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Acro FlexAcroFlex

Faculty: Debbie West – read her bio HERE

This class focuses on strength, flexibility, and the fundamentals of acrobatics for ages 5 and over. Note: This is not a gymnastics class. Each year, dancers will be placed in an appropriate AcroFlex level (I – III) based on their current command of the acrobatic skills that they possess and will work progressively towards developing more advanced skills in this three-tiered program. Please check The Morgantown Dance website for scheduled AcroFlex placement dates and times. Special topics will include: Improving arabesque and extensions.

acro class

Class Attire
  • form fitting clothing that does not inhibit movement – no skirts.
  • Footwear: bare feet
Class Offerings
  • Foundations of AcroFlex (ages 5-7)
  • AcroFlex I (ages 7 & Up by placement)
  • AcroFlex II (By placement)
  • AcroFlex III (By placement)

See the full schedule of classes HERE

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Ballet at MDS

Ballet

Faculty: Olivia Allen, Marcy Bowers Mossburg, Desiree Witt – read their bios HERE

ballet kidsAfter age six, students will be placed according to ability and experience rather than age. After the six-year-old class, students will begin in our Primary Division Ballet, which offers two levels of classes, Primary Division Ballet Level I and Primary Division Ballet Level II. These levels help build the foundation for the more advanced classes Ballet I, Ballet II, and Ballet III (These levels are based on the Russian Vaganova syllabus).

Boys ages 7+ take Ballet for FREE – email us for more information at info@morgantowndance.org

Ballet Level progression for dancers age 7+
  • Beginning Ballet for Kids (for dancers 7-11 who have no dance experience)
  • PD I Ballet (for dancers who have just completed the 6 Year Foundations program or who have experience), serious students should be taking at least one class per week but two is preferable.
  • PD II Ballet (for dancers who have completed all of the goals set forth in the PD Ballet I syllabus as determined by his/her teacher), serious students should be taking two classes per week.
  • Ballet I (for dancers who have completed all of the goals set forth in the PD Ballet II syllabus as determined by his/her teacher), serious students should be taking at least two classes per week but three is preferable.
  • Ballet II (for dancers who have completed all of the goals set forth in the Ballet I syllabus as determined by a panel during a placement class), serious students should be taking at least three classes per week.boys ballet
  • Ballet III+ (for dancers who have completed all of the goals set forth in the Ballet II syllabus as determined by a panel during a placement class), serious students should be taking more than three classes per week.
Class Attire
  • Girls
    • Black leotard
    • Pink tights
    • Pink ballet shoes
  • Boys
    • White t-shirt
    • Black shorts, leggings, or tights
    • Black or white ballet shoes
Classes Offered
  • Primary Division I Ballet (PD I Ballet)ballet adv
  • Primary Division II Ballet (PD II Ballet)
  • Boy’s & Men’s Ballet (ages 7 & Up)
  • Ballet for Teens and Beginners
  • Ballet I
  • Ballet I/II
  • Ballet II
  • Ballet II/III
  • Ballet III
  • Pre-Pointe
  • Beginning Pointe
  • Intermediate/Advanced Pointe
  • Adult Ballet 
  • Ballet Partnering (pair with Men’s ballet and Ballet II/III+)

See the full schedule of classes HERE

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ConditioningCondition & Strengthen

Faculty: Ashley Marie Manzo – read her bio HERE

Get in shape and have fun while doing it. With Pilates certified instructors lead beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes. No worries if you aren’t a dancer . . . no prior experience needed.

 

Class Offerings
  • Open Core/Conditioning

See the full schedule of classes HERE

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Contemporary

Contemporary

(Not Currently Offered)

Faculty: (No current faculty for this class)

Contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance’s stress on the torso. It also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Due to the movements in the torso, Contemporary becomes one of the more expressive and experimental forms of dance. Merce Cunningham (thought to be the founder of Contemporary) formed these key ideas about the technique and practice of Contemporary Dance:

  • Contemporary dance does refuse the classical ballet’s leg technique in favor of modern dance’s stress on the torso
  • Contemporary dance is not necessarily a narrative art form
  • ContemporaryChoreography that appears disordered, but nevertheless relies on technique
  • Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction
  • Multiple and simultaneous actions
  • Suspension of perspective and symmetry in ballet scenic frame perspective such as front, center, and hierarchies
  • Creative freedom
  • “Independence between dance and music”
  • Dance to be danced, not analyzed
Class Attire
  • Girls – Hair in bun, leotard & tights, ballet shoes
  • Boys – Black tights, white shirt, ballet shoes
Class Offerings
    • Contemporary Ballet (Ballet II+)

See the full schedule of classes HERE

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Foundations

Foundations

Faculty: Cambrie Decker, Tyler Detrick, Nikki Hickle, Katie Tavolacci, Debbie West, & Zoë Williams – read their bios HERE

Read a full description of Foundations HERE

Foundations is our early childhood Ballet, Jazz, Acro/Flex, Hip Hop, Irish, and Tap program designed to introduce children to the basics of dance while engaging and encouraging their imaginations.Morgantown Dance is excited to launch Foundations this fall – our new, all inclusive program geared specifically towards our youngest dancers (ages 3-6).

