Center Dance

Ballet in the Park!

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. 

Classes

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. 

OUTDOOR class: Sundays, 11-11:45 AM, at Groff Park

Pre-Ballet  (45 minutes, Kindergarten) introduces young dancers to the fundamentals of classical ballet, emphasizing strength, alignment, musicality and spatial awareness. The developmentally appropriate class structure keeps kids active and engaged while cultivating discipline and a growth mindset. 

OUTDOOR class: Fridays, 4:15-5PM, at Groff Park

Ballet 1 (1 hour, grade 1; grade 2 without prior experience) In Ballet 1, students are supported and challenged as they develop strength, coordination and musicality. Ballet 1 dancers gain confidence as their physical and mental stamina increase, and they move toward fluency in the “language” of ballet.

OUTDOOR class: Thursdays, 4:15-5PM, at Groff Park

 

Afra Dance!

Afra Dance 1 (45 minutes, grades K-2) and Afra Dance 2 (1 hour, grades 3-6) offer a diverse, spirited and life affirming celebration of movement and rhythm. Afra Dance provides a deeply energizing experience of dance and drum from the roots of traditional African dance forms. The call of drums, and the movements they inspire, support dancers of all ages to flow in the breath and the art of living!

Afra Dance curriculum was created by Kalpana Devi, founder of One Earth Drum Dance Co., and is taught by Ashirah DeviDalomba.

Afra Dance 1 meets Mondays from 3:30-4:15 PM.
Afra Dance 2 meets Mondays from 4:15-5:15 PM.

Classes will be held outdoors at Groff Park, in South Amherst, starting Monday, September 20th.

Register online, or take your first class as a FREE TRIAL before enrolling (no need to pre-register; simply show up!). 

For more information, contact thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com.

Counterpoint Contemporary

Counterpoint Contemporary 1 (1 hour, grades 4-6) and Counterpoint Contemporary 2 (1.5 hours, grades 7+) are designed to provide dancers and aspiring choreographers with a robust foundation in movement. Incorporating principles from a variety of technical forms, including ballet and a wealth of modern styles, Counterpoint will nurture powerful, versatile dancers. Students will cultivate strength, flexibility, agility, and an understanding of healthy alignment, and will employ these qualities with a sense of suspension and release, grounding and freedom. This practice will clear the way for safely bending traditional dance forms and create an expanded palette for artistic expression.

Our Counterpoint curriculum was created by the incomparable Kate Martel.

Counterpoint 1 meets Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 PM.
Counterpoint 2 meets Mondays from 5:15-6:45 PM.

Register online, or take your first class as a FREE TRIAL before enrolling (contact thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com to preregister). 

Gotta get up to get down! Hip Hop @ The Center

Hip Hop I (45 minutes, grades K-2) and Hip Hop II (1 hour, grades 3-6) introduce dancers to the language of Hip Hop dance, including such specific styles as Poppin’, Lockin’, House and Krumping, among others. Students will develop skills in the art of freestyle and explore the tremendous expressive potential of this vital dance form. Tiffany Joseph, beloved by all who meet her, instructs.

Outdoor AND indoor classes offered. Schedules can be found HERE.

Classes fill quickly; enroll today! Register online at our secure Square Store, or via email: thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com.

For more information, call 413-230-1944.

 

On Point and Demi-Point

On Point (1 hour, grades 3-6) “For Black and Brown dancers, by Black and Brown dancers,” On Point is The Center Dance Studio’s flagship, beginner-friendly ballet class, designed especially for BIPOC kids. On Point’s hour-long technique class provides students with physically strengthening, mentally stimulating ballet fundamentals; once a month, students meet for an afternoon of 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! (45 min, grades K-2), On Point’s “younger sibling” class. Same philosophy, same vibe, same great teachers — tailored to a younger dancer.

Register for On Point and Demi-Point Today!

Book & Bar(re)

We take our Wednesday nights with a twist.

Book and Bar(re): a combination of 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. Each class culminates in a group improv inspired by the evening’s literary analysis. BYOBook, BYOBottle…We’ll provide the Barre. Hilarity guaranteed.

Wednesdays, 8PM @ The Center Dance Studio.
September 15th-November 3rd. 

Tuition: $90-$140 (sliding scale)

This session’s first book is Anthony Veasna So’s Afterparties; a New York Times bestseller, Roxane Gay’s “Audacious Book Club” pick, and The Wall Street Journal’s “Best Book of the Summer” title. Support local business! Pick up your copy at Amherst Books

Register online at our secure Square Store. To inquire for more details, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com, or call 413-230-1944. 

