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 9:30am
A challenging ballet technique class with focus on alignment, movement quality, and choreographic center phrases. Ages 18+

Somatic Tuesdays
This time slot hosts 5 or 6-week sessions for various somatic practices. Sign up in advance for these mini-courses in disciplines like Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering, and Gyrotonic, from certified practitioners.

Contemporary Modern Dance
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. Some dance experience recommended.

Beginner Ballet
Wednesday 7:30am 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.

Contemporary Floorwork
Monday 5:30pm
This technique class starts on the floor and works its way up to standing and across the floor patterns. Athletic and dynamic, the class focuses on building strength, range of motion, and integration informed by connection to the floor, spatial clarity, and release. Adult class, but ages 14+ welcome.

Hip Hop
Wednesday 6:30pm
Laura Tanguay lead this all levels hip hop class. Class consists of warm up, work on steps and style, and then into a fun choreographic routine. Beginners welcome. Please wear indoor sneakers with non-marking tread. Adult class, but ages 14+ welcome.

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

Barre Workout Mat
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. This class is a mat class. Mats are available in the studio, or bring your own.  Ages 16+

Barre Workout
Barre workout combines simple Ballet barre exercises, flexibility training, and core workouts to give a total-body, rhythmic, fun class that strengthens, tones, and stretches! No dance background needed to take this class.

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.

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
Summer: Wednesday 9am, Fall 2018: Monday 4pm
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
Fall 2018: 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

Power Moves
Fall 2018: Thursday 5pm
For the kid who likes big, athletic movement! We will start class with strength, conditioning, and stretch exercises, moving into rolling/falling techniques, jumps, and turns, drawing from the movement vocabularies of Modern Dance, Martial Arts, and acrobatics. For ages 8-14.

Kid’s Improvisation
Spring 2019
Creativity in Motion is an imaginative way into movement for kids aged 6 to 9. Using imagery, narrative, and game structures, the class develops not just a love of dance and movement, but also introduces children to dance as a creative art. Ages 6-10

American Social Dance
Spring 2019
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
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. Beginners welcome. Ages 14+

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

Teen/Adult Intermediate  Ballet
Sunday 10am
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 12+