Dance Programs

Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks

Felicia Lovaglio, Director


The Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks has a flourishing Dance Program for children as well as a number of Dance Classes for Adults.  Both programs are for Garden City residents of all skill levels.  All Dance instruction takes place at the Performing Arts Center in Cluett Hall at the St. Paul's Recreation Complex. 



Youth Programs

​Recreation Dance Conservatory

Our Recreation Dance Conservatory is a NON-RECITAL based dance program offered by the Recreation Department for village residents, ages 3 ½ through adults.  Classes are overseen by Director Felicia Lovaglio, who is also an adjunct faculty member at Adelphi University in the departments of both Dance and Theatre.  Our class schedule runs from late September until mid-April.  Each class is 55 minutes in length.  Classes are formed by grade, with many different time offerings during the week to fit everyone’s schedule.



2016-17 DANCE CONSERVATORY SCHEDULE


The Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks’ Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the schedule of classes for its upcoming 2016-2017 season!  Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year.  The Dance Conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents aged 3 ½ years through adult which are non-performance based.  Age is determined by the start date of the desired class.  The Schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted): 

 

Please note:  This is the schedule of classes only.  Registration will be announced on our website at www.gardencityrecreation.org and in the paper shortly after school begins. 

No registrations will be taken at this time.         

 

Monday:                                             

11:30 am Creative Movement for 3 ½ - 5 years                                  

1:15 Ballet/Tap for 4-5 year olds                                                                               

3:45 Ballet/Hip Hop for K – 1st grades                                                                    

4:45 Ballet/Hip Hop 2nd -3rd grades                                                                        

5:45 Ballet/Tap 4th-5th grades                                                                                  

6:45 Ballet/Tap for Grades 6 and Up                                                                       

 

Tuesday:

3:45 Ballet/Tap K-1st grades                                                                                       

4:45 Hip Hop 2nd – 3rd grades                                                                                   

5:45 Hip Hop 4th-5th grades                                                                                       

6:45 Hip Hop for Grades 6 and up                                                                             

 

Wednesday:

10:30 Creative Movement for 3 ½ - 5 years                                                          

Noon Ballet/Jazz for 4 – 5 years                                                                

1:15 Creative Movement for 3 ½ - 5 years                                                            

3:45 Ballet/Hip Hop for K -1st grades                                                                      

4:45 Ballet/Hip Hop 2nd-3rd grades                                                                         

6:00 Contemporary Dance 4th-5th grades                                                            

7:00 Jazz for Grades 6 and up                                                                     

 

Thursday:

11:30 Creative Movement for 3 ½ - 5 years                                                          

12:45 Ballet/Tap for ages 4 – 5                                                                                   

3:45 Ballet/Tap K-1st grades                                                                                       

4:45 Ballet/Tap 2nd -3rd grades                                                                                

5:45 Ballet/Hip Hop 4th-5th grades                                                                          

6:45 Contemporary Dance for grades 6 and up                                  

 

Friday:

1:00 Creative Movement for 3 ½ -5 year olds                                                      

2:30 Ballet/Jazz for ages 4 – 5                                                                                     

3:45 Ballet/Hip Hop K-1st grades                                                                              

4:45 Ballet/Hip Hop 2nd -3rd grades                                                                        

5:45 Ballet/Hip Hop 4th -5th grades                                                                         

6:45 Ballet for grades 6 and up                                                                                  

 

Saturday:

11:00 Creative Movement for 3 ½ - 5 years                                                          

1:00 Hip Hop  - Middle School                                                                                    

3:00 Tap for grades 6 and up with previous experience                  

4:00 Jazz – High School  

 




Garden City Recreation and Parks is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Dance Conservatory schedule.  This is for information only.  Our registration information will be available on Friday, September 4.  Registration will be by mail or online only. Classes will begin the week of September 28.


Class Descriptions
Creative Movement
Ages:  3 1/2 - 5 attending preschool
Description:      This is a pre-dance activity preparing children for more structured classes.  This classes  focuses on creativity, rhythms, and moving freely to music.


Lyrical/Modern
Ages:    Grades 3 and up
Description:     This opportunity is based on a contemporary form of dance incorporating various techniques, Martha Graham, Limon, etc.  The class is usually conducted in bare feet to percussion music. 

 
Ballet
Ages:  4 (in a combo-class) – adult
Description:     This is the foundation of all dance.  Starting with barre work the class learns all the basic French terminology, leading to center work as well as progressions across the floor. It promotes good posture and grace while appreciating classical music.
 

Tap
Ages: Pre-K ( in a combo class) and up
Description:     Starting at the barre, warm up consists of foot work learning the varied steps, sounds and rhythms which then leads to center work and progressions across the floor using upbeat music.


Hip-Hop or Jazz
Our Adult Jazz class is a performance based class.
Description:     Starting with a center warm up that emphasizes body isolations and stretches, this class leads to work in the center, as well as progressions across the floor using contemporary music. 


Combo Classes - Ballet/Tap, Ballet/Hip Hop, Ballet/Jazz
Ages:  4 and up attending Preschool through third grade
Description:     This class is a shortened version of each concentration of dance to hold the attention of the younger students.

Attire for ALL dance classes:  Any type of dance clothing. Leotards and tights are encouraged, but jazz or yoga pants are also acceptable.  They must be tight fitting so the teacher can assess whether the student is exhibiting proper body alignment and be able to make corrections.  Footwear for each class varies.  For Creative Movement, soft shoes or Ballet slippers, Ballet slippers for Ballet, Jazz shoes for Jazz, Tap shoes for Tap, etc.

 
Recreation Dance Company


Please note - in order to participate in the Dance Company, you must first register for classes in the Dance Conservatory.  Only registered members in 3rd grade or older of the Dance Conservatory will be allowed to register for the Company.

Performance experience is available for those who qualify for the Recreation Dance Company.  Under the direction of Ms. Felicia Lovaglio, the members (3rd grade and up) are offered the opportunity to perform on a professional level using Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern which make for a well rounded program. An extra registration fee is involved and participants are expected to attend additional weekly rehearsals in addition to their already scheduled classes.  This program begins in November and culminates in June with our performance at Adelphi University's beautifully renovated Olmsted Theatre in their new Performing Arts Center. 
 
For further information concerning the Dance Program please call our
​Recreation and Parks Administrative Office at (516) 465-4076. 



Adult Dance Programs

Dance Performance Group
This popular class teaches different dance techniques and will culminate with a dance performance in late spring.  Don't miss this fun program! 

When: Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. November to May
Where: St. Paul's Cluett Hall


Adult Zumba Class
Looking to stretch those muscles and tone your body?  Our class offers simple dance movements, stretching and other exercises to music designed to add flexibility to your body while having a fun time!  Felicia Lovaglio, the instructor for this class, is Director of our Dance Conservatory and adjunct professor at Adelphi University.  Each class is 45 minutes.  

When: Classes are run seasonally with classes beginning Fall, Winter and Summer
Where: St. Paul’s Cluett Hall or Senior Center


Zumba Gold 

Dance director Felicia Lovaglio will again conduct Zumba Gold classes, sessions geared for Active Seniors or beginners over the age of 50.  The newest way to exercise gives you a great workout while moving to fun music!

The 45 minute class schedule, led by Felicia Lovaglio, will be announced in October. For further information or to register, please visit Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or call 465-4075.