5000 Greenbag Road, Morgantown, WV 26501 info@morgantowndance.org 304-292-3266

Classes


AcroFlex

Instructor Tracy Cottrell

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.

Class Attire
  • form fitting clothing that does not inhibit movement – no skirts.
  • Footwear: bare feet
Class Offerings
  • AcroFlex I
  • AcroFlex II 
  • AcroFlex III 

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Ballet

Faculty: Olivia Allen, Mollie Mock Kaufman, Marcy Bowers Mossburg, Kinsey Novak, Laurel Plitnik, Katie Tavolacci,  Desiree Witt

After age seven, students will be placed according to ability and experience rather than age. After the Foundations of Ballet II 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 8+ take Ballet for FREE – email us for more information at info@morgantowndance.org

Ballet Level progression (for dancers age 8+)
  • PD I Ballet (for dancers who have just completed the Foundations II 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.
  • 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)                             
  • Primary Division II Ballet (PD II Ballet)
  • 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 

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Irish Dance

Faculty: Hunter Moreland

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.

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).
  • 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
  • Irish
  • Irish Hardshoe

Jazz

Faculty: Ashley Schifano, Mollie Mock Kaufman

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.

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

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Modern

Faculty: Madison Hoke & Ashley Marie Manzo

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.

Class Attire
  • Form fitting clothing that does not inhibit movement – tank tops, leotards, tights or leggings
  • Footwear: bare feet
Class Offerings & Age Requirements
  • Modern I
  • Modern II
  • Modern III
  • Contemporary Modern I
  • Contemporary Modern II

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Tap

Faculty: Ashley Schifano & Debbie Liberatore West

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.

The 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
  • Form fitting clothing that does not inhibit movement – shorts, pants, t-shirts and tank tops
  • Footwear: tap shoes
Class Offerings
  • Tap I 
  • Tap II
  • Tap III
  • Open Adult Tap

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