Youth/Adult Dance Classes Fall 2018

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The fall session consists of 14 weeks of classes held from from September 8 to December 19 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. See below for exact dates. There are no classes during Thanksgiving week. 

Youth classes are $190 for the full session.  Adult classes are $15 drop-in or $110 for an 8-class card.

All classes are taught by Program Director, Kelly Silliman.  The NCFA 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.

Fall session dates: Tuesdays: September 11 through December 18; Wednesdays: September 12 through December 19; Saturdays: September 8 through December 15. No classes on November 20, 21, 24.

Classes:

Creative Dance: Ages 3-5 on Tuesdays 4 - 4:45pm; Ages 5-7 on Tuesdays 4:45 - 5:30pm; Ages 4-6 on Saturdays 9:30-10:15

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

Youth Contemporary Ballet: Ages 7-12 on Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm

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.

Youth Modern Jazz: Ages 7-12 on Wednesdays 4-5pm

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.

Teen Jazz/Musical Theatre: Ages 12+, on Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm

Rooted in jazz technique, students in this class will learn classic and original choreography to well-known musical theatre tunes, including Broadway through-the-ages and contemporary movie musicals. Singing is welcome but not required, and interested students may have the opportunity to create their own choreography!

Adult/Teen Ballet: Ages 14+ on Wednesdays 6:00-7:30

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 Modern Dance: Saturdays 10:30-12

This advanced beginning/intermediate modern class focuses on alignment, strength building/maintenance, and creative expression. Students will be guided through integrated warmups, locomotor exercises, and choreography, and are encouraged to listen to their bodies and modify movement as necessary, with support from the teacher.

About the Instructor:

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.

 

 

Hip Hop and Afro Fusion Dance Classes with Danielle Smith!

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Fridays, October 12th through November 16th (six weeks)
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

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.