This Week's Events

Developmental Movement (age 3)

Youth Classes
February 11, 2016, 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
In this fun and nurturing creative movement class, children will explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Through movement stories, nursery rhymes, and a wide variety of music, children will strengthen and gain greater control of their bodies as well as increase their understanding of how they can move in their own space, through general space and in relation to other dancers. These concepts are particularly important as young children navigate their shared classroom and outdoor spaces with others and discover the strength, abilities and limitations of their growing bodies. Developmental Movement supports healthy brain development as well as positive social and emotional skills.  Register

Contemporary Ballet (ages 8-11)

Youth Classes
February 11, 2016, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
This class puts a fun and imaginative twist on ballet and modern technique. We will also use yoga and Pilates to strengthen and learn how our bodies are aligned and balanced. Students will also create dances through prompts and guidance, learn about spatial and social awareness, and use skills they have developed in class. Register

Intermediate/Advanced Release Technique

Drop-In Classes
February 11, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Anna Barker
This class begins with a floor warmup focusing on alignment and releasing excess tension in the muscles. From there we make our way to standing utilizing exercises that help us define the most anatomically-efficient pathways in our bodies - spiraling, falling, flying, finding our center of gravity, tipping upside-down. This practice will then lead us into larger combinations in which we explore how to use less muscular energy and expand the range of our movement at the same time. Register

Discovering Dance (ages 4–5)

Youth Classes
February 13, 2016, 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
Suzanne Beahrs' class description: This class is full of energy, imagination, and learning. We will learn set dance steps to develop strength and agility that will prepare students should they choose to continue with more formalized styles of dance (e.g., ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, etc.) We will also work creatively and collaboratively to express ourselves and explore music and imagined physical landscapes. Jody Cassell's class description: This class combines learning the basic elements of dance with artistic expression. The children dance fast and slow, sharp and smooth, and learn traveling movements as well as movements that stay in one place. They are introduced to the world of dance, increasing movement skills, and self-expression by themselves and in small groups. It's fun for all as they speak creatively through their dancing muscles! Register

Discovering Dance (ages 4–5)

Youth Classes
February 13, 2016, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
Suzanne Beahrs' class description: This class is full of energy, imagination, and learning. We will learn set dance steps to develop strength and agility that will prepare students should they choose to continue with more formalized styles of dance (e.g., ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, etc.) We will also work creatively and collaboratively to express ourselves and explore music and imagined physical landscapes. Jody Cassell's class description: This class combines learning the basic elements of dance with artistic expression. The children dance fast and slow, sharp and smooth, and learn traveling movements as well as movements that stay in one place. They are introduced to the world of dance, increasing movement skills, and self-expression by themselves and in small groups. It's fun for all as they speak creatively through their dancing muscles! Register

Dancing with Your Little One (ages 0–3)

Youth Classes
February 13, 2016, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Instructor: Jody Cassell
Dancing with your child can be fun, bonding and educational. Dip, swirl, bounce, jump, twist, twirl, and soar into exploring ways of moving that you can also do at home. This creative movement class includes skill-building movements, music, and rhythms which add to the fun and learning. A time for adults to enjoy! Jody Cassell comes up with all the ideas for you and your little one to follow! All caregivers are welcome. We need a minimum of 6 children registered in order for each session to move forward. Please register in advance, and tell a friend! 2016 Spring ScheduleSession One: Saturdays, Jan 16–March 12** (8 weeks) $140.00*Session Two: Saturdays, March 19–May 14 (8 weeks, no class April 2) $140.00* *If the session moves forward and space permits, families can drop-in on individual weeks for $20. **Due to inclement weather cancelations, we are extending session 1 until March 12. Register

Capoeira (ages 4–8)

Youth Classes
February 13, 2016, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Instructor: Katya Wesolowski
Capoeira is an afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense, and acrobatics. It is an ideal activity for kids of all ages as it builds coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength in a non-competitive and playful environment. Along with the movement, students learn to play percussive music and to sing in Portuguese. Register

Hip Hop (ages 7-9)

Youth Classes
February 13, 2016, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Instructor: Ronald West
This hip hop class aims to make dancers aware of their bodies by focusing on weight shifting, dancer synchronization and beat recognition within the most current music styles. As the class continues it will give dancers an opportunity to be exposed to increasingly more complex and fluid movement. Get ready for a fast-paced and bumping class!  Register

