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, Maiya Weinmaster, Anna Maria Maccarrone, and Amanda Csendes.

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 (Monday classes 11/19). 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 November 30th and Saturday December 1st. A performance fee of $10/child is due to Si View Metro Parks by October 20th. Please note the performance fee is non-refundable. Costumes will be provided by the instructors to borrow during the showcases.

No classes currently scheduled on 10/27, 10/31 (no PM classes), 11/12, 11/20, 11/22, 11/23

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Little Princess Ballet

Let your imagination soar as you twirl to classical ballet fairy tales. Students are taught basic ballet steps, and learn to tell the tale through dance. Students create and take home their own princess accessories. We will read the story of Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella as we dance and create a show for the final day of class. Please pack a snack and water each day. Supply fee: $10 due to instructor on 1st day of class.

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.

Frozen Dance Class
Returns Winter 2019

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.

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!

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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.

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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.

Combo Classes

Combo classes provide a great opportunity to explore a diversity of dance styles. Come have fun experiencing the multiple disciplines of tap and ballet or ballet and jazz.

Tap

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

Modern

These modern classes 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!

Amanda Csendes

Amanda Csendes:
Hi, my name is Amanda! I have been dancing for as long as I can remember. I have danced with Si View for 12 years and have taught for the past 2 years. Last year, I graduated Mount Si High School with my high school diploma and Associates of Arts and Sciences from Bellevue College. Since then, I have traveled to India to study yoga for a month and became a 200-hr registered yoga teacher. I am very excited to start teaching dance classes again. I love the arts, and I am thrilled to be able to spread that love through teaching!

Anna Maria Maccarrone

Anna Maria Maccarrone
Dance was 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.