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Movement for Mobility & Expression (Age 55+)

Fall Class: Movement for Mobility and Expression

A Dance Class for Ages 55+

No experience necessary

Mondays 9:30am – 10:30am from Oct. 15th – Nov. 19th

Enhance your flexibility and coordination while gaining confidence in this gentle and affirming dance class. We will explore movement for sustained mobility and self-expression while making new friends and finding joy through dance.

Six Week Session: $25 (or $5 per class)

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Master Class with Arthur Hutchinson

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to study with Miss Kelly’s childhood teacher, Arthur Hutchinson, known as Mister H by his students.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
10:00am-11:30am

Arthur Hutchison was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. At the age of 7 he started to take tap dancing at a local school.

When he was 13 he was involved in an auto accident breaking both legs. After recuperating from this accident, his doctors recommended that he should take some exercise to strengthen his legs. It was back to dancing.

When “Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo” opened a branch in Philadelphia Arthur enrolled and studied with Mme. Maria Swoboda. He was also, introduced to the “Ballet Guild of Philadelphia” where Anthony Tudor and the teachers of the Metropolitan Ballet School were giving classes.

His first professional appearance was with the Philadelphia Grand Opera Co: in October of 1956.

When Mr. James Jamieson and Mme. Antonova opened their school in Wilmington, Delaware at 906 West St, Arthur enrolled. Mr. Jamieson and Mme. gave him a scholarship to study everyday as he was still in school. It as during this time his left leg started to give him problems. An operation was necessary as a correction had to be made causing him to remain in a cast for 9 months. By this time the school has been moved to 209 W. 14th St. Arthur returned to continue taking classes getting back into shape. Again Mme. and Mr. Jamieson gave him not only a scholarship, but he lived at the studio. During this time he danced in local productions, which Mr. Jamieson choreographed. Mr. Jamieson sent him off to New York when he thought he was ready.

Arthur continued to study at the Ballet Russe and Ballet Theatre Schools along with Sonia Woicikowska, also, taking Jazz Classes with Eugene “Luigi” Louis.

His first Equity job was at summer stock, Melody Tent in Hyannisport, Mass. dancing with a very young Liza Minnelli.

His big chance came when Agnes de Mille choose him to dance in a revival of “Brigadoon” at the City Center in New York City in 1962 and again in 1963.

He also, danced for the Kennedy’s at the White House with Edward Villella in dances from “Brigadoon” for the King of Morocco in March of 1963.

During this time he danced in the Fokine Ballet, Starlight Musicals in Indianapolis, Ind, and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

In 1964 he was engaged to dance in the New York World’s Fair under the direction of Michael Kidd.

During a national tour of “Camelot” he was asked to join the George Reich Dancers in Paris to do Television, also, working with Arthur Plassehert Dancers in Paris dancing at the Alhambra Theatre.

It was during this time he was asked by the director of the “Den Norske national Ballet” Oslo, Norway to become a member helping to end the season of 1964-65.

In August of 1965 Arthur joined the Wuppertal theatre in Germany under the direction of Alan Carter and stayed two seasons. The summers were spent dancing at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival Choreographed by Brigit Cullburg. It was at this time he studied Modern Dance (Graham Technique).

Then it was off to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for a season under the direction of Kenneth Macmillan.

In the summers of 68-69 he returned to the Academy of Dance in Wilmington, Delaware to direct the summer courses while Mr. Jamieson was choreographing at the St. Louis Muni Opera.

The last two years of dancing in Germany were spent at the Frankfurt City Opera under the direction of Todd Bolender and John Neumeier.

The summers of 1970 till 72 where spent teaching at the Paris American Academy in Paris, France.

On returning to America he toured the country in the musical “George M”.

From January 1971 until June of 72 he directed the Dance Dept. of Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida and was Assistant Director of the Florida Dance Theatre Company.

In August 1972 Arthur returned to Germany to become the Assistant Director of he Chorographic Dance Theatre in Bremen and remained as Guest Choreographer until 1987.

Since 1995 until 2007 he was the choreographic consultant for the Waldau Theatre and the Interakitwo Company in Bremen.

When Mr. Jamieson passed away, Mr. Wesley asked him to return to the Academy to teach for the summer course of 1995. He also, returned for the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Academy of the Dance during the annual Nutcracker season. This was a return engagement as Artist Advisor until the closing of the Academy in February of 2008.

Over the years he has been guest teaching at many schools across the country and in Europe on his many tours. To mention a few:

Connelly School of Dance, Long Island, New York
Andros Theater Arts Center, Brooklyn, New York
Progressive School o Dance, Manaroneck, New York
Svetlova´s Dance Center, Dorset Vermont
South Carolina Ballet Company, Columbia, South Carolina
West Chester Dance Council, Westchester, New York
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
American Women`s Club Ballet School, Frankfurt, Germany
Oberhausen Opera Ballet, Oberhausen, Germany
Gsovsky Ballet School, Berlin, Germany
Bremen University, Bermen
Tampa Ballet, Tampa, Florida
Veronese School of Ballet, Malaga, Spain
Danza Academy, Gibraltar
Paris American Academy, Paris, France
Renz School of Dance, Eckstein-Wallhaus School of Dance, Davenport Classical Ballet School, Overneuland Ballet School, Volkshochschule, Bremer Ballet Studio, all in Bremen, Germany
Ejar Boettjer School of Dance, Delmenhorst, Germany
Kretzchmar Ballet School, Berchtesgaden, Germany
The Rock School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Barbara Sandonato’s School of Ballet, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

He has worked or known the great dancers and teachers who make ballet what it is today in America and Europe.