This joyful class encourages very young
children to bond with their caregivers through songs and movement. Children are challenged to learn about different parts of their bodies, dance and freeze
to world music, and
stretch their gross motor skill abilities by using props, such as parachutes,
scarves, floor mats and balance beams. (with caregiver) Approximate Ages:
18 months-3 1/2 years.
The focus of this playful class is to capture
and develop children's creative expression. Students become animals at the zoo,
rainbows in the sky, magic stones and toys in a toy store as they move through
games, songs, and imagination. Ages: 3-5 years.
class uses games and music to encourage moving through space. Basic modern dance
technique is introduced. Emphasis is on fun and athletic movements, such as
gallops, skips, jumps and turns.
Students are challenged to put movements and shapes together into short phrases.
Boys who love to dance or want to improve their balance and coordination for
sports are encouraged to take this class. Ages: 5-9 years.
Modern Dance l
This joyful class is for children who have
experienced Creative Movement and are ready for more of a challenge. Modern I focuses on the basics of modern dance
technique, improvisation and composition. Students are challenged to expand
their movement vocabularies through playful and creative
activities. Each week, kids learn technical skills, play dance games, improvise,
and compose dances. A wide array of music is used to encourage uninhibited
movement as well as to introduce basic rhythm patterns. Ages: 5-9 years.
Modern Dance II
II focuses on modern dance
technique and choreography. We warm-up carefully to wake up muscles, build strength and flexibility.
We learn dance phrases with specific counts and across- the-floor combinations to experience the joy
of full body dancing. Students are given personal attention to encourage
technical growth. Creative work through improvisation and the creation of
compositions continues to be explored in Choreolab, which meets directly after
Modern II for those who wish to study the many elements of Modern Dance. Ages: 9-12 years.
Modern Dance III
Modern III is for the experienced dancer and is
required for company members. Discipline, focus and timing are emphasized.
Dancers work to improve their skills, paying close attention to proper alignment
and increasing stamina and strength. Students are challenged by learning
longer, more complex phrases and across-the-floor combinations. For those
interested in improvisation and choreography, Choreolab should be taken in
addition to this class. Ages: 12 years
Modern is geared toward our most advanced teens who are ready to move at a
faster pace and attack technique with great focus, diligence and energy. This
quick-paced, exciting technique class is offered to those taking multiple dance
classes at Barefoot. Ages: 13 years and up.
l & ll
classes emphasize correct,
unforced alignment, classical technique, musicality, and the joy of dancing. Dancers are
challenged with skills appropriate for their age and level.
Ages: 7-10 (Ballet l) & 11 & up (Ballet II).
Choreolab Performance Workshop
This lab-type class is a
wonderful choice for those interested in the creative aspects of dance. We
on improvisation, composition and performance. Students learn choreography skills and
create compositions on themselves as well as on each other. Participants learn
repertory and create new pieces together. They have many
opportunities to be dancers, collaborators and choreographers. Students join the
Barefoot Dance Company and perform several times during the year. Ages: 10
years and up.
Barefoot Dance Company
The company is intended for the serious dance
student. We meet as a full group twice per week, once in Modern III (see
description above) and once for Company class. In addition, company
members are required
to take additional classes in modern and/or ballet. Students set goals
for themselves early in the fall and are challenged to achieve them during the
school year. Dancers work with guest teachers, learn pieces created by
professionals and choreograph on each other.
Participants experience their own unique creative
process when working on their choreography projects. Throughout the year,
students watch many modern dance video clips to become exposed to the wide
variety of choreography. They also research how to move as individuals and an
ensemble through improvisation and deep focus work. Questions asked
include: What is the inspiration for your piece? Is it a abstract or telling a
story? How many dancers do you need in your piece? What type of music or sound
will enhance the vision? Are there specific costumes, props or sets that you
need to bring your piece to life? Students support each other through this
process by giving feedback to one another, helping the choreographer make their
dance "more of what it is." (Neil Greenberg)
Company members have many opportunities to perform throughout the Hudson
Valley. (By audition)
This welcoming class combines modern technique
and structured improvisation. We focus on maintaining healthy
alignment, strength-building and the sheer joy of dancing. The style
is greatly influenced by Cunningham, Limon and Release techniques, as well as
Modern is good for your center, energizing for the body and guaranteed to lift your spirits!