Conservatory of Dance

For ages 14 and up - Prior Dance Experience Required.

Session Dates:  Session 1: Aug. 30 - Oct. 22 (8 weeks)

                               Session 2: Oct. 25 - Dec. 17 (8 weeks)

Session Registration Deadline: Aug. 29

Class Prices:

  • 1 class per week $130.00

  • 2 classes per week $195.00

  • 3 classes per week $275.00

YPW Students receive a 50% discount on ALL classes.

Tuition is Non-refundable. Middle school aged students between the ages of 11-13 must contact program director before registering for classes.

The Conservatory of Dance at Centenary University provides the community with affordable, high-quality dance classes and is designed to introduce dancers to professionals who are currently working as choreographers, dancers and educators in dance and theatre at a collegiate level.

SESSION 1: Aug. 30 - Oct. 22

Ballet I
Monday 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm
Dance Studio - Lackland Performing Arts Center
For the beginner student who wishes to learn and slowly work on the fundamentals of classical ballet. Vocabulary will be broken down and emphasis will be placed on understanding proper placement, coordination, musicality and the joy of moving the body in space.

Ballet II
Monday 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm
Dance Studio - Lackland Performing Arts Center
This course is designed for the student who wishes to learn and work slowly on the fundamentals of classical ballet. Vocabulary will be broken down and emphasis will be placed on understanding proper placement, coordination, musicality and the joy of moving the body in space.

Contemporary Hip Hop
Monday 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm
Dance Studio - Lackland Performing Arts Center
This class is a fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary movement/dance. This course will encourage expression, individuality and character within the dance form All levels welcome into this course .

Tap I and II:

Tuesday 4:00 pm - 5:10 pm
Dance Studio - Lackland Performing Arts Center
Technique and terminology is taught through rhythm exercises, short combinations of steps and across-the-floor work which is then put together into a longer combination. Also different styles of tap are introduced in this basic course.


Jazz I and II:
Friday 10:00 am - 11:20 pm
Dance Studio - Lackland Performing Arts Center
An organic approach to dance technique emphasizing body alignment, deeper awareness and greater ease of movement. Her class begins with signature Simonson warm-up designed to methodically prepare the body for dance. This foundation is carried throughout the class's exercise s and combinations, which also focus on developing a sense of rhythm and musicality. Dancers of all styles can learn how to work within their natural range of motion , preventing predisposition to injury while achieving increased stability, mobility and flexibility.


SESSION 2: Oct. 25 - Dec. 17


Modern I and II
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 5:40 pm
Dance Studio - Lackland Performing Arts Center
A combination of different modern techniques for the beginner and intermediate dancer, as well as, those wishing to refresh their skills in modern dance. Vocabulary will be broken down and emphasis will be placed on understanding proper placement, coordination, musicality and the joy of moving the body in space.

Instructors:

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Lea Antolini-Lid (Program Coordinator / Modern Dance) is the Conservatory of Dance Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Dance/Theatre for Centenary University. She received her BMA in classical voice and musical theatre from the University of the Arts, an MFA from Brandeis University, and is a certified Yoga Instructor. Some of her more recent professional performance credits include The Last Five Years, The Fantasticks! (Women's Theater of NJ), Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Oliver!, A Christmas Carol, and the Wizard of Oz (CSC). Lea is a company member of Blessed Unrest Theater Company in NYC, a movement based theater company dedicated to generating and developing new works and Director of XY Dance Project a not-for-profit NJ dance company.

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Jeff Foote (Tap I and II) has been tap dancing for 11 years. He is a member of the NJ Tap Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell. Jeff has studied with tap greats such as Omar Edwards, Ted Levy, Dewitt Flemming Jr., Karen Calloway Williams, and Savion Glover. Jeff's dynamic personality and talent enables him to motivate and encourage his students.

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Jillian Petrie (Advanced Dance for Theatre and Contemporary Dance) Jillian's work in concert dance has been produced at The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Queens Museum of Art, NJ Applause Awards, and more.  Jillian has been nominated for multiple Broadway World Awards in various categories including Best Professional Choreography and two of her regional productions as choreographer/director received The Star Ledger's NJ Tony Awards.  A wearer of many hats, Jillian is currently Skyline Theatre Company's Social Media Director, The Growing Stage Theatre's Resident Choreographer, a Freelance Broadcast Journalist (Cowboys, USA Hockey, Falcons), and Founder of the media company Athletes & Artists and the Dance Company Explorem Dance Project.

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Te Perez Ceccon ( Jazz Dance ) has been an active dance artist, educator and choreographer for over 25 years. She is currently on faculty at Gina Gibney Dance Center where she teaches Simonson Modern Jazz Technique. In addition, she teaches and choreographs for various New Jersey based dance companies and schools. Each year she travels to Europe and Canada to teach Simonson pedagogy and dance technique workshops. She also works closely with Lynn Simonson conducting the teacher training in New York City. n addition, she teaches and choreographs for various New Jersey based dance companies and schools. Each year she travels to Europe and Canada to teach Simonson pedagogy and dance technique workshops. She also works closely with Lynn Simonson conducting the teacher training in New York City.

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Jibril Shabazz –Scott ( Contemporary Hip Hop ) is a Senior Theater Arts: Dance Concentration Major at Centenary University. He has served as assistant to the Choreographer in Grace For President, Head of Heels at Centenary . This summer he was a dance instructor in our YPW program where he taught, hip hop and modern.