Welcome to Vashon Center for Dance!

VCA is following the guidance of the Vashon Medical Reserve Corps to determine our Covid safety protocols. For Fall Term we are offering indoor classes for vaccinated teens and adults. Classes for students under the age of twelve will begin in our outdoor teaching spaces and will move inside when we receive approval from the MRC to do so. Please direct any questions to Wendy Finkleman at wendyf@vashoncenterforthearts.org.

The deadline to register for Fall Term dance classes is September 10th. The deadline to apply for fall dance scholarships is September 8th and the link to the application can be found below.

Vashon Center for Dance (VCD) is honored to have served the Vashon Community for more than 2 decades. Whether students are pursuing a career in dance, or study dance because they love it, all students are provided the same excellence in training in a supportive, challenging, and nurturing environment. Confidence, dedication, self-motivation and creative thinking are qualities and skills we seek to instill our students – qualities that will serve them well in all aspects of their lives. Our 2 spacious studios are in the historic Oddfellows Hall, which we refer to as the “Blue Heron Education Center”.

VCA is proud to offer scholarships! Please click the link below for more information.

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For info, registration, and questions please contact us at 206-259-3005

Advanced student and professionally choreographed work set on VCA dancers and Vashon performers.

A 20+ year tradition celebrated with photos, testimonials and video!

4 Original Works dances reworked for video in 2020.


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Ballet 2/Tap 2 ONLINE Class

Ballet 2/Tap 2 ONLINE Class
Tuesdays, Jan 5- Mar 23 | 3:30- 4:30pm
Tuition: $180
Instructor: Elise Erickson
Location: Online via Zoom

Formal ballet steps, barre work, sequencing, counting and jumps with a touch of spirited free dance. French vocabulary and movement theory included. Building upon the content of Ballet I, these students continue their learning journey in Ballet. They will start class at the barre, learn how to string steps together into combination. First 45min will be ballet, last 15 min will be learn basics of tap.

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*NEW* Advanced Ballet Repertory ONLINE Class

*NEW* Advanced Ballet Repertory
Ages: 13+ Ballet 5,6,7
Tuesdays, Jan 5 - Mar 23 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Tuition: $180
Instructor: Duncan Barlow
Location: Online via Zoom

Rehearsal-style class for exposure to ballets commonly found in the repertory of a professional ballet company. Space allowing, pointe shoes are highly encouraged.

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Beginning/Intermediate Modern ONLINE Class

Beginning/Intermediate Modern ONLINE CLASS
Ages: 10+
Wednesdays, Jan 6- Mar 24 | 4:30-5:30pm
Tuition: $180
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Online via Zoom

Madeline's modern class will be a combination of classical form combining technical aspects from Graham, Limon, and Taylor techniques, while also incorporating an introduction to the growing floor work focus of the Seattle dance community. Class will begin by moving in and out of the floor as a warm up and continued training in both classical and novel modern dance techniques. The second half of class will focus on both across the floor progressions, and phrase work challenging the dancer's understanding of timing and use of the floor.

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Intermediate Lyrical Dance ONLINE Class

Intermediate Lyrical Dance ONLINE Class
Ages: 13+
Wednesdays, Jan 6-Mar 24 | 3:30-4:30 pm
Tuition: $180
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Online via Zoom

An intermediate level class for dancers of any dance background to learn and/or expand upon the unique emotive and graceful cadences of Lyrical Dance (traditionally known as the combination of ballet and jazz). This class encompasses a warm up focusing on flexibility and alignment, followed by phrase work and various jumps, turns, and expressive qualities.

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*NEW* Choreography for Zoom & Film ONLINE Class

Choreography for Zoom & Film ONLINE Class
Ages: 13+
Wednesdays, Jan 6- Mar 24 | 6-7pm
Tuition: $180
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Online via Zoom

Parameters are the bread and butter of good choreography. Ironic though it may seem, our minds light up with possibilities once limitations are set. Choreographing for the camera or for a live Zoom performance provides endless limitations and therefore endless possibilities to be unlocked. This class will focus on bringing a list of choreographic tools and styles to life through the lens of a camera and/or a box on Zoom and similar platforms. The jungle of our homes, yards, parks, and beaches is in fact a choreographers best friend, but to a beginning choreographer it can look like a nightmare. The goal of this class is to shine a light on simple ways to play with, enjoy, and create within the world of social distancing.

