ADULT FLAMENCO

This class is and introduction to the art of Flamenco dance for adults. Students are not expected to have prior dance experience, but a genuine interest in the art of flamenco. Classes begin with a warm up to develop alignment, stretch and strength. The study will include arm work (brazeo), hand work (floreo), hand clapping (palmas), foot work (zapateo), and turns (vueltas). Musical and dance structures will be analysed in order to develop a clear understanding of the rhythms (palos) and learn to dance phrases within these structures.


ZUMBA

It's a system of aerobics exercise with an emphasis on the benefits of dancing. It fuses latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. Fun and stress free, this class is open to teenagers and adults. No dance experience is required.



BEGINNING FLAMENCO

Offered to children 7 years or older, this class formally introduces students to the rhythmic structure of flamenco while learning the basic technique of this type of dance. Emphasis is placed on correct posture and articulation of the arms and feet. In addition, sevillanas and basic castanet technique are taught in this class..

PREPARATORY FLAMENCO


This class is an introduction to flamenco for children between the ages of 4 and 6 years old. The class is focused on developing a basic understanding of the rhythm, footwork and arm work used in this style of dance through activities appropriate for this age group. Castanets are also used in this class.

 

Performing Arts Center

BOYS CAN DANCE!

This class is for the specific needs of boys in dance. It is designed to teach boys dancing skills that can be used in their current social environment and make them feel comfortable when faced with events that require basic dance knowledge (For example: school dances, talent shows and presentations). Exclusively thought for boys and taught by a team trained to work with them, the class will focus on urban rhythms, salsa and merengue.



FOLKLORIC

Focusing primarily on Latin American folkloric dances, this style seeks to show students the cultural values of different countries through dance. Based on the technique called "Danza Nacionalista" that was created by dancer Yolanda Moreno in Venezuela, it uses elements of different mainstream styles such as ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz and flamenco with the characteristics proper of folkloric dance in order to create "theatrical" pieces of dance that honor the cultural roots of the regions were they originated. (This class is free if you register in any other style)


BALLET I.

Building on what was learned in Beginning Ballet , this level includes an introduction to longer combinations of ballet steps and more intricate musicality.Turns are introduced, and steps are combined to form new ones. Barre exercises are done mostly with one hand at the barre. This level, challenges the students further in flexibility, coordination, strength, alignment, and understanding of new concepts and ballet vocabulary.


Dance classes


From Children to adults, from recreational to serious students and from competition to career oriented students, we have classes to fit your goals. Chances are, there's one to fit your schedule perfectly. Even better, they're packed with motivated instructors who'll inspire and push you or your child to set and achieve goals to improve performance every day!

MARIELLY RAMIREZT

DIRECTOR

(Ballet, Flamenco, Jazz, Folkloric, Boys Can Dance!)p


Marielly Ramirez was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her education developed between USA and Venezuela. She obtained her first five years of dance training in the area of Venezuelan Danza Nacionalista in the Danzas Guanaguanare School of Dance. This style of dance requires dancers to train in different styles to create integral dancers capable of performing any role required of them. There, she also received training in ballet, jazz, and latin american folklore. She had the opportunity to train with acclaimed Venezuelan dance masters such as Yolanda Moreno, Marcos Yepez, Arelis Gonzalez and William Palencia among others.  

In 1991 she started her career as a dance teacher and artistic director. She founded many groups in the city of Valencia in Venezuela such as: Danzas Nacionalistas UC, Danzas Carabobo and Danzas Karau. With those groups she represented the state of Carabobo in several national festivals and dance competitions in Venezuela. While she developed her career as a teacher and artistic director of those groups she continued to take classes in many dance forms to keep on with her training as a dancer. She studied Flamenco at the Lilian Lizarraga School of Spanish Dance and at Veronica Gomez Flamenco School. Also she took ballet and jazz classes and workshops. In 1998 she obtained her title as an Economist from the Universidad de Carabobo.

Her passion for dance made her decide to go back to USA in the year 2000 to obtain her bachelor degree in dance. Her studies developed between the University of New Mexico in Alburquerque, New Mexico and Florida International University in Miami, Florida. During that time she trained intesively with dance masters in different areas of dance, such as Gary Lund, Bill Evans, Marianna Alvarez, Leslie Neal, Elena Garcia, Eva Encinias, Rosa Mercedes. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in the year 2001. After graduation Marielly was a member of the Spanish Dance Company Duende Ballet Español for two years. In the year 2005 she succesfully finished her Master in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. While studying she continued to teach at Coconut Grove Ballet, Centro Cultural Latino (Latin Quarter), South Pointe Elementary, and Plymouth Pre-School.
Currently, Marielly stays updated in her dance training by participating in workshops and teacher trainings. Also, she teaches at Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart and Plymouth Pre-School and  is very happy because her dream has become a reality: to open Alegria Performing Arts Center and offer a new alternative in dance education for the Miami community based on the principles and standards of integrity by which she was raised as an artist and a citizen .

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 BALLET II


These classes will focus on maintaining correct placement/posture that has been taught in previous levels, while increasing the level of difficulty and complexity of movements. Precision and consistency will be reinforced through repetition and practice. Students in this level are expected to perform more challenging choreography.



