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

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
Sa Aug 27-Dec 3 10-10:45AM $206/$219 20036
Tu Jan 16-May 14 10-10:45AM $206/$219 20035
Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr.

No class 11/22, 11/26. Dress code required. Class fee includes a costume rental and performance fee for our Winter Show: Animal Crackers on December 9th. 

 

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. 13/14 weeks

Day Dates Time Res/Non Code
Sa Aug 27-Dec 3 9-9:45AM $240/$253 20238
M Aug 29-Dec 5 4:30-5:15PM $252/$265 20236
W Aug 31-Dec 7 2:30-3:15PM $240/$253 20237
Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr 

No class 9/5, 11/21, 11/23, 11/26. Dress Code Required. Class fee includes a costume rental and performance fee for our Winter Show: Animal Crackers on December 9th.

 

Pre-Ballet and Tap Dance
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.

Day Dates Time Res/Non Code
Tu Aug 30-Dec 6 11-12PM $234/$247 20239
Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr

No class 11/22. Dress code required. Class fee includes a costume rental and performance fee for our Winter Show: Animal Crackers on December 9th.

 

Ballet, Tap & Jazz Dance
Ages: 4-7 years old
Instructor: Sandy Taylor

This combination class serves as a perfect introduction to three dance subjects on the same day! This is an ideal class to develop movement skills, sense of rhythm, and music awareness. Students will be taught fundamental ballet technique, vocabulary, exercises at the barre, basic jazz dance steps such as jazz squares, chasses, kick ball change, jazz pirouettes, as well as basic tap steps. 6/14 weeks

Day Dates Time Res/Non Code
Tu Jun 21-Jul 26 2:30-3:30PM $92/$102 19968
Tu Jun 21-Jul 26 3:30-4:30PM $92/$102 20460
Tu Aug 30-Dec 6 3:30-4:30PM $234/$247 20461

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 8-12 Jun 23-Jul 28 4:30-5:30PM $92/$102 20029
W 6-7 Sep 7-Dec 7 3:30-4:30PM $234/$247 20030
W 8-12 Sep 7-Dec 7 4:30-5:30PM $234/$247 20464
Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr

No class 11/23. Fall class fee includes a costume rental and performance fee for our Winter Show: Animal Crackers on December 9th.

 

Hip Hop Dance
Ages: 6-7 years old
Instructor: Sandy Taylor (Tues.), Lydia Wirth (Mon., Thurs.)

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 Age   Dates Time Res/Non Code
Tu 6-7   Jun 21-Jul 26 4:30-5:15PM $80/$90 20101
Th 8-12   Jun 23-Jul 28  3:30-4:15PM $80/$90 20462
M 6-8   Aug 29-Dec 5  3:30-4:15PM $194/$207 20463
Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr

No class 9/5, 11/21. Dress code required. Fall class fee includes a costume rental and performance fee for our Winter Show: Animal Crackers on December 9th.

  

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 Aug 30-Dec 6 4:30-5:30PM $234/$247 20314

Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr

No class 11/22. Dress Code Required. Class fee includes a costume rental and performance fee for our Winter Show: Animal Crackers on December 9th.

 

Dance, Move and Be Healthy Camp
Ages: 6-8 years old
Instructor: Sandy Taylor

Get moving this summer with this new camp! Participants will enjoy a daily Jazz/HipHop dance class, healthy snack time where we make our snacks and discuss healthy eating habits, and an outdoor adventure to explore our Hamilton neighborhood on the nearby marshland trail and Ammo Hill. 1 week

Day Dates Time Res/Non Code
M-F Aug 8-12 9-12PM $166/$181 20459

Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr

 

Fairytale Ballet Camp
Ages: 3-5 and 6-8 years old
Instructor: Lydia Wirth, Sandy Taylor

Inviting all aspiring ballerinas to come experience how fun ballet can be! Each camp session features unique themes based on fairy tales. We will explore the stories, music, choreography, costumes and recreate these fairy tales in our own special way! Each day of camp will include a ballet class, arts & crafts, and lots of fun and games. We will conclude our camp with a special performance! 1 week  

Day  Age Dates Time Res/Non Code
M-F 3-5 Jun 20-24 9-12PM $168/$181 20048
M-F  6-8 Jul 11-15  9-12PM $168/$181 20458
M-F  3-5 Jul 18-22 9-12PM $168/$181  20049

 Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr

 

Musical Theatre Dance Camp
Ages: 6-8 years old
Instructor: Lydia Wirth, Sandy Taylor

Inviting all aspiring musical theatre dancers to attend this fun-filled week of camp! Dances will be set to fun upbeat music with choreography designed for the stage. Learn to dance with top hats and canes; be prepared to add some fun vocals! Each day of camp will include a theatre dance class, choreography, and arts & crafts. 1 week

Day Dates Time Res/Non Code
M-F Jun 27-Jul 1 9-12PM $168/$181 20347

Location:  Hamilton Comm. Center, Dance Studio, 503B So Palm Dr  

 

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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