2024 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 first come, first 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 out on social media.

  • Musical Theater Dance (suggested for dancers of all levels) will begin with a quick warm up incorporating a blend of Cole and Fosse techniques. The breadth of the class will focus on learning a section of musical theatre choreography (and a small section of vocal music, for those who like to sing) integrating these stylistic influences of Jack Cole and Bob Fosse.
  • Stage Combat (suggested for dancers of all levels) 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.
  • Advanced Pointe (suggested for dancers high intermediate through advanced levels) 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) 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 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 (suggested for dancers high beginner through advanced levels) 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.
  • Progressive Ballet Technique and Injury Prevention (suggested for dancers of all levels) with Jen Lawrence utilizes elements of Progressive 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.
  • Latin Jazz (suggested for dancers over the age of 11) Vibrant and exhilarating Latin Jazz Dance is designed exclusively for Dance West Virginia! Prepare for an electrifying fusion of rhythmic jazz, spirited cha-cha, and fiery salsa techniques that will ignite your passion for movement and music. In this dynamic class, you will embark on a rhythmic adventure, exploring the rich cultural movement of Latin dances while fusing them together with traditional jazz dance. Miss Roz will guide you through an enticing blend of expressive choreography, infectious music, and exciting footwork.
  • Intro to Irish Dance (suggested for dancers of all levels) This class will get your heart rate up and feet moving quickly. In this class students will be introduced to traditional soft shoe Irish step dance through both stationary and traveling patterns. We will build complexity and speed to test agility, musicality, and teamwork, and most of all – have fun!”
  • Belly Dance (suggested for dancers of all levels) will start with a short yoga session mixed with Belly Dance Basics. Bring a coin hip scarf if you like, and expect a time of fun and escape from the world. We will explore with props (such as different types of veils and Saidi Assaya) and enjoy a safe space to explore possibilities.  In this class you may find that belly dance holds healing modality – the possibility of recalibrating the body and harmonizing the soul enabling one to journey into healing, intuition, and expression through the ancient and soul invoking movement of Belly dance. Encouraging you through strong, empowering, and restorative movement, students leave with a sense of success.
  • West African (suggested for dancers beg/interm and up) is an introduction to the traditional rhythms, movements, meanings, and history of the dances originating from the Western part of Africa (Mali, Guinea, & Senegal). Participants will explore the vast and rich culture through movement phrases, rhythm, and oral tradition
  • Improvisation (suggested for dancers of all levels) Using a tool box of guided movement explorations,  this class aims to help dancers connect with their own creativity. Through decision making in open ended exercises, dancers develop confidence, identify new patterns of movement and increase the capacity for self expression. This class is fun, and meets each dancer where they are. Dancers have full agency over their experience. Come play! 
  • Precision Tap (suggested for dancers high beginner through advanced levels) Dancers will work on classic musical theater tap steps choreography with sharp and precise arm movements.
  • Craft Arts/Earthworks for Dancers (suggested for dancers of all levels) will involve manipulating found natural objects into group and individual sculptures. Dancers will enjoy finding the balance of a stone and making gorgeous leaf roses exploring contrast and texture while creating within the outdoor environment. We will also discuss the aspects of site-specific earthworks and their impact on the environment in which they are created.