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We are back with our classes in the studio! Please note that class size is limited in order to respect social distancing while dancing. 

Price for the 7 class session is $112, unless differently listed.

CREATIVE DANCE for ages 3.5-5
With Fiona Scruggs
The joy of movement and imagination are inspired through a playful and guided approach to improvisation, shape, rhythm, balance, flow, and locomotor skills. Lively music, stories, and imagery are key elements of this class. Connections to real-world experiences are made to meet children where they are and build self-esteem in an inclusive group environment. Traditional technique is introduced for continuation in the dance forms of their choice.
Monday 3-3:45 PM 
Oct.12-Nov.23

INTRO TO DANCE for ages 5-7
With Fiona Scruggs
Movement, expression, and traditional technique are explored through a creative and guided approach to the elements of dance, improvisation, shape, rhythm, balance, flow, and locomotor skills. Lively music, stories, imagery, and movement creation are key elements of this class. Connections to real-world experiences are made to meet children where they are and build an inclusive, supportive environment. An emphasis on group awareness, self-confidence, and the joy of movement and creativity is inspired for continuation in the dance forms of their choice.
Monday 4:15-5:15 PM 
Oct.12-Nov.23

DANCE FOUNDATIONS for ages 8-10
with Veronica Bone
Students build a basic understanding of traditional modern and ballet dance technique while learning to loosen, strengthen and explore their body’s movement vocabulary. With joyful and dynamic exercises and improvisational techniques, basic principles of rhythm, movement quality, musicality, and healthy alignment are acquired laying a clear foundation for further interdisciplinary dance studies.
Wednesday 2-3 PM, Oct.7-Nov.18 – $112 for the session
Thursday 4-5 PM, Oct.8-Nov.19 – $112 for the session

MODERN 1 for ages 9-11
with Susan Quinn
Students build upon the fundamentals of dance technique through the study of traditional modern dance principles. Through center practice, basic phrasework, dynamic traveling sequences, improvisation and dance making, students will establish a strong sense of alignment, rhythmic and musical versatility and freedom of expression through movement.
Monday 4:00-5:15 PM 
Oct.12-Nov.23

MODERN 2 for ages 11-13 
with Veronica Bone
In this dance class we will continue to build upon the fundamentals of modern dance technique, focusing on alignment, balance, fall and recovery, strengthening and releasing. Additionally, we will explore our own creative instincts and movement vocabulary, taking our cues from the natural surroundings to create a dynamic conversation of movement between ourselves and nature. A conscientious and supportive group experience in a safe and caring environment is emphasized.
Wednesday 4-5:15 PM 
Oct.7-Nov.20

MODERN 2 for ages 11-13 
with Bettina Montano
In this dance class we will continue to build upon the fundamentals of modern dance technique, focusing on alignment, balance, fall and recovery, strengthening and releasing. Additionally, we will explore our own creative instincts and movement vocabulary, taking our cues from the natural surroundings to create a dynamic conversation of movement between ourselves and nature. A conscientious and supportive group experience in a safe and caring environment is emphasized.
Thursday 4-5:15 PM
Oct.8-Nov.19

MODERN 3* for ages 13+
With Moscelyne ParkeHarrison
This class is centered on the principles and techniques of modern dance. Particular emphasis is placed on alignment and freedom of the body, as well as grounding and continuous movement.
Participants will learn the fundamentals of Limón, Cunningham, and Graham technique, and how these dance languages are relevant in contemporary dance. The class will progress through a series of set exercises and build upon phrase material informed by modern modalities. Two technique classes are required for participants in this class. These can include Modern, Ballet, Flamenco or Jazz. Modern 3 students are encouraged to participate in the Young Choreographers Workshop which immediately follows this class on Wednesdays.
Wednesday 4-5:30 PM
Oct.7-Nov.18

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS WORKSHOP* for ages 14+ 
with Susan Quinn
Open level
This class offers dancers an opportunity to expand their own movement vocabulary while deepening their skills in spatial design, dynamics, rhythm and form. We will hone improvisational and collaborative skills by crafting dance into solo and group forms while at the same time uncovering how movement and space are both personal and political. This class will continue in January and will culminate in a presentation open to the public in May or June.
Wednesday 5:45-7 PM
Oct.7-Nov.18

*Bundle price $200 if you register for both Modern 3 and Youth Choreographer Workshops.

BEGINNERS BALLET for ages 8+
with Fiona Scruggs
The foundations of ballet class, technique, alignment, vocabulary, and rhythm are introduced. Students will learn introductory skills of using the ballet barre. Center and traveling classwork draw on character (theatrical folk dance) rhythms and traditional ballet technique progressions. Creativity and experiencing music through movement are emphasized.
Friday 3:35-4:45 PM 
Oct.9-Nov.20

BALLET 1 for ages 9-12
with Fiona Scruggs
Ballet fundamentals and skills are introduced through the use of the barre and mirror as training tools. Short ballet movement phrases are inspired by character (theatrical folk) dance and classical ballet technique to further develop musicality and vocabulary. Group awareness, positive body image, and the joy of artistic expression and storytelling are emphasized. Requirements: two classes a week in either another ballet class or in modern or Dances of Africa is recommended for level 1 students.
Friday 5-6 PM Oct.9-Nov.20
Saturday 9:15-10:15 AM Oct.10-Nov.21