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*NEW* Ballet 5/6 ONLINE Class

*NEW* Ballet 5/6 ONLINE Class
Ages: 13+
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan 5 - Mar 25 | 5:00-6:30 pm
Tuition: $360
Instructor: Juliana Wright
Location: Online via Zoom

This is an advanced level ballet course where we will focus on core training and choreography, while making zoom ballet fun, safe, and instructional. We will meet twice a week and work on ballet conditioning, strengthening, and practical movement within the zoom setting. Join us for some fabulous at-home ballet technique!

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Jazz & Hip Hop Workshops with Jessica Franco

Jazz & Hip Hop Master Classes with Jessica Franco
Ages: 13+
Jazz, Apr 5 & 6 | 11-1pm
Hip Hop, Apr 7 & 8 | 11-1pm
Tuition: $120 all 4 class
Jazz only: $60 (2days)
Hip Hop only: $60 (2days)
Location: Blue Heron (zoom option)

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Creative Movement

Creative Movement
Ages: 3-5
Wednesdays, Apr 14-Jun 9 | 4:15-5:15 pm
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Tuition: $135 In Person
Location: Blue Heron Downstairs Studio

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Spring Term- Intermediate Tap

Spring Term-Intermediate Tap
Ages: Placement by level
Mondays, Apr 12-Jun 7 | 4:15-5:15 pm
Instructor: Joy Ghigleri
Location: Blue Heron Downstairs Studio

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Spring Term-Ballet 3

Spring Term-Ballet 3
Mondays, Apr12-Jun7 | 4:15-5:15pm
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Blue Heron Upstairs Studio (Zoom option)

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Spring Term- Intermediate Modern

Spring Term-Intermediate Modern
Ages: 10-13
Mondays, Apr 12-Jun 7 | 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Blue Heron Upstairs Studio (Zoom option)

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Spring Term- Contemporary/Advanced Modern

Spring Term- Contemporary/Advanced Modern
Mondays, Apr 12-Jun 7 | 6:45-8:15pm
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Blue Heron Upstairs Studio (Zoom option)

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Spring Term- Ballet/Tap 1

Spring Term-Ballet/Tap 1
Ages: 6-8
Tuesdays, Apr 13-Jun 8 | 4:15-5:15 pm
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Blue Heron Downstairs Studio (Zoom option)

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Spring Term-Ballet/Tap 2

Spring Term-Ballet/Tap 2
Ages: 6-8
Tuesdays, Apr 13-Jun 8 | 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Blue Heron Downstairs Studio (Zoom option)

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Spring Term-Lyrical

Spring Term-Lyrical
Ages: 12+
Wednesdays, Apr 14-Jun 9 | 4:15-5:15 pm
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Blue Heron Upstairs Studio (Zoom option)

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Spring Term-Studies in Choreography: Short Projects

Spring Term- Studies in Choreography: Short Projects
Ages: 12+
Wednesdays, Apr 14-Jun 9 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Blue Heron Outside (Zoom option)

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Spring Term-Ballet 5/6 Pointe

Spring Term-Ballet 5/6 Pointe
Tues & Thurs, Apr 13-Jun 10 | 3:00-4:15pm
Instructor: Vadne White
Location: Blue Heron Upstairs Studio

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Spring Term-Ballet 4

Spring Term-Ballet 4
Fridays, Apr 16-June 11 | 3:15-4:15 pm
Instructor: Vadne White
Location: Blue Heron Upstairs Studio

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Spring Term-Advanced Ballet Master Class with Leah Terada from PNB

Advanced Ballet Master Class with Leah Terada from PNB
2nd session: 6:30-8:30pm
6/8, 6/10, 6/15, 6/17
Tuition: $160 In Person | $120 Zoom Only
Location: Blue Heron (zoom option)

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SUMMER TERM-Beginner Tap

SUMMER TERM-Beginner Tap
Ages:  7-11
Mondays, 3-4 pm
Aug 2-23 | $65
Full Summer session (8 classes) | $120
Instructor: Joy Ghigleri
Location: Downstairs Studio

Entry level class to begin developing the fundamentals and techniques for traditional tap dance. Students will be shuffling and paradiddling by the end of summer. Class will end with a small presentation on the outdoor stage. 

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SUMMER TERM-4 Day Dance Sampler

SUMMER TERM-4 Day Dance Sampler
Tues-Fri, July 6-9
Time: 10:30am -12:30pm
Tuition: $120 each
Instructors: Vadne White, Duncan Barlow, Joy Ghigleri, Tiffany Adams,
Location: Upstairs Studio

Exploration of dance genres for the beginner dancer or student looking to try other styles. Try a different dance style each day: ballet, modern, tap, hip hop.

