

Absolute Beginner Workshops
Find the dancer within you and get into the groove! Each of our Absolute Beginner Workshops is offered as a series of 3-4 techniques classes that you can try from a variety of styles such as Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.
All classes are offered online. Students are not obligated to register for a full series and are allowed to choose and mix their classes.

The Absolute Beginner Workshops

Martha Chapman | Ballet

Mondays, June 22nd – July 13th | 6:00 – 7:15pm

Martha is a popular teacher at Peridance with over 20 years of experience teaching dancers of all levels. She believes that anyone can dance! Ballet vocabulary is the “alphabet” of Western dance genres, and this 4-session workshop prepares students to join beginning ballet, modern or contemporary dance classes with greater ease.  Each session will teach and review basic ballet barre work and focus on a different aspect of center floor ballet vocabulary.  Dance in your living room – and get ready for the studio! 

Martha’s Bio

Rachel M. Hettinger | Contemporary

Wednesdays, June 24th – July 15th | 7:00 – 8:15pm ​

Class begins with a warm up that includes principals from ballet, yoga, and pilates as well as breath work, and stabilization exercises. A large focus of warm up is mobilizing and articulating through the spine, as well as waking up and properly utilizing large muscle groups including hamstrings, glutes, and core. Dancers will be pushed physically to strengthen their bodies and explore the possibilities of movement. 
Class choreography includes movement that is either free flowing with music as a second thought, or movement that has very specific timing/musicality. Movement/choreography vocabulary is grounded and includes spirals, gestural movements, and weight transfers. 
It is helpful for dancers to have a basic understanding of dance technique, vocabulary, and class structure, including fundamental ballet terminology, musicality, and learning choreography. 
Rachel’s class encourages dancers to explore, play, challenge their bodies and minds. Class is light-hearted, supportive, and sweaty fun!

Rachel’s Bio

Nobuya | Hip Hop

Fridays, June 26th – July 17th | 6:00 – 7:15pm

This workshop series is for absolute beginner dancers. Don’t be worried about not keeping up! Nobuya will show you how to do basic steps and movements of Hip Hop. After warming up, Nobuya will teach 4-6 eight counts of beginner level hip hop choreography which he will demonstrate slowly and clearly so you can learn! Each week there will be new choreography, so do not hesitate to drop into his class anytime. Nobuya will not only teach you how to dance, but HOW TO PERFORM in his class! Come try his class and you will see how fun dance is! 

Nobuya’s Bio

How it works


View our Absolute Beginner Workshop online schedule and click "the Sign Up Now" Button. 

Sign up or log into Peridance Connect


Complete your registration via MINDBODY. You'll receive a confirmation email from hello@fitgrid.com*. Ensure that your email address is correct, and that you’ve opted in to receive emails from us. The name appearing on your zoom account must match the name used to register for class for security measures.


Download Zoom for mobile or desktop prior to your class. You do not need to create a Zoom login


Once you’re within 60 minutes of the class scheduled start time, you’ll receive another email from hello@fitgrid.com* with a unique link to access the live stream. Not seeing the email? Search your spam and promotions folders. Look for subject lines containing the phrase "live-stream link"
  • Download Zoom for either your mobile device or desktop prior to the start of your first class. You do not need to create a Zoom login or account to take our livestream classes.
  • Make sure you are in a place with a good internet connection–otherwise, the stream may skip! 
  • The Absolute Beginner Workshops are for Ages 13+. We also have summer sessions for Children & Teens, Global Summer Dance.
  • Ensure live-stream links arrive in the inbox (Gmail) *Make sure to add hello@fitgrid.com to your email
  •  Your live-stream link can only be used once, so please do not share with other students!
  •  Arrive 10 min before class starts to make sure there are no technical issues. Our staff will be present to help with any technical difficulties.
  • Once you enter the class waiting room, at the start of class, you will be added to the virtual class via Zoom where you’ll see the faculty member, as well as other members of the class.
  • Your previous Peridance class card series will not be valid on livestream classes. Once we reopen, all class series will be extended.
  • All classes are in Eastern Standard Time for New York, USA (EST), Coordinated Universal Time (UTC -4:00).

*We’re partnering with FitGrid (a fitness technology company) and Zoom (an online live-streaming service) to live-stream your favorite classes so that you can stay active and connected during this uncertain time.


Per Workshop

$ 10 per class*

* Non-transferable, non-refundable, cannot be shared



  • Once the class begins, the teacher will automatically mute everyone to ensure that the video footage stays on the teacher. It is helpful if you can double-check this by looking in the lower left-hand corner of your screen.
  • You can unmute yourself if the teacher initiates conversation. Otherwise, all communications should come via the ‘chat’ feature during class.
  • If you find your live streaming lagging, you may turn off your camera to speed up your internet. Your name will still appear and you will still be able to be a participant in the class.
  • If you cancel your class online up to 2 hours before class start time, your class will be credited back to your account to use at a later time. 
  • If you cancel your class online within 2 hours of class start time, your spot will be forfeited and you will lose the class.
  • There are NO refunds or exchanges for the Absolute Beginner Workshops. 
  • Internet Issues on Peridance Side: if the teacher or host drops out due to internet connectivity issues more than twice and cannot make up time by adding additional time at the end of the class, a credit will be awarded for that single class to your MindBody account for you to use at a later date.
  • Internet Issues on the student side (your side): if you have signed up and paid for a class and cannot attend due to bad internet connection, we will retain a credit for you for that class. If your internet drops during a class more than twice and you cannot complete class, please notify us at frontdesk@peridance.com and we will determine to retain you a class credit based on our class administrators report.