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Traveling this summer?

During the summer session ONLY, we will prorate fees for absences of two or more weeks if you tell us the dates you will be missing when you register. As always, you may also make up classes missed for any reason in any other class we offer. Make-up classes must be taken by Aug. 29 and may be taken in advance.

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. The Babywearing class is a beginning-level class for moms wearing their babies!

Summer 2015

Beginning: Wednesdays, 12-1 pm, June 10-Aug. 26 or
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 10-Aug. 26 or
Thursdays, 7-8 pm, June 11-Aug. 27 or
Fridays, 12-1 pm, June 12-Aug. 28 or
Sundays, 3-4 pm, June 7-Aug. 23
Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed. eve.); Lindsay Leonard (Wed. & Fri. noons until 7/17); Nicki Miller (Wed. & Fri. noons from 7/22); Leah Wilks (Sun. until 6/21); Suzanne Beahrs (Sun. from 6/28, Thurs.)
Fee (12 weeks): $132

Babywearing:Thursdays, 11 am-noon, June 11-Aug. 27
Instructor: Lindsay Leonard (until 7/16); Suzanne Beahrs (from 7/23)
Fee (12 weeks): $132

Advanced Beginning: Thursdays, 5:30-7 pm, June 11-Aug. 27or
Saturdays, 12:30-2 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (no class 7/4)
Instructors: Nicki Miller (Thurs.); Melana Tysowsky (Sat. until 7/11); Suzanne Beahrs (Sat. from 7/18)
Fee (12 weeks): $168

Barre Only:Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 8-Aug. 24
Instructor: Suzanne Beahrs
Fee (12 weeks): $132

Intermediate:Mondays, 7:30-9 pm, June 8-Aug. 24 or
Saturdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (no class 7/4)
Instructors: Lindsay Leonard (Mon. until 7/13); Melana Tysowsky (Sat. until 7/11); Suzanne Beahrs (Mon. from 7/20; Sat. from 7/18)
Fee (12 weeks): $168
Drop-ins: $17

Mixed-level: Thursdays, 12-1:30 pm, June 11-Aug. 27 or
Sundays, 2-3:30 pm, June 7-Aug. 23
Instructors: Lindsay Leonard (Thurs. until 7/16); Nicki Miller (Thurs. from 7/23, Sun.)
Fees (12 weeks): $168

Pointe/Pointe Prep: Sundays, 3:30-4 pm, June 7-Aug. 23
Instructor: Nicki Miller
Fee (12 weeks): $66 (must also take 2 pm class preceding)

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed. eve.); Lindsay Leonard (weekday noons); Nicki Miller (Sun. Mixed-level, Pointe); Danielle Segretto (Mon., Thurs. eve., Sat.); Leah Wilks (Sun. Beg.)

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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.

Summer 2015

Beginning: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 11-Aug. 27 or
Sundays, 4-5 pm, June 7-Aug. 23

Continuing: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30, June 11-Aug. 27

Instructors: Laylianah Mahasin (Thurs.); Cristina Velasquez (Sun.)
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Beyonce and Beyond New Class!

Have you ever watched a Beyoncé or Britney video and wanted to learn the dance yourself? This class shows you how to do just that! After a short warm-up, this fun, low-key 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

Summer 2015

Mondays, 8:30-9:30 pm, June 8-Aug. 24 FULL or
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 10-Aug. 26

Instructors: Erika Bianca Vinson
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Bhangra

Bhangra is a high-spirited, high-energy folk dance from Punjab, India. Traditionally performed at harvest celebrations, Bhangra has become popular worldwide. Basic steps and simple but lively choreography will be taught; this class is excellent aerobic exercise!

Summer 2015

Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25

Instructors: Priya Balagopal
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Bollywood Dance New class!

Bollywood is the term for the dancing seen in popular Indian musical films, a fusion of styles including classical Indian, hip-hop, belly dance, Latin and more. This class will bring out your inner Bollywood superstar while giving you a fun workout!

Summer 2015

Sundays, 4-5 pm, June 7-July 12

Instructors: Smirthi Selvaraj
Fees (6 weeks): $66

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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.

Summer 2015

Fridays, 6-7:30 pm, June 12-Aug. 28

Instructors: Jose Velasquez
Fees (12 weeks): $168

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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.

Summer 2015

Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 8-Aug. 24

Instructors: Becca Wilusz
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Contemporary Ballet Repertory It's back!

Want the fun satisfaction of learning choreography from some well-known contemporary ballets? After a short ballet barre, you’ll learn excerpts from pieces by choreographers such as George Balanchine and William Forsyth. At least one year of recent ballet experience needed.

Summer 2015

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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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. Wear sneakers and be prepared to sweat!

Summer 2015

Beginning:
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25 or
Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, June 10-Aug. 26 or
Saturdays, 3:30-4:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (no class 7/4)

Advanced Beginning: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25

Intermediate: Thursdays, 8-9 pm, June 11-Aug. 27

Instructors: Jose Velasquez (Tues., Thurs., Sat.); Erika Vinson (Wed.)
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Irish Dance

Love Riverdance? Now you can do it, too! Irish step dance is characterized by a relatively immobile upper body, straight arms, and quick, precise movements of the feet. In this introduction to Irish step, we’ll tackle the subsets of soft-shoe technique: jigs, reels, and slipjigs. Irish dancing is great exercise, lots of fun, and there’s that fabulous, upbeat music. You gotta try this class!

Summer 2015

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, June 10-Aug. 26

Instructors: Megan Kelly Tisdale
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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Jazz Basics New class!

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.

Summer 2015

Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 8-Aug. 24

Instructors: Jessi Knight
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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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!

Summer 2015

Fridays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 12-Aug. 28

Instructors: Christina Conley
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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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.

Summer 2015

Beginning: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, June 10-Aug. 26

Advanced Beginning: Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm, June 8-Aug. 24

Intermediate: Thursdays, 7:30-9 pm, June 11-Aug. 27

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed.);Nicki Miller (Thurs.);Becca Wilusz (Mon.)
Fees (12 weeks): $132 (Beg., Adv. Beg.); $168 (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.

Summer 2015

Beginning:
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 10-Aug. 26 or
Sundays, 2-3 pm, June 7-Aug. 23
Fee (12 weeks): $132

Continuing:
Saturdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (no class 7/4) or
Sundays, 6-7:30 pm, June 7-Aug. 23
Fees (12 weeks): $168

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed., Sun. Cont.);Jessi Knight (Sat.); Leah Wilks (Sun. Beg. until 6/21); Suzanne Beahrs (Sun. Beg. from 6/28)

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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.

Summer 2015

Sundays, 5-6 pm, June 7-Aug. 23

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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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!

Summer 2015

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, June 9-Aug. 25

Instructors: Katie Moorehead
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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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!

Summer 2015

Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, June 10-Aug. 26

Instructors: McDaniel Roberts
Fees (12 weeks): $132

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CLASSES

Ballet
Belly Dance
Beyonce and Beyond
Bhangra
Bollywood Dance
Break Dance
Broadway Dance
Contemp. Ballet Rep
Hip-Hop
Irish Dance
Jazz Basics
Jazz Funk
Lyrical/Contemporary
Modern
Shaga
Tap
West African