modern dance (ages 4-18)
Our experienced teaching artists lead exciting and energetic classes for students of all ages. Through improvisation and set phrases, students will expand their range of motion and creative voice. Utilizing the most contemporary techniques, students will build deep somatic awareness to dance safely and dynamically. Rather than focusing on any one dance vocabulary, our modern classes draw from many lineages and choreographers to explore diverse ways of moving on the floor, in the air, in contact, and upside down.
Jan 17 - May 23
BEGINNING MODERN, Age 4-10
with Kerry Constantino
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED MODERN, Age 11-18
with Jessamyn Schmidt
(NO class during school breaks or early closings on:
Feb 7, Feb 21, April 18, and May 9)
Kerry Constantino has been a dancer and choreographer for over 15 years based in Laban-Bartenieff Studies, Evans technique, improvisation, and yoga. Kerry places a great emphasis on facilitating students to find their own range and personal expression through movement and staying true to each individuals' own "voice" as a dancer. Kerry loves teaching creative movement and dance to kids, who are all natural movers, composers, and storytellers. She challenges them to make choices, build kinesthetic awareness, and let their unique personalities shine.
Jessamyn Schmidt hails from Fort Wayne, IN. She earned a BA in dance and international studies from Denison University. She’s studied modern, ballet, West African, Flamenco, and contact improvisation. Jessamyn lives in South Portland, and teaches dance to many ages – teens, college students, and seniors.
Circus (ages 8-13)
Jan 26 - May 18
KIDS' CIRCUS, Age 8-13
(NO class on Feb 23, April 13, & April 20)
Through games and improvisational exercises, students learn the basics of several circus arts including juggling, balancing objects, spinning diabolos, and clowning. Students engage their creative voice as they build the prop work into solo or group circus acts. Character work, audience engagement and acrobatics will all be explored with silliness and curiosity.
Janoah “anygoodjokes” Bailin learned to juggle as a bored ten-year-old. He studied at the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth, MA,then toured with Circus Smirkus. Janoah attended the College of the Atlantic in Maine. He teaches students all over Portland, ME how to juggle, perform and drop things playfully.