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Nia

Nia is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending aspects of martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, Nia provides a variety of movement dynamics to create an experience that is full-bodied, as well as full-spirited. The stillness and concentration of tai chi, the dynamic poses of yoga, the explosive power of martial arts, and the grace and spontaneity of modern and ethnic dance make it possible to create a whole new sense of well being! The use of eclectic, rich music, guided imagery, powerful kinesthetic cues, and heart-felt joy add to the full experience of a Nia class. This class is designed to work with your body's way and is for all levels and all ages, beginners are always welcome.

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Restorative Flow & Strengthening Yoga

Restorative flow and strengthening is available to EVERY BODY. This class will start with a short meditation and or a restorative posture designed to quiet the mind and slow the nervous system, reconnecting with oneself. We will flow slowly holding postures longer to cultivate alignment, strength, and integration. Each class will be intelligently sequenced leading to a peak posture designed to strengthen and challenge the body and mind. Class will end with a gentle restorative pose integrating body, mind and spirit encouraging harmony and balance on and off the mat.

Barre Body

No tu tu's or experience required! Does your work-out routine need a makeover?

Mayama has created a high intensity, low impact class that focuses on sculpting and elongating muscles and getting your heart rate up. This class begins with a high cardio warm-up done to fun and motivating music to get your blood flowing. Students will then move to the ballet barre and be led through a series of exercises that are designed to trim, tighten and tone the body. Ballet barre fitness exercises use isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. The class ends with a series of stretches that cool down the body.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness, was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan in 1968. Yogi Bhajan taught that, through the practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation, your glandular and nervous systems are stimulated, and your capacity for creative potential is heightened. You gain inner vitality to compensate for the adverse effects of stress so you can excel in life.
Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayam (breath exercises) mantra, music and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. Balancing body and mind enables you to experience the clarity and beauty of your soul. No previous experience in yoga is required for you to achieve results with your very first class.
“Men of great knowledge actually found out about the chakras – their workings, their petals, their sounds, their infinity, their co-relationship, their powers. They found that the life of a human is totally based on these chakras. This total science gave birth to Kundalini Yoga."  Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher

Adult Tai Chi

If you're looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. This ongoing traditional class in Yang style Tai Chi with 108 Moves. Class starts with Chi Kung warm up and ends with a cool down.

Little Bird Music Classes

"I'm a Rainbow today - all the colors of the world are in me." from the song "Colors" by Kira Willey

In this parent/child class, all the colors of your child will shine through joyful music making! We will sing, dance, explore musical instruments, and have spirited jam sessions. This will give your child the opportunity to fully express themselves in a nurturing environment and instill a love of music that will be with them throughout their lives.

Ages 0-3

Creative Movement

Creative movement is a class that focuses on movement quality, self-expression, and the love of dance as an art form while strengthening motor skills. Students will be introduced to dynamics, time, effort and spacing through imaginative and improvisational movement. Students will develop the ability to fully express themselves to music with not only creative dance exercises but with the aids of props like balloons, scarves, ribbons, sticks, hoops and small percussion instruments. Creative movement is the beginning step for building a passion for dance and music that will last a lifetime.

Ages 3-4

Pre-Ballet/Tap

The focus of Pre-Ballet/Tap is to build a strong dance foundation by emphasizing technique, vocabulary,
and musicality. Students will begin to absorb positions, fundamental movements, and rich terminology.
Dancers will continue to experiment with creative movement exercises aimed specifically toward ballet and
tap techniques. By using playful music and props, this level of dancers will learn the necessary exercises
and steps to progress to further levels of dance.
Ages 5-6

Ballet

Recognized as the foundation form for studio dance, Ballet emphasizes technique, discipline, musicality and vocabulary.  Created in the royal courts of Europe, Ballet values precision, alignment, and discipline.  Our ballet classes will be conducted in a professional atmosphere by educated and trained instructors with teaching and performing experience.  Students will master the fundamentals of classical ballet that will enrich their artistry as well as build a strong base for additional dance forms.

