Dance

Aimee Art Productions offers dances classes in the Los Angeles area that incorporate jazz, ballet, tap, and creative movement.
Most of the following classes are also offered in a Parent-and-Me option, geared for students ages 18 months to 5 years and their caregivers. Contact us for more information!

 

Studio Dance Classes
Class Times

Saturdays

10:00-10:45 AM for ages 5-8

10:50-11:35 AM for ages 2-3

Winter 2018- 10 classes for $160
Or $64 per 4 classes, or $17 per single class
Informal Recital- Sat. March 10, 2018
Saturday Class Dates: January 6- March 10,2018
Fall 2017- 14 classes for $224

. Or $64 per 4 classes, or $17 per single class

Recital- Sat. December 9th 2:30pm at Studio A , dress reh. Sat. Dec. 2nd at 10:30am at Studio A

Saturday: Class Dates: August 19- December 2

08/19, 08/26, (skip 09/02), 09/09, 09/16, 09/23, 09/30, 10/07, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/04, 11/11, 11/18, (skip 11/25), 12/02, formal recital 12/09

Studio A Contract and Registration Fall 2017 – Saturdays

                                                                                                                     

Spring 2016 8 dance classes for $120
Or
$60 per 4 classes
or
$16 per single classPlus an additional $35 for recital fee and costSaturday: Class Dates: April 09, 2016 – May 28, 2016
04/09, 04/16, 04/23, 04/30, 05/07, 05/14, 05/28, 06/04Dress Reh. Weds. 6/1 at 4 pm in large studioRecital Sat. 6/4 at 4 pm (arrive 3:30 pm, no class in the am that day)Fees:Costumes $15 each – Buy in studio with Ms. Aimee or go see Gayle Davis at M. Stevens 323-898-4876 email mstevendw@yahoo.comRecital fee $35 – pay on Paypal or by chk., cash or card in studio with Ms. Aimee (www.AimeeArtProductions.com, pay for classes, click on donation amount and fill in)Theme is “The Garden Recital”10 am class will perform “Halo” and “Roar” for Ballet and “Paper Moon” for Tap
10:50 am class will perform “I Hope You Dance” for Ballet and “Lollipop” for Tap

Summer 2016

7 dance classes for $105
Or
$60 per 4 classes
or
$16 per single class

Saturday: Class Dates: June 25, 2016 – August 13, 2016
06/25, 07/02, 07/09, 07/16, 07/23, 07/30, skip 08/06, 08/13

Fall 2016

14 dance classes for $210
Or
$64 per 4 classes
or
$17 per single class

Saturday: Class Dates: August 27, 2016 – December 17, 2016 (Skip 10/22, 11/26)
08/27, (skip 09/03), 09/10, 09/17, 09/24, 10/01, 10/08, 10/15, (skip 10/22), 10/29, 11/05, 11/12, 11/19, (skip 11/26), 12/03, 12/10, 12/17

Dress reh. Weds. 12/14 at 4 pm

Recital at 4 pm

Please see attached sign-up sheet-Sat.

 

Winter Session 2017 Dates-

01/07, 01/14, 01/21, 01/28, 02/04, 02/11, 02/18, 02/25, 03/04, 03/11, 03/18, 03/25

Please see attached sign-up sheet-Sat.

 

Spring Session 2017 Dates-

04/01, 04/08, 04/15, 04/22, 04/29, 05/06, 05/13, 05/20, 05/27, 06/03, 06/10

Please see attached sign-up sheet-Sat.

 

RECITAL FEE: The recital participation fee of $35 includes all accessories (except costumes), pizza at dress rehearsal, assistants, space rental, and administrative fees. Recital is in the large studio at Studio A.

COSTUME FEE: The costume fee will be a separate charge – Details are to be announced soon.

Attire: Most students wear leotards and skirts, any color, with ballet shoes for ballet and tap shoes for tap. Boys wear sweats or leggings and T-shirts. If you would like to attend the class first before purchasing the “gear” that is fine—in this case, students may wear socks for ballet and a hard-soled shoe (such as a Mary Jane) for tap, and any comfortable clothing is fine if one does not have a leotard. Suggested places to purchase the needed attire are: AllAboutDance.com, Target, Payless, Karabel Dance in Burbank, Capezio Dance in Hollywood. We also have a shoe recycling system in the studio. In other words, students put their outgrown shoes in the box and take out any shoes that might fit them for no charge at all.

