Dance Program

Si View Dance ProgramSi 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, Chelsea Lanese and Cristie Coffing. Classes will be invited to participate in a small performance on Friday December 5th OR Saturday December 6th.

Si View Dance is a year round program

Fall Trimester
The fall quarter run’s from late September into early December. In this quarter students dance vocabulary is developed along with preparing for an informal Holiday Concert. We make fun simple costumes and perform at the Holiday Bazaar at Si View Community Center scheduled in early December which concludes our quarter. It is a fitting end to the beginning of the holiday season.

Winter Trimester
Our winter quarter in the longest and most involved. During the 4 and half months we prepare for our spring recital. A small recital fee is collected from participating students and we order stage costumes. Each year we have a different theme and all the classes perform together at Mt Si High School.

Spring/Summer Trimester
Summer is a time for FUN. It is camp time at Si View and in select weeks in July and August there are many dance camps to choose from. Each year we bring back by popular demand ‘The Little Princess Ballet Camp’. Combining dance, crafts and games we meet for one full week preparing for our final day show. We offer camps in jazz, ballet and musical theatre for ages 3-16 years old.

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.
  • Hip Hop students can wear contemporary fashions that allow for big body movements. Hip Hop 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 able to watch students on the first and last day of class.

Dance Course Descriptions
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!
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.
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.
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 Dance Classes – Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Hip Hop
Provides a great opportunity to explore a diversity of dance styles. Have fun experiencing the multiple disciplines of tap, ballet, jazz & hip hop. Please see the chart to the right for the different combinations of multiple disciplines in one class!
Tap for All
Tappers (In class 6-6:45pm) learn basic rhythmic steps and terminology. Students work on perfecting basic skills and rhythms while learning fun combinations. In tap 6:45-7pm the more advanced students stay to develop their skills further by adding time steps and intricate rhythms to their repertoire.
Hip Hop
Open to boys and girls who enjoy moving to the groove and getting funky. This class emphasizes fundamentals in balance, weight transfer, coordination, isolations, visualization, self-confidence, and flexibility. They will be applying all the skills they learn through choreography. This class serves as a wonderful class for students who have a lot of energy.
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 be the teacher can participate.
Si View Technique class
Join us at our new YEAR Round technique class. This is a great opportunity for those dancers that wish to keep dancing between our quarterly classes. This will be a multi discipline class and will be challenging for all ages. Dancers are asked to bring a snack and water bottle to class each day.
Instructors: Cris & Sara
Fee:$12/Drop in or $50 for a 5 punch card
7 & up TuesSept 5-Dec 12* 3:30-5:00PM
*no class 10/24, 10/31, 11/28

Dance Class Offerings

9 week session
*No Class 11/11, 11/26, 11/27, 11/28
Dance Theatre – Ages 2-3
Mon  9:45AM-10:25AM10/6-12/1 $72
Combo - Tap & Ballet – Ages 3-5
Mon  10:30AM-11:15AM10/6-12/1$76
Thurs  5:15-6:00PM10/2-12/4*$76
Combo - Tap & Ballet – Ages 4-6
Tues  10:30-11:15AM 9/30-12/2* $76
Combo – Tap & Jazz – Ages 4-7
Tues  1:15PM-2:00PM9/30-12/2* $76
Tap – Ages 6 & up
Tues  6:00-6:45PM9/30-12/2*$76
Tap – Advanced (instructor permission)
Tues  6:45-7:00PM9/30-12/2*$22
Hip Hop I / II – Ages 5-8
Mon  5:15PM-6:00PM10/6-12/1$76
Hip Hop II /III – Ages 9 & up
Mon  6:00-6:55PM10/6-12/1$85
Pre-Ballet – Ages 2 ½ -5
Tues  11:20-12:00PM 9/30-12/2*$72
Wed  5:30-6:10PM10/8-12/3$72
Ballet I – Ages 4-6
Mon  1:15-2:00PM10/6-12/1 $76
Tues  4:15-5:00PM9/30-12/2* $76
Ballet II – Ages 5 & up
Wed  4:45-5:30PM 10/8-12/3$76
Ballet III – Ages 7 & up
Thurs  4:15-5:10PM 10/2-12/4* $85
Ballet IV – Ages 8 & up
Tues  5:00-5:55PM9/30-12/2*$85
Ballet V – Ages 12 & up
Tues  7:00-8:00PM 9/30-12/2*$90
Pointe (instructor permission)
Tues  8:00PM-8:30PM9/30-12/2*$45
Intermediate Jazz – Ages 7 & up
Wed  6:15PM-7:00PM10/2-12/4 $76
Advanced Jazz – Ages 11 & up
Wed  7:00-8:00PM 10/2-12/4 $90

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Meet our Instructors

Sara WernerSara 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 CoffingCristie 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.

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