Thank you for checking out our classes! Please note pre-requisites for certain level of courses as noted on the schedule. If you would like to request for an assessment test to join a higher level of class, please inquire with us by contacting us at: info@marayaarts.com or 619-934-2999.

Spring 2022

Name
Days
Location
Ballet Folklorico
Ballet Folklorico, is a collective term for traditional Mexican dances that emphasize local folk culture typically to traditional music with ballet characteristics such as pointed toes, exaggerated movements, and is a representation of the diversity of Mexico. Made famous by Amalia Hernandez Navarro in the 1950's, Folklorico can be characterized by Danza, Mestizo, and Baile regional. Each costume is depicted by the various colors and materials found in the different regions of Mexico. Women typically wear various size skirts. Meanwhile, men wear numerous styles of hats. All dancers wear shoes with nails on the toe and heel to create a stomping effect. The "Ballet Folklorico" class begins with static stretching, dynamic stretching, full body conditioning, and a review of traditional steps. Finally, the students will learn a small combination to demonstrate what they have learned in class that day and then perform for fellow peers.
Tuesday
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Studio 2
Main
Ballet Folklorico Rehearsal
PREREQUISITE: Must be actively enrolled in Ballet Folklorico class.
This class works on various numbers that will be presented in the June showcase. Ballet Folklorico, is a collective term for traditional Mexican dances that emphasize local folk culture typically to traditional music with ballet characteristics such as pointed toes, exaggerated movements, and is a representation of the diversity of Mexico. Made famous by Amalia Hernandez Navarro in the 1950's, Folklorico can be characterized by Danza, Mestizo, and Baile regional. Each costume is depicted by the various colors and materials found in the different regions of Mexico. Women typically wear various size skirts. Meanwhile, men wear numerous styles of hats. All dancers wear shoes with nails on the toe and heel to create a stomping effect. The "Ballet Folklorico" class begins with static stretching, dynamic stretching, full body conditioning, and a review of traditional steps. Finally, the students will learn a small combination to demonstrate what they have learned in class that day and then perform for fellow peers.
Tuesday
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Studio 2
Main
Beginning Piano
Thursday
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Studio 1
Main
Breaking Fundamentals
Breaking, also known as b-boying/b-girling, is a style of dance with origins in African American and Latino communities of 1970s New York City. It is identified by its footwork and athletic/ movement. It is important to note that breaking has long been considered one of the main elements of Hip Hop, thus having helped to shape, as well as being shaped by, the culture throughout the years.
“Breaking” will focus on music and rhythm being understood as the base of, and dictation for, the dance. Students will learn a range of vocabulary, forms, and movements in the language of Breaking. All classes are grounded in developing improvisational skills (that will benefit students should they go on to cypher and battle), discipline through drills, mental training, and learning how to innovate from the foundation. The development & level of difficulty of techniques, forms, combinations is always dependent on the level of students attending the class, with students learning to adapt to varying tempos, moods, and rhythms as they advance. The class should understand that level is not based on learning one single difficult move, but rather how well one can communicate & reciprocate the language of Breaking.

