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

Registration for the 2017-18 program year is now open!

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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 and are held at Moving in the Spirit’s The Beam Theatre. Moving in the Spirit’s 2017-18 school year classes begin Monday, September 11. Prior dance experience for this program is not required.

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 imagination and creativity.

Select from one class series:

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

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
  • Thursday from 5 PM-6 PM
  • Saturday from 11 AM-12 PM
  • Saturday from 12 PM-1 PM

Ages 8-12, Girls: Girls in Motion

Girls in Motion students expand their training in modern dance technique and learn basic elements of partnering. They study the fundamentals of choreographic structures, improvising and experimenting with new ways to combine movements and vary their use of the key dance elements. Girls in Motion students also explore ways to express meaning through dance, collaborating and problem-solving with their peers to create choreography for their class.

Select from one class series:

  • Tuesday from 6 PM -7 PM
  • Wednesday from 6 PM-7 PM
  • Saturday from 1 PM-2 PM

Ages 8-12, Boys: Boys in Motion

Boys in Motion students study modern dance, hip hop and the basic elements of partnering. Led by alumnus Chris McCord, they study the fundamentals of choreographic structures, improvising and experimenting with new ways to combine movements and vary their use of the key dance elements: space, time, and energy. Boys in Motion students also explore ways to express meaning through dance, collaborating and problem-solving with their peers to create choreography for their class.

Classes are only available Saturdays from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM

Ages 13-18, Boys & Girls: Collective Motion

Collective Motion students study modern dance, improvisation and partnering. They gain a nuanced understanding of dance terminology and body awareness and deepen their facility with the key elements of dance: space, time and energy. Collective Motion students collaborate with one another to generate artistically expressive dances that are interesting and varied in form and structure. Focus is also given to practicing critical and analytical thinking skills; students learn how to discuss their movement choices, provide constructive feedback to their peers and discover solutions together.

Classes are only available Mondays from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.