Encuentros: Open Class Program (Ages 6-18)

 

Providing the  young dance enthusiast with cultural enrichment alongside excellent dance training.



 

The Encuentros Program at the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance offers something for everyone. Developed with the highest level of artistic excellence, our program supports dancers interested in taking anywhere from one to multiple dance classes per week. Offering a wide array of classes including Ballet, Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop, Latin Rhythms, Salsa, Jazz, and Tap -- our students can create a tailored schedule to fit their needs. 

School Year 2018-19 - Online Registration is Open!

 
Register online anytime. In-person office hours this summer are Monday through Friday 10:00am-4:00pm.

Financial Aid Scholarships are available to those who qualify. 
 
Questions? E-mail school@ballethispanico.org for assistance.

Class schedule subject to change.

AFRO-CUBAN

Through complex rhythms, vivid stories, and rich history, students develop dance fundamentals while exploring the artistry of Afro-Cuban traditions. Drawing from both contemporary and Afro-Cuban dance practices, this class develops core dance principles such as balance and coordination while introducing students to intricate rhythms and vibrant expressivity. Afro-Cuban will help prepare students for ongoing studies in a wide range of dance forms, from contemporary to other African-based styles.

 

Afro-Cuban Class Schedule

THURS 7:15-8:15PMTeen Afro-Cuban

 

BALLET

Students are introduced to a ballet curriculum that enables them to develop a holistic understanding and mastery of technical skills in a disciplined yet nurturing environment. The program emphasizes clarity of line, execution and precision, dynamic movement, musicality, and artistic expression. Our curriculum draws from the internationally renowned Cuban methodology, which emphasizes plasticity and virtuosity to create proficient and powerful dancers.

Ballet Class Schedule

*Classes with an asterisk require approval from the School Office before registering
MON 3:30-4:25PM Intro to BalletAge 6

MON

4:00-4:55PM Beginner BalletAges 7-8
TUES 4:00-4:55PM Beginner BalletAge 7-8
TUES 4:00-4:55PMTeen BalletAges 12-18
WED 4:00-4:55PMPre-Teen BalletAges 9-11
THURS3:30-4:25PM Intro to BalletAge 6
FRI 4:00-4:55PMPre-Teen BalletAges 9-11
SAT 9:00-9:55AMIntro to BalletAge 6
SAT 10:00-10:55AM Beginner BalletAges 7-8
SAT 10:00-11:10AM Teen Ballet II*Ages 12-18
SAT 2:00-2:55PM Pre-Teen BalletAges 9-11
SAT 2:00-2:55PM Pre-Teen Ballet II*Ages 9-11
SAT 3:00-3:55PM Beginner BalletAges 7-8

              
 

FLAMENCO

Spanish Dance forms have been the backbone of the School of Dance since its founding in the early 1970’s. Our curriculum covers not only flamenco, but Spanish folk dances, danza estilizada, and escuela bolera, studying the roots and history of the forms alongside the technique and artistry. 

Flamenco Class Schedule

*Classes with an asterisk require approval from the School Office before registering
TUES 4:00-4:55PM Beginner Flamenco Ages 7-8
WED 4:00-4:55PM Beginner Flamenco Ages 7-8
THURS4:00-4:55PM Pre-Teen Flamenco Ages 9-11
FRI 4:00-4:55PM Teen Flamenco Ages 12-18
SAT 10:00-10:55AM Intro to Flamenco Age 6
SAT 11:30-12:40PM Teen Flamenco II* Ages 12-18
SAT  12:00-12:55PM Beginner Flamenco Ages 7-8
SAT 1:00-1:55PM Pre-Teen FlamencoAges 9-11
SAT1:00-1:55PMPre-Teen Flamenco II*Ages 9-11
 

HIP-HOP

As hip-hop developed in New York City many of its founding creators were young Latino(a) men and women. With its strong connection to African movement, hip-hop is linked to the explosive era of the 1970s and our community’s need to be heard. Explore the distinctive styles and history of hip-hop! Students focus on various styles: locking, popping, house, breaking, and freestyle.