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SUMMER TERM-Choreography Series: Short Project

SUMMER TERM-Choreography Series: Short Projects 2199
Ages: 13+
Weds/Thurs, July 14, 15, 21, 22 | 5:30-7:30pm
Tuition: $120
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs Studio

Dive into short choreography projects and experiments, focusing on building a toolbox of choreographic techniques. Students will try their hand at specific, isolated choreographic elements in a series of short assignments. Class will include group discussion and video examples of the elements in professional work, aimed at helping each individual to find their choreographic voice and interests within the commonly used tools/elements of choreography. This is a no stress, try anything kind of class! Excellent for advanced and high-intermediate level students of any dance form.

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SUMMER TERM-Beloved Ballet Birds Camp

SUMMER TERM-Beloved Ballet Birds Camp
Mon-Fri, July 19-23
Ages: 3-5 | 10:30am-12:30 pm
Ages: 6-8 | 1-3pm
Tuition: $165 each (includes $15 materials fee)
Instructor: Elise Erickson
Location: Blue Heron Upstairs Studio
Swans, bluebirds, firebirds and more! This creative movement camp will explore beloved ballet bird themes from classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Firebird! This camp will also have some fun arts and crafts for the little ones. Great camp for the littles to get moving and familiar with classical ballets.

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SUMMER TERM- Magical Ballet Camp

SUMMER TERM-Magical Ballet Camp
Mon-Fri, July 26-30
Ages: 3-5 | 10:30am-12:30pm
Ages: 6-8 | 1-3pm
Tuition: $165 each
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Upstairs Studio

Fairies, wizards, unicorns, and more! This creative movement, intro to ballet camp will have fun exploring the magical world of ballet and create fun costume pieces such as wings, unicorn head pieces, wands and more! Ends with presentation for parents on outdoor stage.

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Adult Ballet

Adult Ballet
Fridays, 6:30-7:30 pm
Session 1: July 9-30 | $65
Instructor: Kathy Bonner
Location: Upstairs Studio

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Choreography Workshop

SUMMER TERM-Choreography Workshop
Level 5-7
Mon-Fri, Aug 2-5 | 1:00-4:00
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley
Location: Downstairs Studio

An esteemed choreographer, Miss Vanesa’s inspiring approach will help you find your creative voice, hone your choreographic abilities, and expand your artistic potential. Learn how to build movement for the stage through the use of time, shape, space and energy. This workshop will present works for the outdoor stage on the final day.

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SUMMER TERM-Intermediate Modern

SUMMER TERM-Intermediate Modern 
Levels: 3 & 4
Mondays, 3-4 pm
Session 1: June 28-July 26 (skip July 5) | $65
Session 2: Aug 2-23 | $65
Full Summer session (8 classes) | $120
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley
Location: Upstairs Studio

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SUMMER TERM-Advanced Jazz

SUMMER TERM-Advanced Jazz
Levels: 5-7
Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm
Session 1: June 28-July 26 (skip July 5) | $65
Session 2: Aug 2-23 | $65
Full Summer session (8 classes) | $120
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley
Location: Upstairs Studio

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SUMMER TERM-Advanced Modern

SUMMER TERM-Advanced Modern 
Levels: 5-7
Mondays, 6:30-8 pm
Session 1: June 28-July 26 (skip July 5) | $95
Session 2: Aug 2-23 | $95
Full Summer session (8 classes) | $180
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley
Location: Upstairs Studio

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SUMMER TERM-Ballet 3

SUMMER TERM-Ballet 3
Ages: 9-11
Instructor: Vadne White
Location: Upstairs Studio

Tuesdays, 4-5 pm
Session 1: July 6-27 | $65
Session 2: Aug 3-24 | $65
Full Summer session (8 classes) | $120

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SUMMER TERM- Ballet 4: Pre-Pointe/Beginning Pointe

SUMMER TERM- Ballet 4: Pre-Pointe/Beginning Pointe
Instructor: Vadne White
Location: Upstairs Studio

Tuesdays, 5-6 pm
Session 1: July 6-27 | $65
Session 2: Aug 3-24 | $65
Full Summer session (8 classes) | $120

Thursdays, 10-11 am
Session 1: July 8-29 | $65
Session 2: Aug 5-26 | $65
Full Summer session (8 classes) | $120

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Advanced Jazz

Advanced Jazz
(Proof of vaccination required)
Mondays, Sept 13-Dec 6 | 5:00-6:15 pm 
Tuition: $275  
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley  
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Miss Vanesa gives a fabulous class for advanced dancers in our treasured American dance genre that includes a warm-up, stretching, across the floor combinations and fun choreography that builds every week. This class is open to level V dancers and above.

