Core Modern

Modern

Our sequential age and developmentally appropriate curriculum teaches modern dance technique using the method developed by our founder, dance pioneer Steffi Nossen. It incorporates rhythms, patterns, collaboration and creativity along with other founders of modern dance education such as Martha Graham, May O’Donnell, Lester Horton, Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham. All core Modern classes begin in September and culminate in a year-end performance in May.

Fall classes begin September 14, 2019
Classes culminate in our Annual Concert on May 31, 2020

Chappaqua classes are located at
Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
191 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514

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Modern I (K-1st) is a creative and innovative introduction to basic modern dance vocabulary and curriculum. The Steffi Method uses structured sequences and dances to teach rhythm, patterns and levels. Basic composition studies are introduced in a supportive atmosphere to develop the individual voice of each dancer as well as encouraging dancers to work collaboratively. Self-expression and confidence building exercises are an essential part of the class.

Modern II (2nd-3rd) further develops the understanding of The Steffi method and modern dance vocabulary while introducing the concepts of contraction and release of the body. Level II challenges the dancers with more complex rhythmic patterns in center and across the floor sequences. Improvisation and composition studies develop individual creativity, self-expression and confidence.

Modern III (4-5th) continues to develop a more thorough understanding of modern technique while focusing on proper alignment, strength building and flexibility. Articulation of the spine, control in floor work, traveling, jumps and musicality are a main focus of the class. Dancers continue to develop their improvisation and composition skills while working individually and in collaboration.

Modern III/IV (4-7th) is a blended class for those dancers bridging between two levels that continues to develop a more thorough understanding of modern technique while focusing on proper alignment, strength building and flexibility, articulation of the spine, control in floor work, traveling, jumps and musicality. Dancers will gain a better understanding of more advanced center and floor work while continuing to develop their Improvisation and composition studies.

Modern IV (5th-7th) focuses on defining a more challenging vocabulary and curriculum while continuing to strengthen alignment, core and flexibility. Dancers will gain a better understanding of more advanced center and floor work while continuing to develop their Improvisation and composition studies.

Ballet

Our ballet dancers learn the principles of technique and placement while developing strength through proper alignment and understanding of ballet vocabulary. Learn More

Jazz

Classical Jazz, Modern-based/Contemporary, Funk/Hip-Hop, Latin dance and Broadway Theater styles are explored. Learn More

Tap

Dancers will learn a combination of more traditional Broadway style Tap and Rhythm Tap. Learn More

Hip Hop

A wide variety of Hip-Hop styles like, Locking, Popping and Breaking will be taught in this expressive, fun-filled class. Learn More

Boys

This program is designed for creative, athletic boys who loves to move to music and explore movement. Learn More

Anyone can dance and Everyone should! – Steffi Nossen

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