Classes

As you can see this is not your everyday ordinary dance studio. All of our classes are incredibly unique, fantastically fun and inspired by performing arts, classical dance and theatre.

In these classes you, your son and/or your daughter will have the opportunity to be trained by coaches who are among the best in their discipline using effective training technique, creative process and a focus on physical development appropriate for each age and ability.

Aerial Danz

Take flight while channeling your inner circus artist in the variety of aerial dance classes we have to offer. Gain strength, flexibility, and body awareness in a safe space dedicated to finding freedom in the air. We place our focus on building strength from the ground up in a methodical approach that produces stunning results. Classes are offered to a wide range of levels, from those who have never touched an aerial apparatus to advanced placement programs for our more experienced students. We have something for you, too – come play!

NOTE: In order to promote growth of artistry alongside skill development, all aerial dance students (except those in adult classes) are required to register for a supporting dance class in addition to their aerial training.

Acro/Aerial Mix

Let the adventure begin! Our youngest aerial explorers are challenged to run, leap, and fly in a class that blends the artistry of dance with the joy of movement in the air; this fun fusion combines energetic principles of jazz with acrobatic elements of tumbling and aerial silks.

Students build the foundational skills of aerial in a safe environment where each individual is encouraged to grow their strength and awareness. Experienced instructors lead them to discover and explore – they’ll be left tired, and hungry for more. This class is perfect for young adventurers who want to experience the best of all worlds!

Ages:
5 to 6 (A)
7 to 8 years, 9 to 12 years (B or C)

Dance Wear:
• sleeveless bodysuit, black
• stirrup tights, light tan (CAPEZIO)
• bare feet
• form fitting t-shirt

Ninja-in-Training – BOYS ONLY

Dare to be different – experience a whole new world of action-packed adventure in this class tailored to challenge boys to explore, master movement and pursue their strength. Recruits will obtain agility and flexibility, power and skill; their training will entail acrobatic movement inspired by tumbling and martial arts, hip hop and aerial silks. Are you ready for the adventure?

Ages: 8 to 12 years

Dance Wear (BOYS):
• form-fitting t-shirt, grey
• athletic pants or leggings, black
• bare feet

Aerial Silks

Explore the air and test your own strength on silks rigged from the celling. In classes led by experienced aerial instructors, students progress from basic elements close to the floor, to challenging skills sequences. We encourage artistry and quality of movement, working to develop intelligent athletes with a respect for the art.

NOTE: We recommend all students form a foundation of aerial silks training for a minimum of one year prior to moving on to a new apparatus.

Ages: 9+ years

Dance Wear:
• sleeveless bodysuit, black
• stirrup tights, light tan (CAPEZIO)
• bare feet
• form fitting t-shirt

Aerial Silks w/ Trapeze

For curious young acrobats who want to test out two apparatus in one class, this class was designed as an introductory course in trapeze and aerial silks. Students build a foundation on both, so they can figure out which apparatus they love more! A perfect transition for those with a background in gymnastics. Layers of clothing are recommended.

NOTE: This is a second year class.

Ages: 8 – 10 years

Dance Wear:
• sleeveless bodysuit, black
• stirrup tights, light tan (CAPEZIO)
• leggings, black
• bare feet
• form fitting t-shirt

Hoop & Trapeze

Come swing, spin, and soar with us – if you love the monkey bars, this class is for you! Students build a new vocabulary of strength, elements, and skills on the dance trapeze, static trapeze and aerial hoop. Layers of clothing are recommended.

NOTE: We recommend all students form a foundation of aerial silks training for a minimum of one year prior to moving on to a new apparatus.

Ages: 9+ years

Dance Wear:
• sleeveless bodysuit, black
• stirrup tights, light tan (CAPEZIO)
• leggings, black
• bare feet
• form fitting t-shirt

Illusions of Flight

Defy the boundaries of gravity and redefine flight in this exploration of various aerial apparatus’. In the beginning, students are introduced to the aerial disciplines of slings, straps, and rope; after a few years of experience, they may be given the opportunity to specialize in the apparatus of their choice. Learn, leverage, innovate.

NOTE: We recommend all students form a foundation of aerial silks training for a minimum of one year prior to moving on to a new apparatus.

