Dance Classes at SMDCAC

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Thank you for supporting the programming at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center! We are so pleased and proud to offer Dance at SMDCAC to the families of our community as a means of fostering a lifelong love of dance and the arts to the youth in our community. The reduced pricing of these classes are intended to assist families who are experiencing financial limitations (see requirements below). The following information will help you and your child be prepared for our classes. Contact Monique Alfonso at educate-smdcac@miamidade.gov | 786-573-5313 for availability and registration instructions.

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Fall 2019 Classes Take Place September 17 - December 17

Fall Class Schedule

Intro to Dance: Ballet Foundations & Beginning Contemporary (Ages 5-7)
Tuesdays & Thursdays / 4:30pm-5:20pm

Intro to Dance: Hip Hop (Ages 5-7)
Tuesdays & Thursdays / 5:30pm-6:20pm

Ballet (Ages 8-11)
Wednesdays / 4:15pm-5:05pm and Saturdays / 12:30pm-1:20pm

Contemporary Dance (Ages 10-16)
Wednesdays / 5:15pm-6:30pm and Saturdays / 1:30pm-2:45pm

Per the M-DCPS calendar, there will be no classes on the following established school holidays:

  •  Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 – Teacher Planning Day
  • Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 – Teacher Planning Day
  • Thursday, November 28th, 2019 thru Saturday, November 30th, 2019 – Thanksgiving Holiday

All classes will lead up to an end-of-semester performance taking place on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

Registration
Spots for dance classes are limited. On-site registration will occur on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 12PM-4PM in the Lab Theater.

Following that date, registration will be available by appointment only! Please contact Monique Alfonso at educate-smdcac@miamidade.gov or 786-573-5316 to make an appointment.

Full payment is due at the time of registration.

REQUIRED: Proof of some type of government assistance and/or approved free/reduced lunch application from your child’s school in the form of a copy of the official letter of approval for the lunch program is required at the time of registration. The letter must be printed on official school or school district letterhead/stationary.

Attendance
Regular attendance is required for the student to receive the full benefit of their dance classes. Students will be working toward an end-of-semester performance. No tuition adjustments will be made due to absences of any kind. Due to the structure and nature of this program, make up lessons are not be available.

Students should arrive in proper dance attire and be ready for class at least 10 minutes prior to their scheduled class time. Students who arrive to class after the warmup period may be required to observe class that day.

Each class will be dismissed five minutes prior to the end of each class to enable a smooth changeover between classes. Students should not arrive or be left waiting more than 10 minutes before or after their class.

Cost
One-time $50 annual registration fee per household plus $90 per child, per 12-week session. Returning students are exempt from paying the $50 annual registration fee for Spring 2019 classes.


NOTE: Because these classes are at a reduced cost, proof of some type of government assistance and/or proof of approved free/reduced lunch application from your child’s school in the form of a copy of the official letter of approval for the lunch program is required at the time of registration. The letter must be printed on official school or school district letterhead/stationary.

All fees are non-refundable.

Late Pick-Up Fee
A late fee of $10 per 15 minutes per family will be charged for children not picked up on time. Consistent late pick up may result in the child being withdrawn from the program.

REQUIRED/MANDATORY Dress Code:
Students will be responsible for obtaining proper dancewear. No wrist jewelry or necklaces during class.

Girls Beginning Ballet/Ballet:

  • Black leotard – capped sleeves or tank style
  • Pink tights
  • Ballet slippers- no split soles
  • Hair must be in a bun. No hair ornaments of any kind.

Boys Beginning Ballet/Ballet:

  • White t-shirt or leotard
  • Black sweatpants
  • White socks and ballet slippers
  • Hair must be well groomed and off the face

Girls Contemporary Dance/Hip Hop

  • Girls may wear leotards, tights, unitards, form fitting jazz pants, or trunks (briefs).
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants may only be worn during the class warm-up.
  • Black jazz shoes must be worn. Slip-on jazz shoes without laces are preferred.

Boys Contemporary Dance/Hip Hop

  • Solid colored shirts and pants or shorts. Denim is not allowed.
  • Black jazz shoes must be worn. Slip-on jazz shoes without laces are preferred.

Required Classroom Behavior—The following rules are strictly enforced:

  • South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and their teaching staff will not tolerate disrespectful behavior, language, or bullying of any kind.
  • Students must always be respectful to their instructors and fellow students. Each instructor reserves the right to dismiss a student from class for violating this rule.
  • No gum or food is allowed in any of the classrooms.
  • No outdoor footwear is allowed in the classroom.
  • Students may not leave the classroom unless permission is granted from their teacher.
  • Parents are not allowed in the classroom during their child’s scheduled class. Peeking through the dance room’s windows is very distracting to the students and disrupts the class.

General Rules:

  • Children may not play on the SMDCAC landscape.
  • Students may not use the double doors to enter classrooms. The main entrance door to the room must always be used.
  • Students and families may only use the bathrooms assigned to the classroom. All other bathrooms will be locked.
  • Students should bring their own water for each class.

 

Meet the Instructors

 

Dance Instructer Stephan Fons

Born in Miami, Stephan attended magnet dance programs in school as well as extracurricular training at Miami Youth Ballet starting at age 9. After graduating New World School of the Arts high school in 2005, Stephan began teaching ages 8-18 at Miami Youth Ballet in styles which included Ballet, Tap, and Contemporary dance. He has since expanded his teaching to not only include the South Dade Cultural Arts Center dance program, but also students at South Florida Ballet. After eleven years of teaching, Stephan joined Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami for their inaugural season and continues to be a grateful member of the company. Now in its third season, Stephan has already had the opportunity to tour and perform on renowned stages such as the Joyce theater in New York City and Jacobs Pillow in Massachusetts. In his fourteenth-year teaching and third year as a company dancer, Stephan has also returned to academic studies and aspires to one day complete a master’s program in nursing.  

Dance Instructor Ashley Herrera

Ashley Herrera is a professional dancer who has trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-hop and African dance. She attended South Florida magnet school programs and graduated from Robert Morgan Educational Center in 2013. Since graduating, Ashley began dancing professionally for the MLB Miami Marlins and Walt Disney World Entertainment Team. She is currently the in-game host for the Miami Marlins and head coach for her dance team at Academir Charter School.


Please direct questions to Annie Hoffman at annie.hoffman@miamidade.gov | 786-573-5319 or Monique Alfonso at educate-smdcac@miamidade.gov | 786-573-5313.