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With a focus on training and technique, our Foundations program remains true to our mission statement and provide the basis for all types of dance.The program’s once per week class (45 minutes) in Foundations of Ballet, Jazz, AcroFlex, Hip Hop, Irish, and/or Tap allows young dancers to learn rhythm, choreography, terminology, and technique in a fun, age-appropriate setting. Students will also learn classroom etiquette while strengthening skills in listening, creativity, following directions, musicality and spatial awareness. Students are initially placed in a Foundations class based on their birthdate (see below); however, program flexibility allows for movement to other levels by the discretion of the Foundations staff. This individualized approach takes into consideration the student’s ability as well as their age. Classes are small and taught by experienced dance faculty and student helpers. All Foundations staff members undergo training specific to this curriculum which is based on the National Dance Education Organization’s standards for Dance in Early Childhood. Classes in the Foundations program will build a framework that dancers can use in later dance classes, sports, and everyday life.

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Age Requirements
Classes in the Foundations program are grouped into age-specific levels for two to seven year olds. These classes meet once a week for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Students are initially placed in a Foundations class based on their birthdate (see below); however, program flexibility allows for movement to other levels by the discretion of the Foundations staff. This individualized approach takes into consideration the student’s ability as well as their age.

Grown Up & Me (2 -4 years old): The Grown-Up & Me class is for our tinniest of dancers. 2, 3, & 4 year olds are accompanied by an adult in this class – a great way to bond with your child and to get them socialized at a younger age. *Children must be 2 on or before Sept. 1, 2016.

Foundations of Ballet and Tap – Level I (3-5 year olds) – This class focuses on learning how to interact in a classroom, building strength, increasing flexibility, and learning basic coordination. *Children must be at least 3 on or before Sept. 1, 2016.

Foundations of Ballet and Tap – Level II, Foundations of Hip Hop, Irish, and AcroFlex (5-7 year olds) – The five to seven year old class focuses on foundational elements that will be important in a technique class. It reinforces all of the skills learned in the younger level and challenges them with changes of direction and level. It continues to build on basic skills such as strength, flexibility, coordination, and classroom etiquette. *Children must be at least 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2016.

Class AttireKids ballet
  • Grown-Up & Me  
    • Loose fitting clothes and bare feet
  • Foundations I
    • Girls – pink leotard with attached skirt, pink tights
    • Boys – white shirt, black shorts or sweat pants/bike shorts, white socks with ballet slippers
  • Foundations II
    • Girls – black leotard with attached skirt, pink tights
    • Boys – white shirt, black shorts or sweat pants/bike shorts, white socks with ballet slippers
    • Acro/Flex, Hip Hop, Irish & Tap – see their class attire under their class descriptions
  • Footwear
    • Tap shoes for Foundations of Tap
    • Jazz shoes for Foundations of Jazz
    • Ballet Slippers for Foundations of Ballet (girls in pink and boys in black)
    • Clean Sneakers or tennis shoes for Foundations of Hip Hop
Class Offerings
  • Grown Up & Me (ages 2-4 with an adult)
  • Foundations of AcroFlex I (ages 3-5)
  • Foundations of AcroFlex II (ages 5-7)
  • Foundations of Ballet I (ages 3-5)
  • Foundations of Ballet II (ages 5-7)
  • Foundations of Irish (ages 5-7)
  • Foundations of Tap/Jazz I (ages 3-5)
  • Foundations of Tap/Jazz II (ages 5-7)
  • Foundations of Tap/Musical Theater I (ages 3-5)
  • Foundations of Tap/Musical Theater II (ages 5-7)

See the full schedule of classes HERE

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Hip HopHip Hop

Faculty: Gretchen Hurd – read her bio HERE

Hip Hop is uniquely an American form of dance.  Beginning in the 1970s dancers experimented and created this, now, multi-sect form of dance.  With teacher and professional dancer, Gretchen Moore, the students will learn the basics of Hip Hop dance through rhythm and levels of movement.  With moves like the Running Man, Roger Rabbit and even the Moon Walk, your child will have a blast learning the history and movement styles of Hip Hop.

