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“Dance has important roles in relation to all functions and aspects of learning.”  “Dance is as important as Maths.”  —Sir Ken Robinson

Introduction to Dance Workshop Series

When:  Wednesdays  from 2-2:45pm,  January 9th, 16th, & 23rd    (Students can sign up for 1,2 or all 3!)

Where:  Gardner School great room

What:  Free community dance classes specifically designed for Gardner students as an educational and fun introduction to three unique dance styles. Classes are 45 minutes in length and are structured for beginners or those with limited prior dance experience.

Who: Gardner students in Kalama- Wy’East (K-4).  No previous dance experience required.  Class space limited to 12. 

Class # 1 Basic Ballet  (January 9th)

This class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will be introduced toelementary barre and center work with emphasis on coordination, spatial awareness as well as class etiquette.  Students will be involved in some creative but mostly focused movement work.  Proper ballet footwear is recommended (some may be provided) but not required.  Recommended attire: Fitted t-shirt and pants or ballet leotard and tights with a simple skirt (if you have one!)  No dresses, baggy clothing or jeans.

Class #2 Modern/Contemporary Movement (January 16th)

This class offers students the chance to begin to explore movement and body control within modern dance technique. This class includes warm-up and progressions rooted in modern techniques expanding on the concepts of coordination, spatial awareness, improvisation, and movement composition.  Proper class etiquette is imparted. This class will be barefoot.  Recommended attire: Shirt and pants fitted yet comfortable to move in.  No dresses, baggy clothing or jeans.

Class # 3 Broadway/Funk Jazz (January 23rd)

This class offers an introduction to classic jazz technique through basic warm-up and movement progressions centering on musical theater and funk jazz styles.  This class emphasizes musicality and performance, coordination and athleticism.  Proper class etiquette is imparted. This class will be danced both barefoot and in athletic shoes.  Recommended attire: Shirt and pants fitted yet comfortable to move in.  No dresses, baggy clothing or jeans.


Cameron has spent her lifetime in dedication to the art of dance.  In a career as a professional dancer, spanning 14 years, Cameron rose through the ranks to soloist with the Houston Ballet transitioning to Principal dancer with Ballet Florida. She has worked with and danced works by some of the dance worlds most renowned choreographers giving her a diverse wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on. For the past 15 years Cameron has been teaching ballet, modern, and jazz to aspiring dancers of all levels.  She spent a tenure as Co-Artistic Director for Northwest Dance Theater where she developed an educational dance outreach program as well as returning annually to choreograph and coach. Cameron has received teacher training from the Royal Academy of Dancing, The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, Mark Morris Dance Group.  She is currently on staff at Dance for PD Oregon and June Taylor’s School of Dance.

“I am excited to share my love and understanding of this art form with the Gardner community. I strongly believe in the benefits of dance to engage and focus the body and mind.  It brings us closer to ourselves and opens us up to the world around us.  In its very essence dance is joy.”  — Cameron Purandare



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