Dance education provides more than just technical dance skill development. Benefits that are acquired through structured dance training carry over into so many other areas of activities, whether it's personal social or sports related. And these benefits can last a lifetime! Through consistent dance training, children can develop better posture, coordination, balance, endurance, grace, poise, timing and rhythm, self confidence, discipline of body and mind, self esteem, socialization and teamwork skills.
Observation-We ask that you limit your visitation of the dance classes to the first and last day of the session. We found that the students learn much faster without the distraction of parents and siblings in attendance. Thank you for your cooperation.
Ages 3-4. Join us for a fun, creative introduction to ballet and general movement! In this beginning class, we’ll skip, hop, jump, spin, gallop, and more while practicing important dance (and life!) skills like staying in line and following the leader. No special clothes or shoes required, but come ready to move and have fun! (If you’ve taken dance classes with us before, this class is similar to Twinkle Toes.) Instructor: Eleanor Wakefield.
1/27-3/17 . . . F . . . 3:30-4:15p . . . $27 ID/$34 OD
Dance Sampler 1
Ages 5-7. This beginning-level dance class is perfect for dancers with or without formal dance experience. In it, we’ll do some creative movement--where they make up and explore their own moves--as well as learning new steps and kinds of movement together. We’ll do a bit of hip hop, tap, jazz, and ballet, so this class will let you move your way whatever your favorite is! No special shoes or clothes required, but do come ready and dressed to move a lot! (This class is similar to what we used to call Tiny Dancers.) Instructor: Eleanor Wakefield.
1/27-3/17 . . . F . . . 4:20-5:20p . . . $36 ID/$46 OD
1/25-3/15 . . . W . . . 4:30-5:15p . . . $27 ID/$34 OD
Ages 3-4. Join us for a fun, creative introduction to hip hop and general movement! In this beginning class, we’ll skip, hop, jump, spin, gallop, and more while practicing important dance (and life!) skills like staying in line and following the leader. We’ll begin to learn dancing with the beat of the music to build some hip hop dance skills while also doing plenty of creative movement. No special clothes or shoes required, but come ready to move and have fun! (If you’ve taken dance classes with us before, this class is similar to Twinkle Toes.) Instructor: Eleanor Wakefield.
1/25-3/15 . . . W . . . 3:30-4:15p . . . $27 ID/$34 OD
Scholarships for 4th and 5th graders available through the Memory Tones. Please contact Eileen Adee at (541) 461-0890 for an application.
All ages. Ashley Wright has played the piano for 25 years. A lifelong musician, Ashley has studied music at the U of O, and now performs with local ensembles Samba Ja and The Beat Crunchers on percussion, keyboards and saxophone. Her teaching experience includes giving private piano lessons, co-directing Samba Ja, and tutoring music theory at LCC. Ashley’s primary motivation for playing music is that it is fun, and she believes that any genre and any song is worth studying if it’s fun and appropriately challenging for the student.
Ongoing Tu or Th . . . $18 ID/$20 OD . . . 30 minute lesson
Ages 9 & up. Learn about a different Modern Artist every week. You’ll be introduced to their lives and their work. We will then complete a project that is inspired by that artist in some way such as subject matter, style or technique. It will be a fun class to learn some art history, technique and make some great art. Supplies will be provided. Instructor: Melanie Pearson.
1/10-2/28 . . . Tu . . . 4-5:30p . . . $36 ID/$43 OD
Karate and Self-defense
Ages 10+. Learn modern self-defense concepts and techniques with major emphasis placed on women and children’s self defense. Self-defense training includes expanding knowledge of the potential dangers, personal awareness of surroundings, and improving physical defensive skills. Training uses ancient and modern Kata forms. Traditional method of recognizing achievement and advancement is the colored belt system. Held at Gymnastics NW, 30043 Leghorn Road. Call 541-688-8955 to register. Instructor: Dave DeHart.
Every . . . TuTh . . . 7-8:30p . . . $35/month
Tae Kwon Do
Ages 7+. Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean martial art performed with empty hands, bare feet and a strong spirit. Beginning class will learn kicking and hand techniques for self defense, while developing physical fitness and self confidence. Intermediate class offers advanced training in non contact sparring forms of self defense skills for students wishing to advance. Held at Gymnastics NW, 30043 Leghorn Road. Call 541-688-8955 to register. Instructor: John B. Camp.
Youth/Adult Beg . . . MW . . . 6:30-7:30p . . . $35/month
Youth/Adult: Int . . . MW . . . 7:30-8:30p . . . $35/month
Introduction to Creative Writing
Ages 8-13. In all its’ many forms, Creative Writing is a constructive and thoughtful way to express emotions and expand the mind. For young people, prose can be an outlet to create and explore new worlds, improve their language skills, and build their confidence and self-esteem. In this class, students will be introduced to new writing forms (such as script writing and poetry), be encouraged to create and share their work, and collaborate on a class story. Come and join the fun!
Instructor: Jessie Tarter.
1/10-3/14 . . . Tu . . . 6-7p . . . $25 ID/$35 OD
Safe Sitter Spring Break Camp
Ages 11-13. Let’s add a little spring twist to our Safe Sitter classes! Not only will we offer our usual Safe Sitter program but we will add crafts, outdoor activities and swimming in our indoor pool here at the Park! Safe Sitter classes prepare young adolescents to be safe, nurturing babysitters. They will receive hands on training in areas such as: Child Care Essentials, Safety for the Sitter, Injury Management and introduces Preventing Injuries and Behavior Management. Developed in 1980 by an Indianapolis pediatrician, Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. Each student will receive The Safe Sitter Babysitter’s Handbook. This class includes choking rescue, but does not include CPR. Please bring a swim suit and a lunch. Held at River Road Park and Recreation, 1400 Lake Dr. Register at River Road Park or call 541-688-4052. Class is limited to 8 students. Instructor: Barbara Hoffman.
3/27, 3/28 . . . MTu . . . 9a-3p . . . $75 ID $90 OD