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MARIA'S DANCEWORKS

Our mission is to instill a strong sense of community where the student/teacher relationship is as important to us as the subject matter. Where children who love to dance can explore, express, create and be challenged in a child centered and safe environment. Helping  children of the Greater Portland area discover a sense of strength,well-being, and self-esteem since 2009.

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Classes

Little Ballerinas

A new and fun way to experience Beginner Ballet! We will discover basic movement qualities, starting with a structured warm up and playing with dynamics like fast-slow, big-small, high-low, etc. We will learn the fundamentals of this style by emphasizing basic ballet positions and steps. A wonderful way to introduce your child to the magic of classical ballet.

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Ballet 1

This class introduces the student to Ballet fundamental techniques. The first part of the class will begin with Ballet basics, emphasizing the essential elements needed to build a strong foundation to progress in dance. The focus is on balance and coordination, strength, flexibility, and proper body alignment.   Students will learn basic ballet  vocabulary, beginner barre, warm up and center exercises.   The techniques learned in class provide the student with the basis for all dance styles.

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Ballet 2

This class builds upon basic Ballet fundamentals.   Students will begin with exercises at the barre and move to center work while improving coordination, proper body alignment, balance, and strength.    The last section of the class will be dedicated to improving technique needed for dance sequences and combinations.   The skills learned in class are the basic foundation for any dance class.   This class culminates in a performance event at the end of the semester.  Prior dance related class recommended or instructor permission.

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Musical Theater Dance

This class focuses on making and studying scenes from our favorite musical theater plays, movies, and Broadway shows. We will build scenes and make dances in collaboration with the students, inspired by songs from current pop culture and the classics like Singing in the Rain, Grease, and the Best of Broadway.   We will incorporate beginning acting, musical theater jazz, tap, and ballet basics into the dances. This session culminates with an opportunity to perform in our December and June studio shows.  Jazz shoes needed.   Prior dance experience required or permission from instructor.

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