Student Choreography Showcase Registration Deadline Extended to November 25th!
Student Choreography Showcase Registration Deadline Extended to November 25th!
Come dance with us! Outdoor Dance Workshops for grades 3-12 in Harrison and Tarrytown. Private pods of all ages and genres, outdoor and virtual Zumba and fitness classes for adults.
Virtual classes (from anywhere) preschool - 12th Grade, adults and seniors.
Our Mission at Dance Works is to deliver high quality yet affordable dance & fitness education in a fun, nurturing, yet disciplined, goal-setting and challenging atmosphere. Our mobile studio's goals are to inspire dancers and humans to reach their fullest potential as dancers technically, artistically and athletically, while promoting dedication, hard work, fostering friendships and leadership and encouraging creativity in a supportive, safe and non-competitive environment.
Wendy Wood Barletta is the Founder, Executive & Artistic Director, Instructor and Choreographer for Dance Works since 1999. Her mobile studio partners with municipalities, schools, gyms and corporations to bring dance, fitness and movement available to people at any age, whether recreational, beginner, intermediate or aspiring professional. Dance Works is recognized for its broad repertory, development of the whole dancer and for a vision that keeps dance, fitness and creativity alive affordably in our community.
Wendy began her dance-teaching career at the University of Massachusetts in 1982. She received her BFA degree in Dance from the UMASS 5-college Dance Department in Amherst, Massachusetts. Wendy has a performance degree though her concentrations were aligned with Dance Education, Choreography and post-graduate work in fitness. Wendy has performed, taught and choreographed for all ages and levels in New York, California, Canada and in Europe. She studied with Alvin Ailey, Bella Lewitsky, Luigi, Gemze de Lappe and many other well renown dance pioneers and their disciples. Wendy brings well-rounded experience to her classes. Many of her students have gone on to perform professionally in movies, TV and on stage. Others have entered into dance teaching, dance therapy and other dance and fitness related fields. Wendy has a unique approach, emphasizing fun in her classes, while teaching safe and proper technique, alignment and overall body strengthening and flexibility. She provides a creative, happy and rewarding learning environment for all levels to help each dancer develop her/his own style. For those expressing the desire to do so, teacher training is available.
Under Wendy’s direction, dancers this season will perform pieces from her portfolio of 150 works choreographed since 1982 (including some new interpretations). Her diverse repertory offers powerful entertainment for all audiences. Wendy encourages her company members to create and perform their own choreography, giving rise to young talent in the performing and creative elements of the craft. Choreography workshop is an integral part of her program.
In addition to her BFA degree in Dance, Wendy is an authentic AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Licensed Zumba®, Zumba® Gold, Zumba®Kids, Zumba®KidsJr, Zumba®Chair/Fitness Instructor and is CPR/AED Certified. She is a member of the IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine & Science) and NDEO (National Dance Education in Arts) organizations.
Dance Works produces an annual showcase that bridges the gap between local student performing companies and Manhattan professionals who gather in a non-competitive way to celebrate dance while raising funds to help change the lives of the community around them.
Here are just some of the charitable causes we have supported: The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides for Breast Cancer, The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, The March of Dimes, The Children’s Cancer Fund, Avon Foundation’s Breast Cancer Crusade, Avon Foundation’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Campaign, The American Red Cross, Make-A-Wish, the Blythedale Children’s Hospital and The Little Angels Child Care Center. Dance Works students have performed for patients and residents at the Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Hebrew Home for the Aged, The Osborn Home and for many other community services & events.
Thus far Dance Works has raised over $81,000 in an effort to help save and improve lives. Fundraiser ticket sales and targeted workshop proceeds go to charity.
Dance Works is committed to our future choreographers while maintaining a philanthropic focus. We produce an annual Student Choreographer Showcase demonstrating just what it takes to become a choreographer and the decisions that are made throughout the creative process. Each student choreographer receives a formal composition evaluation within 30 days of their submission. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Valerie Fund, an organization supporting children with cancer and blood disorders.
Dance Works hosted a virtual performance for the long term care patients at the Blythedale Children's Hospital on June 16, 2020. We have had a longstanding relationship with Blythedale who approached us and asked if we would perform for them. These children have not been able to visit with their families during pandemic.