BALLET 2/PRE-POINTE for ages 11+
with Shana ParkeHarrison
This class is for students with previous ballet training including a solid understanding of basic ballet vocabulary. We will build on that vocabulary and refine alignment through core strengthening and dynamic barre work that directly relates to exercises and phrase work in center. Emphasis is placed on whole body movement, breathing, musicality and, most importantly, maintaining a healthy body image. Pre-pointe work will be introduced for students interested in progressing to pointe. Two ballet classes a week and one modern class is required for these students.
Tuesday 3:45-5 PM, Oct.6-Nov.17 – $112 for the session
Saturday 9-10:30 AM, Oct.10-Nov.21 – $112 for the session

BALLET 3-4 for ages 13+
with Isadora Wolfe 
In these classes, ballet will be taught with an emphasis on developing core strength, healthy body image and versatility of artistic language. With the addition of increased nuance and artistry, students build on the foundational skills and vocabulary required for more advanced level practice. Individual physicality and expression are solidified and refined. Artistry and technical stamina are equally challenged with complexity in phrasework and the study of Variations.
Pointe work is a traditional extension of ballet technique, but not a requirement of the advanced level ballet student. Two upper level Ballet classes per week plus one modern or jazz and a contemporary class are required for participation in ballet 3-4. Three ballet classes, in addition to modern or jazz and contemporary class are required for students training en pointe.
Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 PM, Oct.6-Nov.17 – $112 for the session
Friday, 4-5:30 PM, Oct.9-Nov.20 – $112 for the session
Saturday, 12-1:45 PM, Oct.10-Nov.21 – $112 for the session

DANCE FOR BOYS for ages 11+
with Tom Masters
Here’s a chance to jump, turn and soar! This class introduces boys, and male identifying persons, to the athletic and artistic skills required in dance training. The class includes elementary classical dance technique, improvisation and dance making. Rhythm, movement quality, musicality, and healthy alignment are developed while offering students the opportunity to explore their own strengths and abilities through a diverse dance practice. An inspiring foundation for further study in all dance forms, sports and life!
Thursday 4:15-5:30 PM 
Oct.8-Nov.19

WORLD MUSIC DRUMMING for ages 8-12
with Rick Shrum
This rhythm and world music introductory class offers students a chance to feel and play with the rhythms of their own lives and of the world. Drummers will listen and learn the pulse and patterns of rhythms to repeat and master, the “call and response” of songs and to hear and respond to “the break” (to start, change, and stop movement and playing.) As the class progresses the group will learn to play different parts against and with one another creating an ensemble of inspirational rhythm and music. Instruments provided.
Tuesday 3:45-4:30 PM
Oct.6-Nov.17

Halloween Spirits of the Forest
Dances of Africa “Spider Dance” for ages 9-12
with Kim Waterman
Dances of Africa participants will learn a Haitian Spider dance to perform for the Spirits of the Forest Halloween walk at Chesterwood.
Tuesday 4:45-5:45PM, October 6, 13, 20, 27 **
Dress rehearsal on Saturday, October 24, 4-6PM
Performances at 2:30PM and 4:30PM on Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31
At Chesterwood – $80 for the session 

“Forest Spirits” Dance Expressions 2 for ages 12+
with Kristine Waterman 
Dance Expression 2 movers and dance makers: Please join us as we embark on a magical and mysterious journey creating and choreographing an original dance piece for this special performance event.  Using the natural landscape and woodland spaces, the audience will encounter “Forest Spirits” along a Halloween walk at Chesterwood.
Tuesday 3:30-5:30PM October 6, 13, 20, 27 **
Dress rehearsal on Sat October 24, 4-6PM
Performances at 2:30PM and 4:30PM on Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31
At Chesterwood – $80 for the session 

** on ZOOM when weather cancellation occurs

JAZZ 2 for ages 11+
with Tom Masters
This class will focus on learning proper dance techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Matt Mattox and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer. We’ll be dancing in the grass, so dancers will need jazz shoes or socks for this class. Requirements: one additional class a week in either modern or ballet, Flamenco or Dances of Africa are all options.
Monday 4-5:30 PM
Oct.12-Nov.23

BROADWAY JAZZ 3 for ages 13+
with Tom Masters and Ilana Ransom Toeplitz
This high-energy class will prepare any dancer for the bright lights of Broadway! Relying heavily on a knowledge of ballet and jazz, this class will place a high focus on musical interpretation as you learn actual Broadway choreography. Participation in an additional ballet and/or modern technique class is required for students in this class.
Saturday 2:30-4 PM
Oct.10-Nov.21

TAP INTERMEDIATE for ages 11-adults
with Tom Masters
This class will be focusing on clean technique and developing a wider vocabulary of steps.
Friday 5:30-6:30PM 
Oct.9-Nov.20 

TAP INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED for ages 13-adults 
with Tom Masters
This class will be focusing on clean technique, speed of sound and more complex combinations of steps.
Saturday, 4:30-5:30 PM 
Oct.10-Nov.21