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Class Descriptions

We have put our year-round classes on hiatus.  We’ll be talking about the future of our educational program at our Annual Meeting, Saturday, October 24th, from 2-4p at the Playhouse (910 Corry Street, Yellow Springs). This meeting is open to all and we are eager to hear what people would like to see in terms of educational offerings.  Please join us!

 

 

Beginning Ballet, Group A (grades 1-3), Group B (Grades 4 & up), with Ri Molnar

Students learn the fundamentals of ballet technique, such as learning how to: plié and jump with proper alignment,  stretch and strengthen the feet and legs,  dance with a clear sense of line, find a sense of fluidity.  There is an emphasis on creativity and musicality within the form. Most importantly, we highlight the sense of joy in dancing.

 

Adult Group Sing, (not currently offered) Sally Dennis

Learn to use proper breath support while fine tuning the ear and expanding your sense of musicality. Students enjoy the spirit and energy of singing and harmonizing together in a group.  Sally creates a relaxed atmosphere and tailors the material to the interests of the participants.  No singing experience is necessary.

 

Ballroom Dancing, Mondays 7:30-8:30PM, Adults, (Begins January 27th, 2014), Mario Kraszewski,

Mario teaches students and professionals in Latin, ballroom, rhythm, smooth, and theater art. This Ballroom Dancing class will include basic elements of the most popular social dances, including: swing, salsa, rumba, and merengue.


Wait, What?! Adult Stand-up/Improv,
 Tuesdays 7:00-8:30PM, January 7-February 11 Mama Kate

New! Explore the comic in you with local, award-winning comedienne Mama Kate. The class will use improvisational and other exercises to help you release the funny you have hiding inside. What better way can there be to chase away the winter blahs than by spending six weeks laughing at yourself and others? 


Hip Hop I
, Wednesdays 3:15-4:15PM, Grades 1 – 2, Jair Crooms

Hip Hop II, Wednesdays 4:15-5:15PM, Grades 3-6, Jair Crooms

Students in the Hip Hop classes who are enrolled in the Mils Lawn after school program may be escorted to and from the Presbyterian Church through an arrangement with the after school program.  Hip Hop is the only class that takes place in the church. All of the rest of the classes take place in The Playhouse, on the Antioch College Campus.

Hip Hop I and Hip Hop II instructor Jair Crooms is a dancer from Dayton, Ohio. His style of teaching allows his students to not only learn routines but also learn how to freestyle and improvise with their technique in various styles of dance. His routines consist mainly of popping, and break dancing, but also incorporate other styles, such as fishing, tutting, and krumping.

Acting Classes for Kids, Thursdays 4-5:20, Grades 3 and up, Fernando Romero

Students will develop acting skills as they prepare original work to be shared with families and friends.  Skills developed here in voice and movement and expression greatly enhance the quality of YSKP’s summer shows.

Club Glee, Thursdays 5:20-6:20PM, Grades 3-6, Sally Dennis

Club Glee is a singing class. We will work to develop and refine vocal technique through group and individual study and performance of classic and contemporary Broadway songs in a playful, positive and supporting atmosphere. Each session will include vocal and body warm-up exercises with a specific area of focus, solo or group singing with feedback, and time for practice. The final class time will be a performance of some of the pieces we have worked on.

Singing for Teens, (not currently offered)  Sally Dennis

Learn to use proper breath support while fine tuning the ear and expanding your sense of musicality. Students enjoy the spirit and energy of singing and harmonizing together in a group.  Sally creates a relaxed atmosphere and tailors the material to the interests of the participants.  No singing experience is necessary.

Fluid Core, Fridays 12-1PM, Adults, Jill Becker, Ongoing, drop-ins welcome!

 

Photo credit to Susan Gartner

In The Fluid Core, we do exercises and movement explorations that work deep, organic connections in the body. The result is greater freedom of movement, an increased sense of groundedness and an overall sense of well being.

Exercises are drawn from modern dance training and an eclectic mix of alternative approaches to moving well that have been used by dancers, musicians, athletes, and of course, everyday people. We will use music from around the world. Doing this work is akin to being your own body worker. You will learn strategies to use in daily life for greater ease of movement and freedom from pain.

Creative Movement , Saturdays, 11-11:45AM, Ages 3-Kindergarten, Jill Becker

In Creative Movement class we dance using images, such as a bird stretching her wings in the morning light or jumping puddles. The class begins with a group circle to gather the energy and focus. Children learn social skills, such as taking turns, listening to each other, knowing where each one’s own space is. We use props such as scarves and hula hoops. Sometimes we dance a book. The final class is open to parents to come and see what we have been doing in class.

Modern Dance/Ballet (not currently offered)

In Modern Dance/Ballet , students learn the fundamentals of ballet technique, such as learning to plié and jump with proper alignment, how to stretch and strengthen the feet and legs, and learning to move with a connected sense of flow. Modern dance technique adds the ability to play with the body’s weight, swinging, falling and rolling. Each class includes creative activities as the dancers learn to use their own ideas in creating dances together. The final class is open to parents to come and see what we have been doing in class.

Kindermusik: Our Time, (not currently offered), 18 months-3 years, Jill Becker,
Kindermusik classes follow a curriculum that is age appropriate and geared toward nurturing the development of the whole child. The work has been shown to provide a strong foundation for brain development, coordination and later musical activities. Classes are also social, and children learn to work in groups while still having the support of parent and teacher, both of whom work to follow and support the child’s ideas as he/she explores instruments, singing and movement. Home materials are part of each curriculum and parents rave about how much their children enjoy the music, even long after the course is finished.

DCDC Style Contemporary Dance, Saturday 12-1PM, Grades 1-3, Vanae Pate

DCDC Style Contemporary Dance, Saturday 1-2PM, Grades 4-7, Vanae Pate

This is a form of modern dance that introduces students to classical and contemporary technical forms, as well as creative work.  Modern Dance is a concert dance form that first developed out of ballet in the early 1900′s.  Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a modern dance company and Vanae was part of the DCDC second company.  She gives the technical style her own flair and teaches with a lovely sense of humor and warmth.  Students grow increasingly confident while improving their strength, coordination, musicality and grace.