Jazz

Jazz dance is an American form that emerged from and combined African, Folk, Ballet, Modern, and Musical Theatre techniques in light of the Jazz music era.  It is a dance genre that relies on rhythmical variation, flexibility, and strength.  Students will be taught a variety of modern jazz dance styles that will emphasize rhythm, center control of the body, isolations, and balance.  All which are skills that aid in the execution of the strong and sharp movements that make this form so popular.   

Tap

A fundamental technique, Tap dancing is an art form that combines percussion with movement.  Rooted in African dance and blossomed by American jazz dancers of the 1920’s and 30’s, Tap is embedded in intricate footwork that focuses on complex rhythms.  Students will master the codified steps that are used in rhythm and Broadway styles.

Hip Hop

The most recent and most popular form of movement is the American born culture and lifestyle of Hip Hop.  An Art form that encompasses music, lyrics, art, and dance, Hip Hop is a technique that began in the seventies on both sides of the U.S. coasts.  Its steps have been studied, mastered, and passed along influencing social and theatrical dance style variations.  Students will be exposed to the intricate steps as well as the cultural aspects of the form. This class focuses on both hip hop foundation and choreography. Students will learn movement vocabulary from hip hop styles like breakin, locking, popping and choreography which combines these styes with hip hop and RnB inspired movement and music. Using this vocabulary and choreography each student will find their personal groove.

Contemporary Dance

This class emphasizes the fusion of traditional studio techniques (ballet, modern and jazz) as well as concepts from hip-hop, folk dance and dance from pop culture.  Elements of ballet technique, modern floorwork and jazz isolations are incorporated into both the warm up and choreographic phrases.  Students are encouraged to focus on individual artistry through the rhythm, focus, and movement quality that comes from the blending of different dance styles.  Because a general understanding of multiple styles is required, this class is recommended only for dancers ages 12 and up who have had a minimum of two years of dance in at least two different dance techniques. 

Lyrical

Lyrical is a fusion of ballet, jazz, and modern, with expressive motions that tell a story. This class blends the sustained, controlled movement of ballet with the freedom, power, and dynamics of jazz and modern. Students will learn lyrical technique along with freedom of expression and interpretation of music.

Breakin' (Break Dancing)

Breakin' is the original form of hip hop dance. In this class students will learn the basics of breakin: Top Rock, Footwork, Drops or Go-downs, Freezes and Power Moves as well as practice the foundation of breakin. The main focus of this class is to teach foundation and freestyle. This is a dynamic class with many acrobatic tricks and moves.

Defined Motion Dance Team

Mayama Dance Team – “Defined Motion”
By Audition Only

Defined Motion is a group of Mayama students that dance together and compete in dance competitions.
This group of dancers work very hard individually and as a team to execute difficult choreography and
dance technique.

Being part of the dance team helps a dancer to reach new heights. They begin to approach their dance
education with new goals of excellence. Their weekly classes become stepping-stones towards improving
execution of technique and performance. It changes the mind set from “I dance as a hobby” to “I am a
dancer!”

Requirements:

Dancers must audition to be on the team. More Detailed Info

The next audition date - May 2016
In order to audition for the team the student must:
1. Be 9 years old as of September 1st 2015
2. Completed two full sessions of Ballet
3. Participated in two dance related performances, concerts or recitals.

4. Completed four complete sessions, (in any dance genre) at Mayama

Weekly Classes

Dance Team members are required to take the following classes:
Dance Team Production Rehearsal, Ballet as well as two (Jr. team) and 3 (Sr. team) of the following electives:
Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Breakin’, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theatre

For Information on regional competitions, showcases, fundraising and financial and time commitments for
Defined Motion please contact Mayama's Dance Director, Ali Kishiyama. ali@mayamastudio.com

Restorative Flow Yoga

This beginner friendly class is all about decompression. Cariann’s therapeutic style allows students the time and space to experience their yoga practice rather than just do it. Each class will begin with a centering meditation followed by a slow flow of postures that will get those wiggles and jiggles out so that you are ready to rest in a yummy restorative posture or two for the last half hour of class. Each week will also have a theme to encourage deep reflection and inward focus so you can begin to peel away the layers of stress, soften your body, mind and heart and come away feeling integrated and more at peace.

