At the New Century, we believe that excellence can be measured objectively in terms of technical skill, stylistic achievement, well-roundedness, and good character. We believe that every student is unique, and will excel in his or her own way if given the right opportunities. We prepare our students for a musical life, and hope that they will seize the opportunity to become artists and tradition bearers in their own right.
DANCE PROGRAM OUTLINE
Our classes fall into three semesters: Winter/Spring, Summer, and Autumn spanning January to June, June to August, and September to December, respectively, with several-weeks break for August vacations and Christmas. See the New Century Calendar for the current dates. Private lessons do not follow semesters or take "breaks".
We offer group make-up classes for scheduled student absences. Each semester contains a proportaional number of make-up sessions per class: four in winter/spring, one in summer, and two in autumn. These classes will be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor. Snow cancellations will be addressed individually.
New Century classes at the Severna Park Community Center (SPCC) follow SPCC's snow closure policy. If SPCC is open, we will hold classes. Cancellation of private lessons due to blizzards, penguin uprisings, and the unyielding malice of snow queens is at the discretion of the instructor.
SPECIAL WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES
The New Century holds special workshops and master classes with local and visiting artists. These are valuable opportunities for our students to learn repertoire and style from master artists other than their teachers, and to gain exposure to a range of perspectives on music and dancing.
One-on-one lessons separate from or in addition to the scheduled dance classes are available.
We accept payment for classes in cash or checks, or on cards via the New Century Irish-Arts Store.
WHAT TO WEAR:
We recommend basic clogging oxfords for our kids classes. These shoes come in children's sizes, and there is a supply of lightly used shoes in circulation locally. Adults can wear any leather-soled shoe or taps. After a time, students in the intermediate class will be expected to move into a tap shoe for performance.
For class: We recommend wearing comfortable clothes. Many students and instructors wear workout clothes; others wear jeans. Wet/dry/hazmat suits are not appropriate.
For Performance: We require students to observe a dress code for class performances, but we are strictly committed to freedom of expression within that model. Past dress codes have stated, for instance, "a nice shirt in a shade of blue with black pants or black skirt". In our opinion, most important consideration in dressing for traditional arts performance is to, without pretense of grandeur, pay homage to the art form and the people who wrought it.
2017-2018 Education Calendar:
Autumn Semester | 22 September to 15 December 2017 (except 24 November) | Severna Park Community Center
Christmas from Ireland in Maryland | December 10th and 17th, 2017 | Severna Park Community Center, Holy Grounds
Winter/Spring Semester | 12 January to 8 June 2018 (except 30 April) | Severna Park Community Center
5th Annual Sean-Nós Competition | June 2018 | McGinty's Public House, Silver Spring, MD
Musical Arts and Dance Week | July 2018 | Bethesda, Maryland