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Twice weekly modern dance technique and improvisation class taught to middle school students at The Nueva School (Hillsborough Campus)
  • Increase flexibility through focused stretches 

  • Build agility through rehearsed movement phrases

  • Strengthen their core and both small and large muscles groups through targeted exercise sequences

  • Foster individuality and creative expression through movement exploration

  • Learn choreography from multiple genres

  • Make creative choices with respect to movement style, number of dancer and music for your own piece

  • Explore spacing with other dancers

  • Explore musicality 


In this course, students will make many creative choices to explore movement, strength building, agility training, and creative expression through dance.  A typical class will provide a warm-up focused on strength, flexibility, and agility. Next, students will learn choreography and movement exercises from various genres. Finally, students will learn how to create, explore and shape movement to their own music of their own choice. They will have opportunities to work independently and with their peers to express different emotions and narratives through movement. In addition to movement, students will explore musicality and rhythm. They will learn to count music, explore different rhythms, and keep time through movement.  In this class, all students will have the opportunity to be both a “choreographer” and a “dancer”.

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ERICA HARTONO (Indonesian/Dutch/Salvadorean) was born and raised in the Bay Area. Before receiving her BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah, she received her formative training at Ballet Arts in Oakland, the San Francisco Ballet School, and Berkeley Ballet Theater. In 2000 she co-founded Counterpointe, a dance company that fostered collaboration between Bay Area choreographers and composers to produce new works.


​Erica's professional performing highlights include: Oakland Ballet, Fiddler on the Roof (40th Anniversary Tour/Chava) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In 2016 she was a Theater Bay Area Award-nominated choreographer for her work on The Producers at Woodminster Theater. Notably, she has been a faculty member at NYU-CAP 21, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and the Mark Morris Dance Center. Currently she is on the dance faculty at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, and is the Program/Outreach Coordinator for ZiRu Dance.

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