These classes are taught by student members of the East Stroudsburg University Dance Company under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Gibbons, and by community guest artists.
Classes incorporate two concepts:
- Learning concepts and skills of dance technique enhances a child's body awareness, alignment, control, and appreciation for line, design, and rhythm.
- Children develop self-awareness and self-expression with guidance through the magic of dance in exploring motion and emotions.
Classes are held in the Dance Studio on the 2nd floor of Koehler Fieldhouse.
Registration fee varies according to the length of the session. More information may be requested by contacting the Office of Conference Services at 570-422-3061.
The 4-5 yr. olds class - focuses on awareness of the body, spatial concepts such as shape, size and level, and qualities of motion such as strength and lightness. Children in this class will also begin learning age-appropriate dance phrases.
The 6-8 yr. olds class - includes creative dance and ballet and modern dance technique designed for the greater ability to control movement appropriate for this developmental level.
The Musical Theatre classes (ages 9-12) - focus on proper body alignment, line and design in dance, and typical steps for musical theatre.
What Should My Child Wear? Footless tights and a leotard, a unitard, shorts or leggings and a shirt. Long hair must be pulled back neatly in a ponytail, braid or bun. No jewelry or dangling earrings, which are distracting in class and may catch on clothing.
Our "No Recital" Policy Because the focus of our program is on dance education, we do not have a complicated recital with showy costumes. Rather than spending most of the class preparing "routines" for a year-end recital, class time is spent in dance education emphasizing creativity, skill development, control, discipline, learning to work with others, enjoyment of movement and love for dance and the arts. The last class day of a session is for showing and sharing so that family and friends can see what children have been learning. Sometimes parents are asked to participate if they are willing! Bring a camera, applause, and hugs for your little dancer!
Yoga/Pilates Fusion - This class involved a blending of yoga, which focuses on strength, flexibility and spirituality, with Pilates which focuses on building strength in the deep muscles of the abdominal region, the body's core. Both involve attaining specific postures, strength, flexibility and mindfulness through movement and breathing. Class will use a synergy of these two movement forms to enhance awareness, flexibility and strength of major muscle groups, so participants leave feeling better able to move more freely.
Zumba - World music and Latin steps set to an aerobic beat.A high energy, fun-filled dance party; join this lively class to dance your heart out!
Noon Yoga - Find your inner strength, flexibility and peace of mind through this Level I and 2 class. Whether you are just starting to explore yoga or have some experience, you will be guided to understand and honor your present level, and gently enhance and broaden your abilities.
A Note About Our Classes and Our Teachers
Our teachers and assistants are students at East Stroudsburg University. Many are majoring in Elementary Education or Movement Studies & Exercise Science Teacher Certification. All have a background in dance and teaching experience. Students are under the supervision of Elizabeth Gibbons, Ph. D., and Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty, M.Ed., both of whom have extensive experience teaching a wide variety of dance forms.
The Community Dance Program is taught in the Dance Studio on the ESU Campus, located on the 2nd floor of Koehler Fieldhouse, on the corner of Smith and Normal Streets. This is diagonally across the street from the ESU Library. Parking is located along Smith St., in a large parking lot across the street, and along Normal St.
How do I register?
Print the registration form and mail with payment (check or money order) to:
Office of Conference Services
East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect St
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
*Payments in person may be in cash, check or money order.