Dance Classes

Dance Classes

Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance provides students of all ages the opportunity to experience the highest quality of education in the tri-state area. Students learn in a non-competitive environment where the focus is on dance as an art form. Our goal is to promote the personal development of each student physically, intellectually and creatively.

The OI School of Dance offers more classes than any other studio in the area, including traditional dance such as ballet, jazz and pointe – as well as a variety of recreational dance and fitness classes. Workshops and intensives with regionally and nationally acclaimed dancers and choreographers are also offered regularly.

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COVID-19 Safety Precautions:

Those entering OI facilities should expect the following:

  • Masks will be required or recommended to coincide with current state & CDC guidelines.
  • Temperatures may be checked upon entering.
  • A short health screening questionnaire may be required.
  • Class sizes and seating will be limited to accommodate social distancing guidelines.

Adaptive Dance for Special Needs

DanceAbility: Adaptive Dance for Special Needs
Explore the world of dance with creative movement and exciting music. For preschool students through adults with special needs, who use a wheelchair, are gross motor skill impaired or with limited or no sight. Classes by request and special arrangement.

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Ages: 3 & up
Meets: By arrangement
Instructor(s): OI’s School of Dance

Call 304-242-8807 for more information and to schedule a class.

Classes for Babies & Toddlers

Baby & Me 1.0
Creative movement & play for babies and adult. Using mats, parachutes & tunnels, work on socialization & motor skills.

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Ages: 1-2 with participating adult
Meets: Tuesdays, 9:15-10am OR Saturdays, 10-10:45am
Begins: Tues., Jan. 12 OR Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Arianne Wade

$80/$70 OI members

Baby & Me 1.0 & 2.0
Creative movement & play for babies and adult. Using mats, parachutes & tunnels, work on socialization & motor skills.

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Ages: 1-2 with participating adult
Meets: Wednesdays, 10-10:45am
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$80/$70 OI members

Dance Sampler 1.0 & 1.5
Intro to ballet, tumbling and tap. A steppingstone to pre-school when students attend independently.

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Ages: 2-3
Meets: Wednesdays, 5:45-6:15pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cheryl Pompeo

$75/$65 OI members

Dance Sampler 2.0
Intro to ballet, tumbling and tap. A stepping stone to pre-school when students attend independently.

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Ages: 2-3
Meets: Mondays, 5:30-6:15pm
Begins: Mon., Jan. 11
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cheryl Pompeo & Maryanne Mamakos

$80/$70 OI members

Dance Sampler 2.2
Intro to ballet, tumbling & tap.

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Ages: 3 1/2 – 4 1/2
Meets: Tuesday OR Wednesdays 11am-12pm
Begins: Tues., Jan. 12 OR Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Arianne Wade (Tues.), Kimberlee Kafana (Wed.)

$85/$75 OI members

Ballet Classes

Adult Ballet 1.0 with Kathleen Gottus
Learn to be graceful, tone and lengthen muscles. For adults with no previous training. Good for active seniors.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Thursdays, 6:45-7:45pm
Begins: Thurs., Jan. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kathleen Gottus

$85/$75 OI members

Ballet 1.0 & 1.2
Covers basic ballet terms, positions & dancing in rhythm.

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Ages: 6-7
Meets: Saturdays, 9:15-10am 
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cheryl Pompeo

$80/$70 OI members

Ballet 1.1
Covers basic ballet terms, positions & dancing in rhythm.

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Ages: 4-5
Meets: Tuesdays, 5:15-5:45pm
Begins: Tues., Jan. 12
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Arianne Wade

$75/$65 OI members

Ballet 1.3
Covers basic ballet terms, positions & dancing in rhythm.

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Ages: 5-6
Meets: Tuesdays, 6:15-6:45pm
Begins: Tues., Jan. 12
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cheryl Pompeo

$75/$65 OI members

Ballet 2.0
Basic ballet terms, positions & dancing in rhythm.

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Ages: 6-7
Meets: Saturdays, 9:15-10am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Arianne Wade

$80/$70 OI members

Ballet 2.3
Basic ballet terms, positions, dancing in rhythm & improving motor skills.

