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.


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CUENTO, CANTO Y DANZA:
INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH THROUGH STORY, SONG, AND MOVEMENT

This class follows the Calliope method of dance and creative movement, combined with a puppet story, finger plays and songs, all focused on introducing children to the Spanish language. The rhythmic and repetitive sounds of rhymes and songs combined with storytelling and movement support children’s natural connection to their own bodies, others and space, coordination, communication skills, attention and memory. Children will enjoy dancing to Latin rhythms and benefit from a second language at a young age!


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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.


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This class adds Samba and Brazilian dance to the Calliope method. With samba’s poses students feel the confidence of a queen, the strong rhythm of a heartbeat. Samba’s off-the-beat polyrhythms stimulate children’s minds, like learning a new language. In this class, children will learn the samba basic step, how to move to the different drums, to follow the breaks, and to solo. Build your child’s confidence in a musical moment of total joy!


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WORLD DANCE (AGES 7-9)

Take a trip around the world with music and dance! This class is a unique and fun way for children to explore the music and dance of cultures from around the world. From India to Morocco to Polynesia each four week unit explores a different culture and its music and dance. Children will learn about different rhythms, musical instruments and costumes with visual aids (drums, finger cymbals, photographs, costumes) and story telling to enrich the experience of learning the dances. Dance steps are adapted and simplified to a suitable level for children to get plenty of exercise and have fun while getting a taste of each dance style.


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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.