As we gear up for a summer season of dance, we are excited to share a series of Special Classes taught by industry experts. These master classes are special one-time, online classes all students are invited to sign up for. These mini-master classes are available to allow our dancers to experience a variety of different dance styles and instructors. Registration will be available through your parent portal soon! But be sure to mark your calendars for the classes you want to take
Here's just a sneak peek at some of the classes! More classes and master instructors to come!
Thursday, July 9th
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Practice your jazz moves with the challenge of wearing heels! In this style of dance you must have a strong background in ballet and jazz to master the balance and grace of the heels style of dance. Stay on your toes while you learn the Cell Block Tango original choreography from the broadway show Chicago from NYC dancer Ryan Blakson. This Class is for Students Ages 12 & Up
Ryan Blackson graduated with a BFA in dance with a jazz concentration from Marymount Manhattan College. A native of Wilmington, Delaware and resident of NYC, Ryan trains in many genres of dance including; ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, and modern. He has had the privilege of working and training with some of the best in the business. He recently worked on a Broadway musical workshop entitled, Revival, under the direction of Christopher d’Amboise. Ryan just completed a contract with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a dancer, sailing through the Southern Caribbean. He has had the privilege of performing in a variety of shows around the nation including; A Chorus Line (Larry), Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees), La Cage Aux Folles (Cagelle), Chicago, Legally Blonde, Bye Bye Birdie, The Wizard of Oz, and many more. He has received numerous awards for his choreography at national dance competitions.
Friday, July 10th
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Vikira Pigford started her dance career at L&L Dance Productions in West Philadelphia studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Acrobat & Hip-Hop from ages 2 – 18. As a high school student at the Academy of Notre Dame, Vikira continued her dance education as a four year member of the Dance Company. Vikira attended St. Joseph’s University and was a vital member of their competitive dance team from 2012 – 2016 which won several national titles. After graduating from St. Joseph’s University with a degree in Education, she began working for Universal Dance Association (UDA) traveling the country to teach dance camps and clinics to high school and college dance teams. Vikira’s most recent performance through the Bloc Agency in NY, landed her an appearance on Live with Kelly last November as a dancer for the JuJu on that Beat performance.
Thursday, July 16th
12:00 - 1:30
This class will challenge the dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion, attempting to show the meaning of the music. It will touch on certain emotions such as love, and tells a story through the dance movement made.
Paul Michael Gibbs has always loved Performing and Teaching. He began his training at the age of 8 in his native Wilmington, Delaware at Christina Cultural Arts Center and The Anna Marie Dance Studio. In 2001, at the age of 15, Paul started attending the Broadway Theater Project, under the artistic direction of Ann Reinking, where he received instruction from legends including Ben Vereen and Gregory Hines. He studied Dance and Musical Theatre in Delaware, Philadelphia, New York, Florida, and California . He moved to California at 17 and attended California Pacific School of the Performance Arts (the college of The Young Americans) for vocal performance, while simultaneously doing a Los Angeles Dance Force Scholarship at the EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Since then, he has had the honor of performing and teaching Nationally and Internationally with Smokey Joe\u2019s Cafe, Little Shop of Horrors, Dreamgirls, and Into the Woods, and toured Internationally with The Original USA Gospel Singers and The Young Americans Inc. and their Music Outreach Tours in places such as England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, all across the United States, and most recently Japan. While living in New York City, he worked and taught in schools such as Broadway Dance Center and the King Centre for Performing Arts. He is currently a Show Director and Event Manager for Spotlight Dance Cup, living in Denver, Colorado, and is so excited to continue on the path of Performing and Dance Education.
Join us for unique Irish and Tap classes that result in a special Irish & Tap Showcase on July 24th. Dancers are invited to sign up for both Irish & Tap class, or just one. In the Irish class, dancers will learn styles of Irish dancing that include different styles of Irish dancing including Jigs, Rells, Hornpipes and more. In the tap class, students will learn original choreography by the Copasetics, “Copasetics Chair Dance”. This piece is done by sitting in a chair and tapping out rhythmic phrases, a fun, and difficult dance to learn at home. Registration for the Tap class includes a special review session on July 24th for the Tap & Irish Showcase at 2:45. Each class is $35 or $20 if both classes are taken. Students who register for this class will be initially put on a waitlist to account for the discount. If you have any questions, please call the office at 610-594-2771.
Friday, July 17th
12:30 - 2:30 pm Irish
2:30 - 4:30 pm Tap
Friday, July 24th
12:30 - 2:30 Irish - learn combinations to be presented at 2:45
2:15 - 2:45 Tap Showcase Review
Review for showcase and showcase performance, not charged.
Thursday, July 23rd
12:00 - 1:30
Enjoy a personality-filled class geared for the technique inspired dancer. This class will incorporate jazz and character dance and include a show theme throughout the class. Learn original choreography from the Broadway show, “Hairspray” from an experienced performer and instructor, Ryan Blackson.
Saturday, July 30th
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eric Spider Paul
Eric teaches a very energetic form of hip hop. His unique style allows his dancers to perform with the freedom of their own style within the contour of his rhythmic movement.
Erick “Spider” Paul, originally from Seattle, WA, began dancing at the age of 17. In 2005 he joined the group called the Young Americans where he received his training. Passionately driven he has traveled around the world performing and teaching dance. He is now currently working in Hollywood as a professional dancer. Credits include: TruTV’s FAKEOFF, Dance Network’s STEADY MOBBIN, NIKE, MINI COOPER, Nick Cannon, Alyson Stoner, Anjelah Johnson, and Todrick Hall.
Sunday, July 31st
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jazz Funk is a fusion of jazz and hip hop dance. It is a commercialized style of dance that is popular in the new era.
Abby began training in Jazz, Tap and Ballet at age 12. In 2005, she moved to Southern California after being accepted into the internationally known performance group The Young Americans. In her 11 years with the organization, she had the opportunity to teach, perform and direct national and international tours. Abby spent two years as resident choreographer for Dixie State Universities performing arts Company, while also dancing full time on the University’s Dance and Ballroom teams. A current resident of Los Angeles, Abby continues to travel the world choreographing and teaching students of all ages. She continues to study under the top dance educators in LA to maintain relevance and understanding of the current dance industry in many genres. Her goal as a teacher and leader is to encourage and motivate students into truly believing they are capable of more than they could ever dream.