DAncing Designers

In Dancing Designers, children design and construct costumes which they will wear for a final dance performance--all with guidance from world-class professionals! 


*Dancing Designers if not being offered for our Spring Mini Term, but will be back next year!


This class has two exciting components.  Each day, Designing Dancers starts off with group dance warm-ups, and skill building with help from professional actress and choreographer, Christina Beck, and yoga and dance instructor, Alexis Flakes.  Together the children and instructor develop original choreography through story telling and improvisational exercises.  Finally, the group rehearses their original dance piece and performs it for friends and family on the final day of class.

In the second half of each day, the group collaborates to create a cohesive costume look for their dance showcase--with each child adding individually designed elements. 

With expertly crafted curriculum developed by professional costume designer, Clare Wasserman, children learn the fundamentals of drawing the human form, basic pattern making, hand stitching, important costume design principles, and more. 

  • Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:25pm

  • at the Joan of Ark School Complex at 154 W 93rd St., just off Amsterdam Ave.

  • For children in grades 3-5

  • Showcase performance (in costume, of course!) on the final day of class, just prior to pick up

  • Class Dates: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17

Clare brings a passion and knowledge of design, and the energy it takes to focus and stimulate a room full of young elementary-schoolers to each Dancing Designers class she teaches. We can’t wait for the next class to start! If you want to inspire the creative in your kid, this class is for you!
— Paulina Perera-Riveroll (Dancing Designers Mom)

*photos by Katherine Harbison