Novato School of Dance

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Hamilton Community Center, 503B South Palm Drive

Whatever your dance aspirations, training with Novato School of Dance will bring you inspiration and growth in a friendly, professional atmosphere. We hope you can join us for one of our classes!
 
 For more information please e-mail Megan Titus at meg.titus@yahoo.com.
 
 
 

Creative Intro to Dancing Ballet
Ages: 3 years old
Instructor: Sandy Taylor (Tues), Lydia Wirth (Sat)

Creative Intro to Dancing Ballet is a stimulating, fun and imaginative series of classes that introduce the fundamentals of dance while nurturing a child’s agility and musicality. Students learn to follow the teacher’s instructions while working in a challenging and supportive environment and interacting with their peers. By using games, props, toys and rhythm instruments, the class offers creative ways to challenge the child both mentally and physically. 

Day Dates Time Res/Non Code
Tu Jan 12-May 17  10:15-11AM $252/$265 19592
 Sa Jan 16-May 14  10-10:45AM $240/$253 19593
Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr.
No Class 2/16, 2/20, 4/12 & 4/16

 

Pre-Ballet
Ages: 4-5 years old
Instructor: Lydia Wirth

The Pre-ballet class introduces students to a formal study of classical ballet through age-appropriate skill development, creative expression, and music appreciation, while exploring the relationship between music and dance. Students will learn basic ballet vocabulary and steps. 

Day Dates Time Res/Non Code
M Jan 11-May 16 4:30-5:15PM $240/$253 19697
W Jan 13-May 18 2:30-3:15PM $252/$265 19698
Sa Jan 16-May 14 9-9:45AM $240/$253 19699
Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr 
Dress Code Required. No Class 2/15, 2/17, 4/11, 4/13, 4/16

 

Pre-Ballet and Tap Dance, Level 1 & 2
Ages: 4-5 years old
Instructor: Sandy Taylor

This combination class serves as a perfect introduction to two dance subjects on the same day! This is an ideal class to develop movement skills, sense of rhythm, music awareness and developmental fitness, as it enriches lives with a love of dance at an early age.

Level  Day Dates Time Res/Non Code
 1 Tu Jan 12-May 17 11-12PM $286/$299 19700
 2 Tu Jan 12-May 17 3:30-4:30PM $286/$299 19701
Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr
No Class 2/16, 4/12

 

Classical Ballet
Ages: 6-7, 8-12 years old
Instructor: Lydia Wirth

Classic ballet technique is taught to students through various structured exercises. Ballet classes are traditionally organized, including stretching, barrework, porte de bras, adagio, pirouettes, petite and grand allegro. The techniques and skills learned in ballet class make it the cornerstone of all dance styles. Students will learn technique and placement, while emphasizing musicality. 

Day Age Dates Time Res/Non Code
 W 6-7   Jan 13-May 18 3:30-4:30PM  $286/$299  19587 
 W 8-12  Jan 13-May 18 4:30-5:30PM $286/$299 19588
Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr
No Class 2/17, 4/13

 

Hip Hop Beginning & Intermediate
Ages: 6-8 years old
Instructor: Lydia Wirth

Hip Hop is a blend of today’s high energy urban dance steps. It can incorporate break dancing, popping and locking, funky and percussive movements. All the routines are age-appropriate use non-suggestive music/movements.

Day Dates Time Res/Non Code
M Jan 11-May 16 3:30-4:15PM $240/$253 19623
Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr
No Class 2/15, 4/11

  

Tap & Hip Hop Combo
Ages: 6-8 years old
Instructor: Sandy Taylor

This class teaches rhythm, coordination, and an introduction to basic tap and hip hop fundamentals. As students progress they will learn to refine their dancing skills and master more intricate footwork and movement.

