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Beginning Tap 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Beginning Tap 
Ages: 8+ 
Wednesdays, Sept 14-Jan 18 (skip Nov 23, Dec 21 & 28) | 4:15-5:15 pm 
Tuition: $290 General | $270 Member 
Instructor: Joy Ghigleri 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

Trying on tap shoes for the first time or graduating from our tap/ballet combo classes? Let’s get you learning the fundamentals of tap dance! We’ll have you shuffling and paddle-rolling in no time! Tap shoes required, and no experience needed.  

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Ballet 3

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ballet 3
Ages: 8-11
Wednesdays & Fridays, Sept 14-Jan 20 (skip Nov 11 & 23-25, Dec 21-30) | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $860 General | $790 Member
Instructors: Madeline Morser & Elise Ericksen
Location: Upstairs Studio

At this level, dancers train twice weekly for skill acquisition and injury prevention. Dancers will be introduced to turns, more intricate combinations, and proper technique will be a focus. Students are invited to perform in Vashon’s Nutcracker Dec 1-4, and rehearsals are an additional 45-minute session following the Wednesday class.

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Ballet 3 Nutcracker Rehearsal

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ballet 3 Nutcracker Rehearsal
Wednesdays, Sept 14- Nov 30 (skip Nov 23) | 5:45-6:30 pm
Tech Rehearsal: Nov 29
Dress Rehearsal: Nov 30
Performances: Dec 1, 2, 3, 4
Tuition*: $235 General | $215 Member
Instructor: Vadne White
Location: Downstairs Studio

Students will work with the Director of Dance, Miss Vadne, to learn and rehearse 2 roles for Vashon’s Nutcracker. Note: Students will be asked to attend Tech Rehearsal Nov 29 and Dress Rehearsal on Nov 30 (*performance fee included in Tuition).

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Advanced Lyrical

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Advanced Lyrical* 
Level: 5-7 
Wednesdays, Sept 14-Jan 18 (skip Nov 23, Dec 21 & 28) | 5:45-7:15 pm 
Tuition: $500 General | $460 Member 
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 workshops for jumps, turns, and falls to be used in phrase-work. We will use the second half of class for traveling progressions and longer phrases/group dances. This class is an advanced level open to level 5 dancers and above. Class time will be spent on learning and rehearsing a class piece for our annual Original Works Show March 17-19, 2023 (performance fee included in tuition). *Instructor permission required. 

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Adult Beginning Tap 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Adult Beginning Tap 
Ages: 13+ 
Wednesdays, Sept 14-Oct 26 | 6:30-7:30 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $130 General | $120 Member  
Tuition for Session 2: $160 General | $150 Member 
Instructor: Miles Wingett 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

If you have always wanted to try Tap Dance or if you are dusting off your Tap shoes, this is the class for you.  We’ll cover ball-changes, shuffles, flaps, cramp rolls, the tap Shim Sham, riffs and so much more.  Tap shoes required, and no experience needed.  

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Intermediate Tap

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Intermediate Tap* 
Wednesday, Sept 14-Jan 18 (skip Nov 23, Dec 21 & 28) | 6:30-7:30 pm 
Tuition: $290 General | $270 Member 
Instructor: Miles Wingett 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

Building on the fundamentals of tap, students will work on their rhythm hoofing, time stepping, improvisational skills, and more! Must have tap experience and tap shoes. *Instructor permission required. 

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Advanced Contemporary

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Advanced Contemporary* 
Level: 5-7 
Wednesdays, Sept 14-Jan 18 (skip Nov 23, Dec 21 & 28) | 7:15-8:45 pm 
Tuition: $500 General | $460 Member 
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 knitty-gritty details of timing, floor-work, inversions, and a powerful grounded center. This is an advanced class open to level 5 dancers and above. Class time will be spent on learning and rehearsing a class piece for our annual Original Works Show March 17-19 (performance fee included in tuition).  *Instructor permission required. 

