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! 

*photo by Katherine Harbison


This class has two exciting components.  Each day, Designing Dancers starts off with group dance warm-up and skill building with help from a professional Hip Hop dance instructor, Michael Stiggers.  Then, the group gets down to work with expert guidance from professional costume designer, Clare Wasserman, as they work to design and construct the costumes they will wear for a final dance performance on the last day of class.  Children learn the fundamentals of drawing the human form, basic pattern making, hand stitching, important costume design principles, and more.  The class culminates in a dance performance (in costume, of course!), and a showcase of the children's costume design drawings!

  • Tuesday afternoons

  • From 3:30pm to 5:15pm

  • 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!) will take place on the final day of class, just prior to pick up (exact start time TBA)

  • Class Dates: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12

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