Tap, Musical Theatre & Jazz/Contemporary
Tap (10+): Class is taught by Cullen Sanders. A Melbourne native, Cullen Sanders has much experience in the world of dance and the performing arts. He has danced all around Brevard and studied a variety of styles with companies such as Brevard Dance Academy, and King Street Dance Center. He is also no stranger to the theatre, as he frequently takes to the stages of The Henegar Center for the Performing Arts, Titusville Playhouse, and Cocoa Village Playhouse, providing him with an extensive background in the practical aspects of musical theatre! In Teens Tap (ages 10+), students will learn to identify proper sound quality and clarity, rhythm, and timing while wearing tap shoes. Classes will consist of specific warm ups, across the floor combinations, and small routines using steps such as shuffles, flaps, time steps, buffalos and more, to different styles of music! Proper terminology and musicality is stressed. Private lessons are available upon request.
Musical Theatre (ages 5-11) is a class taught by Cullen Sanders and Samantha Henn, that helps our students to gain better musicality, coordination, develop their acting skills, and body control while performing a Broadway dance routine with a theatrical approach! And most of all, it is a fun way to encourage self-confidence, team work and make friends!
Jazz/Contemporary for Beginners, ages 5-8, class is taught by Samantha Henn. This class brings together contemporary, jazz and great music. Class format consists of a warm-up to enhance core strengthening, balance, and extensions through isolations, rhythmic exercises, and floor stretches. Class includes across the floor patterns and short dance routines. Students study jazz and contemporary techniques, and learn to build complex combinations and routines. Intermediate, ages 9-12 & for the advanced level, ages 13+, these classes are taught by Colin Fuller. Melbourne City Dance Center is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Colin Fuller to our esteemed faculty. Mr. Fuller will be assuming the role of Director of Contemporary Studies for our students. He is a graduate of the prestigious Juliard School with a B.F.A. where he was named a Jerome L. Greene Fellow. Mr. Fuller is a classically trained dancer who studied with the School of the American Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and the Nederlands Dans Theater. He has performed the works of Jose Limon, Peter Martins, Brian Brooks, and Paul Lightfoot and as the lead in pieces by Merce Cunningham and Jiří Kylián. He brings to Melbourne City Dance Center considerable recent experience as a working dance professional on both stage and screen. He can guide our dancers with his knowledge of what is required of today’s dance students and working professionals. He will provide our students with a carefully crafted curriculum that integrates the foundation of their classical ballet training within the complex contemporary genre.