Youth/Adult Dance Classes Winter & Spring 2019

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YOUTH/ADULT DANCE CLASSES WINTER/SPRING 2019

Classes begin January 29th and run through May 31st. All youth classes run in two 8-week sessions except Youth Hip Hop, which runs in two 6-week sessions. Adult classes are ongoing.

Creative Dance, Youth Modern Jazz: $110 per session
Youth Hip Hop: $85 per session
Adult Classes: $15/class or $110 for an 8-class card (must be used by May 31)

The Center for the Arts dance program is organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students' experience levels.

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
Taught by Jayme Winell
No class February 19th or April 16th

Students will learn basic ballet technique in a healthy, creative environment with plenty of time for dance games, creative movement, and improvisation!

Youth Modern Jazz
Ages 7-12, Wednesdays 4:30-5:30
Taught by Kelly Silliman
No class February 20th or April 17th

Learn upbeat, exciting moves to a variety of music including but not limited to jazz and pop. Emphasis is placed on strength and alignment in a fun and energetic environment.

Youth Hip Hop
Ages 7-12, Fridays 4:00-5:00pm
Taught by Danielle Smith
No class February 1st, 22nd, March 1st, April 5th, 19th, or May 3rd

"Hip" means knowledge and "Hop" means movement. In this course students will explore the history and movement dynamics of a variety of Hip Hop styles, including House dance, 90's Hip Hop and more!

Adult/Teen Ballet
Ages 14+, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30
Taught by Kelly Silliman
No class February 20th or April 17th

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! Geared towards adults but mature teens are very welcome!

Adult/Teen Hip Hop
Ages 14+, Wednesdays 4:30-5:30
Taught by Danielle Smith
No class February 20th or April 17th

This hip hop class offers students a physical and mental workout as students explore the history and movement dynamics of a variety of Hip Hop styles, including House dance, 90's Hip Hop and more! Geared towards adults but mature teens are very welcome!


Kelly Silliman is the Center’s Program Director, and 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 has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, performer, director, choreographer and scholar. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts, an MFA in dance from Smith College, and is the founder/director of the tinydance project.

Danielle Smith is an artist activist with a passion for integrating movement with community development and education. With a BA in Performing Arts  and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco, Danielle encourages students to find their own unique movement style by meeting students where they are, while challenging them to grow beyond that point during class. Dance movement concepts that will be explored during class are rhythm  comprehension, “freestylin”, and isolation—to name a few. By the end of class, students should expect smiling faces, a good workout, and the confidence to take what’s learned in class and apply it to other movement goals beyond the classroom.

Jayme Winell is a local dance artist, educator, and musician, and the co-director of the Center’s summer ArtPlay! program. She majored in dance at the San Francisco School of the Arts and holds a BA from Hampshire College in dance and theatre for community building.  Jayme is a collaborator with the tinydance project, teaches physical education at the Common School and plays music with a local band. She is thrilled to be teaching at the Center again in 2019!

Flamenco Dance Workshop with Melinda Marquez

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Sunday, December 2, 1-2:30 PM
Pre-register: nohoflamenco@gmail.com
All levels
$30

Everyone can dance flamenco. No experience needed. Be ready to explore 5-sense awareness as you move, and joyful engagement with workshop participants while learning flamenco basics.

Melinda Marquez, dancer and pedagogue, is the Artistic Director of The Melinda Marquez Flamenco Dance Center in New Haven, CT and Adjunct Lecturer in Dance (Flamenco) at Barnard College/Columbia University.

Her current performance project—with a focus on dancing the intergenerational—is "BATAlla: 12 Rounds/3 minutes each” which she is developing with dancer Ryan Rockmore, Co-founder and Co-director of "Al Margen Flamenco Company," in New York City.

In October of this year, Melinda presented her visual art installation “Emergence/a document of ideas, experience and change” at her New Haven studio as part of Artspace/City Wide Open Studios. She often collaborates with New Haven-based sculptor and painter Tony Kosloski on stage sets, photography, and videography.

Melinda is exploring and expanding her pedagogical approaches to flamenco, and credits her recent study with Juan Carlos Lérida (Barcelona and Seville), with clarifying many concepts and broadening her framework.

http://www.melindamarquezfdc.org
Facebook: Northampton Flamenco Arts
(413) 285-2212

Hip Hop and Afro Fusion Dance Classes with Danielle Smith!

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Fridays. Remaining dates in session: November 9, 16, 30, and December 7!
Fall session, $85, adult drop-ins $15/class.

5:30-6:30 Youth Hip Hop (ages 8+)
6:45-8:00 Afro Fusion Contemporary (Adult/Teen)

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.

Danielle Smith is an artist activist with a passion for integrating movement with community development and education. With a BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco, Danielle encourages  students to find their own unique movement style by meeting students where they are, while challenging them to grow beyond that point during class. Dance movement concepts that will be explored during class are rhythm comprehension, “freestylin”, and isolation—to name a few. By the end of class, students should expect smiling faces, a good workout, and the confidence to take what’s learned in class and apply it to other movement goals beyond the classroom. 

Ballet Beginnings with Katherine Bervera

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Ballet Beginnings is an introduction to ballet for children ages 6, 7 and 8 in a structured and nurturing environment. Students will learn the ballet positions, as well as basic steps including plies, tendus, port de bras and leaps. Students will also learn how to count music, and be introduced to strength building exercises. As the holidays approach, children are invited to audition for The Mini Nutcracker, and will learn Nutcracker dances in class. September 6–December 6 (13 weeks)

Thursdays 4:00-5:00
For ages 6, 7, 8
$180 for the session
$15 drop in

Payment can be made in person by cash or check. Please write checks to Katherine Bervera

For more information email academyofballetarts@hotmail.com

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance with Fritha Pengelly

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Winter Series: Mondays, January 7 – February 25, 10am – 12 noon

This class is for intermediate and advanced dancers who want to move and play in a variety of forms. Warm-up is influenced by several movement practices, including Pilates, Yoga, the Feldenkrais Method®, and Authentic Movement. Movement style will draw upon hip-hop, modern, ballet, breaking, martial arts, and improvisation. Come enjoy the pleasure of finding ease through gentle movement explorations and take that into dynamic, athletic dancing.

Fees - $120/series (NO drop-ins)
Please contact Fritha to register: frithap@earthlink.net

Zumba® with Melissa!

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During July and August, the class is on Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm. Beginning in September, the class moves to Mondays 4:00-5:00 pm.

Fee: $10.00 cash drop-in

Cardio, fitness and fun. Latin inspired music and dance. The only requirement is a love to dance! Classes are held in the downstairs studio. Please use lower level entrance adjacent to the parking lot.

Western MA Tango at the Center for the Arts

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Weekly classes on Thursdays and Sundays

Milongas and special events on the third Saturday of each month. For up-to-date details about times and fees, see website. Or email westernmatango@gmail.com

Western MA Tango is a dedicated group of tango dancers in Western Massachusetts with this mission: to collaborate with community members; to maintain a warm, welcoming tango family; to create opportunities for the exploration of this dance we love. Northampton gatherings take place in the downstairs studio at 33 Hawley Street. Please use the lower level entrance adjacent to the (free!) parking lot.

Body Structure Fundamentals with Lisa Leizman fall 2018

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Thursday mornings, 9-10 AM
September 13-December 13 except Thanksgiving

 

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 Fall 2018

MONDAY EVENINGS, 6-7pm

September 10-December 10 (No classes held on October 8 or November 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 Fall 2018

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Thursday mornings, 10-11 am
September 13-December 13 except Thanksgiving

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.