Author Archives: Christine Harris

Summer Session!

We are excited to share dance with you this summer! Summer gives dancers the opportunity to work intensively and practice for consecutive days. This allows for deepening your understanding of technique, process and body awareness in a short amount of time. The results are rewarding, and we have a really good time!
Our offerings include several different options for camps and intensives for a variety of ages, as well as a performance intensive culminating in a performance of The Velveteen Rabbit!
Hope to see you in the studio this summer!
August mini intensives TBA.
June Intermediate & Intermediate/Advanced
Mini Intensives
Enjoy a variety of classes and teachers in a week and stay in shape!
3 Weeks:
June 14 – 17
June 21 – 24
June 28 – July 1
Intermediate Mondays & Wednesdays  $32 a week or $18 drop in
Ages 9-12
MON – 4-5:30pm Ballet & Pointe(pre-pointe) w/Christine
WED 4-5:30pm Contemporary w/ Bridget Wheeler
Intermediate/Advanced Mondays – Thursdays $80 a week
Teens & Adults
MON – 5:30-7pm Yoga & Conditioning w/ Christine
TUE – 4 – 6:30pm Ballet & Variations w/Bridget
WED – 5:30-7pm Contemporary w/Bridget
THU – 4-6:30pm Pointe & Modern w/Christine
Mon/Wed drop in $18
Tues/Thurs drop in $26
The Velveteen Rabbit Performance Intensive
July 5th – 17th – 2 weeks
Ages 11+
Monday – Friday – 9 – 3pm
Performances Friday evening & Saturday evening, TBD
The Performance Intensive gives dancers the opportunity to fully delve into the process of creation and preparing to share work through a formal performance. Dancers will learn ballet, pointe and modern choreography as well as create choreography for a dance interpretation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. There will be two public performances of the work at the end of the two weeks. Dancers will have daily Ballet technique, Pointe, Modern and Composition classes.
Intermediate Beginners Dance Intensive
July 19th – 23rd – 1 week
Ages 8 – 10
Monday – Friday – 9 – 3pm
w/performance Friday 2:30pm
Dancers will have daily Ballet Technique, pre-pointe and Modern classes. We will work on a classical ballet variation as well as an original modern and contemporary piece. Dancers will show their work at the end of the week. Please pack water, a healthy snacks and lunch, bathing suit and towel for sprinkler fun! Swim trip to local pond weather permitting.
In the Land of Fairies & Elves
Dance & Visual Arts Camp
June 28th – July 2nd 
Ages 5 – 7
Monday – Friday – 9 – 12pm
Performance Friday 11:30pm
Explore the world of Fairies and Elves through dance and art. Begin the day with woodland animal yoga and then discover ballet and modern dance through imagery and play. Dancers will make dances, wands and crowns for an exciting performance at the weeks end.
Please pack water, healthy snacks and a smock!

Independent Choreography Study!

Dancers will be given an assignment and they will video their work, post in progress and finished on our you tube channel to share with the teachers and other dancers involved. All posts will be private and only available to those with the link.
Dances from the fall session comp class will be posted for dancers to see their work and continue with these projects independently. The link will be shared as soon as the videos are uploaded.
Independent Choreography Assignment #1
from 1/15 to 2/5 (3 weeks) first sharing by 1/22
Continue working on your piece from the fall as a solo
Optional First Assignment – Mask Dance  

“Nothing is more revealing than movement. To me, the body says what words cannot. I believe that dance was the first art.”

“The body never lies.”

“The body is a sacred garment. It’s your first and your last garment; it’s what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor and with joy. But always, though, with blessing.”

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”
Martha Graham
After watching many virtual productions of the Nutcracker with masked dancers I think it is important to dance the mask. All I could see was a mask yet it was not being addressed. Any piece is tainted by the mask unless you turn off a part of your proprioception. Let’s address the mask as artists and create specific to this outer garment.
Mask and unmask. Explore these actions.
The masking and unmasking as a sacred ritual.
What does the body say masked? unmasked?
What is the soul saying inside the masked body?
Spend some time (5 minutes each) exploring some of these prompts/questions with movement. Create some movement phrases from your explorations. See if a beginning, middle and end evolve from these explorations.
Contact Christine to participate!

New Codes of Conduct!

