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) Phase 1: Discover, 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. Phase 1: Discover, ages 3-5 years.
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. Phase 1: Discover, ages 5-8 years.
Modern 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. Phase 2: Explore, ages 7-10 years.
Modern III is for the experienced dancer. 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. Phase 3: Develop, ages 10-14 years.
Modern IV is geared toward our more 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. Phase 4: Emerge, ages 13 years and up.
Contemporary Burkina Faso Dance
In this energetic and joyful class, students are guided through a series of isolations, progressions, and concepts that demonstrate neo-traditional African dance styles combined with Solo's own movement approach. Cultural, philosophical and aesthetic concepts are shared to assist in understanding and embodying the technique. With emphasis placed on grounded movement, articulation (head, torso, legs, arms) and polyrhythms, students experience fast moving, high impact, cardiovascular dance. In addition to learning fundamental movement vocabulary, each student will develop a practice that facilitates whole body awareness, attention to breathing, and an acknowledgment of self as a citizen of the world. Phase 3: Develop, ages 11 years and up.
Teen Modern Dance Lab
This class is for experienced dancers who are ready to dive more deeply into somatic work and become more expressive movers. Emphasizing organic aligning through the use of Skinner Releasing Technique, students are challenged to listen to their breath and natural impulses, and articulate movement intention. Improvisation and composition bring a sense of thoughtful play and an awareness regarding individuals in relation to the group and the dance. Phase 4: Emerge, ages 12 and up.
Ballet I focuses on proprioception and expression. Children learn basic ballet steps, gain a sense of musicality, and experience the joy of dancing. Phase 2, Explore, ages: 7-10.
Ballet II emphasizes correct, unforced alignment, classical technique, and precise footwork. Phase 3, Develop, ages: 11 and up.
Ballet III challenges students to execute complex ballet movements and sequences with greater accuracy. Phase 4, Emerge, ages: 12 and up.
Ballet IV is designed for advanced dancers ready to push themselves. Working with total body connectivity and focus, these students attack sequences with grace, power and clarity. Phase 4, Emerge, ages: 13 and up.
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 Yoga. Adult Modern is good for your center, energizing for the body and guaranteed to lift your spirits!