ONLINE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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CREATIVE MOVEMENT

Creative Movement classes for children age 3 to 8 focus on coordination, movement patterns, rhythm, class etiquette and creative choices.  Different styles of creative movement cover similar milestones, the differences lie in music, vocabulary and genre specific movements

 

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: DANCE WITH ME | ages 1.5-4:  

A class for children who can walk, up to age 4. An adult (parent, guardian, nanny, etc.) must participate with the child. Click here for more information.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: MODERN | ages 3-5:

Designed for children ages 3 to 6 as their first introduction to dance. This class serves the pre-ballet and creative movement student. Students work on locomotor steps, starting and stopping safely, and getting used to being in a class environment. Students will be introduced to the language, etiquette, music, and stories of both modern and ballet.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: BALLET | ages 3-6:

A first introduction to ballet for students ages 3 to 6. Our pre-ballet classes incorporate creative dance elements where students work on locomotor steps, starting and stopping safely, and getting used to being in a class environment. Pre-ballet classes introduce students to the language, etiquette, music, and stories of classical ballet in a developmentally appropriate way. Students will not focus on the rigors of ballet technique until after the age of 7 when their body is safely ready for more formal training.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: MODERN | ages 6-8:

These age-appropriate creative dance classes involve stories and imagery to inspire and facilitate movement. Students participate in improvisation as well as structured exercises that build basic modern dance vocabulary through warm-ups, traveling patterns, and short dances. Students engage in creative problem-solving as a group, individually, and with partners even through the online format.

 
 
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MODERN

Modern dance explores the concepts of space, time, and energy. Incorporating classical technique, modern dance requires strength paired with freedom of movement and creativity. Modern Dance is where the Shawl-Anderson story began as the primary form practiced, performed and taught by Frank Shawl & Victor Anderson.

MODERN/JAZZ | ages 7-10:

Students learn and engage with a hybrid of modern and jazz technique through warm-ups, traveling patterns, and short dances. Building on foundations from earlier classes, students engage in improvisation and creative problem-solving as a group, individually, and with partners, even through the online class format.

 

Open level classes welcome students with any level of dance training. Teachers assess each group of students and teach differentiated curriculum each class, offering numerous options for exercises and combinations based on students' experience levels.

MODERN OPEN LEVEL | ages 8-10:

Students learn and engage with modern technique through warm-ups, traveling patterns, and short dances. Building on foundations from earlier classes, students engage in improvisation and creative problem-solving as a group, individually, and with partners, even through the online format. This class is for 8-10 year olds and will use themes and music specific to this age group and the interests of the students in the class.

 

Open level classes welcome students with any level of dance training. Teachers assess each group of students and teach differentiated curriculum each class, offering numerous options for exercises and combinations based on students' experience levels.

MODERN OPEN LEVEL | ages 10-13:

Students learn and engage with modern technique through warm-ups, traveling patterns, and short dances. Building on foundations from earlier classes, students engage in improvisation and creative problem-solving as a group, individually, and with partners, even through the online format. This class is for students age 10-13 and will use themes and music specific to this age group and the interests of the students in the class.

 

Open level classes welcome students with any level of dance training. Teachers assess each group of students and teach differentiated curriculum each class, offering numerous options for exercises and combinations based on students' experience levels.​

BIG MOVEMENT IN SMALL SPACES | ages 12-18:

Diving into movement as it relates to our unique dancing spaces, with the goal of expanding our awareness of how we take information in and confidence in how we make it work for us. Rather than shrinking movement to fit our limited "studios," how can we deconstruct and examine the material, identify the essence, and boldly make choices that support an embodied experience that is still expansive, aesthetically cohesive, and deeply satisfying?Class will include learning exercises as well as improvisation and short creative prompts/projects.

YOUTHCO | All levels | ages 11-15

This class is for pre-teen and teen dancers who are interested in exploring modern technique, choreography and other forms of dance. Dancers will participate in the Fall Performance on November 21st (scheduled as a virtual showing). Find more info here!

YOUTH PERFORMANCE PROJECT | Intermediate | ages 14-18

YPP is for teen dancers who are solid intermediate dancers in grades 9th-12th (approximately ages 14-18). Students will meet twice a week online to explore modern/contemporary technique, improvisation, and choreography. Students will learn one or two dances and those that participate in Session 2 will perform in the Fall Performance on November 21st (scheduled as a virtual showing). The commitment requires participation in both Tuesday/Friday classes. Students wishing to dance only once a week are encouraged to enroll in Julie Crothers’ Thursday afternoon “Big Movement in Small Spaces” class from 4-5pm.

SHAWL-ANDERSON YOUTH ENSEMBLE | Advanced | ages 12-18

*audition required - submissions due August 8th

The Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble (SAYE) is a pre-professional modern dance program for ages 14-18. This program is for the dedicated modern dance student who has completed the intermediate or advanced level at SADC or a comparable program, and is interested in learning and performing new choreography. As a participant in SAYE, students have the opportunity to train intensively, and participate in creative processes with professional artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Students are selected based on level and age via auditions.

 

This fall the Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble will continue in a very different format, but will keep the high quality training, creative investigation, and community building that we've always prioritized. Find audition info here!

