FARMINGTON — Sonia Plumb School of Dance, the educational wing of the acclaimed Sonia Plumb Dance Company, recently announced an expansive and rigorous array of dance training classes to be held in a hybrid arrangement of in-person and virtual formats, according to an email from the school. Running Oct. 4 through Dec. 4, in-person instruction will be held in Hartford Stage’s Rehearsal Studios, 942 Main Street, (2nd floor) in downtown Hartford. Classes will be 4:30 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
SPDC founder Sonia Plumb states, “I am excited to launch our first-ever semester of immersive and intensive dance instruction. The Sonia Plumb School of Dance training classes incorporate a diverse array of styles and rigorous pedagogy. Whether you have a child who dreams of a life in dance, a high school or college student focused on a career in dance, a professional looking to maintain or expand your movement vocabulary, or an adult with an abiding passion for dance, we have you covered. If you or your child are serious about leveling up your understanding of modern, classical and contemporary dance, this is the program for you.”
Courses in modern, contemporary, ballet, classical Indian Kathak, stretch, music, and more will be taught by an impressive array of distinguished professional dance instructors. Seeing dance as a lifetime continuum, classes will be available for youth, preprofessional/collegiate, professionals and adults. In-person classes will follow a strict COVID safety protocol, which is available at www.SoniaPlumbDance.org. PPE precautions will be provided courtesy of the Greater Hartford Arts Council and The Hartford Fire Department.
In-person class packages inclusive of all classes for the 8-week session are available for $600 (40 classes) and $1,200 (80 classes). All-inclusive virtual class packages are $300 (40 classes) and $600 (80 classes). For pre-professional/professional and adult classes, drop-in rates are available ($15 in-person, $10 for virtual) as are 10-class cards for $85. For 40-class and 80-class packages, there is a $25 registration fee with payment plans available.
For the full class roster, faculty profiles, and registration, visit www.SoniaPlumbDance.org.
Thanks to a Sustainable CT challenge grant, 23 Hartford youth will be eligible for tuition-free courses. To request scholarship information, write email@example.com.
Sonia Plumb attributes her artistic style to a morphing of ideas with dance, constantly seeking to observe, learn, question, and collaborate. Her choreographic studies led her to multiple intensives with Mark Morris, Pilobolus and Susan Marshall. Early on her work was presented in dance festivals such as New Dance/New Haven, A New Generation of Dance/SUNY Purchase, New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and Hartford’s Dance Services Network.
In addition to her role with the Company, Sonia Plumb has served as the first Artist-in-Residence at the University of St. Joseph and has an ongoing professional relationship with the award-winning CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School.
Sonia is a three-time recipient of the Connecticut Commission on theArts Fellowship for Artistic Excellence. She received a National Artist Teaching Fellowship (2013), and was one of only nine artists nationwide to receive the Community Legacy Project award for her Arts Integration programs (2015). Born and raised in Vermont, she migrated to Hartford to attend Trinity College in Hartford, where she received a B.A. in Theater and Dance.