Special Events

Summer Specialty Series: Conditioning, Ballet and Contemporary Series with Danielle Lydia Sheather

In this class series students will first experience conditioning exercises specific to the feet/ankles, hips, and spine in order create balance between strength and flexibility where a contemporary understanding of individual alignment will be upheld. Ballet barre will consist of an eclectic mix of classical line with contemporary ballet with a focus on the foundation of both épaulement and head placement, along with attention to the refinement of technique as a means to increase artistry and performance quality. In the center students will move through contemporary movement phrases and combinations where opposing means of lengthening are explored throughout.

Danielle Lydia Sheather (www.daniellelydiasheather.com), Canadian born dancer, choreographer, artist, and educator, considers herself a life-long learner and has trained with the Paul Taylor Winter Intensive, Limón Spring Studies Program, Horton Pedagogy Workshop, Off Jazz Stage d’été, and in Australia at the One Body One Career Countertechnique Intensive. She has performed both nationally and internationally in various settings from commercial to concert dance on both television and stage including national commercials for Busch Gardens Williamsburg and the International Dance Festival at the Duke on Broadway.

Her choreography has been showcased at various venues including Baryshnikov Arts Center, Stevie Eller Dance Theater, and at Le Regard du Cygne in Paris, France. Her creative works are an artistic expression of human consciousness through the medium of physical exploration and she has enjoyed successful collaborations with other artists including harpist Rachel Knight and visual artist Ruben Ramirez.

As scholar, she is interested in exploring the neuromuscular/psychosomatic connections that exist between the mind and body in order to develop sound anatomical alignment, longevity, and injury prevention techniques. She is also deeply passionate about continuing the legacy of choreographers both past and present and has an active research agenda in Dance Documentation and Preservation which has led her to present research on the subject at the National Dance Education Organization Conference.

Danielle has previously served as Guest Artist and Instructor at East Carolina University. She received her MFA from the University of Arizona as a University Fellow and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant for the College of Fine Arts. During her studies, she was invited to teach in Mexico and received funding, including the Medici Scholarship, to study in Nice, France. She is delighted to return to her alma matter serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance. In 2003, Danielle received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors College with a BFA in Dance and BA in Psychology.

Each class is limited to 19 people! We highly encourage registering in advance for the classes you plan to attend.

Wednesday, June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, July 3rd
7:30-9pm
Danielle Lydia Sheather
Conditioning, Ballet & Contemporary
$15 per class for Members
$30 per class for Non-Members 

“Jazz Dance Often” with Tom Ralabate blending: Classic, Latin, Contemporary, and Vernacular styles

TOM RALABATE is Professor and Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at University at Buffalo (UB). A past Artistic Director of UB’s Zodiaque Dance Company, he has taught for all major dance organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A former United States and North American Latin Ballroom Dance Champion, he was the American representative with his sister Kip Ralabate, to the World Latin Dance Championships. Tom is currently the National Chair of Education Strategy for Dance Masters of America Inc. (DMA), and has contributed to revisions of both DMA’s Jazz Exam and Jazz Dance Manual. Honored for his contributions to dance by raising national dance standards, Tom is the third recipient of the prestigious Ivy Hall Foundation Award, first awarded to Gene Kelly and presented by DMA. The founder of DMA’s Student Honors Intensive Program (SHIP), DMA has established an educational scholarship in the name of Thomas Ralabate. In 2007, Dance Teacher Magazine honored Tom at their annual summer conference in New York City, for distinguishing himself as an outstanding educator in higher education. Other professional awards include: Artistic Achievement Award presented by CNADM; the Jazz Dance World Congress Angel Award; the first recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Area of Arts at UB, and a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities. In 2009, he was awarded DMA’s Member of the Year, and in 2013, the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston honored him with the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award. In 2016, he was the recipient of the DMA President’s Award and at UB he was presented with The Julian Park Award, the highest honor awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences, UB Dean.
Tom Ralabate
ralabate@buffalo.edu

Wednesday, July 10th
7:30-9pm
Tom Ralabate 
Jazz Dance Often
$35 for Members (please register at studio for discount)
$40 for Non-Members

 

Ballet + Modern Master Class with Kerry Ring

This class welcomes dancers of all levels to participate in the full arc of an intermediate ballet technique class. Barre work will prepare dancers to fully utilize the traditional structure of adagio, pirouettes, and various allegros to practice a range of dynamics. This ballet class will provide an opportunity for dancers to make connections to the basic elements that define inspired dancing in any style. Modern Dance combinations will supply an exploration of multiple styles and qualities while reinforcing the importance of individuality and inspiration through community.

