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With children back in school, many parents are trying to determine the best after-school activities for their kids. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is offering several dance classes that might fit the bill.

Amy Maze offers classes for boys and girls ages 3-18. Maze, who has many years of dance and teaching experience, is offering the classes for the third year at the arts center. Her classes accommodate all skill levels at varying time slots. Ongoing classes may be joined at any time. Drop-in rates are $12 per class; monthly rates at $40. Each week offers a new learning opportunity, along with a new dance combination to master. Children have fun while being challenged.

Kids in Motion, a class for youngsters aged 3-4, is available 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday. The class combines creative movement and basic acrobatics taught through rhyme, games and props to develop rhythm, directionality, perception and memory.

Beginning Dance is for ages 5-7 and offered from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Dancers in this class have fun building strength, coordination and flexibility while learning basic dance skills.

Intermediate Dance for children 8 to 11 years old is offered from 4-5 p.m. Mondays and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Dancers with less experience gravitate to the Tuesday class, whereas returning students enjoy the Monday class. Regardless of experience, these classes extend basic concepts of dance and alternate between dance styles such as contemporary, jazz and musical theater.

Dancers ages 12 and up will love Teen Dance offered from 6-7 p.m. Mondays. The focus of this class is to build new skills and challenge dancers of all skill levels. Maze offers teens multiple styles to express themselves each week.

Boys are students in many of Maze’s classes, but from 5-6 p.m. Mondays she offers a Boys Only class that focuses on hip-hop and break dancing with some acrobatics. The boys in this class are currently aged between 7 and 12, but all boys interested in dance should come check out the crew and learn all the latest moves. This is a great way to build focus and coordination along with confidence.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State St. To register your child or for more information, go to BlackMountainArts.org or call 669-0930.

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