Dance

Exploration of the many faces of movement: Creative movement classes and workshops.


Contemporary Dance Classes

 

Ballet for Modern Dancers

Level: Beginner (0-2 years of dance experience)
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor:   Laura Curthoys
Price: $160 for 10- class series, $18 for drop-in. Register here>
Date: Wednesdays, starting April 11
Time: 4-5:30pm

Ballet technique for the modern dancer will enhance movement ability by encouraging fluidity without rigidity. This class builds a foundation of basic ballet technique and uses it as a springboard for fuller, more expansive movement. Students will focus on the mind-body connection and develop useful imagery and movement vocabulary for connecting with themselves, the space, and each other, using the building blocks of classical steps and positions. 

If you have questions about which level would be appropriate, please feel free to contact us.

Drop ins are welcome but are encouraged to RSVP to Laura at lecurthoys@gmail.com

 

 

Ballet for Modern Dancers

Level: Intermediate/Advanced (3+ years of dance experience)
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor:   Laura Curthoys
Price: $160 for 10- class series, $18 for drop-in. Register here>
Date: Wednesdays, starting April 11
Time: 5:30-7pm

Ballet technique for the modern dancer will enhance movement ability by encouraging fluidity without rigidity. This class builds a foundation of basic ballet technique and uses it as a springboard for fuller, more expansive movement. Students will focus on the mind-body connection and develop useful imagery and movement vocabulary for connecting with themselves, the space, and each other, using the building blocks of classical steps and positions. 

Drop ins are welcome but are encouraged to RSVP to Laura at lecurthoys@gmail.com

If you have questions about which level would be appropriate, please feel free to contact us.


Creative/Modern Dance in the style of Isadora Duncan

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Ages: 5-8
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust
Price: $80 for 5 class series. Register here>
Date: Thursdays, May 3- May 31st
Time: 4-5pm

In this class, students will be introduced to the work of Isadora Duncan, the mother of modern dance.  Though basic dance concepts and terminology may be introduced, our focus will be on cultivating the qualities we wish to see and express in the dance.  We will explore musicality as well as natural movements such as gesturing, walking, running, skipping and leaping. And we will work toward performing these movements joyfully, beautifully and expressively.  We will dance to classical music as well as poetry, as Duncan believed that children should be surrounded by all that is beautiful and good. Silk tunics will be provided for class.  Please wear a leotard or tank top and leggings, footless tights or shorts to go underneath.  

Class is limited to 8 students so pre-registration is recommended.


Teen/Adult Modern Dance

Instructor: Kelly Armbrust
Price:  $18 for drop in, $80 for 5 class series. Register here>
Date: Tuesdays, May 1- May 29
Time: 5:45-7:15pm

Dance is for everyone!  Join us as we explore the basics of modern dance.  Class will include floor work, standing center work, phrase work and improvisation.  We will focus on grounding/centering, connection/fluidity, use of space, our relationship to gravity and more.  Most importantly we will aim to leave class with a greater sense of presence and aliveness in our bodies. Dress comfortably for movement.  
 


Fundamentals I

Ages:  8-11 years
Instructor:   Kelly Armbrust
Price: $130 for 10- class series, $15 for drop-in. Register here>
Date: Saturdays
Time: 10:00-11:15am

This introductory class will explore fundamentals of modern dance through floor work, standing center work, traveling phrases and creative exploration of concepts.  We will work toward healthy, skeletal alignment, greater strength and flexibility, and attend to both our inner and outer experience of moving through space. Concepts will include grounding/centering, release/recovery, various forms of partner work and more.  No experience necessary.



Fundamentals II

Date: Saturdays, beginning Sept. 23rd
Time: 11:30-1
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust
Ages: 11-15
No experience necessary.
Price: $160/ten class punch card, $18/drop-in. Register here>

This class will explore fundamentals of modern dance through floor work, standing center work, traveling phrases and creative exploration of concepts.  We will work toward healthy, skeletal alignment, greater strength and flexibility, and attend to both our inner and outer experience of moving through space. Concepts will include grounding/centering, release/recovery, various forms of partner work and more.


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LEVEL 2-3

Date: Tuesdays
Time: 3:45-5:15
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust, Kate Gamble and guests
Ages: 11-18
Price: $18 drop in, $160 for 10 classes. Register here>

Using imagery and grounding techniques from somatic traditions, we will play with gravity, weight, release, and recovery to enliven our movement. Some experience necessary.


Improvisation and Composition

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Ages: 12 and up (younger students with dance training and approval from teacher may join the class)  
Instructor:   Kate Gamble
Price: $160 for 10, $18 for drop in. Register here>
Date: Thursdays, beginning January 18th
Time: 5:30-7pm

Through improvisational tools and structures we will create short solo group studies taking time to get and give constructive feedback.


Creative Movement

Ages:  5 – 8 years
Instructor:   Laura Curthoys
Price: $50-4 class series, $15 for drop-in. Register here>
Date: April 8, 22, 29 & May 6
Time:10-11am

This class is designed to help students explore concepts of space, shape, and rhythm through fun games and activities. Without the formal structure of specific techniques or pressures of performance, students are free to develop creative ways of moving and interacting with other students and with their environment. Each student is encouraged to use their own voice and style to express themselves through movement and interpret ideas, both individually and as a group.


Music & Movement Exploration

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Ages: 0-5 and their parents
Instructor:   Lisa Varno
Price: $12 per adult, $4 per child. 10- class pass, $140 and up
Date: Thursdays, beginning April 19
Time: 10-10:45am

Join our community of parents who are seeking a mindful and intentional way to connect with their 0-5 year old child through music and movement. Reawaken your creative spirit in this process-oriented class, and become inspired by the childlike sense of wonder and awe within both yourself and your child. Parents and children alike will be involved in a unique blend of creating & responding with movement and music as our vehicles. Much of the class will be inspired by Dalcroze Eurythmics, Laban Movement, and the research of Dr. John Feierabend, a leading authority on music and movement development in early childhood. No experience in music or movement necessary. If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing. -Zimbabwean proverb.

Lisa Varno has been a music educator for students ranging from pre-school through adults for over a decade. She holds a Master of Music in Music Education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Gordon College. Lisa taught choral music and general music in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania public schools and directed numerous choruses ranging in size from ten singers to 300. Aside from her public school experience, she served as the Associate Conductor of the Gordon College Children’s Choir, Assistant Conductor of the Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra Chorale, Girls’ Chorus Manager of the MMEA Northeastern Junior District Festival, Assistant Director of Choruses for the Gordon College Summer Music Academy, and is the founding director of the Martha’s Vineyard Children’s Chorus. 

For questions email Lisa at lisa.varno@gmail.com. To register, click here!