Pre-School Dance – ages 2-4.
This class is for ages 2-4 focuses on an introduction to Ballet and Tap Dance, and also incorporates some Jazz and Creative Movement. Pre-Schoolers get a chance to move to music, tell stories through Dance and Creative Movement, use props, and learn the basics of Tap and Ballet form, music, and steps. Though we work on routines and perform two recitals per year, the emphasis is on exposure to the spirit of dance and awakening each child’s creativity and imagination through music and movement, rather than on executing steps perfectly. Developmentally, Pre-School is a great time to introduce children to the art of Dance, and as their muscles strengthen through movement, their minds and imaginations do too. Each class session begins with a Welcome Song, seated around the Magic Carpet. Then we do a Creative Movement Warmup, moving about the room and responding to different musical sounds. Next we move into a time of ballet technique, steps, and learning part of an ongoing routine. Still wearing ballet shoes or sometimes already in tap shoes, Aimee often leads a story-telling event using rhythm and chant. Finally, the children are asked to put on their tap shoes for a short tap technique lesson and final bows and curties using colored scarves.
Children’s Dance – ages 5-8
This class is for ages 5-8 focuses on an introduction to Ballet and Tap Dance, and also incorporates some Jazz, Character, and Traditional Dance. Children get a chance to learn a basic Ballet Barre, be exposed to Ballet and Tap technique, use props, and learn both a Tap and a Ballet routine. Recitals are bi-annual, and the emphasis is on exposure to the spirit of dance, fun, exercise, flexibility, and awakening each child’s creativity and imagination through music and movement, rather than on creating the perfect show. Developmentally, this is a great time to introduce children to the art of Dance, and as their muscles strengthen through movement, their minds and imaginations do too. Each class session begins with a Ballet Barre. Next we move into a time of stretching in the center of the floor, ballet foot and arm positions and poses, jumps in the center, turns and leaps across the floor, and ballet technique, steps, and learning part of an ongoing routine. Finally, the children are asked to put on their tap shoes for a short tap technique lesson and learning an ongoing taproutine. The class ends with final bows and curties using colored scarves.
Ballet and More – ages 8 and up
This class allow the older dancers to have some input into their own choreography and content, incorporating Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hiphop and Motown.  Whether dancers have gone through Ms. Aimee’s classes before or  not, older students will have a chance to work on some technique with a strong, challenging Ballet Barre, Stretches in the Center, Leaps and Turns across the floor, and both a Classical and a Contemporary Movement piece.  Students give feedback on music choices and even choreograph 8 count sequences using specific movement vocabulary drawn from Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, or Motown.  Then, dancers move into Tap technique, and build a dance using Tap vocabulary and choreography which challenges them at their level.  Dancers perform in recitals and local events such as Fall Festival at Our Mother of Good Counsel, Los Feliz Street Fair, and Studio A recitals.  Dancers get to choose their own characters, costumes, and stories.  Fun for all, team building and self-esteem are encouraged, and strong technique is enhanced to add to their dance foundation for future dance education.  Join us!
Special Helpers, Studio Setting, Family Involvement, Imagery
Special Helpers:
All of Ms. Aimee’s Children’s Dance and Preschool Dance classes feature an “Assistant Teacher,” a teenage student who has gone through Ms. Aimee’s classes before and who offers a unique perspective and a helping hand to the young dancers.  The little ones always relate to Ms. Louisa, Ms. Natalie, Ms. Alyssa, and the other teen helpers.  They can tell that they’re not really kids, but they’re not really grown-ups either, and they sure can dance!  Just one more thing that makes these dance classes so special for all!
Studio Setting:
Studio A has a very special Silverlake vibe, with open-feel skylit room hidden by the street by a garden path, and twinkly lights in the evening, adding to the gentle, artsy ambiance.
Family Involvement:
Parents and grandparents, caregivers, friends and visiting family members are all invited to watch the class, or not.  Chairs are set up, but there is an invisible “fourth wall” set up by Aimee and her teachers, so that students do not feel that they are “on stage,” with an audience, yet, families can see exactly what is occurring in class.  Or, for some families, parents go into the breezeway and rest, read, listen, or even run to Trader Joe’s or take the adult dance classes in the large studio next door!  For the 10:50 am class, many families join their little dancer on the parachute for the hello song and even do the warmup dances with their child until s/he is comfortable, then fade into the background gently over time.  It’s a beautiful system where children feel supported, and families are welcome in the process.
Imagery:
Ms. Aimee uses child-centered imagery to describe the movement in her classes. “Your heels are together like best friends in First Position,” “Open your arms like the sunset,” “We’re not like owls or penguins that can turn their heads around in a complete circle. We are human beings. We have to look, turn our heads as far as we can, and then whip our heads around to ‘spot,’ look at your special person so you don’t get dizzy…” Ms. Aimee also offers “2 stars and a wish” — 2 things the child is doing well and one thing s/he could do to improve. This couches skill-building in a positive light but still challenges children to grow and stretch. Children never forget these visuals as they build their dance foundation!
Classes are held at:

