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95 EMPIRE ST. DANCE STUDIO SCHEDULE

*No classes  12/23-12/27. All other class cancellations are announced on our Facebook page

All Dance and Fitness classes are FREE to Brown University students with valid ID.

MONDAY

SALSA FITNESS 12-1PM
w/ Mori Granot only $5 Drop In

Salsa Fitness was inspired by the love for salsa music and dance and was created to bring awareness to the history of Latin dance and music. Salsa fitness incorporates Afro-Cuban body movement, basic fundamentals of Salsa NY style footwork and techniques from professional dancers training exercises. The music used in the class is an authentic salsa, Latin cha cha cha, and Afro-Cuban music. Salsa Fitness is for EVERYONE and is a unique fun aerobic low impact exercise. You will not only sweat, but you will work on your balance, core straightening, develop stamina, and burn a lot of calories while dancing and learning new moves you can use on the dance floor.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED MODERN DANCE 6:30-8:00PM    
w/ Betsy Miller $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
This is an eclectic contemporary release technique with a solid base in dance fundamentals. Class begins with a full-bodied floorwork-to-footwork  warmup designed to activate our core and connect breath with movement while finding anatomically efficient pathways. Through structured improvisations and set exercises, we will explore dynamics, weight shifts, flow, and the thrill of momentum. Class will finish with a vigorous, high-energy dance phrase. This is a safe environment where we can explore movement, take risks and continue to ask questions.

TUESDAY

TAI CHI 8:30-9:30AM *starts January 6
w/ BobMcManus $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
Tai Chi is one of the original Chinese Martial Arts. The Yeung Style (from The Yeung Family of Yeung Chang Po) is practiced today throughout the world as an exercise that cultivates mental as well as physical well-being. Its slow fluid movements and emphasis on relaxation and internal softening make it an ideal exercise for people of all ages.

STRETCH & STRENGTH 5:45-6:45PM *no class 12/23; FREE TRIAL class 1/6
w/ Myah Shein $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
If you’ve always wanted that “dancer body,” but pink tights aren’t for you, make Stretch & Strength part of your routine. Using the fundamentals of Pilates, yoga and dance, this class promises a total body workout to build long, lean muscles and increase flexibility. All fitness levels welcome! Bring your own mat or use one of ours.

INTERMEDIATE BALLET 7:15-8:45PM *no class 12/23
w/ Betsy Miller  $13 Drop In/$10 Class Card
Classical ballet with an anatomical approach and an emphasis on the joy of movement! This class is designed to build on ballet basics and introduce more advanced movement vocabulary and complex combinations, while approaching the form through a clear understanding of body mechanics. Come discover how to use your body safely and efficiently to create clarity and expression in your dancing.

WEDNESDAY

LUNCHTIME VINYASA YOGA 12-1PM  *no class 12/24 *SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S EVE CLASS 12-1:30PM 12/31
w/ Julie Shore only $5 Drop In
A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice

OPEN LEVEL MODERN DANCE 6:30-8PM *no class 12/24, 12/31
w/ Katie McNamara $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to alas traverse the space across,  under and around.   All are welcome!

THURSDAY

EVENING YOGA 6:15-7:15PM *starts January 6
w/ Jamie Arnold $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
Class incorporates a seated centering and focus on breath connection which then leads to a gentle warm-up of the spine. After moving the spine in multiple directions, we will easily make our way to being on hands and feet and eventually flow through a simplified series of sun salutations to get the body warm. We will then explore balance postures, twists and back strengthening exercises and eventually make our way back to the floor for more restorative poses leading to savasana. 

SATURDAY

SWITCH SERIES every 2nd & 4th Saturday 10-11:45AM 
$15 Drop In/$10 Class Package
every 2nd and 4th Saturday
See www.as220.org/event/saturday-switch-series for more info

SUNDAY

CORE WORKOUT 9-10AM 
w/ Daniel Shea only $5 Drop In
A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone.

BEGINNER BALLET 10:30-11:30AM
w/ Stephanie Lyon-Albanese $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

INTERMEDIATE BALLET 12-1:30PM
w/ Stephanie Lyon-Albanese $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. For people who have some prior ballet experience.

Contact:

Betsy Miller,  Dance Coordinator: betsy.miller@as220.org

Teacher Bios

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

Jamie Arnold is a local yoga educator and performing artist. She has been teaching a regular gentle flow class at the East Side YMCA for 2.5 years and has taught yoga in some way shape or form through Squam Art Workshops, Now Yoga & Fitness, Fight2Fitness, Om Kids, Rhode Runner, Studio Exhale and AS220. Jamie received her 200 hour yoga teaching certification in the winter of 2012 through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. For Jamie, yoga has helped her to truly be in the present moment, let go of stress and feel like weight has been lifted from her body. 

Mori Granot, originally from Israel, has been dancing Salsa for over 14 years. Starting with Ballet, Jazz,  and Modern, in 2000, Mori continued her dancing journey with Cuban style salsa. She then learned Salsa on1, La Style, which then led her to Salsaon2, NY Style Salsa, where she fell in love. Besides Salsa, Mori also teaches lady styling, body movement, Casino Rueda, Bachata, and Merengue. Mori is currently teaching at different studios throughout Rhode Island and is offering a new fun workout program called “Salsa Fitness”, which is based on the fundamentals of Salsa on2.

Bob McManus (Provtaichi.com) has been a student and teacher of The Yeung Style for over 30 years. He recently returned from his seventh trip to Hong Kong, where he studies with the Yeung family, continuing to deepen his understanding of this ancient and effective martial art and health system.

Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist. Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of its stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Betsy Miller is a dance artist and educator based in Providence. She is a freelance choreographer and co-founder of Propel-her Dance Collective, and is a Special Lecturer in Dance at Providence College and Dance Coordinator of AS220. She has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Fusionworks Dance Company and shove gently dance, and has recently danced in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Terry Creach, Pascal Rioult, Doug Varone, Stephanie Turner, Deb Meunier, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Rachel Boggia, Kristin O’Neal, and Marden Ramos, and in collaborations with Matthew Cumbie, Maggie Bennett and Erik Abbott-Main. Her choreography has been presented in various venues in New York City, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas. She holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.

Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business (www.shea-training.com) he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

Myah Shein is a dance and theatre artist from Chicago. She has trained in a variety of contemporary dance techniques, as well as maintaining a person practice that includes yoga and Pilates. As a founding artistic ensemble member with Red Tape Theatre, she served as resident choreographer and a performer, and performed in work for independent choreographers around Chicago.  Outside of dancing, Myah produced the annual Chicago Fringe Artists Networking Night, served as dramaturg and assistant director for various store front companies, and is a makeup artist who designs for dance and theatre.  Myah is the Public Relations and Advertising Manager for Trinity Repertory Company and holds a degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign in International Studies and French and a post-bac degree from the Dance Center of Columbia College in Dance with a focus in Dance Studies.

Julie Shore is an experienced and dedicated yoga practitioner with a passion for teaching. A California native, she has called Providence home since 2009, moving here after completing her BA at Bard College. She received her training from Eyes of the World Yoga Center and continues to deepen her studies as she builds her teaching practice. Yoga has continued to be a source of strength and insight in Julie’s life. Her classes translate a technical knowledge of vinyasa asana, with underpinnings of yogic philosophy which point to developing mindfulness and compassionate awareness.

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