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Registration for the 2018-2019 dance session is now open!

AUGUST 13-MAY 19 (unless otherwise noted)

All classes are co-ed.

CLASSES FOR AGES 8-17:

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MONDAYS:

Breakdance

4:25-5:10 pm for ages 5-10

5:15-6:15 pm for ages 11-16

Hip Hop

6:20-7:05 pm for ages 8-12

7:10-7:55 pm (intermediate/advanced) for ages 13-17

Multi Genre (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary)

7:10-7:55 pm for ages 9-13 (strongly recommended for DEE)

Contemporary Technique*

5:05-6:05 pm (intermediate/advanced) for ages 13-17 (strongly recommended for DEC)

Pointe Performance

6:15-7:00 pm (intermediate/advanced) for ages 13-17 (by invitation only)

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WEDNESDAYS:

Tap/Jazz

4:45-5:30 pm (beginner/intermediate) for ages 8-14

Ballet/Modern

5:35-6:35 pm (beginner/intermediate) for ages 8-14 (fulfills requirement for DEW)

Acrobatic Dance

6:40-7:25 pm (beginner/intermediate) for ages 7-11

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THURSDAYS:

Tap

4:35-5:05 pm (upper intermediate) for ages 10-14

4:00-4:30 pm (advanced) for ages 13-17

Ballet Technique*

5:10-5:55 pm (upper intermediate) for ages 10-14 (fulfills requirement for DEE)

Modern

6:00-7:00 pm (upper intermediate) for ages 10-14 (fulfills requirement for DEE)

6:15-7:50 pm (advanced) for ages 13-17 (fulfills requirement for DEC - counts as two 45-minute classes))

Pointe/Pre-pointe Technique*

5:10-5:55 pm for ages 13-17 (fulfills requirement for DEC)

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SATURDAYS:

Ballet

11:00 am-12:00 pm (beginner/intermediate) for ages 8-12 (fulfills requirement for DEW)

Ballet Technique* (begins Sep. 1 and ends Apr. 27)

1:00-2:00 pm (intermediate/advanced) for ages 10-14 (fulfills requirement for DEE)

Pointe/Pre-pointe Technique* (begins Sep. 1 and ends Apr. 27)

1:00-2:00 pm for ages 13-17 (fulfills requirement for DEC)

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*Classes designated “Technique” will not culminate in a performance in the May Dance Showcase. Rather, the focus will be on improving dancers’ technical expertise in the genre of the class.

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Six-week Dance for Musical Theater Workshops (for Homeschool Students)

Dance for Musical Theater, Mondays 2:30-3:30 PM, Ages 10-17 ($100 or 2 payments of $60 each)

Tap for Musical Theater, Mondays 1:50-2:20 PM, Teens ($90 or 2 payments of $50 each)

(If enrollment is high enough, we have capability to run it as two separate classes using both studios at the same time. Younger students who are deemed capable of participating are welcome too.)

·         6-class series Aug 13-Sep 24 (no class Sep 3 Labor Day)

·         6-class series Oct 1-Nov 19 (no class Oct 15 Fall Break and Nov 12 Vet Day)

·         6-class series Jan 14-Mar 4 (no class Jan 21 MLK Day and Feb 18 Pres Day)

·         6-class series Mar 18-Apr 29 (no class Apr 22 Easter Mon)

Dance is integral to Musical Theater, and it's never too late to begin dance training! Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms, and most Musical Theater choreography is given using French terms from Ballet, so it's important to know those terms for auditions and rehearsals. (Auditions run quickly, so it's helpful to know the lingo.) Training in Tap and Jazz - and some knowledge of Ballroom dance and Partnering - can be incredibly helpful to the Musical Theater actor, as well. And of course - Broadway-style dancing isn't just about dance! It has a look and feel that must be conveyed to an audience. We'll cover all of these intricacies and aspects of movement in our Dance for Musical Theater Workshops at DancEast!  

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Breakdance is an energetic and often acrobatic style of dance that incorporates intricate footwork and even pantomime. It's a great way to burn a lot of energy while learning about rhythm and increasing strength and flexibility. Dancers of all ages love learning to be B-boys and B-girls at DancEast!

Hip Hop dance is a street-inspired style performed to hip-hop music and reflecting hip-hop culture. Each class includes an upbeat warm-up followed by urban dance choreography unique to the instructor's style.        

Multi Genre class will be something different each week! Dancers will participate in a great series of warm-up stretches and strengthening activities followed by learning a fun combination in one of the four class genres - Ballet, Modern, Jazz or Contemporary - each week.  

Acrobatic Dance is the perfect class for increasing flexibility and strength while also increasing dance ability. Not to be confused with Gymnastics, Acrobatic Dance is the performance of movement that requires balance, coordination and agility. Prior experience in dance and the ability to perform basic acrobatic movements (cartwheel, handstand, backbend) is a requirement for enrollment in the Monday intermediate-level class.       

Contemporary dance is the most current form of dance today, borrowing from Ballet, Modern and Jazz to create a uniquely 21st-century style of movement. Class at DancEast incorporates the choreographic aesthetic of the instructor with exciting and unique musical choices.

Pointe is the form of classical Ballet in which a Ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet wearing Pointe shoes. Enrollment in Pointe class requires prior approval by the studio owner.  

Tap turns a dancer's feet into percussive instruments, and it's a wonderful genre to help build musicality. Enrollment in either Thursday Tap class requires prior approval by the instructor.  

Jazz dance has its roots in African and European dance traditions, but it is a uniquely American style that developed in conjunction with the rise of Jazz music. Jazz class at DancEast is fun and energetic, and it allows dancers to showcase their individual styles through unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.

The Wednesday Tap/Jazz class will alternate between Tap one week and Jazz the next. After the first two weeks of class, students will be divided into two separate groups, to ensure that all students learn at the appropriate level and speed.  

Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized steps and gestures. Classical Ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful and fluid movements.

Modern dance, not to be confused with Contemporary dance, evolved during the late 19th/early 20th centuries as a means to move away from the classical movement of Ballet dance. In practice, it simultaneously borrows from and rejects the teachings of Ballet, incorporating such techniques as contract-and-release, emotion-based improvisation, use of gravity to enhance movement and pedestrian movement. Enrollment in either Thursday Modern class requires prior approval by the studio owner.  

The Wednesday Ballet/Modern class will include both Ballet and Modern each week. After the first two weeks of class, students will be divided into two separate groups, to ensure that all students learn at the appropriate level and speed.  

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