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Students learn how to master different dance styles at Holly Theater
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The definition of dance is to move your body in a way that goes with the rhythm and style of music, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Next month, Northeast Georgia residents can try out a different style as the Holly Theater conducts four different dance classes in Dahlonega.

The spring classes range from the structured and disciplined movement of ballet to the freestyle of fast-paced fitness dancing. Classes will be taught by Keelie Hogan at the new Holly Annex, 61 Enota St., in downtown Dahlonega.

Here is a rundown of the classes:

BEGINNING MUSICAL THEATER DANCE

It is designed to improve dance skills for those who love musical theatre but have not taken dance classes before. Students will perfect their audition technique by getting a handle on the dance steps seen at most auditions and learn tips to pick up on choreography faster and remember it. They will also improve strength and flexibility and explore some of the different styles of musical theater.

The class for children ages 8-12 will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 through May 10. The recital will be 2 p.m. May 14.

The class costs $50 per month. Payments need to be made online or paid cash or check to the first class each month.

ADVANCES MUSICAL THEATER DANCE

More experienced dancers will learn to polish their skills and try their hand at more advanced choreography. Students will also learn to perfect the steps to take them to the next level as dancers and explore the styles of Broadway’s greatest choreographers, such as Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, and Gillian Lynne.

The class for children ages 13-18 will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 through May 12. A recital will be at 2 p.m. May 14.

The class costs $50 a month. Payments need to be made online or paid cash or check to the first class each month.

PRINCIPLES OF BALLET

Students will be introduced to the technique and structure of ballet, the foundation upon which all other dance is built. Students will develop flexibility, coordination and strength while learning important dance vocabulary.

The class will be 5-6 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 1 through May 9. The recital will be 2 p.m. May 14.

Students of any experience level and ages 8 and older will need to wear leotards, tights and ballet shoes to class.

The class costs $50 a month. Payments need to be made online or paid cash or check to the first class each month.

DANCE FOR FITNESS

The one-hour weekly class for fun and fitness will help students explore new moves without having to “perform” in front of a crowd, or get a little healthier through movement.

The class will be from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1 through May 9. It is from ages 8 and older.

The class costs $50 per month or $15 per day at the door.

For more information, visit www.hollytheater.com.

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