Kerry Ring, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance at SUNY at Buffalo (UB), earned her BFA from University of New Mexico and her MFA from Mills College. Kerry directs and choreographs for the UB Zodiaque Dance Company. She has performed with the Nevada Dance Theatre, Delta Festival Ballet, the Santa Fe Opera, Bill Evans Dance Company, and Molissa Fenley and Dancers. She is “core ballet faculty” for Dance Masters of America, is certified in Kriya Yoga and Ultra Barre, and is a frequent contributor to Dance Studio Life.

Kerry was selected to present a class at the American College Dance Festival in Washington, DC this past June, and Zodiaque was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center as part of the National Festival.

Monday, July 15th
7:00-9:00pm
Kerry Ring
Ballet + Modern
$35 for Members (please register at studio for discount)
$40 for Non-Members 

End your weekend on a high note! NCD will be bringing in a guest instructor one Sunday a month for a special 90min “Sunday Funday Choreography Session”! Class will include a warm-up and then we’ll get right into learning a piece of choreography for the remainder of class. Class is for students 14 and up with Intermediate level experience in the style of dance offered. Each class costs $20, and we need a minimum of 5 people registered in order to host each session, please register through MINDBODY.

Sunday, April 7th
10-11:30am
LauRen Alaimo
Commercial Jazz

We’re busy booking guest instructors! Please check back regularly and LIKE our FB page for announcements!

Past Special Events

Bollywood Dance class
Gaitrie Subryan “Devi Bollywood”
March 20th, 2019

5th Annual Burlesque Holiday Party
Amanda Watson
December 21st, 2018

Broadway Connection Musical Theatre Master Class “Hamilton”
Broadway Connection Teacher, Karli Dinardo
December 2nd, 2018

Master Class with Jon Lehrer
Jon Lehrer
October 28th 2018

Physical Listening Workshop
Joanna Mendl Shaw
October 19th 2018

Contemporary/Improvisation
EvanMatthew Steward
August 29th 2018

Jazz Master Class
Tom Ralabate
August 14th 2018

Broadway Connection Tap Master Class “Aladdin”
Broadway Connection Teacher, Michelle West
August 12th, 2018

Ballet Master Class
Danielle Lydia Sheather
August 1st 2018

Contemporary Flow
Leanne Rinelli
July 6th 2018

Pilates & Technique
Jamie Stodds
July 5, 2018

Tap Through the Ages
Rachel Repinz
June 21st & 28th, 2018

Musical Theater 4 Week Session
Timmy Goodman
Wednesday, June 6-27th, 2018

Modern Master Class
Kerry Ring
June 15, 2018

Broadway Connection Tap Master Class “Something Rotten”
Broadway Connection Teacher and star of Something Rotten, Kate Bailey
March 11, 2018

Ballet Master Class
Danielle Lydia Sheather
November 12, 2017

Ballroom/Social Dance Workshop
Phyllis “Kippy” Ralabate
Sept-Oct 2017

Ballet Technique, Turns & Leaps Workshop
LauRen Alaimo
June-July 2017

Ballet + Modern Master Class
Kerry Ring
June 7, 2017

Broadway Connection Musical Theatre Master Class “Cabaret”
Broadway Connection Teacher and star of Cabaret, Sarah Bishop
April 30, 2017

Broadway Connection Tap Master Class “42nd Street”
Broadway Connection Teacher and Star of 4nd Street, Mallory Nolting
January 22, 2017

LehrerDance Master Class
Jon Lehrer
July 26, 2016

Musical Theatre Master Class
Michael Peter Deeb
June 21, 2016

Modern Master Class
Kerry Ring
June 8, 2016

Luigi Style: Lurhythmic Textures Master Class
Tom Ralabate
March 20, 2016

Modern/Contemporary Master Class
Ellen Stokes Shadle
November 28, 2015

Classic/Contemporary Jazz Fusion Master Class
Tom Ralabate
August 12, 2015

Phrase Work Master Class
Leanne Rinelli
July 8, 2015

Belly Dance with Faaria Workshop
Faaria Lynch
June 22, 2015

Contemporary Technique Master Class
Leanne Rinelli
June 17, 2015

Broadway Connection Jazz Master Class “Chicago”
February 22, 2015

LehrerDance Master Class
Jon Lehrer
October 26, 2014

A Chorus Line Master Class – “I Hope I Get It”
LauRen Alaimo
September 28, 2014

A Chorus Line Master Class – “One”
LauRen Alaimo
September 21, 2014

Tap Dance Time Step Master Class
Amanda Watson
August 3, 2014

LehrerDance Master Class
Jon Lehrer
July 13, 2014