F 21| Ballet 6B / Nutcracker Rehearsals | Ages 11 to 15 | Tues. 6:30-8:15/Thur. 7:00-8:45/Sat. 11:00-1:45 |
Starts September 14 - Jan 25
No Registration, Production or Costume Fees
Placement Questions: email us at email@example.com
Tentative Performance Dates: December 10,11,12th
Winter Break: December 20th- January 2nd
Instructors; Christine Juarez, WSPA Director, and WSPA Dance Faculty
Christine Juarez, Director WSPA ( Fridays) :
Christine Juarez, Executive Director of West Seattle Performing Arts, has been directing dance programs for the past 26 years. She has served as the Summer Dance Coordinator directing a national program and teaching for the Preparatory Dance Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts since 1994- 2018. She has served as an integral part of the External Programming team for the college. She served as the acting Director of Dance for Vashon Center for the Arts since 1996- 2017 on Vashon Island, WA, and the Artistic Director of the Vashon Center for the Arts, a pre-professional dance company, Christine has dedicated two decades to bringing classical and contemporary arts to communities in the Seattle area. She has directed and taught dance to diverse populations for the past 34 years. Christine has also served on the dance faculty of Washington University in St. Louis. She holds an M.S. from Indiana University in Modern dance and Physical Sciences and a B.S. in Ballet and Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Christine is a Master Artist in Residence for the state of Washington and enjoys collaborative projects annually with classroom teachers integrating academics and movement. She has been a presenter of Early Movement Education for the Dance Educators Association of Washington and numerous other conferences. Christine started to dance in Philadelphia as a young girl and was trained in the Vaganova syllabus of Ballet. Her training has included immersion in Opera and she has performed and choreographed numerous operas. To date, Christine has staged: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee, Firebird, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade, Romeo and Juliet, Rodeo,La Sylphide, and numerous others. She believes that dance should be accessible to all and that it can be taught in a positive engaging atmosphere. She has dedicated her life to bringing dance to as many people that she can.
Madeline Morser, WSPA Dance Faculty ( Tuesdays)
Ballet 5 is most often taken along with:
Rehearsal 5 Nutcracker Fridays following Technique class for those students who crave working on more choreography for Nutcracker and will be in a minimum of 3 dances.
Contemporary Modern 5
Hip Hop 4.
Pink Tights ( Bloch T1935G Adaptatoe Elite Children's Convertible Tights)
Shoes ( Hanami 2037W Pink Ballet Slipper) runs very narrow for a wider foot (BunnyHop Slipper SO225G Pink)
Leotard Discountdance.com Strap or tank leotard style # Lub203 or L8720 color Aubergine ( Plum)
Boys: White ankle socks, White Ballet Slippers, white Short Sleeve Leotard
Ballet 5 is a minimum of a two to three year intermediate/advanced technical level. On the rare occasion a student can audition to start dance in level 4/5 if they have had previous experience or show exceptional talent to jump levels to begin. Ballet 4/5 is a love that prepares young girls for pointe and young males for exceptional. The concepts of locomotion, body awareness, pathways, dance vocabulary, sequencing, musicality, and a strong emphasis on anatomy, core strength in the use of proper alignment are strongly taught at this level. An 18 week curriculum is followed that bases each class on concepts of movement, space or the body and how it functions. Stretching will be heavily included to increase range of motion. Ballet 4/5continues with a full barre, center work petite allegro and grand allegro exercises. It continues to dig deeper into the classical ballet vocabulary French vocabulary and the use of musical terms Students are invited to start Pre-Pointe in year 2 once they show proficiency in holding alignment, strength and turn out.
Teaching philosophy: I have a very strong philosophy of respect in the classroom. student to teacher, teacher to student ,students to each other, the space and the learning environment. Every student is an individual that learns in a unique way. My job as a teacher is to choose the best language and examples to create a stimulating and playful learning environment. I choose to eliminate negative words in the classroom like” No”,” not” or” wrong.” I believe in transparency. I crave an authentic and healthy relationship with both my students and their families.
I love this class for 70, 80, 90 year olds! IF they can zoom they can join in!
F 21 | Chair Conditioning for Seniors and Injury Prevention | Wednesdays and Fridays |10:15- 11:15 |
Free outreach class for Senior Community VENMO: @WSPA-1 ( 2143)
Instructor: Christine Juarez: WSPA Director
Description: Ready to start something for your body in a safe and friendly environment. Exercise for Beginners and those who want an entry level conditioning experience. Range of Motion, core strengthening, stretching the use of chairs, stretchy bands, barres all taught with modifications for those coming in with injuries or pain. Our goal is to improve you life not mold your body. We want you to feel better when you leave this class and want to come back for more.
Christine Juarez is the director of WSPA and has had a dream to have a space that is private and safe for those who have never or who have gotten away from integrating range of motion and gentle stretching into their lives. Lights low, music, and starting on chairs with clear direction. The goal for exercise for Non Exercisers/Positive Sizes is to claim your range of motion in a slow methodical way that makes you feel good. All welcome.
Attire: Suggested- Sweats, leggings, shorts. Tank top, t-shirt. Attire you can move well in. Shoes that grip, sneakers or rubber soles.
Bring: Water bottle, pillow-Suggested to add in light weights, stretchy band
NEW! F 21 Adult Open Hip Hop | Mondays | 7:15pm-8:15 pm |
Class starts September 13th- January 30th
This is an 18 class series of classes- Adult can purchase a punch card for 10 if you are unsure you can attend all 18- Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adults jump into this dynamic class- No Performance necessary! No previous experience required! Aerobic and fun! This instructor is POSITIVE!
Instructor: Heather Gonzalez, WSPA Dance Instructor
WSPA is thrilled to welcome Heather Gonzalez, Hip Hop instructor who has relocated to West Seattle from Los Angeles. Heather has been on faculty for 13 years at the renowned "Lab Creative Arts Studio" ( The Lab) where she has specialized in instructing children's Hip Hop. Ms. Gonzalez has worked on the production arts team at the LAB producing professional projects and also coaching young aspiring pre-professionals who desire to break into the commercial dance world. She has also been an dance instructor for the California school system where dance is integrated into the physical education curriculum. Her love and joy of working with students is infectious and we look forward to her growing our Hip Hop program
Attire: Comfortable Clothes, Sneakers
Power Barre | Now offered Live and on Zoom! Wednesdays and Fridays | Adult | 9 to 10am | Ongoing | $15 per class | Live or Zoom |
Power Barre is great workout for the entire body- Warm up, light weights holding the barre or chair at home, stretching, strong finish with matt work for abs. Give this workout a try from your own living room during your work- day!
Christine Juarez, Instructor, Director of WSPA
Power Barre class is a challenging, fast-paced workout that we can all do! Come work on increasing strength, endurance, and flexibility by working each muscle group start off at whatever level you feel challenges you and then just keep going with us. Take this on zoom or come into the studio at WSPA. Masks required.
Attire: traditional workout clothes, Mat, light weights ( even cans of food can work) Water. Solid Chair or counter to hold onto if working from Zoom.
Stretchy Bands are starting to be integrated into the workout but you can also use a towel.