Author: The Center Dance

Center Stage!

Curtains up!

The Center Dance is thrilled to announce an encore session of Center Stage: a marvelous medley of musical theater, jazz and improvisational dance styles. Students will work with the fundamentals of theatrical dance, learn choreography straight off of Broadway, and master a “step, ball change!”

Whether your child is an aspiring performer, a Broadway enthusiast, or simply looking for some fun physical activity as the weather turns colder, this VIRTUAL edition of Center Stage is the place to be!

Our 3-week mini-session kicks of Monday, November 30th.
Class will meet via Zoom on Mondays AND Fridays from 4-5PM, and will culminate in a virtual performance (date TBD).

Tuition: $100

Recommended for kids ages 10-13.

To register, visit our Square Store or email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com.

It’s YOUR turn in the spotlight; enroll TODAY!

New sessions start next week!

There’s no such thing as bad weather when you’re DANCING in it!

Our outdoor classes allow kids to safely gather for friendship and fun, stories and dance! New 4-week “mini-sessions” begin next Sunday, November 15th at Groff Park in South Amherst.

Word Play (45 minutes, ages 2-6) In this 45 minute class, students leap, prance and spin their way through the world of children’s literature. Using picture books, fairy tales and poetry, children are introduced to the fundamentals of creative movement and narrative dance. Whether they’re twirling down their own Purple Crayon path, pouncing at the Wild Rumpus, or dancing the alphabet, kids will love this interactive class that honors the reader, and storyteller, in all of us. Caregiver participation welcome! 

Sundays at 10:45 AM, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6
Register

Story Ballet (45 minutes, ages 3-6) invites young dancers to explore the world of ballet through an imaginative lens. Using imagery and stories as inspiration, students will engage with the vocabulary and principles of classical ballet. Our interactive, developmentally appropriate class structure nurtures students’ enthusiasm for dance while cultivating focus and a growth mindset. Caregiver participation welcome!

Sundays at 11:45 AM; 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6
Or
Thursdays at 10AM; 11/18, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
Register

Masks will be mandatory for participants over the age of 2. Classes will be structured to support a safe distance of 6 feet between individuals from different households. 

For more information, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com. 

Come, tell us a dance!

Dance your way to the winter solstice!

In this Spinning Yarns “mini-session,” students in grades 1-3 will build dances that investigate the many ways in which we generate our own light as “The Shortest Day” draws near.

Class will meet Sunday mornings from 10-11AM, November 15th-December 20th. 

An informal OUTDOOR performance will be held on Sunday, December 20th. 

Classes 1-4 will be held at Yoga Center Amherst. 
Classes 5 & 6 will be held outdoors, location TBD.

Tuition is $110

Masks are required and 6-foot distancing will be maintained; indoors, windows will remain open. 

For more information, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com. To register, visit our Square Store

It’s a waltz in the park!

Your beginner ballet dancer is invited to a FREE trial class this Friday, 9/18!

Relax on a park bench while your child chassés through the grass. It’s the perfect wind-down before the weekend.

Class will meet at Groff Park in South Amherst from 3:30-4:30 PM.

This “Ballet 1” level class is recommended for children ages 6-8 (but please reach out if you have an older child interested in joining!). Masks are required, and 6-ft distancing will be maintained. Dancers may wear whatever they wish, as long as it allows them to move freely; sneakers or ballet slippers are the suggested footwear.

For more information, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!

Story Ballet ONLINE

The Center’s most popular early childhood dance class is moving online! 

Whether you’re sticking to virtual learning this fall or simply looking for a fun activity to round out your child’s weekend, The Center Dance has got you covered!

Story Ballet™ (45 minutes, ages 3-6) invites young dancers to explore the world of ballet through an imaginative lens. Using picture books as inspiration, students will engage with the vocabulary and principles of classical ballet. Our interactive, developmentally appropriate class structure nurtures students’ enthusiasm for dance while cultivating focus and a growth mindset.

Story Ballet Online meets Sunday afternoons from 3-3:45 PM. 

8-week fall session begins Sunday, 9/20.

Tuition is $90 (per family; siblings attend for free!)

A drop-in option is also available: $15/class. 

Register today! 

This ballet program is ON POINT!

On Point (90 minutes, grades 4-7) “For Black and Brown Kids, by Black and Brown Kids,” On Point is The Center Dance Studio’s flagship, beginner-friendly ballet class, designed especially for Dancers of Color. On Point’s hour-long technique class provides students with physically strengthening, mentally stimulating ballet fundamentals; the following half-hour is for community-building, friendship and fun. On Point is a space of acceptance, inspiration, motivation, support and healing, where Black and Brown kids can be their full selves, unapologetically and confidently. On Point is co-taught by Tiffany Joseph and Janaya Collins, two phenomenal Black women.

And introducing.Demi-Point! (1 hour, grades K-3), On Point’s “younger sibling” class. Same philosophy, same vibe, same great teachers — tailored to a younger dancer.

Both classes will be held OUTDOORS this fall, Saturday afternoons, beginning September 19th.

On Point will meet from 2-3:30 PM; Demi-Point from 3:30-4:30 PM. 

Register today!

Hooray for Fall Classes!

Fall ’20 registration is open! 

The Center Dance is ELATED to offer a full program of classes, specially crafted to meet a broad range of needs and preferences. Visit our K-12 and Toddler/PreK class descriptions for information on Outdoor, Virtual and Small-Group In-Studio classes.*

Be sure to check out three brand NEW classes: Meadow Lark (grades 1-5), Feathered Things (grades 1-5) and Midweek Pajama Party (all ages).

Our first 8-week fall session begins Sunday, September 13th. Register through our Square Store or via email; but don’t delay! Many of these classes will fill up quickly.

*To ensure the safety of our community during the COVID-19 Pandemic, masks and physical distancing will be mandatory in both outdoor and in-studio classes this fall. The studio will continue to be sanitized according to CDC and state guidelines. The Center does not share an HVAC system with any of our neighboring businesses, and we will be opening windows and doors while classes are in session.

Midweek Pajama Party!

Get crazy! Get cozy! Get DOWN with Tiffany Joseph in Midweek Pajama Party, a family-friendly dance class delivered right to your living room! Learn basic hip hop steps, share some funky freestyle, and strike ALL the poses in freeze dance! Pajama Party will wrap each week with some sleepytime yoga, and maybe even a bedtime story. 

This 8-week session begins Wednesday, September 16th.

Dates: 16/13-11/4
Time: 6:30-7:15 PM
Tuition: $90
Location: Online; anywhere!

Pets & stuffies welcome!