Lamin Pereira dos Santos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and started dancing at Centro de Danca Rio under the direction of Mariza Estrella and coaching of Maria Angelica Fiorani. In 2007, Lamin was hired by The Ballet of Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro to perform in Dalal Achcar’s production of The Nutcracker as a soloist. Pereira dos Santos was awarded a Full Tuition Scholarship to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. In 2008 he was also awarded the first ever 2008 Northern Trust Award for Excellence. In 2011, he joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company where he was able to perform Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty. He performed in the company’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire by Anna-Marie Holmes, Carmen and The Nutcracker. From 2011-2014, he joined the Orlando Ballet where he performed leading roles such as Romeo, Paris, Prince Sigfried, Prince Desire, Escamillo, Don Jose and contemporary works by Robert Hill, Peter Chu and Abdur-Rahim Jackson. In 2013, he performed a World Premiere by Helen Pickett at the Opening Night Gala and at the Inside Out Stage he performed a work by Devon Carney, the variation of Solor from La Bayadere and the White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake coached by Devon Carney. In Mr. Pereira’s first season with Kansas City Ballet, he debuted as Albrecht in Giselle and had the privilege to be coached by Elaine Bauer, performed in The Nutcracker as Cavalier and performed featured roles in Alice (in wonderland) by Septime Webre, Wunderland by Edwaard Liang, The Four Temperamentsby George Balanchine and Within Six by Andrea Schermoly.
Lilliana was born in Pordenone, Italy and started dancing at the age of 6. From 2009-2014 Lilliana climbed up the ranks from trainee to company member at the Orlando Ballet Company in Orlando FL. While in the Orlando Ballet Second Company, Ms. Hagerman won the silver medal for senior contemporary solo and top 12 for senior classical at the YAGP semi finals in 2012. Lilliana joined Kansas City Ballet in 2014. In her time at KCB, Lilliana has performed roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Devon Carney’s The Nutcracker, Girl in Pink for Jerome Robbin’s Interplay, Tinkerbell in Devon Carney’s Peter Pan, Mrs. Hutchinson in Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery, and featured roles in Helen Pickett’s Petal and Mathew Neenan’s The Uneven.
This class will delve into the art form that is musical theatre: singing, dancing, and acting! Students will learn all that it takes to be successful in musical theatre from learning choreography, to singing WHILE dancing, and telling stories through song. Students will also work on scenes from various musicals and work on improvisation to build their creative and storytelling skills.
Creative Movement is the very young child’s introduction to dance in a classroom setting. This class sparks the imagination and develops motor skills while the dancers move joyfully with music. Young students will learn basic ballet vocabulary and all exercises are age appropriate.
Any color leotard, tights, pink ballet slippers and skirts and tutus of your choice.
Primary Ballet/Jazz will continue the young dancer’s exposure to ballet and jazz fundamentals and vocabulary. Barre work and center work are presented along with across the floor large motor movements.
Any color leotard, pink or black tights, pink ballet slippers, simple wrap skirts are optional.
Ballet 1 (ages 8-11) Ballet 2 (9-12) Ballet 3 (10-14)
Ballet Levels 1-3 focus on foundational training in placement, strength building, traditional French ballet vocabulary, musicality and expression.
Ballet 4 (ages 11-15) Ballet 5 (12-17) Ballet 6 (13-17) Ballet 7 (14-17)
Ballet Levels 4-7 focus on the refinement of technical and performance skills with the goal of attaining pre-professional artistry. Musicality and presentation are strongly emphasized, with athleticism being every bit as important to the ballet experience as elegance and grace.
Ladies - all ladies wear tights and pink ballet slippers, with drawstrings tucked in. For all female students, hair must be worn in a neat ballet bun (if hair is short, a secure hairband is required.) Hair accessories are not permitted for levels 1 and up. Dance skirts and dance leg warmers may be worn with instructor approval.
Gentlemen - all gentlemen wear black ballet shoes. Hair should be worn away from the face. Males in Level 1 and up must wear an appropriate dancer belt and undergarments, as well as thick black elastic belt over the waist.
Pre-Pointe is the prerequisite to “going on pointe”. This class emphasizes proper placement and develops the dancer’s strength for pointe work. Students attend this class for 12-16 months for insured readiness for pointe work. Dancers must be at Level 4 in order to begin working toward pointe. One year of two ballet technique classes must be complete for proper strength building prior to attending pre-pointe class.