Studio A

2306 Hyperion Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

No refunds, exchanges or credits. *$35 recital fee and additional costume fee applies*
To sign up, please pay via Paypal on our website under “Pay for Classes,” or mail in forms attached above with check payable to Aimee Art Productions to:

Aimee Art Productions

2433 E. Glenoaks Blvd.

Glendale, CA 91206

Priority will be given to families who register for a month or more of classes.
Hip Hop and Jazz-Funk
8 dance classes for $140

Friday: Class Dates: January 13, 2017 – March 03, 2016

01/13, 01/20, 01/27, 2/03, 02/10, 02/17, 02/24, 03/03

download signup sheet here and pay for your class.

Hip Hop and Jazz-Funk
Artist:SONIC
Join us as world renowned choreographer Tamar Robinovitz, aka SONIC teaches her new hip hop and jazz-funk class for kids, teens and adults! Learn basic choreography and technique through this 8 week session! Held on Fridays beginning January 17th we will have three classes to cater to our variety of ages. Originally from Israel, Sonic has been dancing since the age of 4. Trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, flamenco, salsa and hip-hop, Sonic is a well-rounded dancer-choreographer-instructor, who specializes in Hip-Hop. Since her arrival to the U.S. Sonic has trained at the prestige Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program and worked with A list artists such as: Jazy-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kevin Hart, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Timbaland and more. Hope to see you there!
Hip Hop Dance Camp
Artist: LaKeashaFIT
Come learn Hiphop choreography, technique, and collaboration! Move and groove to contemporary music with a professional Hiphop Instructor from Aimee Art Productions, Ms. Lakeasha Brown, and perform an informal recital for families at the end on Friday, July 15th at 1 pm. Bring a lunch, have fun with other friends, and create some of your own routines too! Some time will also be spent learning the history of hiphop, doing some creative writing, poetry or journaling, and playing dance games, in addition to some serious dancing and learning and polishing at least 1-2 hiphop routines! A great workout for the brain, body and soul!

 

Dance
The following classes are held in schools, after school, in preschools and private families’ homes and non-profits as scheduled (See our “Schools and Schedules” section)
Latin Dance
Teaching Artist: Mara Bassani-Santamaria
Shake your hips and move your lips while we all dance and speak Spanish, at the same time! Latin Dance focuses on Spanish vocabulary connected to movement, shapes, directions, parts of the body, colors, and more. Learn rhythms for merengue, cha cha, salsa, samba, bachata, tango, and some African influences are mixed in as well. Enjoy this energetic and academic class while adding a twist of culture.
Classical Bellydance Teaching Artist: Erica PastoreGrades: kids (ages 5-8)
This class is for ages 5-8 and focuses on an introduction to Classical Egyptian Bellydance. Children get a chance to learn basic middle eastern dance movements, be exposed to bellydance technique, use simple props, and learn a short dance routine. The class emphasizes exposure to the spirit of middle eastern dance and music, having fun, increasing flexibility and strength, building a healthy body image and sparking  creativity and imagination through world music and movement. Each class begins with stretching and posture review, then steps and technique in the center of the floor and brief across the floor work doing steps and turns. Dance games such as mirroring partners, learning to clap out different arabic rhythms, improvisations, and using steps and movements to tell a story will be incorporated into class work.
Classical Bellydance
Teaching Artist: Erica Pastore
Grades: Ages 11-14
This class is for ages 11-14 and focuses on an introduction to Classical Egyptian Bellydance. Students learn the foundational technique and vocabulary of middle eastern bellydance, begin to use props, including veil and learn a short dance routine. The class emphasizes exposure to the spirit of middle eastern dance and music and building a foundation for future study, having fun, increasing flexibility and core strength, fostering a healthy self-image and encouraging creativity and imagination through world music and movement. Each class begins with stretching and posture review, then steps and technique in the center of the floor and brief across the floor work doing steps and turns. Students will also learn how to identify common arabic rhythms and instruments used in bellydance as well as become more familiar with noted and often used songs in the genre.

