This Week's Events

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
June 4, 2016, 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
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 2)

Youth Classes
June 4, 2016, 9:00 am - 9:30 am
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

Developmental Movement (age 3)

Youth Classes
June 4, 2016, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
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

Discovering Dance (ages 4–5)

Youth Classes
June 4, 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
June 4, 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 this class to move forward. Please register in advance, and tell a friend! If the session moves forward and space permits, families can drop-in on individual weeks for $20. Register

Creating Dances (ages 6–8)

Youth Classes
June 4, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 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

Hip Hop (ages 7-13)

Youth Classes
June 4, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 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

Liberating Shoulder Support Through Dynamic Whole Body Action

Short Term Workshops
June 4, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Glenna Batson
The shoulder has often likened to a ‘yoke’ or ‘girdle’ structure, but these models offer little understanding of the intrinsic movement of these amazing bones and their relationship to the torso as a whole. Orthopedist Steven Levin offers another concept of the shoulder complex: bio-tensegrity. Here, forces move through the bony structure and its supporting tissue, transforming yoke-like compression into dynamic floating.This workshop is designed for yoga practitioners and other movement enthusiasts who want to explore the relationship of the shoulder complex to the head, neck, and back. We’ll address bio-tensegrity and other concepts through movement exercises that help us embody and optimize nature’s way of transmitting force.We’ll map the basic shoulder complex and explore shoulder movement range through select yoga asanas and other movements. You’ll learn about shoulder movement indirectly—distributing forces through neighboring joints and their supporting tissues, while using space as a potent force within itself. Come explore a workshop designed to coordinate trunk and shoulder movement. You’ll move more freely in reaching postures (e.g., mukhasana/cow) and exhibit greater coordination and strength in supporting postures (e.g., bakhasana/crow).The workshop is geared primarily for beginning-to-advanced intermediate yoga practitioners and movement enthusiasts, but please come if you sense that new learning is possible in this field of play. Price: $25 Register