All classes will begin with a warm up which will lead into skillz check, foundation training, creative challenges, creating a combination, and closing out with a review and preview.
Friday
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Studio 2
Main
Hip Hop Fundamentals
Hip hop is one of the most energetic and popular forms of dance, whose history and culture are derived from African American culture. With the expansion of Hip Hop culture to where it is today, classes can vary by instructor in regards to class focus, but ultimately draw from social/ party dances, breaking, etc. At MPA, all classes will consist of a warm up, followed by drills, combinations, and/or choreography.
In “Hip Hop Fundamentals”, students will be learning Hip Hop dance foundation through drills, techniques, history, and exposure to music from Hip Hop artists. They will also learn the vocabulary of Hip Hop dances (e.g. Roger Rabbit, Bart Simpson, the types of bounces, etc.), in order to guide the development of their confidence and ability to choreograph and freestyle within street-dance culture.
Monday
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Studio 2
Main
Mini Creative Movement & Music
This class is great for parents and young children including toddlers, pre-K and T-K (ages 3-5). If your child has a lot of energy, or perhaps is shy or needs a safe social setting to meet new friends, this is the class for you! This class will focus on fine motor and gross motor skills, while exploring your child's inner creativity and imagination. Activities will include dancing, singing, tumbling, and playing rhythmic instruments like drums and tambourine! Come and join the fun and unite our loving, nurturing and family friendly environment!
Saturday
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Studio 1
Main
Mini Hip Hop
REHEARSAL AND TECHNIQUE COMBINED.
Hip Hop is one of the most energetic and popular forms of dance, whose history and culture are derived from African American culture. With the expansion of Hip Hop culture to where it is today, classes can vary by instructor in regards to class focus, but ultimately draw from social/ party dances, and Hip Hop basics. At MPA, all classes will consist of a warm up, followed by drills, combinations, and/or choreography. "Mini Hip Hop" is a great way to get your toddler and pre-K ready for the structure of school while breaking into the fun and creative world of movement. They will also learn the vocabulary of Hip Hop dances (e.g. Roger Rabbit, Bart Simpson, the types of bounces, etc.), in order to guide the development of their confidence and ability to choreograph and freestyle within street-dance culture.
Monday
5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Studio 2
Main
Teen/Adult Flow Yoga
Yoga is a mesh of physical, mental, and spiritual practices originating from India. Yoga is aimed at 'yoking' the mind, body, and spirit to clear the mind and balance the body for an overall better feeling of the self. This class helps students live longer and instill healthy habits throughout their life. Yoga helps strengthen and tone while also increasing range of motion and improving mental focus. This wellness class generates heat within the body and is in the Hatha style of yoga underneath the 'Vinyasa' category. This class is designed for students to put in 'effortless effort' throughout the hour and is perfect for beginner/intermediate students of the practice. The "Flow Yoga" class will begin with a short guided meditation, breathing technique, sitting warm up sequence, sun salutation, standing sequence, and closing/corpse pose meditation. Self care is very important, care for yourself by enrolling in yoga today.
Saturday
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Studio 2
Main
Vocal Showcase Rehearsal
PREREQUISTIE: Must be enrolled in Youth/Teen Vocal Performance class
This class works on various numbers that will be presented in the June showcase. The "Vocal Performance" class focuses on vocal technique and varied approaches to singing. Participants will explore, build, and strengthen their singing skills by engaging in a range of vocal exercises. Participants will also apply skills to a composition and be challenged to perform. "Vocal Performance" class begins with a small music lecture to work on the students musicality, light body warm up so that the students can comfortably sing in neutral stance, vocal warm up and technique, ending with a student chosen piece.
Wednesday
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Studio 2
Main
Youth Beginning Ballet
Ballet is a classical dance style. It is most often characterized by its graceful, seemingly weightless, movements that are created from sets of positions for various parts of the body (i.e. feet, arms, body facings, etc.). There are multiple schools, or methods, of ballet that have emerged since its onset in the fifteenth century, with some of the most notable including the Balanchine (American), Cecchetti (Italian), and Vaganova (Russian).
"Beginning Ballet" teaches young dancers the fundamentals of the art of ballet. Students will learn basic terminology and develop the foundation to maintain a proper, healthy alignment.
A typical class will begin with warm ups to activate core muscle groups, followed by barre, center work, and stretches, finally ending with choreographed phrases from classical works. The class encourages the students to develop creative expression that may further develop into a lifelong appreciation of movement and the arts.
Tuesday
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Studio 1
Main
Youth Musical Theatre Performance
“Musical Theatre” Performance classes at MPA will teach students the basics of acting, the power of using movement to tell a story, and fundamentals of vocal performance.
Students in our Musical Theater classes will learn the concept of character development and draw inspiration from Broadway musicals and productions. This class is perfect for both dancers and actors looking to work on their choreography retention skills and performance quality.
Students can expect both lyrical storytelling and acting infused into class choreography and also singing. A typical class will begin with technical warm up, moving into dialogue of the current song and show, character exploration through movement, ending of course with a few choreographed phrases. The goal for students is to find/ understand their own unique point of view and use their innate creativity in rehearsing and performing musical theatre.
Thursday
5:15 PM to 6:45 PM
Studio 1
Main
Youth/Teen Acting Fundamentals
In this Fundamentals for Acting Class, students will learn how to utilize their voices and bodies to portray various characters and stories for both the stage, and TV/film. Co-taught by Director/Choreographer Anjanette Maraya-Ramey and TV/Film Actor Jose Barba IV, this class will encourage students to analyze and embody different characters through their fullest potential.

