This Week's Events

Creative Movement I (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
December 20, 2014, 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Instructor: Lindsay Leonard
Creative Movement provides a basis for a child’s future study of dance. It is important that the class be physically and mentally stimulating, while also being a ton of fun! This class will focus on developing basic coordination skills such as balancing, rolling, skipping, and jumping, as well as some basic dance technique. We will explore the idea of using movement for expression and storytelling, as well as how to relate movement to music. We will stretch and strengthen our bodies through games, dances, and the use of fun props.  Register

Developmental Movement I (age 2)

Youth Classes
December 20, 2014, 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Instructor: Hannah Darrah
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 II (age 3)

Youth Classes
December 20, 2014, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Instructor: Hannah Darrah
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

Creative Movement II (ages 6-7)

Youth Classes
December 20, 2014, 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Instructor: Kat Folckomer
This class will also focus on the development of basic coordination, strength, flexibility, and musicality, but will incorporate more dance technique. We will begin to explore the idea of choreography and the memorization of movement. Children will also become familiar with the structure and etiquette of a dance class, starting with center exercises and stretching, then going across the floor, and finishing with a fun dance. Most importantly, your child will learn how to move in new, exciting ways in a loving, supportive, and fun environment! ** Pre-registration is closed, but there is still space in this class. Please call 919-684-6402 or email studios@americandancefestival.org with any late registrations inquiries. ** Register

Introduction to Dance (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
December 20, 2014, 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Instructor: Hannah Darrah
In Intro to Dance we will use multi-sensory props and a wide selection of music to explore various dance concepts such as space, rhythm and balance. Students will also be introduced to patterns and combinations that incorporate dance technique and specific dance elements such as leaps, jumps and turns. In addition to directed instruction, students will use self expression and improvisation to further develop their skills. Most importantly, we will be learning and having fun in a safe and supportive environment.  Register

Jazz Dance (ages 8-11)

Youth Classes
December 20, 2014, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Kat Folckomer
This class will introduce students to a variety of jazz techniques, giving them the basic movement vocabulary needed to conquer more advanced jazz classes to come. Upbeat stretching and warmups will be followed by across the floor turns and leaps. We will also work on building a new jazz combination every 3-4 weeks, and of course review the previously learned material each week. Register

Hip Hop I (ages 7-9)

Youth Classes
December 20, 2014, 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

Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
December 20, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Katya Wesolowski
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, self-defense, acrobatics and music. In this workshop participants will work individually and in partners to learn the basic movement, percussive music and singing of capoeira. Ongoing classes will be complete body workouts, increasing strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and rhythm. Students with or without experience in capoeira, dance, or martial arts are all welcome! Register

Hip Hop II (ages 10-13)

Youth Classes
December 20, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:00 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