Wellspring offers classes for adults and children year-round!



Wellspring offers an alternative approach for children's and adult modern dance classes through its unique philosophy of teaching and learning from the "inside out" versus traditional methods of learning rote movements, copied from the outside. Students learn creativity, build strength, increase flexibility, improve coordination and learn the basics of body alignment and movement. In a relaxed and nurturing environment, Wellspring classes allow learners to feel safe and accepted as opposed to a competitive/team approach.

No previous dance experience is needed. Classes require no special attire, just comfortable clothing and bare feet. Classes are ongoing and students are welcome to join at any time during a semester.

Refer a Friend
As a way of saying, "Thank you," we'd like to offer a Wellspring T-shirt to current Wellspring students that refer a friend. Here's how it works: 1. You must be a currently registered semester student or be a drop-in student that has attended a minimum of 8 classes. 2. Your friend must register and pay for a full semester of classes. 3. Your friend must identify you as the person that referred them (only one name may be listed).

Questions? Call 269/342-4354 or email here.


Why take modern dance classes? Read about the benefits of dance classes in an article from the Kalamazoo Gazette's FamilyTalk Magazine.

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Download Spring Class forms here

2015 Spring Class Descriptions

Step 1: Find the class which interests you.

Click here for the 2015 Spring class schedule, and read below for class descriptions.

Step 2: Registration

Children’s classes for ages 3-15 – Children’s online registration form
Adult’s classes for ages 16+ -- Adult’s online registration form

Step 3: Payment  

Payment instructions are on the bottom of the registration form.
Need-based scholarships are also available. Spring 2015 scholarship application

Step 4: Read Info for Students and Parents

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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.

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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):

 

Tuesdays, 4:00pm-4:30pm with Ms. Rachel Miller

Fridays, 9:00am-9:30am with Ms. Sara Yanney-Chantanasombut

Saturdays, 9:30am-10:00am with Ms. Jasmine Statzer


Creative Movement (Saturdays 9:30a-10:00a)
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Creative Movement (Fridays 9:00a-9:30a)
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Creative Movement (Tuesdays 4:00p-4:30p)
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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 to move on to technique classes as they discover the excitement of dance.

 

Tuesdays, 4:40pm-5:20pm with Ms. Rachel Miller

Saturdays, 10:10am-10:50am with Ms. Jasmine Statzer

Dance Fundamentals (Tuesdays 4:40p-5:20p)
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Dance Fundamentals (Saturdays 10:10a-10:50a)
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Modern I, II, & III

M-I: Ages 8-10; M-II: Ages 11-13; M-III: Ages 14-16

 

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-6:20pm with Ms. Rachel Miller

Modern II: Saturdays, 12:00pm-12:50pm with Ms. Jasmine Statzer

Modern III: Saturdays, 1:00pm-2:15pm with Ms. Jasmine Statzer

 

Modern I (Tuesdays 5:30p-6:20p)
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Modern II (Saturdays 12:00p-12:50p)
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Modern III (Saturdays 1:00p-2:15p)
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Contemporary Ballet I and II

CB-I: Ages 8-10; CB-2: Ages 11-13

 

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. Level placement is determined by age, or at the recommendation of the instructor.

 

Contemporary Ballet I: Saturdays, 11:00am-11:50am with Ms. Jasmine Statzer

Contemporary Ballet II: Wednesdays, 5:30pm-6:20pm with Ms. Rachel Miller

Contemporary Ballet I (Saturdays 11:00a-11:50a)
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Contemporary Ballet II (Wednesdays 5:30p-6:20p)
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Beginning Hip Hop

Ages 9-12

 

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.

 

Mondays, 5:30pm-6:20pm with Ms. Remi Harrington

Beginning Hip-Hop (Mondays 5:30p-6:20p)
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ADULT CLASSES

 

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 vast 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 Mr. Michael Miller

Modern Repertory (Mondays 6:30-8:00p)
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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

Contemporary Ballet (Tuesdays 6:30-8:00p)
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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

 

Modern Dance (Wednesdays 6:30-8:00p)
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Craft-A-Class

Contact Wellspring to create your own class and schedule with one of our instructors. Please call 269.342.4354.

 

 

Registration

Classes are semester-based, but students are welcome to register throughout the year or drop in. Drop-in students should arrive 10 minutes before class to make payment and sign our liability waiver. Pre-registration is highly encouraged prior to attendance so that classes may begin on time. For more information, please call the office at (269)342-4354.

Tuition

Registration for classes is year-round. Wellspring registers students for the Fall (12 weeks), Winter (12 weeks) and Spring (8 weeks) semesters. Wellspring offers Drop-in Rates for those who need a flexible schedule. Students that pay in full for a semester prior to attending receive a discount. Monthly payment options can be arranged with the Wellspring office.

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 to by mail. 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, Eaton Corporation, 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.