The Newport School of Artistic Movement announces registration for fall classes offering a wide array of dance classes, open to students, ages 4 to adult in beginning through advanced levels.
Director Nancy Mittleman has been training dancers from preschool to professional for more than 45 years. Classes will begin Oct. 5 and fill quickly, so people are encouraged to register now by calling 541-961-2316, visiting pacificdanceensemble.com or emailing [email protected]
This fall, with the challenges of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of the dancers, classes will start virtually on Zoom and gradually progress to onsite classes in accordance with state recommendations and guidelines. New and returning students from Newport and beyond can enjoy classes in the comfort of their homes. This is a great way, also, for students who have moved from the area or live in remote locations to get a good workout and bring the joy of dance into their homes. Classes will be broadcast from the studio, complete with demonstrators, allowing Mittleman more time to explain and guide students through exercises.
Technique classes in Contemporary Ballet offer a fusion of ballet, modern, African and jazz dance. These classes will focus primarily on technique, stretching and strengthening due to the limited size of students’ remote spaces, but include some fun routines designed for small spaces, to maintain and develop sequence memory.
New classes offered include Composition/Choreography, Sibling/C-19 Bubble Buddy Stretch and quick 10-minute workout intensives, ranging from abdominal/core strengthening to the meditative movements of Qigong.
Mittleman emphasizes that, “Classes are designed to not only develop the student’s technical skills, but to spark their creativity, as well.” All classes offer a multitude of approaches to movement. While technique classes incorporate variations from famous choreographers, Sibling/COVID Bubble Buddy Stretch classes offer the opportunity to work with someone close on partnering, counterbalance, contact improv and yoga stretching. Pointe strengthening classes will keep students strong, while waiting to get back up on pointe in the studio. Composition classes use improvisation, “dance games,” encouraging students to explore the power of “body language” to communicate while developing creativity, acting abilities and choreographic skills.
Mittleman is also known for her holistic approach to dance, integrating science, art, literature, music, math and much more.
Students of NSAM have gone on to study and perform at Juilliard, Mark Morris Dance Group, The Jose Limon Dance, Chris Elam’s Misnomer Dance Co., Coyote Dance, Martha Graham Studio and Amanda Selwyn Dance (all in New York City); The Laban School (London, UK); Ballet Austin (Texas); San Francisco Ballet, San Diego Dance Theater, Paco Gnomes and Co., Requisite Dance, Lineage Dance Co. and California Institute for the Arts (all in California); Eugene Ballet (Oregon); Pacific Northwest Ballet (Washington); Headwaters Dance Co. (Montana); Dancer’s Workshop (Wyoming); Interlochen (Michigan); and Tisch, at New York University.
Mittleman has more than 55 years of expertise and experience dancing, teaching and directing, including 17 years teaching in artist-in-residency programs in Oregon and British Columbia, Canada. She has studied with such luminaries as Martha Graham, NYC Ballet, Charles Weidman, Leslie Watanabe, Jamey Hampton, Daniel Lewis, Alwin Nikolais Dance Co., Richard Haisma and Bela Lewitsky. In 1990, Mittleman received the Honor Award from the Oregon Dance Association for “History in the Making” from the Oregon Dance Association.
Mittleman also directs Pacific Dance Ensemble, a company of teens and young adults known to the area for its high quality and artistic performances. In 2007, PDE received an honor award from the Oregon Arts Commission for 20 years of outstanding dance education and performances.