Online Dance Classes

After careful consideration, we have decided that we will begin fall instruction online.
We will evaluate the situation monthly and send updates regularly throughout the fall.
We look forward to sharing our building reopening plans when it is determined that we may safely reopen.

Ballet

Ballet age 6-8 is structured to build a foundation of basic ballet vocabulary and technique. This 60-minute class will focus on introducing vocabulary, alignment concepts, strength building, musicality and ballet class etiquette. Students in this class will be part of the Collaborative Choreography Initiative, where basic choreography techniques will be introduced. (Students will have an opportunity to create a dance piece and perform in a year-end dance concert.)

Ages 9 - 12, 12 - 15, 15 - 18. Ballet classes are structured to continue to build upon basic ballet vocabulary. This 60-minute class will focus on alignment concepts, strength building and musicality. Students in these classes will be part of the Collaborative Choreography Initiative, where choreography techniques will be introduced. (Students will have an opportunity to create a dance piece and perform in a year-end dance concert.)

Ballet – Level 2

Ballet age 6-8 for students with 2 years experience or instructor approval

Ballet Ensemble

Experienced dancers take practicing and performing to a new level in our ensembles, which meet regularly to practice pieces choreographed by the students themselves, showcasing their ingenuity, creativity and spirit of collaboration! The goal of our dance ensembles is to prepare for a series of performances in the community.

Barre

Barre class is a full-body, hybrid workout class, combining ballet-inspired moves, pilates, yoga and strength training in order to increase overall strength and flexibility. The emphasis of isometric movements, and a small range of motion help to target specific muscle groups. This workout is low/non-impact, and modifications will be given to accommodate all ages and levels of fitness.

Beginning Pointe

Dancers must have prior ballet training, be at least 12 years old and go through an evaluation to determine readiness, given by the Dance Dept. Chair. Students will learn the basics about pointe shoes, from going to the fitting, purchasing proper accessories, sewing on ribbons and elastics and caring for their shoes. This class will be a slow moving, methodical introduction to pointe work, focusing on proper alignment, technique and building strength.

Broadway and Beyond

Ages 11-17.  Broadway and Beyond will work on choreography from musicals and movies, utilizing movement ideas from these shows to create original choreography, and teach the basics a dancer would need for the dance component of an audition. Students in this class will also act as the dance ensemble for the NMS Musical Theater Workshop spring musical presentation.

Contemporary Ballet for Adults

Contemporary Ballet for Adults is a mixed level class, some ballet knowledge & experience is recommended. This class will move at a moderate to quick pace. It is at the discretion of the teaching artist and students whether these will classes will perform in the spring concert.

Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Experienced dancers take practicing and performing to a new level in our ensembles, which meet regularly to practice pieces choreographed by the students themselves, showcasing their ingenuity, creativity and spirit of collaboration! The goal of our dance ensembles is to prepare for a series of performances in the community.

Corrective Exercises / Injury Prevention Workshop

This class is open to all humans that move their bodies (everyone), and will be helpful for active bodies to hone in on imbalances that may be impeding performance and/or learning how to prevent future injuries. With guidance from Alexis Robbins, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, BS in Exercise Science, and 5 years as a personal trainer, students will learn how to identify weak and/or tight muscle groups, habits that may be causing pain or tightness, strengthening and lengthening exercises and stretches, as well as basic self-myofascial release (foam rolling and ball work) techniques. The goal of this class is to have a better understanding of how to take care of our bodies in order to live long healthy lives as movers and people.

Creative Dance

Creative Dance is a pre-modern dance class for children with the ability to sustain 40 minutes of focused activity. Children will discover creative expression and experience the fun of exploring the elements of dance: shape, size, speed and levels in space.

Family Dance Class

This is an interactive class of movement, basic dance fundamentals, and play for the entire family. Includes the basic foundation of pre-ballet/ballet for ages 3-6 yrs, while the entire class is applicable and enjoyable for the entire family.

Class will be a hybrid of pre-ballet technique and center floor warm up; the other half of the class will be creative and improvisational through storytelling, props, ideas, pictures, etc.

Grounding in Grace

This class will take you through mindful movement and relaxation using techniques of functional and experiential anatomy. The goal is to bring awareness and balance to the body and of its wisdom by listening to and addressing what is needed. We will explore strengthening, stretching and relaxing the body to feel stronger, more grounded and peaceful.

Hip-Hop Dance

Ages 6 - 8, 9 - 12, 13 - 17. A high-energy introduction to the funk/hip-hop culture, focusing on dance technique and sequence. Students in this class will be part of the Collaborative Choreography Initiative, where basic choreography techniques will be introduced. (Students will have an opportunity to create a dance piece and perform in a year-end dance concert.)

Hip-Hop Dance for Boys

Hip-Hop Dance for Boys offers a creative, athletic experience while developing coordination, dance and motor skills, and rhythm through movement and music. This class promotes fitness and positive self-esteem, as well as building confidence to perform.  All classes consist of only age appropriate movements and isolations. Steps will be taught progressively as students exhibit the proper technical ability and muscle strength. No previous dance experience is required.

Jazz Dance

Learn basic stretches, vocabulary, simple travel sequences and short combinations in beginner classes, and more advanced techniques as you move up to higher level classes. All classes focus on alignment concepts, strength building, musicality and jazz class etiquette.