Ages: 12+ years

Dance Wear:
• sleeveless bodysuit, black
• stirrup tights, light tan (CAPEZIO)
• leggings, black
• bare feet
• form fitting t-shirt

Mixed Aerial Apparatus

Create and explore on the aerial apparatus of your choice in this advanced aerial course. If you have been training at Monica’s Danz Gym for a few years and have developed a solid base in aerial fabric, this course may be the next step you are looking for. Throughout the year, students develop technique and learn what it takes to create an act, having the opportunity to work on their own piece each week under the guidance of an instructor. In the annual show, students showcase their skills in the solos, duos or trios they have created.
Come join us and let the creativity begin!

NOTE: Please talk to the director to see if this course is right for you. Advanced classes are available only to students with a certain level of experience, upon discussion.

Ages: 12+ years

Dance Wear:
• form fitting sleeved shirt
• form-fitting athletic wear (body suit recommended for some apparatus)
• NO zippers or jewelry (EXCEPT stud earrings)

Teen Fit

WARNING: This is not your average gym membership. Boost your energy and build strength with our work out plan designed for maximum fun. Without the pressure of performing on stage, you’ll tone your muscles and give your brain a break in the company of great people. Join us!

NOTE: The Teen Fit program includes one aerial dance class and one CHISEL class per week. This prevents injury and ensures students develop strength as they learn technque. Students enrolled in this program do not perform in the year end show.

Ages: 13 – 17 years

Dance Wear:
• form fitting sleeved shirt (NO sleeveless, please)
• form-fitting athletic wear
• NO zippers or jewelry (EXCEPT stud earrings)

Teen Stage

Challenge yourself creatively and physically with our program Teen Stage. At Monica’s Danz Gym, we believe it is important for artists to develop their technique, as well as their artistry and the ability to create on their own. You will have opportunities to learn, grow and explore your body’s language under the guidance of passionate instructors. Join us!

NOTE: The Teen Stage program includes one aerial dance class and one dance class per week. This prevents injury and ensures students develop strength as they learn technique. Students enrolled in this program do perform in the year end show.

Ages: 13 – 17 years

Dance Wear:
• sleeveless bodysuit, black
• stirrup tights, light tan (CAPEZIO)
• leggings, black
• bare feet
• form fitting t-shirt

Adult Aerial

Unleash your inner child – you’re never too old to play. Reach new levels of flexibility and strength, improving your overall fitness like you never could’ve imagined. Progress from basic moves close to the ground to higher skills at a pace that is right for you, based on individual abilities and consistent attendance of class or training. Flying is the new way to get fit!

Ages: 18+ years

Options: Aerial Fabric, Hoop & Trapeze, Illusions of Flight

Dance Wear:
• form fitting sleeved shirt (NO sleeveless, please)
• form-fitting athletic wear
• NO zippers or jewelry (EXCEPT stud earrings)

Aerial Yoga

Experience a new, supported practice as you flow through yoga postures to soothing music. In Aerial Yoga, you will gain strength and flexibility, lengthen your spine and improve circulation in a way that is different from traditional yoga class. Hanging upside down has benefits for the brain! Our special yoga hammocks enable you to stretch deeper with greater ease – you’ll leave class feeling both accomplished and refreshed.

Ages: teen to adult

Dance Wear:
• form fitting sleeved shirt (NO sleeveless, please)
• form-fitting athletic wear
• NO zippers or jewelry (EXCEPT stud earrings)

Acro Danz

A unique combination of dance and gymnastics, students in this class discover the joy of artistry in motion. We challenge our students to develop strength and create in a safe environment, where each individual is allowed to grow at their own pace. Classes integrate the energetic principles of jazz and acrobatic elements of tumbling into a structured flow set to music. With a focus on quality of movement and increasing body awareness, this class is the perfect complement to aerial dance training. Students may also choose to take this class on its own.

Ages: 5 years to teen

Dance Wear:
• sleeveless bodysuit, black
• stirrup tights, light tan (CAPEZIO)
• bare feet

Acro Danz Intermediate to Advanced level classes:

By Invitation only. For experienced students interested to take their acro danz to the next level, MDG has three higher level classes designed to challenge and support them in their journey.

Danz Fusion (ages 12+)
Synergy (ages 11+)
The Pulse (ages 14+)

These classes fuse elements of contemporary dance, acrobatic movement and partnering in a blend that builds both technique and creativity. Through creative improv and structured exercises, students begin to establish their own style and learn the process of developing choreography. Students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of one MDG aerial danz class in addition to these classes.

