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: MODERN | ages 3-6: CM20

Designed for children ages 3 to 5 as their first introduction to dance. 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 dance and ballet.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: BALLET | ages 3-6: CM25
Designed for children ages 3 to 5 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 ballet.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: MODERN | ages 4-6: CM35

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.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: MODERN FOR BOYS | ages 4-6: CM40

While this class focuses on male identified students, all gender identities are welcome in this class.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. 

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: BALLET | ages 5-6: CM30

A first introduction to ballet for students ages 5 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 5-7: CM50

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.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: BALLET | ages 5-7: CM45

A first introduction to ballet for students ages 5 to 7. 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. 

 
 
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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 ALL LEVEL | ages 6-8: M20

Dance with 6-8 year olds combines play, imagery, props, and basic skill building to learn vocabulary, motor skills, and phrasework. Students explore level changes, moving in place and expansively in space, safely starting and stopping, balancing, and more.

MODERN FOR BOYS | ages 7-10: M25

While this class focuses on male identified students, all gender identities are welcome in this class. The SADC boys' classes, lead by male identified teachers, provide a supportive environment for male identified students to explore dance and to build foundational skills. Class includes both improvisational, creative based exercises as well as skill building of vocabulary, locomotor steps, dynamic changes, and more. Class includes warm ups in the center or in a circle, traveling work, and learning and making short dances.

MODERN ALL LEVEL | ages 8-10: M30, M35

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. 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 ALL LEVEL | ages 10-13: M40

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. 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.

MODERN LEVEL II | ages 10-13: M45

Level II Modern is for students ages 10-13 (approximately 5th, 6th, and 7th grades) who have a few years of modern dance experience and are excited to take class twice a week and take on new challenges in this class. These new challenges include longer combinations, learning and applying corrections and suggestions, picking up material at a faster pace, reversing combinations, and exploring floorwork and inversions.Class material includes both set exercises and improvisational explorations. Since the class meets twice a week, students are able to learn more material over the course of a semester as well as dive deeper into classwork.

MODERN BEGINNING TEEN | ages 12-18: M50

Beginning Teen Modern is a class for both middle school and high school age students who want to explore modern dance for the first time. With humor and fun music playlists, students learn basic warm ups in the center, traveling work, and short dances. The class focuses on vocabulary, learning how to see and pick up movement phrases, safe alignment, and more.

 

MODERN INTERMEDIATE TEEN | ages 12-18: M55, M60

Intermediate Teen Modern is for students in approximately 7th-12th grades who have taken at least one year of Beginning Teen Modern (or for students who come in with several years of training in another dance form). Students learn warm ups, traveling work, and short combinations. Intermediate Teen Modern students explore level changes, floorwork, and inversions. Students at this level can learn and apply corrections, reverse combinations, manage direction changes and quick shifts of weight, and can speak up in class with clarifying questions to support their continued learning. Classwork includes both set material + exercises as well as improvisational explorations related to class themes and vocabulary.

MODERN ADVANCED TEEN | ages 14-18: M75, M80

Advanced Teen Modern is for students in approximately 10th-12th grades who have taken one-two years of Intermediate Teen Modern. Students learn warm ups, traveling work, and longer combinations which build over several classes. Advanced Teen Modern students explore dynamic changes, turns, jumps, balances, and fluidly moving in and out of the floor. Students at this level can learn and apply corrections, reverse combinations, manage direction changes and quick shifts of weight, and can speak up in class with clarifying questions to support their continued learning. Students actively lead their learning in class and have solid attendance to build material from class to class and focus on strong memorization and embodiment of material so they can then further work on focus, moving as an ensemble, and performance qualities. Classwork includes both set material + exercises as well as improvisational explorations related to class themes and vocabulary. Advanced Teen Modern classes typically have one guest teacher/master class a semester as well. 

YOUTHCO ALL LEVEL | ages 12-14: M65
YouthCo is the modern/contemporary performing group for middle school students (7th and 8th grade, approximately 12-14 years old). Students will meet twice a week to work with local artists on choreography, improvisation, and performance. Students will perform approximately two times a semester as well as see a performance together (field trip) once a semester. YouthCo students should be participating in two technique classes a week in addition to the rehearsals. Hannah Westbrook directs YouthCo. No audition is required to sign up. This group is open to middle school age students of all levels. Learn more here.

