Author: The Center Dance

Mother’s Day Word Play!

May we have this dance?  

If you are celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 8th, we would LOVE to have you join us for a FREE caregiver-and-me dance class. Or, send your kiddo with another adult so that YOU can enjoy some well deserved alone-time!

Word Play (45 minutes, ages 3-6) 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.

Class will meet from 11-11:45 AM at The Center Dance Studio: 321 Main Street in Amherst. We are still requesting that adults and children 2+ wear masks. 

Space is limited; to RSVP, please email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com or call 413-230-1944.

Hope to see you there!

Story Ballet

For their first plié….The Center Dance.

Where friendships blossom.

Where grace grows wild.

Where strength is a quality of body and mind.

Where fancy takes flight, and the landing is kind.

Where Ballet is magic unfolding…


Since 2015, The Center has offered outstanding ballet programming to the Valley’s youngest dance lovers. Our interactive, developmentally appropriate approach nurtures children’s enthusiasm for ballet and celebrates the creative spark inside all of us. 


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

Three 6-week sessions begin in May:

Sundays, 10-10:45 AM – May 8th-June 19th
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15 PM – May 17th-June 21st
Fridays, 1-1:45 PM – May 6th-June 10th

Classes meet at The Center Dance Studio (321 Main Street, in Amherst). 

REGISTER

Word Play at The Center Dance!

Add some DANCE to your Sunday mornings! 

Word Play (45 minutes, ages 3-6) 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.

Visit our Class Descriptions and Class Schedules pages for details. 

Register online, via email (thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com), or by calling 413-230-1944.

Pop-up Perch!

It’s April Break, and YOU deserve a break. If you’re looking for activities to fill this vacation week, look no further than The Center Dance Studio’s Perch & Swoop program. Join us on Thursday, April 21st from 9:30-11:30 AM for a FREE morning of dance and play

Perch & Swoop offers the best of The Center’s Pre-K creative movement curriculum, bookended by simple art activities, a wholesome snack, and play time.

Recommended for toddlers 18 months – 4 years. 

Space is limited; to register for this free trial class, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com or call 413-230-1944.

A new session of Perch & Swoop will begin Thursday, 5/5.

Hope to see you there! 



 

Spring Forward at The Center!

Watch your child blossom in The Center Dance Studio’s Pre-K program!

Since 2015, The Center has offered outstanding programming to the Valley’s youngest dancers. Our interactive, developmentally appropriate approach nurtures children’s enthusiasm for dance (and literature!), and celebrates the creative spark inside all of us.

New Spring ’22 Sessions start soon. For more information, visit the following pages:

Class Descriptions

Schedules

To register online, visit our Square Store, or click the images below. 

Perch & Swoop

Garden of Verses

Word Play

Story Ballet

 

 

 

Weekly Flex at The Center Dance

Welcome to Weekly Flex: A ballet-inspired workout designed to develop core strength, lengthen muscles, improve posture and increase stamina. Barre exercises provide a meditative strengthening and toning routine, then it’s down to the mat for some Pilates-based floorwork. Uptempo cardio dance rounds out the hour. Each component of Weekly Flex can be practiced throughout the week, wherever/whenever the mood strikes.

Class meets Thursday nights from 7-8PM, at 321 Main Street, in Amherst. Tiered enrollment is available, including a drop-in option. Reduced rate offered to students. 

Spring Session dates: March 10th-April 22nd. 

Flex BIG at The Center Dance! Enroll today. 


Register online or in-studio. For more information, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com.

 

Center Stage Winter Intensive

Curtains up!

The Center Dance is thrilled to announce our Center Stage Winter Intensive: 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!” In this week-long session, students will explore various popular character tropes (the hero, the villain, the dreamer, etc.) as they are depicted in such musicals as Hamilton, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie and Newsies. Yoshi Sanders (a licensed Dance Education Laboratory master teacher and National Dance Education Organization award winner) instructs. 

Whether your child is an aspiring performer, a Broadway enthusiast, or simply looking for some fun physical activity, our Center Stage Winter Intensive is the place to be! 

When: January 4th-7th, 4-5:30 PM (on Thursday, 1/6, class will meet from 5:45-7:15 PM)
Where: The Center Dance Studio, 321 Main Street, Amherst, MA
Tuition: $100

Recommended for kids ages 10-13.

To register, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com.

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

Ballet, Unbound.

Introducing Counterpoint Ballet: a rigorous but joyful technique class for the ballet enthusiast, the ballet-curious, even the ballet skeptic. 

In Counterpoint Ballet, we embrace the powerful beauty of this iconic dance form, investigate the conventions that puzzle us, and respectfully release that which no longer serves us. We know that ANY body is a “ballet body,” that the language of movement need not be gendered, and that pointe work is optional. We care for our bodies and nurture our minds. We challenge ourselves and we encourage one another. 

In our weekly classes, students will be supported at their level, gaining strength, flexibility, artistic agility and musicality. 

Schedule
  • Counterpoint Ballet 1 (grades 4-6): Sundays, 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
  • Counterpoint Ballet 2 (grades 7-12): Mondays, 5-6:30 PM
Location: The Center Dance Studio: 321 Main Street, in Amherst

Our 16-week session begins January 9th (classes will not meet during Amherst Regional Public School vacation weeks). 

Counterpoint Ballet: it’s ballet, unbound. 

Book & Bar(re): Hygge Edition

hyg·ge

/ˈh(y)o͞oɡə/

n. 1. a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.

Book & Bar(re)
/bo͝ok/ /and/ /bär/

n. 1. a combination book club, dance party and cocktail hour. A short but robust dance warm up followed by light stretching, adult beverages and low-stakes literary discussion.

Book & Bar(re): Hygge Edition: 

Coziness: check
Conviviality: check
Well-being: check

Wednesday nights at The Center dance are brimming with hygge this winter, as we gather for movement, conversation, libation, and celebration of all things cozy. Whether you love winter, despise it, or fall somewhere in between, treat yourself to a healthy dose of midweek hygge in Book & Bar(re).

BYOBook*, BYOBottle**…We’ll provide the Barre***. Wool socks encouraged; masks required; hilarity guaranteed.

*This session’s book has not yet been selected. And we use the term “book” loosely. Suggestions welcome!
**Bottle of wine, box of tea, thermos of coffee. Your version of liquid hygge.
***We may do a plié or two at the barre; mostly we move where we wish!

Location: The Center Dance, 321 Main Street in Amherst
Dates: 1/26-3/16
Cost: $90-$140 (sliding scale)

Register online at our Square Store. For more information, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com

Snow Boot Ballet

Swirl like a snow storm!
Sparkle like ice!
Ballet in snow boots?
Do we have to ask twice??

Take winter fun to the next level in Snow Boot Ballet: the COOLEST dance class around. Open to kids in grades K-1 and 2-4; no previous ballet experience necessary. 

Our 6-week sessions will culminate in a casual, outdoor performance featuring choreography inspired by Addie Boswell’s enchanting picture book, The Snow Dancer. 

Ages 4-8: Fridays, 3:45-4:30 PM; 1/14-2/18
Ages 6-10: Mondays, 3:45-4:45 PM; 1/10-2/28 (no class 1/17 or 2/21)

Classes will meet at Groff Park, in South Amherst. Snow pants and snow boots strongly recommended.

Due to the current surge in local COVID cases, masks will be required. 

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

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