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

Winter registration: pick your classes then click here to sign up. Winter semester starts Monday 11/28

Fall/Winter/Spring Semester classes are approximately 12 weeks with classes meeting once a week. Tuition information

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.

Pre-Ballet is 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 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 to develop in. Classes focus on development of strength, flexibility, body awareness, musicality and artistry.

Dance technique classes with influence from the Modern Dance lineage, with a thorough development of movement vocabulary and implementation into dance phrases.

Contemporary + Improv
A contemporary modern dance technique class enriched by improvisation exercises to encourage and develop the individual creative voice of each  student.

Making Dances
Explore the art of making dances in this new class at MAGMA! Your child can explore the wonderful world of choreography with composition concepts, making steps and phrases, working with themes, picking music and more.

Strength and Skills
Strength and Skills is an all ages (6+) kids class for a fun, high-energy mix of conditioning, agility training, and strength building. Work on skills like handstands, cartwheels and other inversions, splits, turns, and jumps.

Kids’ Capoeira
We are offering a Level I class for ages 5-13. See class description below,

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 13+.

Family Story and Dance
For children ages 0-6 with their caregiver, come play!  Meets every Friday in July. After July we return to hosting class only on the first Friday of the month. $10-20 per family, sliding scale.

Teen Beginner Dance
For High School kids looking for an entry-level dance class, look no further! This class is designed for the teen with little or no dance experience – all they need is curiosity. We’ll delve into ballet, contemporary, and jazz techniques, and have lots of fun building confidence and skills through dance training.

Storytelling Through Movement
In this class, we will create our own dances, telling the stories of who we are, from dancing our names to dancing our favorite things, to dancing stories from classical ballet. Ages 4-6
From Story to Stage 

This is a theatre class in which the students collaborate to create an original story and then create a performance from that story.  A variety of theatre games will serve as inspiration, as we explore character, narrative, and what makes a great story.  We will begin each class with movement games that also involve storytelling. Ages 7-9

Homeschool Dance Class
Elementary school-aged homeschool kids, we have a special class just for you! This class will be an exploration of dance. It will combined dance technique, history, creative movement, and body kinesthetics. Learn how your body is able to create movement and how dances styles, like ballet, modern, and jazz have developed through time. Possibilities for tying into homeschool curriculum abound!

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

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CALENDAR 2022/23

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.