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Intermediate Tap

Intermediate Tap
Ages: 13+ (younger with permission from instructor)
Monday, Sept 13-Dec 6 | 5:45-6:30pm
Tuition: $165
Instructor: Joy Ghigleri
Location: Outdoor Studio

Building on the fundamentals of tap, students with begin rhythm hoofing and time stepping and more! Must have dance and tap experience.

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Beginning Tap

Beginning Tap
Ages: 8-12
Mondays, Sept 13-Dec 6 | 5:00-5:45pm
Tuition: $165
Instructor: Joy Ghigleri
Location: Outdoor Studio

Trying on tap shoes for the first time? Let’s get you learning the fundamentals to tap steps! We’ll have you shuffling, paddle and rolling in no time! No dance experience required.

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Advanced Modern

Advanced Modern
(Proof of vaccination required)
Mondays, Sept 13-Dec 6 | 7:30-9 pm
Tuition: $380 (includes $50 production fee)
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley
Location: Upstairs Studio

Modern dance is important training for all dancers. Miss Vanesa’s experience teaching and choreographing this style of dance is extensive, and her classes are fun and energetic. At this level, Graham, Cunningham, Limon and other modern disciplines are covered. Class will perform in Vashon’s Nutcracker (production fee included).

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Adult Ballet – Tuesdays

Adult Ballet
(Proof of vaccination required)
Ages: 13+
Tuesdays, Sept 14-Dec 7 (skip Nov 23) | 2:15-3:15 pm
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Kathleen Bonner
Location: Upstairs Studio

One of our two weekly adult ballet classes taught by island dancer/teacher/choreographer Kathleen Bonner. Class focus is technique, choreography, and fun.

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Choreography

Choreography 
(Proof of vaccination required)
Wednesdays, Sept 15-Dec 8 (skip Nov 24) | 3:15-4:15 pm 
Tuition: $205 
Instructor: Madeline Morser 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Sometimes choreography can look like that scary blank sheet of paper before the essay is written or the painting is painted. But what if you knew how to expand, reverse, invert, and morph a single move into twenty new moves? This class is the toolbox builder for both new and continuing choreographers level V and above. Every two or so classes, we will begin work on a new element or tool of choreography, discussing what we have made, and viewing examples of professional work exemplifying the same concepts. Students are encouraged to use the material they create in this lab style class for their own choreography, as pure experimentation, or any combination thereof.  

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Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary

Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary
Wednesdays, Sept 15-Dec 8 (skip Nov 24) | 4:15-5:30 pm
Tuition: $255
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Outdoor Studio

This class is aimed at introducing level III and IV dancers to Contemporary dance. An umbrella term for various mixtures of Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and foreign dance styles, Contemporary dance is a wonderful opportunity to dive into learning complex, detailed, and satisfying phrase-work to a variety of pop and indie music choices. Following a full body warm up standing, upside-down, and on the ground, we will learn across the floor progressions and longer phrases.

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Advanced Lyrical

Advanced Lyrical
(Proof of vaccination required)
Wednesdays, Sept 15-Dec 8 (skip Nov 24) | 5:30-7:00 pm
Tuition: $305
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs Studio

Hone your fluidity, expression, and grace in Advanced Lyrical! Lyrical dance is most often defined as a combination of ballet and jazz techniques, with emphasis on graceful, fluid motions that often mirror the lyrics or theme of the music. Class will start with a center warm up including both standing exercises and daily workshops for jumps, turns, and falls to be used in phrase-work. We will use the second half of class for traveling progressions as well as longer phrases/group dances. This class is an advanced level open to level V dancers and above.

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Advanced Contemporary

Advanced Contemporary
(Proof of vaccination required)
Wednesdays, Sept 15-Dec 8 (skip Nov 24) | 7:00-8:30 pm 
Tuition: $305 
Instructor: Madeline Morser 
Location: Upstairs Studio 
Advanced Contemporary includes a full body warm up with combos standing, upside-down, and on the ground followed by phrase work and some feel-good across the floor progressions. Let’s have a blast with our favorite music while taking apart and getting into the nitty-gritty details of timing, floor-work, inversions, and a powerful grounded center. We will also begin building a group piece in class. This is an advanced class open to level V dancers and above. 

