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!

Contemporary Dance Fundamentals by Madison Palffy


Contemporary Dance Fundamentals by Madison Palffy is for experienced dancers and new-comers alike who want to re-examine the building blocks of contemporary dance technique. Drawing upon Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body Mind Centering, and The Axis Syllabus, we will build skills and have fun! Classes aim to empower students by deepening anatomical knowledge and proprioceptive activation. We will expand our edges, move in and out of the floor, engage with improvisational scores, and perhaps find more ease and joy in our dancing!

Saturdays 10:30am - 12pm
First Session: January 12, 19, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9
Second Session: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4

$80 for an 8 week session if paid in advance. $150 for both 8 week sessions if paid in advance. $12-15 sliding scale drop in. Payment accepted in cash, check, or PayPal to

Madison is a dancer, performer, performance-maker, and visual artist originally from Chicago. Her work is a continual investigation of magic, the senses, mystery, wilderness, and failure. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College where she studied dance, performance, and queer theory. She has had the pleasure of performing in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Wendy Woodson, Paul Matteson, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Katie Martin, Lailye Weidman, Kate Seethaler, and Cathy Nicoli among others. Her work has been shown at Studio 303 (Montreal), The Iron Factory (Philadelphia), Ponderosa (Germany), The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (Northampton, MA), GreenSpace (NYC), Mascher Space Co-op (Philadelphia) and throughout New England. Madison is a founding member of LOCULUS, a dance and performance collective based in Northampton, MA that creates performances in non-traditional spaces and produces a quarterly journal. She teaches adult dance classes regularly through The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA and master classes through the Moving Target: Portland series.

For more information and payment options, including online payment, please go to Also, please feel free to contact me directly at

Ecstatic Dance!

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A bi-monthly dance journey to take us into self exploration and creative expression. We honor moving as the music inspires you in a judgement-free space designed to inspire easeful presence and energetic flow. GLOW is an opportunity to connect with your self, shake up your patterns, let free-form inspiration abound, and co-create a transformative experience.

Let carefully crafted musical journeys allow you to process emotions, exercise your body and mind, lift your spirits, and be welcomed by a vibrant local community as part of a global family in ecstatic expression. You can engage in the dance as you wish… through movement, meditation, expansion, observation, introspection, development, and connection.

You’ll be amazed at what emerges when you let go and just dance!

May 5th, 7-9:30 GLOW: “Swirl” with Deep Seize

May 19th, 7-9:30 GLOW: "EXPLORE" with DJ RA SO

May 29th 7-9:30 GLOW: "FLOW" with DJ EOKA

Ballet Beginnings and Creative Dance with Katherine Bervera

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Creative Dance will begin Saturday January 19 and go through Saturday March 30th from 9:15-10:15 AM for 10 weeks. The session is $130, and $15 for a drop in. 

Ballet Beginnings, for ages 7-9, will run from January 10 through May 16 from 4:00-5:00. $255 for the 17 week session or $15 for a drop in. Ballet Beginnings is an introduction to ballet 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.

$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

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance with Fritha Pengelly


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

Spring Series: Mondays, March 11 – April 9, 10am – 12 noon

Summer Series: Mondays, May 6 – June 24, 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:

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

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 Winter-Spring 2019

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Thursday mornings, 9-10 AM
January 17th - May 9th except march 14

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 level Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman Winter-Spring 2019


Monday, January 14th - May 6th (No classes held on January 21st, February 19th, April 15th)

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.


Intermediate Level Modern Dance with Lisa Leizman Winter-Spring 2019

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Thursday mornings, 10-11 am
Thursday, January 17th - May 9th, except March 14

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.


SPRING SESSION of Duncan Dance with Laura Pravitz


Mondays 1:00-2:30pm, April 15, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27
Fee: $60.00 for 6 week series.  Sliding scale pricing and financial aid are available, please email for details!

For more information or to register, email

Isadora Duncan has often been called the Mother of Modern Dance.  She felt that the real source of dance was to be found in nature and that movement should have meaning; spring from an inner impulse and be self-renewing. Rudolph Laban echoed this when he spoke of movement as “the inner drive to be felt on the outside”. 

This is a mixed level class for teens and adults interested in discovering the treasures of Duncan dance.  Classic Duncan principles of movement such as the role of the solar plexus as wellspring; musical expressiveness; and moving from an inner impulse alive with imagination are approached.  Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban’s space harmony support warm ups, phrases, motifs and choreographies that move us freely and joyously along the earth and toward the stars.  Original Duncan works from her vast and gorgeous repertory will be taught.

LAURA PRAVITZ, IDMA; CLMA; LICSW is a graduate in advanced standing from the Isadora Duncan International Institute (IDII). She performs and teaches Duncan dance and movement exploration classes in schools, senior homes, museums and studios in the Pioneer Valley and Boston, and continues her affiliation with the IDII dancers.  She teaches Duncan choreographies from a depth perspective, drawing on her background in Laban Movement Analysis and Imaginal Psychotherapy. She  produced, directed, and performed in concerts at Holyoke’s Historic Wistariahurst Museum to notable acclaim, and has presented at each of the Isadora Duncan International Symposia.  She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Clinical Social Worker, specializing in working with elders.