DANCE

Rooted in the belief that dance is for everyone and every body, our dance program provides a variety of ways to discover the joy of moving. Physical, emotional, and social development, individual feedback, and engagement in collaborative dance making are hallmarks of our curriculum. Our program values and draws upon the varied and rich traditions of all dance forms to foster an appreciation and understanding of the universal language of dance.

 

Skill-building and movement vocabulary are woven into each lesson as students explore the artistry of dance as it relates to the school’s chosen curricular theme of the year. In our dance classes, students are celebrated as movers, performers, choreographers, and as a supportive community of dancers.

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YOUTH CLASSES 

Movers & Makers: Fundamentals

Ages 7-10 (open to all levels and abilities)
Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15pm

Jazz, musical theater, modern, ballet, and Latin dance styles are woven into this dance class that builds fundamental skills such as rhythmic and spatial awareness, coordination, and age-appropriate dance steps.  Additionally, students’ creativity is tapped into and fostered through guided improvisations as they are invited to create their own dance movements and phrases. Solo and group dances will be shared periodically throughout the year with family and friends and other audiences as determined in consultation with the students.

Dance Explorers

Ages 5-7 (without a caregiver)

Fridays, 4:15-5:00pm

This class uses a variety of music and dance genres to guide students in developing rhythmic and spatial awareness, coordination, self-confidence, and age-appropriate movement skills such as leaping, galloping, jumping, skipping, etc. This is the perfect introduction to the foundations of dance.

Move On!

Ages 16+

Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm

This inclusive dance class for ages 16+ welcomes developmentally disabled and neuro-typical participants in a collaborative atmosphere that celebrates individuality through movement. Participants will experience a fusion of hip hop, contemporary, tap, pop, and jazz dance styles throughout each session. Move On! Is a Dance Alliance outreach program presented in collaboration with the SPAC School of the Arts.

Movers & Makers: Landscapes

Ages 9-12 
Thursdays, 4:15-5:15pm

There are a variety of landscapes we travel through every day! How does space impact your mood and movement? What emotions does a variation of landscapes cause you? This class is designed to challenge the creative mind and explore the wonderful possibilities your body can create in space. The class will begin with a Contemporary and Improvised group warm up. Students will then focus on transitions, pathways, and obstacles designed to stimulate the imagination in relation to space. Creation will take place individually, in pairs, and in groups to choose pathways and their movement vocabulary for each obstacle.

Tap (Beginner Level)

Ages 8-12 

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Students will play the part of mover and musician in this beginner level tap dance class. Dancers will be introduced to the fundamentals of tap dance while developing their rhythmic and musical skills. This class honors the traditions and history of tap dance by exploring collaboration, social exchange, and improvisational play!

MUSICAL THEATRE
Teens - Sign up for both and get two back-to-back classes for the price of one!

Musical Theatre Dance

For Youth, Ages 8-12 

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm

For Teens, Ages 13-19 

Tuesdays, 7:05-8:05

This class immediately follows Acting the Song for Teens. Teens who register for both classes receive this 2nd class for FREE! (Discount is auto-applied at checkout when both classes are added to your cart)

Dance is an essential art form for every aspiring musical theatre performer. In this class, students will explore dances from a variety of Broadway shows and hit movie musicals as they develop skills as dancers and performers. Embracing the collaborative nature of musical theatre, equal focus is placed on supporting both individual growth and ensemble work, making this class the perfect fit for students of all levels and abilities with an interest in theatre and dance.

This class is geared to the beginner, but all levels are welcomed.

Acting the Song for Teens

Ages 13-19

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm

Musicals are stories, songs are stories - the role of a musical theater performer is to tell the story! In this class, students will learn a range of tools and techniques to enhance their musical theater performance skills. Students will be given a method for basic song preparation, tips for choosing material, and receive guidance on integrating body and voice. Students will learn how to interpret music, lyrics, and song structure in order to find a specific, connected interpretation of their own. Each student will work on a song of their choosing from the musical theater repertoire, receive one-on-one coaching in a group setting, and leave with a song that is ready to share with an audience! Open to all levels.