Hip-Hop Class Schedule

MON 4:00-4:55PM Pre-Teen Hip-Hop Ages 9-11
TUES 4:00-4:55PM Pre-Teen Hip-Hop Ages 9-11
THURS4:00-4:55PM Beginner Hip-Hop Ages 7-8
FRI4:00-4:55PM
Beginner Hip-Hop
Ages 7-8
SAT  11:00-11:55AM Beginner Hip-Hop Ages 7-8
SAT  12:45-1:55PM Teen Hip-Hop Ages 12-18

 


 

JAZZ

The fundamentals of jazz technique build strong body alignment and emphasize muscle awareness through form, shape, style, and flexibility. Each of our three levels increase in complexity and helps develop the student’s musicality and retention skills as they perform jazz combinations and learn the artistry of theatrical repertory.

Jazz Class Schedule

*Classes with an asterisk require approval from the School Office before registering
MON 5:30-6:25PM Teen Jazz II* Ages 12-18
SAT 11:00-11:55AM Pre-Teen Jazz I Ages 9-11
SAT 12:00-12:55AM Pre-Teen Jazz II* Ages 9-11
SAT 2:00-2:55PM Beginner Jazz Ages 7-8

 

SALSA & LATIN RHYTHMS

Designed to teach students the history and social etiquette of Latin dances, these classes sharpen skills in dance position, frame, footwork, body actions, arm styling, floor craft, and partnering. Classes increase in complexity throughout the year.

Salsa & Latin Rhythms Class Schedule

*Classes with an asterisk require approval from the School Office before registering
MON 7:00-8:00PMTeen Salsa II*Ages 12-18
SAT  3:15-4:25PM Pre-Teen & Teen Latin Rhythms Ages 9-18

 

TAP

Students will learn tap fundamentals as they develop footwork precision, movement coordination, balance, and rhythmic accuracy. Emphasis is given to developing the student’s artistry and improvisation skills in this form.

Tap Class Schedule

MON3:30-4:25PMBeginner TapAges 7-8
MON4:30-5:25PMPre-Teen & Teen Tap II*Ages 9-18
WED3:30-4:25PMIntro to TapAge 6
SAT9:00-9:55AMPre-Teen & Teen TapAges 9-18

 

ELECTIVES

Electives are classes that do not participate in the annual recital. These classes are for the dedicated student that wants to go more in depth in their studies. Options from 30 minutes to 1-hour classes are available.

Boys Class -- This elective focus on conditioning, jumps, turns, flexibility, and overall technique specifically curated for boys who enjoy dancing.

Hip-Hop Crew – Students passionate about hip-hop should join this fun and interactive class where performance skills will be further developed. More in depth conversations about the history of the form will be discussed and special units of study in the different elements will be honed. 

Sevillanas --
Students will learn the Spanish folk dance, Sevillanas, and the festive tradition of the Feria de Sevilla in this open level, 30-minute class.

Stretch & Conditioning – Dancers will be guided through not only stretching but conditioning exercises that support a dancer’s flexibility, strength, and overall fitness. Information about injury prevention and tools to maintain their physical readiness in support of their dance training will be taught throughout the course.

Electives Class Schedule

FRI 4:00-4:55PM Pre-Teen & Teen Boys Class Ages 9-18
SAT 2:15-3:10PM Pre-Teen & Teen Hip-Hop Crew Ages 9-18
SAT 2:30-3:00PM Open Level Sevillanas Ages 8-18
SAT 3:00-3:30PM Pre-Teen & Teen Stretch and Conditioning Ages 9-18

 

Class Attire and Mandatory Student Dress Code

Students must be in proper dress to participate in class


JEWELRY:
  • Jewelry is NOT permitted to be worn during any class with the exception of small stud earrings.
  • Jewelry worn for religious reasons is permitted only if communicated to School Leadership by parent/guardian in advance.

BALLET AND BOYS CLASS
FEMALES:
Ladies’ hair must be pulled back into a neat bun with a hairnet and bobby pins. Short hair must be secured away from face.
  • Black leotard Capezio style #CC201C (child sizes); CC201 (adult sizes)
  • Any brand ballet pink transition tights (recommended Capezio style #1915)
  • Any brand pink ballet slippers
  • Intro & Beginner Level Students- Black pull on skirt Capezio style #TC0011C (Required)
  • Pre-Teen & Teen Level Students- Any brand black wrap skirt (Optional)

