Thank you in part to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and private donors we have a new dance floor!
Photo Credit: LuAnn Griffin
We had a wonderful "MOANA" Summer Dance Camp!
Youth Dance Classes
Meet our dance instructor, Kristi Epping!
Kristi Epping is originally from Edina, Minnesota and began dancing at the young age of two. Epping graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University, an internationally acclaimed dance and arts management program. Epping has danced professionally and acted as Dance Captain with Six Flags and Royal Caribbean International and was able to perform all over the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. In over 15 years of teaching experience, Epping has won numerous regional and national awards in the competition dance world and focuses on creating a positive, yet disciplined environment to inspire her students. Epping now resides in Charlevoix with her husband and two young boys, Luke age five and Jake age two.
Fall Dance Classes
at the Circle of Arts
Ballet: Ages 6-8
Wednesday Class 6:00-6:30pm
Dancers will learn ballet terminology, basic motor movement patterns while gaining strength and flexibility along with balance, coordination, and grace. Barre work is further developed in these young dancers.
Ballet: Ages 3-5 - Class is Full
Wednesday Class 5:30-6:00pm
Dancers will begin learning ballet terminiology, basic motor movement patterns while gaining strength and flexibility along with balance, coordination, and grace. Barre work is introduced and developed in these young dancers.
Charlevoix Circle of Arts Dance offers a recreational dance program for the beginner to intermediate level dancer in a nurturing and healthy atmosphere. Our philosophy is to provide age-appropriate choreography and music, inspire our students in a character-building experience and cultivate a life-long appreciation for the art of dance. CCAD offers classes for children 2—10 years of age in creative movement, ballet, tap and hip hop.
Beginning September 20 - November 8
(8 Weeks of Classes)
Hip Hop- Ages 6-10
Wednesday Class 7:00-7:45pm
Free style dance form based on jazz movements and also incorporates hip-hop rhythms. This form of dance came about from and is influenced by today's music and culture.
Tap: Ages 6-8
Wednesday Class 6:30-7:00pm
A form of dance characterized by using ones shoes, as well as the floor, as a percussive indstrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a musical form as well. Two major variations on tap dance exist, rhythm (Jazz) tap, and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance side, and is widely performed as part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses instead on the musical side, and practitioners consider themselves to be part of the Jazz tradition. Dancers must work together to create the sound keeping their steps at the correct speed to match each other. Please provide tap shoes for your dancer.
Children's Dance at the Circle!
Photo Credit: LuAnn Griffin
Creative Movement: Ages 2-3
Wednesday Class 10:00 -10:30 am
This class focuses on body part identification, free expression and spatial awareness. This is a wonderful introduction to all of the dance forms and includes movement and rhythm games done to inspiring music.