“Family Shimmy”

Parent and Me Bellydance

Teaching Artist: Erica Pastore

Grades: Ages 11-14

 

Bellydance can be a gateway to fostering a positive and healthy body awareness while building technical dance skill, enhancing creativity through improvisation, and learning about the rich cultural and musical heritage of the middle east. Each class we begin with a fun warm-up to build good stretching habits, proper dance posture, and core muscle strength. We then learn up to three bellydance key movements in the center of the room and across the floor. The second half of class focuses on introducing a new Arabic rhythm traditionally used in bellydance music, clapping out the rhythm and recognizing it in a song. Parents and children then get to mirror each other trying out their new moves to the rhythm through short combinations they develop together and share with the class!
Private Bellydance Lessons with Erica
Teaching Artist: Erica Pastore
Grages: Ages 8 and up

 Private lessons in Classical Egyptian Bellydance are available forindividuals, parent/child, or small groups of 4 or less students.Private study focuses on building a strong foundation in bellydance movements enriched with additional study of the cultural context of the rhythms, instruments and popular styles of music used for bellydance. Time is spent on refining movements and developing greater precision in style as well as becoming more comfortable with improvisation and exposure to modern fusion styles developed in the United States.

Glee

Teaching Atrist: Elena Wang

What if you love to sing AND dance? This class is a chance for you to learn how to sing your favorite songs and dance along with them at the same time! It will equip you with the skills to really perform them and be the star you believe you can be. This class will guarantee to bring out the ‘fun’ you!

International Dance

Teaching Artist: Sari Anna Thomas

Creative Movement class with focus on basic Dances from around the World (choose from Mexico, Brazil, United States, France, Tahiti, African, and more), building classroom skills, motor-skill development, and learning to create dance combinations. We will build on skills and our dance routine each week to culminate in a performance demonstration.

Rock Around the World

Teaching Artist: Staff

Grades: K-8

 

Singers and dancers alike…join in for a musical revue of rock songs mixed with world music from groups such as the Beatles and songs like “La Bamba” or “Land Down Under” (Men at Work) and many more. Take a look at History, Social Studies, Literature, and the Arts as affected by rock music.

High-School Musical

Teaching Artist: Michelle Hanley

Grades: K-6

 

Learn the basics from the popular movie trilogy – singing, dancing, and acting, combined with stretch and movement excercises. Group routines learned and performed.
Fosse!

Instructor: Sari Anne Thomas

Grades: 3rd and up

A unique and fun dance class dedicated to exploring the style of Fosse.  Bob Fosse is one of the most influential choreographers of our time.  Directing and Choreographing movies such as “Chicago”, “All That Jazz”, and “Sweet Charity”, Fosse developed one of the most distinct styles of dance- known today as “Fosse”! Learn different combinations that will lead to a strong understanding of this style. Class will include a basic jazz warm-up, and “across-the-floor” exercises to practice. A combination will be prepared to demonstrate at the end of the session.

Zumba

Instructor: Jessi Beach

Grades: Pre-K – grade 8 (also available as Parent-and-Me course)

 

Join the craze and jump into the exciting world of Zumba Fitness especially designed for young children. This dance fitness class will introduce your child to many International rhythms and movements from cultures such as Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and more, in a fun and upbeat way as we learn to feel the music and just let loose.  Music and dance styles introduced include Samba, Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, Quebradita, Reggeaton, Calypso, ChaCha, Tango, Country, Rock n Roll, and African.  Students follow the teacher and learn basic steps, but the objectives focus more on feeling and experiencing the rhythm and joy of the music and culture than on executing perfect choreography.  Come dance with us!

