youth classes

Youth Classes

 

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FALL TUITION: $210
intro offer: 15% off tuition for new students

 

2016 fall term: SEPTEMBER 12–DECEMBER 17

Click on the class titles below for days, times, and descriptions! Pre-registration is required for youth classes. Please make sure you thoroughly read our Rates & Policies page before registering.

We can accommodate trial classes if space permits. There is no pre-registration for trial classes.

ballet (ages 6–7) with marsha thomas

Thursdays, 5:00pm–5:45pm
Strength, flexibility, and focus are not the only benefits of this beginner-level ballet class! Students will be introduced to classical ballet technique and vocabulary with an emphasis on confidence and enjoyment. Ballet shoes required.


capoeira (ages 4–8) with katya wesolowski

Saturdays, 11:00am–11:45am
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.


capoeira (ages 9–12) with katya wesolowski

Saturdays, 11:45am–12:45pm

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.


contemporary ballet (ages 8–11) with marsha thomas

Wednesdays, 5:00–6:00pm
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.


contemporary dance (ages 10–13) with ronald west

Thursdays, 5:15–6:15pm
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.


CREATING DANCES (AGES 6–8) WITH JODY CASSELL

Saturdays, 11:00am–12:00pm
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. Ballet shoes suggested.


dance composition (ages 8–12) with jody cassell

Tuesdays, 5:00–6:00pm
Leap into the creative world of dance composition. Explore body/brain connections by warming up through the fundamental movement patterns of BrainDance©. The objective of teaching creative dance composition is to develop well rounded dancers who are inventive creators, critical thinkers, and successful collaborators, as well as skilled technicians. Based on the five part lesson plan developed by the renowned Anne Green Gilbert, dancers learn through movement concepts such as place, direction, pathway, focus, rhythms, and relationships. Dancers become skilled with basic Language of Dance motif symbols and they solve both simple and complex movement problems by using various choreographic forms and improvisational structures. Delightfully challenging, expansive, fun, and empowering!


DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT (AGE 2) WITH SUZANNE BEAHRS

Mondays, 4:00pm–4:30pm
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.


DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT (AGE 3) WITH SUZANNE BEAHRS

Mondays, 4:30pm–5:00pm
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.


discovering dance (ages 4–5) with suzanne beahrs

Saturdays, 9:15am–10:00am
Saturdays, 10:00am–10:45am
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.


DISCOVERING DANCE (AGES 4–5) with jody cassell

Mondays, 4:00pm–4:45pm
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!


hip hop (ages 7–9) with ronald west

Thursdays, 4:15pm–5:15pm
Saturdays, 11:00am–12:00pm

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! 


hip hop (ages 10–13) with ronald west

Saturdays, 12:00pm–1:00pm
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! 


introduction to modern (ages 7–10) with stephanie leathers

Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30pm
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.


PRE-BALLET (AGES 4–5) WITH MARSHA THOMAS

Thursdays, 3:15pm–4:00pm
Thursdays, 4:00pm–4:45pm
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.

 

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