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Ballet 5-7 Nutcracker Rehearsal

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ballet 5-7 Nutcracker Rehearsal
Mondays, Sept 12-Nov 28 | 6:45-8:30 pm & Waltz Run Thru on Thursdays, Sept 15- Dec 1 | 8:15-8:30 pm (skip Oct 31 & Nov 24)
Tech Rehearsal: Nov 29
Dress Rehearsal: Nov 30
Performances: Dec 1, 2, 3, 4
Tuition: $235 General | $215 Member
Instructors: Vadne White
Location: Upstairs Studio

Company rehearsals for Vashon’s Nutcracker. Dancers are required to attend Tech Rehearsal Nov 29 and Dress Rehearsal on Nov 30. Additional rehearsal time may be requested as needed (performance fee included in tuition).

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Ballet 4.5

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ballet 4.5*
Tuesdays, Sept 13-Jan 17 (skip Dec 20 & 27) | 5:15-6:30 pm & Thursdays, Sept 15-Jan 19 (skip Nov 24, Dec 22 & 29) | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $840 General | $770 Member
Instructor: Vadne White, Madeline Morser, Sana Tepley
Location: Blue Heron Dance Studios

Ballet 4.5 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. Students are invited to perform in Vashon’s Nutcracker Dec 1-4, and rehearsals are an additional 45-minute session following the Tuesday class. *Instructor permission required.

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Ballet 4 Pre-Pointe

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ballet 4 Pre-Pointe
Tuesdays, Sept 13-Jan 17 (skip Dec 20 & 27) | 5:15-6:30 pm & Thursdays, Sept 15-Jan 19 (skip Nov 24, Dec 22 & 29) | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $840 General | $770 Member
Instructor: Vadne White, Madeline Morser, Sana Tepley
Location: Downstairs Studio

Ballet 4 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, and combines elements of pre-pointe with intermediate combinations, stretches, turns, and jumps. Twice weekly training is the minimum requirement for skill acquisition. Students are invited to perform in Vashon’s Nutcracker Dec 1-4, and rehearsals are an additional 45-minute session following the Tuesday class.

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Adult Intermediate Ballet (Thursdays) 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Adult Intermediate Ballet (Thursdays) 
Ages: 13+ 
Session 1: Thursdays, Sept 15-Oct 27 | 5:45-6:45 pm 
Session 2: Thursdays, Nov 3-Jan 19 (skip Nov 24, Dec 1, 22 & 29) | 5:45-6:45 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $130 General | $120 Member  
Tuition for Session 2: $160 General | $150 Member 
Instructor: Kathleen Bonner 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

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

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Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary & Lyrical – FULL

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary & Lyrical - WAITLIST
Ages: 8+
Thursdays, Sept 15-Jan 19 (skip Nov 24, Dec 22 & 29) | 5:45-6:45 pm 
Tuition: $350 General | $320 Member 
Instructor: Madeline Morser 
Location: Downstairs Studio

A combination class of Contemporary and Lyrical techniques and phrase-work, this intermediate level will introduce and train level 3-4 students in Lyrical timing and expression, floor-work, and Contemporary movement. Following a center warm up focused on building upper body strength, floor fluidity, and parallel alignment, we will continue with across the floor phrases in both styles. The final portion of class will be dedicated to building longer Lyrical and Contemporary phrases to be practiced and honed in preparation for spring performance opportunities. Class time will be spent on learning and rehearsing a class piece for our annual Original Works Show March 17-19 (performance fee included in tuition). 

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Adult Contemporary 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Adult Contemporary 
Ages: 13+ 
Session 1: Thursdays, Sept 15-Oct 27 | 6:45-7:45 pm 
Session 2: Thursdays, Nov 3-Jan 19 (skip Nov 24, Dec 22 & 29) | 6:45-7:45 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $130 General | $120 Member  
Tuition for Session 2: $160 General | $150 Member 
Instructor: Madeline Morser 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

Having trained and performed on both coasts, Madeline’s unique style of Contemporary Dance incorporates the powerful and striking lines of Classical Modern, mixed with the intricate timing, inversions and floor work of present-day Contemporary Dance along the West Coast.  Class will begin with a full-body warm-up in center, including proprioceptive challenges, floor work, and timing exercises built into expressive, feel-good movement and music.  Across the floor progressions will follow center work, culminating in the building of longer phrases to be practiced and expanded upon throughout the session.  Dance experience recommended. 

