Youth Dance Classes

May 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m

It’s time for the Youth Dance students to show off what they’ve learned over the year! The recital features technical performances that the dance instructors choreograph as well as more expressive performances that the students collaboratively design through inspiration from the exhibitions in the galleries.

Each student in the Youth Dance program can receive up to 4 complimentary tickets to the recital. Additional tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis after May 1, 2017 for $7.00.

The Arts Center's Youth Dance program encourages the love of movement and builds physical confidence in children age 3–18. Classes span a range of styles and techniques, from early childhood creative movement to traditional ballet to modern dance to ethnic fusion.

Students develop confidence in their physical, social, performance, and creative skills in these fun-filled process-based classes culminating in a stellar springtime performance. Students work September through May in small classes with instructors dedicated to ensuring that attention is paid to each individual’s skill development. Many classes have live musical accompaniment and students get opportunities to explore the galleries and use the works of art to inspire movement.

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YOUTH DANCE SCHOOL-YEAR PROGRAM

Classes begin in September and run through mid-May.

TUESDAY CLASSES—September 13, 2016–May 2017

Instructor: Libby Schmitz

INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE MOVEMENT—Age 3–4
4:30–5:00 p.m.
Your child will enjoy creative movement, including dance, yoga, tumbling, stage etiquette, and acting out stories with their bodies and using props. Children will build confidence as they develop spatial awareness, rhythm, balance, and motor skills.

Tuition: $270 for the dance year ($155 per installment)
Member: $245 for the dance year ($146 per installment)

PRE-BALLET—Age 5–6
5:15–6:00 p.m.
Pre-ballet aims to instill a love of dance in children by expanding on creative movement, rhythm techniques, and introducing ballet class etiquette.

Tuition: $350 for the dance year ($190 per installment)
Member: $310 for the dance year ($170 per installment)

BALLET BASICS—Age 7–8
6:15–7:00 p.m.
Students continue their journey of dance with the introduction of barre work, which strengthens coordination and rhythm.

Tuition: $350 for the dance year ($190 per installment)
Member: $310 for the dance year ($170 per installment)

Libby Faye Schmitz is a graduate of the UW-Milwaukee’s where she received her BFA in the contemporary dance track as well as her minor in somatics. As a post grad she has performed with The Human Movement Project: Rooftop Dance, Wildspace Dance Company MKE, and in the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival. Once back in her hometown of Sheboygan, she successfully produced her first show titled “Bodies of Work: A Showcase of Independent Choreographers” in the Paradigm annex. In addition to teaching classes at the Arts Center, she is a figure skating instructor as well as a certified yoga instructor.

THURSDAY CLASSES—September 15, 2016–May 2017

Instructor: Molly King

BALLET ESSENTIALS—Age 8–9
4:30–5:15 p.m.
Ballet Essentials includes traditional ballet techniques learned in Ballet Basics while introducing modern dance techniques that broaden the young dancer’s movement repertoire.

Tuition: $350 for the dance year ($190 per installment)
Member: $310 for the dance year ($170 per installment)

INTERMEDIATE BALLET—Age 10–13
5:15–6:00 p.m.
Students are given a chance to become more individually expressive through movement while continuing to expand on their traditional ballet skills while incorporating modern dance techniques to augment their movement repertoire.

Tuition: $350 for the dance year ($190 per installment)
Member: $310 for the dance year ($170 per installment)

BALLET/MODERN—Age 14-18
6:00–6:45 p.m.
Dancers continue to polish their traditional ballet skills and modern dance techniques as well as explore the process of creating choreography.

Tuition: $350 for the dance year ($190 per installment)
Member: $310 for the dance year ($170 per installment)

Molly King received her BA in dance as well as her teaching certification at UW-Milwaukee. She also earned her master's in special education at Cardinal Stritch University. Molly has been teaching for the Sheboygan Area School District for ten years. This is her eighth year teaching for the Arts Center. Outside of teaching, Molly codirects a dance collective in the Sheboygan community called Sixth Street Dance and is an active performer for a German folk dance group in Milwaukee, Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt. She also enjoys being a mommy to Nora Bonnie.

YOUTH DANCE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Dance students may pay for the entire dance year in one lump sum or in two installments. If you elect to use the installment plan, a credit card authorization form must be completed at the time of registration. The second installment will be processed on January 2, 2017. Students who pay for the entire year receive a tuition discount. Tuition is nonrefundable except in the event of class cancellation or serious injury or illness. Requests for refunds or credits due to injury or illness must be made in writing and accompanied by a doctor’s certificate. Refunds will be prorated. Register online, in person at the Arts Center, or by calling 920-458-6144. Download a printable registration form.

If a class does not meet minimum enrollment, it may be canceled. Rehearsals and the spring dance recital will take place in May. Tuition includes one DVD of the recital and a costume fee.

Scholarships for Youth Dance classes are available. Download a scholarship application.

For more information or questions regarding class placement, call  920-458-6144 or email education@jmkac.org.