The move has been made, and according to all the young dancers, “the new space is really cool, and it is enormous!” Jasmine Lok and Ali Kishiyama are pleased to announce the their new studio (the old Odd Fellows Hall on the corner of High Street and Fourth Avenue) is completed, and they are up and running with a full schedule of dance, yoga, Nia, and music classes. And with the end of the school year fast approaching, Mayama has enough kids’ summer camps, workshops, and dance classes to keep every boy and girl from uttering the
dreaded summer phrase, “Mom, I’m bored, what’s there to do?”
Beginning in early June, and running through early August, Mayama will be offering Movement Exploration & Discovery Camps for kids 5 to 7 years old (Wednesdays, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.); ages 8 to 10 (Wednesday, 4 to 5:15 p.m.); and ages 11+ (Tuesdays, 4 to 5:15 p.m.). These are six-week sessions and will cover a variety of techniques including Jazz, Modern, Breakin, Ballet, Theatrical Jazz, Hip Hop, Improvisation, and Kids’ Yoga.
For the younger set, there will be Creative Movement classes taught by Qiyra Edmonds on Tuesdays, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. These classes will focus on movement quality, self-expression, and the love of dance as an art form, while strengthening motor skills. Students will be introduced to dynamics, time, effort, and spacing through imaginative and improvisational movement.
For dancers with a little more experience (12 and up), there will be weekly technique classes that focus on Jazz (Mondays, 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.), Barre Conditioning (Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m., for 10 and up), Beginning Adult Tap (Tuesdays, 7:15 to 8:45), Pre Point (Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., must have two recent consecutive years of Ballet to attend), and Contemporary (Thursdays, 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.).
Ali Kishiyama will conduct a three-day Student Choreography Workshop on June 25, 26, and 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In this workshop students will receive a concrete experience focusing on the young choreographer’s creative process for solo dance works. Instructor Erin Flegle will hold a three-day Broadway Dance Camp Workshop on August 6, 7, and 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is an introduction to the different types of dance one must attain to become a professional dancer in the business of Broadway.
For a complete summer camp, workshop, and dance class schedule, including fees, instructors, dates, times, and age levels please visit www.mayamastudio.com, or call (303) 823-9262.