BOONE – Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents four weeks of summer dance and bodywork classes throughout the month of June.
Classes are open to dancers and dance enthusiasts of all ages across campus and the local communities with no registration or fees required. In lieu of a class fee, donations to the Dance Visiting Artists and Scholarship funds are welcome. All classes begin at 5:30 p.m. at Varsity gym Studio 208 unless otherwise noted. Parking on campus is open after 5 p.m.
The dance classes are mixed beginning/intermediate levels with rotating teachers and dance styles.
Summer Dance Series classes have included Ballet, Hip Hop, Pilates, Modern, Jazz, Gyrokinesis, Yoga, Belly Dance, Ballroom, African, Creative Dance, Hula, Salsa, Traditional Greek Dance, Musical Theatre Dance, Capoeira, and much more. Each summer additions and variations will occur depending on available teachers.
The teachers who participate in this series are folks who own and run businesses in the community, faculty in other fields, visiting teachers from out of town, and ASU dance faculty. All teachers volunteer their time to offer a class of their expertise.
Appalachian’s Summer Dance Series was first formed in the summer of 2006 by Regina Gulick, a senior lecturer in the ASU Theatre and Dance Department. Gulick started the initiative as a way to stay in shape over the summers by exchanging classes each day between herself and a friend.
“Soon after starting the classes, others noticed and wanted to participate,” Gulick stated. “Other teachers and students going to summer school and friends in the community wanted to teach and take classes of their own. This gave me the idea to have a space where teachers of varied dance backgrounds could share their ideas about different techniques, introduce new styles, and open the classes to people on campus and in and around our local communities.
“Many summer residents and local community residents from Watauga, Ashe, and Avery counties have attended past classes,” Gulick stated. “An average summer will serve 200-300 people from as young as age three up to 73.”
All young people under the age of 18 must have a “Participation Agreement” form signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate. These forms are available to sign before each class, or by emailing Regina Gulick at email@example.com to request a form ahead of time.
- Tuesday, June 11, Jazz with Susan Lutz, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 12, Yoga with Caroline Daniel, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
- Thursday, June 13, Hip Hop with Katrina Locklin, 5:30-6:45 p.m. (kids under 9 can attend with an adult)
- Friday, June 14, Contemporary Modern/Jazz with Sarah Quinn, 5:30-7 p.m. (age 10 and up, intermediate level or higher)
- Tuesday, June 18, Musical Theatre Dance with Ray Miller, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 19, Ballet with Regina Gulick, 5:30–7 p.m. (kids under 9 can attend with an adult)
- Thursday, June 20, Erick Hawkins Dance with Jessica Wood, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
- Friday, June 21, Hip-Hop with Elijah Grady, 5:30-7 p.m. (kids under 9 can attend with an adult
- Tuesday, June 25, Egyptian Belly Dance with Cindy Tate, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 26, Contemporary Modern Dance with Abby Buhler, 5:30–6:45 p.m.
- Thursday, June 27, Ballet with Sarah Quinn, 5:30-6:45 p.m. (age 10 and up, intermediate level or higher)