THE DANCE CONSERVATORY
AT T H E S T. PA U Lâ€™ S S C H O O L S 2018-2019
2018-2019 CLASS OFFERINGS
The Dance Conservatory at the St. Paul’s Schools develops the artistic potential of pre-collegiate and pre-professional dancers, as well as dance enthusiasts.
Pre-Primary: Ages 3-5
Pre-Primary supports locomotive skills, flexibility, musicality, and motor development while nurturing creativity and free movement. Students utilize energy, movement, and expression!
Primary: Ages 5-7
Students begin their formal introduction to ballet. Both boys and girls engage in the fundamental elements of classical ballet based on the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum.
Musical Theatre: Ages 5-17
Students are introduced to the Tap and Jazz styles found on the Broadway stage. From Annie to Legally Blonde, dance has played an integral role in telling the stories of Broadway shows.
BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, & ADVANCED
TDC’s Ballet Program
TDC’s methodology is that of the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum; a program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian, & Russian schools of instruction. Artistically, the National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.
Ballet & Pointe Placement
TDC’s ballet program offers classes on a multi-level system, with students progressing from one course to the next at their own individual pace. Students are placed in the level that best suits their needs, with age being a secondary consideration. To successfully achieve the placement necessary to support pointe work, muscle development and form must be practiced to become habitual for the dancer. Strength and muscular development are assessed before pointe is started. This placement method is most important to ensure the safety and best possible instruction at the student’s level.
Jazz: Ages 8-18
Explore Jazz dance from its earliest cultural roots to the present day. Jazz dance is influenced by popular culture, music and events. Students will study all aspects of Jazz dance from its historical roots to its current influence. Our Jazz program emphasizes proper technique and progression into leaps, turns, and flexibility– minimizing injury and encouraging correct placement and technique.
Acrobatics: Ages 8-18
Students will develop the strength, agility, and flexibility to be able to perform various ground and aerial tricks. Students will learn everything from front rolls and cartwheels to handsprings, walkovers and aerials.
BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, & ADVANCED
Beginner Tap: Ages 8-12
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of rhythm tap. Students will explore using the body as an instrument and learn basic rhythms and vocabulary.
Modern: Ages 10-14
This class was developed for the dancer who is interested in Contemporary dance, but is not yet familiar with the theories or concepts that Contemporary utilizes. Dancers will work extensively to build their strength, and become comfortable and confident with floor work, as well as fall and recovery. Styles explored may include Lyrical, Modern, and Jazz.
Contemporary/Lyrical: Ages 10-18
Dancers will study the development of Contemporary from Postmodern and Jazz dance into what is now an international phenomenon. Styles explored may include Lyrical, Modern, and Jazz. Students will explore the complete movement potential of the body. Modern dance characteristics emphasized will include contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. Ballet and Jazz’s leg techniques are also used.
Advanced Tap: Ages 8-12
This course will introduce dancers to the technical and musical elements of rhythm tap dance. This course will build on students’ knowledge of tap basics, increasing speed and fluency of tap vocabulary.
Hip-Hop: Ages 8-18
This course is designed to study both Hip-Hop dance technique and culture. Students will explore the complexities of Hip-Hop dance as well as the history behind the art form.
Yoga and Stretch & Conditioning: Ages 10-Adult
Students will focus on lengthening and strengthening their leg and back muscles to support proper extension during each class. Emphasis will be placed on improving and gaining flexibility, as well as core and upper body strength. This class will incorporate Pilates and Yoga.
Jazz/Lyrical/Ballet: Grades 5-8 & Teen Jazz/Tap: Grades 9-12
These trimester-long introductory courses are designed for students to be able to “do it all.” These classes will provide a great cross-training opportunity for students who are not playing a sport during the trimester to continue with their muscular development, coordination, and flexibility.
TDC COMPANY TDC Company
REQUIRES PREREQUISITES & ELECTIVES
The 2018-2019 season will mark TDC Company’s sixth year. The Company was formed to give TDC’s elite dancers performance and leadership opportunities. Past performances include regional competitions in Baltimore, Artscape, Open Marley Night at the Baltimore Theater Project, and the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. During our summer season, Company dancers continue their dance education in New York City during an immersive three-day trip taking master classes at Broadway Dance Center and attending live performances. Company dancers are required to take at least two Ballet classes per week, one Jazz class, one elective class, one conditioning class, and attend all rehearsals.
