Adult Introductory Tap | Mondays | 6:30 to 7:30pm | 18 weeks | $420 (Steele)
Starts January 28th- June 3
No Registration, Production or Costume Fees
Instructor: Kellsie Steele, WSPA Dance Faculty
Description: Adult Beginner Tap is open to those who have never have had tap in the past and are ready for an evening full of warm ups, isolations, combinations and jumps. This class is a non- performing class. Endurance, flexibility, Musicality and attitude will all be included in this dynamic paced Wednesday night!
Bio: Kellsie Steele has studied dance for 24 years, performing nationally in jazz, modern, ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, and hip hop from the age of 3. She was honorary captain of the varsity cheerleading team at Eastside Catholic High School and was captain of both her Dance and Cheerleading team at Saint Mary's College of California. She trained under the direction of Lori Buffalow and Rachel Jackson of the San Francisco 49ers as well as nationally accredited choreographers Greg Russell, Andrew Vacca, and Jeannine Sabo to name just a few. Kellsie has performed nationally at NCAA basketball tournaments, and as a member of the San Francisco 49ers Goldrush professional cheerleading and dance team has had the opportunity to perform in places such as China and Japan. Kellsie holds a Bachelors degree in Communications and has taught at multiple dance academies in both San Francisco and Seattle. Kellsie joined the Cornish Dance staff in 2014. We welcome her to West Seattle Performing Arts first term.
Attire: Comfortable Clothing and Tap Shoes.
Ballet 6/7/Pointe | by placement | Three times per week (Tues/Thur/Sat) | Tues 7 to 8:45. Thurs 7 to 8:30 | Sat 12:30 to 2pm | 18 weeks | 54 classes | 81 hours of instruction | $1,668 (La Grand)
Starts January 29th- June 8th
Tentative Performance Dates: May 18- 19
No Registration, Costume or Production Fees
Instructors: Christine Juarez, Director, WSPA ( Thursday/ Saturday) Ballet and Pointe. Kate La Grand ( Tuesdays, Barre and Classical Variations)
Christine Juarez Bio:
Christine Juarez, Executive Director of West Seattle Performing Arts, has been directing dance programs for the past 26 years. She has served as the Summer Dance Coordinator directing a national program and teaching for the Preparatory Dance Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts since 1994- 2018. She has served as an integral part of the External Programming team for the college. She served as the acting Director of Dance for Vashon Center for the Arts since 1996- 2017 on Vashon Island, WA and the Artistic Director of the Vashon Center for the Arts, a pre-professional dance company, Christine has dedicated two decades bringing the classical and contemporary arts to communities in the Seattle area . She has directed and taught dance to diverse populations for the past 34 years.. Christine has also served on the dance faculty of Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a M.S. from Indiana University in Modern dance and Physical Sciences and a B.S. in Ballet and Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Christine is a Master Artist in Residence for the state of Washington and enjoys collaborative projects annually with classroom teachers integrating academics and movement. She has been a presenter of Early Movement Education for the Dance Educators Association of Washington and numerous other conferences. Christine started dance in Philadelphia as a young girl and was trained in the Vaganova syllabus of Ballet. Her training has included an immersion in Opera and she has performed and choreographed numerous operas. To date Christine has staged: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee, Firebird, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade, Romeo and Juliet, Rodeo,La Sylphide and numerous others. She believes that dance should be accessible to all and that it can be taught in a positive engaging atmosphere. She has dedicated her life to bringing dance to as many people that she can.
Kate La Grand Bio:
Kate LeGrand joined WSPA as a Rehearsal Mistress for The Nutcracker and is now one of our fabulous WSPA Dance Faculty. Ms. LeGrand began dancing in New York and completed several summer intensives before joining a four-year residency with the Bossov Ballet Theatre. She is trained in the classical Vaganova technique under the tutelage of coaches from the Mariinsky/Kirov Ballet and Moscow Ballet, and has performed leading roles on-stage at home and in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. LeGrand is excited to bring 15 years of ballet dancing and instruction to West Seattle."
Ballet 6/7 is an advanced technical level. Students who have been dancing at in intermediate level or advanced level for 5 years or more would be eligible for this level. Class will be taught at a high skill level emphasizing barre, center, petite and grand allegro. Multiple turns, beats in petite allegro and longer floor sequences. Strength, flexibility, musicality and emphasis on proper alignment are strongly taught at this level. Artistry at the highest level will be taught. Ballet 6/7 is our most advanced technical level and we welcome dancers studying ballet with a focus on skill, those that may be entertaining a future as a dance major or minor in college a professional career in dance or those that have danced in their lives and desire an advanced level of training.
Christine Juarez' Teaching philosophy: I have a very strong philosophy of respect in the classroom. Student to teacher, teacher to student ,students to each other, the space and the learning environment. Every student is an individual that learns in a unique way. My job, as a teacher, is to choose the best language and examples to create a stimulating and playful learning environment. I choose to eliminate negative words in the classroom like” No”,” not” or” wrong.” I believe in transparency. I crave an authentic and healthy relationship with both my students and their families.
NEW! Adult Dance Class Card Package | $160 (8) classes | Good for Any Adult Dance Classes|
Good for 6 weeks of classes. Perfect for adults who want multiple classes a week.
Here is how it works:
Adult Open Ballet | Friday 11:30-1:15 | $135 or drop in students are welcome for a $30 drop in rate.
Starts January 4,11,18,25
This link will purchase all 4 classes. Missed classes may be made up in the next term and you can carry a class credit for one year.
We plan to continue this class year round-
Instructor: Sylvie Gaillard, WSPA Dance Instructor
Sylvie comes to WSPA with decades of dance and teaching experience in Classical Ballet and has taught and studied in France. She holds a Diplomas from the Royal Academy of Dancing as well as the Ecole Superieure d 'Etudes Choreographiques in Paris which is recognized by the Minister of French Culture.She has taught all levels in classical Ballet and Character work. She is a member who selects Teachers for the Conservatories in Paris and meets each year traveling and vetting candidates. She has studied with Gilbert Canova, Director of Ballet Master of the Geneva Theater and Opera di Roma and many of the great masters. This is special class to add to your week.
Attire: Comfortable clothing, Ballet slippers, hair back.