10-Week Session Courses

Next session begins JUNE 17th. Registration opens MAY 6th. 

Urbanity Dance's 10-week dance programs are geared to serve adults ranging from true beginners to those with prior dance training looking for a way to get back into the dance studio! All classes run once a week for 10 weeks, with a cumulative performance/showcase from all the classes at the end. Urbanity's courses are designed to teach fundamental techniques mixed with choreography each week. We currently offer classes in a variety styles of dance like contemporary, hip hop and Brazilian Zouk! 


Class Schedule

Summer Session: June 17th- August 25th
registration opens:  May 6th

UDHQ | 1180 Washington Street Suite #100 Boston, MA  02118

Directions to UDHQ

Balance | 111 W. Concord Street Boston, MA 02118

Directions to Balance

Monday:

  • 6:00 - 7:30pm - Beg. Hip Hop  | Tyhgita Céspedes | UDHQ
  • 6:30 - 7:30pm - Hip Hop FUNdamentals II | McKhelen Alcindor | Balance
  • 7:30 - 9:00pm - Open Level Brazilian Zouk | Jose Cuadra | Balance

Tuesday:

  • 6:00 - 7:30pm - Beg. Contemporary | Dorothy Cherry | UDHQ
  • 6:30 - 7:30pm - Hip Hop FUNdamentals I | Stan Karachev | Balance
  • 7:30 - 9:00pm - Open Level Jazz Funk | Tyhgita Céspedes | Balance

Wednesday:

  • 6:00-7:30pm - Beg./Int. Contemporary | Genny Mudd | UDHQ
  • 6:00-7:30pm - Beg. Hip Hop | Michelle Cueroni | Balance
  • 7:30-9:00pm - Beg./Int. Hip Hop | Charae Hemingway | Balance

Thursday:

  • 6:00 - 7:30pm - Int. Hip Hop | Michelle Cueroni   | UDHQ
  • 6:00 - 7:30pm - Beg. Commercial Contemporary | Colleen Roddy | Balance

Sunday:

  • **4:00 - 5:30pm - Beg./Int. Hip Hop | McKhelen Alcindor | UDHQ
  • 5:30 - 7:00pm - Prizmatic Hip Hop Crew A/B | UDHQ & Balance
  • 7:00 - 8:30pm - Prizmatic Hip Hop Crew All | J'Quan Oliver & Shaela Carpinito | | UDHQ

**NO CLASS on 6/17. Class will be rescheduled for a later date. 


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EMERGE: Adult Summer 10-Week Session Showcase

August 24 | 8:30pm-9:30pm 

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Urbanity Dance's Adult Summer 10-Week Session Showcase "EMERGE" is a celebration of creativity, hard-work, community and growth as dancers showcase their skills in hip hop, contemporary, tap and Brazilian Zouk styles. All seating is general within each section. 

All Proceeds from ticket sales contribute to our Access and Opportunity student scholarship fund.


What Level Am I?

  • Beginner Level: Beginner courses are for those dancers that have some to little relevant dance experience.

  • Beginner/Intermediate Level: Beginner/Intermediate level courses are for those dancers that have had at least one full year of relevant dance experience.

  • Intermediate Level: Intermediate level courses are for those dancers that have had substantial relevant dance experience and training (3-4 years preferred). This level is perfect for those that may had trained heavily in dance in the past and want to return to dance.

  • Open Level: Open Level courses are for dancers of ALL levels and backgrounds - from beginner to advanced!

Questions about registration? Email School Coordinator Casey Kemp, casey@urbanitydance.org

Questions about level placement? Email Director of Education, Leilani Ricardo, leilani@urbanitydance.org 


 

Contemporary: 

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Course Description: Classes incorporate yoga, cardio, strength training, and elements of ballet, modern, jazz, and improv dance techniques. Classes include a full body warm up to build strength and flexibility, then progress to exploring larger movement sequences traveling through space. Students spend a portion of each class learning choreography to perform at an informal showing that finishes off the 10-week session. 