Musical Theater Sing! Act! Dance!

Sing! Act! Dance! In Music Theatre Workshop we will explore these various art forms that together make the Broadway musical so thrilling. Music theatre vocal technique, song interpretation, dance, and staged movement will be explored. There will be opportunities for both solo and/or ensemble singing culminating in a staged musical number. Work of this kind can help develop confidence and stage presence in young dancers and singers. Students in this class will have 1.5 hours total each week. Class will begin with 1/2 hour of singing and acting with Shannon Johnson followed by Musical Theatre Dance with Ali Kishiyama.

Musical Theatre Dance will focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with Broadway style jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expressions. 

Summer Dance Intensives

3 day dance intensives, Levels 3 +. Cost $150, only $135 if registered before May 31st.

Dance Intensives (levels 3+): Do you want to really improve this Summer in specific styles? Then these are the three day intensives for you! Each day dancers will concentrate on technique and challenging combinations to rise to new levels in the below styles. Get a leg up during this concentrated intensives. Please bring a snack each day. Each camp ends with a performance for family members during the last 15 minutes of the last day!

Jazz Intensive
Our summer Jazz intensive explores traditional contemporary styles of jazz in a fun, energetic atmosphere. We will learn and explore the history of jazz dance and it’s impact on our culture. Classes begin with a warm-up that concentrates on flexibility, coordination and strength, followed by progressions across the floor, center work and combinations. Beginner students learn fundamental jazz steps and basic vocabulary while intermediate classes focus on body placement and proper technique. All which are skills that aid in the execution of the strong and sharp movements that make this form so popular.

Hip Hop Intensive
Hip Hop elements in action. The students in this intensive will be learning original forms of hip hop, house, locking, popping, and breakdance along with the history of the movement and culture. There will be movement concepts and patterns across the floor at the start of the classes and a full combination to follow. The students will also be learning different performance skills which they will put into action when they perform on the last day. This intensive is not to be missed!

Musical Theatre Sing! Act! Dance! Intensive, ages 9+
In Music Theatre Workshop we will explore these various art forms that together make the Broadway musical so thrilling. Music theatre vocal technique, song interpretation, dance, and staged movement will be explored. There will be opportunities for both solo and/or ensemble singing culminating in a short staged musical number. Work of this kind can help develop confidence and stage presence in young dancers and singers.

Ballet Intensive
Recognized as the foundation form for studio dance, Ballet emphasizes technique, discipline, musicality and vocabulary. In this summer intensive, students will work on mastering the fundamentals of classical ballet. By working at the barre, across the floor, and then with choreography students will enrich their artistry as well as build a strong base for additional dance forms.

Tap Intensive
This tap technique class will consist of learning the alphabet of tap. Focusing mainly on rhythm and weight of each step, stomp, and stamp. Be prepared for different rhythm patterns, instrumental changes, and recognition of the “basics” provided in tap. The class will start with a warm-up, across the floor, center, and occasional patterns on the barre. A combination will be started the first day of class and presented to parents on the final day.

Summer Dance Camps

Weekly Summer Dance Camps & Intensives

$150 / weekly intensive, $135 if you register before May 31st.

Dance Camps (Levels 1 & 2) are designed to explore the art of dance: technique, creativity, choreography and performance. Dancers will be doing various exercises to expose them to the distinct style of dance and music. These camps will be fun and imaginative and will help each dancer improve their dance skills. Each day there will be a lunch and/or snack break, so please pack a sack lunch. There will be a performance for family members during the last 15 minutes of the third day of camp!

Movement Exploration and Discovery Ages 6-9
Only Join Mayama for an exciting summer intensive that introduces students to various forms of movement. Each day, dancers will explore a different techniques with multiple instructors. This is a great opportunity for students to try new forms and see what sparks their interest. The curriculum will consist of Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop.

