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Swing Into Tap: 5-week absolute beginner series
If you want to learn tap from the very top, this series is for you.
In 5 weeks, we will cover the basics of 1) mechanics: weight transfer, body placement, balancing and how to touch the floor; 2) music: pulse, groove, time, rhythm and tempo; 3) technique: learning basic steps; 4) movement: so we have these steps....how do we dance what we hear?
All students will leave with a 1-page handout listing all the terminology and music theory concepts covered in class.
MONDAYS 6 pm - 7 pm
Afro-Cuban Modern Series: Beginner/Intermediate
Four 5-week series for beginner/intermediate levels:
Instructor: Leilani Chirino
Always with live drum accompaniment!
(January 3, 2018 - January 31, 2018)
This 5-week series will introduce students to the complex rhythms bought to Cuba by enslaved Africans from El Congo. Each lesson starts with a warmup which includes contraction and release technique, pelvic and torso undulations, stretching, and strength building. Traditional folkloric dances (Yuca, Makuta, and Palo) will be introduced. Finally, students will integrate the movements to Cuban contemporary/modern dance. All classes will be accompanied by live drumming. Take all 5 classes for $50 or $12/drop-in.
(February 7, 2018 - March 7, 2018)
This 5-week series emphasizes the music and dance of the Yoruba people of Africa which was brought to Cuba through slavery. Lessons begin with a warmup, isolations, stretching, and strength building. Each week, students will be introduced to an Orisha (a deity of the Yoruba faith), including the relevant music, stories, and movements. Lastly, students will integrate the folkloric movement and storytelling into modern dance. All classes will be accompanied by live drumming. Take all five for $50 or $12/drop-in.
(March 14, 2018 - April 11, 2018)
This 5-week series introduces students to Arara rhythms and dances of the Dahomean region in Africa. Students will be taught how to listen to the music and the basic folkloric steps, finally integrating the movements into a contemporary/modern sequence. All classes will be accompanied by live drumming. Take all five classes for $50 or $12/drop-in.
(April 18, 2018 - May 16, 2018)
This series will focus on choreography that combines Afro-Cuban folkloric dances with North American modern dance technique (Graham, Limon, Cunninham). All classes will be accompanied by live drumming. Take all five classes for $50 or $12/drop-in.
Flamenco Courses: Beginner and Intermediate
Four courses for beginner and intermediate levels:
Beginner courses: THURSDAYS 6-7:30
Intermediate courses: SATURDAYS 1-2:30
Always with live guitar accompaniment!
COURSE 1: PALMAS Y PIES (clapping and footwork)
January 11-February 8 (beg); January 13-February 10 (int)
During this 5-week session, students will work on expressing various flamenco palos (rhythms) with palmas (rhythmic hand clapping) and zapateo (percussive footwork). Each class will end with Sevillanas, a traditional dance done in pairs that stems from folkloric Spanish dance.
February 15-March 15 (beg); February 17-March 17 (int)
This 5-week session will concentrate on the movement of the upper body and locomotor movements. Students will learn braceo (the movement of the arms/port de bras) and floreo (the circular movement of the hands). Learning marcaje (simple movement patters that mark the beat) will allow us to combine skills of the upper and lower body. Students will also continue to learn Sevillanas, a traditional dance done in pairs that stems from folkloric Spanish dance.
COURSE 3: GIROS (turns)
March 22-April 12 (beg); March 24-April 14 (int)
Each week, we will focus one or more types of turns including vuelta normal, vuelta de pecho, vuelta quebrada, vuelta de tacón, vuelta de cadera, pirueta, and vuelta debulé. These skills will later be combined with the arms, marking steps, and footwork acquired in the previous sessions. Students will continue learning Sevillanas, a traditional dance done in pairs that stems from folkloric Spanish dance.
COURSE 4: COREOGRAFIA (choreography)
April 19-May 17 (beg); April 21-May 19 (int)
The last five weeks of our spring session will combine all of the skills from the previous three into original choreography. During this session, students will gain a greater understanding of how to “mount” or build a choreography around the singing (cante). This choreography will use steps and concepts learned in previous sessions. Students will continue learning Sevillanas, a couples dance that stems from folkloric Spanish dance.
Classical Indian Dance: 5-week series
January 18th-February 15th
In this 5-week series, students will learn the basics of Sattriya and Odissi, including footwork, arms, body placement and rhythmic study. The series will culminate will an in-studio showcase. Register here!