 

Hip Hop: 

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Hip Hop: Class begins with grooves, isolations and the basics of hip hop fundamentals: popping, locking, waving and break dancing. Dancers also work on cardio, strength and flexibility training throughout their 10-weeks. Dancers will practice choreography in preparation for an informal showcase for family and friends that will culminate at the end of the program. 

 

Hip Hop Fundamentals: Hip Hop Fundamentals I will focus on two main Hip Hop dance styles of breaking and party dancing. Classes will include the dance foundation and grooves to these two Hip Hop styles as well as other street and social dance styles including popping, locking, house, waacking and more. Students will also learn about the history of the Hip Hop Culture which includes much more than just dance.

 

Brazilian Zouk:

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Course Description: Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance originating from Brazil. The dance is a descendant of lambada, the music & dance style that swept over the world like a storm in the late 1980's. Brazilian Zouk is characterized by the dancers’ undulating bodies and the girls' flowing hair. Depending on the style of Brazilian Zouk, you can see a close connection embrace and long graceful steps, strong hip movements, body isolations and upper-body torsions, wild spins and whip-like head movements. While the dance is often called sensual, it is not sexual or erotic. It is danced by people of all ages in night clubs, dance schools and events around the world!

Jose Cuadra will be teaching Traditional Zouk or Rio style Zouk. Traditional Zouk (or Rio style Zouk) is a more sensual, romantic and dramatic style of Brazilian Zouk. The dancers use the slow-quick-quick rhythm, marking ‘tum’ beat in the Zouk music. It is common to not use only the rhythm but also the pauses, melody and lyrics in the dance as well as utilize different dynamics in the timing. Moves such as body rolls and extensions are typical as well as movements influenced by jazz, ballet and contemporary dance. This is an open level course.  

 

Beginner Commercial Contemporary: New class with Colleen Roddy!

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Course description: The goal of this class is to get your body moving and your brain in touch with your individualized creativity. We will begin by thoroughly warming up the body through a series of stretching and strengthening exercises to ensure you have a solid foundation. We will then move into to across the floor progressions to break down popular "tricks" seen in routines and make them less intimidating and more achievable. Each class with culminate in a combination that will eventually lead to a full piece. We will explore the creative possibilities within the body through an open dialogue between the dancers and teacher, as we strive to create a welcoming environment open to students of all abilities.  

Colleen Roddy received her early training at Gloria Jean’s Studio of Dance and New Haven Ballet before receiving her B.S. in Health Studies, Minor in Dance and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. While studying Physical Therapy at BU, she had the opportunity to create an inclusion Hip-Hop dance program with Project B.I.N.D. at the Boys Girls Clubs of Dorchester. She has had the opportunity to represent the United States with the USA Dance Team and perform at Madison Square Garden in NYC and compete across the US and Germany at the World Dance Championships. She has had the honor to present her work at the American College Dance Festival, Urbanity Next Residency Series, Jose Mateo Dance Festival, Dance Showcase and Kelly Donovan’s Third Life Choreographers Series since 2013. She has performed with Boston and Nashville based contemporary dance companies including SixOneSeven Dance Collective, BoSoma2, Transit Dance Company, Sasso & Co., Urbanity Underground, and as a back-up dancer for SNL Comedian, Hannibal Buress. 

 

Open Level Jazz Funk: New class with Tyhgita Céspedes

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Course description: Jazz funk is a cultural melting pot of everything from classical ballet to hip hop, where we combine a variety of old school moves and even some elements of Beyoncé's stage routines. When you combine them all, you have the fun and flashy jazz funk style, ready for you to master the moves and add your own personal touch! We warm up with stretches and cardio. Then we break down the foundation of the movement before we get into the choreography. All levels are welcome!!

Tyhgita (Tyh) Céspedes is a dancer, choreographer and fine arts educator who focuses on hip hop and jazz funk. Tyh taught dance and drama after school and summer programs with the North Shore YMCA school aged program in 2015.  At Centre College, she was the president of the Moments in Motion (MIM) dance club teaching hip‐hop, jazz‐funk and latin dance for club workshops. She also choreographed for the MIM performance subgroup, Retrospect.

