Steffi Nossen School of Dance Encourages all Children to Experience Dance Education

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School announces first all-male Hip-Hop dance classes

Steffi Nossen School of Dance (SNSD) announces its first all-male Hip-Hop dance classes. The classes stem from a growing interest among students and community members.

Taking place on Fridays, the new classes follow the regular hip-hop schedule as follows: grades 2-5 from 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.; grades 6-8 from 5:15p.m. – 6:30p.m.; grade 9 and up from 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.

The new classes will be taught by Tap, Modern, Jazz and Hip-Hop-trained instructor, Nagee Stephenson. Stephenson has performed and assisted as a choreographer for music videos. A White Plains native and graduate of Archbishop Stepinac High School, Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in International Studies from Boston College.

This latest addition to the school’s Technique Program comes from a rapid-growing interest among parents and students surrounding the need for an all-male class. While the majority of students enrolled at SNSD are female, over the past decade, the school has seen an increase in male enrollment. The school has welcomed boys in all classes since its inception and continues to encourage enrollment from everyone with an interest in dance.

“These classes encourage boys who may be reluctant to join co-ed classes,” said Kathy Fitzgerald, School Director of SNSD. “This new option is an opportunity to introduce boys to an accessible form of dance that is a good starting point for new dancers.” Steffi Nossen School of Dance continues to explore all forms of dance as it develops and expands its programming. Under founder Steffi Nossen’s belief that “anyone can dance, and everyone should,” the all-male dance class serves as an example of its efforts to encourage all children to engage in dance classes. The school intends to expand its options for boys as continued interest is expressed.

With studios centrally located in White Plains (at the Music Conservatory of Westchester across from County Center) and Chappaqua (at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin on South Greeley Ave between the library and Bell School), SNSD’s award-winning curriculum appeals to the needs of a variety of dance students. The school’s Core Curriculum modern dance classes are taught to children, pre-school through third grade. These classes are followed by a fourth and fifth grade Modern/Jazz and sixth grade and up Jazz classes which introduce and explore the rhythm, styles and music of the Jazz idiom. Most classes are accompanied by live music.

In addition, SNSD provides technique programs including Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and a Young Children’s Ballet program beginning with Classical Story Ballet at age 3.

For more information or to plan your dance year, please contact Steffi Nossen School of Dance at 914-328-1900 or via email at info (at) steffinossen (dot) org. To learn more about Steffi Nossen School of Dance, please visit http://www.steffinossen.org.

About Steffi Nossen School of Dance:
Founded in 1937 by dance legend Steffi Nossen, the Steffi Nossen School of Dance offers a strong community-minded and leadership-focused educational model with developmentally appropriate dance instruction and performance opportunities for all ages and abilities. With locations in White Plains, NY and Chappaqua, NY, Steffi Nossen encompasses a range of dance forms including modern, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and world dance forms with special offerings in yoga, pilates and composition. Live musical accompaniment for a majority of classes is offered. The school is owned and operated by the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, formerly the Dance in Education Fund, a not-for-profit dance advocacy and community outreach organization, which seeks to foster the arts in Westchester County. Through the support of the Foundation, the school enables all students, including those with special needs, the opportunity to participate in their extensive programs and classes in a non-competitive environment. A generous financial aid and scholarship program supports those with significant economic challenges. With a sterling reputation in the industry and a rich 75-year history, Steffi Nossen is a leader among dance schools, focusing on the growth of students’ mind, body, spirit, and character.

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