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19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
1 206 463 5131

Creative Movement – WAITLISTS

Creative Movement - WAITLISTS
Ages: 3-4

Monday Session: Apr 18-Jun 13 (skip May 30) | 2:45-3:30 pm
Tuition per session: $150 General | $140 Member
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Upstairs Studio

Friday Session: Apr 22-June 17 | 3-3:45 pm
Tuition per session: $165 General | $155 Member
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Upstairs 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. The class will perform in our annual Spring Concert in June (performance fee included).

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Primary Ballet/Tap – WAITLIST

Primary Ballet/Tap
Ages: 4-6

Monday Session: Apr 18-Jun 13 (skip May 30) | 3:45-4:45 pm
Tuition: $185 General | $175 Member
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Downstairs Studio

Friday Session: Apr 22-Jun 17 | 3:45-4:45 pm
Tuition: $205 General | $195 Member
Instructor: Vadne White
Location: Downstairs Studio

The Primary level students will be introduced to both Ballet and Tap. Miss Elise and Miss Vadne will keep them engaged by incorporating fun and structured activities that supports skill acquisition and prepares them for the next level of Ballet and Tap. Students learn stage skills and how to work as a team. The class will perform in our annual Spring Concert in June (performance fee included).

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Ballet II

Ballet II
Ages: 7-8
Mondays, April 18-Jun 13 (skip May 30) | 4-5 pm
Tuition: $185 General | $175 Member
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Upstairs Studio

Building on the content of Ballet I, Ballet II students continue their learning journey in Ballet. They will warm up at center, then learn how to string steps together into combinations. Class time will also be dedicated to learning their part for our annual Spring Concert in June (*performance fee included).

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Ballet/Tap I

Ballet/Tap I
Ages: 6-7
Mondays, April 18-June 13 (skip May 30) | 4:45-5:45 pm
Tuition: $185 General | $175 Member
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Downstairs Studio

Miss Elise develops awareness of alignment and 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. Students learn stage skills and how to work as a team. The class will perform in our annual Spring Concert in June (*performance fee included).

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Intermediate Modern and Choreography

Intermediate Modern and Choreography
Mondays, Apr 18-Jun 13 (skip May 30) | 5:00-6:00 pm
Tuition: $185 General | $175 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 Spring Concert production in June (performance fee included).

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Intermediate Tap

Intermediate Tap
Mondays, Apr 18-Jun 13 (skip May 30) | 5:45-6:45 pm
Tuition: $185 General | $175 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. Class will perform in our annual Spring Concert production in June (performance fee included).

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Advanced Jazz

Advanced Jazz
Mondays, Apr 18-Jun 13 (skip May 30) | 6:00-7:15 pm
Tuition: $220 General | $210 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 Spring Concert production in June (performance fee included).

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Adult Tap

Adult Tap
Mondays, Apr 25-Jun 13 (skip May 30) | 6:45-7:45 pm
Tuition: $120 General | $110 Member
Instructor: Miles Wingett
Location: Downstairs Studio

Whether you're lacing up tap shoes for the first time or dusting off an old pair, this class is for you! We'll start off with the basics and quickly move in to more advanced techniques and combination work inspired by the heyday of Broadway!

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Advanced Modern

Advanced Modern
Mondays, Apr 18-Jun 13 (skip May 30) | 7:30-9 pm
Tuition: $255 General | $245 Member
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 our annual Spring Concert production in June (performance fee included).

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Adult Ballet

Adult Ballet
Ages: 13+

Tuesday Session: Apr 19-Jun 14 | 2:15-3:15 pm
Tuition: $155 General | $145 Member
Instructor: Kathleen Bonner
Location: Upstairs Studio

Thursdays, Apr 21-Jun 16 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Tuition: $155 General | $145 Member
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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Pre-Professional Ballet

Pre-Professional Ballet

Tuesday Session: Apr 19-Jun 14 | 3:15-4:15 pm
Tuition: $155 General | $145 Member
Instructor: Sana Tepley
Location: Upstairs Studio

Thursday Session: Apr 21-Jun 16 | 3:00-4:15 pm
Tuition: $190 General | $180 Member
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 III

Ballet III
Ages: 8-11
Tuesdays & Fridays, Apr 19-Jun 17 | 4:00-5:30 pm
Tuition: $460 General | $445 Member
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie & Elise Erickson
Location: Downstairs (Tuesday) and Upstairs (Thursday) Studios

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 annual Spring Concert in June, rehearsals are an additional 45-minute session following the Tuesday class.

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Ballet IV Pre-pointe

Ballet IV Pre-pointe
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Apr 19- Jun 16 | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $460 General | $445 Member
Instructor: Vadne White, Madeline Morser, Sana Tepley
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. Pointe and pre-pointe students will meet separately on Thursdays for technique training. If the student would like to participate in our annual Spring Concert in June, rehearsals are an additional 45-minute session following the Thursday classes.

