Participants will collaborate with artists to create a dynamic, original dance production. The dances will address current social and political issues that affect the lives of young people, developing their artistic talents along with problem solving and critical thinking abilities.
Combining hip-hop and modern dance, participants will tell their stories based on lived experience and express their vision of a solution and change through their creative expression. Session will culminates in a dance performance.
Instructor: Belle Ritter | Dancer/Choreographer
Belle Ritter began her professional studies at the High School of Performing Arts in 1983 where she received training in Classical Ballet, and Modern Dance techniques (Graham, Horton and Limon). In addition, Belle has trained at the Bronx Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Broadway Dance Center and Herbert Berghoff Studios in New York City. She continued to study dance at Purchase College Dance Conservatory, working with choreographers Kevin Wynn, Doug Verone and David Parsons. Belle has always sought opportunities to merge her passion for dance, commitment to family and community with the importance of a well rounded education as a performing arts educator/instructor throughout NYC and Westchester. As the owner/director of Dance Networks, in Peekskill, she has been able to create a family-friendly environment offering varied styles of classical, cultural and social dance classes for all ages.