BALLET

Ballet at Shawl-Anderson emphasizes proper technique, strength, musicality and expression through movement. Our program is designed to support the beginning dancer at any age to the advanced teen; if a child or teen is excited about ballet, we are excited to teach them.

 

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and its teaching staff aim to move beyond any stereotypes related to ballet and to teach children in a manner that is engaging, challenging and age-appropriate. Our staff attends to the physical, intellectual and emotional development of each young dancer based on current wisdom around care for the body and the mind through dance practice.

BALLET LEVEL I | ages 8-11

For students who have completed pre-ballet ages 5-8, or are ages 8-11 and new to ballet. Students learn the foundations of classical ballet technique and vocabulary using both the barre and center. This class emphasizes the value of proper alignment, strength, grace and musicality in dancing.

BEGINNING TEEN BALLET | ages 12-18:

This class is for the teen student who is interested in learning ballet among peers who are new to the form. Students will learn the foundations of classical technique, incorporate deeper thinking about the fundamentals, and move at an engaging pace.

BALLET LEVEL II/III | ages 9+:

Students will build on previously learned technique in Ballet I, continuing to build on their strength, skills, and vocabulary while developing personal expression through movement. Students take twice a week, which helps the dancer maintain and progress at a more rigorous pace.

POINTE/POINT PREP | ages 9+:

At Shawl-Anderson our pointe classes are offered as an extension of ballet technique in Level III and up. Students do not need to be on pointe to take these classes. This class is a great place to begin strengthening work for ballet, regardless of level.

BALLET TECHNIQUE/BALLET PERFORMANCE GROUP
LEVEL IV/V | ages 12-18

This class is for the intermediate to advanced teen ballet dancer, level IV - VI. Dancers will take technique class along with learning variations and be guided through a creative choreography process through the ballet vernacular. Dancers will participate in the Fall Performance on November 21st (scheduled as a virtual showing).

 
 

JAZZ

Jazz dance is a form that is known for its strong dynamic dancing, distinct vocabulary, and stylized movement. Jazz at Shawl-Anderson is based on contemporary movement with classical jazz foundations. Students build a strong technical foundation due to the form’s roots in ballet while cultivating the expressive emotional style. Jazz provides excellent training for aspiring musical theater performers due to its performative and dynamic focus.

 

 

MODERN/JAZZ | ages 7-10:

Students learn and engage with a hybrid of modern and jazz technique through warm-ups, traveling patterns, and short dances. Building on foundations from earlier classes, students engage in improvisation and creative problem-solving as a group, individually, and with partners, even through the online class format.

 

Open level classes welcome students with any level of dance training. Teachers assess each group of students and teach differentiated curriculum each class, offering numerous options for exercises and combinations based on students' experience levels.

MUSICAL THEATER JAZZ | ages 9+

In Musical Theater Jazz, students will learn and develop classic jazz technique to music from Broadway musicals. Students will hone their performative skills, musicality, strength, flexibility and coordination. Jazz technique contains (but is not limited to) isolations, locomotive sequences, turns, jumps, balances and phrase work. This class will pay particular attention to presentation, expression and performance quality as it relates to musical theater.

 

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE TEEN JAZZ | ages 12-18

Students learn and build a strong connections between movement and music through exercises that teach and strengthen technique. Jazz incorporates isolations, traveling patterns, turns, balances and phrase work. Students will be given the opportunity to express themselves through dance through a welcoming and supportive class atmosphere.

JAZZ TECHNIQUE/JAZZ PERFORMANCE GROUP 
Int/Adv Level | ages 12-18

This class is for the intermediate to advanced teen Jazz dancer. Dancers will take technique class along with learning variations for small spaces and be guided through a creative choreography process through the Jazz vernacular. Dancers will participate in the Fall Performance on November 21st (scheduled as a virtual showing).

 

HIP-HOP

Hip Hop classes at Shawl-Anderson build on the foundations of understanding Hip Hop culture, history and the various forms and styles of Hip Hop dance. Dancers learn to create and collaborate with classmates while exploring their own expressive voice through Hip Hop movement.​

 

HIP HOP OPEN LEVEL | ages 5-7:

This class introduces foundational Hip-Hop steps, musicality, and isolations of the body. Dancers will be challenged to pick up phrase work and create their own choreography. This class is full of movement, freestyle, play, and fun!

 

Open level classes welcome students with any level of dance training. Teachers assess each group of students and teach differentiated curriculum each class, offering numerous options for exercises and combinations based on students' experience levels.

 

 

HIP HOP OPEN LEVEL | ages 8-12:

This class introduces and expands on foundational Hip-Hop steps, musicality, and isolations of the body. Classes include combinations, freestyling, and working on their own choreography.

 

Open level classes welcome students with any level of dance training. Teachers assess each group of students and teach differentiated curriculum each class, offering numerous options for exercises and combinations based on students' experience levels. 

 

HIP HOP FUNDAMENTALS | ages 12-18

This class for teens introduces the foundations of Hip-Hop through warm-ups, phrases, combinations, and freestyling. Open level classes welcome students with any level of dance training. Teachers assess each group of students and teach differentiated curriculum each class, offering numerous options for exercises and combinations based on students' experience levels.

SHAWL-ANDERSON DANCE CENTER 

510-654-5921 | info@shawl-anderson.org

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