NSAM opens registration for fall dance classes

Newport School of Artistic Movement (NSAM), opens registration for fall classes. Director Nancy Mittleman has been training dancers from preschool to professional for more than 40 years. NSAM offers classes in contemporary ballet (blending ballet, modern and jazz dance). For more information and to register, call 541-961-2316 or email [email protected] (Courtesy photo)

Newport School of Artistic Movement (NSAM) announces registration for fall classes offering a wide array of dance classes and teachers. Classes are open to students from age 3 to adult in beginning through advanced levels.

Director Nancy Mittleman has been training dancers from preschool through professional level for more than 40 years. Classes fill quickly, so register now by calling 541-961-2316 or emailing [email protected] 

Erika Sugrue, who has danced with Mittleman for more than 20 years, continues as an assistant director of the school and is helping to teach the younger level dancers.

NSAM classes are designed to increase grace, flexibility, balance and strength, drawing not only from ballet, modern, jazz and African dance but also from Pilates and yoga. Mittleman said, “Classes are designed to develop the student’s technical skills and spark their creativity through a process of exploration and discovery.” 

Mittleman is known for the technical quality and the range of dance styles she teaches and her holistic approach to dance, integrating science, art, literature, music, math and much more into her lessons and choreography. “All classes include improvisations or ‘dance games,’ which increase student’s awareness of the power of body language while enriching and developing their creativity, acting abilities and choreographic skills,” she said. Additionally, improvisation exercises encourages students to work collaboratively and develop problem solving and leadership skills. Variations from famous choreographers, partnering, counterbalance techniques and lifting are also incorporated into the curriculum.

Mittleman also directs Pacific Dance Ensemble (PDE), a company of teens and young adults, well known to the area for their high quality and artistic performances. PDE’s most recent productions were, “Pinocchia,” performed last spring, and their annual Valentine’s performance, “Dances from the Heart.” Auditions for PDE will be held in October. 

Register before Aug. 30 and receive a 10 percent discount on the first month’s tuition. For more information and registration, call 541-961-2316 or email [email protected].

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