Studio Dance Conservatory Hosting Master Classes

Studio Dance Conservatory is hosting two contemporary master classes with Jake Casey on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m. The first class is an hour-long technique class focusing on the fundamentals of contemporary dance.

The second class is a contemporary improvisation class. Casey was a 2016 master class guest teacher in studio and is back by popular demand. These master classes are $25 each or $35 for both and open to all area dance students. Reservations are requested.

Jake Casey was born in Syracuse where he began his training at the Syracuse City Ballet. He then moved to Philadelphia to train on scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education. During his summers, he studied on scholarship with Boston Ballet and at the prestigious School of Dance at Chautauqua Institution. Casey danced with Ballet Idaho during their 2013-14 season, performing principal and soloist roles under the artistic direction of Peter Anastos.

Casey was a 2013 NYC Finalist for the Youth American Grand Prix, and competed nationally as a level ten gymnast with USA Gymnastics, an academic All-American. Casey joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2014, where he also choreographed for the Inaugural Cincinnati Ballet Choreography Workshop. Casey danced at the National Choreographer’s Initiative in Irvine, Ca., as a guest teacher/dancer. He has been dancing freelance for the past two years around the country and aboard, and has a huge dance Instagram following.

The studio is offering two summer intensives packed with all kinds of dance including contemporary, hip hop, ballet, and acro conditioning. There will be a student performance in Studio at the end of each week to round out the experience. Daman Holland, area dancer/teacher/choreographer, will be the featured guest teacher. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. The first intensive, Aug. 6-10, is for age 7-10, and the second intensive, Aug. 13-17, is for age 11 and up.

Fall classes start the week of September 10 offering ballet, contemporary, hip hop, yoga/pilates and more. Studio is located at 90 Woodworth Ave., Jamestown. For more information contact 640-7044; email libbynord@hotmail.com; or visit studiodanceconservatory.com.

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