 

YOUTH PERFORMANCE PROJECT | ages 14-18: M70
Youth Performance Project (YPP) is for teen dancers who are solid intermediate dancers in grades 9th-12th (approximately ages 14-18). The group is modern dance-based. Students will meet twice a week and explore both improvisation/creative projects as well as work with local choreographers to learn dances. Students must also be signed up for 2 technique classes a week through SADC or receive approval by the YPP Directors based on dance classes you take at your high school or at another studio. Sarah Chenoweth and Aiano Nakagawa co-direct YPP. Students will perform throughout the year in events produced by SADC or locally. Past events have included dancing at the Berkeley Art Museum, Bay Area High School Dance Festival, and CDEA Festival. No audition is required to sign up for YPP. Learn more here.

SHAWL-ANDERSON YOUTH ENSEMBLE | ages 14-18: M85

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 several professional artists from the Bay Area and beyond throughout the year, learning 3-6 dances during the course of the year. Students are selected based on level and age, via auditions, and the group is limited to 10 to 12 students each year. The SAYE will perform 4-6 times throughout the school year. Past engagements included SADC-produced events in the building, at Longfellow Middle School, at Mills College, and at Laney College; in addition, community events have included the Bay Area High School Dance Festival, CDEA Festival, and Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz. The 2020-2021 in-person audition will be August 21, 2021 from 3-5pm at SADC. Direct questions or to rsvp for the audition to Director Mo Miner at mominer@gmail.comLearn more 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 FOR CHILDREN | ages 7-9: B20

For students who have completed some pre-ballet ages or are ages 7-8 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.

BALLET LEVEL I | ages 8-11: B25

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.

BALLET LEVEL II | ages 8-11: B35, B40

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 in Level II should take twice a week, which helps the dancer maintain and progress at a more rigorous pace.

BEGINNING BALLET TEEN | ages 12-18: B30

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 III | ages 10+: B45

Level III Ballet is a transitional class, heading into the more common ballet class format which is 90 minutes in length. Students spend approximately 45 minutes working at the barre, and then progress to center work, traveling across the space, and refining jumping skills (petit allegro). Students take 2 times a week and work on retaining movement from class to class, applying corrections, transitioning smoothly from movement to movement, and endurance to dance 90 minutes per class.

BALLET LEVEL III/IV | ages 10+: B50 - ONLINE

This Ballet Level III/IV is a 75 minute online class for students seeking an additional class per week within their schedule, which they can do from home. Students in this online class should have several years of ballet class experience prior to the semester. Class will include a robust ballet barre 45-60 minutes in length and then some center work to conclude the class. With the online format, students will focus on the physicality of the exercises, memorization, use of the head/eyes/focus, and speaking up with clarifying questions. Students need a surface to function as a ballet barre at home, whether that is a portable ballet barre, a chair, or a counter. 

BALLET LEVEL IV | ages 12-18: B55

Ballet IV students are solid intermediate dancers with several years of training experience and have completed Level III at SADC or another school. Students have a strong base of vocabulary, know the ballet class format and progression of exercises, and are committed to regularly training 2 or more times a week. Students in Ballet IV expand their vocabulary with new steps at the barre as well as turns and jumps. Students are focused, mature and take in corrections/suggestions to strengthen and expand their knowledge. Students speak up with clarifying questions to guide their own learning. Ballet IV also includes strength work coming from Pilates and Yoga. Ballet IV classes include classical ballet work as well as contemporary combinations and music selections. 

BALLET LEVEL V | ages 12-18: B60

Ballet V students are intermediate/advanced dancers with several years of training experience and have completed Level IV at SADC or another school. Students have a strong base of vocabulary, know the ballet class format and progression of exercises, and are committed to regularly training 2 or more times a week. Students in Ballet V expand their vocabulary with new steps at the barre as well as turns and jumps. Students are focused, mature and take in corrections/suggestions to strengthen and expand their knowledge. Students speak up with clarifying questions to guide their own learning. Ballet V also includes strength work coming from Pilates and Yoga. Ballet V classes include classical ballet work as well as contemporary combinations and music selections.

