Children’s Program

MAGMA Philosophy

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


Add Dance to your child’s Summer! Kids will build dance skills, and have fun with games and other activities in our beautiful, light-filled studio with expert teachers. Classes will be in-studio, limited to a small students, with social distancing practices in place. FULL COVID-SPECIFIC PROTOCOLS HERE

Ballet & Creative Movement Camp, Ages 4-7
July 20-23 and July 27-30
Teachers; Sarah Slifer Swift, Sarah Fader , and Molly Tupper
Monday through Thursday 9:30am-12pm*

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Camp, Ages 8-12
August 3-6 and August 10-13
Teachers: Sarah Slifer Swift, and special guests
Monday through Thursday, 9:30am-12pm*

$150/week. *9am drop-off possible for extra $25/week


A sample day of Ballet/Contemporary camp will be as follows:
9:30 – 9:45 warm-up exercises
9:45-11 Technique class (Contemporary or Ballet)
11 water/snack break
11:15-12 Special topics (improvisation + composition, strength training for dancers, performance studies)
A sample day of Ballet/Creative Movement camp will be as follows:
9:30 – 9:45 circle time
9:45-10:30 Ballet exploration
10:30 water/snack break
10:45-11:15 story dance/creative movement
11:15-12 art or music activity


Creative Movement 
Tuesday 3pm, Wednesday 12:30pm
Creative movement is a playful introduction to the joys of dancing, with a focus on dance steps and patterns, relationship to music, and storytelling through movement. Tuesday’s class, taught by Molly Tupper, is for ages 2-4, and Wednesday, taught by Sarah Fader, is for ages 3-5.

Tuesday 4pm
Pre-Ballet is specially designed for ages 4-5 as a stepping stone to the formal dance technique classes that follow in the MAGMA program. The class introduces basic classical ballet technique and class structure, together with fun movement games and improvisations. A great introduction to dance study for the young student.

Ballet I
Saturday 10am
Ballet I offers classical ballet technique taught methodically and safely to give the young dancer a solid foundation in their bodies, and a disciplined, thoughtful environment to develop in. Classes focus on development of strength, flexibility, body awareness, and artistry. Ages 5-8  

Hip Hop
Monday 4:45pm (Winter Session only)
An exploration of Hip Hop and other urban dance styles, with stylish choreography and contemporary music. Kids will gain skills in coordination, musicality, strength, and flexibility in this fun class. Ages 8-12

Ballet II/Contemporary
Saturday 11am
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 7-11

Not So Basic Broadway
Monday 3:45pm, (Fall session only)
This special Fall session workshop for ages 6-10 is taught by Vignette from Magnolia Art Exchange (MAX). Performance is about engaging all of your senses to convey a character, develop a storyline and draw emotion from your audience. This class will focus on movement, but also presence, vocal techniques and dramatic performance.

Tuesday 7:45pm (ages 12+)
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.

Teens 15 and older are welcome to take classes in the Adult program.

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INCLEMENT WEATHER: In event of inclement weather, MAGMA follows the Gloucester public school cancellation schedule. Saturday cancellations are at the discretion of the director. Announcements will be made on the Home Page of the website as early as possible.