Welcome to Kathryn Roszak's Dance Program for Children and Teens
Our small, successful program for girls and boys is now in its 16th year of providing high-quality classes in Creative Movement as well as Beginning and Intermediate Ballet.
(Note: For the Spring 2017 term the program will be offering one scheduled class, an 18-week Ballet Performance Workshop on Wednesday afternoons; see Schedule.
The program is held at 1201 University Avenue at Curtis St. in Berkeley. This is at the new Shotgun Players Studios, and just a few blocks from North Berkeley BART.
Our highly trained, enthusiastic teachers have considerable experience working with children. We provide a creative, supportive atmosphere, with personal attention. We also provide time for parents to discuss their child's progress, as well as opportunities for parents to observe.
We've been recommended in Berkeley Parents Network and have been listed as one of the Best Dance Studios in the Bay Area by CBS5 (KPIX-TV) "Eye on the Bay".
Some of our earliest students, 2004
At the barre, 2010
Nutcracker, Osher Studio, 2012
At the Berkeley City Club with Kathryn, 2011
"BridgeDance", Union Square, San Francisco, 2012
Nutcracker, Osher Studio, 2012
Taking direction, Summer Dance Camp 2012
"Nutcracker", Kensington Hilltop School, 2010
Classes and Levels
Our classes are designed to progress at rates that are developmentally appropriate for your child's age. Our teachers are experienced dancers who will recommend level placement.
Ballet 1 and 2
Ballet 3 and 4, Performance Group
Suggested class attire:
There is an end-of-session studio recital for all classes. Fall session Ballet classes include a chance to be part of our fun and unique annual performance of "The Nutcracker"; previous performances have taken place at Kensington Library, Kensington Hilltop school, Ashkenaz (our original location), and the Osher Studio at Berkeley Central.
Summer Dance Camp
Each summer we offer a special two-week, Monday through Friday Dance/Science camp for kids age 4-13+. The camp includes Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap (and sometimes Flamenco), plus crafts projects. Children work on new shows to perform at the end of each week during our family open house.
We also incorporate science, and especially astronomy, into the camp program. These may seem unrelated to dance, but dance is motion, and we have found it to be a natural and fun form for expressing and understanding the character of an ever-changing universe. For example, students in the 2012 camp created a dance based upon the recently-discovered Higgs-Boson particle.
Schedule and tuition details about our next summer camp are posted when available.
Other Program Offerings
We provide school programs and assemblies. We can go to your school, or groups can come to us for Dance Experience Workshops, exploring the basics of dance and dance routines for girls and boys with professional choreographers. We can present unique 30-40 minute interactive assemblies with professional dancers at your school.
We have offered Dance/Science Assemblies, with Astronomy and Dance, created in collaboration with UC Berkeley astronomers and presented by Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley. We've also created workshops and shows for Richmond Arts Center, The Asian Art Museum and others. Call or e-mail for more information.
Finally, some thoughts on the benefits of dance for your child...
Parents are in a unique position to encourage their child's interests and talents. Unfortunately, in today's fast-paced world of mass media, instant communication, virtual experience, and resultant short attention spans, we are all encouraged to switch channels as often as possible.
By contrast, it takes patience and dedication to study an art form. But anyone who does so can tell you that there are benefits, and satisfaction, that cannot be provided by, say, sports activities (much as we may enjoy those as well). Among these benefits are:
Director Kathryn Roszak trained on Ford Foundation Scholarships at Balanchine's School of American Ballet in New York, and at the San Francisco Ballet School. She danced as a soloist with the San Francisco Opera Ballet, and has choreographed for A.C.T., San Francisco Opera Center, and of course for productions with her own Danse Lumière company, which has performed internationally. She has taught children at Marin Ballet, San Francisco Ballet's Center for Dance Education, and at A.C.T. As a lifelong dancer, Kathryn has encouraged the love of dance by developing an innovative and exciting dance program for children.Parents say:
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