A student holds her position while listening as ballet instructor Heidi Meshurel-Jolly talks with students Katelyn Ihrig, reflected in mirror at far left, and Emily Laurinec-Studer at Northwest Ballet. Pointe is one of many dance styles covered in the studio's upcoming summer schedule.

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A student holds her position while listening as ballet instructor Heidi Meshurel-Jolly talks with students Katelyn Ihrig, reflected in mirror at far left, and Emily Laurinec-Studer at Northwest Ballet. Pointe is one of many dance styles covered in the studio's upcoming summer schedule.

Summer dance classes cover a variety of styles

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For more information about dance classes at Northwest Ballet Studio, at 326 Oak St., call 871-1880. To register for African and Irish dance classes taught through the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus, call 870-4444 or register online at www.coloradomtn.edu. The summer session of children's danceworks starts July 27 and runs through Aug. 20. Classes are offered for children ages 3 through 12. For more information about class offerings and pricing, contact Wendy Smith Mikelsons at 736-1005 or e-mail childrensdanceworks@yahoo.com.

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Ballet students Jessica Bertrand, left, and Sophie Abate, practice under the watchful eye of Northwest Ballet teacher Heidi Meshurel-Jolly during a class at the Northwest Ballet Studio.

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Dance instructor Heidi Meshurel-Jolly helps student Emily Laurinec-Studer during class at Northwest Ballet Studio.

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A student holds her position and Sophie Abate is reflected in a mirror during a ballet class at the Northwest Ballet Studio.

— For the lifelong dancer or studio newcomer, Steamboat Springs dance instructors are offering an array of classes from mid-May to late August. Styles include classic jazz steps, African, hoopdancing, Irish step, hip-hop, ballet and belly dancing.

To help prospective dancers navigate class schedules and decide on a preferred fit, 4 Points has compiled a listing of classes available to adult dancers of varying levels.

Some classes have been going for a week or two, and all the classes listed have openings for interested dancers:

¤ Intermediate jazz workshop, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, May 18 and June 1, Northwest Ballet Studio: Some experience is required for this classic jazz dance workshop, but instructor Renee Fleischer said she can adapt some steps to a more beginner level. The four-part series started May 4, and Fleischer said she hopes to continue offering classes through the summer. Each session starts with a warm-up and some technique exercises, and ends with a dance routine, she said. Fleischer describes classic jazz dance as ballet-based steps set to mainstream music. Classes are $15 for drop-ins. For more information or to register, call Fleischer at 970-390-1150.

¤ All-levels African dance, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays, May 19 through Aug. 13 (class started May 12), the Depot Art Center: These African dance classes, taught through the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus, are listed in the CMC course guide as African Dance I and II. That setup has been changed to offer two mixed-level classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings; the classes started May 12, but registration is open and unlimited for either night.

Instructor Nicole Idzahl teaches Tuesdays, and Jen Lowe teaches Thursdays. Each class starts with a warm-up and works through a new dance; instructors offer information about what each dance is, where it comes from, and steps set to live drummers, Idzahl said. The dances are kept as traditional as possible and are adapted for beginner or experienced dancers, Idzahl said.

Tuition for either the Tuesday and Thursday class is $45 for the summer session. Registration for the class is done through CMC.

¤ Hula dance Level 2, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays, May 20 through June 24, Northwest Ballet Studio: HulaFool defines "hoopdance" as "dancing using a large weighed hoop for self-expression. A beginner level 1 hula dance class is 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays, July 1 through Aug. 5. Dancers can build on those skills with a level 2 hula class Aug. 12 through Sept. 16. According to the HulaFool Web site, tuition for a six-week session is $66. For additional class and pricing information or to register, call Jennifer Harlan at 970-309-9612 or register online at www.hulafool.com. Drop-ins are welcome, and professional hoops are provided for the class.

¤ All levels adult hip-hop, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 4 through July 9, Northwest Ballet Studio: In the past five years, Nicole Curd has trained herself in hip-hop through annual performances with the Steamboat Dance Theatre. She'll adapt that knowledge for her first teaching experience, a six-part adult hip-hop class that will start off with beginner moves and work up to more advanced steps and routines, Curd said.

The class will cover a variety of hip-hop styles, including freestyle, pop and lock, krumping and choreographed dances.

"I'm going to try to mix it up," Curd said. "I really want people in Steamboat to be able to experience the different kinds of hip-hop that have come about since it came about in the '80s."

Tuition for the six-week session is $45; drop-ins are welcome for $10 per class. For more information or to register, call Curd at 846-5290 or nicolecurd@vzw.blackberry.net.

¤ Irish dance, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, June 8 through July 17, Northwest Ballet Studio: Taught through the Yampa Valley Ceili Society and Colorado Mountain College, this beginning Irish step class focuses on traditional steps with an emphasis on music. For more information, call Nora Parker at 879-2205. Registration for the class is done through CMC.

¤ Northwest Ballet summer session, July 1 through Aug. 20, Northwest Ballet Studio: Dance instructor Heidi Meshurel-Jolly teaches ballet for ages 7 to adult, starting with beginning ballet for ages 7 to 11 from 4:30 to 5:30 Thursdays. Intermediate ballet for ages 11 through teen is from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Beginning and intermediate ballet for teens and adults is 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Intermediate and advanced ballet for teens and adults is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Beginning pointe students need Meshurel-Jolly's permission to enroll; that class is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

The drop-in rate for ballet is $15 per class; the summer session rate has not been determined. Class registration is available online at www.northwest-ballet.com, and forms are available at Northwest Ballet Studio. For more information, call Meshurel-Jolly at 846-4585.

¤ Belly dancing, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays (intermediate) and 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays (beginner), May 19 through July 8, Northwest Ballet Studio: Molly Kuhl will teach a Tuesday evening intermediate class for those with belly-dancing experience. Meg Widmer will teach two beginner's classes - only one of them, scheduled for Wednesday afternoons, has spots remaining. Tuition for either class is $96 for an eight-week session or $15 per class for drop-ins. For more information, contact Kuhl at 846-2735 or mollsey@hotmail.com.

¤ Beginning modern dance for adults, time and date TBA, Northwest Ballet Studio: Contact Wendy Smith Mikelsons for more information about this class. Call 736-1005 or e-mail childrensdanceworks@yahoo.com.

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