Descriptions

Adagio/Lift
with Keith Bonanni

Contact the studio to schedule a private session.

The art of cabaret-style partner lifts and moves. Beneficial to ballroom dancers, figure skaters, jazz dancers, and ballet dancers. Couples required. Males do not need dance experience.

Competition is available for serious dancers.



Ballet


Our classical ballet training emphasizes proper technique in a fun and supportive environment. All methods and techniques of ballet are taught, including both syllabus and non-syllabus classes. Cecchetti training and exam preparation (through the advanced level) are available upon request.


Adv. Adult Ballet with Colette Kenville
     Fridays, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Int. Adult Ballet with Amy Hutchison
     Sundays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

A relaxed ballet class for adults with prior ballet knowledge.


Beginning Ballet & Tap: Ages 3 - 5 with Victoria Gilbert
     Tuesdays, 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

Beginning Ballet & Tap: Ages 6 - 8 with Victoria Gilbert
     Tuesdays, 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Youth classes introduce the young child not only to dance basics but also teach them French ballet terms while having fun.


Cecchetti Grade 1 Ballet: Ages 9 - 12 with Victoria Gilbert
     Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Cecchetti Grade 2 Ballet with Victoria Gilbert
     Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Cecchetti Grade 2/3 Ballet with Victoria Gilbert
     Tuesdays, 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

These classes will prepare the student to take the Cecchetti exams.


Intermediate Ballet w/pointe: Ages 11 - 13 with Colette Kenville
     Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.

[Description coming soon]


Intermediate Ballet: Ages 11 - 13 with Colette Kenville
     Fridays, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Intermediate ballet for young teens. Various styles are taught including Cecchetti levels II, III, and IV.


Intermediate/Advanced Ballet: Ages 13 - 18 with Colette Kenville
     Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Higher level ballet for teens, for serious students only. Various styles are taught including Cecchetti levels IV, V, and VI.


Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Ballet: Ages 13 - 18 with Colette Kenville
     Fridays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

[Description coming soon]


Advanced Ballet: Cecchetti level VI with Colette Kenville
     By appointment

Contact the studio for class times.




Ballroom and Latin
with Louise Tamres


Contact studio for class times.

Private lessons are ongoing and available at your convenience.



Flamenco
with Holly Matthews


Saturday classes are scheduled around UM home football games. There are no classes for noon home games. Morning classes are held for home games with later kickoff times.

Classes will be held on these dates:
    Sept. 23, 30
    Oct. 14, 21
    Nov. 4, 11, 18
    Dec. 2, 9, 16

No class on Sept 9, 16, or Nov. 25. These are all noon games.

Tentative class days on Oct. 7 and Oct 28. These are games days, but times are TBA, so these are tentative and not included in the session fee.

Classes open to ages 16 and up.

Many classes are accompanied by live guitar.


Flamenco: Advanced Technique/Level 3
    Saturdays, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

High-level technique class, will continue work on all four coplas of Sevillanas with partners and castanets, and may learn partial or whole new choreography. Will review parts of previous dances, with sections examined as technical exercises or for developing speed, clarity, and personal expression.


Flamenco: Repertoire Levels 2 and 3
    Saturdays, 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

This mixed-level class will be used to refine dances we know, possibly learn new choreographies, and to practice improvisation and performance techniques. Prior placement in Level 2 or 3 required. Dances include Sevillanas, Tangos, Bulerias. New choreography may be added.


Flamenco: Intermediate Technique/ Level 2
    Saturdays, 11:30 pm - 12:30 pm

Mid-level technique class, will continue work on all four coplas of Sevillanas, adding arms and partners to some, with some castanet-work, and may learn partial or whole new choreography. Will review parts of previous dances, with sections examined as technical exercises or for various technical aspects or personal expression.


Flamenco: Beginning Technique/Level 1
    Saturdays, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

No prior flamenco experience necessary. Will look at basic elements of flamenco dance, including posture, footwork, arms, hands, rhythms, palmas. Will work with both 4/4 rhythm and introduction to the 12-count rhythm. Minimum of 3 people needed to register for whole session, or class subject to cancellation.


Class fees:

Payment: $150.00 for all 10 classes in the session. Or, drop-in rate of $18.00 per class.

The tentative classes (10/7 and 10/28) will be charged separately, at $15.00 per class.


** For all Flamenco classes **

Dancers may wear a long skirt or pants and flamenco shoes are highly recommended. Character shoes are acceptable, if already owned. If buying new shoes, however, flamenco shoes should be purchased.
Flamenco shoes may be purchased at Flamencoshoes.com. Contact instructor via email at hollyamatthews(at)hotmail(dot)com for help in choosing shoes. Skirts may be ordered from discountdance.com.



