|Dance Department Chair - Susie Guthro|
South Shore Conservatory Dance Department offers a full range of classical ballet and movement classes for children ages 3 and up. Providing a positive and nurturing atmosphere, our faculty creates an individualized experience for each student within the classroom setting. Whether they are exploring dance as recreation or wishing to pursue their training to the pre-professional level, all students are given the foundation of quality ballet training. Our SmARTY Dance program integrates all styles and forms of dance for students ages 3-7 teaching them to use their bodies for creative expression.
SSC reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment.
Program has rolling admission.
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Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm
August 6, 13, 20
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 pm
August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30-7:30 pm
For three and four year-olds, this 45-minute class allows children to explore their imaginations through the experience of music and movement.
Duxbury: Tuesday 3:00-3:45 pm or Saturday 10:15-11:00 am
$600/year plus $25 registration fee
In this one-hour class for five and six year-olds, students learn to explore ranges of movement through basic dance steps (chasse, polka, skipping, etc.) that help them develop basic rhythm and movement skills and posture awareness.
Duxbury: Tuesday 3:45-4:45 pm or Saturday 9-10 am
$640/year plus $25 registration fee
|Tuesday 3:45-4:45 pm||Saturday, 9 - 10 am|
Ballet: Level I
Taught through structured exercises at the barre and center, this program for children ages seven through nine is a formal introduction to classical ballet and vocabulary.
Duxbury: Tuesday 4:45-6:00 pm and Thursday 3:45-5:00 pm
$1440/year plus $25 registration fee
Ballet: Level II
Continuing formal ballet training, this two-day-a-week class is recommended for students ages 8 - 11 who have successfully completed at least one year of Level I training. Enrollment is after evaluation only.
Duxbury: Monday 3:45-5:15 and Thursday 5:00-6:30
$1530/year plus $25 registration fee
Ballet: Level III
Students having mastered Level II skills continue to advance their ballet technique and begin preparing for regular training en pointe.
Duxbury: Monday 5:15-6:45 pm, Wednesday 3:45-5:45 pm and Friday 5:45-7:45 pm
$2500/year plus $25 registration fee
Ballet: Level IV/V
This technically more accelerated class carefully guides students toward beginning to formulate their plans for intensifying their ballet studies.
Duxbury: Saturday 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Monday 6:45-8:15 pm, Wednesday 5:45-7:45 pm, and Friday 3:45-5:45 pm
$2750/year plus $25 registration fee
Note: Students are expected to spend at least two years in Levels II – V. Placement for transferring students ages 8 and above is by audition.
NEW! Hip Hop, ages 5-8
Duxbury: Saturday, 11:00 am-12 noon
NEW! Ballet Rep Class
Duxbury:Saturday, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
NEW! Teen/Adult Beginner Class
Duxbury: Tuesday, 6:00-7:15 pm
It is never too early to start with healty habits of movement, brain exercises and breath awareness.Children wil develop social, sensory and motor skills all while having fun. A typical class includes yoga poses with songs, picture books and games. Similar to adult yoga, the class ends with a quiet time where children can exploe a feeling of peacefullness.
Monday: 10:30-11:15 pm
Susie Guthro, Department Chair
Susie is a former company member of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre where she performed corps de ballet and soloist roles. She has danced with Indianapolis Ballet, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble, Margot Parsons, and The Portland Ballet.
Susie began her teaching as a student teacher at Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Over the last ten years she has taught for many area schools including Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre Young Dancer's Program. Having the opportunity to work with many great teachers and choreographers throughout her training and career, Susie is thrilled to impart all that she has learned with her students. She is proud to bring encouragement and a positive atmosphere to all her classes.
Susie was a scholarship student at Joffrey Ballet School's trainee program and has studied ballet with Boston Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Pennsylvania Ballet School, and North Carolina School of the Arts. She received her early training at The Portland Ballet in Maine.
Susie also shares her love of dance as a licensed ZUMBA ® Fitness teacher.
Meg Durkin, Yoga
Teaching Artist Statement
Teaching yoga is about exploring a whole person: body, mind and breath. When students feel aligned in these three areas, their world expands. I feel extremely fortunate to be in a position to introduce life time habits of movement and mindfulness to children. These habits help nurture the spirit and calm the mind so it is easier to weather the storms that humans face on a daily basis. I am also happy to offer children at the Conservatory a safe and caring place to explore and reach their potential in a noncompetitive environment.
Meg Durkin, MS, RYT, RCYT has been studying and practicing yoga since 2007. She is a Certified Radiant Child Yoga Instructor, a Licensed Yoga 4 Classrooms Instructor, and also completed her 200 hour RYT Teacher Training through Yoga of Energy Flow. She has a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, and a BA in American Studies from Middlebury College. Meg began teaching yoga at the South Shore Conservatory in 2009 to preschool and kindergarten children. Yoga for children teaches them about proprioception, social and emotional skills, self regulation, and body awareness through strength, flexibility and balance. When she not spreading her love of yoga with others, Meg enjoys spending time with her four children. She and her family live in Hingham, MA.
Meg is featured in the South Shore Living article: The Zen Life - Half-pint Style Holistic methods keep South Shore youngsters healthy
Rachel Miscenich-Catanzariti began her training in New Orleans with Leila Hallar at age of four and continued with Harvey Hysell and Vincenzo Celli in the Cechetti Technique, with Natalia Krassovska in the Vaganova Technique and Barbara Forbes from the National Ballet of Canada School. She received extended training with the North Carolina School of the Arts and the San Francisco Ballet School. While still a student in New Orleans, Rachel won first place two years consecutively at the Jefferson Performing Arts Competition.
She enjoyed an international career touring extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Taipei, while performing Soloist and Principal roles with the New Orleans Ballet, the Jackson Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Basel Ballet of Switzerland, and Bejart Ballet Lausanne in a wide-ranging repertoire from the pure classics of Petipa, to the more contemporary works of Balanchine, Paul Taylor, John Butler, Nils Christie and Maurice Bejart.
After returning to the States in 1992, Rachel was principal guest artist with the Uptown Dance Theatre, the Portland Ballet, North Shore Civic Company, and Boston Dance Company.
Over the years, she has taught at various schools in the New Orleans, Boston and South Shore areas. She has been teaching for Jose Mateo for 14 years.
Early in her career, Rachel sought out and worked with Maggie Black and Finus Jung in New York to discover a more organic approach to ballet. This perspective helped sustain the original motivation for beginning dance so many years before, the love of movement and the freedom found within the discipline of ballet. This passion continues to influence her teacher’s mission today… to guide each student toward perfecting his or her technique, while always beginning from, and returning to, the liberating joy of dance.
Adrienne Perfetuo Zopatti, SmARTy Dance
Adrienne Perfetuo Zopatti has a B.A. in Dance and Performance Studies from Roger Williams University . She has been studying dance for 16 years, from Ballet to Jazz, Tap to Hip Hop, although her main focus is Modern and Creative dance. She has also trained thoroughly in Figure Skating.
Teaching and choreographing is a huge passion for Adrienne. "Working with children is so fulfilling and rewarding, there isn't anything I would rather do," says Adrienne. A piece Entitled "Emotional Divide," choreographed by Adrienne, was featured and adjudicated in the American College Dance Festival, and received great reviews! In the future, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue more education in the field of teaching.
Adrienne joined the South Shore Conservatory faculty in 2005.
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