This Week's Events

Discovering Dance (ages 4–5)

Youth Classes
September 24, 2016, 9:15 am - 10:00 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
September 24, 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

Capoeira (ages 4–8)

Youth Classes
September 24, 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 I (ages 7-9)

Youth Classes
September 24, 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

Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
September 24, 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, participants will work individually and in partners to learn the basic movements, 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
September 24, 2016, 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

Ballet for Modern Dancers

Drop-In Classes
September 24, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Instructor: Gerri Houlihan
This is a ballet technique class with an emphasis on its application for contemporary dancers. Fundamental concepts of alignment, clarity, economy of movement, core strength, and range of motion will be integrated with developing a personal sense of expression and musicality within the classical vocabulary. Featuring live music! Register

Hip Hop for All

Drop-In Classes
September 24, 2016, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Instructor: Ronald West
Adult students will learn foundational concepts of hip hop and street dance styles, including specific movement vocabulary, rhythmic syncopation, groove, and freestyling (improvisation), in a supportive and encouraging environment. All teens and adults are welcome regardless of experience! Sneakers are welcome in this class, but they must be clean and have white soles. Register

Developmental Movement I (age 2)

Youth Classes
September 26, 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

Discovering Dance (ages 4–5)

Youth Classes
September 26, 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

Developmental Movement II (age 3)

Youth Classes
September 26, 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

Creating Dances (ages 6–8)

Youth Classes
September 26, 2016, 5:00 pm - 5:50 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

Introduction to Modern (ages 7-10)

Youth Classes
September 27, 2016, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Instructor: Stephanie Leathers
This class aims to encourage creative expression through movement, investigation and development of artistic ideas through improvisation and understanding of dance technique, and performance regardless of previous experience. Students will use whole body movements, strength, flexibility, endurance, and proper alignment to understand and develop dance technique. Utilizing time, space, weight, and flow, momentum and breath, students will learn how to move safely and naturally. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to establish a community in dance and safe place to explore new or familiar ideas.  Register

Contemporary Ballet (ages 8-11)

Youth Classes
September 28, 2016, 5:00 pm - 6:00 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 Modern Technique

Drop-In Classes
September 28, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
This class encourages both taking risks and paring down through full-bodied movement and a supportive community of dancers. The class progresses through a series of little dances (and some guided improvisations) that give dancers opportunities to practice particular skills. These little phrases are compiled into a longer dance at the end of class, so that dancers can revisit all of the material when they are fully warmed up, and integrate what they’ve learned into a full experience of dancing. Key principles include the following: 1. Moving efficiently throughout our kinespheres and in locomotion. 2. Using sensation and play to make choices of dynamics, weight, and quality. 3. Training our bodies to go along for the ride as our heavy, weighted centers initiate with power and momentum. Register

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
September 29, 2016, 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
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

Pre-Ballet (ages 4-5)

Youth Classes
September 29, 2016, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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

Ballet (ages 6-7)

Youth Classes
September 29, 2016, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Instructor: Marsha Thomas
Strength, flexibility, and focus are not the only benefits of this introductory ballet class. Students will be introduced to classical ballet technique and vocabulary with an emphasis on confidence and enjoyment. Ballet shoes required. Register

Contemporary Dance (ages 10–13)

Youth Classes
September 29, 2016, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Instructor: Ronald West
Contemporary dance is a multi-disciplinary class including instruction in abstracted ballet, jazz, and hip hop phrase work fused together, while focusing on dance composition and dynamics in movement. This class will develop the movement vocabulary of each dancer beyond technical ballet terminology, broaden how each dancer moves naturally, and help train each dancer to be mentally and physically adaptive in an ever-evolving contemporary dance world. We will also focus on partnering and weight sharing with an emphasis on how to accomplish these bold power moves safely. Register

Intermediate/Advanced Release Technique

Drop-In Classes
September 29, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Anna Barker
This class begins with floor exercises focusing on alignment and fluidity to warm up our muscles. We then embark on an improvisational score using anatomically-guided imagery, allowing our bodies to ground, connect, strengthen, explore possibilities, and challenge our verticality. We will make our way to standing utilizing exercises that help us define the most efficient pathways in our bodies, discovering how can we employ the concept of "less is more" as we transition into bigger, more expansive movement. We will apply this practice to larger combinations, finding center when we are off-balance, navigating challenging directional shifts and expansive range of motion while maintaining a sense of ease and grounding throughout. Register

Discovering Dance (ages 4–5)

Youth Classes
October 1, 2016, 9:15 am - 10:00 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
October 1, 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

Hip Hop I (ages 7-9)

Youth Classes
October 1, 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

Capoeira (ages 4–8)

Youth Classes
October 1, 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

Capoeira

Drop-In Classes
October 1, 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, participants will work individually and in partners to learn the basic movements, 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
October 1, 2016, 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

Ballet for Modern Dancers

Drop-In Classes
October 1, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Instructor: Gerri Houlihan
This is a ballet technique class with an emphasis on its application for contemporary dancers. Fundamental concepts of alignment, clarity, economy of movement, core strength, and range of motion will be integrated with developing a personal sense of expression and musicality within the classical vocabulary. Featuring live music! Register

Hip Hop for All

Drop-In Classes
October 1, 2016, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Instructor: Ronald West
Adult students will learn foundational concepts of hip hop and street dance styles, including specific movement vocabulary, rhythmic syncopation, groove, and freestyling (improvisation), in a supportive and encouraging environment. All teens and adults are welcome regardless of experience! Sneakers are welcome in this class, but they must be clean and have white soles. Register