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Afro-Jazz New Class!

Afro-Jazz is a fusion of a number of styles and forms, including traditional West African dance, African-American social dances, Afro-Caribbean dances and traditional jazz dance styles. Students should be barefoot and should wear comfortable clothing for this upbeat class. Open to all levels, most especially the enthusiastic beginner!

Fall 2014

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Sept. 3-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26)

Instructors: Jessi Knight
Fees (14 weeks): $154

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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.

Fall 2014

Beginning:Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Sept. 9-Dec. 9 or
Wednesdays, noon-1 pm, Sept. 3-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26) or
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Sept. 3-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26) or
Sundays, 3-4 pm, Sept. 7-Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30)
Fee (14 weeks): $154

Advanced Beginning: Thursdays, 5:30-7 pm, Sept. 4-Dec. 11 (no class Nov. 27) or
Saturdays, 12:30-2 pm, Sept. 6-Dec. 13 (no class Nov. 29)
Fee (14 weeks): $196

Barre Only:Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm,Sept. 8-Dec. 8
Fee (14 weeks): $154

Intermediate:Mondays, 7:30-9 pm, Sept. 8-Dec. 8 or
Saturdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, Sept. 6-Dec. 13 (no class Nov. 29)
Fee (14 weeks): $196
Drop-ins: $17

Mixed-level: Thursdays, noon-1:30 pm, Sept. 4-Dec. 11 (no class Nov. 27 or
Sundays, 2-3:30 pm, Sept. 7-Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30)
Fee (14 weeks): $196

Pointe/Pointe Prep: Sundays, 3:30-4 pm, Sept. 7-Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30)
Fee (14 weeks): $77 (must also take 2 pm class preceding)

Instructors: Christiana Barnett-Murphy (Sun. Mixed-level, Pointe); ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed. eve.); Danielle OldzieySegretto (Mon., Tues. eve., Wed. noon, Thurs. eve., Sat.); Lindsay Leonard (Thurs. noon); 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 intermediate 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.

Fall 2014

Beginning: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Sept. 8-Dec. 8 or
Sundays, 5-6 pm, Sept. 7-Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30)

Continuing: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Sept. 4-Dec. 11 (no class Nov. 27)

Instructors: Laylianah Mahasin (Mon., Thurs.); Cristina Velasquez (Sun.)
Fees (14 weeks): $154

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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!

Fall 2014

Sundays, 4-5 pm, Sept. 7-Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30)

Instructors: Priya Balagopal
Fees (14 weeks): $154

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Brazilian Dance

Come dance to the irresistible rhythms of Brazil! You’ll get a great workout in this fun class as you learn Afro-Brazilian dance styles from Bahia and Rio.

Fall 2014

Sundays, 4-5 pm, Sept. 7-Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30)

Instructors: Iya Silva and Adriana Freiberger
Fees (14 weeks): $154

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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.

Fall 2014

Beginning: Fridays, 5:30-7 pm, Sept. 5-Dec. 12 (no class Nov. 28)

Continuing: : Fridays, 7-8:30 pm, Sept. 5-Dec. 12 (no class Nov. 28)

Instructors: Jose Velasquez
Fees (14 weeks): $196

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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.

Fall 2014

Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Sept. 8-Dec. 8

Instructors: Danielle Oldziey
Fees (14 weeks): $154

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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!

Fall 2014

Beginning:
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Sept. 9-Dec. 9 or
Wednesdays, Sept. 3-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26) or
Saturdays, 3:30-4:30 pm, Sept. 6-Dec. 13 (no class Nov. 29)

Advanced Beginning: Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Sept. 3-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26)

Intermediate: Thursdays, 8-9 pm, Sept. 4-Dec. 11 (no class Nov. 27)

Instructors: LeBrandi Johnson (Wed Beg..); Jose Velasquez (Tues., Wed. Adv. Beg., Thurs., Sat.)
Fees (14 weeks): $154

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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.

Fall 2014

Beginning: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Sept. 3-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26)

Advanced Beginning: Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Sept. 8-Dec. 8

Continuing: Thursdays, 7:30-9 pm, Sept. 4-Dec. 11 (not Nov. 27)

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed., Thurs.);Becca Wilusz (Mon.)
Fees (14 weeks): $154 (Beg., Adv. Beg.); $196 (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.

Fall 2014

Beginning:
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Sept. 3-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26) or
Sundays, 2-3 pm, Sept. 7-Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30)
Fee (14 weeks): $154

Continuing:
Sundays, 7-8:30 pm, , Sept. 7-Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30) or
Saturdays, 11 am-12:30 pm, Sept. 6-Dec. 13 (no class Nov. 29)
Fee (14 weeks): $196

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford (Wed., Sun. Cont.);Justin Tornow (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.

Fall 2014

Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Sept. 4-Dec. 11 (not Nov. 27)

Instructors: ShaLeigh Comerford
Fees (14 weeks): $154

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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!

Fall 2014

Beginning: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Sept. 9-Dec. 9

Continuing: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm,Sept. 9-Dec. 9

Instructors: Whitney Goodman
Fees (14 weeks): $154

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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!

Fall 2014

Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Sept. 3-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26)

Instructors: McDaniel Roberts
Fees (14 weeks): $154

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CLASSES

Afro-Jazz
Ballet
Belly Dance
Brazilian Dance
Break Dance
Broadway Dance
Hip-Hop
Jazz
Lyrical/Contemporary
Modern
Shaga/People
Tap
West African Dance