Adult Dance & Fitness Classes

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Cost:
$20 single class
$90 5-class card
$170 10-class card


Adult Class Policies:
Questions? E-mail school@ballethispanico.org

Beginner Adult Tap with Ann Marie Dragich

Mondays 7:00-8:00pm

Tap dance fundamentals will be taught and explored in fun rhythmic patterns. Students will dance to Latin, jazz and Broadway tunes, ending each class with a short combo.  

Recommended Attire: Workout clothes or dance attire. Tap shoes.


ANN MARIE DRAGICH has been tap dancing in New York since 2008 after studying at the Eddie Brown Studio for the Arts (THE BEAT) with Gregg Geoffroy, Babs Yohai and Mark Mendonca. She is a member of Cole Collective under the direction of Nicole Ohr, and is a founding member of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret which has a regular performance slot at the Duplex Cabaret Theater. Ann has presented her own work at Dance Astoria, Stam-pede (Symphony Space), Director’s Choice Showcase, Local Produce and Winter Follies (produced by Spoke the Hub), Denise Caston’s Choreographer’s Canvas, Kat Wildish’s Performing in New York, and Sol Dance Center’s Dancesanity (Frank Sinatra School of the Arts). Ann is also in the step company “Momentum” and was featured in Rick Owens Spring 2014 Women’s show (Paris Fashion Week). Ann’s image from this show was on display at the MOMA as part of the “Is Fashion Modern?” exhibit. Ann presented work in the Emerging Choreographer’s Series curated by Mare Nostrom Elements, and was a Spring 2018 cycle AiRe Artist in Residence at Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana creating tap dance choreography, which she presented at Flamenco Certamen USA held at the NYPL Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center. Ann holds a level 1 teaching certificate from the American Tap Dance Foundation and is currently working on her level 2 teaching certificate. She is on faculty at the New Jersey Performing arts Center, the American Tap Dance Foundation, Ballet Hispanico and The DreamYard Project. More information about Ann can be found on her website, anndragichandcompany.com


 

Beginner Adult Ballet with Rebeca Maso

Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm

This ballet class for adults is a great form of movement fitness, slowly building upper body strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination for the new dancer! Taught by Cuban classical ballet master teacher Rebeca Maso, this introductory level is perfect for novice dancers or for dancers who want to refine their technique. 

Recommended Attire: Workout clothes or dance attire. Ballet shoes.

REBECA MASO is a former ballet dancer from Cuba. She received her training at the Professional School of Ballet Arts in Camaguey, Cuba under direction of Fernando Alonso and obtained her Diploma as Ballet Teacher in Cuba and has been teaching for more than 30 years. She was one of the founder ballet dancers of the Professional Ballet Company of Santiago of Cuba in 1990, under the direction of Maria Elena Martinez and the choreographer Jorge Lefebvre director of Royal Ballet of Wallonie at that time. Rebeca performed for this company a diversity of leading roles in classical ballets and contemporary works as well. Rebeca was promoted to Coryphée after a year joining the company and was director assistance for rehearsal and ballet classes. In 1994, she traveled to Venezuela as guest ballet teacher to different ballet schools in the south area of this country, working in regional ballet festivals. In Venezuela, she was a member of the Professional Ballet Company Nuevo Mundo of Caracas under direction of Zhandra Rodriguez, former principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, where she performed neoclassic and contemporary works by choreographers such as Jose Pares, Paulo Denubila, Dennis Nahat, Gabriel Castillo, Hector Montero, Maria Rovira among others, participating in Europe tour and International Ballet Festivals in Cuba. During her time in Venezuela, she had the opportunity to perform with Ballet Metropolitano of Caracas by Artistic Director Keyla Ermecheo in different classical ballet productions like Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. Rebeca also was invited from Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas to be part of the world premier  of Dejando Rastro, a modern work created for four female ballet dancers by Carlos Orta, leading dancer and teacher with the José Limón Dance Company in NYC. Rebeca came to the United States in 1999 as guest artist of Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas participating in the international Ballet in Philadelphia, where had the opportunity to work with Fernando Bujones at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. That same year, she was part of Dance of Southwest in Albuquerque, NM and performed in The Nutcracker and Dracula under the direction of Patricia Dickinson and Susan Johnson. Rebeca is current faculty of the Ballet Hispánico Dance School in NY where she teaches ballet in the pre-professional and general program and is part of ballet faculty of Princeton Ballet School in NJ. Rebeca is an ABT ® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum. She opened her ballet studio in 2007 where she provides the guidance and artistic support to Hispanic community in the central –south area of New Jersey.


