Our Dance Programs
Embrace Movement. Explore Imagination.
Dance acts as a catalyst, increasing positive social, emotional, and physical health in youth we serve. Through master classes, group classes, workshops, and performances, youth are provided opportunities to share and learn from each other. Rainey Institute’s Teaching Artists have partnered with the artists of GroundWorks DanceTheater to inspire youth day in and day out and push them to better themselves through the world of dance. GroundWorks DanceTheater has been a leader in artistic excellence in Northeast Ohio for over 20 years and has partnered with Rainey to encourage the growth of young artists in the Dance Mastery and Ballet programs. Read about the perks of partnering with GroundWorks DanceTheater here! Rainey Institute provides dance classes after school, weeknights, and on weekends.
Program offerings include the following:
After School – Dance Mastery
Grades 3rd – 8th
Advance your dance skills to the next level through Rainey Institute’s After School Dance Mastery program! Students rotate through Ballet, Modern, and Hip-Hop dance forms throughout the week and receive Homework Help and Meals as a part of the After School program. Students receive individualized instruction from Rainey Institute’s teaching artists and GroundWorks Dance Theater professionals. Students perform for friends, family, and the community several times throughout the year.
Dance Mastery Level I, II, or III
Grades 3rd – 8th
Rainey Institute is excited to give advanced dance students the opportunity to take their skills to the next level. Audition to be placed in Rainey Institute’s Dance Mastery Level I, II, or III. Students will cycle through Modern, Hip-Hop, Ballet, and Fitness classes Monday-Friday for 90 minutes. Rainey’s Dance involves learning repertoire from various national and local teaching artists/choreographers including GroundWorks Dance Theater. To schedule an audition, please contact Rainey Institute’s Dance Coordinator, Darnell Weaver, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 881-1766, extension 18.
Ballet Group Class
Introduction to Ballet – Ages 4 – 6
Children will enhance their balance, coordination, and spacial awareness as well as learn basic ballet fundamentals.
Ballet I – Ages 7 – 11
Rainey Institute partners with the artists of GroundWorks DanceTheater to teach introduction to ballet. GroundWorks DanceTheater has been a leader in artistic excellence in Northeast Ohio for over 20 years and has partnered with Rainey to encourage the growth of young artists in the Dance Mastery and Ballet programs. Read about the perks of partnering with GroundWorks DanceTheater here! Explore ballet in Rainey’s beginners ballet class. Program participants will use the ballet barre and learn basic steps and positions. These are then combined to create simple combinations. Participants will learn step names and basic barre skills.
African Dance Group Classes
Rainey Institute’s beginner African Dance class incorporates movements focused on rhythms, songs, and culture as well as dance choreographies traditionally performed for rites of passage, courtship, and other cultural occasions. The class emphasizes community building and individual potential.
Hip-Hop Group Class
Rainey Institute’s Hip-Hop Group Class teaches rhythm, coordination, musicality, and choreography without suggestive music or movements. Program participants enjoy an energetic and fast-paced dance class that develops focus, strength, and agility while having fun.
Modern Dance Group Class
Rainey Institute’s Modern Dance Class incorporates many styles of classical modern dance. These classes focus on contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and elemental concepts of space, time and force. They help children develop technical proficiency, musicality, rhythmic accuracy.
P.H.I.T. Group Class
Interested in getting a great workout and learning martial arts at the same time? Then P.H.I.T. is the class for you! Short for Physical Health International Training, P.H.I.T helps program participants get in shape while learning martial arts basics. Teaching Artist Titus Golden employs years of experience, incorporating kuntao, silat, bagua, taiji, and capoeira art forms into his training.
Tumbling I & II Group Class
Ages 3–5, 6–9
Looking to improve your child’s motor skills? Rainey Institute’s Tumbling I & II classes do just that through basic movement and gymnastic exercises.
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