Dance and MovementBallet/Tap

Teacher: Michelle Hanley

Grades: Preschool to 12th

 

Creative Movement class with a focus on basic Ballet and Tap technique, building classroom skills, motor-skill development, and learning to create dance combinations.  We will build on skills and our dance routine each week to culminate in a performance demonstration.This class introduces the art form of stepping, which is so popular today, by encouraging children to use their bodies to make sounds.  They learn about the origins of stepping, its historical significance and also why it has become so big today. In addition to the stepping, the other element of this class is theatre. By engaging children’s bodies and minds with warm-ups, improv exercises and short scenes, they learn the importance of working together and being on one accord which is useful for stepping as well. By the end of the class, students will have learned how to express themselves through stepping movement and abstract theatre…a diverse combination that surely they will have never experienced.

Circus Kids

Teacher: Michelle Hanley

Grades: Preschool to 12th

 

Creative Movement class with a focus on basic Circus apparatus (ribbon twirling, baton twirling, juggling, hula-hooping), building classroom skills, motor-skill development, and learning to create performance routines.  We will build on skills and our routines each week to culminate in a performance demonstration.

“Dance around the World: A Cultural Experience”

Teacher: Phoenix Brown

During this 10-week, fun-filled, inspirational course, former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Phoenix Brown will take students on a whirlwind adventure through movement and dance around the world. Students will expand their understanding of creative movement as they journey through the cultural traditions, games and dances of communities across the globe.

 

Dance Around the World

Teacher: Michelle Hanley

Grades: Preschool to 12th

Creative Movement class with focus on basic Dances from around the World (choose from Mexico, Brazil, United States, France, Tahiti, African, and more), building classroom skills, motor-skill development, and learning to create dance combinations.  We will build on skills and our dance routine each week to culminate in a performance demonstration.

Hip-Hop

Teacher: Michelle Hanley

Grades: Preschool to 12th

 

Creative Movement class with a focus on basic Hip-Hop technique, building classroom skills, motor-skill development, and learning to create dance combinations.  We will build on skills and our routine each week to culminate in a performance demonstration.

Island Grooves

Teacher: Michelle Hanley

Grades: Preschool to 12th

 

Creative Movement class with a focus on basic Hula dance vocabulary and technique, building classroom skills, motor-skill development, and learning to create dance combinations.  We will build on skills and our dance routine each week to culminate in a performance demonstration.

Kids’ Yoga

Teacher: DM Osbourne

Grades: K to 2nd or 3rd to 5th

 

Through a delightful series of seated and standing yoga postures, balancing, breathwork, and stretching, students learn a yoga practice that is fun and healthful.  Combining stories, music, and age-appropriate props such as stuffed animals, plastic plates, paint brushes, and more, young people can either begin or continue to develop their yoga practice.  DM Osborne was trained by Shana Meyers, founder of miniyogis Yoga for Children in Los Angeles.

Storytime Yoga

Teacher: D.M. Osborne

Grades: K to 3rd

 

Through a delightful series of yoga postures, breathwork, standing, balancing seated floor work and stretching, students learn a yoga practice that is fun and healthful.  Combining stories, music and age-appropriate props such as stuffed animals, plastic plates, paint brushes, and more, young people can either begin or continue to develop their yoga practice.

“Voca-Hop”

Teacher: Collette Hyder

Grades: K and up

A singing and dancing class combining all the hottest dance moves from your favorite videos, as well as learn how to sing like your favorite MTV stars. Definitely a fun way to build confidence, performance skills, stage presence and get the inside scoop on the making of a STAR!

STOMP from the Heart

Teacher: Aja Benton

Grades: 5th to 8th

This class introduces the art form of stepping, which is so popular today, by encouraging children to use their bodies to make sounds. They learn about the origins of stepping, its historical significance and also why it has become so big today. In addition to the stepping, the other element of this class is theater. By engaging children’s bodies and minds with warm-ups, improv exercises and short scenes, they learn the importance of working together and being on one accord which is useful for stepping as well.By the end of the class, students will have learned how to express themselves through stepping movement and abstract theater…a diverse combination that surely they will have never experienced.

DANCE FOR KIDS!

With Expert Teaching Artists Sarah Peters and Kristen Herbert

Grades: Preschool to 3rd grade

Course Description:  Dance at Delaney-Wright Fine Arts Preschool is a fun-time creative movement class with a focus on age-appropriate, modern Dance moves accompanied by family-friendly music. Each class leads students through warm-up combinations, cross-floor/around-the-room movements, development of dance routines, and free improvisation, culminating in a performance demonstration for parents, siblings, teachers, and friends! Children take part in an engaging creative movement class that exposes them to a variety of dance forms (including Ballet, Gymnastics, Hip-Hop, Hula, Circus and Tap), teaches classroom expectations, helps develop motor-skills, focuses on fundamental technique, and most importantly instills a love of dance!

