SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 2-NOVEMBER 20, 2021
Instructor: Miss Molly (Spencer) & Andrea Rios
This class is designed as a young child’s first independent movement class. Instruction will include warm-ups exercises, basic elements of dance positions, across the floor movement, and a creative dance through the use of stories and props. Bilingual Songs and dance forms from around the world are also incorporated into this class.
Benefits include listening skills and concentration, increased coordination, and an understanding of movement, i.e. time, space, directions and balance, social skills and development of creativity.
Supplies: Masks required inside SCC building. Dance shoes, ballet slippers or barefoot. Please no socks (grippy kind ok) or tights as the floor can be slippery. Comfortable clothing or dancewear such as leotards, skirts, skirted leotards and tights (with shoes). Dance shoes, ballet slippers or barefoot. Please no tutus in class. Hair pulled off of face.
Miss Molly (Spencer)
Molly Spencer otherwise known as “Miss Molly” started Miss Molly’s Pre Ballet & Dance in January 2015 and has taught hundreds of local children the joy of dancing, creating and performing!
She was Director of Novato School of Dance; a program of the Novato Parks and Recreation from 1999 to 2008. During that time presented three pre ballet recitals a year, a bi annual dance show for all Park and Rec Dance Classes, and choreographed and directed the children’s ballet Peter and the Wolf. In addition, she taught pre ballet, ballet and modern/lyrical jazz to students ranging from 4 to 16.
Molly started her path right here in Sonoma at the Community Center then continued her studies as well as performing with College of Marin and Santa Rosa Jr College. She studied with renowned teachers Jim May at Dance Space and the Paul Taylor Dance Studio in New York City.
Andrea Ríos is an educator of Contemporary Dance, Spanish Language and Spanish Literature; a native Spanish speaker born in Monterrey, Mexico; a contemporary dancer, a film actress, a choreographer, an improviser, a creative writer, a grant writer, and a producer. She obtained her technical degree as Contemporary Dancer from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, her B.A. in Hispanic Literature from Tec de Monterrey and her M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Her biggest passion is to create original ideas that can become dance, film, theatre or publishing productions. For this reason, in 2012 she created Body in U, a project-based, dance-centered, production and education company. This company has had the honor of impacting people from around the globe like in the theatre adaptation to the Mayan legend “El enano de Uxmal” premiered in a public school in Boston, Massachusetts and later adapted in a public school in México or the award-winning documentary dance-film “Aleks” filmed in Montréal, Canada. As an educator, she believes that the arts enhance our human experiences because they make us, in a way, be connected with the divine, express our emotions, develop authentic empathy, understand ourselves, think and become aware of life in our own unique way. She knows every single student has its own universe (background, identity, concept of self and the world, natural rhythm or salient type of intelligence) and she is moved by the possibility of offering spaces where bridges can be formed. She dreams of creating pieces with and for the children where an alternative world can be formed. A world in which everybody, including the audience members, has the invitation to be transformed.