Classes for Adult Dancers

Late Summer Session 2020

Group Classes

Important notes for all classes (updated for the Early Summer 2020 session):

  • For safety, classes are meeting on Zoom until further notice.
  • Registrations are not transferable to another person or day/date.
  • No refunds.
  • In the event of an emergency cancellation, I will schedule a make-up class using the same Zoom meeting ID. If a severe weather siren cuts short a class underway, the remainder of class will not be rescheduled but I will send students an alternate enrichment assignment.

Tuesday: Ballet Level 2 (7 weeks)
(Continuing level and above)

7:35-8:50 pm (75 minutes):

July 7-August 18, 2020.

Tuition: $175.

Wednesday: Ballet Level 1 and Level 2 (7 weeks)
(Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

6:25-7:40 pm (75 minutes):

July 8-August 19, 2020.

Tuition: $175.

Wednesday: Modern Dance (7 weeks)
(Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

7:50-8:50 pm (60 minutes):

July 8-August 19, 2020.

Tuition: $140.

Thursday: Weekday Morning Ballet (7 weeks)
(Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

Note new start time
11:00-12:15 pm (75 minutes):

July 9-August 20, 2020.

Tuition: $175.

Wednesday: Weekend Ballet (4 weeks)
(Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

10:30-11:45 pm (75 minutes):

May 23-June 13, 2020.

Tuition: $100.

Feel free to join our Zoom meetings early to socialize or center yourself before class begins. I open each class at least 20 minutes prior to the start time to let students work out connection problems/adjust cameras, check-in with each other, or just lay on the floor and breathe. The exception to this practice is modern dance class, which I open as soon as the preceding class ends, leaving 5-10 minutes for early arrivals.

Please email to enroll.

Private Lessons

Private coaching/instruction is available online this summer, but group classes are the most economical. Please email me for more information.

Class Descriptions

Ballet

Drawing on my background in dance kinesiology and classical ballet pedagogy I design classes specifically for adult learners. Each day I bring a contemporary approach to richly musical classical exercises, illuminating the muscular engagement and alignment that bring about ballet movement in the body. Working from the inside out in this way, students do not merely recite the shapes and steps of ballet, but practice how to move with accuracy adhering to sound principles of anatomy and pure classical style.

Class typically begins on the floor (often barefoot), with exercises designed to locate and strengthen the muscles of the inner thighs, abdomen, and pelvic floor, as well as the intrinsic muscles of the feet. This activity is called Floor Barre, a term coined to describe the various methods ballet masters have developed to help professional classical dancers improve their technique, line, and career longevity. Then, in exercises standing at the barre and center (wearing ballet slippers), students work to apply these principles to their movement in the ballet vocabulary.

The time we spend in each section will vary, but with the following goals for an 75-minute class: floor, approximately 20-25 minutes, barre, approximately 30 minutes, center approximately 20-25 minutes including 6-8 minute closing ritual (Saturday's class will omit this for time), in which we massage the soles of the feet, focus attention on alignment, and create internal connections and spaces.

Daily instruction and feedback from me will vary, including carefully crafted imagery to appeal to the senses, anatomical references to clarify mechanics, and gentle humor to remind that there must be joy in the process. As a student, your responsibility is to strive to maintain focus, let go of unnecessary tension, and make the most out of each exercise.

These classes are intended for students who are beginning to intermediate level dancers, or who have  experience with Floor Barre technique or with ballet-related somatics or imagery. Anyone can benefit from the practice though, from absolute novice to seasoned professional.

Modern

This one hour class will introduce novice adult learners to the principles of modern dance and provide veteran dancers a place to tune-in and hone their movements. Classroom activities follow a general progression from floor work to standing phrases and then locomotor phrases or combinations. From week to week we will expand and embellish phrases and concepts from the classes before, all while focusing on efficient alignment, clarity of initiation, and accurate musicality.

The modernists cast off their dancing shoes so they could feel the ground directly with their flesh. That sensory interaction with the space is a central element of the artistry. For this reason, students are welcome to bring socks for warmth, but bare feet are recommended whenever possible.

The ballet class in the studio before modern ends at 7:40 (or soon thereafter). Please feel free to use the space from 7:40-7:50 to prepare yourself physically and mentally by doing self-directed warm-up or centering activities. Depending on your needs, this may include light calisthenics, floor barre, a brief yoga flow, etc. You may also wish to use the time to recall or practice material from the previous week. In any case, please respect the studio space and be safe around other dancers doing their own activities.

What questions do you have? Send me an email at the address below.

For more information on coaching, guest teaching, or to enroll in a class, contact: info@jasonschadt.com