Moving Light Dance Codes of Conduct

Welcome to Moving Light Dance School. We strive for a positive and joy filled learning experience so there are standards we are asking parents, dancers, teachers and artists to follow to the best of their ability. We hope implementing these standards will keep social and personal, including emotional and physical, issues to a minimum. We also understand in implementing a new set of standards or expectations there will be some learning experiences for all of us. We hope this will create an open, honest and smooth path for the work we do together at Moving Light.

 Click here for the Codes of Conduct commitment form

Standards for a positive learning experience.


Principles of Behavior.

There are no excuses.

Speak only with good purpose.

Always be willing to adapt.

Be willing to accept our purpose and our goals.

Be willing to tell the truth and allow others to do the same.

Make only agreements that you are willing and able to keep.

Focus on solutions to problems and understand problems give us opportunities to be creative.

Strive to be agreeable and compromise.

If a problem arises, communicate it as soon as appropriate to someone who can do something about it.

Communicate any potential broken agreement before it is broken.

Take responsibility for your own actions.

Be considerate of your fellow dancers.

Support the teachers who create a safe space for dancers to excel.


Honor Your Class:

  • Arrive punctually with plenty of time to change into your dance attire before class begins. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late will be asked to sit and watch class.
  • If you are early for your class and have the privilege of watching another class in progress, please keep quiet.
  • Wear the proper attire to you class. If your teacher requests certain attire, then do so without question.
  • Share the Barres and center floor space.
  • Be prepared to move across the floor.
  • If the teacher specifies a number of dancers in a group make sure you are in a group with the correct number.
  • Do not expect a higher level dancer to go in front of you.
  • If you are taking a level that you are not assigned to, stand in the back unless you are invited to stand in the front.


Honor Your Teachers:

  • Once class begins, be quiet and pay attention to your teacher. Do not talk, joke or whisper to classmates. If students are talking, etc. during class they will be asked to go to the lobby for the remainder of the class.
  • Don’t be afraid to let your teacher see your inner character.
  • Trust your teacher’s judgement. If in doubt, defer to your teacher and allow them to guide you.
  • Remember that teachers are human and will or do make mistakes.
  • If your teacher assigns homework, do it to the best of your ability.
  • If you are ill or injured, inform the teacher before class so they are aware of your limitations.
  • If you have a question ask your teacher, not your fellow classmates.


Honor your Classmates:

  • If you must enter late to class, quietly take your position in the back of the room. Do not interrupt class and disrespect others by going to the front of the room or standing in front of someone who was there on time.
  • At times your class may be split into groups or each student may be asked to practice movement individually across the floor. At this time, when it is not your time on the dance floor, you should focus on those who are dancing. Instead of daydreaming or talking, visualize yourself so that when it is your turn, you will do it correctly.
  • Treat others with respect and courtesy. You do not have to be friends with everyone, but you can be polite.
  • Group lessons are an opportunity to discipline your ego.
  • Be aware and do your best to maintain your own dance space. If you accidentally bump into someone check in and apologize.


Honor yourself:

  • Give your entire focus to your teacher and class content. You will learn more and get more out of the class if you treat every group class as if it were a private lesson. Leave everything else outside the studio and clear your mind.
  • Practice good posture all the time. Avoid leaning or sitting down unless your teacher gives you permission to do so.
  • Keep your mind open for all new information and perspectives. Pre-formed notions may be incorrect.
  • Perseverance and tenacity are signs of strength. Never give up.
  • After your relationship with yourself, the most important relationship in the classroom is between you and your teacher, even if you are taking that class along with your best friend.
  • Accept correction as a positive criticism. Your teacher is not picking on you. A good teacher makes clear, direct corrections and is not afraid to be honest. View criticism as an opportunity to grow and that you are worthy of guidance.
  • If you disagree with your teacher, go directly to them to discuss. Do not openly criticize your teacher.
  • Courteously ask intelligent, thought-provoking questions.
  • Be honest and loyal to your teacher, your classmates and your school. Take pride in your school, your teacher, your classmates and yourself but always maintain humility, no matter how good a dancer you become.
  • You know your body, take care of it! Know when pain is too bad and when you can work through it. Nourish it with good foods, work it hard and rest it and love it up, it’s the only body you have.