Urbanity Trainee Program 

 

 

2016-2017 Program

Photo: Daniel Byers

Photo: Daniel Byers

The Trainee Program is a NEW year-long training intensive designed to provide young dancers with the tools needed to pursue dance at a professional level.  Under the guidance and mentorship of Urbanity Dance faculty, students work closely with dancers from Urbanity's professional company.  7.5 hours per week will be spent training at an accelerated pace in an environment that is nurturing, supportive and creative.  Focus will be on developing proper contemporary dance technique, body alignment, athleticism and artistry.  

Participation in the program is invite only and requires a serious commitment from each dancer.

 

LOGISTICS

Location: Urbanity Balance, 111 West Concord St. Boston MA 02118

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:00-6:30pm (7.5 hours total)*

*Trainee students are encouraged to take additional Urbanity technique classes including Contemporary and Improvisation. 

 

TUESDAY CLASSES

Conditioning (30 mins)

Conditioning classes will focus on the development of physical strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination. Dancers will be guided through a variety of exercises and techniques using props, such as weights and resistance bands, while working on floor mats in the center of the room.

Ballet Technique (1.5 hrs)

Students will learn and develop strong classical ballet technique that is rooted in anatomical knowledge with the goal of developing the necessary basis for contemporary dance. Dancers will pay close attention to fundamental technique while exploring the complex full body coordination required for ballet.

Please note: ballet shoes required.

Pre-Pointe (30 mins)

Students will learn specific exercises to prepare and strengthen the body for pointe. Dancers increase stability and ankle strength, develop proper foot technique, learn correct distribution of body weight and work the arches of their feet both at the barre and in center.

Please note: ballet shoes required. Pointe shoes at the discretion of the teacher. 

 

WEDNESDAY CLASSES

Contemporary Warm Up (30 mins)

Warm up will begin on the floor and include yoga, strength training, floor work, improvisation, and body alignment exercises. This ground up approach to warming up the body encourages somatic awareness and adequately prepares bodies for choreography. 

Choreography History and Theory (1 hr)

Students will explore the history and choreography of famous contemporary artists and companies. In addition, dancers will learn and experiment with choreographic techniques both for the purpose of creating their own choreography in class and for future creative use. 

Performance Repertoire (1 hr)

Dancers will have the unique experience of learning original choreography for the sake of performance in the Boston community. Focus will be on building trainee repertoire and practicing performance technique. 

 

FRIDAY CLASSES

Conditioning (30 mins)

Conditioning classes will focus on the development of physical strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination. Dancers will be guided through a variety of exercises and techniques using props, such as weights and resistance bands, while working on floor mats in the center of the room.

Horton-Based Modern Technique (1 hr)

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of Horton technique, including flat banks, lateral stretches, primitive squats, release and leg swings, lunges and more. Class will focus on proper alignment, core strengthening, coordination, musicality and flexibility.

Leaps and Turns (1 hr)

Students will advance their skills in turning, jumping and leaping with a strong emphasis on technique and body alignment.

 

PRICING

$3,510 total for year (7.5 hours per week, 3 days total)

 

QUESTIONS

Contact our School Principal, Haley Day -- studio@urbanitydance.org or call us at our 1180 Washington St. location at 617-572-3727.