2022 Enrichment Classes

Dancers choose one of the following classes prior to registration. While every dancer attending the festival is guaranteed an enrichment class, classes are filled on a 1st come 1st served basis. Late registration may result in dancers not being placed in the enrichment class of their choosing. When a class is filled it will be updated as “filled” and a notice will be put on our Facebook page.

  • 9 year olds Enrichment with Mrs. Payne. All 9 year old dancers attending the festival will be placed in this enrichment class by default.
  • Dunham Technique (suggested for dancers level high beginner and up) with Laurie Goux. This modern technique class will focus on the techniques of Katherine Dunham.
  • Musical Theater Dance FULL/CLOSED TO NEW REGISTRATION (suggested for dancers of all levels) with Jen Meckley will help students develop skills to successfully perform musical theatre style dance with emphasis on storytelling and acting skills through movement. Students will learn choreography to music from a Broadway musical and also have the opportunity to work on improvisation skills within this style.
  • Stage Combat FULL/CLOSED TO NEW REGISTRATION (suggested for dancers of all levels) with Jax RF MacAtee teaches the basic rules and safety techniques for unarmed Stage Combat, along with some basic movements of combat choreography. Through exploration of these basic combat movements, students will work to choreograph a short combat sequence, implementing how to create/perform a staged “fight” that is safe for the performers and believable from the audience perspective.
  • Contact Improv (suggested for dancers level intermediate and up) with Ryan Corriston will explore the interaction of two people moving responsively through a point of physical contact and the endless possibilities that stem from that connection. 
  • Israeli Folk Dance FULL/CLOSED TO NEW REGISTRATION (suggested for dancers of all levels) with Yoav Kaddar is an energetic, community building dance style for all regardless of prior experience. Join the circle and learn basic Israeli folk dances influenced by cultures and traditions from around the world.
  • Clowning (suggested for dancers of all levels) with Matthew Donnell uses physical comedy and acting exercises. Clowning helps unlock creativity in dancers. Through three simple “Rules of Clowning,” dancers will experience methods designed to help open their minds in different ways which will enhance their joy of dance.
  • Classical Indian Dance – Kathak (suggested for dancers of all levels) with Hirali Shah Indian. Kathak is one of the seven major forms of Indian classical dance.  Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha which means “story”, and Kathakar which means “the one who tells a story”, or “to do with stories”. In this course of world dance-Kathak dancers will learn various stories through their hand movements and extensive footwork, their body movements and flexibility but most importantly through their facial expressions. Classical dance has a distinct character that reflects the great cultural and traditional endeavor. The forms of Indian dance have transcended beyond the fences and socio-cultural hindrances. 
  • Advanced Pointe FULL/CLOSED TO NEW REGISTRATION (suggested for dancers high intermediate through advanced levels) with Alana Donnell. Dancers will work on strength building pointe exercises and artistry. This pointe class will be a good fit for students who take four or more technique classes a week and are dancing on pointe a minimum of three days a week. Students taking this class should feel comfortable dancing on pointe in the center. 
  • Percussion for Dancers (suggested for dancers of all levels) with Lawrence Greene. Music is how we decorate time! Get to play drums and percussion from different parts of the world.  A good beat can make anyone move their feet. We will be looking at how rhythm is used to accompany dance with group play, improv and playing traditional African rhythms.
  • Character Dance for Ballet (suggested for dancers of all levels) with Matthew Donnell teaches Folk dances that are integral in the great classical ballets. Dancers will experience different cultural styles in a traditionally set character class which includes barre and center.
  • Leaps and Turns FULL/CLOSED TO NEW REGISTRATION (suggested for dancers high beginner through advanced levels) with Jess Beach  is a technique based dance class with focus on various turns, pirouettes, leaps, jumps, and progressions. Dancers will be lead through a full body warm up, conditioning, and stretch class. Dancer’s will be taught turning and leaping progressions and given tools on how to improve their alignment, kinetics, and over all execution of dynamic skills. This is not a choreography or dance combination focused class.
  • Health and Injury Prevention for Dancers FULL/CLOSED TO NEW REGISTRATION (suggested for dancers of all levels) with Jen Lawrence utilizes elements of Progressing Ballet Technique, an innovative program combining fitness ball work with ballet fundamentals to help strengthen the body to aid in prevention and recovery from common dance injuries.
  • Precision Tap FULL/CLOSED TO NEW REGISTRATION (suggested for dancers high beginner through advanced levels) with Alana Donnell Dancers will work on classic musical theater tap steps choreography with sharp and precise arm movements.