Summer Dance

GREAT is excited to partner with some fantastic local dance teachers to provide "Summer Dance" classes. The teachers have crafted classes that are affordable, fun and an opportunity for local performers to build their dance skills. 

All classes take place at GREAT Studios, 919 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud (3rd floor). 


 

African Dance with Desiree’ Clark

Tuesday June 18 and 25, and 29 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

African dance class is for everyone! Beginner to advanced dancers ages 12 and up are invited to attend. No previous dance experience is required to attend.  In the spirit of community learning and connection, this is a high energy class that will get your blood pumping, your heart rate up, and put a big smile on your face as you learn to move your body to popular African rhythms. Two classes are being offered to the community. We will dance bare foot.  

If you have any questions, please email Desiree’ at dionne825@yahoo.com.

Cost: Each class is $7.00 per participant. You can purchase tickets for both classes in advance for $15.45. There is a $1.45 processing fee for online purchase. Or you can pay for class at the door.

REGISTER ONLINE for African Dance with Desiree Clark 

What to wear to class: Generally no buttons or zippers on clothing. Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in like, leggings, biker shorts, t-shirts, or other athletic wear.

What to bring to class: Water bottle, towel, positive attitude and a willingness to move.


Modern Dance for Musical Theater with Desiree’ Clark

Tuesday June 18 and 25, and 29 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

This modern dance class is open to beginner advanced dancers ages 14 and up. No previous dance experience is required to attend. This modern dance class is specifically designed for musical theater. Newsies is the musical selected. This class is designed to focus on technique, flexibility and strength. You may dance bare foot or bring jazz shoes. In combination with the modern dance class, it is highly encouraged that participants enroll in Ballet Floor Barre on Saturdays with Lucille Guinta-Bates to continue to develop core strength and flexibility.

If you have any questions, please email Desiree’ at dionne825@yahoo.com.

Cost: Each class is $7.00 per participant. You can purchase tickets for both classes in advance for $15.45. There is a $1.45 processing fee for online purchase. Or you can pay for class at the door.

REGISTER ONLINE for Modern Dance 

What to wear to class: Generally no buttons or zippers on clothing. Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in like, leggings, biker shorts, t-shirts, or other athletic wear.

What to bring to class: Water bottle, towel, positive attitude and a willingness to move.

About the instructor: Desiree’ Clark is the current Affirmative Action Officer at St. Cloud State University. In 2007, she earned a B.F.A. in Dance from the Conservatory of Music & Dance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and in 2017, she earned a Master of Science in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University. Locally, Desiree’ has worked with Great River Educational Arts Theater (GREAT) as a dance instructor and choreographer for musicals including: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2019)Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2018), and The Wizard of OZ (2014), Disney’s Mulan Jr. (2014), and Disney’s Tarzan (2015). As an actress, Desiree’ played the lead role Sarah in GREAT Theater’s production of Ragtime (2015) and Ursula in The Little Mermaid (2019). Desiree’ has also volunteered as a guest choreographer for the Minnesota State Boy Choir Festival hosted by the St. John’s Boys’ Choir (2016), and choreographed Shrek the Musical for the Boys’ Choir (2018). This spring, Desiree' completed an Afro-modern dance residency at the College of St. Benedict. Together Desiree' and the students created Furah, Ujasiri, Roho an African dance to share at the student's spring dance concert "Dancing Between Earth and Sky". 

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Ballet Floor Barre/Conditioning/Basic Technique with Lucille Guinta-Bates

Class Dates: Saturday June 8, 11, 15, 22, and 29 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This four-week course will introduce students to basic ballet positions and exercises focusing on improving core, leg and feet strength as well as improving endurance and alignment. Most exercises will be on the floor (floor barre). However, the last portion of the class will include standing (center barre) and work on some the foundations of turns and jumps.  The exercises in this class are based on ballet, Pilates, and yoga.

This class is beneficial to any student wanting to develop/improve any style of dance technique and should be taken in conjunction with other classes being offered. Improving physical strength, endurance and body awareness is beneficial to all dancers and actors.

Suitable for ages 14 and over. No previous dance experience required.

Cost: Each class is $7.00 per participant. You can purchase tickets for all four classes in advance for $30.08. There is a $2.08 processing fee for online purchase. Or you can pay per class at the door.

REGISTER ONLINE for Ballet Floor Barre

What to wear to class: Generally no buttons or zippers on clothing. Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in like, leggings, biker shorts, t-shirts, or other athletic wear.

What to bring to class: Students may want to bring a yoga mat for floor work as well as a strap, towel or resistance band to help facilitate stretching. In addition a water bottle, towel, positive attitude and a willingness to move.

If you have any questions please email Lucille at lbates67@yahoo.com

About the Instructor:
Lucille Guinta-Bates is a dancer, choreographer, and performer, as well as an adjunct professor at St. Cloud State University in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education. She discovered her love of dance at age six when her mom enrolled her in a ballet class with Parks and Recreation in Concord, CA.

Lucille is the founder and co-director of “Gotta Dance Collective” started in 2015 to provide adults an opportunity to study and perform dance in the community. She was also a member of the Minnesota Dance Ensemble as a dancer and choreographer for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons.  She has also been teaching ballet for adults at Revolver Studios for the past three years.

Lucille studied ballet with several teachers in her childhood. Most notably with Janne Jackson Dean, who danced with American Ballet Theater and appeared in the film “The Turning Point” as Corps de Ballet.

Lucille studied Pre-Dance Therapy at University of the Pacific, in Stockton CA.; graduating with her B.A. in 1989. While at U.O.P. She studied Modern, Jazz, and Tap technique. Following her graduation, Lucille danced with “The New Dance Company” in Stockton CA for two seasons.

After years away from dance, Lucille returned to the art form in 2015, rediscovering a life long passion for dance and the arts in general. Lucille also has a M.S. degree in Social Responsibility at St. Cloud State University (2008), which is the basis of her “day job” at SCSU.  She most recently rekindled her love of acting appearing in a number of local plays. Lucille firmly believes in the healing power of the arts and that all individuals should have unfettered access to participating in artistic pursuits. Lucille lives in St. Cloud, MN with her husband Chris and daughter Irene.

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Tap Dance with Wanda Hogie

Class Dates: Thursday June 13, 20, and 27 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Each class is $7.00 per participant. You can purchase tickets for all three classes in advance for $22.77. There is a $1.77 processing fee for online purchase. Or you can pay for class at the door.

REGISTER ONLINE for Tap Dance

What to wear to class: Generally no buttons or zippers on clothing. Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in like, leggings, biker shorts, t-shirts, or other athletic wear.

What to bring to class: Water bottle, towel, positive attitude and a willingness to move.

 

Jazz Dance with Wanda Hogie

Class Dates: Thursday June 13, 20, and 27 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Each class is $7.00 per participant. You can purchase tickets for all three classes in advance for $22.77. There is a $1.77 processing fee for online purchase. Or you can pay for class at the door.

REGISTER ONLINE for Jazz Dance

What to wear to class: Generally no buttons or zippers on clothing. Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in like, leggings, biker shorts, t-shirts, or other athletic wear.

What to bring to class: Water bottle, towel, positive attitude and a willingness to move.

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