One of Miami’s oldest dance companies will soon begin offering low-cost classes in Miami Gardens, according to the Miami Herald.
The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet dance company will offer kids ages 5 to 10 an opportunity to learn ballet and tap dancing starting Tuesday at the Betty T. Ferguson Center, 3000 NW 199th Street. Classes are $10 per month.
The non-profit dance company, whose students have gone on to perform in top-notch troupes such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will provide kids with leotards, tights, and ballet shoes. The company offers similar scholarship programs in Coconut Grove, Homestead, Little Haiti, and South Miami.
The dance classes will be led by tap dancer Natasha Williams, a graduate of New World School of the Arts who also teaches ballet and jazz, and ballerina Kareen Camargo, who was a rehearsal instructor for the Miami City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.
The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet dance company was founded in 1951 and provides training to 1,000 students each year. The company is named for ballet dancer Thomas Armour who was trained in Paris by world famous ballerina Olga Preobrajenska.
To see the full story, visit http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/18/2365090/youth-ballet-to-offer-low-cost.html#ixzz1VUEMtqqN. For more information on the Thomas Amour Youth Ballet, call 305.667.5543 or visit www.thomasamouryouthballet.org.
The second annual Jersey Tap Fest, with classes and daily public events, will run August 25 to 28 at Broadway Performing Arts, 357 Broad Street, Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Classes will be held from 10am to 6pm, with events including a jam session, student showcase, faculty meet-and-greet, and Talk Tap: For Parents Only.
A main stage performance by faculty, participants, and special guests, Tap ’n Time, will be held August 27 at 7:30pm at Westminster Arts Center of Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, New Jersey. Performers include Karen Callaway Williams, Jason Janas, Hillary-Marie Michael, Jeff Foote, Hank Smith, Kyle Wilder, Boston Tap Company, NJTAP2 (NJTAP’s ensemble youth company), Beat Club Crew, What’s On Tap, Mary No & Co, and others.
Dance and Wellness Studio, with classes offered by lustigdancetheatre, is set to open September 20 in at 80 Albany Street in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Lustigdancetheatre, a 12-member troupe led by Graham Lustig, will be housed at the new, two-studio facility. Classes will be offered for all ages in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, and tap, along with Pilates, yoga-stretch and “Fit Folk”—music and movement for seniors—with many of the classes being taught by the troupe’s members.
An open house from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. September 15 to 17 and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. September 18 will allow visitors to interact with the company dancers, enjoy refreshments, and attend free open classes.
To learn more, visit www.lustigdancetheatre.org.