Fall 2021 Semester
The following noncredit dance classes are offered and open to all JHU students including graduate and non-Homewood students. Classes are for the full semester and free of charge. They are in-person and will be in the AMR I Multi-Purpose Room (near the Freshman Quad). Dance class capacity is appx. 25 people. Classes are for students only. They are not open to faculty, staff or non-JHU affiliates.
Contemporary modern dance will be explored in rigorous movement sessions emphasizing technical skills and creative expression. The technical component will focus on alignment, breathing, balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance, patterning, conditioning and agility. The creative component will focus on movement experimentation, individual expression, translating ideas into movement, and performance artistry.
Modern Dance Attire
Attire should be close-fitting yet allow a wide range of movement, no shoes, and jewelry not recommended. Long hair should be tied back and out of the way. Proper attire can include:
- Stretch capris and camisoles-leggings-biker shorts-leotards and tights without feet-or a unitard.
- Exercise pants, or shorts and t-shirts or tanks.
Ballet for EveryBody approaches ballet as an immersive mind/body practice. Accept yourself as you are while striving toward greater ease, efficiency, and expansiveness of movement. Enjoy the beauty of ballet as you experience mental and physical flow and musical expressiveness within the community of a supportive mixed-level class. This is an inclusive class. People of different abilities and levels of experience are all welcome.
Ballet dance attire
All close-fitting, flexible clothing is acceptable as long as the line of the body is discernible. This includes clothing such as yoga pants, leggings, and close-fitting t-shirts.
If you are buying ballet slippers for the first time, we want to make sure that the heel of the shoe stays on and that the knuckles of your toes have room to stay flat when you are standing on releve or tip toe. Ballet slippers can be fitted and purchased in person at Artistic Dance Fashions in Towson https://www.artisticcostumes.com/ or they can be ordered from several online sources, including Discount Dance Supplies. Textured socks can be worn as a short-term substitute for ballet slippers.
Schedule & registration
Students may register for one or all weekly sessions. No previous experience required. Those with less experience are encouraged to sign-up and attend both weekly Ballet and/or Modern classes, but it is not required. Come one, come all!
Ballet for EveryBody
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30–5pm
Sept. 14 – Dec. 2
Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm, Fridays, 3:30-5pm
Sept. 15 – Dec. 3
Classes will not be held on any JHU holidays, during Fall Break, or during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks.
About the Instructors
Marilyn Byers has been the leader of the JHU Modern Company group for over 20 years and has worked as an artistic director, choreographer and educator across the region.
Lisa Green Cudek teaches ballet at Peabody and Loyola University. While in Philadelphia, she taught at the University of the Arts and Temple University.
Classes are sponsored by the Homewood Arts Programs. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.