Youth Classes

fall youth 2015 early bird

 

 

2015 fall youth term: september 8–december 19 (no class SEPT 7 OR nov 23–29)

Click on the class titles below for days, times, and descriptions! Pricing can be found on the Rates & Policies page.

Pre-registration is required for youth classes. We can accommodate trial classes if space permits. Dancing with Your Little One welcomes family drop-ins throughout the term.

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Ballet (ages 6–7) with heather pike

Tuesdays, 5:00–6:00pm. $210.
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.


capoeira (ages 5–8) with allan stevens

Mondays, 4:00–5:00pm. $210.
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 allan stevens

Mondays, 5:00–6:00pm. $210.
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

Thursdays, 5:30–6:30pm. $210.
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. 


creative movement (ages 4–5) with suzanne beahrs

Saturdays, 9:00–9:45am. $210.
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. 


creative movement (ages 6–7) with rebecca elvin

Tuesdays, 11:00–11:45am. $210.
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! 


dance adventures (ages 5–7) with jody cassell

Saturdays, 11:45–12:30pm. $210.
In one place or around the space, with big or little movements that travel high or low, quickly, slowly, forward, backward, or sideways, we will fill the room with our own creative dance stories. We learn concepts of dance, the foundation of technique, and learn to use dance symbols when creating solo and group dancing adventures.


dancing fairytales (ages 5–7) with jody cassell

Thursdays, 5:00–5:45pm. $210.
With wiggles, squiggles, glides, and hops, young dancers ages 5-7 enter the enchanted world of fairy tales and fables. Each class begins with a rhythmic, full-bodied warm up that reinforces body/brain connections. Dancers will hear a fairytale or fable, and then creatively dance the story by embodying creative elements and inventing their own movements. They learn to listen with their bodies by following dance movements initiated by the instructor as well as their classmates. As the term progresses, dancers will develop and lead their own enchanted stories.


dancing with your little one (ages 0–3) with Jody Cassell

Saturdays, September 12–November 21, 11:15am–12:00pm. $165*.
Dancing with your child can be fun, bonding, and educational. Dip, swirl, bounce, twist, twirl, and soar into exploring the 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. All caregivers are welcome. *If space permits, families can drop-in for $20.


developmental movement (age 2)

Wednesdays, 4:00–4:30pm with Suzanne Beahrs. $210.
Thursdays, 4:15–4:45 with Marsha Thomas. $210.
This class is designed as an introduction to dance. We will explore movement through music, imagination, and physicality. We will create our own understanding of a classroom community and build social skills with fun stories and games.


developmental movement (age 3)

Wednesdays, 4:30–5:00pm with Suzanne Beahrs. $210.
Thursdays, 4:45–5:15pm with Marsha Thomas. $210.
This class is designed as an introduction to dance. We will explore movement through music, imagination, and physicality. We will create our own understanding of a classroom community and build social skills with fun stories and games.


hip hop (ages 7–9) with ronald west

Saturdays, 11:00am–12:00pm. $210.
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 (10–13) with ronald west

Saturdays, 12:00–1:00pm. $210.
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 dance (ages 4–5)

Thursdays, 4:00–4:45pm with Jody Cassell. $210.
Saturdays, 10:00–10:45am with Suzanne Beahrs. $210.
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.


modern technique (ages 7–9) with stephanie leathers

Wednesdays, 4:00–5:00pm. $210.
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.


modern technique (ages 10–13) with stephanie leathers

Wednesdays, 5:15–6:15pm. $210.
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.


pre-ballet (ages 4–5)

Tuesdays, 10:00–10:45am with Rebecca Elvin. $210.
Tuesdays, 4:15–5:00pm with Heather Pike. $210.
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.