Teen classes for ages 12-18 provide instruction in various styles of dance, including contemporary, hip hop, tap and acro. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in our Youth Company and Hip Hop Crew. Students will work with professional instructors and peers from diverse backgrounds, exploring phrasing, fluidity and performance quality.Our curriculum explores the elements of dance in a supportive environment where students can develop technique, personal expression, and confidence.
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Students learn contemporary dance technique appropriate for their age and ability. Contemporary dance includes ballet, modern, and jazz technique. Benefits include cardio exercise, strength and flexibility, problem-solving skills, the ability to work in teams, musicality, a heightened mind-body connection, improvisation skills, and increased confidence.
• Hip Hop
Students learn hip hop technique appropriate to their age and ability. Hip Hop dance includes isolations, popping/locking and breaking. Benefits include cardio exercise, strength and flexibility, problem-solving skills, the ability to work in teams, musicality, a heightened mind-body connection, improvisation skills and increased confidence.
Students learn the fundamentals of tumbling and acrobatics and work to develop increased strength and flexibility. Acro skills can supplement contemporary and hip hop techniques. One-on-one attention from the instructor guarantees that each student is challenged yet supported.
Improvisation is for students who are interested in deepening their exploration of dance techniques. “Improv,” the art of making it up as you go, helps students build confidence in their own unique movement styles, helping them to unlock the myriad possibilities of movement. Students will build a personal sense of artistry without the constraints of any specific technical vocabulary.
This semi-private, small group class provides a higher level of individualized attention for students interested in challenging themselves beyond their weekly technique classes. Students will build on technique class curriculum and have the opportunity to learn more advanced and nuanced movement.
• Youth Company
This is an audition-based class for students interested in building performance skills and strengthening the mental skill of learning contemporary dance choreography. Youth Company members will serve as Urbanity’s ambassadors in at least three community performances per year; past performance venues have included the Boston Children’s Museum, the ICA, and a number of dance festivals in the Boston area. Participation in youth company requires commitment to an attendance policy.
Students who participate in Youth Company are required to be enrolled in at least one contemporary technique class.
• Hip Hop Crew
This is an audition based class for students interested in building performance skills and strengthening the mental skill of learning hip hop dance choreography. Hip Hop Crew members will serve as Urbanity’s ambassadors in at least three community performances per year; past performance venues have included the Boston Children’s Museum, the ICA, and a number of dance festivals in the Boston area. Participation in Hip Hop Crew requires commitment to an attendance policy.
Students who participate in Hip Hop Crew are required to be enrolled in at least one hip hop technique class.
• Winter Intensive
The Winter Intensive will run Tuesday, December 27th through Thursday the 29th, 10am-5pm each day at Urbanity's main studio in the South End. This Intensive is aimed towards dancers ages 14-21. Classes will include ballet and contemporary technique classes, as well as specialty classes (jumps/leaps, musical theater, etc.) and an opportunity to learn some Urbanity rep.
• Trainee Program
Designed for students interested in pursuing dance professionally. Year- round program that prepares students for Urbanity's annual summer intensive. Emphasis is on conditioning, ballet, and modern technique with pre-pointe included. This program is by invitation only. Find out more here.
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