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MISSION

Local Motion Project brings meaningful dance education to Alexandria.

 

We believe that by providing a holistic approach to dance education, we expose our community to the social, emotional, mental, and physical benefits of dance. We engage students in learning environments in which they collaborate, communicate, and develop their creative voices and dance technique side-by-side. We use dance to teach skills that extend beyond the classroom, and to create connections to our community and the world at large.

FACULTY & BOARD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kelly Beeland, President
Susan Harris, Vice President
Hilary Sadoo, Secretary

Angela Norris, Treasurer

Sean Kennedy
Geoff Livingston

Class/Camp Descriptions

CREATIVE MOVEMENT WITH CAREGIVER (AGES 2-3)

Bounce, wiggle, clap! Music, dancing, and storytelling will delight both child and caregiver while everyone discovers new ways to move and play.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT (AGE 3)

Jump, roll, spin! Exploring new ways of moving, developing physical skills and creating original dances are all part of your child’s first independent dance class.

CREATIVE DANCE (AGE 4)

Leap, skip, twirl! This class inspires imagination by introducing different dance styles, exploring new ways of moving, and encouraging original dance making. With its focus on dance fundamentals, this class is a perfect start to the future study of any dance technique class.

PRE-MODERN (ages 5 - 7)

Twist, brush, swing! Dancers will be introduced to basic modern dance technique and tools for improvisation. Creativity and skill development are equally important building blocks to this class.

PRE-BALLET (ages 5 - 7)

Plié, tendu, jeté! Dancers are introduced to basic ballet positions, barre work, and traveling steps. Creativity and dance making are still large components to the curriculum.

MODERN (ages 8-12)

Reach, spiral, fall! Dancers are introduced to traditional disciplines of modern dance as well building on the contemporary movement styles introduced in pre-modern. Additionally, dancers will work on complex floor patterns, partnering, and deepening artistic expression.

BALLET (ages 7-10)

Balancé, passé, piqué! Dancers build on the introduction of ballet technique in pre-ballet, with a strong focus on correct terminology, alignment, and movement quality. Dancers continue to have an opportunity to create original dances, and improvise based on work of influential ballet dancers and companies, as well as the instructor’s choice of stimuli.

TAP (ages 7-11)

Shuffle, hop, dig! This class focuses on understanding rhythm, improvisation and combining simple beats to create an intricate tap masterpiece.

SUMMER CAMP 2017

Local Motion Project and UpCycle come together for Art In Motion, a week of visual art and creative dance making! Children will learn about artists and incorporate materials and processes in their own way. After exploring the elements of dance, children will use their visual arts experiences as inspiration to create original choreography. Our week will culminate in an art show and dance performance for friends and family.

Pricing & Policies

DATES & PRICING

  

2017-2018 DANCE CLASSES
September 10, 2017-May 19, 2018

45 minute classes: $576
1 hour classes: $640
Pro-rate available for enrollment after the start date.

 

Non-refundable $40 administration fee will be processed at enrollment.

 

10% discount for siblings and/or multiple classes.

 

Trial classes are available.

 
DRESS CODE

 

We do not allow costumes or tutus in children’s classes. Hair should be pulled back and out of face. No watches, jewelry or gum.

 

Creative Movement: comfortable clothes and bare feet.

 

Creative Dance: Girls – leotard with ballet skirt or leggings, bare feet. Boys – comfortable pants or shorts and solid color t-shirt, bare feet.

 

Pre-Ballet: Girls – pink leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Optional simple pink ballet skirt Boys – black pants or shorts and white t-shirt, black ballet shoes.

 

Ballet: Girls – black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes, or tan tights and tan ballet shoes. Optional simple black ballet skirt. Boys – black pants or shorts and white t-shirt, black ballet shoes.

 

Pre-Modern and Modern: Girls – black leotard, black leggings or dance pants, bare feet. Boys – black pants, black t-shirt, bare feet.  

 

Tap: Girls and Boys – solid gray top with black pants, tap shoes. 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

 

We will follow Alexandria City Public School regarding closings due to inclement weather. If school and/or after school clubs are cancelled due to weather, our classes and workshops will be cancelled as well.

 

There will not be scheduled make-up classes for cancellations. Students may be able to make-up on a different day. 

 

MAKE UP POLICY

 

Students can make up three classes per year.

To schedule a make up, contact sara@localmotionproject.org.

No make up classes are allowed after March 3, 2018.

 

 

 

REFUND POLICY

 

Cancellations made 30 days before the start of classes, camps, workshops, or special events will receive a refund. After that all sales are final. Yearly administration fee is non-refundable.

 

Creative Movement with Caregiver and Creative Movement Sept 2017-May 2018 classes only: Program withdrawal requires 30-days notice via email. Pro-rated refund will be granted. 

SCHOOL OUTREACH

DANCE INTEGRATION RESIDENCIES

Students will participate in active, engaging lessons that connect creative dance with another content area. Lessons are based on both the National Core Arts Standards for Dance and Virginia Standards of Learning. Classroom teachers earn continuing education credits through professional development workshops and by developing and implementing their own dance integration lessons.

ENSEMBLE RESIDENCIES

The Local Motion Project Ensemble will create an original work that weaves together theater and dance. Students will learn modern dance technique and beginning acting skills, participate in improvisation exercises, and develop a performance piece to share with their community. To start an ensemble group at your middle school, contact kylie@localmotionproject.org.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

In our experiential sessions, teachers will be introduced to dance concepts and how they can be integrated with any curriculum area to provide deeper learning opportunities. Teachers will develop tools for creating controlled classroom environments in which students can explore movement in a safe and productive manner. Through active participation and colleague collaboration, teachers will come away with dance activities that can be easily and immediately integrated into any class or content area.

  Current School Residencies

Mount Vernon Community School

Polk Elementary School

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School

 

Past Residencies and Professional Development

Saint Clement Episcopal Day School

River Farm

Valley Drive Preschool

ACPS Elementary School Physical Education Workshop

It was wonderful to see how active and engaged the students were, especially my shy and more reserved students. There were techniques I could apply in my everyday instruction. The students worked cooperatively to apply dance movements to create a group Solar System dance. It was amazing to see the students apply their science learning in such a creative way, and they had so much fun! --Ms. Pittman 4th grade, Mt. Vernon Community School

For more information contact kylie@localmotionproject.org

What People Are Saying

Ready to start moving? Check out our full class schedule and sign up today!

Let’s Get In Touch

If you have any questions about our classes we are here to help.

 

We can’t wait to meet you!

Address

2377 South Dove Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone

703.299.0017

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