PRC Virtual summer dance intensive CLASS DESCRIPTIONS & teacher bios

class descriptions

CREATIVE MOVEMENT (6-8 years old) This class focuses on the imaginative exploration and expression of movement. Introduction to the concepts of Body, Space, Shape, and Time deepens through exercises that are led and repeated, focusing on qualities of movement, pathways in space, and basic locomotive movement skills, including rolls, jumps, hops, and slides. Imagery, music, stories, and props play a vital role by providing structures for creative choice, dance making, and collaboration within this lively class.

MODERN (9-12 years old) Modern class will explore the techniques and form of modern dance . Students will develop strength, flexibility, and balance, while gaining awareness of their alignment. The class will explore rhythm, musicality, breath, dance positions, leg and footwork, and multi-dimensional space. Students are encouraged to express themselves through intentional movement, invent through improvisation, and reflect on their choices. 

MODERN (13-18 years old) While expanding on the technique and form of modern class deepens students’ understanding of Time, Shape, Space, Force, and the Body in movement. Students further develop their strength, flexibility, balance, and line in structured warm-ups and floor work, and learn more advanced phrases and movement combinations. Repeated dance phrases provide a framework for development in technique, and performance.

HIP HOP (9-12 years old) A high-energy technique class that combines energy, rhythm, groove, individuality, and originality with contemporary dance techniques. Students learn basic techniques for efficient and dynamic movement rooted in House. As students develop, they have opportunities to create funky patterns and original variations on learned combinations and, ultimately, choreograph their own movement sequences. Age-appropriate hip-hop and pop music is used.

HIP HOP (13-18 years old) This class hones the skills of musicality, choreography and freestyling. Students engage in a more advanced exploration of movement, playing with tempo, musicality, style and performance. Students will create original choreography. Age-appropriate hip-hop and pop music is used.

BALLET (8-12 years old & 12-18 years old) Ballet is a classical dance form that originated in the 1500’s.  Our classes follow a traditional structure.  Students begin at the barre, progress to the center, and culminate with travelling exercises across the floor.  Terminology, alignment, balance, artistry, sequencing, and pushing through space are emphasized at each level. Each of these will be adjusted for a virtual class.

WEST AFRICAN (9-12 years old & 13-18 years old) Elena’s dance classes blend traditional and improvisation movements from the Africa Diaspora, Caribbean, and Haiti. Comfortable clothing, bare feet and positive energy is all one needs to participate

MAKE A DANCE (9-18 years old) Students will make use of the various dance “language” they are experiencing throughout the week and will be  encouraged to express themselves in solo, duet, and group choreography projects. The class allows for the observation and reflection on the creative choice and performance of peer work, while creating a group dynamic that is supportive of each student as artists-in-process. This class is designed for ZOOM and requires that student have access to a phone with video capabilities to participate.

teacher bios

DEBRA JO HUGHES has danced with Capitol City Ballet, the Terri Lewis Dance Ensemble & Bay Ballet and Ballet Theatre International. She has also danced in films, theatrical productions and television, working with choreographers such as Michael Smuin, Debbie Allen and Chet Walker. Debra is currently on the faculty of STEPS on Broadway, has conducted dance classes for Pace University, The School at Columbia University, the University of South Florida and the Florida Dance Festival. Debra completed her BFA with honors while on faculty as an Associate Professor of Dance at Long Island University.

CAITLYN LANE graduated from Suny Potsdam with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and an Associates degree in Business Administration in May 2019. She has been dancing for 19 years with a background in Modern, Lyrical, Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. Some accomplishments of hers include working with Paul Taylor’s dance company, receiving a scholarship to dance in Italy as well as receiving a scholarship to dance at Perry-Mansfield in Colorado with Peter Chu and Chuthis Dance Company. Caitlyn’s teaching background includes teaching private dance lessons, teaching assistant at SUNY Potsdam in the dance department and teaching at Step It Out in Potsdam in 2019.

JANE CARNEY has been dancing since the age of three. She has been teaching for three years and loves working with kids. Jane  will be attending Muhlenberg College in the fall to pursue a Dance major.

ELENA MOSLEY describes herself as a grassroots artist. Growing up in the boroughs of New York City, she was exposed to a variety of dance and music in the parks, afterschool programs, and community centers, all with African roots. Elena has been teaching African American and Afro Haitian dance since the age of fourteen. 

ALICIA BAUMAN-MORALES  Alicia is an Oakland-born tomboi boricua, and multidisciplinary dance artist. She teaches dance, cultural organizing and youth development from the intersection of love and rigor. Alicia first practiced house and turf dance independently, in backyards and on sidewalks before coming into studio dance. She taught hip hop dance with Destiny Arts Center and Oakland Leaf from 2006-2012, directing the Destiny Arts junior company from 2011-2012. She is co-founder of dance at United Roots Oakland, and a long time artist organizer with Art in Action, Diversity Works and June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. Since moving to New York in 2013, Alicia has taught hip hop dance with Alvin Ailey Arts in Education, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Fresh Youth Initiatives, Cumbe, and New York City Charter School for the Arts. Alicia has danced with The NWA Project, Arthur Aviles, Renegade Performance Group, KHamilton Productions and MBDance. Alicia has choreographed for the Brooklyn Follies and Roots & River, and presented original works in California, New York and Puerto Rico. She is a member of ACRE, Artists Co-Creating Real Equity, and a 2020 Dancing Futures artist in residence.

MARCUS McGREGOR was a company member with both Dance Theatre of Harlem and Feld Ballet. Marcus currently teaches Ballet at Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts in Taghkanic, New York and Creative Studio in Coxsackie, New York. He is also the Director Choreographer for the Catskill High School Drama Club and has worked on their productions of Music Man, Little Mermaids, Anything Goes, Beauty and The Beast and Pippen. Marcus was previously the Director of Choreographer with The Coxsackie/ Athens High School Drama Club and worked as on their productions of Annie, The Addams Family, Shrek, Annie Get Your Gun and How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying. Marcus has worked for the last 3 seasons with The Columbia County Youth Theatre in Chatham, NY teaching students who attend the camp enrichment classes, which teaches movement for actors.

Photos from the 2019 Summer Dance Intensive by Alon Koppel. (left to right: Elena Mosley, Marcus McGregor & Caitlyn Lane).