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Si View Dance Program

Si View Dance Program!

Dance Program Mission Statement:

Si View’s Dance Program offers a high level of professional instruction with a strong emphasis on technique, fitness and fun. Each student receives individual attention, initiating the joy and appreciation of dance and music. We allow each student the freedom of creative expression in a nurturing and motivating environment designed to enhance self-esteem. Dance classes are taught by experienced instructors: Sara Werner, Cristie Coffing and Maiya Weinmaster.

Attention Si View Youth Dance Classes parents/guardians:
Instructors suggest students come to class dressed in the following attire:

  • Ballet and Dance Theatre classes wear pink leather ballet shoes, black or pink leotard and pink tights.
  • Tap and Jazz classes wear black tap or jazz shoes, black tights and black leotard.
  • Boys in the above classes wear white t-shirt, black sweatpants or shorts and black ballet shoes.
  • Modern Class – students can wear leggings, t-shirt and bare feet.
  • Hip Hop students can wear contemporary fashions that allow for big body movements. Students should wear tennis shoes or shoes that support the feet while jumping and stomping. No jeans please.

Dance classes are formatted as limited viewing. Parents will be invited in to watch the week of November 13th. If you have a special guest in town or you just want to check in on the class, please talk with the instructor and they will do their best to accommodate you.

Students enrolled in our fall dance classes are eligible to participate in our fall/winter showcase scheduled for Friday December 1st and Saturday December 2nd. A performance fee of $10/child is due to Si View Metro Parks by October 28th. Please note the performance fee is non-refundable. Costumes will be provided by the instructors to borrow during the showcases. Please note our Saturday classes are split into two sessions. To participate in the showcase you MUST be enrolled in session #2.

No classes currently scheduled on 10/21, 10/31 (no PM classes), 11/11, 11/20, 11/21 (no AM classes), 11/22, 11/23

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Little Princesses

A dream is a wish your heart makes and this class is every little girls dream. Come join this 4 week session of dancing, singing, playing, and reading all about princesses. We will read a different princess story each week as we dance, sing and twirl around. Please wear comfortable clothes or princess dress up if your princess wishes.

Frozen Dance Class

Dancers will learn dances to songs from the movie including “Let It Go”, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” and “Love is An Open Door”. Students will be taught ballet technique, make Frozen themed crafts as well as sing, dance, play like Elsa, Anna and Olaf.

Si View Dance Crew!

Si Crew is a new, inclusive multi-disciplined dance group focused on performance and expression for ages 8+. Si Crew will promote dance in the community by performing at local events and businesses year-round, so commitment is key!

Dance Troupe - Cast

Si View Dance Troupe — We will cast an exciting story in January 2018 for performance at our annual May Recital. We will collaborate on costumes and build a small set. We require for parent involvement with gathering costumes and making of our set and volunteering backstage the day of the show. This is an opportunity for our Si View dancers to partake in more performance and dance experiences.

Dance Troupe students are REQUIRED to participate in at least one technique class as well.

Nutcracker Ballet

Come learn about the classic holiday story of the Nutcracker. Dance with Clara as she travels to the land of sweets and dreams of a magical world. We will learn the story and prepare our own pas de deux for the last day of class. Prepare to become a true mini-ballerina.

Dancing with Disney

Come dance to your favorite Disney tunes. This is a great class for boys and girls. During class time we will dance, sing, and play to many Disney greats. Learn the basic dance steps of jazz, hip hop, and ballet while moving your body to the beat, strengthen coordination and creativity. Come join the FUN!

Fall Performance Workshops

We will have multiple workshops throughout the 2017/2018 year. We will have special guest artists come join us to instruct a 1-2 hour workshop. This will be an intermediate to advanced level class. Si View dance program will fund the majority of this program as we would like to expose our dancer to new instructors and styles. Please note: dates/ times subject to change.

Si View Summer Camps
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Technique Classes

Si View’s Dance Program offers a high level of professional instruction with a strong emphasis on technique, fitness, and fun. Each student receives individual attention, initiating the joy and appreciation of dance and music. We allow each student the freedom of creative expression in a nurturing and motivating environment designed to enhance self-esteem.

Dance Theatre

This is a great introduction to dance and theatre for both boys and girls. Learn the basic steps of jazz, hip hop and ballet while moving your body to the beat. Stretch your muscles and your imagination as you enjoy a class of fun and increase your creativity and coordination!

