130 Dolson Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
professional instruction for children, teens & adults
Sunshine Dance Studio offers dance professionals and students on the professional track (children, teens and adults) advanced training in ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, Pilates, specialized instruction (Pointe, Body Toning) and private coaching.
Students may also audition to participate in regional performance opportunities as well as master classes led by guest artists. By invitation only.
This advanced ballet technique class emphasizes classic ballet technique that is the basis for all contemporary theatrical dancing. An elite-level sport but also a highly refined art, ballet is an exacting science and demands incredible attention to detail. We take our ballet technique training seriously, while offering classes in a nurturing, comfortable, and fun studio atmosphere.
Open to all professionals.
Ballet Levels 2 and 3: Instructor approval required.
Our pointe technique class serves beginners in their first time up in the shoes to seasoned professionals maintaining fundamentals. Starting with an intense barre warm-up series to strengthen deep muscles in the legs and feet, the class progresses slowly to center work and variation practice. Alignment and correct foot placement in the shoes are emphasized for a solid, healthy approach to pointe work. A hands-on teaching style ensures all students receive personal attention to reach their pointe goals.
Dance to drums, piano and exciting memorable music as you learn the dance technique of Lester Horton. By focusing on your center, range of motion, balance, musicality and sense of drama, Horton technique builds core strength that prepares the individual for any type of dance they may wish to follow.
This modern dance experience is tailored for the intermediate student thru professional and includes technique exercises performed standing, on the floor and exciting "across the floor" dance combinations.
Horton Technique (the technique of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and many others, is a universal technique, and is an important foundation for anyone interested in contemporary dance, from Hip Hop to Jazz and Theater Dance. Horton strengthens and increases the physical and expressive range of everyone who studies the technique.
Open to all professionals.
Jazz/ Hip Hop
This exciting technique class begins with a warm-up, includes center and across-the-floor movement and wraps up with combinations that explore the fundamental connections between Jazz Dance and Hip Hop movement. Styles/techniques taught include Broadway, Fosse, Street Jazz, R&B, Funk, Breaking, Locking and Popping.
There are many different ways and styles to experience Swing Dance. The style taught at Sunshine Dance Studio by professional swing dancer Miss April was originally taught by Frankie Manning known as the Ambassador of Lindy Hop (see more info on Frankie Manning & Miss April below).
Our Swing class focuses on connecting with your partner, musicality and just having fun on the dance floor! Each class includes a stretching warm up and solo jazz swing technique for use in partner dancing. Students will then be paired to learn basic, intermediate and more advanced partnered swing dance steps. Students will learn both “lead” and “follow” roles and partners will rotate during class.
This class is open to both individuals and couples.
In the 1940’s Frankie Manning was a member of the legendary company, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, and can be seen dancing in the popular 1941 film, “Hellzapoppin,” with Norma Miller known as the Queen of Swing. In 1982, Manning and other swing legends brought swing dancing back into the social dance spotlight. Manning went on to co-choreograph the Broadway Musical, “Black and Blue”, for which he received a Tony award in 1989. Manning founded the swing company, Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, of which Sunshine Dance Studio instructor Miss April has been a member for four years.
Incorporating piano, drums and exciting memorable music, this class focuses on your center, range of motion, balance, musicality and sense of drama and is designed to introduce the dancer to Horton and Graham techniques, the key foundation techniques of modern dance. This class is designed to improve harmony of movement through an expressive flowing series of combinations integrating classical ballet with the freedom of airier modern dance. Learning builds throughout each week to fine-tune the body and develop artistic and emotional performance. Students should have some prior experience with modern dance and/or ballet.
For students of any age, at any level of training, private intensive instruction is available.
For more information contact us at 914-618-8419.
Sunshine Dance Studio Pilates Mat Classes consist of the original method of physical fitness as designed by Joseph Pilates. Pilates Mat provides a unique, full body workout that can be modified to benefit individuals with varying fitness levels. A series of controlled movements, Pilates uses the abdominals, lower back, thighs and buttocks as the body's "powerhouse" to stabilize and control movement. Targeting the deeper muscles in the body, Pilates focuses on core stabilization, making the participant stronger from their physical center. Pilates is a safe, sensible and intelligent form of exercise that will help you look and feel your best, regardless of your age or condition.
Private Pilate’s instruction is available.
For information, please contact us at 914-618-8419.