DANCE at Asheville Community Movement
Dance in any discipline teaches a wind range of skills. On the surface, it teaches specific technique and movement skills, from gross motor skills, to refined, detailed movement. Dance improves coordination, pattern memorization, and opens students’ minds to think and process the world in a more complex light. The benefits of dance are not purely physical. Studies show that children enrolled in regular dance classes perform better academically. Dance also aids children in developing social skills. In a dance class, students will learn to work in pairs and in groups, to take turns, create movements together, and to gain the confidence to present ideas and perform in front of others. Dance, especially at ACM, teaches children to make thoughtful choices, and to gain confidence in their own personal strength and abilities. And, of course, dancing is so much fun!
In the Asheville Community Movement Dance Program, we do so much more than just teach technique. While we focus on proper alignment and development of concrete dance skills, we go even further to emphasize exploration, the development of each individual’s creative voice. We encourage students not just to move, but to think about movement, how and why they do each move. We challenge them to make choices, and to explore the reasoning behind those choices. Many dancers, even at the college level, are practiced at memorizing movement, but have no idea how to improvise—how to generate their own movement. Students at ACM will learn to memorize technical skills, but also learn to create their own movement to express their personalities, struggles, and triumphs through dance.
*Please bring a water bottle for all dance classes.
Class Schedule – Please see Class Schedule by clicking on the Class Schedules button below then filter by choosing Recreational Dance for Programs and hit the submit button.
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Mandatory Registration Fee: $15 per child per year. This covers our liability insurance and is due when you first sign up for classes.
Creative Movement: Ballet (ages 4-5) –This class uses creative movement exercises to teach motor skills and coordination while introducing students to basic ballet vocabulary. We encourage creative expression and an appreciation of each individual’s style as well as working together. We will learn and practice ballet basics through a combination of drills and educational games. This class offers students the opportunity to gain familiarity with the ballet class environment, pick up vocabulary before transitioning into the next level of Ballet, and have fun!
Ballet I (ages 6-7) – This class introduces beginners ballet with a focus on creative, developmental movement. Children ages 6-7 will learn basic ballet skills with an emphasis on fun.
Ballet II (ages 8-10) – Intended for both beginners and students with previous ballet experience, this class will review and strengthen basic ballet techniques before expanding to more complex vocabulary. Emphasis will be placed on proper alignment, control, and musicality.
Creative Movement: Hip-Hop/Contemporary (ages 6-7) – ACM offers a unique fusion of Hip-Hop and Modern/Contemporary dance. This creative movement based class will develop basic movement skills, such as coordination and timing, as well as an understanding of concepts such as levels, locomotor movement, and basic dance vocabulary. We will explore our unique creative voices individually and in groups through a series of structured exercises. Each class we will add on to a short, fun and funky choreography combining hip-hop and modern dance.
Hip-Hop/Contemporary (ages 8-10) – This class teaches a fusion of Hip-Hop and Contemporary/Modern technique. A step up from the Creative Movement level, we will focus more on learning and developing technique and refining motor skills such as coordination and musicality. At the same time, we will engage in creative exercises to explore individual expression and learn to channel our imagination into physical movement. Throughout the series we will learn, practice, and generate movement for a final choreographed piece.
Dance for Gymnasts (ages 11+) – This class is intended for older students with gymnastics experience who would like to expand their movement skills to dance. This class is similar to Beginning Dance for Teens, but will move at a slightly faster pace for those who have already begun to develop pattern memorization, flexibility, and coordination. We will introduce the basics of movement relevant to all dance forms and explore individual creative expression and find ways to connect to movement on a deeper level. Students will get a taste of multiple dance forms, including Modern/Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Ballet. By the end of the series, students should have some idea of which dance forms most appeal to them for further exploration, and begin to develop their unique dance voice. Throughout the series, we will combine student generated choreography with taught phrases to create a final piece.