Tyh facilitated dance‐movement workshops at Raw Art Works after school program for expressive therapies as an intern in January 2014. She planned,executed and facilitated a series of dance‐movement therapy and community engagement workshops as an intern at The Dance Complex during the summer of 2014. She also taught hip‐hop dance at Studio Dance from 2011 to 2014; at Star Dance Studio during the summer of 2013; and at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts in Boston during the winter of 2013. As an intern during the fall ‘13 semester at the Ministry of Culture in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, Tyh learned harana and taught jazz‐funk. Tyh choreographed for the original play performed at Edinburgh International Fringe Festival 2012: After Orpheus. She danced in Thee Slap Bracelets dance crew, which won 1st place at Prelude New England in 2011.

 

Prizmatic Hip Hop Crew:

Prizmatic is a developmental crew where you can blossom and feel free to try to a bunch of different things, together - Jeff (Prizmatic Crew dancer) 

Urbanity Dance is proud to offer the first ever beginner/intermediate adult hip hop crew in Boston! This program is for our hip hop dancers who are looking to take their dancing to the NEXT level and perform outside the Urbanity Community. In addition to the adult showcase, hip hop crew dancers will participate in one outside performance and gain exposure to the larger hip hop scene in Boston. Hip hop crew differs from our hip hop classes. In crew, dancers work strictly on choreography - we do not practice hip hop fundamentals and technique during the 1.5 hour rehearsals.

Important note:  Students who register for Prizmatic A  or  Prizmatic B rehearsal days/times will attend student-led choreography rehearsals with a hip hop dance coach for support/guidance.  Prizmatic All is required for all Prizmatic member to attend - a 1.5 rehearsal with two guest choreographers per session. 

There are currently 3 options for Prizmatic dancers: 

  • Option Pop:   
    • Prizmatic Hip Hop Crew All  + 1.5 hour technique class
    • = $120/session + technique class price
  • Option Lock:   
    • Prizmatic Hip Hop Crew  A  or  B + Prizmatic Hip Hop Crew All + 1.5 hour technique class
    • = $180/session + technique class price
  • Option Drop:  
    • Prizmatic Hip Hop Crew  A  or  B + Prizmatic Hip Hop Crew All rehearsal
    • = $200/session

Prizmatic choreographers

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J'Quan Oliver started dancing before he could remember. Rhythms, beats, and the art of movement was a big interest growing up. Originally learned off the streets of Boston and trained as a martial artist since he was six. Since then, he's had extensive training in hip hop, break-dancing, lyrical , tricking & parkour. Eventually, expanded his training into tap and contemporary. As J'Quan progressed, he looked into different genres of art and dance from different cultures to further expand his knowledge and understanding: to then develop his own unique style.

J'Quan attended Becker College in Worcester, MA for Game Design with a minor in Psychology. During this time, he helped create the Becker College Dance Program as Captain for the team and President for their club. He also joined Dance Company Worcester as a guest choreographer and dancer for 4 years. Currently he is apart of one of the most influential crews for hiphop in Boston known as Phunk Phenomenon.

 

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Shaela Carpinito was born outside of Boston, from the North Shore of Massachusetts. There is where she began her dance training at the age of five, at North Reading School of Ballet. She was trained in many forms of dance such as Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. During her years at her studio she intensively competed in regional competitions, as well as performed annually in the Nutcracker, with the Albany Berkshire Ballet.  Shaela has now since graduated from Suffolk University, with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. During her time in the city, she started to dance with DanceWorks Boston and has choreographed for the company for the past 5 seasons, in addition to dancing in the company for 6. Shaela has also recently joined Boston's own hip-hop crew Phunk Phenomenon, there, she has been performing with the crew around various events in the city and has been adapting her previous technical background with her now hip-hop influence. Creating and moving is a passion of Shaela's and she is very excited for what the future holds with her dance career!