This is an exclusive, one-time opportunity to participate in Youth and Adult programs. Space is limited.
The MAC Dance Academy, Middletown Arts Center’s very own in-house academy dance program in our newly completed state-of-the-art dance studio, opens this Fall under the expert direction of Dance Arts Administrator, Andrea Wachholtz, professional dancer and celebrated instructor. The MAC Dance Academy will offer classes across all genres using a model of “teaching without judgment in a structured environment” that focuses on empowering and enabling students through creative and educational methods.
Dance at the MAC Dance Academy will not only focus on technique but also on dance as an art form and growing the dancer by improving social and emotional health, coordination, strength, balance, brain function, and boosting memory and self confidence.
Our Fall 2023 Roll-Out Session will be taught by Andrea herself and feature a Ballet class and Contemporary/Musical Theater class for ages 7 and up, as well as an Adult Ballet class! Future sessions will include hip-hop, modern, tap and MORE!
TO REGISTER: Simply click on the registration link, then select the class(s) you would like to join! Your special discount will be automatically applied!
This is an amazing opportunity and we expect these FREE classes to fill QUICKLY… so don’t miss out, REGISTER TODAY!
*Youth programs require a class uniform which can be purchased at capezio.com (uniform details here). GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION offer valid for MAC DANCE ACADEMY/DANCE WITH ANDREA WACHHOLTZ programs only.
Sep 18 – Dec 4 (No class Oct 9, Nov 6) | Mon (10 wks)
Ballet I (ages 7-9) 4-5 pm 3 SPOTS ADDED!
Ballet II (ages 10-12) 5-6 pm – BEGINNERS WELCOME!
Ballet III (ages 13+) 5-6 pm pm – BEGINNERS WELCOME!
Classical ballet classes structured from a syllabus combining Andrea’s teachings along with those
of American Ballet Theatre. Students are placed within age appropriate levels. Evaluations will be
conducted twice a year in regards to technique and emotional and physical growth allowing
Andrea to make any level adjustments necessary. Click here for Uniform Requirements.
Sep 19 – Dec 12 (No class Nov 7) | Tues (10 wks)
AYTYCD I (ages 7-9) 4-5 pm FILLED
AYTYCD II (ages 10-12) 5-6 pm FILLED
If your child is a born performer, then this class is for them! Andrea brings to these classes her expertise as a performer, choreographer, teacher, coach and national judge. A routine in either musical theater, jazz or contemporary dance is learned and studied over a few weeks. The students will then attend class as if it were an audition, where they will perform the learned routine and get detailed feedback on their performance quality, artistry, technique, musicality, knowledge of the choreography and more in a positive, nurturing and supportive environment. Afterwards there will be a group discussion to review and understand their strengths and opportunities for improvement. The following week, the process begins all over again with a new routine! Click here for Uniform Requirements.
“During my years of professional teaching experience I have taught dancers at all levels. The body, the brain, the heart and soul of every dancer is delicate and their best interests should be considered throughout their childhood and young adult years they spend in our classes here at the Middletown Arts Center Dance Academy.
Teaching without judgment in a structured environment, while empowering and enabling students through creative and educational methods is possible whether or not dance becomes a career choice.
Dance at the MAC Dance Academy will not only focus on technique but about dance as an art form and about the growing dancer in a way that may help achieve greatness in the future for themselves by improving social and emotional health, coordination, strength, balance, brain function and boosting memory and self confidence.
I love being the teacher that says, “Yes, you can” no matter how difficult the task at hand may be. Giving them the tools to make it possible within their facility as long as they work for it. It may take time but it will be the best we can both do together. At the MAC Dance Academy, we will strive to instill a more continuous love of dance, dance education and individual creativity throughout each student’s time here.”
Andrea Wachholtz began her training in Brooklyn, NY, and went on to receive a scholarship with the New Ballet School associate school of the Feld Ballet Company, NY, NY. She holds a B.F.A. degree from Adelphi University and is an A.B.T certified teacher in Primary through Level 3.
She toured the United States, Canada and Mexico performing with such companies as The Empire State Ballet, Xing Ballet, Royal Dance Theatre, Mime Internationale, Buffalo City Ballet, The Staten Island Ballet, Ballet Deviare and Some Dance Company. As a soloist, Andrea had the opportunity to dance many classical roles as well as dancing the works of many prominent choreographers, developing extremely valuable experiences.
She has been a teacher and a coach with such schools and companies as The School of The Empire State Ballet Company, Summit Gymnastics,The Arts and Education Institute of Western NY, Paragon Gymnastics, Staten Island Ballet Company and School, Poly Prep Country Day School as well as Ballet Mistress for Staten Island Ballet Company for two years.
Andrea owned and operated her own studio, Andrea in Motion, Inc. for ten years and has trained dancers to help them reach their full professional potential. She has been a choreographer for Adelphi University Cabarets,The Broadway Theatre Collective, The Empire State Ballet Company workshops, Summit Gymnastics, Paragon Gymnastics, Staten Island Ballet School, Poly Prep Country Day School, various dance studios, Sweet 16’s and cheerleading squads. Andrea is, also, a judge for regional and national dance competitions.
Andrea is dedicated to providing the proper knowledge to children and adults of all ages and capabilities that will allow them to grow both as a dancer and as a person. To help them discover how to use their own actions and experiences through their dancing in the most safe, pleasant and enjoyable environment. She is committed to her continued professional growth, injury prevention and the development of exciting new programming.