COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 10:30 am

The Yard's Community Dance Classes are held during the summer season in our open-air barn studio. Classes are taught by Yard staff members (Alison Manning, Jesse Keller Jason, and Holly Jones), as well as by visiting guest artists, and range in style with consistent offerings in Horton, Contemporary, and Jazz.  Classes are open to all ages and dance abilities, providing a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together. In a typical class, you will find The Yard’s summer interns, visiting artists, people in their sixties and seventies, professional dancers, teenagers, The Yard’s senior staff, among others. We hope you will join us!

 

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Friday, June 22: Jazz
Holly Jones

'Jazz'n with Jones' on Fridays is a high energy, feel good class that draws inspiration from Jazz Masters: Fosse, Luigi, Mattox, Cole and more. The class includes elements of improvisation, modern, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater and classic jazz techniques. The class will investigate classical and contemporary jazz styles with a sense of humor and curiosity in a judgment free zone. The class begins with a structured warm up followed by center combinations and across the floor sequences culminating in a fun movement phrase and cool down. Let's dance!

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Saturday, June 23, 10:30-12:00: Salsa Suelta Cubana
Christina Montoya

In these 5 classes, we will begin to explore the rhythms and movements of Salsa Suelta Cubana; a form of salsa dance from Cuba that is danced without a partner. One of the things that makes Salsa Suelta Cubana really exciting and rich, is that it often incorporates movements and rhythms not only from Salsa dancing, but also from Afro-Cuban dance traditions, as well as more contemporary urban dance styles.

 
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Photo caleb carr

Monday, June 25: Contemporary
Jesse Keller Jason

This class begins with a guided improvisation to get the body and mind moving. We then transition to a follow along warm-up that introduces dance skills used throughout the remainder of the class, culminating in a group combination that connects the movers sharing the space and leaves room for ones own choice and creativity. 

 
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Tuesday, June 26: Horton
Alison Manning

The class focuses on technical precision balanced with breath, and physical athleticism through the Horton vocabulary. The main focus of the class is always on moving – and moving expansively.  For all ages and backgrounds, students will experience the Horton technique as an exuberant form of dance that moves and breathes.  Each class flows through a structured warm up, into a learned combination, which draws on technical elements from the class.

 
 Photo by Adam Reign

Photo by Adam Reign

Wednesday, June 27:
Brutal Elegance: Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre Repertory & Performance (Collegiate/Professional Track)

This performance driven class pulls material from two different dance theater works currently in my company’s touring repertory. Utilizing some of the improvisational scores used in the original creation process as well as set phrase-work, we focus on exploring the nuanced and varied dance theater structures. Oscillating from pedestrian movement, club dance and ecstatic physical experience, I treat this class like an extension of my company with individualized direction and prompts. There will be a continual focus on the idea of presence in performance; examining what creates a performance that resonates, is moving, and authentic. Be prepared to cry and laugh and be pushed to do something you’ve never done before.

 
 Photo By Scott Shaw

Photo By Scott Shaw

Thursday, June 28 Horton
Alison Manning

The class focuses on technical precision balanced with breath, and physical athleticism through the Horton vocabulary. The main focus of the class is always on moving – and moving expansively.  For all ages and backgrounds, students will experience the Horton technique as an exuberant form of dance that moves and breathes.  Each class flows through a structured warm up, into a learned combination, which draws on technical elements from the class.

 

Single class $15
5 Class Pass $70
10 Class Pass $130
20 Class Pass $240

Or purchase at The Yard with cash, credit or check


Gift Certificates now available

Gift Certificates can be redeemed for classes, performances, apparel and more! 
Limitations apply. Call 508.645.9662 for details.


How to prepare for class:

  • Wear warm layers as it is often cold at the beginning of the class and gets sweaty by the end of class

  • Socks advised. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes and bare feet are also fine. 

  • Don't forget your water bottle! 
 
MAKING IT is The Yard’s dance-making curriculum and creativity initiative with programs for all ages across the island in various locations. MAKING IT is a model that uses dance as an outlet to connect curricular themes, build collaborations, spark creativity, and support critical thinking. The Yard is committed to the success of MAKING IT and has pledged to absorb 100% of the program's cost. MAKING IT is currently supported by The Doris Duke Charitable Fund, Barr Foundation, The Tower Family Fund, Permanent Endowment of Martha's Vineyard, and The Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank.