Class Descriptions

Wellspring Dance Academy offers dance classes for ages 3 through adult in Creative Movement, Dance Fundamentals, Modern, Hip Hop, Contemporary Ballet and Jazz from beginner through advanced levels. Weekly classes run throughout the academic year. We also have a fitness class, Cardio Dance and can coach students individually in private lessons. During the summer months, we hold week-long camps and intensives.

Creative Movement using the parachute.

Creative Movement I & II

Ages 3 - 4. This highly active class encourages creativity and builds body awareness through stretching, movement, and basic locomotor exercises. ‘Creative Movement’ builds interpersonal social and spatial skills, introduces dance terminology, and is a lot of fun! Students who have mastered skills in Creative Movement I will be placed in Creative Movement II. 30 minutes.

Dance Fundamentals students jump using scarves.

Dance Fundamentals I & II

Ages 5 - 6. This class encourages creativity and helps build body awareness, and it introduces the young student to the fundamental dance techniques of both Modern Dance and Ballet which are explored with longer phrasing and more attention to detail.  Dance Fundamentals prepares students for future technique classes as they discover the excitement of dance. Students who have mastered skills in Dance Fundamentals I will be placed in Dance Fundamentals II. 40 minutes.

Rachel leads the students in an exercise across the floor.

Modern

Ages 7 - Adult. Modern technique classes are focused on the foundations of Modern Dance, based in the Hawkins, Graham, Limòn, Cunningham and Horton techniques. Body alignment, strength, flexibility and stamina are developed, and rhythm studies and musicality are studied. The basic elements of dance are explored through composition and improvisation studies that are precursors to choreography and continue to cultivate the creativity of the individual. Class placement is determined by age or at the recommendation of the instructor. 60 & 90 minute classes.

Remi teaches a combination in Hip Hop class.

Hip Hop

Ages 7 - 15. This class is an introduction into the history of Hip Hop Culture with a primary focus on movement. Students will learn basic Hip Hop terminology and short dance phrases and combinations. This class is appropriate for the novice dancer. This high energy style encompasses syncopated movements including popping, breaking and footwork. There will also be a concentration on musicality, rhythmicity and stage presence. The goal of this class is to build a solid foundation to execute a repertory performance piece of original choreography of Hip Hop dance. Warm-ups include group floor work, stretching and free movement. Although this is a repertory class, we will spend four sessions learning “social dance”, including but not limited to popular viral dance challenges. 60 minutes.

Students at the barre in Contemporary Ballet class.

Contemporary Ballet

Ages 7 - Adult. A dance form which is based in classical ballet and incorporates modern, post-modern, and contemporary dance techniques. Class include floor and barre exercises followed by center and across-the-floor combinations. Contemporary Ballet classes teach the technique of classical ballet for contemporary/modern dancers in a nurturing, non-competitive (yet rigorous) environment. Body strength, flexibility and stamina are developed, and rhythm studies and musicality are studied. Body alignment and placement are taught from a somatic approach. 60 & 90 minute classes.

2017 Summer Dance Camp students.

Summer Dance Camp

Ages 3 - 11. This 5 day camp runs from 9 am -12 pm in the Wellspring Theater in the Epic Center downtown Kalamazoo every summer in July. The day begins with a warm-up and stretches for all participants. Then the group is divided by age and each group will have dance classes and art class. Dance class consists of creative movement and basic modern and ballet elements, along with learning choreography for Friday's demonstration. Art class involves many various projects learning basic drawing, painting and decorating skills to help create set pieces for the show and costume parts for the show. There is a mid-session break for snacks and games. The older particiapnts will also participate in some basic composition exercises and will contribute to the choreography performed at the informance on Friday.

Cori Terry works with students in a masterclass.

Youth Summer Intensive

Ages 12 - 15. The Youth Summer Intensive is a 5-day workshop that takes place in the beautiful Wellspring Theater where the Wellspring company rehearses daily and performs several times per year. Participants will have daily technique, repertory, improv, and composition classes. A highlight of the intensive is a Hawkins masterclass taught by Ms. Terry. The experience is capped off with an opportunity to share the work learned through the week at an open performance. Led by Wellspring Company Member, Jasmine Statzer, the day will begin with technique class combining modern elements from well known traditions, to give students a firm base of technique and to be ready and warmed up for the day of dancing. The rest of the day will include learning repertory, improvisation, and basic work in dance composition. The week will end with an informance that friends and family are invited to attend.

Adult students stretching with Jasmine.

Adult Summer Intensive

Ages 16 - Adult. The Adult Summer Intensive is a 5-day workshop takes place in the beautiful Wellspring Theater where the Wellspring company rehearses daily and performs several times per year. Participants will have daily technique, repertory, improv, and composition classes. A highlight of the intensive is a Hawkins masterclass taught by Ms. Terry. The experience is capped off with an opportunity to share the work learned through the week at an open performance.