MALES:
Long hair must be secured away from face. 
  • Any brand white fitted dance t-shirt (recommended Body Wrappers B190, B400 WHT)
  • Any brand black footed or transition tights (recommended Capezio Tactel footed tights style #10361B (child sizes);
  • 10361M (adult sizes); or Body Wrappers convertible tights B92 (child sizes); M92 (adult sizes))
  • Freed brand white ballet socks (available from Boysdancetoo.com)
  • Any brand white ballet slippers
  • For boys 10 and older, any brand nude dance belt (quilted recommended)

FLAMENCO AND SEVILLANAS
FEMALES:
Ladies’ hair must be pulled back into a neat bun with a hairnet and bobby pins. Short hair must
  • be secured away from face.
  • Black leotard Capezio style #CC201C (child sizes); CC201 (adult sizes)
  • Any brand ballet pink transition tights (recommended Capezio style #1915)
  • Ankle-length black flamenco skirt (recommended brand BalTogs #9100C (child sizes); #9100 (adult sizes))
  • Black flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes)
  • Castanets (available at Menkes)

MALES:
Long hair must be secured away from face. 
  • Any brand white fitted dance t-shirt (recommended Body Wrappers B190, B400 WHT)
  • Any brand black flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes in NYC)
  • Any brand black jazz pants
  • Castanets (available at Menkes)
  • For boys 10 and older, any brand nude dance belt (quilted recommended)
 
HIP-HOP AND HIP-HOP CREW
FEMALES:
Ladies’ hair must be pulled back away from face and off of neck. Ponytails are acceptable. Short hair must be secured away from face.

FEMALES & MALES:
Ballet Hispánico t-shirt (available for purchase in School Office)
Any brand black leggings, athletic pants, sweatpants, or jazz pants
Sneakers
For boys 10 and older, any brand nude dance belt (quilted recommended)

JAZZ AND STRETCH & CONDITIONING
FEMALES:
Ladies’ hair must be pulled back away from face and off of neck. Ponytails are acceptable. Short hair must be secured away from face.
  • Black leotard Capezio style #CC201C (child sizes); CC201 (adult sizes)
  • Any brand black leggings
  • Jazz shoes Capezio style #EJ2C in Caramel color. No shoes necessary for Stretch & Conditioning.

MALES:
Long hair must be secured away from face. 
  • Any brand white fitted dance t-shirt (recommended Body Wrappers B190, B400 WHT)
  • Any brand black jazz pants
  • Jazz shoes Capezio style #EJ2C/EJ2/EJA in black. No shoes necessary for Stretch & Conditioning.
  • For boys 10 and older, any brand nude dance belt (quilted recommended)

LATIN RHYTHMS AND SALSA
FEMALES:
Ladies’ hair must be pulled back away from face and off of neck. Ponytails are acceptable. Short hair must be secured away from face.
  • Black leotard Capezio style #CC201C (child sizes); CC201 (adult sizes)
  • Any brand skin color or nude tights
  • Any brand black wrap skirt
  • Ballroom shoes should be open toe, practice heel to 2.5 inch flared heel permissible, in flesh tone colors only, no metallics

MALES:
Long hair must be secured away from face. 
  • Any brand white fitted dance t-shirt (recommended Body Wrappers B190, B400 WHT)
  • Any brand black jazz pants
  • Black dress shoes or Capezio shoe #SD103 practice style
  • For boys 10 and older, any brand nude dance belt (quilted recommended)

TAP
FEMALES: 
Ladies’ hair must be pulled back away from face and off of neck. Ponytails are acceptable. Short hair must be secured away from face.
  • Black leotard Capezio style #CC201C (child sizes); CC201 (adult sizes)
  • Any brand black leggings
  • Any brand lace up oxford style black tap shoes (recommended Capezio style #TIC TAC TOE 443C/443B/443)

MALES:
Long hair must be secured away from face. 
  • Any brand white fitted dance t-shirt (recommended Body Wrappers B190, B400 WHT)
  • Any brand black jazz pants
  • Any brand lace up oxford style black tap shoes (recommended Capezio style #TIC TAC TOE 443C/443B/443)
  • For boys 10 and older, any brand nude dance belt (quilted recommended)

OPTIONAL GARMENTS
  • During cold weather, the following items are permitted at the teacher's discretion:

o    Leg warmers (black or pink only)

o    Ballet HIspánico branded hoodie and/or joggers 

o    Capezio warm-up sweater styleID #TC0010C (child sizes) TC0010 (adult sizes)" 

  • Nude undergarment recommendations may be found at Capezio, style ID #3564/3678
 


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