Is it seriously already July? I meant to begin writing these posts three weeks ago!! Something about Summer- the days are long but go by so quickly… especially with three little kids who are very busy on my end.
I am starting a series called “Classes Up Close,” where I will feature all of our classes in their own individual blog post, so you can hear more about them. I know it can be overwhelming to see all of the on the website, with all the different details etc… trust me, it’s overwhelming for us too! To think we started two years ago with just 15 kids and 2 classes taught by 1 teacher… This year we are offering 24+ classes taught by 10 teachers (plus our amazing interns). So yes! We think taking this time to highlight the classes and teachers would be beneficial to all parties involved 🙂
Up Close: Creative & Classical Dance for ages 4-11
We have had a fantastic response to our ballet classes offered over the past two years. As a homeschooler who has been teaching homeschooled children for over 7 years, I have seen the need for ballet to be made available during homeschool hours, in an atmosphere that encourages individual growth (just like homeschooling!!). The pressure is off, but the students still learn all of the basics- and then some. The best part? They come away with new friendships and an appreciation for dance, the arts, and the limitless possibilities of the imagination!
This year we are introducing two different dance classes as opposed to the one ballet class we have offered. The first is Creative Dance taught by Abigail Howard.
Abigail is known for choreographing pieces that are imaginative and expressive, where students can learn to appreciate a variety of classical music pieces. Using props and costumes in class, Creative Dance can also help students to: gain confidence in their rhythm; coordination & poise; learn cooperation by working together as a group; learn to respect each other’s unique style; learn spontaneity; leadership, and self-control, develop creativity; gain physical strength, flexibility, and stamina; and develop good posture and balance.
Homeschooled her entire life, Abigail began classical ballet at the age of three at Brae Crest School of Ballet in Lincoln, RI. Several years later she continued her classical ballet training at Heritage Ballet, also in Lincoln, RI. She also has had two years of jazz training. Abigail recently has been trained in salsa, ballroom, acro, tap, and contemporary dance. She now works with Studio One in Lincoln, RI.
To see one of Abigail’s Creative Dances in last year’s Junior Production- click here for a video of our ‘kitty cats!’ (the cats begin after the first dance)
We will be introducing a new teacher for our Classical Ballet class. We realize that while students love to explore creativity and expressiveness in dance (it’s FUN!), many also want to learn the proper techniques in a more disciplined environment. Hannah Bonaguide will be teaching this exciting new class. A senior in [homeschool] high school, Hannah has been trained classically for 14 years. She has studied at State Ballet of RI, Heritage Ballet in RI, and currently trains at Brookline Ballet School in MA. Hannah has a wide range of experience as well as instruction in the techniques required of a classical ballerina.
You can read more about Abigail and Hannah on our staff page – there’s lots more there!
The best thing? We decided to make a combination package for these two classes! You get both classes at a discounted rate – and your child gets instruction in both areas of dance. A win-win!!
These classes have already started filling up, and we keep them small so that the instruction can truly be tailored to the students’ needs. Register quickly to reserve your spot.. a late fee of $15 applies after August 15 for the fall session, and December 1 for the spring session.
Coming in a few days: Up Close with our Maestro Classics Class!!
Thanks for reading,
Jen for the #Progress gang