Youth Classes

 

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2019 Fall Term at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios – REGISTRATION OPEN!
youth classes

September 9-December 15, 2019
Tuition:  $195

DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT I (AGE 2)
Movimiento de Desarrollo (2 años)

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 II (AGE 3)
Movimiento de Desarrollo (3 años)

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.

DISCOVERING DANCE (AGE 4)
Descubriendo Baile (4 años)

Mondays, 4:00-4:45pm with Danielle Segretto
Saturdays, 10:00-10:45am with Emilie Raleigh

Danielle Segretto’s class description:
This class combines the basic elements of dance with artistic expression. The children will stretch, move and explore through dance game and exercises. They will practice flexibility, perseverance and respect for themselves, their bodies and their peers and teacher. They will learn basic developmental movements to help train their gross motor and bilateral coordination while also being given cues to create and explore their own movement possibilities.

Creative DANCE (AGEs 5-6)
Baile Creativa (5-6 años)

Mondays, 5:00-5:45pm with Danielle Segretto
Saturdays, 11:00-11:45am with Emilie Raleigh

Danielle Segretto’s class description: 
As these students enter the world of traditional school, their understanding of their own capacity increases. In this class, young dancers will be challenged to expand their understanding of their bodies as well. They will be given exercises to increase flexibility and challenge coordination, while being encouraged to participate in creating a positive class environment. We will explore intrinsic motivation for hard work. This class will also seek to nurture your young dancer’s love of movement and creative expression.

dancing puzzles: creating Choreography (AGES 7–9)

Wednesdays, 4:15pm–5:15pm 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 Modern Dance (AGES 7–9)

Saturdays, 12:00pm–1:00pm with Emilie Raleigh
Class description coming soon…

Movement Exploration: Dance Composition (AGES 9-11)

Tuesdays, 4:15pm–5:15pm with Jody Cassell

Spring into exploring through creative dance compositions. Each class begins with a body/brain connection of warming up with the fundamental movement patterns of BrainDance©. The objective of teaching creative dance composition is to develop the dancers’ capacity to be inventive creators, successful collaborators who are capable of higher order thinking.  An emphasis on proper body alignment and technique will provide the dancers with more possibilities in their dance designs.  Based on the five part lesson plan developed by the renowned Anne Green Gilbert, dancers learn through movement concepts such as place, direction, pathway, focus, rhythms, and relationships. Dancers become skilled with basic Language of Dance motif symbols and they solve both simple and complex movement problems by using various choreographic forms and improvisational structures. Delightfully challenging, expansive, fun, and empowering!

Contemporary Modern I (AGES 9-11)

Mondays, 5:15pm–6:15pm with Toya Chinfloo
This class will develop each dancer’s foundation of dance vocabulary, movement skills, flexibility, and musicality in order to build modern and contemporary dance technique.

Contemporary Modern II (AGES 11-14)

Mondays, 6:15pm–7:15pm with Toya Chinfloo
Dancers will hone their technical skills in contemporary and modern dance, fusing modern dance technique from Horton, Dunham, and Graham to a range of various popular and cultural recording artists.

Modern III (AGES 13-17)

Mondays, 6:15pm–7:15pm with Jasmine Powell

This class is designed for students to learn, enhance, and challenge known and unknown applications of modern dance. Students will develop skills through warm-up, movement, memory, and whole-body choreography to magnify combinations through space. This class is great for those who have some dance background and wish to refine full-body integration, flexibility, strength, and technique that moves toward a well-rounded dancer. 

Pre-BALLET (AGES 4-5)

Thursdays, 4:15-5:00pm 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)
Introducción a Ballet (5-7 años)

Thursdays, 5:00-5:45pm 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 7-9)

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm 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 Technique I (ages 9-11)

Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15pm with Danielle Segretto

This class will focus on learning age-appropriate ballet terminology while developing the musculature to perform traditional ballet combinations with ease. We will practice ballet and dance terminology while using ballet exercises to improve strength, coordination and grace. The dancers will discuss intrinsically motivating themselves to work hard in all of their classes and the importance of practicing habits of perseverance to continue to grow as dancers and artists.

Ballet Technique II (ages 12-14)

Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15pm with Danielle Segretto
This class is for the young dancer that desires a higher level of technique and technical awareness of their movement. It is designed to build on previous ballet and dance knowledge, and also to focus on the correct alignment and kinesiological awareness that can be taught to this age group. We will evolve basic ballet movements into more challenging steps and concepts, building continued strength and body awareness.

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)
Fundamentales de Jazz (8-10 años)

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 11-14)

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.

HIP HOP I (AGES 7-9)

Saturdays, 11:00am–12:00pm with Jose Velasquez
Class description coming soon…

HIP HOP II (AGES 10-12)

Saturdays, 12:00pm–1:00pm with Jose Velasquez
Description coming soon…

HIP HOP III (AGES 13-17)

Saturdays, 1:00pm–2:00pm with Jose Velasquez
Description coming soon…

 

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