Youth Dance Classes Spring 2018

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SPRING Session (9 weeks) March 27 - May 30
No classes April 17 & 18

Youth classes are $130 for 9-week sessions EXCEPT for Youth Contemporary Ballet which is $115 for an 8-week sessions beginning on Tuesday, April 3.
Registration is ongoing, and there will be informal showings at the end of each session!

To register, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable by cash or check to "NCFA." They can be paid in person on class day or mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

Creative Dance
Ages 3-5, Tuesdays 4 - 4:45pm
Ages 5-7, Tuesdays 4:45 - 5:30pm

Students will learn basic ballet technique in a healthy, creative environment with plenty of time for dance games and creative movement. Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

Youth Contemporary Ballet
Ages 7-12, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm (Note: 8-week session begins on April 3)
This class offers the fundamentals of ballet training and choreography from a contemporary perspective. Emphasis is placed on strength and alignment in a creative, healthy environment. Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.


Youth Modern Jazz
Ages 7-12, Wednesdays 5-6pm
Learn upbeat, fun moves to a variety of music including but not limited to jazz and pop. Emphasis is placed on strength and alignment in a creative, energetic environment. Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

About the Instructor:

Kelly Silliman is an experienced dance educator who emphasizes healthy alignment, integrated warm-ups, individualized attention, and having fun while exploring movement and music material. Students are encouraged to develop movement patterns intended to serve their bodies long term, and to think about why we move the way we do and how the lessons of dance class can apply to life outside the studio. Kelly holds an MFA in dance from Smith College, and is the founder/director of the tinydance project. She is also Program Director for NCFA.

 

Adult Dance Classes Spring 2018

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SPRING SESSION (9 WEEKS) MARCH 27 - MAY 30
NO CLASSES APRIL 17 & 18

Adult Classes are $15 drop-in or $110 for an 8-class card

Adult Ballet
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm
This is a mixed-level ballet class that offers students a physical and mental workout while focusing on alignment and strength building in a healthy, welcoming environment. No leotards necessary here, comfortable exercise-wear is just fine! Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

Adult Ballroom
Tuesdays 6:30-8pm
This class offers instruction in various social dance styles including swing, rumba, cha cha, foxtrot, waltz, tango, night club two-step, and hustle. Each month two dances will be taught, and each class will build on the one before, while also accommodating students who drop-in. All levels welcome, and no partner is necessary (but you can come with one if you want!). This class takes a progressive approach to "ballroom gender norms." Taught by Tom Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

About the Instructors:

Kelly Silliman is an experienced dance educator who emphasizes healthy alignment, integrated warm-ups, individualized attention, and having fun while exploring movement and music material. Students are encouraged to develop movement patterns intended to serve their bodies long term, and to think about why we move the way we do and how the lessons of dance class can apply to life outside the studio. Kelly holds an MFA in dance from Smith College, and is the founder/director of the tinydance project. She is also Program Director for NCFA.


Tom Silliman, an IT professional, has been dancing socially since 1995, when he discovered that it's actually possible to train two left feet to dance comfortably. Because he started as an adult, he is skilled at introducing dance steps and technique in easy-to-understand ways. During college, Tom took ballroom lessons both socially and competitively, and competed in the collegiate ballroom circuit in Boston, MA. He began teaching in Tucson in 2000, but it was in Virginia where he had the opportunity to develop his class structure and teaching style, which focuses on leading/following skills and helping students feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor. Tom is excited to be teaching again in this area, and is available for private lessons and wedding prep in addition to the weekly social dance class.

Body Structure Fundamentals with Lisa Leizman Winter/Spring 2018

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Thursday mornings
January 25-May 17, 9-10 am

Fee: $15 single class or $64 8-class card. Cash or check to be paid to the instructor.

What do you get when you integrate dance technique with conditioning and flexibility training, principles of structural alignment, and Floor Barre methods? Body Structure Fundamentals! Develop a strong foundation of healthy alignment and deepening physical awareness. All of this while lying down on the floor.

Advanced Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman Winter/Spring 2018

MONDAY EVENINGS, JANUARY 22-MAY 14, 6-7 PM
EXCEPT FEBRUARY 19

Explore a variety of technical skills drawn from modern and contemporary dance, classical ballet, floor barre and more! Moving combinations, floorwork, conditioning and flexibility training encourage healthy alignment and the development of artistry, rhythmic awareness and expression. Fee: $15 single class or $64 8-class card. Cash or check to be paid to the instructor.

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Intermediate Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman Winter/Spring 2018

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Thursday mornings
January 25-May 17, 10-11 am

Fee: $15 single class or $64 8-class card. Cash or check to be paid to the instructor.

Explore a variety of technical skills drawn from modern and contemporary dance, classical ballet, floor barre and more! Moving combinations, floorwork, conditioning and flexibility training encourage healthy alignment and the development of artistry, rhythmic awareness and expression.