Aerial Style Experienced

Explore elements of contemporary dance, creative expression and fluidity of movement in this unique dance class with our aerial hammocks. We challenge students to add their personal style and creativity to an established aerial hammock curriculum while building strength and flexibility. Throughout the season, we focus on adding depth and range to students’ presentation skills, perfect for those looking to enhance their performance on stage. This class is an alternative supporting class for aerial danz training at MDG. Students may choose to take this class on its own.

Ages: 11+ years

Dance Wear:

  • sleeveless bodysuit, black
  • stirrup tights, light tan (CAPEZIO)
  • bare feet

Acro Fusion

Expand your acrobatic repertoire in a class designed for dancers looking to improve their tumbling skills and acrobatic partnering. The ability to flip and twist has become a valuable asset for performers of all kinds; our students are given the opportunity to focus on flexibility, strength, and spatial awareness in addition to skill building. An element of dance will complement acrobatic skills. Attention will be given to individual needs, and goal setting is strongly encouraged.

Ages: 9+ years, teen

Dance Wear:
• sleeveless bodysuit, black
• stirrup tights, light tan (CAPEZIO)
• bare feet

Handstands + Flex

Explore the art of hand balancing and stretch your limits in this fun, challenging class with Anastasia Evsigneeva. Students will challenge their core as much as their minds as we turn the world upside down with basic inversions and handstands. With her background in contortion and contemporary dance, Anastasia will also push you to grow your passive and active flexibility. Work those splits, girl!

Ages: 9+ years

Dance Wear:
• form-fitting athletic wear
• NO zippers or jewelry (EXCEPT stud earrings)

Contortion

For those looking to grow more flexible, whether beginner or more advanced, we have a contortion class option for you. Working both passive and active flexibility in a variety of different ways, Anastasia Evsigneeva will help you push your body to bend in a safe way within a fun environment. Stretching is always better with friends! Come try it out.

Ages: 9+ years

Dance Wear:
• form-fitting athletic wear
• NO zippers or jewelry (EXCEPT stud earrings)

Aerial Conditioning – ON ZOOM.

Develop core strength, flexibility and stamina to support Aerial Danz training at MDG in the comfort of your own home!

Ages: 10+ years

CHISEL

Develop your core strength and range of motion – this class will give you a foundation to increase your flexibility in a smart and safe way. We will focus on stretching various areas of the body, building the stabilizers and muscles required to maintain this new found range. Great class for anyone seeking to improve their basic flexibility, dancing or aerial skills.

NOTE: We also offer this class as CHISEL Flow, an option that makes use of the aerial yoga hammocks.

Ages: 9+ years, teen to adult

Dance Wear:
• form-fitting athletic wear
• NO jewelry (EXCEPT stud earrings)

BOUNCE

Are you looking for a fun way to feel good, have fun and exercise with your family? This is the class for you! Students will use stability balls large and small, a tumble track, and other props to build strength, flexibility, stamina and body awareness. Shake up your exercise routine and come join us for this fun class!

Ages: 7+ years

Le Petite Cirque

Circus fun for your little ones! Students will discover and explore new ways to express themselves through an introduction to acrobatic movement, creative dance and theatrical games.

Ages: 3 – 5 years

Clowning Around

Do you have what it takes to be a clown? In an exciting introduction to clowning and physical comedy, students explore mime, improvisation, and character development; we place our focus on developing creativity, team-building, confidence, and stage presence. As a finale to this course, initiates will have the opportunity to create their very own modern comedy routine!

Ages: 8 to 12 years

NOTE: Classes begin Jan 2020

Drama Club

Ever dreamed of taking on roles, of stepping on stage and into a character you’ve developed to be your own? We have a class for you. In Drama Club, you will have the chance to work on various elements of acting such as: character development, voice projection, line memorization and movement. Side effects may include (but are not limited to) an increase in experience, stronger stage presence, and most importantly, confidence.

Every actor has what it takes. This is how instructor Jaime England approaches each class – as long as you’re willing to put in the effort, enthusiasm and hard work, you have the potential to grow into an actor.

Ages: 10+ years

 

Juggling

Learn one of the world’s oldest circus arts in this interactive and energetic class. Juggling is an excellent skill to develop, whether you’re an artist, an athlete, or simply someone looking for an adventure! This class is designed to take students from scarf juggling, to ball juggling and beyond – we’ll build focus, rhythm, and coordination. Once you start, you’ll find you’re having a ball!

Ages: 8 to 12 years

NOTE: this class is not currently in session. Available according to demand and availability.