Discover the Art & Joy of Dance
Classes start September 7, 2021 and run through June 4, 2022
Discover Dance Kaleidoscope Studios
Dance Kaleidoscope opened the doors of its own studio in August 2020. Indiana’s longest running professional contemporary dance company now after 49 years, has a home of its own. Our beautiful, airy, 13,000 square foot state-of-the-art dance center is also an inclusive and welcoming center for the Indianapolis community, and a home for you.
Since 2015, Dance Kaleidoscope's professional dancers have been teaching year-round classes for all ages and abilities from the youngest dancer on tippy toes to pre-professional students who want to learn the Graham Technique. There is a place for you at Dance Kaleidoscope Studios!
The foundation of all dance forms, this beautiful and demanding technique is a necessity for all young, aspiring dance students. Ballet classes are offered for beginning through advanced level dancers.
Combines many styles and techniques from ethnic and contemporary dance to ballet. Our jazz classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and style with an emphasis on proper technique, alignment and movement quality. Set to jazz, R&B, ethnic and pop music, jazz classes are a great workout and fun for all ages.
Do you have a kid who likes to move? Hip Hop is upbeat, helps instill rhythm and helps young dancers develop muscle memory.
Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz, with expressive motions that tell a story. Students will learn lyrical technique along with how to express emotion through movement. They will be encouraged to create their own stories through movement. (At least 2 years of dance training suggested.)
Learn new ways to move! This class is a great introduction to modern dance for your ballet students, including shifting the weight through space and musicality. (At least 4 years dance training suggested.)
Every dancer benefits from learning how to perfect leaps and turns whether you are in ballet, jazz or lyrical. This is a great class to add on to your schedule because it will help your dancers grow and become more confident.
Classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun.
This could be called My First Dance Class! Creative Movement is a joyful way for your little one to explore movement through music and dance and also develop motor skills, rhythmic awareness, coordination, all while learning in a social and interactive environment.
No previous dance experience required for this multi-generational dance fitness class—this is more of a family dance party than a fitness class, though you will get all the benefits of a great workshop. Good for all ages and abilities.
Classes for Ages 3-4
• Creative Movement - Monday, 4:30-5:00pm, taught by Manuel Valdes - $45/month
• Creative Movement - Wednesday, 5:00-5:30pm, taught by Heather Gum - $45/month
• Creative Movement - Thursday, 4:30-5:00pm, taught by Paige Robinson - $45/month
Classes for Ages 4-6
• Beginning Ballet - Wednesday, 5:30-6:15pm, taught by Heather Gum - $50/month
• Pre-Ballet/Pre-Jazz Combo - Monday, 5:00-6:00pm, taught by Manuel Valdes - $60/month
• Beginning Hip Hop - Wednesday, 6:15-7:00pm, taught by Heather Gum - $50/month
Classes for Ages 6-8
• Beginning Ballet - Wednesday, 5:00-5:45pm, taught by Holly Harkins - $50/month
• Beginning Ballet/Beginning Tap Combo - Thursday, 5:00-6:00pm, taught by Paige Robinson - $60/month
• Beginning Jazz - Wednesday, 5:45-6:30pm, taught by Holly Harkins - $50/month
• Beginning Hip Hop - Monday, 6:00-6:45pm, taught by Manuel Valdes - $50/month
• Junior Ensemble - Wednesday, 6:30-7:15pm, taught by Holly Harkins
Classes for Ages 8-10
• Ballet 1 - Tuesday, 5:00-6:00pm, taught by Liberty Harris - $50/month (Instructor approval required)
• Ballet 1 - Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm, taught by Paige Robinson - $50/month (Instructor approval required)
• Jazz 1 - Thursday, 7:00-7:45pm, taught by Paige Robinson - $50/month (Instructor approval required)
Classes for Ages 8-14
• Beginning Ballet - Saturday, 9:00-9:45am, taught by Manuel Valdes - $50/month
• Lyrical - Monday, 5:00-5:45pm, taught by Paige Robinson - $50/month
• Leaps and Turns - Monday, 5:45-6:15pm, taught by Paige Robinson - $45/month
• Modern - Monday, 6:15-7:00pm, taught by Paige Robinson - $50/month (at least 4 years dance training required)
• Hip Hop 1 - Saturday, 9:45-10:30am, taught by Manuel Valdes - $50/month
• Hip Hop Ensemble - Saturday, 10:30-11:00am, taught by Manuel Valdes - $45/month
• Ballet Ensemble - Tuesday, 6:00-7:00pm, taught by Liberty Harris - $60/month (audition, registration in Ballet 1 or 2 required)
• Jazz Ensemble - Thursday, 5:00-6:00pm, taught by Aleksa Coffey - $60/month (audition, registration in Jazz 1 or 2 required)
Classes for Ages 10-12
• Tap - Tuesday, 5:00-5:45pm, taught by Jillian Godwin - $50/month
Classes for Ages 10-14
• Ballet 2/Pre-pointe - Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm, taught by Liberty Harris - $70/month (Instructor approval required)
• Ballet 2/Pre-pointe - Thursday, 6:00-7:30pm, taught by Aleksa Coffey - $70/month (Instructor approval required)
• Jazz 2 - Thursday, 7:30-8:30pm, taught by Aleksa Coffey - $60/month (Instructor approval required)
Classes for the Family (Ages 4+)
• You’ve Got to Move it! (Multi-Generational Dance Fitness Class) - Wednesday, 7:00-7:45pm, taught by Heather Gum - $50/month
Dance Kaleidoscope, 4603 Clarendon Road, Suite 32, Indianapolis, IN 46208
DK Ensembles give your dancer the opportunity to learn choreography and provides multiple performance opportunities throughout the community such as art/cultural festivals, senior centers, schools, libraries and Dance Kaleidoscope public performances. In addition, ensemble members will be part of studio showcase performances in December and in May.