Theme & Variation, Fall ’21

The Center Dance Studio is pleased to announce “Picture This: a Journey into the Wordless,” our Fall ’21 Choreography Lab Series inspired by The Eric Carle Museum’s newest exhibition, Speechless: The Art of Wordless Picture Books. In this very special session of Theme & Variation, students will venture through the twists and turns of Aaron Becker’s award-winning Journey, to create a masterpiece of their own. A performance will take place at the end of the 10-week session.


Theme and Variation
 
(1 hour and 45 minutes, grades 7+) encourages students to stretch themselves — both creatively and physically — in a supportive, community-oriented atmosphere. Students will apply their technical dance skills to a wide range of choreographic tasks, exploring movement dynamics, spatial design, time factors and relationship. Democratically selected themes and literary texts will inform collaborative dance building; students will also write across a variety of genres and use their work as choreographic material. By rooting students in the basics of Laban Movement Analysis, students will learn to constructively critique and refine their original ensemble works.

When: Wednesdays from 5:30-7PM; September 15th-November 17th
Where: The Center Dance Studio, 321 Main Street
Tuition: $260

Register online at our secure Square Store, or email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

Come, tell us a dance! 

Story Arc, Fall ’21

The Center Dance Studio is pleased to announce “Picture This: a Journey into the Wordless,” our Fall ’21 Choreography Lab Series inspired by The Eric Carle Museum’s newest exhibition, Speechless: The Art of Wordless Picture Books. In this very special session of Story Arc, students will take a page from Raúl Colón’s spectacular work, Imagine, and let their creativity run wild. A performance will take place at the end of the 10-week session.


Story Arc
  
(1.5 hours, grades 4-6) offers a creative approach to building dances in this lab that grounds students in composition through technical and improvisational activities. Using literature and their own writing as a platform for exploration, students will explore concepts such as formation, relationship, effort and action as they are introduced to a wide variety of choreographic tools. Students will work collaboratively and independently to structure original dances that are rich, meaningful and inspired.

When: Tuesdays from 5:30-7PM; September 14th-November 16th
Where: The Center Dance Studio, 321 Main Street
Tuition: $225

Register online at our secure Square Store, or email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

Come, tell us a dance! 

Spinning Yarns, Fall ’21

The Center Dance Studio is pleased to announce “Picture This: a Journey into the Wordless,” our Fall ’21 Choreography Lab Series inspired by The Eric Carle Museum’s newest exhibition, Speechless: The Art of Wordless Picture Books. In this very special session of Spinning Yarns, students will dance into another world: the world of Another, Christian Robinson’s critically acclaimed wordless picture book. A performance will take place at the end of the 10-week session.


The Center Dance Studio’s Spinning Yarns Choreography Labs introduce students to the language of dance, inviting them to explore movement in a creative, nurturing environment. Picture books serve as entry-points for authentic, movement-based storytelling. Students consider such choreographic elements as space, body, time and relationship as they work together to build dances inspired by favorite texts and their own imaginations. 
 

When: Tuesdays from 4:15-5:30 PM; September 14th-November 16th
Where: The Center Dance Studio, 321 Main Street
Tuition: $185

Register online at our secure Square Store, or email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

Come, tell us a dance! 

 

Mixed Ages Spinning Yarns, Fall ’21

Fancy a flutter with a flamboyance of flamingoes? Perchance a prance with a pride of peacocks? Don’t underestimate that waddle of penguins…their dance moves are cool as ice!

The Center Dance Studio is pleased to announce “Picture This: a Journey into the Wordless,” our Fall ’21 Choreography Lab Series inspired by The Eric Carle Museum’s newest exhibition, Speechless: The Art of Wordless Picture Books. In this very special session of Spinning Yarns, dancers will dive into the pages of Molly Idle’s movement-filled Flora series, and surface with choreography that is all their own. A performance will take place at the end of the 10-week session.


The Center Dance Studio’s Spinning Yarns Choreography Lab introduces students to the language of dance, inviting them to explore movement in a creative, nurturing environment. Picture books serve as entry-points for authentic, movement-based storytelling. Students consider such choreographic elements as space, body, time and relationship as they work together to build dances inspired by favorite texts and their own imaginations. 

Our new “mixed ages” session for kids in grades 1-4 is family-friendly class perfect for siblings who love to dance together, younger kids who bloom in the company of older peers, and older kids who thrive in a leadership role. 

When: Mondays from 3:30-4:30 PM; September 13th-November 22nd (class will not meet on October 11th)
Where: Groff Park, in South Amherst
Tuition: $155

Register online at our secure Square Store, or email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

Come, tell us a dance!