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Youth Classes
Zaccho’s Center for Dance and Aerial Arts offers after-school classes in acrobatics, tissu and aerial dance for youth ages 7-15 years old. Classes are held weekdays from 4:30 to 6:00pm at Zaccho Studio.

Our goals

Our Youth Program offers a solid foundation in aerial arts while respecting the pace of each individual student and supporting them with professional mentorship as they articulate and achieve their personal goals. We provide a space to nurture and develop creativity and imagination while finding fun ways to encourage camaraderie and collaboration.

Our Program

Our 9-month Youth Program is divided into two engaging fun-filled sessions each year:

Fall Session (September - December): Focuses on body conditioning, developing stronger technique and the exploration of the apparatus highlighted in each course.

Winter/Spring Session (January - May): Focuses on integrating technique into choreography through guided content creation with our teachers. At the end of this session, students have the opportunity to be on stage and present their work to family and friends at our annual CDAA Student Showcase.

**All new students hoping to enroll in CDAA’s classes should check with the Program Manager for an assessment of their appropriate course level. Feel free to contact us at cdaa@zaccho.org. **

Registration

We highly encourage registering for the Youth Program full session enrollment . Our classes are designed to build sequentially throughout each session in order to maximize the effectiveness of learning new skills and techniques.

We understand that not all students are able to make this commitment, so we also offer drop-in options. However, we do ask that students dropping in later in the session have previous aerial experience.

Please visit our rates/ discounts page to learn more about our pricing options and financial aid.

For more information, please contact cdaa@zaccho.org
Acrobatics for Youth & Teens
MONDAYS | 4:30 to 6pm

TEACHER: Helen Wicks
LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

RATES:
Full price: $322 (16 Classes + Student Showcase Fee)
Scholarship + ZYC: $180 ($10/class)
Drop- in available: $20


In this mixed level Acrobatics class, students will learn variations of rolls, handstands, cartwheels, and walkovers. Each class students are introduced to new ideas conceptually, physically, and creatively.

Objectives include developing strength and articulation of the body necessary to execute safe and expressive acrobatic movement. The classroom environment remains open for expression, exploration, and discussion while maintaining clear behavioral boundaries.

Through various exercises and games, Helen hopes to inspire students to develop an organized relationship with their body both upside down and upright.

This class meets 16 times:
January: 9/23/30 - February: 6/13/20/27 - March: 6/13/20/27
April: 3/10/17/24
Tissu Class
TUESDAYS | 4:30 to 6pm

TEACHER: Sonya Smith
LEVEL: Beginner and Intermediate

RATES:
Full price: $339 (17 classes + Student Showcase Fee)
Scholarship: $170 ($10/class)
No drop-in available

This class is a fusion of rope and fabric technique and performance skills for kids You will learn to climb, invert, and use these activities as a tool for self expression.

This class covers basic aerial strength and some introductory fabric and rope tricks. We will play performance games and experiment with improvisation, learn about movement qualities, and create choreography to be performed in the final show in May.

This class meets 17 times:
January: 10/17/24/31 - February: 7/14/21/28 - March: 7/14/21/28
April: 4/11/18/25
Advanced (Pre-professional)
Youth Aerial Dance
WEDNESDAYS | 4:30 to 6pm

TEACHER: Sandia Sexton
LEVEL: Advanced- Pre-professional

RATES:
Full price: $339 (17 classes + Student Showcase Fee)
Scholarship: $170 ($10/class)
No drop-in available

This class is designed for advanced students who already practice aerial dance with us. The students of this class are members of the Zaccho Youth Company directed by Joanna Haigood so you need the approval of the teacher to participate in this class.
Aerial Dance encourages students to explore in-flight choreography through the use of apparatus such as trapeze, hoops and windows.

The Fall Session will emphasize the technique and the discovery of different apparatus.

Take your Dance to the next level!

This class meets 17 times:
January: 11/18/25 - February: 7/14/21/28 - March: 1/8/15/22/29
April: 5/12/19/26 - May: 3
Intermediate Youth Aerial Dance
THURSDAYS | 4:30 to 6pm

TEACHER: Sandia Sexton
LEVEL: Intermediate/ Advanced

RATES:
Full price: $305 (15 classes + Student Showcase Fee)
Scholarship + ZYC: $150 ($10/class)
Drop- in available: $20

Aerial Dance encourages students to explore in-flight choreography through the use of apparatus such as trapeze, hoops and windows. The Spring Session will emphasize the connection between technical training, composition, improvisation and performance in preparation for our annual student showcase in May.

Take your Dance to the next level!

This class meets 15 times:
January: 12/19 - February: 2/9/16/23 - March: 2/9/16/23/30
April: 13/20/27 - May: 4
Beginner Youth Aerial Dance
FRIDAYS | 4:30 to 6pm

TEACHER: Azraa Muhammad
LEVEL: Beginner/Intermediate

RATES:
Full price: $305 (15 classes + Student Showcase Fee)
Scholarship + ZYC: $150 ($10/class)
Drop- in available: $20

In this class, students will continue to explore movement techniques, flying on low level apparatus. They will build their confidence in the air. This class incorporates strength, flexibility and a good ole’time hanging upside down! The Spring session will emphasize the connection between technical training, composition, improvisation and performance, in preparation for our annual student showcase in May. In order to prepare we will draw inspiration from current social issues and themes that they relate to. Themes that range from identity, ancestry, environment, and tolerance, to nature, exploration, voyage and their imagination will be used as a way of expression in their choreography.

This class meets 15 times:
January: 13/20 - February: 3/10/17/24 - March: 3/10/17/24/31
April: 14/21/28 - May: 5