Class Attirehip hop
  • Clothing must be comfortable and not inhibit movement.  No dresses or “booty shorts”. Athletic pants, sweats, shorts, tank tops, and t-shirts are preferred.
  • Footwear: Sneakers or Tennis shoes – cleaned (not worn outside)
Class Offerings
  • Foundations of Hip Hop (ages 5-7)
  • Kids’ Hip Hop (ages 7 & Up)

See the full schedule of classes HERE

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Irish Dance

Irish Dance

Faculty: Hunter Moreland – read her bio HERE

Irish Step Dancing is one of the most beloved types of heritage dancing, with roots in traditional Irish music and dance.  Dancers will learn the steps and forms of Irish soft shoe, the percussive rhythms of hardshoe, and the formations of céilí dances.

Serious students are encouraged to take a ballet class in addition to their Irish classes to help with flexibility, turn out, strength, and technique.

Irish Cloe

Class Attire
  • Dancers must wear clothing that is tight fitting and does not restrict movement (for example: tights and leotard, exercise pants and shirt).
  • The traditional footwear for Irish Step Dancing is the Irish Ghillie (or soft shoe) and the Irish Hardshoe (both are available online).
  • Foundations of Irish – bare feet or ballet slippers (preferred)
  • Beginning Irish – ghillies (preferred) or ballet slippers/jazz shoes
  • Intermediate Irish & Advanced Irish – ghillies (highly recommended) or ballet slippers/jazz shoes
  • Hardshoe – Hardshoes (required)
Class Offerings
  • Foundations of Irish (ages 5-7)
  • Irish I (ages 7 & Up)
  • Irish II
  • Irish III
  • Irish Hardshoe I
  • Irish Hardshoe II

See the full schedule of classes HERE

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JazzJazz

Faculty: Mollie Mock Kaufman, Craig Kaufman, & Gretchen Hurd – read their bios HERE

Jazz is a highly stylized genre of dance that focuses on musicality, flexibility, leaps and turns. While developing parallel to American popular music, Jazz dance styles range from Musical Theatre to Fosse and Luigi techniques.  With a low center of gravity and high energy, dancers in the Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary Jazz. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

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Class Attire
  • form fitting clothing such as tights, leggings, leotards and tank tops
  • Footwear: jazz shoes
Class Offerings & Age Requirements
  • Jazz I
  • Jazz II
  • Jazz III
  • Foundations of Tap/Jazz I (ages 3-5) – see the Foundations section
  • Foundations of Tap/Jazz II (ages 5-7) – see the Foundations section

See the full schedule of classes HERE

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Modern Danc

Modern

Faculty: Ashley Marie Manzo & Gretchen Hurd – read their bios HERE

Modern is an expressive and grounded movement dance genre. With a Ballet base, Modern dance explores levels using the floor, changing the shape and orientation of the body to space and even inverting the body in relationship to the floor.  Modern dance ranges widely in styles from release-technique and Limon to Horton and Graham.

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Class Attire
  • form fitting clothing that does not inhibit movement – tank tops, leotards, tights or leggings
  • Footwear: bare feet
Class Offerings & Age Requirements
  • Beginning Modern (ages 10 & Up)
  • Intermediate Modern (ages 10 & Up)
  • Advanced Modern (ages 10 & Up)
  • Jazz/Modern (ages 7-11)

See the full schedule of classes HERE

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TapTap

Faculty: Craig Kaufman & Debbie Liberatore West – read their bios HERE

Tap classes develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap.

Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class’ emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. Both children 7+ and adults will work on the basic techniques of tap dancing. Open classes are designed to accommodate multiple levels of experience.

Tap I – A 60 minute Tap class emphasizing the quality and clarity of sounds while focusing on musicality and rhythm phrasing. Class includes a comprehensive warm-up, across the floor and center floor combinations featuring tap terminology, timing , rhythmic patterns, turning and an exploration of choreographic styles.

Tap II – Designed to develop and increase tap skills at quicker pace. Tap vocabulary is increased and students will explore syncopated rhythmic patterns and choreographic design. This 60 minute class will cover musicality, coordination, cardio endurance, and performance quality. Intricate footwork and syncopated rhythms are evaluated and precision and clarity are emphasized. Students will be split into intermediate and more advanced levels within the class. Turning, jumps, leaps, pull backs and pick up combinations will be explored.

For more advanced tap students, new tap levels can/may be added.

TnL 2012 6 edittap adultThe Motown Strutters, a partner of Morgantown Dance, is a senior tap dancing troupe consisting of twelve young senior ladies all from Morgantown, WV.  Click HERE for more details about the Motown Strutters.

Class Attire
  • Foundations class: leotard and tights
  • Adults: form fitting clothing that does not inhibit movement – shorts, pants, t-shirts and tank tops
  • Footwear: tap shoes
Class Offerings & Age Requirements
  • Foundations of Jazz/Tap I (ages 3-5) – see the Foundations section
  • Foundations of Jazz/Tap II (ages 5-7) – see the Foundations section
  • Tap I (ages 7 & Up)
  • Tap II
  • Tap III
  • Tap IV
  • Open Adult Tap
  • Beginner Adult Tap

See the full schedule of classes HERE 

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