Wellspring offers classes for adults and children year-round!

Fall 2016 Dance Academy

 

To attend classes:

Step 1: Find a class that interests you, by reading the descriptions below and/or checking the class schedule.
Fall Class Schedule (pdf)

 
Step 2: Enroll for class by filling out this online registration form.

          
Step 3: Complete your payment for your chosen class(es).

   
You can pay for classes using our Online Class Payment System.
Need-based scholarships are also available. Scholarship application

   
Step 4: Make sure you know about all crucial dates and class policies. Information will be sent to you soon.

  Note: you may enroll or process your payment on the day of your first class, but we recommend completing these steps online. Your reservation in class is not complete until we receive your registration and payment.

 
      

ABOUT CLASSES

 

Classes at the Wellspring Dance Academy are taught by working professional dancers – who perform with one of Michigan’s premiere modern dance companies in its 34th season. Wellspring Dance Academy promotes healthy, artistic movement, without a focus on costuming (there are no extra costuming or other hidden fees at Wellspring, and there are no special clothing/shoe purchases needed for rehearsal). In each class, students learn solid technique and repertoire. Instruction takes place in a modern, professional performance theater, giving students the taste of the real stage. Classes are small (allowing for individualized instruction for students at all levels) and offer opportunities for social development and individual artistic expression.


YOUTH CLASSES

Youth classes are paid for monthly. We no longer run on a semester system. Enrollment will be on an on-going basis.

  

Creative Movement

Ages 3-4

  This highly active class encourages creativity and builds body awareness through stretching, movement, and basic locomotor exercises. ‘Creative Movement’ builds interpersonal social and spatial skills, introduces dance terminology, and is a lot of fun! Choose one session from the following (you may attend the other sessions to make up for missed classes, with the permission of your primary instructor):

  Mondays, 5:30-6:10pm with Ms. Kate Yancho
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:10pm with Ms. Kate Yancho
Fridays, 9:00am-9:40am with Ms. Remi Harrington
Saturdays, 9:00am-9:40am with Ms. Jasmine Statzer
  $36 per month  

Dance Fundamentals

Ages 5-7 Dance Fundamentals is a continuation of Creative Movement; this class encourages creativity and helps build body awareness, and it introduces the young student to the fundamental dance techniques of both Modern Dance and Ballet. The two dance idioms are now explored with longer phrasing and more attention to detail.  Dance Fundamentals prepares students for future technique classes as they discover the excitement of dance. Choose one session from the following (you may attend the other session to make up for missed classes, with the permission of your primary instructor):   Tuesdays, 4:30pm-5:10pm with Ms. Rachel Miller
Saturdays, 10:00am-10:40am with Ms. Jasmine Statzer
  $36 per month   

Modern I and II

Modern I: Ages 8-12; Modern II: Ages 13-16
  Modern technique classes are focused on the foundations of Modern Dance, based in the Hawkins, Graham, Limòn, Cunningham and Horton techniques. Body alignment, strength, flexibility and stamina are developed, and rhythm studies and musicality are studied. The basic elements of dance are explored through composition and improvisation studies that are precursors to choreography and continue to cultivate the creativity of the individual. The dance phrases and combinations become increasingly complex in Modern II and Modern III. Level placement is determined by age, or at the recommendation of the instructor.    Modern I: Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm with Ms. Rachel Miller
Modern II: Saturdays, 12:00pm-1:30pm with Ms. Jasmine Statzer
Modern I: $45 per month
Modern II: $50 per month
 

Contemporary Ballet

Ages 8-12
  Contemporary Ballet classes teach the technique of classical ballet for contemporary/modern dancers in a nurturing, non-competitive (yet rigorous) environment. Body strength, flexibility and stamina are developed, and rhythm studies and musicality are studied. Body alignment and placement are taught from a somatic approach.

    Saturdays, 10:50-11:50am with Ms. Jasmine Statzer
  $45 per month   

Hip Hop I and II

Hip Hop I: Ages 8-11; Hip Hop II: Ages 12-15
This energetic, introductory-level Hip Hop class provides a structured method of learning various Hip Hop dance movements in a fun-filled and vibrant class environment while offering new combinations and routines every session. This class infuses modern dance, ballet and creative movement into explosive Hip Hop choreography while exploring dance history and terminology.

Hip Hop I: Thursdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm with Ms. Remi Harrington
Hip Hop II: Thursdays, 6:45-7:45pm with Ms. Remi Harrington
$45 per month
 

ADULT CLASSES

There are two ways to pay for our Adult Classes. You can buy a 10 class FlexPass, or you can drop in. Rates are listed below.
 

Modern Repertory

Adults ages 16+
  This class consists of a short warm-up, including floor work and standing exercises, followed by learning current and past phrases/combinations from the Wellspring repertory. While learning the movement, emphasis will be placed on technique, line, energy, and initiation of movement. All levels are welcome in this nurturing environment.

Mondays, 6:30pm-8:00pm with Ms. Jasmine Statzer
Ten-class FlexPasses available for $130.
FlexPasses can be used to interchange between any of the adult classes.
Drop-in rate is$15 per class.
 

Contemporary Ballet

Adults ages 16+
A dance form which is based in classical ballet and incorporates modern, post-modern, and contemporary dance techniques. Class include floor and barre exercises followed by center and across-the-floor combinations.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm with Ms. Rachel Miller

Ten-class FlexPasses available for $130.
FlexPasses can be used to interchange between any of the adult classes.
Drop-in rate is $15 per class.
 

Modern Dance

Adults ages 16+
Students build strength, increase flexibility, improve coordination, practice creativity, and learn the basics of body alignment and movement in a relaxed and nurturing environment. This class focuses on technique over repertoire; this class is appropriate for all levels and it is the best choice for adults considering their first dance class.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm with Ms. Rachel Miller
Ten-class FlexPasses available for $130.
FlexPasses can be used to interchange between any of the adult classes.
Drop-in rate is $15 per class.
 

Craft-A-Class

Contact Wellspring to create your own private lesson or group class and schedule with one of our instructors. Please call 269.342.4354 or message us at wellspring@wellspringdance.org.
  

Scholarships

Wellspring provides full and partial scholarships to low-income families and those suffering temporary financial hardship. Children and adults may both apply with first consideration given to youth applicants. Although Wellspring would love to award all applicants, scholarship funds are limited and not all requests can be filled.

Download a scholarship application here or request one from the Wellspring office. at 269/342-4354. There is no deadline to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are reviewed monthly (on the first Monday), and a letter will be mailed to the applicant once reviewed.

Funding for Wellspring's Scholarship Program is provided by donations from individuals, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.