Ballet Repertoire Class
Saturday 4:15 p.m. (Prepoint and Point Students)
Instructor: Josephine Chindemi
Students learn to dance by studying and internalizing the basic principles, in an effort to become self-reliant rather than imitating the movements executed by their teacher. Students learn to think of the movement of the foot, leg, arm, and head, not as something apart, but in its relation to the whole body, to develop a feeling for graceful lines. This class includes a comprehensive vocabulary of movement, development and maintenance of the dancer's abilities, barre work, center work, port de bras, alegro and choreographies.
Pre-Point and Point
Saturday 3:00 p.m. Pre-Point and 3:30 p.m. Point (students must grade 3, age 12+, and will be auditioned before entering class)
Instructor: Pepa Chindemi-Dodge
Our introduction to the study of pointe work safely concentrates on specific excercises designed to improve the strength and understanding of the technical demands needed for this realm of classical ballet. Students must have attained a minimum of Gr 3 Cecchetti with high standard, technically and physically prepared for this work, and physician approval. For the safety and well being of our students the following is assessed by our instructors before students are allowed to commence point work: correct posture, physical attributes and strength. Because serious foot deformities can result from starting pointe too early, pre-professional students do not usually begin dancing en pointe until after the age of 12 and it should be discouraged for others. Student's physician should ensure that the dancers' feet have ossified sufficiently if students starts pointe work earlier. It is dangerous to start en pointe at such a young age without orthopedic approval because the bones in the feet are still growing and can be permanently damaged. Otherwise, students are ready for pointe when they can hold their turnout from the hips while performing center combinations, hold a proper ballet position (straight back, good turnout, etc.), pull up correctly in the legs, and balance securely in releve because dancing en pointe requires one to use the entire body, including the legs, back, and abdominal muscles.
(Primary, Standard 1, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Standard 4, Grade 4)
Instructors: Pepa Chindemi and Teresa Rios
This is a class for young ballet students wanting to obtain the highest training in ballet using the Cecchetti Method. Students are trained in a rigorous system drawn up with careful regard for the laws of anatomy, and it is designed to endow the human body with all those qualities essential to the dancer…balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, “ballon” and so fourth. Students are required to attend 2 + classes a week of ballet in order to take annual exams under Cecchetti USA. On Thursdays Standard 2 to Grade 5 are given an Open Ballet Class.
Primary: Minimum 5 years old and maximum 6 years old (Saturday 11:30 a.m.)
Standard 1: Minimum 7 years old and maximum 11 years old (Thursdays 4:00 p.m)
Grade 1: Minimum 8 years old and 1 year of continuous ballet background (Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.)
Standard 2: Minimum 9 years old and 2 years of continuous ballet background (Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. & Thursdays at 5:00 p.m)
Grade 2: Minimum 10 years old and 3 years of continuous ballet background (Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. & Thursdays at 5:00 p.m)
Grade 4: Minimum 11 years old and 4 years of continuous ballet background (Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. & Thursdays at 5:00 p.m)
Grade 5: Minimum 12 years old and 5 years of continuous ballet background (Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. & Thursdays at 5:00 p.m)
(Minimum age 4/maximum age adult)
Wednesday 7:00 p.m. age Teen/Adult (beginner/intermediate)
Yela! Learn basic Middle Eastern dance, also known as, Belly Dance. This class will focus on Oriental/Balady technique, rhythms, musical interpretation, finger cymbals, choreography and improvisation. Students will also learn basic undulations, accents, shimmies and traveling steps, as well as, understand the cultural aspects, props, and regional dances.
(Minimum age 7/maximum age adult)
Friday 7:30 p.m. age 7-12 (beginners) and Mondays 8:15 p.m. ages 7-12 intermediate
Tuesday or Friday 8:30 p.m. age 13+ (beginner/advance)
Instructor: Contramestre Versatil
Capoeira is a manifestation of the Brazilian culture with unique characteristics. It is a mix of fight-game-dance that is accompanied by the sound of instruments like “berimbau”, “pandeiro”, “atabaque”, clapping, and chants. Besides being a form of self-defense, Capoeira is an excellent exercise for all.
Folklorico (minimum age 4/maximum age 17)
Instructor: Lilia Muniz
Students in this beginners class will learn the rich culture heritage and unique characteristics of some of Mexico’s Bailes Regionales (Regional Dances). This class will teach several different regions in Mexico by its costumes, music (instrumentation), and dance (footwork, skirt work, partnering and pattern styles).
Monday 4:30 p.m. age 4-6 (beginner)
Monday 5:45 p.m. age 7-12 (beginner/intermediate)
Monday 7:00 p.m. age Teen/Adult (beginner/intermediate)
Tahitian (minimum age 4/maximum age adult)
Instructor: Ilima Pumphrey
Friday 5:30 p.m. age 7-12 (beginner/intermediate)
Friday 6:30 p.m. age Teen/Adult (beginner/intermediate)
Welcome to the beautiful world of Polynesian dance. In this class students will learn the basics of Tahitian dance, its language and the cultural roots. Your child will learn the fast pace movements of Otea, the graceful sway movements of Hula and the lovely hand story telling of Aparima. Aloha!
Kumu Hula (minimum/maximum age 18+)
Instructor: Leilani Ishii (Leilanileikukuiokalani)
As traditional instructors I strive to provide a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian Hula, which includes history, legends, Hawaiian language, songs, ‘oli or chants, crafts, lei and costume making. More than just a dance, Hula is a tradition that allows us to preserve a rich culture and share the beauty and spirit of aloha with everyone we meet. Classes are taught in an open and fun environment. We look forward to sharing the joy, beauty and power of the dances, songs and culture of Hawai’i!
Wednesdays 8:00 p.m. TEEN/ADULT
Flamenco (minimum age 4/maximum age adult)
Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. age 7-12 (beginner/intermediate)
Instructor: Angelica Vazquez
Olé! Become a passionate Flamenco dancer. Our beginning level classes consist of floreo & braceo (hand & arm movement), zapateado (footwork), various rhythms, castanets, flamenco vocabulary. Students in this class will be learning sevillanas and flamenco rumba. Come let the energy in you out!
Hip Hop (minimum age 4/maximum age adult)
Saturday 12:45 p.m. age 4-6 (beginner)
Saturday 2:00 p.m. age 7-12 (beginner/intermediate)
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. age Teen/Adult (intermediate/advance)
Instructors: Don Sevilla and Kristin Santiago
Learn basic old school and new school hip hop from the best. Students will be taught the basics of the following styles: old school-looking, top-rock’n, up-rock’n, footwork and powermove, new-school street dance. Come have fun with the best!