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



For Fall 2020, we are observing strict limits on class capacity to 6 students per class for in-studio classes. We are interested in making Zoom classes available to those who prefer remote opportunities, please get in touch with Director Swift if this is your preference.

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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 9:45am
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. Contemporary dance perspectives will be included in this class. Ages 6-8  

Ballet I/Contemporary
Monday 5pm
A beginner level class exploring formal dance training in both Ballet and Contemporary styles, paired with fun, creative movement activities.  Ages 5-8

Strong Dancers
Thursday 4pm
Strength and cardio training through a variety of exercises and dance explorations in jazz and contemporary styles, taught by dancer and certified personal trainer Laura Tanguay. Ages 8-14

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. Ages 8-12

MAX Performance
Monday 3:30pm, (Fall session only)
This special Fall session workshop for ages 8+ is taught by Vignette Lammott 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 incorporate movement,  presence, vocal techniques and dramatic performance.

Kids’ Capoeira
Saturday 12:45pm (Ages 5-11) (see class description below)

Tuesday/Thursday 7:30pm (ages 12+)
This Afro-Brazilian art form combines elements of dance, martial arts, music, and acrobatics into a fluid, no contact 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.

Scottish Dance
Wednesday 4-5pm (Winter)
Scottish Highland Dancing is a celebration of the Scottish spirit. This all ages, all levels class explores the traditional Highland Dances and the graceful National Dances. Taught by Shelley Stiles.

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

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.