3:45 – 4:35 p.m.
Requirements: leotards and shorts or fitted dancewear, footwear requirement determined by instructor
Instructor: Abby Countryman
Instructor Approval Required for Placement
Dance program classes begin September 13, 2021, second session begins January 24, 2022.
This class will infuse methods of ballet, jazz, and modern, creating a fluid style of movement that encourages self-expression. Students with prior dance background (1+ year of ballet not including preballet) participate in a warmup, series of across the floor combinations, and a culmination of choreography. The goal is to develop strong, versatile dancers.
Abby Countryman is a Hudson native who grew up dancing at The Phipps Center for the Arts. She was a part of The Phipps Dance Company for four years and The Phipps Dance Theater for three. Abby had the pleasure of long-term subbing last year at The Phipps as well as assistant directing and choreographing for the Jr. Phipps Dance Company. She has studied tap, ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, and musical theater. In addition to teaching dance, Abby recently graduated from North Central University with her associate’s degree in business. She currently works as an on-site venue manager for a wedding and event venue called Earl and Wilson, located in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is also in the process of opening her own wedding planning business called Willow Wedding Company. Abby is excited for this up-and-coming dance year to grow and learn with her students as she ultimately wants her students to feel loved, seen, and known!
Register in person at the Phipps Center Administrative Office Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You may also register by phone with a credit card by calling (715) 386-2305, or online at ThePhipps.org. Fees are due at time of registration. Payment plans can be set up if students are taking multiple classes. Contact the Administrative Offices for registration and payment arrangements.
Phipps Dance Policies
- Classes cancelled because of inclement weather will not be rescheduled.
- Instructor’s approval needed for placement unless it is a Beginning class.
- It is common to stay in the same level of a class for two or more years. Instructor approval is needed in order to advance to the next level.
- An instructor may decide to move a student to a more appropriate class.
- Dancers must be the specified age by September 1, 2021
Registration and Payment
- Dance fees are billed on a half-year rate. The full dance year consists of two sessions, and students will have to enroll again if they wish to take the second session.
- All class fees must be paid in advance to attend class. If needed, contact the office to arrange a payment plan.
- Dance terms begin on September 13 and January 24. You are responsible for making sure your fees are paid for the next semester before the class begins. We will send billing notices before the fees are due, but you are responsible even if you don’t receive the notice in a timely fashion.
- A student will only be allowed to attend class if payment has been made.
- If a student tries a class and does not wish to continue, the student may withdraw by notifying the office within 8 weeks of starting and receive a refund for the remaining weeks. No refunds will be given for classes quit after 8 weeks, except in cases of injury, long-term illness, or extraordinary circumstances.
- In order to withdraw from a class, you must notify the administrative office, and not just your teacher.
- We encourage masks for anyone who prefers to wear one.
- Masks for anyone 12 and over will be optional for those vaccinated and required for those that are unvaccinated.
- Masks for anyone ages 5 – 11 are required until vaccinations are available for these age groups
- The Phipps reserves the right to revise mask usage protocols based on COVID status within the community and the vaccination status of participants within specific programs.
- The Phipps will maintain enhanced cleaning efforts and air flow throughout the building and will continue to monitor guidelines and recommendations and revisit these protocols as needed.