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Ages: 6-8
Meets: Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm
Begins: Thurs., Jan. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Madelyn Crawford

$85/$75 OI members

Ballet 3.0 – 3.3
For students with some previous ballet experience.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 1:15-2:15pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana (3.0), Cheryl Pompeo (3.1), Kristin Carson (3.2), Kathleen Gottus (3.3)

$85/$75 OI members

Ballet 4.0
Turnout, extension, turns, leaps, terminology & body placement.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level.
Meets: Saturdays, 2:15-3:15pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks 
Instructor(s): Cheryl Pompeo

$85/$75 OI members

Choreography and Composition (NEW!)
Get in touch with your inner creativity, musicality, and composition. This class will challenge you to learn new dances in an hour as well as allow you to create your own dances and show them to your peers. This class will also create an end of the year recital piece with Miss J’lyse! Let’s move!

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Ages: Students must be in ballet levels 3.3 or 4.0 class
Meets: Fridays, 5-6pm
Begins: Fri., Jan. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kalista J’lyse Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Cirqué de Ballet
Improve flexibility, balance and strength. Acrobatics and tumbling with “Gumby Kids” contortion skills. Ballet is the foundation to continue the beauty and grace needed. Must be enrolled in 1:15 Saturday Ballet to take this class.

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Ages: 6 & up
Meets: Saturdays, 2:15-3:15pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks 
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Variations Class (NEW!)
Any dancer that wants to go to a summer program or dance professionally needs to be prepared to learn variations and learn them in a certain amount of time. This class will allow dancers to learn various classical, neo classical and contemporary ballet variations and get the chance to dance them in class.

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Ages: Students must be in Advanced Pointe class or by teacher permission.
Meets: Fridays, 6-7pm
Begins: Fri., Jan. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kalista J’lyse Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Fitness Classes

Monday Yoga Flow (NEW!)
A vinyasa-style class that utilizes elements of Hatha yoga to join physical postures, or asanas, with inhales and exhales to create a stable internal rhythm for the practice. This class will help build a mind-body connection as we cultivate heat in the body to develop both strength and flexibility. Classes will invole a warm up phase that will end with sun salutations, a work phase, a cool down phase, and finally our savasana. Students will need to bring their own mat and if they have them, 2 yoga blocks and a strap to ensure all postures are accessible. All levels are welcome.

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Ages: 16 & up
Meets: Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm
Begins: Mon., Jan. 11
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Whitney Thompson Calhoun

$85/$75 OI members

Dance Injury Prevention
A health and wellness class with a purpose of preventing dance related injuries; teaches muscular balance through stretching and strengthening. Private lessons available by arrangement. Call 304-242-8807 to schedule.

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Ages: 8 & up
Meets: Mondays 4-5pm
Begins: Mon., Jan. 11
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Louise Heusel

$85/$75 OI members

Call 304-242-8807 to schedule a lesson.

Kmotion
No dance experience required for this high energy class that mixes Latin, hip-hop, pop and world beats along with easy to follow high energy moves. Must be at least 4 years old. Please wear sneakers and bring a water bottle.

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Ages: 4-9
Meets: Wednesdays, 4:15-4:45pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Heather Henthorne

$75/$65 OI members

Stretch Class for Adults
Basic stretching class for adults.

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Ages: 14 & up
Meets: Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm
Begins: Fri., Jan. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rebecca Moore

$85/$75 OI members

Hip Hop Classes

Hip Hop 3.0
More advanced level of street dance including breaking, popping, locking and introduction to krumping. Class will focus on important elements such as freestyle and improvisation on the students’ side. Introduction to old school hip hop and hip hop new style for intermediate students.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Arianne Wade

$85/$75 OI members

Hip Hop 4.0
For advanced jazz students only with focus on all elements of hip hop dancing. Class involves a series of fast, sharp actions and breakdance floor work.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15pm OR Wednesdays, 6:45-7:45pm
Begins: Tues., Jan. 12 OR Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Arianne Wade

$85/$75 OI members

Jazz Classes

Jazz 1.0
Learn jazz technique of Luigi and Matt Mattox.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level.
Meets: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cheryl Pompeo

