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Class & Program Choices

Keshet offers a wide variety of dance classes for different ages, levels, abilities, and schedules, both in-person and online!

2022 Fall Session: August 15 – December 3, 2022

Fall Session 2022 Schedule HERE

Pricing: ALL class offerings include sliding scale pricing options to meet your budget needs

All class attendees and visitors to Keshet must remain masked while in the building. More info on our COVID-19 Safety Policies and Procedures can be found HERE.

Community Classes

Deep Dive Discovery (D3) Classes

Full class series commitment. Registration is required by the first day of the class series.

Ages 17+ l Contemporary Level 1

August 15th – November 29, 2022
Tuesdays from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm w/Lara

Contemporary 17+ class will focus on easing our bodies back into technical contemporary movement and choreography within a group setting. Each class will be a gentle progression of building back physical strength and stamina, developing deep inner listening by prioritizing sensations over shapes and will also include opportunities to practice choreographic sequencing and creative exploration.

Ages 17+ l Contemporary Level 2

August 15th – November 29, 2022
Tuesdays from 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm w/Lara

Lara’s Contemporary 17+ class will focus on easing our bodies back into technical contemporary movement and choreography within a group setting. Each class will be a gentle progression of building back physical strength and stamina, developing deep inner listening by prioritizing sensations over shapes and will also include opportunities to practice choreographic sequencing and creative exploration.
Ages 9 - 12 l Ballet

August 15th – November 29, 2022
Wednesdays from 4:30 pm – 5:45

Ballet 9-12 class aims to equally challenge and excite dancers with the opportunity to refine and build upon the basic ballet curriculum at the barre, in the center, and across the floor. This class will focus on strengthening the body, exploring artistry within ballet technique, and will strive to encourage dancers to set personal goals and aim for individual growth, all while remembering what it is like to move our bodies and dance with other people in-person again – with much fun and learning to come!

Drop-In Youth Classes (Ages 2 – 17)

Class availability and times vary by season. For a current list of available classes and times please refer to the schedule at the top of the page.

Ages 2 - 3 l Creative Movement

Creative Movement brings young dancers together with one parent/guardian for exploring movement! This class will use movement games and prompts to focus on spacial awareness, musicality, and joy in dance.

Ages 4 - 5 l Ballet Basics

In this class, young dancers will explore the foundation of ballet technique. This class will include developmentally appropriate stretching, ballet positions, and movement exploration with a focus on the joy in moving with others. 

Ages 6 - 8 l Ballet and Contemporary

Ballet and Contemporary Ages 6-8 is for young dancers wanting to explore the basics of ballet and contemporary dance. This class will focus on spatial awareness, musicality, and joy in movement.

Ages 9 - 12 l Ballet and Contemporary

Ballet and Contemporary Ages 9-12 is for dancers wanting to explore the basics of ballet and contemporary dance. This class will focus on spatial awareness, weigh placement, musicality, and joy in movement.

Ages 9 - 12 l Ballet

Ballet 9-12 class aims to equally challenge and excite dancers with the opportunity to refine and build upon basic ballet curriculum at the barre, in the center, and across the floor. This class will focus on strengthening the body, exploring artistry within ballet technique, and will strive to encourage dancers to set personal goals and aim for individual growth, all while remembering what it is like to move our bodies and dance with other people in-person again – with much fun and learning to come!

Ages 9 - 12 l Contemporary

Contemporary 9-12 is an exploratory class that will introduce and build on a variety of modern/contemporary movement practices to encourage students’ understanding of their bodies and the relationship to how and why they move.

Ages 13 - 17 l Teen Contemporary

This class will focus on a working knowledge of the basic vocabulary and basic concepts of contemporary dance technique. 

Drop-In Multigenerational Classes

Class availability and times vary by season. For a current list of available classes and times please refer to the schedule at the top of the page.

Ages 13+ l Ballet Level 1

Ballet I is Keshet’s beginning ballet class, which includes an in-depth examination of the fundamentals of ballet. Warming up with the use of two hands on the barre, students will train rigorously, attempting plié, battement tendu, battement degagé, rond de jambe à terre, battement frappé, adagio, and grand battement combinations. Across the floor, students will learn basic means of ballet locomotion, port de bras, and allegro steps. The focus of this course is introducing the fundamentals and history of ballet while building body memory, alignment, and strength. Ballet I is perfect for novices or people wanting to focus on perfecting their technique.

Ages 15+ l Ballet Level 2

prior experience necessary 

Adult Ballet II takes beginning ballet steps and interprets them in more advanced ways. Warming up with the use of one hand on the barre, students will train rigorously, mastering the plié, quickly memorizing complicated battement tendu, battement degagé, rond de jambe à terre, and battement frappé patterns, and performing développés and grand battements in proper alignment. In the center, students use ballet body positions to perform battement tendu and complicated adagio combinations. Students will dance pirouette combinations with consecutive turns across the floor. Allegro work will challenge students with basic petit and grand allegro combinations. Adult Ballet II is a challenge for dance novices and any level of dancer wishing to perfect basics and build strength.

Ages 13+ l Contemporary Level 1

Contemporary Level I is Keshet’s beginning contemporary class, which includes an in-depth examination of the fundamentals of contemporary. This class will be structured with a center warmup and floorwork, followed by technique exercises and traveling exercises. The focus of this course is introducing the fundamentals and vocabulary of contemporary while building body memory, alignment, and strength. Contemporary Level 1 is perfect for novices or people wanting to focus on perfecting their technique.

Ages 13+ l Contemporary: Special Topics

This multigenerational class is a series of movement workshops in which dancers get to learn a new topic each week. This class ranges from Contemporary technique to Mindfulness to Site Specific dance as students explore the expertise of a variety of Keshet instructors. All levels of experience are welcome.

