Conservatory of Dance

For ages 14 and up - Prior Dance Experience Required.

Session Dates:  Session 1: August 30 - October 22 (8 weeks)

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

Session Registration Deadline: Monday, August 30 2021

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: August 30 - October 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.

Tap I and II
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 5:10 pm
The Little Theater - Seay Building at 400 Jefferson
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.

Modern I and II
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 7:20 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.

Jazz Dance I / II
Friday 10:00 am - 11:20 am
Dance Studio - Lackland Performing Arts Center

This course is designed to give the Musical Theatre performer the essential training in various dance techniques, an understanding of the structure behind stage choreography, and an insight into the necessary showmanship and performance of that choreography. Students will explore various dance styles of musical theater dance and explore their historical context and artistic impact on the musical theatre genre.

SESSION 2: October 25 - December 17

Advance Beginner / Intermediate Contemporary Dance

Friday 10:00 am - 11:20 am
Dance Studio - Lackland Performing Arts Center
Designed for highly motivated dancers with previous dance experience.  This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of Contemporary dance technique and performance by approaching different movement themes at each level through various techniques and structured improvisation to enable students to explore different styles of contemporary dance.

Instructors:

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Lea Antolini-Lid (Program Coordinator / Dance for Theater) 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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Erin Usawicz (Ballet I and II) received her training with Jose Mateo and Mary McKenzie-Thompson as a scholarship student at Ballet Theatre of Boston's (now called Jose Mateo's Ballet Theater) Young Dancer's Program. She served as the company's apprentice and then advanced to a corps de ballet member. Other training included work with Finis Jhung at Broadway Dance Center in New York City as well as with Allegra Kent, famed Balanchine-era ballerina. Erin studied fashion design at Pratt Institute and photography at Rutger's Mason Gross School of the Arts where she earned a BFA with high honors.

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Maureen Glennon-Clayton (Modern I / II and Jazz) is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator. Her choreography has been presented extensively throughout the tri-state area including DUMBO Dance Festival, Cool Wave NY Dance Festival, Gershwin Hotel, Merce Cunningham Studio, Wax Works / University Settlement House, NJ Arts Collaborative / George Street Playhouse & Crossroads Theatre, Hatch Series / Jennifer Muller the Works Studio, The Field / Performance Zone, Soundance at the Barn, Cathedral Arts Festival, Movement Research / DTW studios, SWEAT Outdoors Dance Festival, Outlet Dance Project, Grounds for Sculpture, Garden State Dance Festival, Mix It Up Festival, American College Dance Festivals, National High School Dance Festivals, County College of Morris, Montclair State University, Mason Gross at Rutgers University, Centenary University and at A Taste of NY in Nicosia, Cyprus. She is also the founder of Moe-tion Dance Theater.

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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 (Jazz 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.