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Summer Dance Series open June 6 with African dance

The Summer Dance Series sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University begins June 6 with an introduction to African dance.

The series, which runs through June 28, will offer mixed beginning level classes featuring a variety of dance styles and bodywork classes. All classes meet in the dance studio in Room 208 Varsity Gymnasium on campus. The classes are open to the public. Contact Regina James at to be included on an email list for more information about the series.

This summer’s line up follows:

Week 1

June 6, African Dance
Sherone Price a member of the Department of Theatre and Dance faculty, will teach a class with influences in West African dance and drumming of Guinea, West Africa. Come and enjoy dancing and listening to rhythms that will guide you through an endless linking of movements connecting to the earth. There will be a warm-up introduction to specific movement vocabulary in a lead and follow format, and movement across the floor. Drummers will accompany this class. Wear any comfortable clothing, no shoes needed. Class time is 12:30-1:45 p.m. All kids are welcome.
June 7, Rockette for A Day
Join former Radio City Rockette Cheryl Cutlip for an authentic Rockette experience. The North Carolina native and executive director of The Project Dance Foundation will teach the basics of the world famous technique including the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and The Eye-High Kick. The class will consist of a jazz warm-up, Rockette technique, and a short segment of choreography incorporating the newly learned movements. This class is for the dreamer who always wanted to kick like a Rockette as well as the trained dancer. Dance attire and character heels are recommended. Jazz shoes will work as well. If you have neither, socks and clothes you can easily move in will be fine, too. (no ballet or tap shoes please). Class time is 12:30-1:45 p.m. Kids age 10 and up are welcome.
June 8, Krump with Hip-Hop influences
Psychology major Joshua Carr will offer a class in the combined style of Krump with Hip-Hop influences creating a new style of urban dance. Warm-up, breakdown of movement vocabulary, and setting movement to music will make for a fun experience for all. Wear comfortable clothing, jazz shoes, other non-street dance shoes, socks or go bare foot. Class time is 12:30-1:45 p.m. Kids are welcome.

Week 2

June 12, Basic Yoga
Dance graduate and yoga instructor Kasey Lowry will lead the class in an exploration of the physical practice of Hatha yoga. Participants will be guided to use various props to experience Asanas (sustained postures) and vinyasas (sequences of flowing postures connected by breath). The practice will include sequences such as Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), in addition to standing postures, gentle back bends, forward bends, seated postures, twists and restorative poses. Sixteen yoga kits available which include a mat, one block and one strap. Bring your own if you have them. Class time is 12:30-1:45 p.m. Kids ages 10 and up are welcome.
June 13, Nia
Max Boutelle, a certified instructor for Nia, Pilates, Zumba, personal training and group fitness, will offer Nia (pronounced nee-ah), a holistic “fusion fitness” practice inspired by three art forms. Come prepared to have fun. For more information, visit Class time is 12:30-1:45 p.m. All ages and fitness levels welcome.
June14, Hula
Teacher and performer Saphira (Teresa Dickerson) will teach Hula. Deeply associated with the native traditions and cultural pride, the Hula has been part of Hawaiian culture since ancient times. It still plays an important role in the lives of the island people. Class participants will learn a Hawaiian Hula, including the hand, hip and foot movements that are part of the dance. Saphira Teresa was introduced to the world of Middle Eastern or belly dance and has pursued the study of this intriguing dance form since 1999. Since then, she has added Polynesian and other culturally specific dances to her dance repertoire. Wear comfortable exercise clothes or a pareo (traditional wrap-around skirt). Shoes are optional. Kids are welcome. Class time is 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Week 3

June 20, Classical Pilates
Department of Theatre and Dance faculty member Laurie Atkins will offer a Pilates mat class to anyone interested in learning the basic mat exercises. Pilates is a form of exercise that emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness to support efficient movement and skeletal stability. The class runs from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Kids ages 10 and up are welcome.
June 21, Musical Theatre Dance
Dr. Ray Miller from the Department of Theatre and Dance will offer teach musical theatre dance styles ranging from George M. Cohan and Bob Fosse to contemporary choreographers Susan Stroman and Savion Glover. It is recommended that you wear jazz or character shoes and/or ballet slippers to class. Come with enthusiasm. All ages and levels are welcome. The class runs from 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Week 4

June 26, Ballet
Regina James from the Department of Theatre and Dance will offer a gentle and free flowing class that will include basic warm-up, barre work and center work with traveling across the floor designed for the beginning/intermediate level. Socks or jazz shoes will do fine if you don’t have slippers. Wear any comfortable clothing that won’t tangle with your feet. Kids ages 10 and up are welcome. Class time is from 5:30-6:45 p.m.
June 27, Gyrokinesis®
Department of Theatre and Dance chairwoman and certified Pilates and Gyrokinesis® instructor Marianne Adams will offer a Gyro class as developed by Julio Horvath. Gyrokinesis® embraces key principles of dance, yoga, gymnastics and Tai Chi. The method works the entire body using spinal articulations and undulating rhythms integrated with specific breathing patterns. It is a gentle, follow along class. No experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and socks. Class time is 5:30-6:45.
June 28, An Introduction to Tribal Fusion Belly Dance
Vickie Young, a teacher and member of the ethnic fusion belly dance troupe Lost Jewels of the Ghawazee, will offer a class in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance which is the marriage of choreographed and improvisational forms of belly dance. It’s the foundation of the rigid lead and follow moves of American Tribal Style belly dance combined with the more freestyle movements of ethnic fusion belly dance. Ethnic fusion takes inspiration from the traditional and modern dances of a variety of cultures. All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing. Class time is from 5:30-6:45 p.m.