Date Teacher Class Topic
June 7th Sonia Choreography (all levels/ages)
June 14th Paul Mindful Movement with Sit
June 21st Lara Site Specific Composition
June 28th Diana Stretch Class
July 5th No classes
July 12th Paul Mindful Movement with Sit.
July 19th Marissa Improv
July 26th Alana Contemporary Class

Ages 15+ l Contemporary Level 2

prior experience necessary 

This class is for intermediate-advanced dancers. With an emphasis on a fusion of Graham and release technique, this class will push dancers to explore their physical limitations while searching for joy in their own movement. Areas of focus will be on weight shifting, floor work, dynamic shifts in quality of movement and musicality. The first half of class will be spent warming up and reviewing technique, and the second half will be spent experimenting with choreography.

Ages 15+ l Contact Improvisation

This series is inspired by the dance terminology of Contact Improvisation. CI is an open-ended exploration of the kinesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is a form open to all bodies and enquiring minds. It is a dance of intimacy (Physical closeness) and expression that involves exploration from one’s body to the next by using fundamentals of sharing weight, consent, touch, being kinetically aware, and finding a point of contact between you and your partner(s).

Each week will begin with a short guided class warm-up with the intention to bring people into their bodies and the dance, and then begin exploring the dance terminology of Contact Improv. It is free play with balance! All levels of experience are welcome!

Ages 17+ l Contemporary Level 1

Contemporary Level I is Keshet’s beginning contemporary class, which includes an in-depth examination of the fundamentals of contemporary. This class will be structured with a center warmup and floorwork, followed by technique exercises and traveling exercises. The focus of this course is introducing the fundamentals and vocabulary of contemporary while building body memory, alignment, and strength. Contemporary Level 1 is perfect for novices or people wanting to focus on perfecting their technique.

Ages 17+ l Ballet Level 2

prior experience necessary

Adult Ballet II takes beginning ballet steps and interprets them in more advanced ways. Warming up with the use of one hand on the barre, students will train rigorously, mastering the plié, quickly memorizing complicated battement tendu, battement degagé, rond de jambe à terre, and battement frappé patterns, and performing développés and grand battements in proper alignment. In the center, students use ballet body positions to perform battement tendu and complicated adagio combinations. Students will dance pirouette combinations with consecutive turns across the floor. Allegro work will challenge students with basic petit and grand allegro combinations. Adult Ballet II is a challenge for dance novices and any level of dancer wishing to perfect basics and build strength.

Other Classes

Class availability and times vary by season. For a current list of available classes and times please refer to the schedule at the top of the page.

Ages 6+ l Mixed Ability Classes

Keshet’s Mixed Ability classes focus on celebrating the expression of all individuals and all abilities in dance. While dancers of all abilities are welcome in all Keshet programming, Mixed Ability classes specifically integrate all mobility devices as well as all levels of physical and developmental abilities. In Mixed Ability classes, students are invited to move and express dance techniques together while discovering their unique movement possibilities.

Other terminology in the dance field for Mixed Ability Dance is integrated dance, inclusive dance, or adaptive dance.

Dancers of all abilities, call 505.224.9808 or email info@KeshetArts.org today to find the right class for you!

“Dancing has changed my life because I feel like I don’t have a disability when I dance.  On stage, I feel free, and I feel beautiful.”

-Tonya, 25

Ages 55+ l Fine Wine Dance

Dance for Older Adults: Fine Wine Dance (Moving FWD) – ages 55+

Keshet’s Fine Wine Dance (Moving FWD) class brings together individuals ages 55+ to explore movement and choreography as a community.

Learn the building blocks of contemporary dance choreography, including:

  • body awareness
  • space mapping
  • movement qualities
  • movement vocabulary
  • performance elements
  • improvisation techniques

Pricing

All Drop-In classes and class packages are offered on a sliding scale. Class purchases expire six months after purchase date.

One Class $0 – $15 5-Class Package $0 – $70 10-Class Package $0 – $130 15-Class Package $0 – $180
Having Trouble Registering?

How to Register

  1. Select your class via our registration platform:
    * For Drop-in Community Classes click HERE
  2. Click the “sign up” button to the side of the class or series of your choice; use the calendar to advance to any dates in the future.
  3. Create an account with the dancer’s name (not a parent name). Create a separate account for each dancer/student.
  4. Choose your payment amount from the sliding scale options. All classes have options that range from full price to free.

If you need any assistance registering or have questions, we are happy to help you, please email frontdesk@keshetarts.org
or call us at 505-224-9808.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED DUE TO COVID CAPACITY LIMITS FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES
AND RECEIVING ZOOM LINKS FOR ONLINE CLASSES!

Other Classes and Programs 

Deep Dive Discovery (D3)

Classes

Our Deep Dive Discovery class series is for students whose schedules allow for them to attend the full series of classes within the D3 Series selected. Style, level and duration of D3 classes offered will change from session to session, based on instructors, schedules and other fun factors!

Guest Artist Popup Classes

Guest artist classes at Keshet Center for the Arts are typically given by specialty faculty or guest artists such as Makers who visit Keshet Center for the Arts to create work and often hold a class during their stay. 

KP3: Keshet’s

Pre-Professional Program

(ages 8-18)

 

Keshet Dance offers Pre-Professional Dance Training in a variety of programs designed to develop well-rounded dancers. Experienced pre-professional faculty offer a diverse curriculum of contemporary dance, classical ballet, jazz, and hip hop.

With the discipline and confidence cultivated through Keshet Pre-Professional Dance Training, students are equipped to pursue careers as professional dancers, dance in higher education, or find success in other fields.

This season of Community Dance Classes is made possible in part with support by:


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