YogaEdTM

Grades: K-2; 3-5; and 6-8

Teacher: DM Osborne

Course Description: YogaEdTM courses support children in becoming fit, active learners with a keen sense of personal responsibility. 75-minutelessons include group discussion, yoga poses and games, and guided meditation. Children gain personal confidence and improve coordination they learn to execute, hold, and flow through balance poses,back bends,  twists, and inversions.  Through kinesthetic games and partner poses, students build leadership skills and trust in one another. Along the way, students are challenged to contemplate topics like how to handle feelings, how to make mindful choices, and how to listen to themselves and others.
Evolution Through Revolution:Printmaking & Letterpress

Teacher: Madeleine Zygarewicz

Grades: 6-12

Explore various techniques of printmaking and letterpress as we take a whirlwind hands-on tour of the history of printing.  From religion to the DIY punk zine, we will briefly look at the historical value of printing and how it mobilized various social movements.  We will look at the historical value of printing and how it mobilized various social movements.  We will look at famous printed work by Andy Warhol, Albrecht Durer, Vincent Van Gough and more.  Discover ways to print from everyday objects and tools in addition to using linoleum block carvings, letterpress,vintage printers’ blocks and wooden type.  Share your prints with classmates and leave with a portfolio of your evolution of print.  All students will have the opportunity to print on a hundred year old printing press.  Be a part of history as you reclaim tangible communication in an era of disposable digital information! Projects will range from personal art prints to promotional posters to handmade books.

Capoeira

Teacher: Dana Maman, Sarah Peters

Grades: K-12

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art-form developed by slave communities in Brazil.  During the 16th century slaves who were brought from Angola have used capoeira as a way of resistance against the Portuguese slave owners. This art-form incorporates dance, music, and martial-arts and allows for the development of self control, discipline, and an understanding of one’s character and body.  It has served as a community building tool while educating youth and reminding adults of their history.  This class will have children involved in music and movement while developing a sense of leadership and confidence.  The lesson will also educate students about rich afro-Brazillian culture and the context in which capoeira was developed.

Bohemian Ballet

Teacher: Susan Linville

Grades: 3rd – 8th  and 9th – 12th

For those who have the passion and desire to learn the classical style of  Ballet with a rock ’n’ roll attitude! This class is a great workout with great music and it will prove to you that Ballet can be fun!  Ballet works on your core strength, balance, flexibility and it give you buns of steel!

Brazilian Music and Movement

Teacher: Sarah Peters

Grades: K-5

Brazilian Music and  Movement is an exploration of Afro-Brazilian culture through song and dance, including samba and maculele, a warrior dance.  We will learn to sing songs, do movements and to play the instruments from various Afro-Brazilian art forms while learning their cultural history as well.  Introductory Portuguese will also be a part of this class.

West African Drumming and Dance

Teacher: Sean Rainey

Grades: 5th -12th

Learn the basics of West African drumming and dance culture from Ghana, Togo and Senegal.  Students will participate in traditional dances and learn how the drummer’s rhythms relate to the dancers’ movements. Class will end with a group performance.

Magical Drums Show For Kids
Teaching Artist:
Pashyo Sarkin

The following are taught by Jennifer Tehani Sarreal:

World Dance Hip Hop

Grade: k-12

An introduction to world dance forms through hip hop rhythms and beats and belly dance fusion. The origins and influences of hip hop as a social movement is discussed and explored while participants are challenged to explore other world dance forms through this ever-evolving borderless hip hop culture and many faces of Middle Eastern Dance.

World Dance

Grade: k-12

Learn the steps, rhythms and cultural history of dance forms around the world from hula to hip hop.  In addition to dance, students are introduced to cultural anthropology, music theory, environmental science, geography and a plethora of international vocabulary.  Dance forms covered include: Polynesian dance, Middle Eastern dance, various folk dance, Latin American social dances, hip hop and international-style Ballroom/Latin.  Number of dances introduced are dependent on time and grade level.

A Glimpse of the Pacific: Polynesian Dance

Grades: k-12

Island hop across the seven-island nations of Polynesia.  Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Marquesas make up the Polynesian island chain and all have their own dances, folklore, music and traditions.  Two to three islands are covered per program.