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Ballet 5-7

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ballet 5-7*
Mondays, Sept 12-Jan 9 (skip Oct 31, Dec 19 & 26) | 5:15-6:45 pm & Thursdays, Sept 15-Jan 19 (skip Nov 24, Dec 22 & 29) | 6:45-8:15 pm
Tuition: $860 General | $790 Member
Instructors: Vadne White
Location: Upstairs Studio

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. Students are invited to perform in Vashon’s Nutcracker Dec 2-4, and rehearsals are additional sessions following the Tuesday and Thursday classes. *Instructor permission required.

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Late Start Arts: Ecosystem Art

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Late Start Arts: Ecosystem Art
Grades: K-2
Fridays, Sept 2-Jan 20 | 9-10:30 am (skip holidays and school breaks)
Tuition: $380 General | $350 Member (includes $75 materials/snack fee)
Instructor: Sara Bennett
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Students will create projects that inspire them to consider their uniqueness as individuals, and slowly broaden their scope to consider their part in larger spectrums... family, homes, community, Vashon Island, and our amazing ecosystem. Expect to decorate body tracings, assemble self-portraits, "grow" family trees, build miniature houses, create representations of Vashon businesses and landmarks, construct a ferry project, paint a wall hanging of our beloved Vashon-Maury Island, create mosaics from fir and cedar cones, design monograms from seashells and sand, make driftwood mobiles, paint beach rocks, and play with different mediums to represent the likeness of orcas, jellyfish, starfish, owls, raccoons.

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Creative Movement

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Creative Movement 
Ages: 3-4 
Mondays: Sept 12-Jan 9 (skip Oct 31, Dec 19 & 26) | 3:15-4:00 pm 
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Fridays: Sept 16-Jan 20 (skip Nov 11 & 25, Dec 23 & 30) | 10:30-11:15 am  
Tuition: $200 General | $190 Member 
Instructor: Elise Ericksen 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

A fun-filled introduction into the world of dance where children explore their imaginations through music and movement as they develop motor skills, rhythmic awareness, coordination, and balance in a nurturing environment.   

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Adult Belly Dance 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Adult Belly Dance 
Ages 17+ 
Session 1: Fridays, Sept 16-Oct 28 | 2:00-3:00 pm 
Session 2: Fridays, Nov 4-Jan 20 (skip Nov 11, 25, Dec 23 & 30) | 2:00-3:00 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $130 General | $120 Member  
Tuition for Session 2: $145 General | $135 Member 
Instructor: Maya Krah 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

This course incorporates basic Belly Dance isolation techniques with Flamenco, Cabaret, and Raqs Sharki classical stylings. You'll learn several short phrases of movement comprising our "dance language" and be able to take those dance phrases to build your own solo by the end of the semester!  Mainstream Belly Dance is divided into two broad categories of dancers: with and without hand cymbals (zills). We are no zills, all frills in this class!  

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Late Start Dance 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Late Start Dance 
Grades: 3-5 
Fridays: Sept 2-Jan 20 (skip holidays and school breaks) | 9:00-10:30 am 
Tuition per session: $350 General | $320 Member (includes $45 materials/snack fee) 
Instructor: Elise Ericksen 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Join us on Late-Start Fridays in an exploration of dance in its many forms. Each month will focus on a new genre of dance, including its history and specific movement qualities.  We will study ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern and will also get to learn some trendy dances too!  No previous dance experience necessary. 

Ara James & Jamie Stillway in Concert

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Two masters of their craft, vocalist Ara James and fingerstyle guitarist Jamie Stillway will present an evening of sound poetry, eclectic covers, spellbinding vocals, and transcendent instrumental guitar. The two […]

One Beautiful Spring Day with Artist Jim Woodring

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Join Jim Woodring for his otherworldly presentation that starts with personal anecdotes, continues with a brief survey of his work, and lands on the content of his newly released book, […]