Youth Classes

Our school-year Youth program consists of Sept-June programming, with rolling enrollment available for most classes. We have an end-of-year Recital in June.

MAGMA offers a Ballet or Contemporary Dance track program, delivering high-quality, methodical instruction to build strong, creative young dancers – from beginner level to pre-professional. Additionally we offer Brazilian Capoeira and other supplemental classes.




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Fall Schedule and class descriptions:

Creative Movement – 
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. Ages 0-6, with caregiver.

Storytelling Through Movement – 
A wonderful intro to dance! With an imaginative approach to movement, this class is ideal for young children, and a great preparation to any style of later formal dance training. Ages 3-6


Pre-Ballet – 
Pre-Ballet is an introduction to formal dance technique classes. The class introduces basic classical ballet technique and class structure, together with imaginative exercises to inspire creativity. Ages 4-5.

Ballet –
Ballet at MAGMA offers classical ballet technique taught methodically and safely to give the young dancer a solid foundation in their dance training, and a disciplined, thoughtful environment in which to develop. Classes focus on development of strength, flexibility, body awareness, musicality and artistry. Ages 6 and up.

Contemporary Modern –
Dance technique classes exploring Contemporary and Modern dance styles , with a rigorous movement vocabulary and implementation into dance phrases and choreography.

Technique 101 – 
This beginner friendly modern dance technique class is perfect for teens who do not have prior dance training. The class bases off Horton technique, which strengthens and informs in a very clear way. Ages 14+

Strength and Skills/Dance Combo –
This class is a fun, high-energy mix of conditioning, agility training, and strength building. Work on skills like handstands, cartwheels, plus dance vocabulary from jazz and modern. Ages 6-10.

Kids’ Capoeira – 
Open to beginners and intermediate levels, ages 5-15! See Capoeira description below.

Capoeira – see adult class page for sign-up
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  Ramon Alves, affiliated with the Boston-based group Mandingueiros dos Palmares,  Mestre Chuvisco. Ages 15+, or by invitation.

Teens 15 and older are welcome to take classes in the Adult program, please check with the studio to find the right level class for your teen.

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

INCLEMENT WEATHER: In event of inclement weather, MAGMA follows Gloucester public school cancellations and/or Gloucester snow emergency with regards to class cancellations.  Communications with families will be made as soon as possible when we cancel a class.