Hawaiian Dance

Grade: k-12

Discover the myths and legends of Hawaiian dance and the culture maintained today through the storytelling art of hula.  Learn the different types of hula: Hula Kahiko (ancient) and Hula Auana (contemporary) while learning Hawaiian vocabulary, simple oli (hula chant), the craft of creating dance implements from natural resources and the movements of both hands and feet that tell a story.

Baila!: African roots and origins of Latin American social dances step by step

Grades: k-12

Learn how culture and history have shaped the dance into what it is today while swaying to the beats of congas and claves!  From salsa to samba, see the similarities and differences in steps, history and music as we discover the story behind each art form.

Social Dance: Ballroom & Latin

Grades: 5-12

International and American styles of Ballroom and Latin dance are more than just routines on Dancing with the Stars!  Students learn the art of social dance – following and leading, teamwork and coordination – not just choreography.  Dances to match all types of music, social dance provides the skills to dance with a friend to any beat… and well!

Hip Hop Fusion

Grades: 5-12

An introduction to world dance forms through hip hop rhythms and beats.  The origins and influences of hip hop as a social movement is discussed and explored while participants are challenged to explore other world dance forms through this ever-evolving borderless hip hop culture.

Zaghareet & Shimmy: Middle Eastern Dance

Grades: k-12

Follow the world’s oldest dance form (belly dance!) as it has changed and grown through time and countries.  From danse orientale to tribal style (also known as ATS) to belly dance fusion, we will explore the many rhythms, implements (ie zills and swords) and faces of Middle Eastern dance.

World Folk Dance

Grades: k-12

Simple folk dances are danced all over the world by young and old alike within every country, every language and every celebration.  From India to West Africa to Russia to the United States and more, folk dances are a simple way of creating community through celebration and recreation.

The Maori Poi

Grades: 3-12

Learn to make and dance with this traditional art form of the Maori people of New Zealand.  Myths and legends as well as the cultural background that shapes this dance will be discussed and explored.  Strengthening hand-eye coordination for both making and performing poi, students experience first-hand the connection between Maori life and the natural world.

Sayaw: Filipino Folk Dance

Grades: k-12

Dance the diverse communal dances of the Philippines while learning the cultural history behind these very different dances.  From jumping between bamboo poles in rural dances to doing Spanish style candle dances, discover the direct connection between colonialism and art.

Literary Movements

Grades: 9 and above

Spoken word meets dance theater in this creative writing and performance workshop.  Students explore literature, current events and social themes in their own lives and communities as well as positive peaceful solutions/approaches towards them.  Strengthening creative expression, critical thinking, public speaking and research skills, “Literary Movements” is a multidisciplinary approach to inspiring students to not only become independent thinkers, but have the confidence to express those independent thoughts from the page to the stage, from private to public, from silent to heard.

Drama 102 / Irish Dance Drama

Grades: 5th and up

In this 15 week course, Máire Clerkin leads her student performers to create a theater performance from a Celtic folk tale, involving improvisation, ensemble speech, movement skills, character development, body percussion, teamwork and Irish Dancing.   This will culminate in a spellbinding show that displays the talent and abilities of the cast, in all their glory!

BEG. HIP HOP

Teacher: Phoenix Brown

Beginner Hip Hop will inspire students to move, grove and boogie on down with kid friendly hip hop style dance. Students will learn different types of Hip Hop such as Crunk, Hyphie, Funk, Hip Jazz, Freestyle and many more.  They will learn how dance can take you out of the classroom and into the spotlight. We will watch kid friendly dance movies, play dance games such as “Freeze dance” and “Tag Your In”. Students will burst forth with confidence and feel safe to let loose their own unique rhythmic expression.

Circus Arts
Teacher: Michelle Hanley
This is an awesome, interactive and engaging Creative Movement class for boys and girls of all ages with a focus on basic Circus apparatus (ribbon-twirling, baton-twirling, juggling, hoolah-hooping), building classroom skills, motor-skill development, and learning to create performance routines. We will build on skills and our routines each week to culminate in a performance demonstration.

Glee!
Teacher: Michelle Hanley
What if you love to sing AND dance? This class is a chance for you to learn how to sing your favorite songs and dance along with them at the same time! It will equip you with the skills to really perform them and be the star you believe you can be. This class will guarantee to bring out the fun in you!

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