Ladies - all ladies wear tights & pink ballet slippers, with drawstrings tucked in. For all female students, hair must be worn in a neat ballet bun (if hair is short, a secure hairband is required.) Hair accessories are not permitted for levels 1 and up. Dance skirts and dance leg warmers may be worn with instructor approval.
These classes are designed to train the serious ballet student on pointe. As students
progress to higher levels, variations and partnering work will be included in class work.
Ladies - all ladies wear tights and pointe shoes. For all female students, hair must be worn in a neat ballet bun (if hair is short, a secure hairband is required.) Hair accessories are not permitted for levels 1 and up. Dance skirts and dance leg warmers may be worn with instructor approval.
Teen Beginning Ballet introduces ballet barre and center movement, epaulement (angles of the body) and traditional French vocabulary.
Leotards and tights, or form-fitting leggings and a tank top.
Jazz 1 (ages 8-11) Jazz 2 (9-12) Jazz 3 (10-14)
Jazz Levels 1-3 focus on foundational training in core strength, coordination, jazz vocabulary and musicality. Jazz class explores traditional, Broadway and contemporary styles with fun upbeat energy. Flexibility, coordination and strength are focal points of the warm up, followed by progressions across the floor, center work and combinations. Beginner students learn basic jazz steps and vocabulary through across the floor exercises and simple combinations.
Jazz 4 (ages 11-15) Jazz 5 (12-17) Jazz 6 (13-17) Jazz 7 (14-17)
Jazz Levels 4-7 focus on continued progress in strength, flexibility, while continuing to develop styles and performance with introduction to a wide range of jazz music. Intermediate classes focus on body placement and proper technique, stretching and development of skills. Advanced classes emphasize quality of movement in addition to perfecting technique, performance skills and varied styles.
Ladies – any color leotard, jazz pants, capris or tights and black jazz shoes. Hair pulled back.
Gentlemen – any solid color, form fitting t-shirt, black jazz pants and black jazz shoes. Males in Level 1 and up must wear an appropriate dancers belt and undergarments, as well as thick black elastic belt over the waist.
(ages 12 and up)
Teen Beginning Jazz introduces basic jazz technique and styles. Strength and flexibility are emphasized. Center warm up, isolations and basic dance combinations will be part of each class.
Comfortable, but for fitting attire with black jazz shoes. Leotard and tights are not required.
(prerequisite is 1 year prior ballet training)
The class concentrates on body awareness, exploring different levels, traveling movements and positions and increasing the body’s strength and flexibility. The concept of fall and recovery, contractions, jumps, turns, improvisation and exploration of different musical rhythms and their dynamics are introduced.
A solid color leotard, black form fitting capri pants or tights, and foot protection.
(prerequisite Beginner Contemporary Dance)
These classes includes exposure to Horton, Limon, Graham and other foundational techniques. Contemporary combines ballet and jazz for an expressive form of dance. Work in improvisation and choreographic principles are introduced. Ballet class required.
Solid color leotard, black form fitting capri pants or tights, and foot protection
Primary HipHop (ages 5-7)
Primary HipHop introduces the young dancer to the basic jazz moves used in Hip Hop, Funk and Street dance. Isolations and attention to rhythm will be stressed.
Beginning HipHop (ages 8-14)
This class is an introduction for students who are just starting out or have minimal hip-hop experience. Class includes a warm-up that concentrates on building stamina, strength and flexibility and rhythm isolations. Level I focuses on building a foundation of basic hip-hop movements, across the floor exercises and short combinations to age appropriate music.
Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop (ages 11+)
This class is for students who have developed a foundation of basic hip-hop movements and sequences. Hip hop 2 places more emphasis on body conditioning and developing and ear for rhythms and syncopation. Students will be expected to execute challenging combinations.
Black jazz shoes. Short or jazz pants and a t-shirt.
Primary Tap (ages 5-7)
Primary Tap introduces the young dancer to basic coordination exercises while working on simple rhythms. Listening skills are important for identifying downbeat.
Beginning Tap (ages 8-11)
In beginning tap dancers will gain knowledge of basic tap vocabulary and steps. Shuffles, flaps, flap heel, scuffles, running flaps, and riffs will be the focus and maxi-fords, Irish, buffalos and beginning time steps will also be introduced.
Intermediate Tap (ages 9-12) Advanced Tap(ages 12-18)
Intermediate and advanced tap prepares the dancer for pullbacks and wings and more complex movements.
Any solid color t-shirt, black pants, black tap shoes
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