THE AILEY EXTENSION ANNOUNCES KIDS AND TEENS 2015 SUMMER DANCE SERIES FOR STUDENTS AGES 2 TO 19; STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL DISCIPLINED, ENERGIZED, AND CONFIDENT AFTER A SUMMER AT THE WORLD-RENOWNED AILEY STUDIOS

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THE AILEY EXTENSION ANNOUNCES KIDS AND TEENS 2015 SUMMER DANCE SERIES FOR STUDENTS AGES 2 TO 19

STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL DISCIPLINED, ENERGIZED, AND CONFIDENT AFTER A SUMMER AT THE WORLD-RENOWNED AILEY STUDIOS

(L to R) Tiny Steps. Photo by Kyle Froman; Teen Horton. Photo by Emily Cannarella; Hip Hop 4 Kids. Photo by Joe Epstein.

 

(New York) February 17, 2015 —Looking for a fun and exciting summer experience for your kids? Try The Ailey Extension’s summer dance series for kids of all ages.  Tiny Steps, the perfect Parent and toddler class for 2-year-olds, Hip-Hop 4 Kids (ages 7-11), and the Teen Extension Summer Dance Series (ages 12-17), will all be offered from June 7th – August 2nd.  Aspiring dancers who are ready to step up their training this summer can attend The Ailey Experience (ages 13-18) and Fabrice Herrault’s Ballet Intensive (ages 13-19) from August 10 – 21.

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.  The workshop teaches students the fundamentals of Hip-Hop movement including basic body isolations, precision, performance quality and choreography.

The Teen Extension Summer Dance Series offers students ages 12-17 a diverse range of dance classes including Ballet, Hip-Hop and Contemporary Jazz. 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.

 

For more information on The Ailey Extension’s action packed summer classes for kids and teens, please visit, www.aileyextension.com.

 

See the full summer schedule below:

 Tiny Steps Summer Series

Sundays, June 7 – August 2

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

 Sundays, June 7 – August 2

10:00am – 11:00am for ages 7-8, 11:00am -12:00pm for ages 9-11

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.

 

Teen Extension Summer Series

Sundays, June 7 – August 2

Description: The Teen Extension Summer Series will offer a variety of classes for ages 12-17. Students will have the opportunity to develop technique and build upon fundamentals in Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet classes. Your child will gain confidence and self-esteem as they become versed in a variety of techniques.

The Ailey Experience 2-Week Workshop

Monday-Friday, August 10 – August 21; 10:00am – 6:00pm

Description: An absolutely unique New York experience for dance students ages 13-18!  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, 2015, are entitled to a full refund less an administrative fee of $75 per person.

Fabrice Herrault Ballet Summer Intensive

 Monday-Friday, August 10 – August 21; 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 13-19. 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 by audition on Sunday, April 12. If you are unable to attend audition, please contact [email protected]. Pointe work required.

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.
 

Since its inception in 2005, The Ailey Extension has fulfilled Mr. Ailey’s life-long commitment of bringing dance to everyone by offering “real classes for real people.” The Ailey Extension offers of over 80 classes per week in more than 25 different dance and fitness techniques such as Horton, Ballet, Masala Bhangra, West African, Samba, Jazz, Zumba, House and Hip Hop.  All levels are welcome, including beginners! Over 75,000 people have taken classes at Ailey’s home, New York’s largest building dedicated to dance, where dancers of all levels and walks of life can learn and be inspired – body, mind, and spirit!

 

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