Youth Classes

Youth term pricing can be found on the Rates & Policies page.

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2014 summer term: June 1 – July 27

Registration is open! Pre-registration for youth class is required. If there is space in the class during the first week of the Summer Term, we can accommodate trial classes. 

$120 per class for the Summer Term (8 weeks).

BEGINNING MODERN TECHNIQUE (AGES 8-11) WITH STEPHANIE LEATHERS

Saturdays, 12:30-1:30
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.


dance adventures (ages 5-7) with jody cassell

Saturdays, 9:45-10:30am
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 WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE (BIRTH-3 YEARS) WITH JODY CASSELL

Saturdays, 8:45-9:30am
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.

Jody creates a welcoming, safe environment which allows my children to learn and discover through a combination of words, sound, and movement.  There’s the right mix of repetition and structure along with discovery and freedom that keeps the children comfortable with the predictable and challenged with the unknown.  Jody’s class has helped both me and my children to embrace the art of sound and movement and to dance and sing with confidence regardless of talent!” - Katie, mother of two little ones

Check out these blog reviews of Jody’s class from Stir Crazy Moms of Durham and Mom in Chapel Hill!


DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT (AGES 2-3) with stephanie leathers

Saturdays, 10:00-10:30am
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. 


HIP HOP (AGES 9-13) WITH RON WEST

Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm
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!


PRE-BALLET (AGES 4-5) WITH STEPHANIE LEATHERS

Saturdays, 9:00-9:50am
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 recommended.

 

2014 winter/spring term: January 13 – May 17

A PDF of the schedule can be found here.
Pre-registration for Winter/Spring youth classes is now closed, but we still have space for late registrations (unless otherwise noted). If you are interested in a trial class or late registration, please contact Mollie O’Reilly, Studio Manager, at 919-684-6402 or studios@americandancefestival.org.

Dancing with Your Little One welcomes family drop-ins.

BEGINNING BALLET (AGES 6-12) WITH REBECCA ELVIN

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm
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 (MIXED AGES) WITH KATYA WESOLOWSKI

Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm
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. * This class is designed for ages 9-13, but siblings, parents, and students of all ages are encouraged to join!

Please note: To encourage the participation of families and students of all ages, registration for this class will follow the same rates and policies as our Drop-In Classes. Prices and registration information can be found here. To register in advance, please use our online scheduler and navigate to the Drop-In Classes tab.


Creative Movement I (Ages 4-5) with Dana Lossing

Saturdays, 10:00-10:50am
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 II (Ages 6-7) with Rebecca Elvin

Saturdays, 10:00-10:50am
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! 


Dancing with Your Little One (birth-3 years) with Jody Cassell

Tuesdays, 10:00-10:45am*
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. * This class will be divided into 6-week sessions, at $100 per session or $20 per family drop-in.

Session 1: January 14 – February 18
Session 2: February 25 – April 15
Session 3: April 22 – May 13 (4 weeks – only $60)

Jody creates a welcoming, safe environment which allows my children to learn and discover through a combination of words, sound, and movement.  There’s the right mix of repetition and structure along with discovery and freedom that keeps the children comfortable with the predictable and challenged with the unknown.  Jody’s class has helped both me and my children to embrace the art of sound and movement and to dance and sing with confidence regardless of talent!” – Katie, mother of two little ones

Check out these blog reviews of Jody’s class from Stir Crazy Moms of Durham and Mom in Chapel Hill!


DANSTORY (AGES 5-7) WITH MARSHA THOMAS

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm
Danstory is making connections between dance and the real or imaginary world. We will invent movement, learn technique, and explore actions in picture books or imagined stories – eventually creating and communicating our own stories through dance.


Developmental Movement (Ages 2-3)

Tuesdays, 4:00-4:30pm with Jody Cassell
Wednesdays, 4:00-4:30pm with Rebecca Elvin
Saturdays, 8:30-9:00am with Rebecca Elvin
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. 

* Please note: The Wednesday/Saturday classes are full. We are adding an additional class on Tuesdays at 4pm, starting March 11.


Hip Hop (Ages 8-13) with Ron West

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!


Introduction to Dance (Ages 4-5) with Rebecca Elvin

Wednesdays, 4:40-5:30pm
Saturdays, 9:00-9:50am
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. 


Jazz DANCE (Ages 8-11) with Dana Lossing

Saturdays, 9:00-10:00am
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 review the previously learned material each week.


Modern TECHNIQUE I (ages 8-12) with stephanie leathers

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
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.


Modern Technique II (Ages 12-16) with William Commander

Mondays, 6:00-7:00pm
This beginner level modern technique is open to students with no prior dance training but will also be fun for those with previous dance experience. 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. 

* This class has been combined with Beginning Modern on Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm, also taught by William Commander. If you would like more information on this class, please see our list of Drop-In Classes.


Pre-Ballet (Ages 4-5) with Rebecca Elvin

Tuesdays, 4:00-4:45pm
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.

* This class is now FULL. To be placed on a wait-list, please email studios@americandancefestival.org.