Youth Classes

 

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2017 Fall Term at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios
youth classes

September 10-December 16, 2017
Tuition:  $195
**Special pricing for Gaspard’s Creative Movement and Performance class: $165, or may be bundled with any class on the schedule for only $82.50**

DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT (AGE 2) WITH SUZANNE BEAHRS

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 SUZANNE BEAHRS

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

Tuesdays, 10:30am-11:15am
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.

DISCOVERING DANCE (AGES 4–5) WITH SUZANNE BEAHRS

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!

INTRO TO DANCE TECHNIQUE (AGES 6–8) WITH SUZANNE BEAHRS

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: choreographic challenges (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. 

BEG/InT MODERN TECHNIQUE (AGES 9–11) WITH STEPHANIE LEATHERS

Mondays, 5:15-6:15pm
This class aims to encourage creative expression through movement, investigation and development of artistic ideas through improvisation and understanding of dance technique. 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.

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

Mondays, 6:15-7:15pm
Creative Movement and Performance will begin 2 weeks later than other classes on the schedule, with its first class on September 25. For the full semester, this class will be $165. This class may also be bundled with ANY other class on the schedule to get it for half price at $82.50.

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.  

**SPECIAL NOTE:  This class will repeat Winter Term and culminate with a performance in the spring.**

WEIGHT-Sharing and partnering (AGES 14–17) WITH RONALD WEST

Thursdays, 5:30–6:30pm
Contemporary dance is a multi-disciplinary class including instruction in abstracted ballet, jazz, and hip hop phrase work fused together, while focusing on dance composition and dynamics in movement. This class will develop the movement vocabulary of each dancer beyond technical terminology, broaden how each dancer moves naturally, and help train each dancer to be mentally and physically adaptive in an ever-evolving contemporary dance world. We will also focus on partnering and weight sharing with an emphasis on how to accomplish these bold power moves safely.

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

Thursdays, 3:15pm–4:00pm
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, 4:10pm–5:00pm
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.

INTERMEDIATE BALLET (AGES 9–12) WITH MARSHA THOMAS

Thursdays, 5:00pm–6:00pm
Students will expand their understanding of classical ballet technique and vocabulary in this intermediate ballet class.  Class will build strength, flexibility, and focus 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 10–13) 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! 

jazz/contemporary (AGES 11–13) WITH courtney owen-muir

Thursdays, 4:15–5:15pm
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.

CAPOEIRA I (AGES 4–5) WITH KATYA WESOLOWSKI

Saturdays, 11:00am–11:45am
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 may be taken more than once!

CAPOEIRA II (AGES 6-9) WITH KATYA WESOLOWSKI

Saturdays, 11:45am–12:45am
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, self-defense, acrobatics, and music. In this class, students will work individually and in partners to expand on the basic movement, percussive music, and singing of capoeira. Capoeira increases strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and rhythm, and encourages cooperative play.  This class may be taken more than once!

 

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