Hip-Hop
with Dana Kornmeier


Beg. Hip-Hop: Ages 9 - 13
     Wednesdays, 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Hip-Hop: Ages 14 - adult
     Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

These high energy, athletic, fast paced classes can be taught to anyone with a passion to move. No prior dance experience is required, but be prepared to build stamina and strength, all while developing artistry and technique. Classes will encourage students to step outside the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to movements, while also learning basic movements, warm-ups, across the floor, choreography and combinations.





Jazz Dance


Beginning Jazz Dance: Ages 9 - 12
with Victoria Gilbert
     Mondays, 5:30 - 6:15

This class will work on basic jazz dance technique as well as proper stretching for increased flexibility. Ballet encouraged as a companion class, but not required.


Intermediate Jazz Dance: Ages 10 - 13
with Victoria Gilbert
     Tuesdays, 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.

[Description coming soon]


High School Jazz Dance
with Victoria Gilbert
     Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

[Description coming soon]



Latin and Salsa
with Louise Tamres


Beginning/Continuing Salsa
Contact studio for next scheduled classes


Private lessons are ongoing and available at your convenience.




Lyrical
with Sarah Tsung

Beginning Lyrical: Ages 10 - 13
     Thursdays: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

A class to begin developing artistry and strengthen technical elements. Goals include expressing yourself to music, learning new movement patterns, and enhancing overall confidence in dance. (Contact teacher if unsure on whether Beginning or Intermediate Lyrical is the best fit for growth!)


Int./Adv. Lyrical & Competition Team: Ages 14 - 18
     Thursdays: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

A class focused on expanding and refining artistry and technical skills/tricks. Goals include combining sequences fluidly, demonstrating flexibility and control, and pushing oneself to explore new movements and expressions of the body. (Contact teacher if unsure on whether Beginning or Intermediate Lyrical is the best fit for growth!)

The team only succeeds with hardworking, motivated students-- Absences need to be pre-approved. After auditions the first week, students will learn and perform choreography, develop teamwork skills, and rehearse for competition in the spring. Goals include developing performance skills, perfecting technical elements, and learning to dance in a cohesive group.

Suggested: 3+ years of dance experience, double pirouettes, and right and left splits

Required: A love of dance and a strong work ethic

Note: Class registration does not include competition fees.




Social Dance Survival
Workshop taught by Louise Tamres

Dazzle your friends at the upcoming office party, wedding reception, or social gathering -- no more dreaded sway-of-death and good-bye to two left feet! A few easy steps are all you need to get on the dance floor and to dance to a wide variety of music.

The next scheduled workshop: TBD


Special workshops can be scheduled on an individual basis.




Swing
with Louise Tamres


Note: Social dance classes are for couples. If you do not have a partner, please contact the studio ahead of time and we will place you on a wait-list. We strive to maintain lead/follow balance.


Beginning Swing
Contact studio for class dates

Swing to a wide variety of music: Big Band, Motown, Oldies and Rock 'n' Roll -- all the way to today's top music hits. Learn this fun and simple dance so that you can bop and boogie away at the next party!


Intermediate Swing
Contact studio for class dates

For dancers who want to improve their skills in East Coast Swing. West Coast Swing will be covered if there's enough interest. This is a drop-in class for couples -- please bring your own partner. Each lesson will cover different material and figures.


Private lessons are ongoing and available at your convenience.




Tap


Beginning Ballet & Tap: Ages 3 - 5 with Victoria Gilbert
     Tuesdays, 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

Beginning Ballet & Tap: Ages 6 - 8 with Victoria Gilbert
     Tuesdays, 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Youth classes introduce the young child not only to dance basics but also teach them French ballet terms while having fun.


Beginning Tap: Ages 9 - 12 with Victoria Gilbert
     Mondays, 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

[Description coming soon]


Tap: by invitation only with Victoria Gilbert
     Tuesdays, 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.




Private Lessons

Private lessons are available by appointment for all levels of any dance type (not just those listed above), for ballet of all levels, and for wedding preparation. To make an appointment, contact the studio.



Wedding Dance Lessons & Social Dance Crash Courses

Private bridal dance lessons or crash courses in social dancing are available upon request.

We work with many bridal couples either privately or in groups. Private lessons are customized to meet your needs and goals. Some couples are interested in working to a particular song, whereas others want general skills to dance during the reception. Our approach does not use choreography; a planned routine tends to stress the groom unless he has prior dance training. Our strategy is to teach you a basic step that fits your music, and then work on a few variations that fit your skill level. Your moves can be flashy or simple based on your personalities and abilities. We'll talk about a clean start and finish, and having fun while you're dancing. The more lessons you take, the more material we can add. Our goal is to make you comfortable with your big day rather than stressing about your solo dance. Most couples schedule 2 to 3 private lessons.

A one-hour session for up to 3 couples costs $75. The cost increases to $100 per hour for private groups of 4 or more couples.

Contact the studio to schedule your lessons or to request more information.