BALLET LEVEL V/VI | ages 12-18: B65

This once-a-week Ballet V/VI class offering is for students in level V+ seeking one more class a week, or for students from other programs wanting an additional class per week. Due to meeting once a week, the focus of the class is on engagement, training, and quickly seeing and embodying class material. It is a process-oriented class for mature and motivated advanced teens.

BALLET PERFORMANCE GROUP | ages 12-18: B70

The Ballet Performance Group (BPG) is for intermediate to advanced teen ballet dancers, levels IV-VI. Students must be enrolled in 2+ ballet classes a week in order to participate in BPG.  The group meets once a week on Mondays from 6-7:30pm to learn and collaborate on projects. The focus is on contemporary ballet and performance. Students will perform locally in approximately two performances a semester. The group will also go together to see a live ballet performance once a semester at Cal Performances, ODC Theater, or Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Crystaldawn Bell leads the Ballet Performance Group. No audition is required to join BPG. BPG students will dance in soft shoes, not pointe shoes.​ Learn more here.

 
 

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.

 

JAZZ ALL LEVEL | ages 9-12: J20

Youth Jazz introduces and expands on foundational jazz dance steps, musicality, and isolations of the body. Classes include warm ups, traveling phrases, and learning short combinations.  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. Youth Jazz introduces students to the jazz form and its wide ranging work - from dances in musicals to music videos to concert jazz dance.

JAZZ BEGINNING TEEN | ages 12-18: J25

Beginning Teen Jazz is a class for both middle school and high school age students who want to explore jazz dance for the first time. With humor and fun music playlists, students learn basic warm ups in the center, traveling work, and short dances. The class focuses on vocabulary, learning how to see and pick up movement phrases, safe alignment, and more. The jazz dance form covers a wide range of styles and flavors - from movement seen in musical theater productions to music videos to concert jazz dance.

JAZZ INTERMEDIATE TEEN | ages 12-18: J30

Intermediate Teen Jazz is for students in approximately 7th-12th grades who have taken at least one year of Beginning Teen Jazz (or for students who come in with several years of training in another dance form). Students learn warm ups, traveling work, and short combinations. Intermediate Teen Jazz students explore new vocabulary, level changes, floorwork, leaps, and turns. Students at this level can learn and apply corrections, reverse combinations, manage direction changes and quick shifts of weight, and can speak up in class with clarifying questions to support their continued learning.

JAZZ ADVANCED TEEN | ages 12-18: J35

Advanced Teen Jazz is for students in approximately 10th-12th grades who have taken one-two years of Intermediate Teen Jazz. Students learn warm ups, traveling work, and longer combinations which build over several classes. Advanced Teen Jazz students explore dynamic changes, turns, jumps, balances, and fluidly moving in and out of the floor. Students at this level can learn and apply corrections, reverse combinations, manage direction changes and quick shifts of weight, and can speak up in class with clarifying questions to support their continued learning. Students actively lead their learning in class and have solid attendance to build material from class to class and focus on strong memorization and embodiment of material so they can then further work on focus, moving as an ensemble, and performance qualities. Advanced Teen Jazz classes typically have one guest teacher/master class a semester as well. 

JAZZ PERFORMANCE GROUP | ages 14-18: J40

Jazz Performance Group (JPG) is for the intermediate to advanced teen jazz dancer. Students must be enrolled in intermediate or advanced jazz technique classes as well through SADC (or receive approval based on their jazz classes at their high school). Students will learn 1-3 dances each semester and perform locally two times a semester. Elena Martins directs the Jazz Performance Group. No audition is required to join JPG. JPG meets one evening a week. Learn more here.

 

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 ALL LEVEL | ages 5-7: HH20

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 ALL LEVEL | ages 7-9: HH25

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 ALL LEVEL | ages 10-12: HH30

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 ALL LEVEL | ages 12-18: HH35

Teen Hip-Hop meets twice a week. Monday's class is at Shotgun Studios; Wednesday is at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. 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.