SENIOR COMPANY 7:00-8:00 PM
BALLET 4 BALLET 1A W/ POINTE POINTE 1 5:00-6:00 PM
MS TEEN BALLET/ JAZZ/ LYRICAL
US TEEN JAZZ/TAP
SENIOR 1B COMPANY BALLET 5:45-7:00 PM 7:00-8:00 PM
Middle School Teen Jazz/Ballet/Lyrical & Upper School Teen Jaz All classes subject to change or may be combined, based on enrollement.
WEEKLY SCHEDULE THURSDAY STUDIO 322
FRIDAY STUDIO 322
CONTEMP. 2 MUSICAL 4:00-5:30 PM THEATRE 1 4:00-5:00 PM
JUMPS, LEAPS, & TURNS
MARCH 29MAY 24
11:30 AM12:00 PM
STRETCH & CONDIT. 11:00 AM12:00 PM
MUSICAL COMPANY THEATRE 3 REHEARSAL
BALLET 3/4 PRE/BEG. POINTE 10:00-11:30 AM POINTE 1&2
BALLET ADV. TAP REHEARSAL
CONTEMP. 1 MUSICAL SENIOR COMPANY 5:30-700 PM THEATRE 2 TBD JUNIOR COMPANY
COMPANY 1:00-3:00 PM
zz/Tap will run concurrently with the trimester Athletic calendar.
All TDC classes are coeducational.
2018-2019 NATASHA COOPER: TDC COMPANY & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Ms. Cooper has been dancing for over 20 years and received a BA in Dance and Arts Administration from Elon University. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher Primary through Level 3. Additional credits include: Parsons Dance Company intern, Broadway Dance Center, Baltimore School for the Arts, Elmhurst Ballet School, UK, Baltimore Actors Theatre Conservatory, and The American Academy of Ballet. Additionally, Ms. Cooper teaches Middle and Upper School dance at SPSG, and she directs Inertia, SPSG’s elite curricular dance ensemble.
ALAINA TARY Mrs. Tary studied ballet and modern at Baltimore School for the Arts. She received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. She danced with Bowen-McCauley Dance Company, flew as an aerial artist for Celebrity Cruises, performed on tour with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and toured with the world renowned Radio City Rockettes in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Additionally, Mrs. Tary teaches Middle and Upper School dance at SPSG, and is a TDC Comapny Co-Director.
ALAYNA DUTCHER Ms. Dutcher’s dance training begun at Balleraena Dance Studio in Sioux Falls, SD, in genres including Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, as well as being a Company member. In January of 2014, she was one of seven dancers in Freedom, a project based on women standing against sex trafficking in SD. Ms. Dutcher currently attends Goucher College to pursuing a Chemistry Major, Dance minor, and Pre-Med concentration. Alayna was a founding member in LiRa Dance Company and is now participating in her second year as well as the Hip-Hop team.
JULIA PIPER Ms. Piper trained in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and musical theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan before moving to Baltimore to continue her studies as a Dance and Environmental Studies double major at Goucher College. In addition to dance, Ms. Piper studies voice and flute, and started tapping as a way to make music! As a senior at Goucher, she is the musical director of Pizzazz, Goucher’s Musical Theatre Club, a co-founder of their Tap Club, and a Dance Mentor.
RESIDENT TDC FACULTY MAYA BASIK Ms. Basik received a BA in Dance from Muhlenberg College. She studied in Arezzo, Tuscany under a variety of Italian and International Dance and Physical Theatre artists and professors. In 2013, she studied and performed with ClancyWorks, a resident company at Dance Place in Northeast DC. Additionally, Ms. Basik has completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Charm City Yoga. Ms. Basik is a TDC Company Co-Director.
AMBER MERRICK Ms. Merrick received a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University and also had the pleasure of studying abroad at Palucca Schule Dresden in Dresden, Germany. She began her training at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and continued with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Miami City Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. Professional credits include Die Theater Chemnitz, Oakland Ballet Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Cirque du Soleilâ€™s Amaluna, and Cirque du Soleilâ€™s Paramour on Broadway. Ms. Merrick has previously taught at Dallas Black Dance Academy and Supernova Dance Company.