Click on the links below to access scheduling, class descriptions, attire, policies, pricing, registration forms and frequently asked questions
"I've been with Wendy and Dance Works since first grade and I am now a sophomore in high school. Wendy has become an important part of my life, not only teaching me the art of dance, but how to live and love life. I'm so thankful for Wendy's guidance, care, kindness, trust and love throughout my life. I love participating in our annual performances and the excitement and happiness that it brings me each year. I have so much fun in classes learning new techniques and being able to focus on dance and not all the stresses that life brings. I've enjoyed these 10 years so much. I have formed amazing friendships and I am so happy to be a part of such a loving dance family. I couldn't imagine being a part of a better dance community."
"You know that feeling you get as a parent when you find a teacher that just loves your child as much as you do? The one who gets just as excited as you do when they reach a goal or master a skill? That's the feeling I got from Wendy when she was teaching my dancer. She inspires her dancers to experience the joy she feels about dancing, and from that place of joy, they learn that anything is possible."
Contact Dance Works to purchase gift cards in any denomination for dance and/or fitness classes, for an entire season, a workshop, private lessons, for costume purchases for an individual, family member or for yourself. All gift certificates are valid for 1 full year.
Book a free consultation for private & semi-private instruction or class pod, dance or fitness party, events (girl scout patch, etc) or to discuss your choreography needs (weddings, sweet 16, bar/bat mitzvah, Quinceanera, etc).
BECOME A DANCE WORKS
INTERN INSTRUCTOR OR TEACHER’S ASSISTANT!
Dance Works is seeking young people in college and high school to join our 2020-2021 team of Instructors/Assistants. Earn internship or community service credit and build your resume or college application while learning about and supporting Dance Works from behind-the-scenes.
Intern Instructors and Teacher's Assistants (TA) will meet monthly throughout the academic year (in person and/or virtually), volunteer at performances and events, and serve as leaders within the
Dance Works community.
Application Due Date
Wednesday, September 30
Teachers will be announced 9/30/20. Previous TA’s must apply to be considered for the 2020-2021 season.
Applications should express the applicant's point of view and are considered for content rather than grammar and spelling. It is important that applications are written by the applicants and are subject to rejection if written by others.
To apply, send an email to email@example.com
with the following information:
Once your application is received and reviewed you will be contacted to set up an interview.
After you have been accepted into the program, we will base the meeting day/time on the group’s availability. Monthly meetings will be held both virtually and socially distanced in-person. Professional instructors will meet separately from our Interns/TA's.
Please send a good quality photo of yourself. If selected, we may post your photo on Dance Works website!
• Report to Director
• Employ Teaching Philosophy BMS (Body +Mind + Soul) and uphold Standards of Excellence
• Follow and teach in person and/or on line curriculum in your specific genre to children ages 3-18
• Stage showcase piece (3-5 minutes) in the specific genre for each class for annual performance(s).
• Communicate with parents
• Attend staff meetings
• Educate staff, students, and parents on dance related topics.
• Assist with Dance Work's promotional activities
• Other duties as assigned
Preferred Requirements/Qualifications for adult instructors:
Candidates must have experience and love working with children of all ages, an outgoing and friendly personality, high energy, reliable, with the ability to commit to a set weekly schedule seasonally. Ideally seeking candidates with afternoon availability (approx 3-7pm) weekdays and Saturday mornings. Availability as needed for 2 Sunday performances (December and March).
Professional development workshops & opportunities will be made available to all accepted into our program. Mandatory 2-hour workshop per month (non-performance months only). More information to follow during interview process.
All of our instructors are carefully selected, with background checks to instruct each of our classes.
Wendy Wood Barletta has developed teacher training workshops and a certification program embodying her teaching experiences that span over 30 years.
In response to COVID- 19 our teacher training has moved online and/or socially distantly in person -- your choice.
Dance Works Teacher Training Workshops and certification information will be published shortly. Check back frequently.
If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our programs, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our mobile studio is located wherever you are! We provide global Livestream classes via Zoom and currently serve in person classes in Harrison, West Harrison, Rye, Rye Brook & Tarrytown, New York. Invite us to your school, pre-school, town recreation program, gym or corporate facility.
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