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

Registration for the 2018-19 program year will reopen on Monday, December 10, 2018.

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 2018-19 school year classes begin Monday, September 10. 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 2:15 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 1:15 PM-2:15 PM

Tuition: $50/month

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 -7:15 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 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 available Saturdays from 10:00 AM-11:15 AM.

Tuition: $50/month

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

A beginning level ballet class for students ages 8-12. The class is designed to help young dancers with posture, flexibility, endurance, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence. It is a structured ballet class consisting of a traditional warm-up, strengthening exercises, center floor practice and ‘across the floor’ movement phrases.

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

Classes are available Tuesdays from 5 PM – 6 PM

Tuition: $45/month

Ages 8-12, Boys & Girls: Rhythmic Fusion (Pre-Teen)

This beginning level class leads dance students ages 8-12 through a progression of Hip Hop, Jazz and West African dance styles. Classes emphasize musicality and body alignment, conditioning, stretch and strengthening, rhythm and stylization as well as fun and innovative choreography.

*Must also be enrolled in Girls in Motion, Boys in Motion, Men in Motion or GLOW 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 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 available Saturdays from 2:15 PM-3:45 PM.

Tuition: $50/month

Ages 13-18, Boys & Girls: Teen Ballet

In this class, students ages 13+ will study ballet at an advanced beginner/intermediate level. The class will help dancers with posture, flexibility, endurance, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence. It is a structured ballet class consisting of a full barre, strengthen exercises, center floor practice and ‘across the floor’ movement phrases.

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

Classes are available Mondays from 5 PM – 6:30 PM

Tuition: $45/month

Ages 13-18, Boys & Girls: Teen Rhythmic Fusion

In this class students ages 13+ will study a progression of Hip Hop, Jazz, and West African dance techniques at an advanced beginner/intermediate level.  Classes will be taught through the practice of technique, supplemented with discussion and viewing of videos. Classes emphasize musicality and body alignment, conditioning, stretch and strengthening, rhythm and stylization as well as fun and innovative choreography.

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

Classes are available Wednesdays from 5 PM – 6 PM

Tuition: $45/month