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Ballet

Studying ballet is one of the most effective and elegant ways of improving posture, grace, flexibility, and strength. No experience needed for the beginning classes; one year of training is recommended for advanced beginning, barre and mixed-level classes, and at least two for intermediate. The Pointe/Pointe Prep class, which may be done in pointe shoes or on demi-pointe, will focus on ankle-strengthening exercises and is for students also enrolled in the mixed-level class preceding it.

Winter 2016

Beginning: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan. 5-March 8 or
Wednesdays, 12-1 pm, Jan. 6-March 9 or
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jan. 6-March or
Fridays, 12-1 pm, Jan. 8-March 11 or
Sundays, 3-4 pm, Jan. 10-March 13 Full
Instructors: Suzanne Beahrs (Tues.); ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed. eve.); Raina Lucas (Wed. noons); Nicki Miller (Fri. noons); Leah Wilks (Sun.)
Fee (10 weeks): $110

Advanced Beginning: Thursdays, 5:30-7 pm, Jan. 7-March 10 or
Saturdays, 12:30-2 pm, Jan. 9-March 12
Instructors: Nicki Miller (Thurs.); Danielle Segretto and Jessi Knight (Sat.)
Fee (10 weeks): $140

Barre Only: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan. 4-March 7
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
Fee (10 weeks): $110

Intermediate: Mondays, 7:30-9 pm, Jan. 4-March 7 or
Saturdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, Jan. 9-March 12
Instructors: Nicki Miller (Mon.); Danielle Segretto and Allie Pfeffer (Sat.)
Fee (10 weeks): $140
Drop-ins (intermediate only): $17

Mixed-level: Wednesdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 9 or
Sundays, 2-3:30 pm, Jan. 10-March 13
Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed.); Nicki Miller (Sun.)
Fees (10 weeks): $140

Pointe/Pointe Prep: Sundays, 3:30-4:30 pm, Jan. 10-March 13
Instructor: Nicki Miller
Fee (10 weeks): $110 (must also take 2 pm class preceding)

Instructors: See above

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Ballet Repertory

Want the fun and satisfaction of learning extended choreographies from contemporary and classical ballets? After a short ballet barre, you’ll learn excerpts from famous ballets such as Swan Lake, as well as pieces by contemporary choreographers like George Balanchine and William Forsyth. At least one year of recent ballet experience needed.

Winter 2016

Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jan. 4-March 7

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Belly Dance

Experience the fun and energy of this ancient dance form! Beginners will enjoy low-impact aerobic exercise as they learn the basic moves of Middle Eastern dance. The continuing class, for dancers with at least 1-2 years of basic belly dance experience, will teach more challenging hip movements, dancing with finger cymbals and veils, and floor work.

Winter 2016

Beginning: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jan. 7-March 10 or
Sundays, 4:30-5:30 pm, Jan. 10-March 13

Intermediate: Thursdays, 7:30-8:30, Jan. 7-March 10

Instructors: Laylianah Mahasin (Thurs.); Cristina Velasquez (Sun.)
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Break Dance


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Break dancing originated in NYC in the early 70's and is one of the Four Elements of Hip-Hop. In this physically demanding, beginning-level class, you’ll learn moves such as toprocking, uprocking, and freezes, as well as footwork and power moves. Young people under 13 admitted with instructor’s permission.

Winter 2016

Fridays, 6-7:30 pm, Jan. 8-March 11

Instructors: Jose Velasquez
Fees (10 weeks): $140

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Broadway Dance

You can pretend you’re a star on Broadway in this fun musical theatre class! After a warm-up and across the floor exercises, you’ll learn simple combinations from musicals such as The Wiz and Chorus Line, among others. For beginners as well as those with some dance experience.

Winter 2016

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 5-March 8

Instructors: Becca Wilusz
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Cape Breton Step Dance New!

Cape Breton step dancing is a Celtic style of percussive dance from Nova Scotia, Canada. Made popular in the US by performers such as Natalie MacMaster and Leahy, Cape Breton dancing is fun and accessible. This class will focus on variations of the basic reel step used for performing and social dancing. Students should wear comfortable clothing and hard-soled or non-sticky shoes. The class will be geared towards absolute beginners, but dancers of all levels of experience are welcome!

Winter 2016

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 5-March 8

Instructors: Stephanie Johnston
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Dance Video Divas

Have you ever watched a Beyoncé or Britney video and wanted to learn the dance yourself? This class (formerly known as Beyoncé and Beyond) shows you how to do just that! After a short warm-up, this fun class will focus on a step-by-step breakdown of the original choreography from your favorite music videos (with credit to the choreographers of course). We'll even take requests! Don't miss your chance to dance like Michael, Janet, Beyoncé, N*Sync, J.Lo, Aaliyah and more!

