Youth Dance Classes

 


We are proud to offer Dance at The Moss Center as a means of fostering a lifelong love of dance and the arts to the youth in our community. The reduced pricing of these classes is intended to assist families who are experiencing financial limitations (see requirements below). The following information will help you and your child be prepared for our classes. Email Nicole Pedraza at educate-smdcac@miamidade.gov or call 786-573-5313 for availability and registration instructions.

Registration for the Spring 2023 session will take place on Saturday, December 17 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Center, formerly the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Lab Theater.

Registration will be first-come, first serve, and will close early if classes hit full capacity. Please read below for information on costs and registration requirements.

Cost:

  • One time $50 annual registration fee per household plus $90 per child, per 12-week class.
  • Annual registration fee is based on M-DCPS’s school year.
  • All fees are non-refundable. There are no refunds or credits for missed or canceled class days.
  • Because the classes are at a reduced cost, proof of some type of government assistance (ex. SNAP program, Medicaid, CHIP program, Proof of Residence in Public/Subsidized Housing, etc.) is required to be shown at the time of registration.

Spring 2023 Class Dates: January 17 - April 6

There will be no classes on the following dates:
  • Monday, January 23
  • Monday, February 20
  • Spring Break Week: March 20 - March 24

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. | 50 minutes | Ages 10 to 16
In this contemporary dance class, students will learn that dance is a great physical outlet for expressing and communicating their emotions. Students will learn conditioning and flexibility exercises to prepare their bodies for physical movement and will learn movement sequences paired to music. Students will build on their vocabulary, self-confidence, creativity, flexibility and strength.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. | 50 minutes | Ages 7 to 10
    • Students must be the age of 7 by the end of January to enroll in this course.

This beginning/intermediate Hip Hop class will introduce students to basic hip hop skills. Students will be encouraged to find their own rhythm, learn to retain choreography, learn new skills/steps through choreography, and learn how to perform on stage.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. - 6:50 pm | 50 minutes | Ages 11 to 16
In Hip Hop 2, older/more experienced students will expand their hip hop vocabulary. This class will be more advanced than Hip Hop 1 by including more difficult choreography and musicality.

Meet the Instructors

Ashley Herrera is a professional dancer who has trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and African dance. She attended South Florida magnet school programs and graduated from Robert Morgan Educational Center in 2013. Since graduating, Ashley began dancing professionally for the MLB Miami Marlins and Walt Disney World Entertainment Team. She is currently the in-game host for the Miami Marlins and head coach for her dance team at Academir Charter School.




Natalia Marie Rocamonde is a dance artist, choreographer, and dance educator. Natalia graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from New World School of the Arts in 2021 where she studied classical ballet, modern, and Afro-Caribbean dance. She is also a graduate of Ballet Etudes School of South Florida. Natalia has had the opportunity to perform in festivals such as the Mauro Youth Arts Festival in Puerto Rico and the Merce Cunningham Centennial in New York City. Her choreography has been presented at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miramar Cultural Center, and in various NWSA productions.

Please direct questions regarding the dance class program at The Moss Center to Nicole Pedraza at educate-smdcac@miamidade.gov | 786-573-5313 or Annie Hoffman at annie.hoffman@miamidade.gov | 786-573-5319