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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


See Children’s Program Calendar


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.

Wednesday 4:45pm (Winter session only)
Contemporary dance class has roots in American Modern Dance techniques, plus the more contemporary vocabularies of release and somatic-based techniques. Students will develop strength and flexibility, using weight and momentum, floorwork, and improvisation tools. Ages 9-14.

Ballet I
Saturday 10am (starting in November!)
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  

Ballet II
Monday 4:45pm (Winter/Spring sessions)
This class is intended for students who have some basic ballet or other dance style experience. Ballet barre exercises will lead into center adagio, turning, and jumping techniques. Ages 9-14

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. 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
Fall session, Monday 3:45pm
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.

Kids’ Capoeira
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 10+ are invited to join the Adult class at 2pm. Ages 5-9 if adequate enrollment.

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.