The Alloy School Week #1
Saturday, February 12, 2022
KST’s Alloy Studios
5530 Penn Ave.
Classes start at $10 with full season registration or $12.50 for drop-in
Movement and dance is for everyBODY. The Alloy School is a creative community where individuality is celebrated and all gender expressions and cultures are welcome. In this safe space, learning is a guided collaboration between our teaching artists and the participants. Through The Alloy School’s non-competitive environment, youth, adults, and families of all experience levels can share in the joy of movement while developing body awareness, coordination, and esteem. Learn more about The Alloy School here.
Registration for the full 8-week session is encouraged, though participants are also welcome to drop in for classes throughout.
Participant/Caretaker Orientation: Interested in registering for classes or already registered? KST has a one-hour orientation at KST’s Alloy Studios for families on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 10:00am. Meet The Alloy School Education Coordinator, Simon Philips and hear from our Teaching Artists (TA). Each TA will present their style and share what students will learn over the course of the session.
Showcase and Let’s Move! Family Dance Party: Celebrate the 8-week Alloy School journey with our Showcase and Let’s Move Family Dance Party on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue. First, there is a one-hour public celebration of learning followed by a two-hour dance party for all!
Creative Play: Stars and Stories (ages 2-6) 10:00am – 10:50am
Ready to play as a family? This outer space-themed “Parent & Me” class is for boosting physicality and imagination! Discover stories, make crafts, and engage in fun games that spark creativity, all while developing body awareness and literacy skills. Parent attendance is complimentary, although not required to attend for students ages over 4.
Jazz Ballet (ages 7-12) 10:00am –10:50am
Honoring KST’s namesakes, Billy Strayhorn and Gene Kelly, this class fuses traditional ballet, jazz dance, and music. Participants will have fun learning a blend of movement styles while also exercising drama and acting skills. This class inspires participants to strengthen their connection to dance and music through exploring basic vocabulary, form, and their individual artistry.
Hip-Hop (all ages) 11:00am – 11:50am
Drawing upon Hip Hop’s rich cultural history, this energetic intergenerational class encourages students to experience the foundational elements of different hip hop styles. Students are encouraged to celebrate their personality through movement while building body awareness and self confidence. This invigorating class is taught in an adaptive style, allowing all people at all levels to find their groove.
West African (all ages) 11:00am – 11:50am
Bring your loved ones to experience the fundamentals of traditional West African dance and rhythm. Classes involve grounding full body movements accompanied by percussive rhythms, drumming, and the occasional vocal song. This intergenerational class offers invigorating adaptive exercise for all people.
Capoeira (ages 12 and up) 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Also known as “Fight Dance,” Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art created in secret by enslaved peoples. Disguised as a dance and performed to music, this unique and acrobatic form helps increase mobility and coordination while encouraging mindfulness, communication, and improvisation skills.
DanceFit (ages 18 and up) 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Sweat, stretch, and strengthen your way through this energetic class! Using a blend of eclectic exercise movements, this class focuses on all-around wellness. Rejuvenate your connection between body and mind through aerobic dance phrases and mindful meditations. This class is a dance party that’ll help your physical, mental, and emotional health soar. All levels of ability are welcome to experience the benefits of this motivational community class.
The Alloy School is made possible with support from the Arts Equity Reimagined Collective Action for Re-Imagining Vibrancy Fund grant, a funding initiative managed by New Sun Rising; the Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of the Buhl Foundation, The Grable Foundation, and the McElhattan Foundation. Kelly Strayhorn Theater is supported in part by the taxpayers of Allegheny County through a public grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD). RAD works here.
Photo Credit: Kitoko Chargois