Youth Classes

 

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

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

September 10-DECEMBER 16, 2018
*No classes November 19-25*
Tuition:  $195
*$15 off if you register by AUGUST 15*

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT (AGE 2)

Mondays, 4:00pm–4:30pm with Laura Grant
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)

Mondays, 4:30pm–5:00pm with Laura Grant
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)

Saturdays, 11-11:45am with Jody Cassell
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 (AGE 4) 

Mondays, 4:00pm–4:45pm with Jody Cassell
Saturdays, 9:15-10:00am with Megan Yankee

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!

Creative DANCE (AGEs 5-6) 

Mondays, 5:00pm–5:45pm with Jody Cassell
Saturdays, 10:00-10:45am with Megan Yankee

Students warm-up to the developmental patterns of dance and prepare their mind and body for creative dance. They explore place, size and levels, directions and pathways of movement. They dance quickly and slowly, sharply and smoothly and create straight, twisted, round and bent movements. They create patterns and phrases of movements that they perform in rhythms from around the world. They learn to mirror and shadow each other as they cooperate and discover creative movement solutions together.

Dancing puzzles: creating dances (AGEs 7-9) 

Saturdays, 12:00-1:00pm with Jody Cassell
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.

Intro to Dance Technique (AGEs 6-7) 

Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm with Megan Yankee
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.

Dance Technique (AGEs 8-9) 

Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm with Megan Yankee
Dance technique is HOW we learn to dance. In this class, we will build on concepts learned in Intro to Dance Technique, focusing 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.

Contemporary Foundations (AGEs 9-12) 

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm with Toya Chinfloo
This class will be a continuation of self-discovery in a contemporary dance framework, building on skills of weight-sharing and improvisation covered in Creative Movement.  Focus will include introduction to technique and development of skills such as turns, extensions, jumps, and balancing.

Contemporary Technique (AGEs 13-15) 

Mondays, 6:00-7:15pm with Toya Chinfloo
This class will focus on various techniques of contemporary and modern dance styles with influences of Horton, Dunham, Graham, and classical ballet.  Students will focus on musicality and hone technical skills.

PRE-BALLET (AGES 4–5)

Thursdays, 3:30-4:15pm with Marsha Thomas
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.

Intro to BALLET (AGES 5–7)

Thursdays, 4:15-5:00pm with Marsha Thomas
Students will continue to focus on body awareness, self-expression and musicality while further exploring introductory ballet vocabulary and technique in an imaginative environment. This class will work on familiarity with the traditional ballet class structure, with an emphasis on confidence and enjoyment. Ballet shoes required.

Ballet Fundamentals (AGES 6-8)

Thursdays, 5:00-5:45pm with Marsha Thomas
Strength, flexibility, and focus are not the only benefits of this introductory ballet class. Students will build on concepts and techniques learned in Intro to Ballet, exploring classical ballet technique and vocabulary with an emphasis on confidence and enjoyment. Ballet shoes required.

Ballet Technique (AGES 8-10)

Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15pm with Kristin Clotfelter
In this class, we will follow a classical ballet formula; warming up at the barre, moving in center and dancing across the floor to build strength, flexibility and spatial awareness. We will learn classical ballet terminology and repertory from famous story ballets like “The Nutcracker,” and “Swan Lake.” Throughout our practice, we will investigate pairing energy with grace and curiosity with concentration, using ballet technique as a way to investigate our momentum and efficiency. Intended for students who have completed at least one year of ballet. Ballet shoes required.

HIP HOP I (AGES 7–9)

Saturdays, 11:00am–12:00pm with Ronald West
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)

Saturdays, 12:00pm–1:00pm with Ronald West
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) 

Saturdays, 1:00pm–2:00pm with Ronald West
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. 

Intro to Jazz (ages 6-8)

Thursdays, 4:15–5:00pm with Courtney Owen-Muir
Dancers will learn the basic steps of jazz dance including turns, kicks, and leap steps along with popular simple rhythm techniques. This class is designed to introduce jazz movement to the creative mover and start to explore technique.

Jazz FUndamentals (ages 8-10)

Thursdays, 5:00–6:00pm with Courtney Owen-Muir
Students will warm up by exploring basic elements of dance and choreography such as shape, rhythm, gesture, and tempo. Dancers will also learn the fundamental elements of jazz dance; leaps, turns and kicks. This class will build on concepts and techniques learned in Intro to Jazz.

jazz Technique (AGES 10-13)

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm with Courtney Owen-Muir
This class will build on concepts learned in Jazz Fundamentals to further explore the basic and complex elements of jazz dance. We will explore the idea of using movement for expression and storytelling, as well as how to relate music to movement through learning choreography and combinations.

Modern jazz (AGES 13-16)

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:15pm with Tracey Durbin
This soulful modern-jazz class equips dancers with a strong technical foundation while focusing on lowering the dancers’ center of gravity and syncopating movement with a blend of latin, modern, ballet, and jazz. This intense fluid class emphasizes the relationship between music and movement and inspires dancers to feel movement from the inside out, keeping you engaged, sweaty, and inspired.

Musical Theatre (AGES 9-12)

Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15pm with Kristi Vincent Johnson
This class combines basic jazz dance technique with stage presence, fun, and upbeat music. The class will focus on developing the dancer’s coordination, self-expression and proper technique with emphasis on learning choreography set to classic musical theatre songs from past and present.

Capoeira (AGES 6-10)

Saturdays, 9:45-10:45am with Shayna de Oliveira
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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