$80/$70 OI members

Jazz 2.0
Learn jazz technique of Luigi and Matt Mattox.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level.
Meets: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Arianne Wade

$85/$75 OI members

Jazz 2.0 & 3.0
Learn jazz technique of Luigi and Matt Mattox.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level.
Meets: Saturdays, 2:15-3:15pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kristin Carson

$85/$75 OI members

Jazz 3.5
Learn jazz technique, turns and jumps to the latest in modern music.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 3:15-4:15pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Cheryl Pompeo

$85/$75 OI members

Jazz 4.0
Learn jazz technique, turns & jumps to the latest in modern music.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 Weeks
Instructor(s): Cheryl Pompeo

$85/$75 OI members

Lyrical Dance

Lyrical Dance 1.0 & 2.5
Interpretive, expressive movements set to modern music.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level.
Meets: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Lyrical Dance 3.0 & 4.0
Interpretive, expressive movements set to modern music.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Saturdays 3:15-4:15pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kristin Carson

$85/$75 OI members

Pointe Classes

Beginner Pointe
Must have at least 3 years ballet experience.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 12-1pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Intermediate Pointe
Must have at least 3 years ballet experience.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 12-1pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kristin Carson

$85/$75 OI members

Advanced Pointe
For students who have completed Beginner & Intermediate Pointe.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 12-1pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cheryl Pompeo

$85/$75 OI members

Private Dance Classes

Private Dance Lessons
Lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, various others as requested.

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Ages: All
Meets: By arrangement
Begins: By arrangement
Duration: 8 – 1/2 hour sessions
Instructor(s): OI School of Dance

$150 (Call 304-242-8807 to request a session.)

Recreational Dance Classes

Advanced Square Dancing
For dancers who have completed the introductory level, continue your whole body exercise using your mind as well as your body. Participants will be introduced to the “Mainstream” calls of Modern Western Square Dance. No partner needed.

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Ages: 13 & up
Meets: Sundays, 6-7pm
Begins: Sun., Jan. 10
Duration: Continuous
Instructor(s): Bob Tomlinson

$3 (Pay at the door)

Ballroom Dancing with Peter Lim
Covers the fox trot, waltz, cha cha, swing and rumba. Partner required.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Wednesdays, 6-7pm (Level 1), 7-8pm (Level 2&3)
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Peter Lim

$85/$75 OI members

Introduction Square Dancing
For This class is only offered once a year. Exercise the mind as well as the body as you are introduced to the basics of Modern Western Square Dance. No partner needed.

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Ages: 13 & up
Meets: Sundays, 5-6pm
Begins: Sun., Jan. 10
Duration: Continuous
Instructor(s): Bob Tomlinson

$3 (Pay at the door)

Tap Dancing Classes

Adult Tap 1.0
Concentrate on time steps and rhythms. Beginners welcome.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: Thursdays, 7:45-8:45pm
Begins: Thurs., Jan. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rebecca Moore

$85/$75 OI members

Tap 1.0 & 1.1
For children with little or no previous training.

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Ages: 3-4
Meets: Tuesdays, 5:45-6:15pm
Begins: Tues., Jan. 12
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Arianne Wade

$75/$65 OI members

Tap 1.0 & 1.2
For children with little or no previous training.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 8:30-9:15pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cheryl Pompeo

$80/$70 OI members

Tap 2.0
For children with some tap experience.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 8:30-9:15am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Arianne Wade

$80/$70 OI members

Tap 2.5 and 3.5
For children with some tap experience. Rhythm and time steps will be covered.

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Ages: 7-11
Meets: Saturdays, 3:15-4:15pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Rebecca Moore (ages 7-9) & Arianne Wade (ages 10-11)

$85/$75 OI members

Tap 4.0
Concentrates on time steps & combination turns.

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Ages: Based on experience & skill level.
Meets: Saturdays, 10-11am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Cheryl Pompeo

$85/$75 OI members

Tumbling Classes

Boys Will Be Boys! – Boys Only Tumbling (NEW!)
Strive to improve basic skills and increase muscle development and flexibility in an environment that boys can feel comfortable. Beneficial for boys involved in sports.

