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CREATIVE DANCE for ages 4-6
With Kristine Waterman

In this class, dance is inspired in a nurturing, fun and creative environment. Children will engage in rhythm exercises, dance games, movement sequences, improvisational exercises all while being introduced to the primary principles of dance technique in interaction with a wide variety of music. This creative dance/pre-ballet curriculum also emphasizes learning to work cooperatively with others (safely) and the development of self-esteem through a repeated sense of accomplishment.
Tuesday 2:30-3:15PM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29
($60)

DANCE EXPRESSIONS 1 for ages 6-8
With Kristine Waterman

A playful approach to traditional technique, improvisation, shape and rhythm, music and story, and balance and flow, this class is an ideal introduction to dance. Dancing outdoors will be our inspiration allowing the natural beauty of our environment to inspire dance making as we explore a new way of being together and connecting.
Tuesday 3:30-4:30PM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29
($60)

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.
Thursday 4-5PM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 10, 17, 24
($45)

MODERN 1, for ages 10+
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 4-5:15PM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 14, 21, 28
($45)

MODERN 2 for ages 11-13 (Open level for students with previous experience)
with Ashley Hartka

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 4-5:30PM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30
($60)

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 3:45-4:45PM
at Pulse
Sept. 11, 18, 25 & Oct. 2
($60)

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 5-6PM
at Pulse – limit of 6 students
Sept. 11, 18, 25 & Oct. 2
($60)

BALLET 2/PRE-POINTE for ages 11+
with Micheline Weiler

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.
Saturday 9-11AM
at Pulse – limit of 6 students
Sept. 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3
($60)

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, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, 5:30-7:30PM
Saturday, Sept. 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3, 12:00-2:00PM
at Pulse – limit of 6 students
($120)

 

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 4:00-5:15PM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 10, 17, 24
($45)

BEGINNERS 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 3:30-4:15PM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29
($60)*

DANCES OF AFRICA for ages 9-12
with Kim Waterman

This high-energy class introduces students to the foundation principles of Modern/Jazz technique through the study of African-rooted rhythms and dances. Students will study isolations, range in movement quality, elementary jazz form, rhythmic footwork, and traveling exercises and learn to identify beat and pulse in music and in their own bodies. Traditional dances provide a rich forum for both technical and creative expression in individual and group process.
Tuesday 4:30-5:30PM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29
($60)*

Sign up for both Beginners Drumming and Dances of Africa! These classes complement each other! Foundation learning in both will support the other to deepen the experience and understanding of both dancing and drumming.

Bundle price if you sign up for both classes is $100.

JAZZ 2 for ages 11+
with Tom Masters

This class will focus on learning proper dance technique 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 4:00-5:30PM
at Chesterwood
Sept 14, 21, 28
($45)

BEGINNER TAP for ages 7-9
with Kristine Waterman

This class is an introduction to the basic tap fundamentals, terminology and practice. We will focus on developing coordination, rhythmic skills and proper tap technique. Students will explore new ways to create rhythmic patterns and choreography as we embark on this new adventure — tapping outdoors!
Tuesday 4:45-5:45PM
Outside at Pulse
Sept 8, 15, 22, 29 (plywood to dance on provided)
($60)

TAP for ages 12+, Intermediate/Advanced
with Tom Masters

The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds and having fun, as we go deeper into the details of foot work and rhythm combinations.
Friday 5:30-6:30PM
Outside at Pulse (plywood to dance on provided)
Sept. 11, 18, 25 & Oct. 2
($60)