This is a program designed for the serious dancer who is on a pre-professional track or looking for strictly technique classes.  There are 5 supplemental classes offered throughout the dance season.  The classes will rotate every 8 weeks and are listed below.  Dancers will need to register for these classes in advance.  Pricing is separate from the WDA pricing and is listed below. Supplemental classes will not be in the annual recital and again are strictly technique.  There must be 6 students registered for class to run. 

Supplemental Classes per week

Payments are for 8 weeks

1

$125

2

$225

3

$300

4+

$360


Tuesday 7:30-9:00

September 12 – November 7
Contemporary Dance with Kristin Wagner
Using momentum, gravity, and breath, students will learn to move freely and fluidly in and out of the floor.  Exercises will be inspired by Bartenieff Fundamentals and Release Technique, two movement theories that train dancers to find the core strength to facilitate connected, efficient movement.  We will work our way from the ground up, beginning by sinking our weight into the floor, and gradually working up to flying through the air.  Students will gain the ability to move seamlessly from leaps to inversions, from rolls to illusions, and beyond, gliding between levels with grace and fluidity.

November 14 – January 9
TBD

January 16 – March 13
Contemporary Partnering Instructor TBD
This class focuses on partnering skills between two or more bodies. Often partnering will include using off center balances to work with another, improvisational movement, and lifts designed focused on leverage of another’s body.

March 20 – May 15
Contemporary Dance with Jessie Stinnett
Influenced greatly by the practices of Vinyasa yoga and meditation, Skinner Releasing Technique, Body-Mind Centering, and the philosophy of Henri Bergson, Jessie’s classes focus on tuning awareness within the colorful modulations of the dancing body; to nurture clarity and specificity while dancing.

Jessie approaches moving with playful curiosity and wonder. Equally captivated by the experiences of stillness and exuberant motion, her in-class exercises permeably shift between sweaty athleticism and mindful research, via the lens of somatic awareness, improvisation, set phrase work, and compositional frameworks.

Wednesday 8:15-9:15

September 13 – November 1
Rhythm Tap with Michael Camire
Mike Camire; captain of the Boston Tap Company offers a fun but intricate approach to tap dance. Mike has traveled the country performing and learning from the best in the business. This 8-week intensive will include what he has learned on his travels like history, improvisational skills, techniques on speed, grooves, tricks, and slides. Expect; to get a good work out, personalized notes to help every level of dancer, good music, a new or growing appreciation of tap dance, and a good time.         

November 8 – January 17
Conditioning for Dancers with Lucy
This class focuses on aspects from various somatic movements to condition the dancers body to support their technical work. Dancers can expect to use yoga, gyrokinesis, pilates, stretch bands, etc.

January 24 – March 21
Rhythm Tap with Michael Camire
Mike Camire; captain of the Boston Tap Company offers a fun but intricate approach to tap dance. Mike has traveled the country performing and learning from the best in the business. This 8-week intensive will include what he has learned on his travels like history, improvisational skills, techniques on speed, grooves, tricks, and slides. Expect; to get a good work out, personalized notes to help every level of dancer, good music, a new or growing appreciation of tap dance, and a good time.         

March 28 – May 23
Conditioning for Dancers with Lucy
This class focuses on aspects from various somatic movements to condition the dancers body to support their technical work. Dancers can expect to use yoga, gyrokinesis, pilates, stretch bands, etc.

Thursday 7:30-9:00

September 14 – November 2
Advanced Movement Study for Contemporary Dancers with Erin McNulty
(Add detail and dynamism to your dancing! We will delve into the building blocks of movement, based on Laban's Choreological Principles, allowing students to gain in-depth knowledge and physical awareness about their endless options as dancers and choreographers. Class will include lots of guided improvisation, experimentation, and composition as we explore concepts such as rhythm, tension, space, action, relationships, and more!)

November 9 – January 18
Classical Partnering with Lucy and guest dancers (*price may be more due to hiring male dancers*)
Partnering classes will work various partnering skills. For our male dancers, this allows them to train in a way that provides them the strength to gracefully and confidently lift, catch and carry their female partner. For our female students, this class offers them the opportunity to be lifted and carried and to work the muscles necessary to be a graceful partner.

January 25 – March 22
Conditioning & Healthy Practice with Erin McNulty
(Drawing on Pilates, yoga, ballet barre, cardio conditioning, and anatomy for dancers, class will give dancers additional tools and knowledge to fine-tune their alignment, flexibility, and strength in a beneficial way for their own unique physical needs.)

March 29 – May 24
TBD

Sunday 10:30-11:30

Rhythm Tap with Caren
January 28 – March 25
April 8 – June 3
November 19 – January 21


Supplemental Teachers

Mike Camire has been dancing since he was 3 years old and has been classically trained at New Hampshire Academie of Dance under the direction of Laura Foti. When he graduated, he joined a pre-professional company called The Boston Tap Company, directed by Sean Fielder of Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk. He’s been with the company for 3 years and has been appointed captain of the company. During his time in the company he has traveled and performed at multiple tap festivals and venues around the United States. Mike is also a member of subject:matter, a professional company under the direction of Ian Berg. He takes inspiration from Sean Fielder, Jason Samuels Smith, Chance Taylor, Michelle Dorrance, and Sarah Reich. 


Jessie Jeanne Stinnett holds a BFA in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA in Creative Practice: Dance Professional Pathway from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, in conjunction with Independent Dance/Siobhan Davies Dance. She has performed for the Metropolitan Opera, Tate Britain, Prometheus Dance, Anna Myer and Dancers, Rebecca Rice, The Boston Baroque Opera, and Bard College’s Summer Scape Festival; most notably in works by Itzik Galili, Pablo Bronstein, Marjorie Folkman, and Gigi Caciuleanu. Her ongoing project, Jessie Jeanne & Dancers, is a performance research laboratory and company which fosters artistic exchange between artists and thinkers working within different mediums, performing regularly though out the north-east US and abroad. Jessie is an internationally recognized vinyasa yoga instructor and regularly leads classes, workshops, and wellness retreats in the UK, Europe, and US. She has also recently joined the dance teaching faculty of Dean College in Franklin, MA where she leads sessions in improvisation and contemporary dance technique.


Erin McNulty is a Boston-based contemporary dance artist and educator. A 2011 Boston University graduate, she most recently studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, where she earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance with Distinction in 2016 and was the recipient of the Audrey Wethered Award. At Trinity Laban, Erin deepened her professional training in contemporary/modern techniques as well as composition, Rudolf Laban's choreological principles, and community dance education. Erin was a principal dancer with Boston's Kairos Dance Theater from 2011-2015, and has also performed in projects with Bethan Peters, Kelley Donovan & Dancers, and Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works. Her own choreographic work has been produced by Trinity Laban, NACHMO Boston, RAW Artists, MergeArts Boston, Providence College Dance Company, and the Third Life Studio Choreographer Series. She has continued her professional and artistic development through many local classes and workshops as well as the 2017 Gaga/Batsheva Summer Intensive at Mark Morris Dance Center in New York. A dedicated educator and community practitioner, Erin has taught youth classes in ballet, contemporary, and improvisation/composition at Boston Ballet (Education & Community Initiatives), Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Arts at the Armory, Wilmington Dance Academy, LINX Dance Studio, and Cambridge Performance Project.