South Shore Conservatory’s Dance Department Enrolling for Fall

South Shore Conservatory’s (SSC) Dance Department is accepting registrations for 2017/18 classes. This department offers a full range of classical ballet classes for children ages three and up, and hip hop for ages five through eleven, with a staged end-of-year spring concert.

Providing a positive and nurturing atmosphere for their students, SSC’s dance faculty creates an individualized experience for each dancer within the classroom setting. Whether they are exploring dance as recreation or wishing to pursue their training to the pre-professional level, all students are given the foundation of quality ballet training. New this fall, SSC’s Dance Department and Creative Arts Therapies Department are pleased to offer Adaptive Dance. Taught by Kaitlyn Mazzilli, Adaptive Dance (ages 8-12) and Teen Adaptive Dance (ages 13-18) provides a fun and creative outlet for children and teens with special needs. Basic elements of dance, including rhythm, body awareness, coordination and flexibility are taught in a safe and accepting environment. Students also practice social skills by working together to create a final dance piece to share with families at the last class. In addition to being an Adaptive Dance teacher, Mazzilli is a registered dance/movement therapist, and licensed mental health counselor. She studied theater and dance at Trinity College, and completed her master’s degree in dance/movement therapy at Lesley University. Mazzilli has been dancing for over 20 years and teaching for over ten years. She is a warm and energetic leader with experience teaching individuals of all ages and abilities.

SSC Dance is pleased to announce new faculty members Michele Davis of Middleborough and Katie Finklea of Scituate.  Davis, a former company and faculty member of José Mateo Ballet Theatre (JMBT), returns to SSC this fall to teach Ballet 3, 4, 5 classes. Davis began her teaching career at SSC through JMBT’s satellite program, and has been teaching for over 18 years throughout the South Shore area. She holds a BA from University of New Hampshire in theatre and dance, and received her earlier training from Boston Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Boston. In addition to José Mateo Ballet Theatre, Davis has performed with UNH Dance Company and Seacoast Ballet. She brings a wonderful warmth and joy to her classes, and SSC is thrilled to have her back on faculty this fall.

Originally from West Virginia, Finklea began her formal training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received her high school diploma. She also studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Austin Ballet, and Boston Ballet, and has performed professionally with both Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet II. While earning a BA in political science with a minor in French from West Virginia University, Finklea taught and coached in West Virginia and Maryland serving on the faculty of the Morgantown Dance Studio, Momentum Center for the Arts, and the Northern West Virginia Performing Arts Academy. She currently resides in Scituate with her husband and daughter and shares her time for dance with a career in digital marketing.

SSC is proud to offer the American Ballet Theatre® (ABT) National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough nine-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT ®National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Placement classes for students ages eight and up, with previous ballet experience, will be held during the month of August 2017. Please contact Nancy Meredith at 781-934-2731, ext. 11 to register for a placement class.

To learn more about SSC’s Ballet, Dance and Movement Programs in Hingham and Duxbury, please visit www.sscmusic.org/dance_movement.html, or contact Nancy Meredith at 781-934-2731, ext. 11.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, recently recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, is celebrating over 45 years of enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts. SSC was founded as a not-for-profit community music school in 1970 and now has two beautiful campuses in Hingham and Duxbury.  Currently serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities, SSC is the largest community school for the arts in Massachusetts. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. Through innovative partnerships with social service agencies, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s more fragile members. SSC’s Hingham campus is located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, 781-749-7565.  SSC’s Duxbury campus is located at the Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury, 781-934-2731. South Shore Conservatory is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.  SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook or visit www.sscmusic.org.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.