Ailey Extension to Host Dance & Fitness Classes this Summer

Ailey Extension to Host Dance & Fitness Classes this Summer

Looking for a fun and educational experience for your kids this summer? Try one of The Ailey Extension's summer class offerings for kids of all ages and interests starting in June. Tiny Steps, a unique experience for 2-year-olds, Hip-Hop 4 Kids (ages 7-11), and the Teen Extension Summer Series (ages 12-17), will all be offered in two four-week long sessions starting June 1st and June 29th. Cardio Cool Kids (ages 7-11), will take place every Saturday in June. For aspiring dancers there will be a variety of Guest Artist workshops as well as the two-week long Ailey Experience (ages 12-18) and Fabrice Herrault's Ballet Intensive (ages 10-19) from August 4th - 15th.

Tiny Steps celebrates children's natural ability to move in expressive ways in a series of music and creative movement classes for toddlers two to three years of age and their caregivers. Instructors will guide participants through fun, playful dance exercises accompanied by live music, developing the child's body awareness and control while exploring his or her own creativity, increasing understanding of the connection between dance, rhythm and music.

For students ages 7-11, the Extension will offer Hip-Hop 4 Kids, and Cardio Cool Kids. Hip-Hop 4 Kids teaches students the fundamentals of Hip-Hop movement including basic body isolations, precision, performance quality and choreography. Cardio Cool Kids is a fun new way to bring dance and fitness to kids for a creative total body workout infused with both cardio and strength training.

The Teen Extension Summer Series offers students ages 12-17 a diverse range of dance classes including Ballet, Hip-Hop, West African and Samba/Afro-Brazilian. These weekly classes will be taught by renowned instructors in a "no-pressure" environment that allows students to gain confidence not only in their dancing abilities, but in themselves.

The Ailey Experience and Fabrice Herrault's Ballet Intensive give aspiring dancers the opportunity to experience what it's like to train professionally, culminating in a performance at the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's home - the largest center dedicated to dance in New York City - the dance capital of the world. The Ailey Experience students learn from top instructors and experience three daily classes in a variety of techniques including Ballet, Horton, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, West African and more. Students will also attend meet and greets with former Ailey Company members, receive Ailey souvenirs and discounted tickets to Broadway shows. Dancers of all levels are also welcome to audition for renowned ballet instructor Fabrice Herrault's acclaimed workshop which includes daily ballet technique classes, guest teachers, and weekly reviews of ballet films and choreography.

The Extension will also offer Guest Artist workshops to students of all ages. On June 14th Lane Napper, actor and current head choreographer for Nickelodeon's hit show "Victorious," will lead a Commercial Dance workshop for students ages 12-17. Lane's fun and invigorating style, energy and flare have made him one of the most sought after and coveted teachers on the film and television scene today. Some of Lane's choreography can be seen on television shows such as, "iCarly", "Drake and Josh", "Zoey 101", "Suddenly Susan", and "Nikki". Additional workshops will be announced throughout the summer.

For more information on The Ailey Extension's fun classes that help students develop personal skills, gain confidence, and add charisma over the summer break please visit, www.aileyextension.com.

See the full summer schedule below:

Tiny Steps Summer Series

Session 1 Sundays, June 1 - June 22

Session 2 Sundays June 29- July 27

10:00am - 10:45am for ages 2-2 ½ , 11:00am - 11:45am for ages 2 ½ - 3

Description: A series of music and creative movement classes for children two years of age to celebrate your child's natural ability to move in an expressive way. These weekly 45-minute classes are designed to engage children, parents and caregivers through group and individual participation which is vital for early childhood development. Share the joys of music and movement through rhythm and dance as instructors guide your child through fun, playful dance exercises. Live drumming will accompany the class and will enhance basic musicality through drumming rhythms. Your child will develop body awareness and control while exploring his or her own creativity to understand the connection between dance, rhythm and music.

For information on classes for children 3 years or older, click here.

