Youth/Teen Dance Classes Winter/Spring 2018

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Session 1 (10 weeks): January 9 - March 21
No class February 20 & 21

Session 2 (9 weeks) March 27 through May 30
No class April 17 & 18
 

Youth classes are $140 for Session 1, $130 for Session 2.
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, Wednesdays 4-5pm
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.

Teen Ballet (ages 13+)
Ages 13+, Wednesdays 6-7pm
This is for teens wanting a great ballet class without committing to pre-professional training. Like the adult class, it is mixed-level and offers students a physical and mental workout while focusing on alignment and strength building in a healthy, welcoming environment. Students may wear leotards or comfortable exercise-wear. Taught by Kelly Silliman. NCFA dance classes are organized by age and taught with an individualized approach to accommodate all students’ experience levels.

Teen Ballroom/Social Dance
Ages, 13+, Tuesdays 5.30-6.30pm
Not your grandmother’s cotillion...think of this as Nohotillion! Students will learn the basics of social dances including swing, waltz, rumba, foxtrot, and tango, and skills such as leading and following, while gaining comfort and versatility in partner dancing. 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.

Valley Performance Playground: Movers and Shakers: Friday Morning Sessions with Drop-In Option

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10-week sessions on Friday mornings, 10-10:45 am

Winter Session: Jan 5-March 16 (No class Feb 23)
Spring Session: April 6-June 15 (No class April 20)

Go on a creative adventure each week with your child as you move your bodies and stretch your imaginations. Children will gain physical awareness and hone social skills as they explore the dynamics of movement and rhythm. The class is designed to give caregivers the opportunity to connect with their children in a joyful and playful environment and take home creative tools to incorporate into everyday life. A variety of music, imaginative props, and stories will be used to create a stimulating and fun creative movement/drama class. Ages: 18 mos-5 yrs, and their grown-ups Instructor: Sarah Marcus. Fees: $125 for each 10-week session, $225 for both sessions, $15 drop in, half-price for siblings 18mos-5 yrs, free for siblings under 18 months. For more information and to register click here .

Valley Performance Playground: Creative Drama After-School Class on Tuesdays Starting on January 2, 2018

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12 sessions on Tuesday afternoons

January 2-March 27 3:45-5:15 pm
(No class on Feb 20)

Each week, students will play theater and improvisation games and explore vocal and movement exercises as they create and develop original characters. Collaboration, careful observation, and creative thinking will be emphasized throughout the process as students gain theater technique and confidence. The session will culminate in an informal showcase for family and friends. Ages: 7-11. Instructor: Sarah Marcus. Fee: $225. For more information and to register click here .