ZUZI|School

School : Description

Thank you for visiting the ZUZI! Dance. Here you will find brief descriptions of our current classes. 


Beginning Aerial

Students combine dance with low-flying single point trapeze in a supportive & safe environment. In addition to learning aerial skills, students work on building spatial awareness, trust & cooperation. All levels welcome.

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Intermediate Aerial

For those students with aerial experience, this class offers the next step to advancing their skills.  We will concentrate on the importance of fluidity while dancing on the trapeze as well as how to incorporate dance on the floor.  We will learn new hangs, swings and work on all skills learned previously.

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Beginning Aerial Silks

In this class we will explore the basics of aerial silks. Our goal is to gain familiarity and comfort with the silks. Students will learn poses and build a basic foundation of skills required to start a path in aerial silks. No prior aerial experience needed. 

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Creative Movement & Aerial

This class begins with 20 minutes of creative movement that encourages free expression while teaching elements of dance including rhythm, movement quality & body awareness. After floor work children spend 30 min. exploring low –flying aerial trapeze. 

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Youth Ballet & Modern 

Combining the fundamentals of ballet and modern dance, class begins at the barre and expands into center work and combinations. Students gain conceptual tools for understanding movement phenomena and build basic technical skills through dynamic phrases that explore the rhythmic complexity, expressive range and physicality.

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Mettler-based Creative Dance Youth & Adult Improvisation

These classes are designed to encourage movement expressions through improvisation techniques founded upon the free approach to dance and movement pioneered by Barbara Mettler (www.barbarbamettler.org).  Dancers will begin class by working individually to build awareness of self.  The progression then moves onto working with partners, in small groups of 3 – 5 dancers, and finally to the whole group.  Students will be guided through a series of specific movement studies and challenges with the aim of expanding movement vocabulary and finding opportunities to think/move in new ways.   Whole group dances will be free group improvisations, with or without specified themes.   No prior dance experience needed.  Together we create an inclusive, participatory and collaborative environment where each dancer can contribute his/her unique creative energy to the group.

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Skinner Releasing
No experience is necessary to enjoy this innovative approach to creativity and the healing arts (yoga, body work etc.) which promotes postural alignment, movement efficiency, and tension reduction. Releasing weaves poetic imagery, music & tactile exercises to integrate the whole self and tap into the creative process for each individual. Click here for a more detailed explanation.

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Beginning Modern Dance

Develop and tone your muscles and core, while enhancing your sense of flow and coordination in space and rhythm.  Gain some solid technical skills that you can apply to any dance form, while also contributing and understanding your own creative style.  Fun and dynamic combinations are built around particular weekly themes.

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Intermediate Adult Contemporary (Modern)

This modern class emphasizes the use of floor for centering and grounding oneself in movement, and like other dance forms brings its own focus on the use of breath (inhale/exhale) to bring quality to movement. Concepts of overcurve/undercurve, contraction/release, musicality and rhythm are explored. The class incorporates an eclectic blend of contemporary and post modern movement for a style that is both quirky and organic. Students can expect a deep, fluid warm-up with an emphasis on correct alignment. Phrase material includes floor work and gives dancers the opportunity to explore their own expression and style while challenging their technique and performance abilities. Class motto: "Dance is fun!"

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Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement
Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons are an amazing way to learn to move with more confidence, elegance and power and improve the quality of all your actions. Specific verbally guided movement sequences present an opportunity to recognize personal movement habits that enable you to move well and also those that interfere with your intentions. The lessons range from early learning of infants and children to highly complex skills required for sports, yoga, performing arts and the martial arts. An atmosphere of non-judgment allows individuals of a wide range of ages and abilities to learn at their own pace. Moving with attention you experience a surprising ease in coordinated action. The process stimulates your innate intelligence and ability to self-correct, improving breathing, balance, flexibility and your ability to spontaneously do what you want with precision!

These ATM lessons will be specifically geared toward dancers, focusing on placement and flexibility.. 

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Beginning Flamenco

No experience necessary. Flamenco, the indigenous dance of the Gypsies of Southern Spain, is famous for its fiery, rhythmic footwork and graceful arm movements and posture. In class, technique focuses on tacaneo (footwork), braceo (arm movements), postura (posture), and marcajes (fluid dance steps to accompany Flamenco song). Students also learn palmas (rhythmic hand clapping) to accompany different Flamenco palos (dance forms). Half the class with be spent on technique, and choreography will be set in the second half.

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Yoga Prana Dancing

The 5,000 yr old “idea” of yoga is union w/the mind, body & spirit. It has become so “Americanized” that we can now enjoy it in this 20th century dance! You will learn the sun salutation (that teaches breathwork and asanas) to warm up and condition the mind and body. Then you will learn this 22 movement series that includes affirmations to condition the mind and spirit. Option to perform this “gift” always leaves the audience in a meditative state. We can do this in the Spring No-Frills show. 

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Hawaiian Hula Dance

Hula is the cultural language of the Polynesians who settled in Hawaii. It is their history told in dance (hula) and song (chants or meles). The story you will learn is Pua Mana. (It is an 80/yr old mele). You will learn the basic 6 hula steps, basic 8 hand movements and the chant in English and Hawaiian. Students attending this class have the option to perform in the Spring No-Frills show.

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Lucid Movement Dance 

This class involves movement rituals and studies rooted in Skinner® Releasing principles, images, yoga, improvisation, and authentic movement. In this class we will look at the internal landscape of the body and how it relates to the external landscape of our world. We will move brining light to our felt (kinesthetic) movement experience to explore and expand. Lots of breathe awareness and an opportunity for gentle hands on approaches to spacious alignment, full of beauty and grace. Be prepared for some deep listening to the rhythms of the body and playful, spontaneous explosions of movement. Bring your curious self! Open to a new way of inhabiting your precious body. This class holds the space for nurturance in safety and trust.

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Hooping 

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Men's Dance - Fast & Furious

A combination of Hip-Hop, Modern, Jazz, African, Athletic training, great for someone who’s never had a dance class in his life, up to the trained professional dancer.
Learn some power moves, get your balance, test your strength and endurance, improve your stretch, charge your memory cells, and look good on the dance floor.  The class is geared specifically towards issues with the training of men’s bodies and minds, in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere.

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