Recreational dance programming continues at the Medicine Hat College Conservatory this spring with a variety of options for dancers of all ages and abilities. From hip hop and modern movement to more fitness-oriented classes like yoga relax, the conservatory is a place where everyone can explore dance and stay active.
“The program at the conservatory is unique because classes focus on the students developing proper foundation and technique without the pressure of competition or shows. It is more recreational, but students still have the opportunity to build the skills they need if they want to pursue dance at a more competitive level,” explains hip hop/house instructor Charity Goring, who brings a wealth of international experience and positive energy to the program.
As a former student of the MHC Conservatory, instructor Taelynn Boschee is excited to share her experience with a new generation of dancers.
“What I love most is being able to teach in the environment where I grew up dancing as a child. Now I can instil my passion for dance in my own students.”
Boschee adds that the shorter, eight-week sessions have been popular with students and parents alike. Dancers are able to try out a variety of classes without having to commit to one activity for an entire year. The affordability of the program has also been well-received, as there are no additional time commitments or expenses related to competitions and costumes.
Not just for kids, adults also have an opportunity to discover dance in a relaxed environment with no prior experience necessary. Adult classes explore basic elements like balance, rhythm and strength, incorporate fitness components like yoga and Pilates, or focus on particular styles like hip hop and modern.
“I love that it is a fun atmosphere focused on the students where we can see them excel at their own pace,” says Goring.
Goring and Boshcee are joined at the conservatory by Amber Kilback and Rebekah Smith who lead many of the adult classes.
Registration is now open online with the next session starting the week of Apr. 9. Visit www.mhc.ab.ca/Conservatory/Dance for more information.
(Image above) Dance student Isabelle Lacasse with conservatory hip hop instructor Charity Goring (right).
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