Fall 2020- Dance at Home (10 weeks)

Name
Days
Location
Monday Intro to Ballet and Choreography (suggested age: 4 through Kindergarten)
LJD's creative approach to early childhood dance education allows children to experience a joyous exploration of movement! Our classes are structured so that every young dancer feels confident and happy as they dance. Each class includes the basic positions and steps of early ballet technique while the pre-choreography portion of the class encourages a growing awareness of the use of shapes and levels as expressive tools. All elements are presented in an imaginative way with age appropriate images, games and songs. Our environment is always warm and supportive.
Monday
3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Burgdorff Center Maplewood
Ballet and Choreography I (1st and 2nd grade)
This is an hour long class and includes a ballet barre, center and a fun, creative choreography section which is an introduction to choreography. At this age children are able to compose using choreographic tools such as: levels, theme and variation, canons, movement dynamics and spatial design. Our varied curriculum will include viewing and discussing great dancers and ballets, structured improvisation and movement games. All this will be done on zoom. We are sure to give students time to connect with each other and share their dance creations.
Monday
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Burgdorff Center Maplewood
Ballet and Choreography II (3rd- 5th grade)
This class builds on the ballet curriculum of Ballet 1 while allowing beginners to participate. Through an individuated curriculum our student dancers will be both supported and challenged as they improve their technique. The class expands the range of classical ballet steps worked on as well as to emphasize the crucial importance of correct alignment. At this age students can begin to choreograph dances with more sophisticated components including canons, spatial design, exits and entrances and counterpoint. This class culminates in an open class in the Fall and an evening performance of our student's choreography on stage in the Spring
Monday
5:45 PM to 7:15 PM
Burgdorff Center Maplewood
Ballet and Choreography III (6th - 12th grade)
Our 6th -10th graders are now working with more advanced versions of the exercises both in the technique and choreography sections of the class. The class welcomes beginners as well and works with them through individuated curriculum. Additional ballet movements and patterns, including adagio and allegro sections, are introduced. At this age students are able to compose using more advanced choreographic tools such as: counterpoint, theme and variation, canons, spatial and stage design as well as to begin to add a deeper understanding of how the dances link to music. Ballet 3 dancers will now increase their ability to use class steps within their creative work. This class culminates in an open class in the Fall and an evening performance of our student's choreography on stage in the Spring.
Monday
5:45 PM to 7:15 PM
Burgdorff Center Maplewood
Thursday Intro to Ballet and Choreography (suggested age: 3.3 through Kindergarten)
LJD's creative approach to early childhood dance education allows children to experience a joyous exploration of movement! Our classes are structured so that every young dancer feels confident and happy as they dance. Each class includes the basic positions and steps of early ballet technique while the pre-choreography portion of the class encourages a growing awareness of the use of shapes and levels as expressive tools. All elements are presented in an imaginative way with age appropriate images, games and songs. Our environment is always warm and supportive.
Thursday
3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Burgdorff Center Maplewood
Modern/Contemporary and Choreography I (1st and 2nd grade)
Beginning with a contemporary/modern dance technique warm-up, this class offers children the opportunity to create their own imaginative "dance stories" as an introduction to the art of choreography. This hour long class and include a warm-up, center and a fun, creative choreography section. Our varied curriculum will include viewing and discussing great dancers and ballets, structured improvisation and movement games. All this will be done on zoom. We are sure to give students time to connect with each other and share their "dance story" creations.
Thursday
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Burgdorff Center Maplewood
Modern/Contemporary and Choreography II (3rd - 5th grade)
Contemporary II will be based in traditional modern dance techniques while allowing for creativity as students learn skills as young choreographers. Utilizing zoom's breakout room technology, students will be placed into groups after time spent dancing together and learning new skills. We will offer exciting workshops for each group – sometimes grouped by age and sometimes by choice. This allows flexibility in our choreography groups as we seek to match students with others with whom they work well. It creates a warm sense of community much like our live classes with a multi-age approach that encourages both challenges and support. We plan to bring experiences in Hip Hop and Jazz to this group as well as guest teachers will be rotating in.
Thursday
5:45 PM to 7:15 PM
Burgdorff Center Maplewood
Modern/Contemporary and Choreography III (6th - 12th grade)
Contemporary III will be based in traditional modern dance techniques while allowing for creativity as students learn skills as young choreographers. Utilizing zoom's breakout room technology, students will be placed into groups after time spent dancing together and learning new skills. We will offer exciting workshops for each group – sometimes grouped by age and sometimes by choice. This allows flexibility in our choreography groups as we seek to match students with others with whom they work well. It creates a warm sense of community much like our live classes with a multi-age approach that encourages both challenges and support. We plan to bring experiences in Hip Hop and Jazz to this group as well as guest teachers will be rotating in.
Thursday
5:45 PM to 7:15 PM
Burgdorff Center Maplewood
Saturday Creative Ballet (suggested age: 3.5 - 5)
This class for young dancers allows 3.5-5 year olds to experience both the basic structure of ballet and the creative flow of expressive movement. The class will include opportunities for creative dance work as well as the introduction of ballet positions. Music will be varied and young dancers will experience how it feels to move to different kinds of music.
Saturday
10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Burgdorff Center Maplewood


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