Capoeira (ages 9-12)

Youth Classes
February 13, 2016, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Instructor: Katya Wesolowski
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, self-defense, acrobatics, and music. In this class, students will work individually and in partners to learn the basic movement, percussive music, and singing of capoeira. Capoeira increases strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and rhythm, and encourages cooperative play. Register

Hip Hop (ages 10-13)

Youth Classes
February 13, 2016, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Instructor: Ronald West
This hip hop class aims to make dancers aware of their bodies by focusing on weight shifting, dancer synchronization and beat recognition within the most current music styles. As the class continues it will give dancers an opportunity to be exposed to increasingly more complex and fluid movement. Get ready for a fast-paced and bumping class! Register

Valentine's Tango & Wine

Short Term Workshops
February 13, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Iryna Kadol and Cecil Ho
Argentine Tango is the dance of romance and intimacy, and thus, pairs perfectly with wine.This Valentine’s Day weekend, bring a dancing partner and indulge in wine, desserts, and tango for a ready-to-go date night. In this introductory workshop, Murielle Elizéon will guide students through basic tango principles, teach different variations, and give time for improvising, allowing you to connect with your partner in new ways. Wine and treats will be available following the tango portion.Participants must be 21 years or older. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and should be prepared to remove shoes during the tango portion of the evening.Price: $50 per pair. Pre-registration required; please register under one name. Please note that there is limited space available. Register

Discovering Dance (ages 4–5)

Youth Classes
February 15, 2016, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Instructor: Jody Cassell
Suzanne Beahrs' class description: This class is full of energy, imagination, and learning. We will learn set dance steps to develop strength and agility that will prepare students should they choose to continue with more formalized styles of dance (e.g., ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, etc.) We will also work creatively and collaboratively to express ourselves and explore music and imagined physical landscapes. Jody Cassell's class description: This class combines learning the basic elements of dance with artistic expression. The children dance fast and slow, sharp and smooth, and learn traveling movements as well as movements that stay in one place. They are introduced to the world of dance, increasing movement skills, and self-expression by themselves and in small groups. It's fun for all as they speak creatively through their dancing muscles! Register

Creating Dances (ages 6–8)

Youth Classes
February 15, 2016, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Jody Cassell
In this class, young creative dancers learn about improvising and choreographing dances. They will play with movements and dance concepts as well as plan or arrange their movements. They will create patterns of movement that they informally perform for and then teach their classmates. The students’ creations can be just simple and fun, or we can experiment by rewinding, varying speed, or dancing on different levels. This is a class in happiness, taking creative initiative, and following others' dance designs. Register

Queer Tango: Beginners

Short Term Workshops
February 15, 2016, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Murielle Elizéon
Queer Tango is a new take on Argentine Tango, free from traditional heteronormative roles. It engages the elegance and complexity of the dance form without pre-established roles according to gender, regularly switching roles between leader and follower. The queer tango movement promotes not only an access to tango for the LGBTQ community, but also supports female leaders and male followers, regardless of orientation. After a playful warm-up designed to foster body awareness, contact with oneself, our partner, and fluidity of movement, we will dive into Argentine Tango principles such as leading/following, embrace, shift of weight, pivots, and walking. We will deeply work on the above principles in order to access the heart of Argentine Tango: improvisation around the structure. Regularly changing roles will allow us to refine communication and increase possibilities of play. This class is intended for beginners with little or no tango experience. Partner not required (but do feel free to bring a friend!) $90 registration$15 single class Register

Advanced Modern Technique

Drop-In Classes
February 16, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
This advanced modern class will feature rotating instructors: Stacy Wolfson: January 12, 19, 26, & February 2. Incorporates knowledge of Pilates and anatomy with release technique and a bit of improvisation that will build into flowing athletic combinations. Suzanne Beahrs: February 9, 16, 23, & March 1. Focuses on strength and agility through grounded movement and fluid locomotion. Anna Barker: March 8, 15, 22, & April 5 (no class 3/29). Based in release technique and punctuated with idiosyncratic and gestural movement. B.J. Sullivan: April 12 & 19Justin Tornow: April 26, & May 3, 10. Primarily informed by, and based on, the principles and methods of Cunningham Technique. Register

Developmental Movement (age 2)

