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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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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.

Iona Fyfe

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Having just finished shows in Edinburgh, Iona Fyfe, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2021, brings the ballads of Scotland to VASHON CENTER for the ARTS, on […]

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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. 

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Modern and Choreography 

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

Modern and Choreography 
Level: 3&4 
Mondays, Sept 12-Jan 9 (skip Oct 31, Dec 19 & 26) | 4:15-5:15 pm 
Tuition: $335 General | $305 Member  
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Miss Vanesa teaches students the movements that are the foundation for classical modern dance and helps students develop their creative voice.  Contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and the concepts of Modern dance (space, time and force) are the building blocks of Modern dance and are taught in a manner that is encouraging and fun. The class will perform in our annual Original Works production March 17-19, 2023 (*performance fee included in tuition).   

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Ballet/Tap 1 – FULL

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

Ballet/Tap 1 - WAITLIST
Ages: 6-7
Mondays: Sept 12-Jan 9 (skip Oct 31, Dec 19 & 26) | 4:15-5:15 pm
Tuition: $335 General | $305 Member
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Downstairs Studio

Miss Elise makes it fun to learn basic ballet and tap vocabulary and technique! Class will include basic center work and across the floor exercises that tap into imagination and develop musicality. The students in this class are invited to perform in Vashon’s Nutcracker, Dec 2-4 (performance fee included in tuition), and class time will be spent on learning their performance piece.

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Ballet 2

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

Ballet 2
Ages: 7-8
Mondays: Sept 12-Jan 9 (skip Oct 31, Dec 19 & 26) | 5:15-6:15 pm
Tuition: $335 General | $305 Member
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Downstairs Studio

Building on the skills learned in Level 1, students continue their learning journey in Ballet. They will warm up at center, then learn how to string steps together into combinations. The students in this class are invited to perform in Vashon’s Nutcracker, Dec 2-4 (*performance fee included), and class time will be spent on learning their performance piece.

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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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Intermediate Jazz 

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

Intermediate Jazz 
Level: 4 & 4.5 
Mondays, Sept 12-Jan 9 (skip Oct 31, Dec 19 & 26) | 6:15-7:15 pm  
Tuition*: $335 General | $305 Member  
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

Learn the fundamentals of Jazz Dance: isolations, syncopations, style and showmanship.  This class is suitable for Level 4 & 4.5 dancers, and concurrent enrollment in Ballet is encouraged.  Miss Vanesa will create fun and challenging choreography to be performed in our annual Original Works production March 17-19, 2023 (*performance fee included in tuition). 

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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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Adult Ballet Basics 

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

Adult Ballet Basics 
Ages: 13+ 
Session 1: Tuesdays, Sept 13-Oct 25 | 1:00-1:45 pm 
Session 2: Tuesdays, Nov 1-Jan 17 (skip Dec 20 & 27) | 1:00-1:45 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $100 General | $90 Member 
Tuition for Session 2: $135 General | $125 Member 
Instructor: Kathleen Bonner 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Want to try ballet? Take our Ballet Basics class to learn the fundamentals from one of the founders of our program, Kathleen Bonner. Class will focus on the basics: posture, turnout, the positions of feet and arms, and moving through space with grace and confidence. No ballet experience required.  

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Adult Intermediate Ballet (Tuesdays) 

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

Adult Intermediate Ballet (Tuesdays) 
Ages: 13+ 
Session 1: Tuesdays, Sept 13-Oct 25 | 2:15-3:15 pm 
Session 2: Tuesdays, Nov 1-Jan 17 (skip Dec 20 & 27) | 2:15-3:15 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $130 General | $120 Member  
Tuition for Session 2: $180 General | $170 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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Primary Ballet/Tap – FULL

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

Primary Ballet/Tap - WAITLIST
Ages: 4-6
Tuesdays: Sept 13-Jan 17 (skip Dec 20 & 27) | 4:15-5:15 pm
Tuition: $310 General | $290 Member
Instructor: Sana Tepley
Location: Downstairs Studio

The fundamentals of both Ballet and Tap are introduced through fun and structured group activities. Your little dancer will have so much fun learning important skills like coordination, balance, and following instructions! Tap and ballet shoes required.

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Intermediate Modern

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

Intermediate Modern* 
Level: 4.5&5 
Tuesdays, Sept 13-Jan 17 (skip Dec 20 & 27) | 4:15-5:30 pm 
Tuition: $450 General | $410 Member 
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Students will work on the Modern Dance elemental concepts of force, time and space, and will build core strength and flexibility through floor work and spirals.  This class is suitable for Level 4.5 & 5 students, and concurrent enrollment in Ballet is strongly recommended. The class will perform in our annual Original Works production March 17-19, 2023 (performance fee included). *Instructor permission required.   

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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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Advanced Jazz

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

Advanced Jazz* 
Level: 5-7 
Tuesdays, Sept 13-Jan 17 (skip Dec 20 & 27) | 5:30-6:30 pm 
Tuition: $370 General | $340 Member
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. The class will perform in our annual Original Works production March 17-19, 2023 (performance fee included in tuition). *Instructor permission required.