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Pre-Professional Ballet

Pre-Professional Ballet
(Proof of vaccination required)
Thursdays, Sept 16-Dec 9 (skip Nov 25) | 3:00-4:15 pm
Tuition: $255
Instructor: Vadne White
Location: Upstairs Studio
Pre-Professional Ballet is a companion class to Ballet V & VI and provides advanced training to dancers who are serious about their craft and have a desire to dance at the professional and/or collegiate level.

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Ballet V-VII – WAITLIST

Ballet V-VII - WAITLIST
(Proof of vaccination required)
Tuesdays, Sept 14-Dec 7 | 5:30-7:15 pm & Thursdays, Sept 16-Dec 9 (skip Nov 25) | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $690
Instructors: Vadne White, Vanesa Wiley and Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs (Tuesday) and
Downstairs (Thursday) Studios

Students at this level are trained in intermediate to advanced pointe work, partnering, controlled adage, adept petit allegro, as well as more advanced combinations, turns, and jumps. Scholarly articles are shared with students in the areas of conditioning, nutrition, wellness, flexibility, and more. Twice weekly training is the minimum requirement for skill maintenance, and students are strongly encouraged to take the Ballet IV class for supplemental training at no extra cost. Because these dancers have many roles in Vashon’s Nutcracker, rehearsals are an additional session following the Tuesday and Thursday classes.

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Ballet IV

Ballet IV
(Proof of vaccination required)
Tuesdays, Sept 14-Dec 7 | 4:00-5:30 pm & Thursdays, Sept 16-Dec 9 (skip Nov 25) | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $640
Instructor: Vadne White and Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs (Tuesday) and Downstairs (Thursday) Studios

Ballet IV meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, and combines elements of pre-pointe and beginning pointe work, as well as intermediate combinations, stretches, turns, and jumps. Twice weekly training is the minimum requirement for skill acquisition, and students are encouraged to take the Ballet III class for supplemental training at no extra cost. If the student would like to participate in our 2021 Nutcracker, rehearsals are an additional 45-minute session following the Thursday Ballet IV class.

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Ballet V-VII Nutcracker Rehearsal

Ballet V-VII Nutcracker Rehearsal
(Proof of vaccination required)
Tuesdays, 7:15-8:30 pm & Thurdays, Sept 14-Dec 9 (skip Nov 25) 5:45-6:30 pm
Tuition: $530 (includes $100 production fee)
Students will work with VCA choreographers to learn and rehearse for Vashon’s Nutcracker.

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Ballet IV Nutcracker Rehearsal

Ballet IV Nutcracker Rehearsal
(Proof of vaccination required)
Thurdays, Sept 16-Dec 9 (skip Nov 25) | 5:45-6:30 pm
Tuition: $265 (includes $100 production fee)
Students will work with VCA choreographers to learn and rehearse 2 or more roles in Vashon’s Nutcracker.

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Adult Ballet – Thursdays

Adult Ballet 
(Proof of vaccination required)
Ages: 13+
Thursdays, Sept 16-Dec 9 (skip Nov 25) | 6:30-7:30 pm
Tuition: $205 
Instructor: Kathleen Bonner 
Location: Upstairs Studio 
One of our two weekly adult ballet classes taught by island dancer/teacher/choreographer Kathleen Bonner. Class focus is technique, choreography, and fun.   

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Early Release Friday Dance Lab: AFROBEAT DANCE!

Early Release Friday Dance Lab: AFROBEAT DANCE! September 24th | 2-4pm Tuition: FREE Instructor: Kiné Camara In this open level Afro dance workshop, we will explore urban Afro grooves and popular steps through drills, exercises and a short combo. Afro dance is an umbrella term that includes several urban genres originated in Africa over the past 20-30 years, including Afrobeats, Coupe Decale, Afrohouse, Ndombolo and Amapiano to name a few. This workshop will be primarily based in the Afrobeats style…

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Ballet III

Ballet III
Ages: 8-11
Tuesdays & Fridays, Sept 14-Dec 10 (skip Nov 26) | 4:00-5:30 pm
Tuition: $640
Instructor: Vadne White and Vanesa Wiley
Location: Outdoor Studio

At this level, dancers train twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday) for skill acquisition and injury prevention. Dancers will be introduced to turns, more intricate combinations, and proper technique will be a focus. If the student would like to participate in our 2021 Nutcracker, rehearsals are an additional 45-minute session following the Tuesday class.

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