Jazz Camp, levels 1 & 2
Our summer Jazz camp explores traditional contemporary styles of jazz in a fun, energetic atmosphere. We will learn and explore the history of jazz dance and it’s impact on our culture. Classes begin with a warm-up that concentrates on flexibility, coordination and strength, followed by progressions across the floor, center work and combinations. Beginner students learn fundamental jazz steps and basic vocabulary while intermediate classes focus on body placement and proper technique. All which are skills that aid in the execution of the strong and sharp movements that make this form so popular.

Hip Hop Camp, levels 1 & 2
Hip Hop elements in action. The students in this intensive will be learning original forms of hip hop, house, locking, popping, and breakdance along with the history of the movement and culture. There will be movement concepts and patterns across the floor at the start of the classes and a full combination to follow. The students will also be learning different performance skills which they will put into action when they perform on the last day. This intensive is not to be missed!

Musical Theatre Sing! Act! Dance! Camp, 9+
In Music Theatre Workshop we will explore these various art forms that together make the Broadway musical so thrilling. Music theatre vocal technique, song interpretation, dance, and staged movement will be explored. There will be opportunities for both solo and/or ensemble singing culminating in a short staged musical number. Work of this kind can help develop confidence and stage presence in young dancers and singers.

Ballet Camp, levels 1 & 2
Recognized as the foundation form for studio dance, Ballet emphasizes technique, discipline, musicality and vocabulary. In this summer intensive, students will work on mastering the fundamentals of classical ballet. By working at the barre, across the floor, and then with choreography students will enrich their artistry as well as build a strong base for additional dance forms.

Tap Camp, levels 1 & 2
This tap technique class will consist of learning the alphabet of tap. Focusing mainly on rhythm and weight of each step, stomp, and stamp. Be prepared for different rhythm patterns, instrumental changes, and recognition of the “basics” provided in tap. The class will start with a warm-up, across the floor, center, and occasional patterns on the barre. A combination will be started the first day of class and presented to parents on the final day.

Team Choreography with Juan Barona

Juan Borona began his dance career in Madrid with the Victor Ullate Ballet Company and the Carmen Roche Dance Co. A resident of New York, he choreographs and teaches all over the US, Spain, Mexico and Italy.Mr. Borona has been working with different kinds of artists to create highly visual theater productions. This was where he came up with the idea to create: BORONA ARTS ENTERTAINMENT & ARTISTIC DANCE EXCHANGE.

Favorite collaborations include TraumNovela, a dance musical with director Cris Buchner and fashion designer Zaldy. TraumNovela had successful runs in Dallas (Hub Theater), New York (Barrow St.Theater) and Barcelona, Spain.

His visionary ideas have also been a part of worldwide projects like the last Michael Jackson tour: "This Is It".

Mr. Borona has directed and choreographed over more than 60 theatrical productions. Off-Broadway works include; TraumNovela, Female Heart, The Territory, Girliemagic. Regional theater shows such as A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Dreamgirls, Company, Mamma Mia, Chicago, Ragtime and Nine. He has also directed and produced short films, fundraisers for the American Cancer Association, The Children’s Hospital Dance for a Difference Benefit and special events in remarkable locations such as The Manhattan Center -NY, The Rainbow Room (Rockefeller Center)-NY, City Center-NY, Cipriani-NY, Caesar’s Palace and Paris Casinos-Las Vegas, The Parker Arts Cultural Events Center-Denver among many others.

Mr. Borona is a dance adjudicator for several dance competitions across the US, and teaches and choreographs for competitive dance studios in New York and nationally, setting up Award Winning Choreography in multiple dance styles (Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical & Musical Theater).

He is also a guest choreographer for Long Island University - CW POST.

Juan Borona was honored on June 23rd, 2011 by the Historic House Trust of NYC with the inclusion of a video of his dance piece POE: Last Days in a time capsule sealed into the walls of the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.