Youth Classes
February 16, 2016, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
In this fun and nurturing creative movement class, children will explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Through movement stories, nursery rhymes, and a wide variety of music, children will strengthen and gain greater control of their bodies as well as increase their understanding of how they can move in their own space, through general space and in relation to other dancers. These concepts are particularly important as young children navigate their shared classroom and outdoor spaces with others and discover the strength, abilities and limitations of their growing bodies. Developmental Movement supports healthy brain development as well as positive social and emotional skills.  Register

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
February 16, 2016, 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Heather Pike
This class offers a fun and stimulating introduction to ballet. Students will explore ballet technique and learn dance vocabulary in an imaginative and supportive learning environment. Focus, body awareness, self expression and musicality round out this age appropriate dance experience. Ballet shoes required.  Register

Developmental Movement (age 3)

Youth Classes
February 16, 2016, 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
In this fun and nurturing creative movement class, children will explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Through movement stories, nursery rhymes, and a wide variety of music, children will strengthen and gain greater control of their bodies as well as increase their understanding of how they can move in their own space, through general space and in relation to other dancers. These concepts are particularly important as young children navigate their shared classroom and outdoor spaces with others and discover the strength, abilities and limitations of their growing bodies. Developmental Movement supports healthy brain development as well as positive social and emotional skills.  Register

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
February 16, 2016, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Instructor: Heather Pike
This class offers a fun and stimulating introduction to ballet. Students will explore ballet technique and learn dance vocabulary in an imaginative and supportive learning environment. Focus, body awareness, self expression and musicality round out this age appropriate dance experience. Ballet shoes required.  Register

Pilates

Drop-In Classes
February 16, 2016, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Anna Barker
This class is based in the principles of Pilates, but will also be influenced by other somatic practices. We will focus heavily on breath, alignment, movement control, and full body awareness. Designed as supplementary conditioning for other movement practices, this class will emphasize functional and efficient movement, as well as safe stretching and injury prevention. This class is open-level, but some movement experience is suggested. Register

Modern Technique (ages 10-13)

Youth Classes
February 17, 2016, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Instructor: Stephanie Leathers
This modern technique class is open to students with some prior dance training. Focus will be on anatomical intelligence and spatial awareness. This class begins with a warm-up of exercises to develop a strong core and flexibility that will enable students to maintain a stronger and healthier body. Some concepts of partnering will be introduced to students. Ultimately, this class is about the joy of moving and being creative. Register

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Technique

Drop-In Classes
February 17, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Renay Aumiller
This somatic-based modern technique will focus on integrating performance, biomechanical, and technical concepts. A large emphasis of the class will be working with qualities and nuances of lengthy movement combinations by exploring anatomy and imagery to efficiently initiate movement. Compound rhythmic patterns and performance qualities will be investigated simultaneously with your technical investigations. Each class will include elements of seated and floor work where we will practice integrating strength, control, balance, and improvisational prompts in stationary and mobile positions. The second half of each class will emphasize transferring ideas explored on the floor to lengthy traveling and center combinations. Attention will be on anatomical organization, range of motion, rhythm/musicality, and personal style. Register

Developmental Movement (age 3)

Youth Classes
February 18, 2016, 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
In this fun and nurturing creative movement class, children will explore dance concepts using multi-sensory props and instruments. Through movement stories, nursery rhymes, and a wide variety of music, children will strengthen and gain greater control of their bodies as well as increase their understanding of how they can move in their own space, through general space and in relation to other dancers. These concepts are particularly important as young children navigate their shared classroom and outdoor spaces with others and discover the strength, abilities and limitations of their growing bodies. Developmental Movement supports healthy brain development as well as positive social and emotional skills.  Register

Contemporary Ballet (ages 8-11)

Youth Classes
February 18, 2016, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
This class puts a fun and imaginative twist on ballet and modern technique. We will also use yoga and Pilates to strengthen and learn how our bodies are aligned and balanced. Students will also create dances through prompts and guidance, learn about spatial and social awareness, and use skills they have developed in class. Register

Intermediate/Advanced Release Technique

Drop-In Classes
February 18, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Leah Wilks
This class begins with a floor warmup focusing on alignment and releasing excess tension in the muscles. From there we make our way to standing utilizing exercises that help us define the most anatomically-efficient pathways in our bodies - spiraling, falling, flying, finding our center of gravity, tipping upside-down. This practice will then lead us into larger combinations in which we explore how to use less muscular energy and expand the range of our movement at the same time. Register