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Ballet III Spring Concert Rehearsal

Ballet III Spring Concert Rehearsal
Tuesdays, Apr 19- May 31 | 5:30-6:15 pm
Performances: June 3-5
Tuition: $90 General | $80 Member
Performance Fee*: $50
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie & Vadne White
Location: Downstairs Studio

Students will work with VCA choreographers to learn and rehearse 2 or more roles in our annual Spring Concert in June. (*performance fee waived if paid in Winter term)

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Ballet IV Pointe

Ballet IV Pointe
Tuesdays, Apr 19-Jun 14 | 5:45-7:15 pm & Thursdays, Apr 21- Jun 16 | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $460 General | $445 Member
Instructor: Vadne White, Madeline Morser, Sana Tepley
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. Pointe students will meet with pre-pointe students on Thursdays and will meet with ballet V-VII on Tuesdays for technique training. If the student would like to participate in our annual Spring Concert in June, rehearsals are an additional 45-minute session following the Thursday classes.

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Ballet V-VII

Ballet V-VII
Tuesdays, Apr 19-Jun 14 | 5:45-7:15 pm & Thursdays, Apr 21-Jun 16 | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $460 General | $445 Member
Instructors: Vadne White & Sana Tepley
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. If the student would like to participate in our annual Spring Concert in June, rehearsals are an additional session following classes.

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Ballet V-VII Spring Concert Rehearsal

Ballet V-VII Spring Concert Rehearsal
Tuesdays, Apr 19-May 31 | 7:15-8:30 pm & Lead Dancers on Thursdays, Apr 21- June 2 | 5:45-6:30 pm
Performances: June 3-5
Tuition: $150 General | $140 Member
Performance Fee*: $50
Instructors: Vadne White & Sana Tepley
Location: Upstairs Studio

Students will work with VCA choreographers to learn choreography and rehearse for our annual Spring Concert in June. (*performance fee waived if paid in Winter term)

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Advanced Choreography

Advanced Choreography
Wednesdays, Apr 20-Jun 15 | 3:15-4:15 pm
Tuition: $155 General | $145 Member
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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Beginner Tap

Beginner Tap
Ages: 7-11
Wednesdays, Apr 20-Jun 15 | 4:00-5:00 pm
Tuition: $205 General | $195 Member
Instructor: Joy Ghigleri
Location: Downstairs Studio

Trying on tap shoes for the first time or looking to expand on skills from our tap/ballet combo classes? Let’s get you learning the fundamentals of tap dance! We’ll have you shuffling, paddle and rolling in no time! No dance experience required. Class will perform in our annual Spring Concert production in June (performance fee included).

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Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary

Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary
Wednesdays, Apr 20-Jun 15 | 4:15-5:30 pm
Tuition: $240 General | $230 Member
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs 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. The class will perform in our annual Spring Concert production in June (performance fee included).

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Advanced Lyrical

Advanced Lyrical
Wednesdays, Apr 20-Jun 15 | 5:30-7:00 pm
Tuition: $280 General | $270 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 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. The class will perform in our annual Spring Concert production in June (performance fee included).

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Musical Theatre Dance

Musical Theatre Dance
Wednesdays, Apr 20-Jun 15 | 5:45-6:45 pm
Tuition: $205 General | $195 Member
Instructor: Miles Wingett
Location: Downstairs Studio

Broadway-style dance set to the music from your favorite musicals. Class will combine elements of both jazz and tap and will emphasize performance and stage skills. Class will perform in our annual Spring Concert production in June (performance fee included).

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Advanced Contemporary

Advanced Contemporary
Wednesdays, Apr 20-Jun 15 | 7:00-8:30 pm
Tuition: $280 General | $270 Member
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs Studio

Advanced Contemporary includes a full body warm up wtih 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. We will also begin building a group piece in class. This is an advanced class open to level V dancers and above. The class will perform in our annual Spring Concert production in June (performance fee included).

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Ballet IV Spring Concert Rehearsal

Ballet IV Spring Concert Rehearsal
Thursdays, Apr 21-Jun 2 | 5:45-6:30 pm
Performances: June 3-5
Tuition: $90 General | $80 Member
Performance Fee*: $50
Instructors: Madeline Morser & Vadne White
Location: Downstairs Studio

Students will work with VCA choreographers to learn and rehearse 2 or more roles for our annual Spring Concert in June. (*performance fee waived if paid in Winter term)

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Adult Belly Dance

Adult Belly Dance
Ages 17+
Thursdays, Apr 21-Jun 16 | 7:30-8:30 pm
Tuition: $155 General | $145 Member
Instructor: Maya Krah
Location: Upstairs Studio

This course incorporates Basic Bellydance 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 Spring! Mainstream bellydance 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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Belly Dance for Teens – Interest List

Belly Dance for Teens - Interest List
Ages 12-19
Thursdays, Apr 21-Jun 16 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Tuition: $155 General | $145 Member
Instructor: Maya Krah
Location: Downstairs Studio

This course incorporates Basic Bellydance 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 Spring! Mainstream bellydance 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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Magical Kingdoms Ballet Camp

Magical Kingdoms Ballet Camp
Tues-Fri, July 5-8
Ages 3-5 | 10:30am-12:30pm
Ages 6-8 | 1-3 pm 
Tuition: $140 Member | $155 General (Materials fee included)
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Downstairs Studio

Princesses, sorcerers and fairies! This creative movement, intro to ballet camp will have fun exploring the magical world of famous ballets such Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Each day of camp includes games, dancing, storytime and crafts. Dancers will decorate fairy wings and create jeweled crowns! Ends with a short presentation for parents on Friday.

