Technique Classes

Dance classes are available in any style! Please click the following links to learn more about technique classes at an affordable rate:

Also, please be aware that many Yale dance groups offer both closed and open technique classes.

Tap at Trinity Lutheran Church

Open Tap Dance Instruction
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Instructor: Jenai Cutcher West

Trinity Lutheran Church
292 Orange St.
New Haven, CT 06510

Session Dates: September 9 – December 16
$15 per class/$205 for all 15

Jenai Cutcher West recently moved to New Haven from New York City. She tap dances, writes about dance, teaches dance, and makes dance movies. She has performed with Brenda Bufalino, Savion Glover, Derick Grant, Lynn Schwab, Rumba Tap, Ritmico, and Tap City and has appeared locally in the Rebound Dance Festiva; and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Her first documentary, Thinking on Their Feet, has screened at The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, Southern Utah International Film Festival., and Newfilmmakers Film Festival in New York. Jenai has written three books for children about dance, contributed articles and reviews to The Village VoiceDance magazine, Dance Teacher, and several online publications, and has recently completed Columbus Moves: A Brief History of Contemporary Dance, a book about dance in Columbus, OH. She has an MFA in Dance and Technology from The Ohio State University. She currently teaches tap dance and body percussion at Salve Regina University, the Educational Center for the Arts, and the Neighborhood Music School. She hosts community tap classes ever Tuesday night at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Dance Classes at ECA

Contemporary Technique, Intermediate
Mondays, 6 – 7:30 PM
Instructor: Pamela Newell

ACES Educational Center for the Arts, The Arts Hall
55 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 777-5451, ext. 14202

Session Dates: September 8 – December 1*
$15 per class/$100 for 10 classes
*No classes: Oct. 13, Oct. 27

The class starts on the floor with exercises am to awaken core support as a motor for the whole body. Once he ore  is engaged, the floorwork moves into releasing and sequencing, taking advantage of the floor as a supportive partner to absorb and redirect unnecessary muscular tension and to offer diverse movement possibilities. Standing center work pursues traditional and non-traditional movement vocabulary and focuses on directing the body in its relationship to gravity. The class culminates with exploration of challenging physical and rhythmic choreographed material.

Pamela Newell recently relocated to Connecticut from Montreal where she was a vital member of the dance community as a choreographer, a performer, an educator, and a writer for nearly twenty years. For more than ten years she toured the world as a dancer then rehearsal director for Compagnie Mare Chouinard. Pam’s teaching engagements have included Concordia University (Montreal), Université du Québec à Montréal and Harvard University. As well, she has taught master classes at Connecticut, Kenyon, and Middlebury Colleges, along with festivals around the globe. Pam is a certified Laban Movement Analyst and holds a Master’s Degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is currrently on the dance and theater facilities at New Haven’s Educational Center for the Arts.

Yale Payne Whitney Gym Dance Classes

Students may sign up for dance classes at the gym by following the “Register for Classes” link in the “Related Links” section of Payne Whitney Gym’s Physical Education Programs page. Updated Spring 2015 offerings will be posted at the beginning of the semester, but checking out current postings can offer an idea on what classes might be offered in the following terms.

Fall 2014 Classes

Class Day(s) Time Teacher Location Fee (members/nonmembers)
Argentine Tango, beg. Tuesday 8:30-10PM Judith Phelps 5th Floor Main Ex. $75/125
Argentine Tango, inter/adv. Tuesday 7-8:30PM Judith Phelps 5th Floor E/F $75/125
Ballet, beg. I Tuesday 7-8PM Ann Cowlin 5th Floor D $65/115
Ballet, beg. II Thursday 7-8PM Ann Cowlin 5th Floor D $65/115
Ballet, inter. Tues/Thurs 5:30-7PM Ann Cowlin 5th Floor D $100/150
Ballet, inter/adv. Mon/Weds 5:30-6:45PM Matisse Madden 5th Floor D $100/150
Hip Hop, beg. Monday 6:30-7:30PM Jerome Harris 5th Floor Main Ex. $65/115
Modern Dance, beg/inter. Mon/Weds 6:30-8PM Amy Kennedy-Valente 5th Floor E/F $100/150
Salsa Tues/Thurs 7-8PM Q. Jouannot 6th Floor $95/155

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