Beginning Dance for Teens (ages 11+) – This series class is designed for older students with little to no dance experience. It is a common idea that dancers must start training young. In truth, dance is an experience available to all ages, shapes, sizes, and genders. In this series we will explore the basics of dance technique from technical details of foot and arm positions, to larger concepts such as levels, tempo, and weight. Students will experience multiple dance forms, including Modern/Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Ballet. Students will have the chance to practice these concepts through fun exercises, as well as learn and even create choreography. This class is ideal for students looking for an introduction to dance before progressing to more advanced classes, students unsure of which style of dance most interests them, and students simply looking to explore dance in a fun and safe setting.
YES – Comfortable, fitted clothes such as leggings, shorts, leotards, tank tops.
NO! – Baggy clothes, jeans, skirts/dresses (unless worn over shorts or leotards).
Ballet – ballet slippers
Hip-Hop/Contemporary – Bare feet
*Please bring a water bottle for all dance classes
Mr. Joe’s Neighborhood: An Exploration of Hip-Hop:
Preschool – Welcome to Mr. Joe’s Neighborhood! Students will experience movement, games, songs, and more. Mr. Joe will be utilizing content from the Preschool Outreach Project to read aloud to children and engage them in various learning activities. The overall theme will be Hip Hop, but there will be a new specific theme each week (seasons, friendship, pets, etc).
Ages 5-6 – Students will explore movement with an emphasis on creative freedom. Children are encouraged to dance with, and in front of, one another. Students will learn the basics of Hip Hop Culture, and develop skills necessary to become a self-directed, self-motivated, and self-disciplined learner.
Ages 7-10 – Students will learn training exercises that will aid their physical development and ability to control their bodies. The students will utilize the basic elements of Bgirling or Bboying to explore movement, and will be able to demonstrate an understanding of Hip Hop Culture. The focus will be to gain mastery of fundamental Top Rock, Drops, Footwork, and Freezes.
Ages 11+ – Students will learn the fundamentals of Bgirling and Bboying, and will begin to develop personal style. Students will gain a more in depth understanding of Hip Hop culture, and its relevance in our global society. Elements of various Hip Hop dance styles will be introduced.
Adult Breakdance – This class will have a similar focus to the 11+ group. Extra attention will be given to the natural abilities of each student.
YES – Tennis shoes and active wear
NO!- Shorts, dresses, skirts.
*Please bring a water bottle for all dance classes
Emily Jones– Emily Jones graduated with a BA in Dance from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She enjoys learning new forms of dance and combining different genres for a fresh and unique style. Her studies include modern/contemporary, bharata natyam, hoop dancing, fire dancing, contact improvisation, contra dance, and musical theater. She believes dance is for everyone and is excited to teach both seasoned dancers and those new to movement. Outside of dancing, she loves to sing, read, and cultivate a life of health and joy.
Joe Adams – Since 2003, Joseph Adams has been teaching the art of Bgirling or Bboying (commonly known as Breakdance). He is a multi-talented artist who uses Hip Hop as a platform to encourage youth to become self-directed, self-motivated, and self-disciplined learners. Joseph, or Mr. Joe, adapts his offerings to the needs of his students. His teaching methods encourage creative freedom with a balance of discipline and skill. In Mr. Joe’s Neighborhood, students will engage and explore Hip Hop through dance and more. Primarily, students will study the art and movement of Bboying or Bgirling.
Raquel Bennett — Raquel Bennett, age 22, has taken over twelve years of dance lessons from professional instructors. Her profession has a focus in ballet, jazz, and tap dancing. She has been with Asheville Community Movement since February, 2015 and is only looking ahead.
Classes run in sessions and pricing and current schedule can be found by clicking on the Class Schedule button. Prorated fees can be applied for late registration. Pre-registration required and late registration must commit to the remainder of the series.
Monday night breakdance is a Free drop-in class. Adult Breakdance is a $10 drop-in.
For more info, contact Emily at email@example.com