  

Day Dates Time Res/Non Code
Tu Jan 12-May 17 4:30-5:30PM $286/$299 19831

Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr
No Class 2/16, 4/12

 

  

 

Novato School of Dance Faculty
Sandy Taylor Sandy Taylor has been teaching tap, jazz, pre-ballet and hip hop to a variety of ages for 28 years. "My joy is seeing dancers of all ages enjoy themselves as they develop their dance skills and abilities through the years. My goal is to impart a love of music, dance and movement in all who I come in touch with". Sandy is thrilled to be a new addition to the Novato School of Dance!
Megan Titus Megan has been teaching dance and fitness classes in Northern California for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor’s of Creative Arts degree, with an emphasis in dance and musical theater. Megan loves being an instructor for Novato School of Dance!
Lydia Wirth Lydia has been teaching and choreographing a variety of dance styles for over 30 years. She trained with San Francisco Ballet and performed in the Nutcracker Suite for 10 years before moving to New York City to extend her dance career to other genres. She professionally danced in three national musical theatre tours and then went on to dance in music videos. She is excited to now be passing her dance knowledge to children here in Novato where she lives with her husband and daughter.

 

 NOVATO SCHOOL OF DANCE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES:


Pre-Ballet I & II: Hair must be worn up in a bun or pony tail and tightly secured; hair that gets
in their face can be very distracting for young dancers. Dancers need to wear a leotard, tights,
and pink leather ballet shoes. Absolutely NO BARE FEET IN CLASS!

Ballet I & II: Hair must be worn up in a bun and tightly secured. Dancers need to wear black leotards (any sleeve length) is fine, pale pink tights and pink leather or canvas ballet shoes. In cold weather a ballet wrap may be worn in class; ballet skirts are allowed.
Jazz Dance - Beginning & Intermediate: Black jazz shoes must be worn. Any style of leotard, tights or dance pants. Hair should be worn up and out of face.

Pre-Tap & Tap: Tap shoes and comfortable clothing that does not restrict the dancer’s movement.
Hip Hop: Tennis shoes and comfortable clothing that does not restrict the dancer’s movement. NO DRESSES OR SKIRTS IN CLASS PLEASE.

*Teen & Adult Lyrical Jazz & Hip Hop classes are permitted to wear whatever they are most comfortable in. Jazz shoes are recommended.

**Jazz and Ballet shoes may be purchased at Children’s Boot Shop, 826 Grant Ave., 897-1460. Dance shoes (including Tap shoes) and apparel my be purchased at The Dance Shop in Petaluma, (707) 778-3188 or San Rafael, 459-4008. Sometimes leather ballet shoes are available at Payless Shoe Source. The best place to shop online (of you know your size) is discountdancesupply.com.

MISSED CLASSES/PUNCTUALITY
There will be no refunds for missed classes. If a class is canceled due to an unexpected teacher illness or absence, parents will be called regarding a make-up class. Classes must start on time in order to warm up properly and prevent injury. Please pick up your children promptly after class from the studio. They must stay with the teacher until they see you.

A $10 LATE PICK UP FEE WILL BE PAID BY THE PARENTS TO THE TEACHER AFTER A 10-MINUTE POST CLASS GRACE PERIOD.

Observing Class: Parents are welcome to sit in the lobby during class and peak in from time to time. We will observe the last 5 minutes of every class for the children to perform for their parents.
Performances/Recitals: Pre-Ballet I & II, Hip-Hop (ages 6-8), & Pre-Tap classes will perform in costume for parents and friends on their last day of class. Costume for this performance will be borrowed from Novato School of Dance.

Ballet I, Jazz Dance - Beginning & Intermediate, Hip-Hop (ages 9-12), & Tap Dance classes will perform Dec. 6 the City of Novato Holiday Craft Fair. The fee f th or costumes is included in the class price.

A full length recital, incorporating all the dance classes will tack place in May. Make sure you sign up your kids for our Spring session so they don’t miss out on the fun!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the class instructor, Megan Titus, (707) 972-3478.

  

 

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