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Ages: 5-10
Meets: Wednesdays, 5-6pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Cheering
Cheerleading positions and jumps are introduced.

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Ages: 6-13
Meets: Saturdays, 10-11am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Sydney Glessner

$85/$75 OI members

Extreme Acrobatic Artistry 3.0 & 3.5
Enrollment in this class is with permission of instructor. Designed for the senior advanced dancer who has studied all disciplines of acrobatics, ballet, lyrical and contemporary dance. Those disciplines with elements of extreme flexibility, artistry and partner skills will be enhanced through performance storytelling.

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Ages: Dependent upon skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 10-11am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Extreme Acrobatic Artistry 5.0
Enrollment in this class is with permission of instructor. Designed for the senior advanced dancer who has studied all disciplines of acrobatics, ballet, lyrical and contemporary dance. Those disciplines with elements of extreme flexibility, artistry and partner skills will be enhanced through performance storytelling.

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Ages: Dependent upon skill level
Meets: Wednesdays, 7-8pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Gumby Kids Gymnastics 2.5 & 3.0
For children who have taken sessions and are aware of basic acrobatic skills with emphasis on increasing flexibility tricks and improving proper form and technique. Taught to the needs of each child’s ability.

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Ages: mixed ages, boys and girls, dependent on skill level
Meets: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Begins: Thurs., Jan. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Jumps and Turns 1.0
Work on proper dance and gymnastics jumps and turns technique.

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Ages: 9-13
Meets: Fridays, 4:30-5:30pm
Begins: Fri., Jan. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Maria Wood

$85/$75 OI members

Jumps and Turns 2.0
Continue to develop more advanced gymnastics jumps and turns technique.

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Ages: 10 & up
Meets: Wednesdays, 8-9pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Maria Wood

$85/$75 OI members

Private Instruction in Tumbling
One-on-one instruction in tumbling. For children with little or no previous training.

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Ages: all
Meets: by arrangement
Duration: 8 – 1/2 hour sessions
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$150 (Call 304-242-8807 to request a session.)

Rhythmic Gymnastics 1.0
A combination of ballet, dance, acrobatics and circus moves. Learn beginning skills to using apparatus rope, hoop and more.

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Ages: 5-7
Meets: Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Maria Wood

$80/$70 OI members

Rhythmic Gymnastics 2.0
Enrollment is with permission of instructor. A combination of ballet, dance, acrobatics and circus moves. Learn beginning skills to using apparatus rope, hoop and more.

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Ages: 7 & up
Meets: Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm
Begins: Fri., Jan. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Maria Wood

$85/$75 OI members

Tumbling and Acrobatics 1.0
Intro to movement, coordination & beginning tumbling skills for toddlers with adult.

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Ages: 3-4 with participating adult
Meets: Tuesdays, 10-11am
Begins: Tues., Jan. 12
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Arianne Wade

$85/$75 OI members

Tumbling and Acrobatics 1.2
For children who have taken sessions and are aware of basic elements with emphasis on proper form, technique & strength.

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Ages: Mixed
Meets: Tuesdays, 6-7pm
Begins: Tues., Jan. 12
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Tumbling and Acrobatics 2.0 & 2.5
Continue to develop the basic tumbling skills, with emphasis on proper form, technique & strength. Walkovers, round-offs, handstands & splits. Mixed ages; taught to needs of each child’s ability.

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Ages: dependent upon skill level
Meets: Wednesdays, 6-7pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 13
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Tumbling and Acrobatics 3.0 & 3.5
Enrollment is with permission of instructor. Students will continue to develop basic tumbling skills while emphasizing proper form, technique and strength. Back handsprings, round off back handsprings, handstands and various floor acrobatic work. This is a concert class that will be performing in June.

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Ages: dependent upon skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 7:30-8:30am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$85/$75 OI members

Tumbling and Acrobatics 4.0 & 4.5
Enrollment in this class is with permission of instructor. Students are mastering and turning basic skills and elements into more advanced skills. This is a concert class that will be performing in June.

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Ages: Dependent upon skill level
Meets: Saturdays, 8:30-10am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Kimberlee Kafana

$105/$95 OI members