Summer of Dance is about developing skill, sweating, and having fun. It’s about creating community and encouraging each other to push beyond our boundaries to develop a stronger level of physical control and expression. It’s not about competing. Combinations are not repeated so if you miss a class, you’re not behind.
Summer of Dance Juniors are welcome to take the 6:00 p.m. class Monday-Thursday. ALL OTHER CLASSES MUST BE WITH INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION. ABSOLUTELY NO DANCER UNDER 16 WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE BURLESQUE/FOSSE CLASS.
Burlesque/Fosse: This class celebrates the style that Bob Fosse made so famous. Not intended for dancers under 16, this class uses the power of body isolations and sexuality to evoke expression. We’re bringing sexy back.
Musical Theatre 1: This class focuses on basic terminology, character, technique development and combination retention. Good for beginners or dancers who are looking to brush up their skills and technique. Appropriate dance shoes are recommended (jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, character shoes).
Musical Theatre 2: This class explores the various styles of dance that musical theatre encompasses. It teaches and reinforces technique and terminology. The level of this class varies, but traditionally it’s considered intermediate to advanced. Beginners are recommended to take Musical Theatre 1. Please wear dance shoes (jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, character shoes).
Musical Theatre 3: This class is for the advanced dancer. The teachers and styles may change from week to week. Audition situations will be the focus of this class so come prepared to learn quickly. Feedback will be given. Appropriate dance shoes required (jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, character shoes).
Tap 1: This class focuses on the fundamental building blocks of tap, including terminology, technique, balance, weight shift, and clarity of sound. It’s perfect for the “never-tapped-before” dancer or the “I took a class one time in college” performer. It’s always good to review the basics. All levels welcomed. Tap shoes recommended.
Tap 2: This class moves a little faster than Tap 1. It still reinforces the same building blocks but introduces more combination work. Tap 2 is good for beginner/intermediate levels or for dancers looking to brush up their skills. Tap shoes recommended.
Tap 3: This is an intermediate/advanced class that moves faster than the beginning class and focuses more on pick-ups, pull-backs, and more intricate combination sequences. Not recommended for beginners. Tap shoes required.
Techo Ballet: This is ballet practiced to a funky beat. This class focuses on terminology, strengthening and stretching, and is open to all levels. However, the more advanced ballet students might find it more intermediate. This class is perfect to help create line, strength, flow of movement, control, balance, and foundation of terminology that is essential in all forms of dance. Please wear appropriate dance shoes. Ballet shoes or bear claws are good.
Contemporary Dance: This class introduces more of a modern dance sensibility. It focuses on technique and expression, and floor work and leaps are part of this class. All levels are encouraged to attend, but this class tends toward a more intermediate or advanced dancer. Ask the instructor for alternate moves if needed. Please wear appropriate dance shoes. Bare feet are fine.
Turns and Leaps: This class focuses more intently on various turns and leaps that are used in most classes. Turns and Leaps will develop your balance, technique, strength, and understanding of the art of turning and jumping. This class is recommended for the student who is looking to make a profession in musical theatre. Please wear appropriate dance shoes. Street sneakers not recommend.
Hip Hop: This class is for the student who loves the dancing they see in a music video. It’s a more urban expression with a whole new sensibility that will challenge dancers of all levels. Hip Hop is fun and fast-paced and focuses on isolation, weight shift, strength and endurance. Combinations change every class. All are encouraged to attend but the beginner dancer will need to have patience and determination. Please wear appropriate dance shoes. Street sneakers are okay.
Michael Barnard, Producing Artistic Director / Vincent VanVleet, Managing Director