Dance is an artistic expression that has been meaningful to young and old across cultures and throughout human history- from sacred rituals, to folk dances, to the professional stage. Introducing young people to this rich world of dance, and the rewarding practice of developing one’s body and mind through a physical discipline, is one of our most important and beloved jobs here at MAGMA. ….Read More
SUMMER DANCE WEEKS
July 29 – August 9
Creative Movement (ages 3-5)
Monday & Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm
Sarah Fader leads our preschool Summer Creative Movement workshop. Students will get a taste of dance class structure and movements, with a generous helping of creative play, stories, and fun!
Elementary Ballet & Contemporary (ages 6-10)
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-2:30pm
In this workshop, kids have a chance to sharpen their ballet and contemporary technique, make their own dances and play dance games. Teachers are Sarah Slifer Swift and guest instructors.
Teen Contemporary & Composition (ages 11-15)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30-5:00pm
In this workshop, kids will focus on Contemporary dance technique, compositional skills, improvisation, and will create their own group and solo dances. Some dance experience recommended.
CHILDREN’S CLASSES Fall/Winter/Spring
This class for children ages 3-5, is a playful introduction to the joys of dancing and storytelling through movement. Taught by Sarah Fader.
Focus on basic classical ballet technique with some fun movement games and improvisations thrown in. A great introduction to serious dance study for the young student. Ages 5-7
This class is intended for students who have some basic ballet or other dance style experience and are ready for a more challenging class. Basic barre exercises will lead into center adagio, turning, and jumping techniques. Ages 8-13
This class combines a ballet barre warm up with a center that explores contemporary modern movement vocabulary and phrase work. A great companion class to the Monday evening Ballet II class for students seeking a more thorough program of study. Ages 8-13
Fall 2018: Wednesday 3:30pm
Kid’s World Dance gives a survey of many dance styles from around the world: African dance, European folk dances, Native American dance, Hawaiian Hula, Latin American dances and more. Fun and participatory, explore the rich diversity of dance styles, rhythms, and functions of dance in different cultural traditions. All abilities welcome. Ages 4-10
American Social Dance
Spring 2019: Wednesday 3:30pm
This class explores American Social dance styles from 1920-present, and is based the program MAGMA Director Sarah Slifer Swift created for Gloucester Public Schools. With a focus on movement style, musicality, and improvisation, this class is a fun and creative way to explore the music and dances from past to present.
Sundays 2pm (ages 10+)
This Afro-Brazilian art form combines elements of dance, martial arts, music, and acrobatics into a fluid game between two players. Training Capoeira develops stamina, strength, flexibility, and self-awareness. Classes led by the Boston-based group Mandingueiros dos Palmares, under Mestre Chuvisco. Ages 5-9 if adequate enrollment. Ages 10+ are invited to join the Adult class at 2pm.
Teen/Adult Contemporary Modern
Building from a standing warm-up, this technique class blends influences from Cunningham, Limon and Release for a thorough class exploring complex shapes and patterns, jumps, and expansive phrases. Ages 14+
This Afro-Brazilian art form combines elements of dance, martial arts, music, and acrobatics into a fluid game between two players. Training Capoeira develops stamina, strength, flexibility, and self-awareness. Classes led by the Boston-based group Mandingueiros dos Palmares, under Mestre Chuvisco. Ages 10+
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