FEDERICA TENTOR (Contemporary/Lyrical)


 Federica Tentor grew up in Italy where at the age of 8 she started her ballet training,  In 1996, she moved to Miami to pursue a career in both dance and fine arts. She had the opportunity to train with renowned instructors, including Gary Lund, Diego Salterini, and Elizabeth Bergman, a prominent modern dance choreographer who was also Madonna’s teacher. She performed in numerous venues with the group Dance for Joy - a company specialized in Afro-Caribbean and Modern Dance techniques. With this group, Federica started her teaching experience, by holding numerous dance seminars and workshops in various schools around Miami.
She received a Bachelor in Dance from FIU in 2001. After, she toured the state of New York with the Ajkun Ballet Theatre. She continued training and teaching in both dance and visual arts. In 2005, she received a Master in Art History from the City University of New York. and she joined forces with another dancer and founded Streak Dance Concept. After her success with this company, she returned Miami in 2007. Here, she continues to be involved in dance and visual arts. In the present, she gives classes in numerous studios and schools, including Miami-Dade College, Diamond Minds, and Alegria Performing Arts Center.
In 2012 she completed a Bachelor in Psychology from FIU. Currently, she is working towards a Master Degree in Clinical Social Work, which will allow her to obtain a license to practice psychotherapy. Federica’s future goal is to be able to utilize dance as a therapeutic tool, while continuing her work as a dance instructor and choreographer.
At Alegria PAC we are very pleased to have her as our Contemporary, Lyrical and Intermediate and Advanced Hip Hop dance instructor since 2010!

PROGRAMS

GUSTAVO RODRIGUEZ
(Boys Can Dance!, Urban and Latin Rhythms)

Gustavo Rodriguez was born and raised in Caracas, in a family with high appreciation for the arts. From a young age he was exposed to and inspired by different approaches in music, being latin rhythms, flamenco and pop music his favorites.
During his childhood and teen years, he studied music courses, which included classes on the traditional Venezuelan instrument Cuatro, at music academy of Colegio Santo Tomas de Aquino.  This was his first approach to the Venezuelan folkloric music, which would contribute to expand his appreciation of latin American rhythms.
Once he entered college, he got involved in the USB Salsa Casino group of the Universidad Simon Bolivar, where he participated for over 2 years. There, he discovered  his passion for dancing.
In 2008, he moved to Miami in order to finish his career with a bachelor in computer science at Florida International University, which he obtained in the year 2010. During that period, he focused on his university studies and made a pause in his dance training.
In 2011, he joined Alegria Performing Arts Center and decided to resume dancing. He has been training intensively ever since and has become part of the cast of Alegria PAC’s Flamenco, Folkloric and Hip Hop Ensembles performing in choreographies by Federica Tentor and Marielly Ramirez. In 2012, he was asked by the Alegria PAC director Marielly Ramirez to become an apprentice and teaching assistant in the new project of Boys Can Dance!.

Currently, he co- teaches in both the Jazz/Hip Hop class and the Boys Can Dance! class. He balances his dance activities with his work as a software developer in a South Florida based company dedicated to medical software and management systems..

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Kinderdance

This is an introduction to dance for children 3 and 4 years old. The class focusses on developing locomotor skills through creative movement exercises and the basic elements of ballet and tap.The routine of this class includes a floor warm-up followed by ballet barre and across the floor exercises. The class work is designed to allow for the use of imagination and creativity in order to teach the dancers to move efficiently and in an organized way within the group. Built upon the basic movements of ballet, the concepts learned in this class are excellent waus to build cognitive skills for any child.

FLAMENCO II.

New skills are introduced to the students who have already acquired a base during their training in the previous levels. In this level, dancers are required to perform more complex movement, footwork and armwork combinations. They learn 12 beat rhythms and continue to practice rhythms learned at previous levels but with more intricate combinations applied to them. At the end of the year they are expected to perform with a higher level of artistry. technique, understanding and appreciation for the art of flamenco. Castanets are also taught at this level..

FLAMENCO I

Students continue to learn the rhythmic patterns of basic four beat and six beat "compases". Emphasis is placed on the development of coordination between footwork and armwork. At he end of this level students are expected to be able to perform the 4 coplas of sevillanas and a full choreography of a flamenco rhythm such as tangos or fandangos.


PRE-BALLET

This class is offered to girls 5 and 6 years old. The class is a prelude to formal ballet instruction and it aims to prepare them for a"real" ballet class. The objectives of this class will be reached through: coordination and sequence-related exercises; floor formations that teach children to remember their "place" in the room; movement exercises that emphasize straight legs and pointed feet, posture and placement correction, stretching exercises, and ettiquete to develop the poise expected in classical ballet. Tap technique is also taught at this class.

CONTEMPORARY/LYRICAL

This class combines the popular lyrical style of dance used in competitions, with the more structured and academic style of contemporary dance. This,along with ballet is one of the base styles required to be mastered by serius dance students who aspire to enter to magnet programs or to develop a dance carreer later on. Contemporary tends to ultilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance's stress on the torso. it also employs contact-release, floor work. fall and recovery, Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction are often used as well.

BEGINNING JAZZ AND HIP HOP

This is a class that combines two techniques that play a starring role in today's commercial dance industry.  In this class students will use hip-hop and jazz to develop their coordination, rhythm, flexibility and self-expression. Jazz dance involves learning isolations, stretching, turning, leaping and other technical steps proper to this style. Hip Hop includes the sharp and challenging moves of this style. The music used in this class has lyrics suitable for children. This class has the goal to prepare students in the basics of these styles in order to take a higher level class that will be available at the studio once the students complete succesfully this level.

BEGINNING BALLET

Offered to children 7 years or older, the class emphasis is placed on the development of aligmment. strength, flexibility, coordination, style and an uderstanding of the vocabulary used to describe movement in ballet. They are introduced to an increased level of formal training consisting of barre and centre work. Age appropriate stretches, basic positions of the feet and arms, the concept of parallel vs. turned out legs and feet, and ballet class etiquette are part of the curriculum.