Youth Classes

 

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Intro Offer:
15% off tuition for new students
Early Bird:  $15 off if you register for SUMMER Term before April 30, 2018
Sibling Discount:  10% off for registering more than 1 child from the same family (call to redeem)

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!  MORE INFORMATION HERE.


2018 Spring Term at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios
youth classes

March 19-May 27, 2018
*No classes March 31-April 6*
Tuition:  $135


2018 SUMMER Term at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios – REGISTRATION OPEN!
youth classes

June 4-July 29, 2018
*No classes July 4*
Tuition:  $120
*$15 off if you register by April 30*

 


Spring term classes listed below (**asterisk indicates also continuing through summer Term)

**DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT (AGE 2) WITH Marsha Thomas (continues Summer Term with Laura Grant)

Mondays, 4:00pm–4:30pm
In this class, two-year-olds will get to explore all of the dance possibilities available to their young bodies, including jumps, turns, going upside down, balancing on one foot, rolling, gliding, and making interesting shapes. We access our ability to move through playful games that are designed to develop their physical strength and coordination, listening comprehension, collaboration skills, attention span, and imagination. A range of music, props, and stories help us on our dance journey each class.

**DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT (AGE 3) WITH Marsha Thomas (continues Summer Term with Laura Grant)

Mondays, 4:30pm–5:00pm
In this class, three-year-olds will get to explore all of the dance possibilities available to their young bodies, including jumps, turns, going upside down, balancing on one foot, rolling, gliding, and making interesting shapes. We access our ability to move through playful games that are designed to develop their physical strength and coordination, listening comprehension, collaboration skills, attention span, and imagination. A range of music, props, and stories help us on our dance journey each class.

**DANCING WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE (AGES 0-3) WITH JODY CASSELL (continues summer term on Saturdays at 9am)

SPRING TERM: Wednesdays, 5-5:45pm
SUMMER TERM: Saturdays, 9-9:45am

Dancing with your child can be fun, bonding, and educational. Dip, swirl, bounce, jump, twist, twirl, and soar into exploring 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. A time for adults to enjoy! Jody Cassell comes up with all the ideas for you and your little one to follow! All caregivers are welcome.

This class is not happening Fall Term, but will be on the schedule in January 2018 for Winter Term!  Grab a space while you can!

DISCOVERING DANCE (AGES 4–5) WITH Megan Yankee

Wednesdays, 5:00pm-5:45pm
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!

**DISCOVERING DANCE (AGES 4–5) WITH Megan Yankee (Continues Summer Term with Jody Cassell)

Saturdays, 10-10:45am
This class will nurture your dancer’s social skills and ability to move safely, both of which are helpful for future dance classes in any genre. Each class includes: warm-ups based on universal developmental movement patterns, activities that familiarize them with safe rolling, jumping and falling, and the development of a student-generated final dance inspired by Edward Lear’s poem, Nonsense Alphabet. The class only has three rules: be safe, be kind and have fun!

INTRO TO DANCE TECHNIQUE (AGES 6–8) WITH Megan Yankee

Wednesdays, 5:45pm-6:30pm
Dance technique is HOW we learn to dance. In this class, we will focus primarily on the techniques of ballet, modern, and improvisation. Each style requires practicing many of the same building blocks, such as balance, coordination, strength, rhythm, and some common steps. Combining these complementary dance styles will help us learn dance and all that it has to offer. In modern dance we get to go upside down, roll, and be as big as we can, and in ballet we get to glide and leap and twirl. Improvisation is in part where we learn technical principals in a playful manner, and also where we get to express ourselves as individuals and in collaboration with one another.

**dancing puzzles: creating Choreography (AGES 6–8) WITH JODY CASSELL

Mondays, 5:00pm–5:45pm
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. 

creative movement and performance (AGES 9-12) WITH GAspard louis

Spring Term: Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm

After spending many years with Pilobolus Dance Theater, Gaspard has developed a keen understanding of creative movement and partnering technique. His class is playful, group-driven, physically challenging, and fun. Participants will be encouraged to work individually and collaboratively to explore spatial awareness, create shapes and gestures, and learn about weight sharing activities using base/support and balance/counter-balance techniques. At the end of class, participants will have a better understanding of dance making and performance. By eliminating the preconception of what dance should be and exploring what is unique in each individual body, students will discover what is possible.  

contemporary COMBINATION (AGES 13-17) WITH Stephanie Leathers

Mondays, 6:30–7:30pm
This class aims to encourage creative expression through movement, investigation, and development of artistic ideas through improvisation and understanding of dance technique and performance. Students will use whole body movements, strength, flexibility, endurance, and proper alignment to understand and develop dance technique. Utilizing time, space, weight, flow, momentum, and breath, students will learn how to move safely and naturally. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to establish a community in dance and a safe place to explore new or familiar ideas.

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

Thursdays, 3:30-4:15pm
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.

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

Thursdays, 4:15-5:00pm  **time has changed slightly to accommodate additional Pre-Ballet class at 3:30 due to high demand**
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.

**BEGINNING BALLET (AGES 6–8) WITH MARSHA THOMAS

Thursdays, 5:00-5:45pm
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.

**HIP HOP I (AGES 7–9) WITH RONALD 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! 

**HIP HOP II (AGES 10–12) 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! 

**HIP HOP III: Urban Contemporary (AGES 13-17) WITH RONALD WEST

Saturdays, 1:00pm–2:00pm

Urban funk: move, groove and shake your booty too! In depth hip hop dance class that combines the best of urban street dance, free form movement and adapted/alternative contemporary dance. Builds on a traditional hip hop class with a comprehensive understanding of backbeat and musicality, enhances dynamics of movement between sharp and fluid or soft and hard, with a strong focus on upbeat and driven music. Great supplement in addition to any hip hop, contemporary or modern class. 

**jazz/contemporary (AGES 6-8) WITH courtney owen-muir

Thursdays, 4:00–5:00pm
Students will warm up by exploring basic elements of dance and choreography such as shape, rhythm, gesture, and tempo. We will explore the idea of using movement for expression and storytelling, as well as how to relate music to movement.

**jazz/contemporary (AGES 9-12) WITH courtney owen-muir

Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Students will warm up by exploring basic elements of dance and choreography such as shape, rhythm, gesture, and tempo. We will explore the idea of using movement for expression and storytelling, as well as how to relate music to movement.  

**Youth CAPOEIRA (AGES 6-12) WITH KATYA WESOLOWSKI

Saturdays, 11:00am–11:45am

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilan art form that combines play, dance, self-defense, acrobatics and music. It is an ideal activity for youth of all ages as it builds coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, rhythm and self-confidence in a non-competitive, playful environment.  Students also learn to play percussive instruments and to sing in Portuguese!  This class may be taken multiple times.

 


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