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5:30pm - 7:00pm

Class Description - combining principles from modern, jazz and ballet, this class is as much an artistic outlet as it is a mental and physical workout. Warm up focuses on sequential movement, alignment, musicality, use of kinetic and potential energy to guide locomotion, consumption of space, and texture of movement. Emphasis is placed on use of breath and the placement and transfer of weight. Phrasework will directly correlate to the principles established in the warmup. This is meant to be a fun yet challenging opportunity for dancers of all backgrounds.

DANITA SHAHEEN is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and certified Pilates instructor. She currently teaches dance classes to students of all ages and levels of training at various settings and structures. She has guest choreographed and held masterclass throughout the east coast, including but not limited to Ballet Vero Beach, Memphis Ballet, 14th Street Y, Peridance, New York Live Arts, Shoreline Ballet, The Spence School, The Brearley School, Connecticut Dance Center, and Maryann’s Aerials. Shaheen has had the honor of collaborating with artists from various fields and disciplines and has been performing nationally and internationally with numerous contemporary, modern, and jazz/ hip hop companies. She has had the privilege of working with Ariel Rivka Dance, Dance Cat-alyst, Salma Allam and Dancers, Jeff Davis, The Cantigas Woman's Choir, Daniel Wertzel, Double Take Dance, Grace Rising Dance, Tamara Saari Dance, Jacobs Campbell Dance, Gehring Dancetheatre, Banana Peel Dance, dancesbyremi, Ryan McNally, Kaleidoscope Dance Theater, MAD About Dance , H.T. Chen and Dancers, AERA, Beth Soll & Company, Andrea Gise and Dancers, Laura Ward/ Octavia Cup Dance Theatre, and Nina Buisson Contemporary Move. She is also an avid environmentalist that loves cats and bad puns, and is very excited to share her passion for dance with the Ballet Arts community.

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