There’s a pretty decent chance that you guys have heard about Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers before: The renowned Philly-based contemporary dance company has performed all over the city — and the country, and the world. (The Inky once called them the “pinnacle of Philadelphia’s outstanding dance community.”)
Anyway! What you might not know is that Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers offers youth dance classes for children ages 5 to 15 — and the classes range from jazz to Chinese classical dance to ballet to hip hop. (Not your average lineup!) The spring session begins on January 7 (and it runs through June 8), and the first class is free for new students. All levels of dancers are welcome — no dance experience is necessary for any of the children.
The kids are grouped by age into class: Children from 5 to 7 can take ballet; children from 8 to 11 can take hip hop and kids 7 to 11 can take Chinese classical dance; and children from 11 to 15 can take jazz. (See the schedule below.) In addition to teaching the fundamentals of each style of dance, every class also infuses elements of Chi Awareness Practice, Kun-Yang Lin’s approach to dance, which focuses on breath, awareness and mindfulness. (You can see how this can benefit a kid even off the dance floor.)
Sounds cool, yes? You can read more about it here — the descriptions of each dance class (and their teachers) are awesome, and you can register here, as well! Another cool aspect of these classes is that you can register for the entire season if you wish ($231), or purchase a 10- or 5-class card ($120 and $65, respectively), or even just pay for a single drop-in ($14).