Special requirements/prerequisites: Only one parent or caregiver must be present with each participating 2-year old child.

Hip-Hop 4 Kids Summer Series

Session 1 Sundays, June 1 - June 22

Session 2 Sundays June 29- July 27

10:00am - 11:00am or 11:00am -12:00pm

Description: Hip-Hop 4 Kids was created specifically for children who love to dance between the ages of 7-11 years old! Students will have fun, exciting, and energetic classes that focus on the most popular dance moves seen today as well as develop coordination, body awareness, build self-esteem and promote confidence. Learn the fundamental Hip-Hop moves including basic body isolations, precision, performance quality and choreography.

Cardio Kool Kids

Saturdays, June 7 - June 28; 10:00am - 11:00am

Description: Cardio Kool Kids is the latest craze in kids dance and fitness! It's an innovative and fun way to bring dance and fitness to children ages 7 - 11 years old. This program is designed to build muscles, increase focus, and develop coordination through creative workouts. Each class infuses cardio, strength training, and dance for a total body workout. Kids can get fit while having fun!

Teen Extension Summer Series

Session 1 Sundays, June 1 - June 22

Session 2 Sundays June 29- July 27

10:00am- 11:00am or 11:00am - 12:00pm

Description: The Teen Extension program was created specifically for teens who love to dance between the ages of 12-17 years old! Students will have fun, exciting, and energetic classes that focus on the most popular dance moves seen today as well as develop coordination, body awareness, build self-esteem and promote confidence. Learn the fundamentals of techniques such as Ballet, Hip-Hop, or contemporary Jazz.

Commercial Dance Workshop for Teens

Saturday, June 14; 10:00am - 12:00pm

Description: Taught by Nickelodeon Star Lane Napper, in this class students age 12-17 will learn the proper techniques and protocol for working in the sometimes overwhelming and scary entertainment industry. Get the tools and information you need to stay relaxed and ahead of the competition. Lane's teaching is based on truth and experiences. In this class Students will focus on television or movie style routines designed to help them feel more confident about performing for any onscreen roles. You will also be schooled on improvisational work, movement, pace, timing, and auditioning.

Registration/Payment Deadline: Deadline for registration and payment is June 13, 2014

The Ailey Experience 2-Week Workshop

Monday-Friday, August 4 - August 15; 10:00am - 6:00pm

Description: An absolutely unique New York experience for dance students ages 12-18! The Ailey Experience workshop gives dancers from around the world the opportunity to train with top choreographers and instructors in a variety of techniques like Ballet, Horton, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and West African. Our repertory rehearsals will offer original choreography designed especially for you, from some of the most respected dancers, instructors, and choreographers in the industry. Catered lunches, talks with industry experts, souvenirs and discounted performance tickets complete this exciting event at the home of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the largest buildings dedicated to dance in New York City. Develop skills, gain confidence and add charisma to your summer.

Registration/Payment Deadline: Students who have registered for the workshop, but cancel prior to July 1, 2014, are entitled to a full refund less an administrative fee of $75 per person.

Fabrice Herrault Ballet Summer Intensive

Monday-Friday, August 4 - August 15; 9:00am - 6:00pm

Description: Renowned ballet instructor Fabrice Herrault returns to the Ailey Extension this summer to present his acclaimed 2-week ballet intensive for students ages 10-19. Fabrice will be joined by world-renowned guest teachers, who will be announced at a later date.

Special requirements/prerequisites: Participation subject to application selection process either by audition on Sunday, May 18, or photo submission. If you are unable to attend audition, please submit two dance photos and contact fabriceauditions@alvinailey.org. Pointe work required.

Registration/Payment Deadline: Deadline to register is July 28, 2014.

**Please note that the deadline to cancel registration is July 21, 2014 and there will be a cancellation fee of $75 after that date. **

For the complete Ailey Extension schedule or to register, visit www.aileyextension.com.

For more information on group visits or to schedule your trip, visit the group visits page here.