Youth Classes


Winter/spring 2018 class SCHEDULE 
January 28 - June 14
click on a class to register 
LINK WILL DIRECT YOU TO ABRONS ARTS CENTER webPAGE FOR REGISTRATION

Sunday

10:00-11:30

Age 11-18

11:30-12:15

Age 11-18

11:30-12:15

Age 4-6

12:30-1:30

Age 6-8

12:30-1:45

Age 11-18

2:00-4:00

Age 11-18

Monday


3:30-4:45

Age 9-14

4:45-6:15

Age 13-18

6:15-7:00

By permission of instructor

Tuesday


3:30-4:15

Age 4-6

4:30-6:00

Age 10-14

6:00-6:45

By permission of instructor

Wednesday


4:00-5:15

Age 8-11

4:30-6:00

Age 13-18

5:15-6:30

Age 10-16

6:00-6:45

By permission of instructor

Thursday


3:30-4:15

Age 3-4

4:00-5:15

Age 8-10

4:15-5:15

Age 6-8
Ballet & Pointe classes are taught by Martha Tornay, Modern Dance classes and Creative Technique are taught by Victoria Roberts-Wierzbowski. See full bios on our faculty page.

  • Students age 8 and up are strongly encouraged to attend class at least twice a week.  
  • All classes are suitable for boys as well as girls.  
  • Students will be placed in a level appropriate class.  
  • Pointe classes by teacher permission only.  

DRESS CODE 

Modern & Creative Technique

All participants should wear bare feet (no tights or ballet slippers, please) and loose or stretchy comfortable clothing (leggings, sweat pants, stretch pants, or leotards & footless tights are all acceptable!) 

Ballet

Students can choose to wear a leotard or tight shirt with  footless/convertible tights, leggings or bike shorts. Thin, wraparound ballet skirts are allowed. Hair should be pulled into a bun or securely out of one's face. 

All classes

Please no tutus. No necklaces, hoop earrings or accessories that could catch while dancing.

IMPORTANT DATES 

January 28th:    Start of classes
February 16th-23rd:    No class, Midwinter Recess
March 30th-April 6th:    No class, Spring Recess
May 28th:    No class, Memorial Day
June 14th:    Final day of classes

RATES & REGISTRATION

To register, visit the Abrons Arts Center website here, or click on a class in the schedule listing above.
  

Creative Technique, Ballet 1, Modern 1, Pointe 1-4  ............
$396

Modern 2, Ballet 2  ............................................................
$450

Modern 3, 4 & 5, Ballet 3 & 3/4  .......................................
$504

Ballet 4, 5, 6 & 7  ..............................................................
$558

Teen Company   .................................................................
$180



** We strive to make dance accessible for all. Needs-based scholarships are available through the Abrons Arts Center registration process. **

The tiered pricing system, based on yearly household income, is listed below:

 $45,000-$54,000 | 25% Discount on classes
$35,000-$44,999 | 50% Discount on classes 
Under $34,999 | 75% Discount classes

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Creative Technique & Modern 1
In these fun, lively classes, students are introduced to the fundamentals of modern dance technique through creative lessons using storytelling, song, props, games and lots of structured dance improvisation. Students explore basic skills and concepts (such as level, pathway, direction and rhythm) while developing social skills and refining body awareness and self-expression.

Modern 2 & 3 

Levels 2 & 3 more thoroughly explore the themes introduced in Level 1 while integrating more choreographed movement material, expanding the student’s capacity for physical memorization. Through detailed warm ups, floorwork, set phrase material and improvisation, students increase body awareness while building confidence, strength and flexibility. 

Modern 4/5
This class leads students through a more advanced and nuanced approach to modern dance technique, in a fun and accessible manner suited to teens and tweens. Through floorwork, standing warm up exercises and partner weight sharing explorations, students practice how to build a strong base of supportive muscular engagement and prepare their bodies for safe, aligned dancing. Class includes improvised movement scores, introduction to inversions and lots of choreographed movement phrases focusing primarily on development of timing, rhythm, weight and momentum. 

Ballet 1 & 2 
Basic classical ballet warm-ups are explored with sensitivity to the students’ individual anatomy and capabilities. Emphasis is placed on developing strength and coordination while nurturing a love of dance. Class also explores dance-based games to develop self-confidence and learn how to work in a group. 

Ballet 3-7 
This class is designed to emphasize a physical understanding of the source of ballet technique. Through level appropriate barre exercises students are encouraged to recognize their individual anatomy and learn how to practice ballet in a secure and effective way, placing a strong emphasis on épaulement (upper body) working in harmony with the rest of the body. Center exercises further develop an awareness of technique using accessible combinations that are designed to escalate in complexity, giving the dancer the substantial benefit of a classical ballet class.

TEEN COMPANY

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 1:45pm-3:45pm 

Audition only, ages 10+ 

The EVDP Teen Company is a pre-professional audition-based performance troupe. Now entering its tenth year, the company offers a platform for area teens to perform original, student generated choreography as well as repertory from talented guest choreographers. Through weekly rehearsals and regular performance opportunities at a wide range of venues throughout New York and beyond, company members develop skills of collaboration, refine their performance technique, and experience the joys and rigors of working closely with other creative and gifted dance artists.    

More info here