Pre-Ballet

Come twirl and skip like a ballerina. This fun beginners class will offer the foundation for ballet. Students will learn ballet positions and build strength while making new friends dancing. Great for developing coordination and confidence.

Ballet

These classes focus on the basic ballet vocabulary, emphasizing correct alignment. Barre-work, adagio and petite and grand allegro build strength and grace in a non-competitive encouraging environment. Grace, style and ballet discipline will continue to be mastered.

Jazz

Learn jazz steps and across the floor movements while developing a personal sense of artistic expression. For the more advanced students they will contribute to choreography and advance their performance skills.

Tap/Ballet Combo

Provides a great opportunity to explore a diversity of dance styles. Come have fun experiencing the multiple disciplines of tap and ballet.

Tap

Tappers learn basic rhythmic steps and terminology. Students work on perfecting basic skills and rhythms while learning fun combinations.

Modern

This modern/lyrical class will focus on techniques from different modern masters, including Graham, Limon & Evans. Students will learn methods, choreography and improvisation while building their dance language and having fun!

Pointe

More than just an advanced ballet class. In classical ballet when a dancer uses special shoes (called pointe shoes) to dance ‘en pointe’ (on their toes) they have reached a new level. This is for the serious intermediate/advanced student. Only those who are found qualified by the teacher can participate.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop is a fun, popular style of dance for boys and girls. In this class we will be focusing on establishing a good body rhythm and learning basic to intermediate pop choreography. Students will start learning how to control spins, perform leaps and learn choreography to top 40 pop singles.

Meet our Instructors

Sara Werner

Sara Werner
Ms. Sara lives in North Bend with her husband and 3 children. Sara has been building and nurturing the dance program at Si View over the past 7 years and enjoys watching her students grow as dancers and young children. Sara started dancing at the age of four and has stayed active in dance ever since. Sara is entering her 15th year of teaching youth dance in ballet, jazz, tap and musical theatre. She has also taught drama at the Village Theatre and worked for the City of Renton for 5 years teaching dance and drama. She has choreographed many youth musicals all over King and Snohomish counties. She has performed over the years in Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, and London.

Sara graduated with a bachelor's degree in Performing Arts from Evergreen State College and also studied at Cornish College of the Arts and San Diego State University. This school year Sara will be teaching at two area pre-schools bringing creative movement to class time. Sara is truly living out her dreams by working with young students and brings the joy of the arts into their lives.

Cristie Coffing

Cristie Coffing
Cristie Coffing earned her degree in Physical Education, Dance and English from Central Washington University, then attended Reed College. She has trained with such masters as; Armgard von Bardeleben, Pat Graney, Bill Evans, Leslie Watanabe, Penny Hutchinson, Greg Lizenberry, Shirley Jenkins, and Erica Angelakos. She has been performing since 1979 and teaching since 1984 and has danced professionally with Winnie Chapin Young & Co., Erica Angelakos & Associates, Mary Sheldon Scott and many independent choreographers. She has been seen on stage in various productions, including; Dancing at Lughnassa, Barefoot in the Park, Lie of the Mind, West Side Story, Dial M for Murder and Dracula.

She currently works with Theatre Black Dog and is Theatre Director of Reach for the Sky July while writing her own plays and novel. She continues to study ballet and tap and teach dance on the eastside. One of her joys has been teaching creative movement at the Mt. Si Montessori for the past 20 years. Dance, theatre, art, that’s all there is to it.

Maiya Weinmaster

Maiya Weinmaster: Hi! My name is Maiya Weinmaster. I am a sophomore attending Mount Si High School. Dance has been my passion since before I could walk, and I absolutely love it. I am very excited to begin teaching classes, as I have been helping out with summer camps over the past years. Other than being a dancer I am a writer, reader, hiker, skier, yogi, singer, thespian, and more! I love teaching and believe that spreading my love of dance will make the world a better place!

Anna Maria Maccarrone

Anna Maria Maccarrone
Dance was her Anna Maria’s first love. She began dancing and performing as a toddler. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University in Fitness, Health and Dance, and an Associate of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance from the Cornish College of Arts in Seattle. She has also studied acting with Dee Wallace Stone, Michael Zelniker and Mark Allen, and Hip-Hop and African Dance with Russell Clarke.

She has worked with various talented choreographers such as Pat Graney and Jesse Jaramillo, Kelvin Lewis, the late Daniel Chick, created and taught the Tiny Tot gymnastics and dance program for several years at the Bellevue Athletic Club and Northwest Aerials in Kirkland, and produced and performed in several plays in Hollywood, including Spike Heels.