Jazz Funk for Adults

Ever find yourself reminiscing and bopping your head and hips to "Hit Me Baby One More Time", "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", or "Wannabe"? Then this jazz funk class is for you! Dancers will have fun with upbeat and exhilarating combinations to all of your favorite pop hits from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. Class will begin with a warm up that combines elements of yoga, jazz and modern dance, body weight resistance training, and cardio. You will then move across the floor, with a focus on traveling and transferring into and out of the floor. Every week there will be a different combination to a fun throwback and then class will conclude with a short stretch. You won't even realize you're getting a great workout because you'll be too busy having fun and singing along!

Modern Dance

Modern Dance is designed to build a vocabulary base  of Modern Dance technique, grounded in ballet and informed by modern techniques from Graham, Limon, Cunnigham, Horton, and more. Practice and play inspires and allows for each student to discover their creative expression through movement as an individual and in groups.  Dancers experience the fun of exploring shape, size, speed and different levels in space through fun exercises and experiments. They will cultivate a strong sense of self-awareness by moving through space alone as well as with others and become comfortable responding with movement either with or without music. The experience is enhanced by the immediate response and collaboration of live accompaniment.

Mom’s Morning Movement

Class for Moms or ladies that play a motherly role in someone's life. Class for all ages and stages in life.

Music in Motion I and II

Action packed! Children march, bounce, jump, run and shake using props such as scarves, hoops and ribbons. As children continue to grow, this class broadens their musical understanding of pitch, phrasing, tempo and dynamics. This class serves as both a pre-instrumental and pre-dance experience.

Music in Motion III

Preschoolers are exposed to a world of dramatic and imaginative play, using their natural creativity to explore the world of music. Pitch, rhythm and beat-keeping are further expanded through stories, singing and instrument play. Skipping, leaping, galloping and group circle dances expand their movement repertoire. In this class we take advantage of the great learning environment of NMS and visit other teaching studios where students are introduced to a range of instruments by skilled teachers.

Music Theory and Tap/Percussive Dance Improv

This class is for the tap dancer looking to expand their knowledge of jazz music and improvisation, the musician looking to work with their body and feet as an instrument, and any dancer or dance teacher looking to deepen their creativity and understanding of music theory. We will discuss and review the basics of music theory and lay out a foundation of basic tap vocabulary in order to focus on building phrases and improvising. We will use jazz music as a portal towards understanding musical phrasing and our confidence in creating percussive phrases in improvisation and choreography. Come with an open mind and be prepared to have fun, sing, play games, and tap into your deepest musically creative self!

Musical Theater Audition Workshop

“Gosh, I hope I Get It!” Brush up on your audition techniques with this four-week mini workshop! Musical Theatre Audition Workshop will prepare students to audition for the Musical Theater genre, by incorporating acting, vocal, and movement disciplines. The workshop will prepare students for upcoming auditions, build confidence, strengthen audition skills, review audition room etiquette and help to reduce audition anxiety in a fun, creative, and supportive environment. Students will learn a 16-measure audition piece, practice short dance presentations and cold readings, and participate in a short “Mock” audition! Join the fun and land the role of your dreams! Taught by Karen Baranski and Jen Sciglibaglio

Musical Theater Workshop

In this weekly program, students develop the skills needed to thrive in any musical theater setting. Classes focus on vocal coaching, improvisation, comedy, monologues and multiple dance genres - helping prepare students to share their work in a mid year (Sept-Dec course), end of the year (Feb-June course) performance.

  • Age 8-12   A perfect introduction to the world of musical theater studies. Dance, voice, and drama basics are incorporated in this fun and exploratory class. Students will gain valuable singing techniques, explore dance and drama activities that build a strong foundation of skills and confidence.

  • Age 13-18   In this course, students work to integrate voice, dance & drama - building the skills for confident, dynamic performances and preparing students for outside auditions. Students will learn healthy vocal technique and build skills through dance combinations and theatrical exercises). Students polish their skills in a focused and supportive approach that propels their unique style and expressive freedom.

NMS Premier Dance Company

Neighborhood Music School’s Premier Dance Company is a pre-professional dance opportunity for dancers ages 12-18. Premier Dance Company members are chosen by audition. For more information please contact Tracey Albert [email protected]

Pre-Ballet

Pre-Ballet is an introduction to the very basics of dance and ballet vocabulary. This class is designed for children with the ability to sustain 30 (for ages 3-4) or 40 (for ages 4-5) minutes of focused activity. Children will discover creative expression and experience the fun of exploring the elements of dance: shape, size, speed and levels in space. Scarves, ribbons and hoops add to the joy of hopping, skipping, jumping and galloping. Students will share their discoveries in a fun year-end, in-class performance.

Tap Dance

Learn basic steps and rhythms, and how to use them in fun and challenging combinations. Most youth and adult classes will be part of the Collaborative Choreography Initiative, where basic choreography techniques will be introduced. (Students in the Spring session will have an opportunity to create a dance piece and perform in a year end dance concert).

Tap Dance for Adults

Learn basic steps and rhythms, and how to use them in fun and challenging combinations. Most youth and adult classes will be part of the Collaborative Choreography Initiative, where basic choreography techniques will be introduced. (Students in the Spring session will have an opportunity to create a dance piece and perform in a year end dance concert).

Yoga

Ages 18 - adult. Amrit Yoga classes for health and stress management. An integrative approach to postures (asanas), breath work (prana) and holistic lifestyle are presented to help manage life’s daily challenges. All levels are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat and a light shawl or blanket and wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

Yoga Musical Adventures

Yoga Musical Adventures will help your child be active, relieve stress and stay positive! Children will learn basic yoga positions and relaxations through simple and fun stories intertwined with songs. Have your child dress comfortably in order to get down on a mat and exercise.