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Ballt Week

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Dance Department - Core Philosophy

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.

South Shore Conservatory is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT ®National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Currently, Level 2 and Level 3 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Susie Guthro, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum.


SSC reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment.
32 weeks

Program has rolling admission.

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2014-2015 schedule

Creative Dance
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 $35 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 $35 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 $35 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
plus $35 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
plus $35 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
plus $35 registration fee

Ballet Workshop: One Thursday evening a month we will host a Ballet Workshop. Workshops will be an opportunity for our ballet students to experience and learn about other subjects that are complimentary to their ballet studies. Ex: Contemporary Dance, yoga for dancers, hair and make-up for stage, audition preparation, character dance, pantomime, and music for dancers.

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
16 weeks/$320

A fun approach to movement, this class is an introduction to Hip Hop using rhythmic beats and styles of this dance discipline to encourage gross motor development. Students learn and present choreographed routines.

NEW! Ballet Repertoire and Variations
Duxbury:Saturday, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
8 weeks/$175

Offered for Students levels III and up this class is dedicated to learning and rehearsing choreography. Students will have an opportunity to learn the classic ballet variations from the famous ballets as well as participate in original choreography. Offered as an 8 week program students will showcase their work at the end of each session in a small in-studio performance. This class will provide SSC with a group of dedicated young dancers who will be eligible to perform in any other SSC event as needed. Ex; Open houses, lecture demonstrations, Family Arts Fest etc. Students must be registered for all their scheduled level technique classes to participate.

NEW! Teen/Adult Beginner Ballet Class
Duxbury: Tuesday, 6:15-7:30 pm
8 weeks/$225

This one hour and fifteen minute class is designed for students ages 11 and up who wish to learn the basics of ballet in an age appropriate setting. Classes will consist of learning ballet terminology, body placement and use of coordination to build a proper foundation. This class serves students who would like to study ballet at a recreational level as well as prepare more serious students for joining structured level classes. This is a great “refresher” for any student who may have some earlier ballet experience. Runs in 8 week sessions. Placement into leveled classes upon instructor discretion.

SmARTy Dance

Create, Pointe, and Flex
Ages 3-6

Girls Groove (Hip Hop for Girls)
Ages 4-7

Hip Hop for Boys
Ages 4-7

Dance and Movement Faculty

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 Guthro is an ABT ® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Duxbury article: Notes from the Conservatory: Ballet – a love affair

Rachel Miscenich-Catanzariti 

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, including Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.

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 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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