ADULT CLASSES

Contemporary Dance

Ages 18+

Thursdays, 6:45-7:45pm

Musicality is a key component of this open contemporary class. Warm-up exercises will draw on elements of basic release work, anatomic understanding, and structural soundness; with emphasis on breath and weight.  Based on the principles of Limon, Horton, Cunningham and Improvisational Techniques; the dancers will strive to achieve their individual goals by dancing from a neutral, relaxed body which will guide the dancer towards a new understanding of self-awareness.

Classes begin with a floor and standing warm-up followed by fun center and traveling exercises that focus on proper technique, spinal articulation (including contractions and spirals), musicality, and movement quality.

This class is geared to the beginner, but all levels, ages, and abilities are welcomed.

Ballet

Ages 18+ 

Thursdays, 8:00-9:00pm

This class will focus on alignment, foundation of technique, and movement quality. Dancers will experience a noncompetitive, nonjudgmental, and nurturing environment. Ballet will emphasize musicality, harmony and stage presence. Special attention will be placed on placement, injury prevention, and anatomically sound work. Ballet or fitness attire and ballet slippers are recommended.

This class is geared to the beginner, but all levels, ages, and abilities are welcomed.

Musical Theatre Dance

Ages 18+ 

Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00pm

Students will explore dances from a variety of Broadway shows and hit movie musicals as they develop skills as dancers and performers. Embracing the collaborative nature of musical theatre, equal focus is placed on supporting both individual growth and ensemble work, making this class the perfect fit for students of all levels and abilities with an interest in music, theatre, and dance. The relationship between music and movement will be explored, while a brief look into the historic and cultural significance provides a deeper understanding into the musical at hand.

This class is geared to the beginner, but all levels, ages, and abilities are welcomed.

Tap 

Ages 18+ 

Wednesdays, 6:45-7:45pm

Students will play the part of mover and musician in this open level tap dance class. Dancers will progress through the fundamentals of tap dance with increased speed while improving their rhythmic and musical skills. This class honors the traditions and history of tap dance by exploring historical tap dance repertoire, social exchange, and musical improvisation.

This class is geared to the beginner, but all levels, ages, and abilities are welcomed.

Ages 16+

Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm

Move On!

To register for this class, contact capitalregiondancealliance@gmail.com

using “MOVE ON!” in the Subject Line.

This inclusive dance class for ages 16+ welcomes developmentally disabled and neuro-typical participants in a collaborative atmosphere that celebrates individuality through movement. Participants will experience a fusion of hip hop, contemporary, tap, pop, and jazz dance styles throughout each session. Move On! Is a Dance Alliance outreach program presented in collaboration with the SPAC School of the Arts.

DAYTIME CLASSES

Lunchtime Series: Adult Ballet

Ages 18+

Thursdays 12:00pm-1:15pm

Open to all levels, this class will begin with a ballet barre that leads into across the floor and center choreography that taps into the artistry of ballet.

Ageless Dancer: Core de Ballet

Ages 50+

Tuesdays, 12:45-1:45pm

Class is offered both in person and virtually

CORE de BALLET’s format begins with a ballet-inspired warmup followed by floor work to improve core strength and stabilization. The class ends with a choreography segment to build fluidity of movement that allows participants to interpret the combinations at their own comfort level. Ballet or fitness attire and ballet slippers or split-soled sneakers are recommended. Please bring a mat for the floor portion. This hybrid class has both Zoom and in-person options.

Ageless Dancer: Barre & Balance

Ages 50+

Wednesdays, 12:45-1:45pm

Class is offered both in person and virtually

Barre & Balance will begin with forty-five minutes of classical ballet technique offerings modifications and variations to accommodate all levels. The final fifteen minutes will be a Standing Center segment to improve balance and link barre exercises together to create simple patterns. The class will build sequentially to enhance participants’ understanding of the mechanics of ballet movements. Ballet or fitness attire and ballet slippers are recommended. This hybrid class has both Zoom and in-person options.