LINDSAY HURLEY Ms. Hurley has 20+ years of dance training and performance experience. Lindsay has danced Royal Caribbean International, performing in a tango production and two Broadway-style productions. Ms. Hurley graduated from Wake Forest University with her BS in Finance and a Minor in Dance, and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for Excellence in Dance Performance all four years. Other credits include dancing with the Alternative Dance Project, a Maryland-based Contemporary company, and studying ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance.
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IMPORTANT DATES 2018-2019
2018 MONDAY, AUGUST 20 | 5:30-6:30 PM | STUDIO 322 –––––– ORIENTATION (PARENTS & STUDENTS) TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 | 5:00-6:30 PM | STUDIO 322 ––––––––– PLACEMENT CLASS (AGES 10-13) TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 | 6:30-7:30 PM | STUDIO 322 –––––––– COMPANY AUDITIONS (AGES 10-13) THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 | 5:00-6:30 PM | STUDIO 322 ––––––––– PLACEMENT CLASS (AGES 14-18) THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 | 6:30-7:30 PM | STUDIO 322 –––––––– COMPANY AUDITIONS (AGES 14-18) MONDAY, AUGUST 27 | 5:30-7:00 PM | STUDIO 322 ––––– MAKE-UP PLACEMENT CLASS (AGES10-18) WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CLASSES BEGIN SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PRE-PRIMARY SESSION 1 BEGINS MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FALL BREAK (NO CLASSES) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6–SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13 –––––––––––––––––––––––– OBSERVATION WEEK WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21–SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 –––– THANKSGIVING BREAK (NO CLASSES) THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20–WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 –––––––––––––– WINTER BREAK (NO CLASSES)
2019 SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PRE-PRIMARY SESSION 2 BEGINS MONDAY, JANUARY 21 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MLK OBSERVANCE (NO CLASSES) MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PRESIDENTS’ DAY (NO CLASSES) MONDAY, MARCH 18–MONDAY, MARCH 25 ––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING BREAK (NO CLASSES) FRIDAY, APRIL 19–MONDAY, APRIL 22 –––––––––––––––––– EASTER/PASSOVER BREAK (NO CLASSES) WEDNESDAY, MAY 22–SATURDAY, MAY 25 ––––––––––––––––––– ALL CLASSES IN THE WARD CENTER MONDAY, MAY 27 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MEMORIAL DAY (NO CLASSES) TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 & 29 | 4:00-6:00 PM | THE WARD CENTER ––––– TECH REHEARSAL THURSDAY & FRIDAY, MAY 30 & 31 | 4:00-6:00 PM | THE WARD CENTER ––––––– DRESS REHEARSAL SATURDAY, JUNE 1 | 4:00 PM | THE WARD CENTER ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DRESS REHEARSAL SUNDAY, JUNE 2 | 4:00 PM | THE WARD CENTER –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING CONCERT MONDAY, JUNE 3 | 4:00-5:00 PM | DANCE STUDIO –––––––––––– END-OF-YEAR CONCERT VIEWING
BASED ON A 38-WEEK SEASON 0.5 HOURS (30 MINUTES)
0.75 HOURS (45 MINUTES) 1.25 HOURS (1 HOUR, 15 MINUTES) 1.5 HOURS (1 HOUR, 30 MINUTES) 2 HOURS
2.5 HOURS (2 HOURS, 30 MINUTES) 3 HOURS
3.5 HOURS (3 HOURS, 30 MINUTES)
3.75 HOURS (3 HOURS, 45 MINUTES) 4 HOURS
INDIVIDUAL UNLIMITED FAMILY (5 HOURS) FAMILY (6 HOURS) FAMILY (7 HOURS) FAMILY (8 HOURS)
TEEN JAZZ/LYRICAL/BALLET (TRIMESTER CALENDAR) TEEN JAZZ/TAP (TRIMESTER CALENDAR)
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$500 $800 $900
$1,100 $1,300 $1,350 $1,450 $1,500 $1,600 $2,150 $1,875 $2,150 $2,500 $2,700 $3,000 $215 $215
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