Class Offerings

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CALLIOPE CLASS (Ages 3-4)

Calliope curriculum for this age is based on pre-ballet, creative movement and tap. The focus is to teach children to express themselves through movement. Students will explore locomotive and non-locomotive movement, pathways, and directions using music and stories. The class teaches an awareness of oneself and one’s relationship to the world around them. In addition to physical advancement, the children will learn about communication, self-discipline, and confidence. Most important, the focus of creative movement is to discover the joy in movement and to have fun! Tap is included at the end of class to enhance rhythm and listening skills.


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CALLIOPE CLASS (Ages 5-8)

Calliope curriculum for this age is based on the basics of classical ballet and forms a foundation for future dance education. The class will teach primary skills while cultivating a love for movement and dance, including creative dance by using improvisation and modern dance to encourage the child’s development of self-expression and imagination. In some classes Tap is included at the end of class to enhance rhythm and listening skills.


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CALLIOPE CLASS (Ages 8-12)

While continuing to cultivate a joy in movement and dance, this ballet class for older children focuses more on technique and skill building. More complex choreography is also taught. And modern dance and improvisation are included to allow the child to explore movement and find freedom in the body and the natural creative skills.


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A BAILAR! CALLIOPE CLASS IN SPANISH

Students must be fluent in Spanish and prepared for a complete immersion experience. The same unique and fun lesson plans of our Calliope Class, structured around ballet, creative movement and tap. This class offers the young child an opportunity to strengthen their self-expression in the Spanish language through movement and body awareness. Language doesn’t come separate from culture; movement and verbal language are also inseparable. In this class we explore the Spanish language through dance, and we incorporate identity, history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries through music and stories. While having fun and exploring the body and movement, the children enhance their motor skills, rhythm, coordination, connect movement patterns developed at earlier stages and learn about confidence and relationships of body-space-others.


EXPLORATION OF DANCE AND MOVEMENT FOR BOYS (AGES 6-12)

We are thrilled to introduce Calliope’s Exploration of Dance and Movement for Boys this school year 2018-2019, which offers boys ages 6 to 10 the opportunity to learn a variety of movement forms from the best inspiring male teachers in the Bay Area. Over the course of the school year, this class will introduce the fundamentals of different forms of dance and movement: Ballet, Jazz, Capoeria, Yoga, Latin Dances, Modern, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip-hop, and African Dances, while keeping the fun learning environment that Calliope Dance Studio is known for.


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FLAMENCO CLASS (AGES 5-7)

This class offers the basics of flamenco such as the arm and hand movements known as braceo, some footwork technique and the use of the skirt with dance steps. Children will learn about flamenco rhythms and palmas (hand-clapping), as well as the use of castanets. The class will be taught in Spanish and the students will learn basic choreography in a fun, dynamic environment. Flamenco dance offers a unique way for girls ages 5-6 to develop rhythm, grace, proper alignment and posture, self-confidence and self-love!


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FLAMENCO CLASS (AGES 8-12)

This class offers the basics of flamenco such as the arm and hand movements known as braceo, some footwork technique, flamenco rhythms and palmas (hand-clapping), as well as the study of the Sevillanas and the use of castanets. Part of the class will be taught in Spanish and the students will learn basic choreography in a fun dynamic environment. Flamenco dance offers a unique way for girls ages 8-12 to develop rhythm, grace, proper alignment and posture, self-confidence and self-love!

Character shoes and a Flamenco skirt or a long, full skirt are required.


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FLAMENCO CLASS FOR MOM & DAUGHTER (AGES 5 AND UP)

Wonderful class for mom & daughter to be together as they experience the powerful form of Flamenco dance. The class offers the opportunity for mom & daughter to learn together the basics of Flamenco technique, footwork, Flamenco rhythms, palmas, choreography and the study of the Sevillanas. Flamenco dance offers a unique way to develop grace, agility, rhythm and coordination. A fun early evening out for mom & daughter!

Character shoes and a Flamenco skirt or a long, full skirt are required.


FLAMENCO CLASS FOR ADULTS

This flamenco class for adults covers basic flamenco technique including footwork, posture, overall coordination and turns as well as arm and hand movements. We will discover the various styles of flamenco and its unique rhythms and musical styles in a fun and supportive environment. A group choreography will be taught for an optional performance in May.

Character shoes and a Flamenco skirt or a long, full skirt are required.


WEST AFRICAN DANCE (Ages 6-12)

This class will begin with an in-depth yogic-style warm up, and the class will present various African music styles with the traditional dance that was created for each specific drum rhythm. All of the dances are celebratory and intended to be done with a smile. Maria’s teaching approach focuses on technique and breakdown of movements while creating a fun, comfortable and supportove atmosphere for children ages 6-12.


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PRIVATE DANCE LESSONS

Private Classes can focus on an area that the student wishes to develop. Some students choose to train in a specific dance technique, some wish to prepare for an audition or performance, while others focus on dance and movement therapy.