Ballet 4/5Pre-Pointe | Tuesday 5:00-6:30 Thursday 5:30-7:00 | Ages 11-15| 36 classes|
January 30- June 5th Performance May 19- 20 Midsummer Night's Dream Production Fees included.
Ballet 4 is most often taken along with Rehearsal 4 on Tuesdays following Technique class for those students who crave working on more choreography for performances. It is often taken along with Modern 4/5, Jazz, 4/5 and/or Hip Hop 4.
Attire: Females: Discountdance.com Strap or tank leotard style # Lub203 or L8720 color Aubergine ( Plum). Pink tights recommended Convertible , Ballet Pink # A81 Pink Split sole slipper BLoch Pro- Lite II Hybrid #so203G
Instructors: Anne Motl Tuesday and Christine Juarez Thursday
Ballet 4/5 is a minimum of a two to three year intermediate/advanced technical level. On the rare occasion a student can audition to start dance in level 4/5 if they have had previous experience or show exceptional talent to jump levels to begin. Ballet 4/5 is a love that prepares young girls for pointe and young males for exceptional. The concepts of locomotion, body awareness, pathways, dance vocabulary, sequencing, musicality, and a strong emphasis on anatomy, core strength in the use of proper alignment are strongly taught at this level. An 18 week curriculum is followed that bases each class on concepts of movement, space or the body and how it functions. Stretching will be heavily included to increase range of motion. Ballet 4/5continues with a full barre, center work petite allegro and grand allegro exercises. It continues to dig deeper into the classical ballet vocabulary French vocabulary and the use of musical terms Students are invited to start Pre-Pointe in year 2 once they show proficiency in holding alignment, strength and turn out.
The invitation to begin dancing fully on pointe is extended to each individual when the instructor feels it is safe and they show a desire to work on pointe. This is strictly a technique class. Students wishing to perform need to register for Rehearsal 4/5. Those enrolled will have 2-3 dances in our Seasonal Winter Concert. Contemporary Modern 4/5 is highly recommended along with Rehearsal4/5 for this level. Read more under Rehearsal 4/5 and Contemporary 4/5 for details.
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.
18 week term January 31- June 6th
$390 production fee includes performance May 19- 20. CHeif Sealth Auditorium.
Instructor: Kisha Vaughn
Kisha Vaughan, born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in Sacramento, CA has been dancing in and around Seattle for the past 10 years with a focus on hip hop.
Kisha has had the privilege to be a part of various crews including Breaking Point Dance Company, In Effect Hip Hop, and Seattle Storm Hip Hop Squad.
Most recently Kisha was a back up dancer for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis where she was invited to tour the U.S. and Canada.
Performances include Showtime at the Apollo, Folklife, Capitol Hill Block Party, Conan O'Brien, MTV Movie Awards, Billboard Awards, and Bumbershoot.
Currently Kisha teaches hip hop and choreographs. Her work has been seen at various competitions and shows including Monsters of Hip Hop and World of Dance. Kisha's newest venture are the Poison Poppies.
Class Description; NEW!
Hip Hop 6/7 Teen/ Adult Advanced requires previous dance training and will move at a fast pace. Warm up and center floor sequences will be crafted into a piece of choreography. Each week will build on the class prior. We are thrilled to be welcoming Kisha to our faculty. Her national performing experience and work with a major international pop star brings great perspective to our students on the state of hip hop today.
14 week term Mondays 7:00pm-8:00pm March 7-June 6 th
Beginner/ Intermediate Adult Jazz
Instructor: Kellsie Steele
Description: Adult Jazz is open to those who have had some dance in their 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!
Attire: comfortable clothing and jazz shoes.
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.