Youth Classes

Virtual Workshops
 October 5th-November 8th, 2020
 Class links will direct you to the Abrons Arts Center page for registration

10:00-10:45am EDT 
Dance Adventurers! (Age 5-7) 
12:00-1:00pm EDT
Virtual Teen Company: Modern Technique & Dance Making (Age 11-18) 

4:00-5:00pm EDT
Modern Fundamentals (Age 8-11)  


 4:00-5:00pm EDT
Ballet Strengthening and Barre (without a Barre) 1 (Age 9-11)


4:00-5:00pm EDT
Ballet Strengthening and Barre (without a Barre) 2 (Age 11-17)

5:15-6:00pm EDT
Pointe Strengthening (Age 11-17)


4:00-5:00pm EDT
Ballet Strengthening and Barre (without a Barre) 3 (Age 11-17)

    Ballet & Pointe classes are taught by Martha Tornay.  Dance Adventurers!,  Virtual Teen Company: Modern Technique & Dance Making, Modern Fundamentals are taught by Victoria Roberts-Wierzbowski. See full bios on our faculty page.  
    All classes are suitable for all genders.  


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. A limited amount of tuition assistance is available to those who qualify on a first come first serve basis. For more information email us at: **


Modern Fundamentals 

Come explore modern dance technique! Through creative imagery and lively exercises, class explores the fundamentals of modern dance while introducing developmentally appropriate challenges. Fun warm-ups, dance phrases (modified for small spaces!) and improvisational scores, lead students to increase their body awareness and build confidence, strength, and flexibility. Dancers will also explore their creative voices and learn how to make original choreography in their home spaces, through movement games, choreographic prompts and group distance dances. 

 Ballet Strengthening and Barre (without a Barre) 1, 2 & 3 

This class will focus on maintaining and developing ballet technique and strength through a guided at-home practice. We will begin with exercise-band and strengthening sequences. Through level appropriate exercises, students are encouraged to recognize their individual anatomy and learn how to practice ballet in a secure and effective way while placing a strong emphasis on épaulement (upper body) working in harmony with the rest of the body. Barre and ballet shoes are not required. Exercise band is required.

Pointe Strengthening 

*This class must be taken in combination with a Ballet Strengthening and Barre (without a Barre) class.  Students will practice basic pointe exercises to develop and maintain pointe strength while dancing at home. A safe dance surface and pointe shoes are required. Previous pointe or pre-pointe experience is required. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Dance Adventurers! 

Dive into the delight of dance from your home! In this fun, lively class, students are introduced to the fundamentals of modern dance and ballet technique through creative lessons using storytelling, song, games and lots of movement improvisation. Students explore basic dance skills and concepts (such as level, pathway, direction and rhythm) while developing body awareness and self-expression. Class will be tailored to  small spaces.

Virtual Teen Company: Modern Technique & Dance Making  

Based on Teen Company, our long-standing pre-professional performance troupe, this virtual version is open to teens and tweens of all levels interested in creating their own choreography and honing their modern dance technique in a supportive group environment. Through warm-ups and modern dance phrases adjusted to small spaces, dancers develop alignment, strength and precise articulation, while refining their performance presence. Students will practice the language and application of choreographic tools, and explore movement prompts and improvisational scores both individually and collaboratively. Students will leave with further confidence in creating original, “site specific” choreography in their home spaces and an increased cultivation of their own unique creative voice.