 

Open Level Salsa with Sekou McMiller

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm 

Learn fundamentals to the rhythmic movement, partnering, and turn sequences that make up the popular New York On2 salsa style. This class walks you through the basics of the form before building on styling techniques that will improve your prowess on the dance floor!

Recommended Attire: Workout clothes dance or dance attire. Ballroom shoes, heels, character or jazz shoes.


SEKOU MCMILLER is at the forefront of a new movement in the Latin dance world. Sekou’s unique style of Latin dance rich with Afro-Carribean essence and laced with techniques from many genres of dance combined with his explosive energy on and off stage, has earned Sekou’s dancing and instructing broad recognition worldwide. Sekou made his NYC Off-Broadway debut and International Tour with Celia the Musical. He is the founder and artist director of SMc Dance Co, an internationally recognized Contemporary Afro-Latin Dance Company.


 

Open Level Adult Flamenco with JoDe Romano

Saturdays 3:30-4:30pm

This class serves as an introduction to the art form of flamenco, covering basic technique. Work on rhythm exercises and full body coordination to engage the entire body through hand, arm and footwork exercises. 

Recommended Attire: Leotard, flamenco skirt, flamenco heels, and castanets.

JODE ROMANO "La Chispa" is a guest teaching artist & graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas. There, she was featured in the Houston Grand Opera’s production of Carmen. She also performed in the Franco Zeffirelli original production of Carmen, starring Placido Domingo and Maria Benitez at the Metropolitan Opera which was broadcast for PBS as part of "Live From Lincoln Center" with President Clinton in attendance.

For over 20 years, Ms. Romano studied and performed Spanish dance in Spain and Japan, was the soloist and choreographer for the José Greco Dance Company at the Joyce Theater and the Town Hall in New York City, and toured throughout the US and Spain. She was also a dancer in The Charo Show in Las Vegas with Jerry Lewis and others, and has taught a castanet workout on the Dr. Oz Show.

Ms. Romano choreographed the Broadway Workshop production of Rita Hayworth-Hollywood Goddess, numerous Zarzuelas, and the mixed media dramatic presentation, Picasso's Guernica, at The Thalia Theater in New York.

She has also taught at Alvin Ailey and Ballet Hispánico studios, in NYC public schools, and with the summer intensives at Joffrey Ballet NYC.

Currently, Ms. Romano teaches Spanish dance and castanet classes at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center and is a graduate of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program. She has been a guest teacher at Hunter College and co-developed and taught a DEL workshop at the 92Y.

Ms. Romano also taught a master class and workshop at NYU for NYSDEA and at Fall for Dance at NY City Center.

She currently teaches at Steps on Broadway and other locations throughout the NY city area. She has completed a series of instructional DVDs on castanet and flamenco movement techniques, and has produced and played castanets on her Spanish Classical Piano and Castanets CD.

 

 

Intermediate Adult Latin Jazz with Camille Moten

Saturdays 4:00-5:00pm

Latin Jazz is a style equally rooted in jazz-influenced technique with a Latin-American inflection, infusing styles of salsa, samba, cha cha, and other popular Latin vernacular dance. The movement, expression, and musical accompaniment are pulled from both styles, exploring the fundamentals of both classical jazz and Latin ballroom. Combinations will explore polyrhythmic movement, stylistic textures, and performance development. 

Recommended Attire:
Workout clothes or dance attire. Jazz shoes.



CAMILLE MOTEN a New Jersey native, is a freelance performer, choreographer and educator who is passionate about the promotion of dance arts as a form of citizenship and inclusion. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from Temple University while training with the PHILADANCO! Apprentice Company, D/2. As a freelance performer, Camille has had the pleasure of working with Kim Bears-Bailey, Laurie M. Taylor, Ashlé Dawson, Laura Peterson, Kavin Grant, and Sonia James Pennington, among others. Camille also served as the Assistant Choreographer to André DeShields on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Crossroads Theater Company’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2018). Her work was most recently commissioned by CoLab Arts: Motion New Dance Works, and she continues to self-produce throughout the tristate area as freelance choreographer. Camille serves on the Junior Committee Board of Dance/NYC and is currently a teaching artist at Ballet Hispánico, Rutgers University, and Artists in Motion. She is in her final year at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University as a MFA in Dance candidate.

 


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