ZTHEORY offers a variety of programming to serve dancers at every level from all dance backgrounds.
ZTHEORY Foundation - this program is perfect for beginning dancers, or dancers looking to dive deep into heels foundation training. This program is equal parts training in heels foundation technique and developing artistic choices. This program runs on 8 week cycles and can be done either as an online only experience or as a hybrid online and in person experience.
ZTHEORY Academy - this program is for intermediate/advanced dancers looking to explore heels foundation, various styles in heels, and develop themselves as artists and performers.
ZTHEORY Company - this program is for advanced dancers with proficient understanding of heels technique that are looking to train with other professional level dancers. This program will focus on completing projects and prepping for performances.
Do you have any short-term or drop-in classes?
Natalya Z teaches a drop-in advanced heels class every Monday, 6:30pm at Westlake Dance Center.
Carlie teaches a drop-in intermediate heels class every Monday, 5:30pm at Westlake Dance Center.
Julia teaches a drop-in beginner heels class every Sunday, 12:30pm at Westlake Dance Center.
ZTHEORY also hosts occasional pop-up workshops that are usually 2 hour sessions. Follow us on Instagram at @z.theory or subscribe below to stay up to date on all workshop opportunities.
Are your courses only for heels dance?
ZTHEORY specializes in training dancers in foundational heels technique and stylings, however our aim is to provide dance education in equal parts "movement & mindset," therefore our course explores many aspects outside of heels technique such as developing your artistic voice, growing as a performer, and understanding yourself as a learner and artist. We believe these aspects are beneficial for dancers of all styles.
I am new to heels dance, how do I choose the right heels?
Good heels should have 3 things:
The heel of the shoe should be centered under the heel of the foot - not too far forward or back.
The shoe should have good support around the toes & preferably ankles as well. You should feel STABLE within your shoe, so that your foot doesn't slide around too much.
While your foot should feel stable, your shoe should not be too TIGHT, you should be able to splay out your toes in your shoe.
Stay away from platform or chunky heels.
You should be able to go onto your toes and lift the heel off the ground, if you cannot they are too HIGH.
Our favorite brand of Heels is Burju Shoes - use the discount code NATALYAZ if you decide to invest in a pair!
Natalya recommends them for peak comfort & safety...BUT buying shoes at Ross, DSW, etc. works just as well! Don't spend too much money on designer shoes, as they will wear out as you continue to dance in them!
I have more questions, how do I contact ZTHEORY?
Please feel free to email us at [email protected] or follow us on Instagram @z.theory and send us a DM! We look forward to hearing from you!
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