Elements include: monologues, improv, movement for the actor, acting for the camera, and audition preparation.

There is a $25 Acting Materials Fee applied to each 12-week session.
Friday
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Studio 2
Main
Youth/Teen Hip Hop/Krump Rehearsal
This class works on various numbers that will be presented in the June showcase. Krumping is a style of street dance popularized in the United States, described as Afro-diasporic dance, characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement. Hip hop is one of the most energetic and popular forms of dance, whose history and culture are derived from African American culture. This class is a combination of the two styles, and is choreography based. Students will sequentially build on a piece each week for 12 weeks so that they are building new skills. This class will begin with a quick warm up and move onto choreography, formations, and performance elements.
Monday
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Studio 1
Main
Youth/Teen Open Level Acro
Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style in amateur competitive dance as well as in professional dance theater and in contemporary circus productions such as those by 'Cirque du Soleil'. Students enrolled in "Acro" will learn basic tumbling skills such as handstands, dive rolls, round-offs, ariels, walkovers, handsprings, and tucks. A typical class will start with a cardio warm up, static stretching, technique and tumbling drills. After students are properly warmed up they will move on to standing tumbling and running passes. Finally, class will end with strength conditioning, and a dance cool down. Acro enriches students lives by keeping their minds and bodies limber and strong.
Friday
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Studio 1
Main
Youth/Teen Vocal Fundamentals 1
Wednesday
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Studio 2
Main
Youth/Teen Vocal Fundamentals 2
The "Vocal Performance" class focuses on vocal technique and varied approaches to singing. Participants will explore, build, and strengthen their singing skills by engaging in a range of vocal exercises. Participants will also apply skills to a composition and be challenged to perform. "Vocal Performance" class begins with a small music lecture to work on the students musicality, light body warm up so that the students can comfortably sing in neutral stance, vocal warm up and technique, ending with a student chosen piece.
Wednesday
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Studio 2
Main

Session C 2022 (July 5th- Sept. 23rd)

