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Stepping Stones (Ages 3-18, Boys & Girls, Open Level)

2019-2020 Class Schedule

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Stepping Stones is Moving in the Spirit’s open-level offering, providing one-hour age-appropriate dance classes each week to students ages 3-18. Classes run September through May. Moving in the Spirit’s 2019-2020 school year classes begin Monday, September 9. Prior dance experience is not required to join this program.

Stepping Stones dance classes provide participants with creative movement experiences that encourage positive behavior and leadership skills. Students learn fundamental modern dance techniques while addressing core values of discipline, commitment and responsibility. Emphasis is placed on building positive self-image, self-awareness and respect for others. Stepping Stones dancers of all ages collaborate with their teaching artists and peers to create choreography, which they premiere in an exciting year-end show with other Moving in the Spirit students.

Class Attire:

Girls should wear black footless tights or leggings and a black leotard. Boys should wear a black sports shirt and black pants or shorts.

Stepping Stones Classes

Ages 3-4, Boys & Girls: Baby Steps

Creative movement, improvisation and basic modern dance technique are used to introduce students to the primary elements of dance, build foundational locomotor and non-locomotor skills, and explore their imaginations while developing social, emotional, and cognitive skills.

Select from one class series:

  • Tuesday from 4 PM-5 PM
  • Saturday from 10 AM-11 AM
  • Saturday from 2:15 PM-3:15 PM

Tuition: $50/month

Ages 5-7, Boys & Girls: Mini Steps

Students continue building fundamental modern dance technique while learning dance terminology, refining body alignment, and exploring spatial relationships, timing/tempo and different movement qualities. They also create choreographic phrases with their peers, practice observational skills and experience opportunities to teach and lead their peers.

Select from one class series:

  • Tuesday from 5 PM-6 PM
  • Saturday from 11 AM-12 PM
  •         Saturday from 12 PM – 1 PM

Tuition: $50/month

Ages 8-12, Girls: Girls in Motion

Girls in Motion students expand their training in modern dance technique and learn the basic elements of partnering. They study the fundamentals of the choreographic process, improvisation, and experiment with new techniques to combine movements and vary their use of the key dance elements: space, time, and energy. Girls in Motion students also explore ways to express meaning through dance, collaborate and problem-solve with their peers to deepen self-awareness and enhance leadership skills.

Select from one class series:

  •         Monday from 5 PM – 6:15 PM
  • Tuesday from 6 PM -7:15 PM
  • Wednesday from 6 PM-7:15 PM
  • Saturday from 1 PM-2:15 PM

Tuition: $50/month

Ages 8-12, Boys: Boys in Motion

Boys in Motion students study athletic styles of dance, including: hip-hop, capoeira and partnering. They learn the fundamentals of improvisation and experiment with new ways to combine movements and vary the key elements of space, time, and energy to create choreography. Boys in Motion students problem-solve with peers and learn leadership skills through dedication, discipline and collaboration.

Classes are available Saturdays from 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Tuition: $50/month

Ages 8-12, Boys & Girls: Pre-Teen Ballet & Jazz

This is a beginner/advanced beginner technique class for students ages 8-12. The class will expose students to the discipline of ballet by emphasizing posture, flexibility, endurance, and balance. Students will also study the style of jazz, exploring its rich history in American dance through the use of rhythm and syncopation.  This Movement Lab is a structured class consisting of a traditional warm-up, strengthening exercises, center floor practice and ‘across the floor’ movement phrases. It is specifically designed to build confidence through increased technical ability.

*Must also be enrolled in Girls in Motion, Boys in Motion, or Men in Motion  to participate in the year-end performance.

Classes are available Thursdays from 5 PM – 6 PM

Tuition: $45/month

Ages 8-12, Boys & Girls: Preteen West African/Hip Hop

This beginner/advanced beginner class exposes students ages 8-12 to the fundamental elements of Hip Hop and West African dance styles. This Movement Lab is specifically designed to enhance the developing students’ technique. Class emphasizes musicality, conditioning, strengthening, rhythm and stylization, as well as innovative choreography.

*Must also be enrolled in Girls in Motion, Boys in Motion, or Men in Motion to participate in the year-end performance.

Classes are available Saturdays from 12 PM – 1 PM

Tuition: $45/month

Ages 13-18, Boys & Girls: Collective Motion

Collective Motion students study modern dance, improvisation and partnering. They gain a deeper understanding of dance terminology and body awareness, and expand their application of space, time and energy to create choreography. Collective Motion students collaborate with one another to generate expressive dances. Focus is also given to developing critical and analytical thinking skills. Students learn how to discuss their movement choices, provide constructive feedback to peers and discover solutions together. Students are also encouraged to enroll in our new Movement Lab, “The World of Dance”, specifically designed for teens ages 13+.

Classes are available Saturdays from 2:15 PM-3:45 PM.

Tuition: $50/month

Ages 13-18, Boys & Girls: The World of Dance

In this survey class, students ages 13+ will study the fundamentals of ballet, jazz, hip-hop and W. African.. This Movement Lab is specifically designed to complement enrollment in Collective Motion and enhance technical skills. The class will help dancers with musicality, posture/alignment, flexibility, endurance, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence.

*Must also be enrolled in Collective Motion to participate in the year-end performance.

Classes are available Mondays from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tuition: $45/month