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Adult Ballet

Adult Ballet
Ages: 13+
Tuesday class: July 5-26 | 2:15-3:15
Thursday class: July 7-28 | 6:30-7:30 pm 
Tuition: $65 Member | $75 General
Instructor: Kathleen Bonner

Our adult ballet classes are taught by VCD founding dancer/teacher/choreographer, Kathleen Bonner. Class focus is technique, choreography, comradery and fun.

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Ballet III 

Ballet III 
Ages: 8-11 
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 5-July 26, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 2-Aug 23, $100 Member | $110 General 
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Barre is followed by center work where steps are strung together in combinations.  Technique and terminology are infused with fun ballet history, and students will practice dancing together as a group. 

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Ballet IV 

Ballet IV 
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm 
Session 1:  July 5-July 26, $100 Member | $110 General  
Session 2:  Aug 2-Aug 23, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Ballet IV combines elements of pre-pointe and beginning pointe work, as well as intermediate combinations, stretches, turns, and jumps.  

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Advanced Contemporary 

Advanced Contemporary 
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 6-July 27, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 3-Aug 24, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
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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Advanced Lyrical 

Advanced Lyrical 
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm 
Session 1:  July 6-July 27, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 3-Aug 24, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
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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Ballet V-VII – Thursdays

Ballet V-VII - Thursdays
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am 
Session 1:  July 7-July 28, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 4-Aug 25, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Students at this level are trained in intermediate to advanced pointe work, partnering, controlled adage, adept petit allegro, as well as advanced combinations, turns, and jumps.  

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Fantastic Animal Ballet Camp

Fantastic Animal Ballet Camp
Mon-Fri, July 11-15
Ages 3-5 | 10:30am-12:30pm
Ages 6-8 | 1-3 pm 
Tuition: $170 Member | $190 General (Materials fee included)
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Downstairs Studio

Elephants, kangaroos, cats and more! This creative movement, intro to ballet camp, will explore animal themes from classical works such as The Carnival of the Animals, Peter and the Wolf and The Tales of Beatrix Potter. Each day of camp includes games, dancing, storytime and crafts. Crafts include making animal ears, tails and other accessories. Great camp for kids to get moving and familiar with classical music and dance. Ends with a short presentation for parents on Friday.

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Intermediate Modern and Choreography 

Intermediate Modern and Choreography 
Mondays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $70 Member | $80 General  
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $150 Member | $160 General  
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Downstairs 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.   

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Ballet V-VII – Mondays

Ballet V-VII 
Mondays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $70 Member | $80 General 
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $150 Member | $160 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Students at this level are trained in intermediate to advanced pointe work, partnering, controlled adage, adept petit allegro, as well as advanced combinations, turns, and jumps.  

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Advanced Modern 

Advanced Modern 
Mondays, 5:30-7 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $70 Member | $80 General 
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $100 Member | $110 General 
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $150 Member | $160 General  
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. 

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Advanced Jazz 

Advanced Jazz 
Mondays, 7:00-8:15 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $60 Member | $70 General  
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $80 Member | $90 General 
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $120 Member | $140 General  
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.  

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Advanced Ballet Intensive

Advanced Ballet Intensive
Ages: 13+
Mon-Fri, Jul 18- July 29, 10 am-3:15 pm
Tuition: $950 General | $850 Member (Materials fee included)
Director: Vadne White
Location: Blue Heron Upstairs Studio

VCD teachers, guest teachers, and VCD alumni partners to bring this two-week intensive study to Advanced-level ballet students. Each day begins with ballet class, followed by a class in another dance style. After lunch, students will study ballet history, nutrition, dance related careers, injury prevention, wellness, and flexibility to name just a few! The day will close with a choreography workshop where students will contribute to the creation of a piece for Original Works 2023.

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4 Day Dance Sampler

4 Day Dance Sampler
Mon-Thurs, Aug 1-4
Ages 5-8 | 10:30am -12:30pm
Ages 9-13 | 1-3 pm 
Tuition: $140 Member | $155 General (Materials fee included)
Instructors: VCD and guest teachers
Location: Downstairs Studio

Are you interested in trying dance for the first time, or trying a new style? Our expert teachers will guide the beginner-level student through an exploration of the most popular dance genres: Tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary and hip hop.

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Choreography Workshop

Choreography Workshop
Level 5-7
Mon-Fri, Aug 1-5 | 1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $250 Member | $280 General (Materials fee included)
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Upstairs Studio

Are you thinking about submitting a piece for our annual Original Works production? 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.

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