The Arena – Creative Movement for Ages 4-8

Saturdays, 11:00-11:45am with Kendall Kramer

Enrollment-based classes for Creative Movement.
$72 for the 6-week session, May 14-June 18
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Creative Movement for 4- through 8-year-olds is designed to give young artists the tools they need to explore their unique voices, alone and as an ensemble. Dancers hone age-appropriate modern, ballet, and jazz vocabularies, while growing creatively. This 6-week class period, taught by Kendall Kramer, dives into the 4 elements of the artistic process: creating, performing, responding, and connecting. Students learn dance terminology in addition to creatively describing common dance exercises and explorations. Examples of class themes include responding to stimuli, learning how to modify dance steps, creating the structure of a story, and interpreting written or visual art (literacy and reading comprehension not necessary). Exercises, music, and props are carefully chosen to stimulate the imagination and expand upon common experiences of the young dancer. Introduction to the historical and cultural roots of dance, body-awareness, and breathing, in an inclusive environment of laughter and cheer.

Kendall Kramer is dancer, choreographer, and educator who is deeply passionate about creating spaces where creativity can flourish. Born in Minneapolis, she trained at Minnetonka Dance Theater and School, where she also taught dance. Kendall graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) in 2010 with dual degrees in Dance Performance and Spanish Language. She had the great privilege to study with Danny Buraczeski, Christopher Dolder, Nathan Montoya, Patty Delaney, Karen Kriete, among others. In Texas, she danced with organizations and individual artists such as Leslie Scates of Lower Left, Frame Dance, and Psophonia Dance Company. Kendall has received reviews for noteworthy performances in the Houston Press; and her work GLOW received the honor of Best New Dance Work of the Houston Fringe Festival in 2016. In TX, Kendall set work on Psophonia Dance Company, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, for 3D film, the Houston Comedy Dance Festival, among others. With mentorship from Psophonia, Kendall began her in-studio dance and dance-in-education career, working to stimulate creativity, improve reading skills and empower students to use critical thinking skills.

Ages listed are recommended but not definitive. Students should arrive to class on time. If a student arrives late, please check in to receive access to class. The Arena administration appreciates advance notice of necessary absences. No horseplay will be permitted in the hall or the studio. A health waiver will need to be signed upon entry to the space. All staff and students are required to wash hands or use supplied hand sanitizer before entering studio.

Please do not leave any children unattended in the studio.

Location Info

The Arena
711 W. Lake Street
Studio 308
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Contact Info

Mathew Janczewski