Class Descriptions

ADULT CLASSES

Magma
Monday 6:30pm and Friday 10am
A guided improvisation class for movement exploration, body-mind connectivity, and creating community. Solo, partner work, and whole group scores keep the class flowing and dynamic. No dance experience necessary, all levels welcome.  Monday night starts out with a guided “Magma” warm-up, leading into a free-form Ecstatic Dance.

Intermediate Ballet
Monday 10:00am
A challenging ballet technique class with focus on alignment, movement quality, and choreographic center phrases. Ages 18+

Contemporary Modern Dance
Tuesday 6:15pm
This all levels technique class, appropriate for beginners, blends standing work with influences from Cunningham, Hawkins and Release with floorwork and improvisation techniques, giving way to a full range of movement quality, expression, and exploration. The class ends with fun dance phrases and across the floor patterns. Students will develop strength, range of motion, articulation and integration. Adult class, but ages 14+ welcome.

Beginner Ballet
Wednesday 9:30am and Thursday 6:30pm
This class is a thorough ballet technique class that focuses on the basics, and gets the whole body warm and moving through space. Intended for those who have some dance experience.  For total newcomers to Ballet, try our standing Barre Workout.

Cardio Hip Hop
Wednesday 6:30pm
This all levels cardio class consists of continuously moving warm-up and choreographic routines.  Movement styles include hip hop, pop, club styles like house and vogue, with a thorough cool down and stretch at the end. Beginners welcome! Please wear indoor sneakers with non-marking tread. Adult class, but ages 14+ welcome.

Moving Meditation
Thursday 8:30am
A quiet, intentional movement practice with minimal guidance, mostly in silence. Similar to yoga and authentic movement.

Barre Workout Mat
Monday and Friday 9:00am
If you like Barre classes, you will love Barre workout on the Mat. Strengthen, stretch, and align through exercises that work postural strength and stability, flexibility, and control. A perfect accompaniment to dance training, or just a great tone and strengthen class on its own. Mats are available in the studio, or bring your own.  Ages 16+

Barre Workout/Combo
Tuesday 8:30am, Wednesday 5:15pm, Saturday 8am
Barre workout is inspired by the Ballet barre. It is an elegant and intense workout for supple strength, alignment and balance, range of motion, and flexibility for the whole body. No dance background needed to take this class. Combo classes are half on the mat, half standing at the barre.

Capoeira
Sunday 2pm
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 and up.

Nia
Thursday 10:15am
Read about Nia with Linda Wilkes at https://www.niawithlinda.com/
To sign up contact Linda directly at contact@niawithlinda.com

African Dance
Sunday 4pm
Read about this class with Greg Coles. To sign up contact Greg directly at gregorycoles@aol.com 

KID’S CLASSES

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Creative Movement
Tuesday 12pm
This class for children ages 3-5, is a playful introduction to the joys of dancing and storytelling through movement. Taught by Sarah Fader.

Ballet I
Saturday 10:15am
Focus on basic classical ballet technique with some fun movement games and improvisations thrown in. A great introduction to serious dance study for the young student. Ages 5-8 years

 Ballet II
Monday 5pm
This class is intended for students who have some basic ballet or other dance style experience and are ready for a more challenging class. Basic barre exercises will lead into center adagio, turning, and jumping techniques. Ages 8-13.

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 8-13

American Social Dance
Spring 2019: Wednesday 3:30pm
This class explores American Social dance styles from 1920-present, and is based the program MAGMA Director Sarah Slifer Swift created for Gloucester Public Schools. With a focus on movement style, musicality, and improvisation, this class is a fun and creative way to explore the music and dances from past to present.

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

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TEEN CLASSES

Teen/Adult Contemporary Modern
Tuesday 6pm
Building from a standing warm-up, this technique class blends influences from Cunningham, Limon and Release for a thorough class exploring complex shapes and patterns, jumps, and expansive phrases.  Ages 14+

Teen/Adult Hip Hop
Wednesday 6pm
A fun, choreographic Hip-Hop class lead by Laura Tanguay. Ages 14+

Teen/Adult Intermediate  Ballet
Monday 9:30am
A rigorous, quick-paced ballet technique class for the more advanced dancer. Ages 15+

Capoeira
Sunday 2-3:30pm
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+