Name
Days
Location
Mini Hip Hop
Hip Hop is one of the most energetic and popular forms of dance, whose history and culture are derived from African American culture. At MPA, all classes will consist of a warm up, followed by drills, combinations, and/or choreography. "Mini Hip Hop" is a great way to get your toddler and pre-K ready for the structure of school while breaking into the fun and creative world of movement. They will also learn the vocabulary of Hip Hop dances (e.g. Roger Rabbit, Bart Simpson, the types of bounces, etc.), in order to guide the development of their confidence through freestyle and improvisation.
Monday
5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Studio 1
Main
Youth/Teen Hip Hop Fundamentals
Hip hop is one of the most energetic and popular forms of dance, whose history and culture are derived from African American culture. With the expansion of Hip Hop culture to where it is today, classes can vary by instructor in regards to class focus, but ultimately draw from social/ party dances, breaking, etc. At MPA, all classes will consist of a warm up, followed by drills, combinations, and/or choreography. In “Hip Hop Fundamentals”, students will be learning Hip Hop dance foundation through drills, techniques, history, and exposure to music from Hip Hop artists. They will also learn the vocabulary of Hip Hop dances in order to guide the development of their confidence and ability to choreograph and freestyle within street-dance culture.
Monday
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Studio 1
Main
Contemporary Hip Hop
Contemporary hip hop focuses mainly on expressing emotions (happiness, sadness, anger) through soft but powerful movements created from the mood that is present to the song being used or danced to.
Monday
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Studio 1
Main
Youth Beginning Ballet
Ballet is a classical dance style. It is most often characterized by its graceful, seemingly weightless, movements that are created from sets of positions for various parts of the body (i.e. feet, arms, body facings, etc.). There are multiple schools, or methods, of ballet that have emerged since its onset in the fifteenth century, with some of the most notable including the Balanchine (American), Cecchetti (Italian), and Vaganova (Russian).
"Beginning Ballet" teaches young dancers the fundamentals of the art of ballet. Students will learn basic terminology and develop the foundation to maintain a proper, healthy alignment.
A typical class will begin with warm ups to activate core muscle groups, followed by barre, center work, and stretches, finally ending with choreographed phrases from classical works. The class encourages the students to develop creative expression that may further develop into a lifelong appreciation of movement and the arts.
Tuesday
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Studio 1
Main
Youth Beginning Piano
Tuesday
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Studio 1
Main
Adult Open Level Ballet Technique
Tuesday
7:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Studio 1
Main
Vocal Performance
Wednesday
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Studio 1
Main
Youth Musical Theatre Performance- Level 2
“Musical Theatre” Performance classes at MPA will teach students the basics of acting, the power of using movement to tell a story, and fundamentals of vocal performance.
Students in our Musical Theater classes will learn the concept of character development and draw inspiration from Broadway musicals and productions. This class is perfect for both dancers and actors looking to work on their choreography retention skills and performance quality.
Students can expect both lyrical storytelling and acting infused into class choreography and also singing. A typical class will begin with technical warm up, moving into dialogue of the current song and show, character exploration through movement, ending of course with a few choreographed phrases. The goal for students is to find/ understand their own unique point of view and use their innate creativity in rehearsing and performing musical theatre.
Thursday
5:15 PM to 6:45 PM
Studio 1
Main
Youth Musical Theatre Performance- Level 1
“Musical Theatre” Performance classes at MPA will teach students the basics of acting, the power of using movement to tell a story, and fundamentals of vocal performance.
Students in our Musical Theater classes will learn the concept of character development and draw inspiration from Broadway musicals and productions. This class is perfect for both dancers and actors looking to work on their choreography retention skills and performance quality.
Students can expect both lyrical storytelling and acting infused into class choreography and also singing. A typical class will begin with technical warm up, moving into dialogue of the current song and show, character exploration through movement, ending of course with a few choreographed phrases. The goal for students is to find/ understand their own unique point of view and use their innate creativity in rehearsing and performing musical theatre.
Thursday
6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Studio 1
Main
Mini/ Youth Hip Hop & Acro
Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style in amateur competitive dance as well as in professional dance theater and in contemporary circus productions such as those by 'Cirque du Soleil'. Students enrolled in "Acro" will learn basic tumbling skills such as handstands, dive rolls, round-offs, ariels, walkovers, handsprings, and tucks. A typical class will start with a cardio warm up, static stretching, technique and tumbling drills. After students are properly warmed up they will move on to standing tumbling and running passes. Finally, class will end with strength conditioning, and a dance cool down. Acro enriches students lives by keeping their minds and bodies limber and strong.
Friday
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Studio 1
Main
Youth Acting Fundamentals
In this Fundamentals for Acting Class, students will learn how to utilize their voices and bodies to portray various characters and stories for both the stage, and TV/film. Co-taught by Director/Choreographer Anjanette Maraya-Ramey this class will encourage students to analyze and embody different characters through their fullest potential.

Elements include: monologues, improv, movement for the actor, acting for the camera, and audition preparation.

There is a $25 Acting Materials Fee applied to each 12-week session.
Friday
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Studio 2
Main
Youth/Teen Open Level Acro
Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style in amateur competitive dance as well as in professional dance theater and in contemporary circus productions such as those by 'Cirque du Soleil'. Students enrolled in "Acro" will learn basic tumbling skills such as handstands, dive rolls, round-offs, ariels, walkovers, handsprings, and tucks. A typical class will start with a cardio warm up, static stretching, technique and tumbling drills. After students are properly warmed up they will move on to standing tumbling and running passes. Finally, class will end with strength conditioning, and a dance cool down. Acro enriches students lives by keeping their minds and bodies limber and strong.
Friday
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Studio 1
Main
Teen/Adult Flow Yoga
Yoga is a mesh of physical, mental, and spiritual practices originating from India. Yoga is aimed at 'yoking' the mind, body, and spirit to clear the mind and balance the body for an overall better feeling of the self. This class helps students live longer and instill healthy habits throughout their life. Yoga helps strengthen and tone while also increasing range of motion and improving mental focus. This wellness class generates heat within the body and is in the Hatha style of yoga underneath the 'Vinyasa' category. This class is designed for students to put in 'effortless effort' throughout the hour and is perfect for beginner/intermediate students of the practice. The "Flow Yoga" class will begin with a short guided meditation, breathing technique, sitting warm up sequence, sun salutation, standing sequence, and closing/corpse pose meditation. Self care is very important, care for yourself by enrolling in yoga today.
Saturday
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Studio 2
Main


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