Dance Club - Spring 2021

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  • 2020-2021 UPDATE: Unfortunately, we are unable to host virtual classes this year due to the Union's policy for club sports.
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About Us

The Dance Club offers classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and hip hop. Classes are held weekly during the academic year. Every spring, we hold a recital in which dancers from each of the classes perform choreographed numbers. No experience is required and we encourage dancers of all experience levels to join!

Member Info

  • We welcome all dancers ages 14 and older! Note that classes consist of mostly college-aged students and adults.
  • The first week of classes is FREE!
  • For RPI students the semester fee is $65 for unlimited classes.
  • For Non-RPI students the semester fee is $100 for unlimited classes.
  • All classes are held in the upstairs studios at the RPI Mueller Center, Room 3.

Class Schedule

Monday

Jazz
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Contemporary Ballet
8:00 - 9:30 PM

Tuesday

Beginner Ballet
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Intermediate/
Advanced Ballet
8:00 - 9:30 PM

Wednesday

Beginner Hip Hop
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Intermediate/
Advanced Hip Hop
7:30 - 8:30 PM

Thursday

Tap
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Variations
7:30 - 9:00 PM

Sunday

Make-Up Classes
By Necessity

Class Descriptions

Wide variety of dance styles

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Jazz

Instructor: Robin Gifford

Jazz uses a base of ballet technique and then layers it with traditional jazz movements. These movements include kicks, leaps, and turns. The class structure is usually a warm up with stretching and strengthening exercises followed by across-the-floor progressions and combinations.

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Tap

Instructor: Gina Grasso

Tap is based on tap shoes, which have a thick metal on the bottom that's used to make unique sounds. Students will learn coordination and terminology and then apply rhythm into a tap routine. The class will have a warm-up to properly loosen the ankles and knees and then move into center floor work.

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Ballet

Instructor: Robin Gifford

Both the beginner and advanced ballet classes begin with exercises at the barre and then move to center for combinations that incorporate the movements practiced at barre in a more performance oriented fashion.

  • Beginner: Perfect for those who have no prior ballet training. More advanced students are also welcome.
  • Intermediate/Advanced: A class for students who have prior ballet experience, or have taken the beginner class at RPI.

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Contemporary Ballet

Instructor: Erin Dooley

Contemporary Ballet is a mix of classical ballet and modern dance. It adapts ballet choreography to today by allowing a greater range of movement than the strict body lines of traditional ballet. This class starts off with a warm up of classical ballet and then combines it with modern dance to move the body in a variety of ways. The dances in this class combine emotions, technique, and the use of space for a beautiful end result.

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Hip Hop

Instructor: Sean J. Iacopelli

This class will introduce students to the history of Hip Hop culture with basic moves and original choreography in order to build stamina and increase musicality. Each class begins with a warm up and stretch followed by across the floor and a short combo set to hip hop music. Each class will focus on different hip hop styles, breaking, dancehall, and traditional hip hop moves to develop body balance and coordination.

  • Beginner: No previous experience necessary just a willingness to have fun and let go!
  • Intermediate/Advanced: This class moves at a faster pace than beginner hip hop and dancers are encouraged to have an intermediate to advanced background.

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Variations

Instructor: Rachel Toups

Variations is an hour long ballet class focused on learning variations (solo dances by characters) from classical ballets. Throughout the year, we will learn several variations and choose one or two to perform in the recital as a group. The class will begin with a short warm-up barre, and then the rest of the class will be focused on learning the variation. This class is more appropriate for students in advanced ballet, as the pace of the class will be semi-fast, but those with at least some prior ballet training are welcome.

Instructors

E-Board

Meet the officers

Anika Strelow

Anika Strelow

President

Anika is a junior dual majoring in Math and Business Management. Her favorite style of dance is contemporary. She has been dancing for 13 years.

Morgan Ford

Morgan Ford

Showrunner

Morgan is senior majoring in Applied Physics. Her favorite styles of dance are modern and musical theater but she also loves ballet and jazz. She has been dancing for 8 years.

Erin Mahoney

Erin Mahoney

Treasurer

Erin is a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Her favorite styles of dance are hip hop and ballet. She has been dancing for 16 years.

Erica Bertolozzi

Erica Bertolozzi

Webmaster

Erica is a senior dual majoring in Computer Science and ITWS. Her favorite styles of dance are hip hop and contemporary. She has been dancing for 7 years.

Contact

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Our Address

110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180

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