Youth Classes

SUMMER WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
August programming for Ages 5-18 is now open. Visit our summer program page here for more info. 
Ballet & Pointe classes are taught by Martha Tornay, Modern Dance classes, Creative Technique, Teen Company and Dance Making 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 all genders.  
  • 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.
WINTER/SPRING 2019 CLASS SCHEDULE
                                                     February 3rd - May 19th

  CLICK ON A CLASS TO REGISTER  
 
 LINK WILL DIRECT YOU TO ABRONS ARTS CENTER WEBPAGE FOR REGISTRATION

Sunday
11:30-12:15Modern 1 & 2Age 5-7
12:30-2:00Modern 5Age 12-18
2:30-4:30Teen Company
Age 12-18


Monday
3:45-5:00Ballet 3
Age 7-9
5:00-6:30Ballet 6
Age 12-18
6:30-7:15Pointe 1
By permission of instructor



Tuesday


3:45-4:30Ballet 1
Age 5-6
4:30-6:00Ballet 5
Age 10-14
6:00-6:45Beginning Pointe
By permission of instructor



Wednesday


3:45-4:30Creative Technique
Age 3-4
3:45-4:30Ballet 2
Age 6-7
4:30-5:45Modern 3
Age 8-11
4:30-6:00Ballet 7
Age 12-18
6:00-6:45Pointe Repertory
By permission of instructor



Thursday


4:00-5:15Intro to Dance Making
Age 8 & up
4:30-6:00Ballet 8
Age 12-18
6:00-6:45Pointe 2
By permission of instructor



Friday


4:00-5:15Ballet  4
Age 9-12
4:00-5:15Modern 4
Age 11-16

IMPORTANT DATES 

Fe3rd:    Start of classes
Feb 18th-24th:    No class, Winter Recess
Apr 19th-27th:    No class, Spring Recess
May 19th:     End-of-semester performance

RATES & REGISTRATION

For rates and registration, visit the Abrons Arts Center website here, or click on a class in the schedule listing above.
  

** 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& 2
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 dance concepts (such as level, pathway, direction and rhythm) while developing social skills and refining body awareness and self-expression.

Modern 3 
Level 3 more thoroughly explores the themes introduced in earlier levels 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
Modern 4 is a mixed level class open to intermediate dancers and those with minimal dance training. Through floorwork, standing warm-up exercises and partner weight sharing explorations, students practice creating strong, supportive muscular engagement and prepare themselves 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. 

Modern 5
This class follows many of the same themes as Modern 4, though with a more advanced and nuanced approach to the technique. Students explore more complex movement material, and delve more deeply into refining performance skills and developing precise articulation within phrase work and improvisational scores. This class is most suited for those comfortable with the basics of modern dance technique. 

Ballet 1, 2 & 3 
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 4 - 7 
These classes are 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.

Pointe
*Note: This class is open only at the permission of the instructor. All pointe students must attend a ballet class directly prior to the pointe class*
Through barre and center exercises, students will explore level appropriate sequences, which will give strength and alignment with the ultimate goal of giving the students a sense of ease en pointe. 

Pointe Repertory
Intermediate through advanced pointe students (not suitable for beginning pointe students) will have the opportunity to study original pointe choreography throughout the semester. The class will culminate in a formal performance of the work at our end-of-year student concert. This class must be taken in addition to another pointe class throughout the week.

Intro to Dance Making
In this mixed-level class, students explore how dances are made. Students investigate compositional tools through improvisation, and practice building short pieces of their own choreography individually and collaboratively with other students in the class. 



TEEN COMPANY

Rehearsals: SUNDAYS, 2:30pm-4:30pm 

Audition only, ages 12+

The EVDP Teen Company is a pre-professional audition-based performance troupe. Now entering its eleventh 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