Winter 2016

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 9 Full or
Thursdays, 7-8 pm, Jan. 7-March 10 Full or
Saturdays, 5-6 pm, Jan. 9-March 12 New Section!

Instructors: Erika Vinson (Wed., Thurs.); Ashonda Johnson (Sat.)
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Hip-Hop


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These classes teach a fast-paced, high-energy "MTV-style" dance. After a short warm-up, class will focus on learning aerobic dance combinations done to pop and hip-hop music. At least six months hip-hop experience recommended for advanced beginner class; one year for intermediate. Wear sneakers and be prepared to sweat!

Winter 2016

Beginning:
Mondays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Jan. 4-March 7 or
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan. 5-March 8 or
Saturdays, 3:30-4:30 pm, Jan. 9-March 12 Full

Advanced Beginning: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jan. 5-March 8

Intermediate: Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Jan. 7-March 10

Instructors: Ashonda Johnson (Mon.); Jose Velasquez (Tues., Thurs., Sat.)
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Jazz Basics

Start practicing your jazz walk and Fosse moves! Designed primarily for beginners, this fun and energetic class explores a range of jazz styles, with emphasis on basic techniques including isolations, turns, and leaps.

Winter 2016

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jan. 5-March 8

Instructors: Suzanne Beahrs
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Jazz Funk

Jazz Funk is an exciting blend of jazz and hip hop dance styles. This class begins with a thorough, heart-pumping warm up focused on mobility, strength and alignment. Then we dive into fun and funky choreography combining fluid, full-body jazz and hard-hitting funk and hip hop styles. Some dance or movement experience recommended, but adventurous beginners welcome!

Winter 2016

Fridays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan. 8-March 11

Instructors: Christina Conley
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Lyrical/Contemporary

Do you love SYTYCD? Based in ballet and modern dance, this contemporary lyrical class teaches a fluid choreography, often using emotion to motivate the movement. One year prior training recommended for the continuing class.

Winter 2016

Beginning: Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Jan. 5-March 8 or
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 9 Full

Intermediate: Thursdays, 8-9:30 pm, Jan. 7-March 10/p>

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed.); Nicki Miller (Thurs.); Becca Wilusz (Tues.)
Fees (10 weeks): $110 (Beg., Adv. Beg.); $140 (Cont.)

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Modern

Modern dance evolved as a rebellion against the formality of ballet; it is freer and more expressive but still emphasizes proper alignment and technique. No experience needed for the beginning class; one or more years of training recommended for continuing.

Winter 2016

Beginning:
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 9 or
Sundays, 2-3 pm, Jan. 10-March 13
Fee (10 weeks): $110

Mixed-level:
Thursdays, 11 am-noon, Jan. 7-March 10
Fee (10 weeks): $110

Intermediate:
Saturdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, Jan. 9-March 12 or
Sundays, 6:30-8 pm, Jan. 10-March 13
Fee: $140

Instructors: Suzanne Beahrs (Thurs.);ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed., Sun. Int.);Jessi Knight (Sat.); Leah Wilks (Sun. Beg.)

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Shaga

Inspired by the Gaga movement philosophy of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, this class presents an easy and fun way for beginners and experienced dancers alike to connect with their bodies in new, more authentic ways. Each class begins slowly and builds to continuous motion, providing enjoyable exercise for both body and soul.

Winter 2016

Sundays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Jan. 10-March 13

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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Tap


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Come dance the rhythm! Students in this mixed-level class will learn or review basic tap techniques and then progress to more complex steps and choreographed routines. Wear tap shoes or shoes that make noise!

Winter 2016

Beginning:
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 9
Intermediate:
Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 9

Instructors: Whitney Goodman
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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West African Dance Live drumming!

This fun, energetic, aerobic class is sure to get you in great shape. Traditional West African rhythm and dance styles will be explored for everyone to enjoy!

Winter 2016

Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Jan. 6-March 9

Instructors: McDaniel Roberts
Fees (10 weeks): $110

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CLASSES

Ballet
Ballet Repertory
Belly Dance
Break Dance
Broadway Dance
Cape Breton Step Dance
Dance Video Divas
Hip-Hop
Jazz Basics
Jazz Funk
Lyrical/Contemporary
Modern
Shaga
Tap
West African