Center for the Arts Youth Dance Classes Fall 2019

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Classes begin September 9th and run through December 21st, with no class the week of November 25th. Youth classes are a 14-week session for Fall 2019.

Youth Classes: $190 per session

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 at programs@nohoarts.org 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, Wednesdays 4 - 4:45pm * Ages 5-7, Wednesdays 4:45 - 5:30pm * Ages 4-6, Saturdays 9:30-10:15am

Wednesday classes taught by Jayme Winell, Saturday class taught by Sofia Engelman

Students will learn the fundamentals of dance technique in a healthy, creative environment. Time will be spent on alignment, vocabulary, and foundational steps with plenty of time for dance games, creative movement, and improvisation!

Caregiver/Child Creative Dance, ages 1.5-3 (caregivers and siblings attend) Mondays 9:30-10:15am, taught by Sofia Engelman

Dancers learn the beginnings of basic dance technique through movement games and exercises. Students will gain self-confidence, awareness, coordination, and focus all while engaging their creativity.

Youth Creative Jazz, ages 7-12, Wednesdays 5:30-6:30, taught by Jayme Winell

Students will learn upbeat, exciting moves to a variety of music including but not limited to jazz and pop, and get to experiment with choreography. Emphasis is on strength, alignment, and creative play in a fun and energetic environment!

Youth Modern Dance, Ages 7-12, Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm, taught by Sofia Engelman

This Modern dance class will emphasize freedom of movement and expression alongside technique. Drawing from traditional and contemporary forms, dancers will expand their kinesthetic awareness through practice of across the floor and center combinations, improvisation, floor work, and performance skills. We suspend, release, and find the floor.

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, and an ELL tutor in the Greenfield Public Schools. She is thrilled to be teaching at the Center again in 2019!

Sofia Engelman is a local dance artist who enjoys working with students of all ages. Sofia has presented choreographic works independently and alongside partner and collaborator Em Papineau at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), Judson Church (NY), Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (MA), FRESH Festival (CA), The Dance Complex (MA), and School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (MA). Sofia received a BA with highest honors in Dance from Smith College where she studied with artists including Jennifer Nugent, Paul Matteson, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, and David Dorfman and received the Excellence in Dance Studies Award. Sofia has held artistic residencies at The Living Room (ME) and Ponderosa in Germany, and is a Fall 2019 Artist in Residence at School for Contemporary Dance and Thought and The Dance Complex.

The Earth on Turtle’s Back — Isadora Duncan Dance for Children

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The Earth on Turtle’s Back

Isadora Duncan Dance for Children, taught by Laura Pravitz

Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm, ages 5-7, 10 week session begins September 19

Cost: $120.00. Please inquire about financial assistance.

For questions or registration, please contact Laura at laura.pravitz@verizon.net or 413-237-4978

“A child ought to dance as naturally as a plant grows. An inner force ought to come to the surface to find expression...in accordance with nature” —Isadora Duncan

Classes weave themes drawn largely from nature into warm ups and dance phrases, introducing children to the philosophy and foundations of Duncan dance. Story, image and musical attunement inspire our steps as we walk, run, skip, and leap along the earth and towards the stars.

Adult Ballet with Kelly Silliman

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Mixed Level Adult/Teen Ballet, ages 14+, Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm, taught by Kelly Silliman

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!

Classes begin September 9th and run through December 21st, with no class the week of November 25th.

Adult classes are drop-in, $15/class or $110 for an 8-class card

For more information please e-mail programs@nohoarts.org.

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.

Adult Beg/Int Modern Dance with Sofia Engelman

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Beg./Int. Adult/Teen Modern, ages 14+, Saturdays 10:30am-12:00pm, taught by Sofia Engelman

Classes begin September 14th and run through December 21st, with no class November 30th.

Adult classes are sliding scale of $12-15 for drop ins, and an 8 class card is $95. No one turned away, please contact sofiaengelman@gmail.com for more information regarding the class or payment.

This Modern dance class is open to new and experienced movers ages 14+ who wish to find joy in dancing. Drawing from traditional and contemporary forms, dancers will expand their kinesthetic awareness through practice of across the floor and center combinations, improvisation, and floor work. In an inclusive, body-positive atmosphere, we suspend, release, sweat, and find the floor.

Sofia Engelman is a local dance artist who enjoys working with students of all ages. Sofia has presented choreographic works independently and alongside partner and collaborator Em Papineau at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), Judson Church (NY), Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (MA), FRESH Festival (CA), The Dance Complex (MA), and School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (MA). Sofia received a BA with highest honors in Dance from Smith College where she studied with artists including Jennifer Nugent, Paul Matteson, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, and David Dorfman and received the Excellence in Dance Studies Award. Sofia has held artistic residencies at The Living Room (ME) and Ponderosa in Germany, and is a Fall 2019 Artist in Residence at School for Contemporary Dance and Thought and The Dance Complex.

ISADORA DUNCAN TECHNIQUE with Laura Pravitz

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MONDAYS 1 - 2:30pm, beginning September 23rd.

Fee: $72.00 6 week series/ $15.00 single class

Contact: laura.pravitz@verizon.net, or 413-237-4978 for registration or inquiries about financial assistance 

Scroll down for information about the optional repertory class extension.

ISADORA DUNCAN TECHNIQUE CLASS: 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. 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”. 

ISADORA DUNCAN REPERTORY CLASS: Duncan’s works will be taught as an extension of the Duncan Technique class. Duncan’s vast treasury of original choreographies is replete with exquisite jewels, each in turn tender, playful, powerful, or fierce; each an embodiment of a mood; myth; aspect of being human; reflection of the natural world. Chopin, Brahms, Gluck, Schubert, Scriabin, and Schumann are some of the composers whose works spoke to Duncan, inspiring choreographies that were “illuminations of the soul”; “music incarnate”. Please inquire at: laura.pravtiz@verizon.net, or 413-237-4978. 

About the teacher:

LAURA PRAVITZ is an affiliate of the Isadora Duncan International Institute (IDII) and a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. She has been performing and teaching Duncan dance and movement exploration classes in schools, senior homes, museums and studios in the Pioneer Valley and Boston for over 25 years, and dances with the IDII dancers. Laura 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, and has presented at each of the Isadora Duncan International Symposia.


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 2019

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Thursday mornings, 9-10 AM
Sept 19 — Dec 12, no class Nov 28

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 Fall 2019

MONDAY EVENINGS, 6-7pm

Sept 16 — Dec 9, no class Oct 14 and Nov 25

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 Level Modern Dance with Lisa Leizman Fall 2019

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Thursday mornings, 10-11 am
Sept 19 — Dec 12, no class on Nov 28

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.