There are three Ensembles for ages 8+ — Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop
The Junior Ensemble is for ages 6-8 and is ballet and jazz focused.
Students in the Ensemble Classes are required to take at least one additional class in the same genre. Participation in the DK Ensembles is an additional commitment for students and families. If family schedules are not flexible, this opportunity may not be a good fit for your child.
There are no auditions required for the the Junior or Hip Hop Ensembles.
About Our Dance Program
Dance is meant to be shared, and we will share your student’s progress with you along the way.
During your students last class before the December break, we will celebrate your student with an informal performance. Families will be invited into the studio to see their student demonstrate and share their progress. After the 2021-22 class season ends in May, we will celebrate again. We’ll convert our studios into a black box theatre for your student to experience the studio stage with lights and a supportive audience and of course punch and cookies afterward!
The DK Studios are located in the historic Windsor Park neighborhood on the Near East Side of Indianapolis. First, there's easy, ample free parking in the lot catty-corner across the street. Directly across the street is beautiful Fletcher Park.
If you're looking for something fun to do while your children are in class, consider our neighbors:
• Over 70 artists' studios (makes for a fantastic First Friday!)
• Glass Arts Indiana • Stomping Ground • 8th Day Distillery • Center Point Brewing Company • SoChatti Chocolate • Kan-Kan Cinema & Brasserie
We're a 10-minute walk to the Garage Food Hall, located in the new Bottleworks District. There you'll find very cool shops, food and drink. Just next door to the Garage are Living Room Theaters and Pins Mechanical.
Meet Our Instructors
Aleksa Coffey, originally from Novi, MI, began her serious dance training at Geiger Classical Ballet Academy. She continued her studies at Butler University, where she graduated in 2011 with honors and a BFA in Dance Performance. Aleksa's training also includes summer intensives such as Hubbard Street and a two-month study abroad trip to Lithuania. She also has a passion for teaching and loves educating the next generation of dancers through DK Kids. Aleksa would like to thank her family and her husband for their love and support, and she would also like to thank David for the wonderful opportunity he has given her. Our 2021-22 season is Aleksa's 11th with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Paige Robinson grew up dancing in the Chicago area, studying primarily at Dance Center Evanston, Chicago Ballet Arts, and Giordano Dance Center. She was a scholarship dancer at Lou Conte Dance Studio under Claire Bataille in 2013. Following high school, Paige spent two years in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Program. She then performed and toured with Eugene Ballet Company under Toni Pimble’s direction. While living in Oregon she also danced with Polaris Dance Theatre in Portland, and participated in Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH: 10 project, working under Sarah Slipper and Lucas Crandall. Other training includes Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and The Martha Graham School. Our 2021-22 season is Paige’s 7th with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Manuel Valdes began gymnastics training at the age of five in Dallas, TX, and continued as a competitive gymnast for 12 years. He began dancing at Dallas Black Dance Theater and went on to receive his BFA of Modern Dance Performance from the University of Oklahoma under the direction of Austin Hartel and Roxanne Lyst. While performing with Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, he not only had the pleasure of performing works by his professors, but also Ilya Kozadayev, Sonia Dawkins, Raimondo Rebeck, Jose Limón, and Alvin Ailey. Manuel has attended intensives with Paul Taylor American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BODYTRAFFIC and SALT. He is forever grateful for all the love and support from friends and family. Our 2021-22 season is Manuel's 5th with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Holly Harkins is from Rustburg, Virginia, and began her dance training under Keith Lee at Dance Theatre of Lynchburg. Holly graduated high school from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2017, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the George Mason University School of Dance with a BFA in 2021. She has trained at the American Dance Festival, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, SpringboardX, The Ailey School, The Taylor School, Company E, the Doug Varone & Dancers Intensive, and the Gaga Intensive. Holly has had the opportunity to perform works by Micaela Taylor, Kyle Abraham, Rafael Bonachela, Ohad Naharin, and Hope Boykin. Holly is endlessly grateful for the people who have helped her along the way, and is excited to create her home here in Indianapolis. Our 2021-22 season will be Holly's first as an apprentice dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Liberty Harris was a DK company dancer for fifteen years. In that time she realized her passion and gift for teaching DK repertory, and for leading DK education programs. In her current position, she is in the Dance Kaleidoscope Studios at CCIC with the company each day teaching and coaching the dancers as they rehearse. Liberty also helps shape and run DK’s education outreach programs, and the DK Kids public dance classes. Liberty is thankful for this position to help take DK to new heights and to share her passion for dance with younger generations.
Jillian Godwin began dance training in Indianapolis at Dance Magic Performing Arts Center and graduated from Broad Ripple High School, Center for the Performing and Visual Arts. She has also trained at Chautauqua Institution School of Dance in Chautauqua, New York, and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in Detroit. Jillian attended River North Chicago Dance Company’s summer intensive in 2010 and 2012, where she was accepted on scholarship. She trained with Frank Chavez, Sara Bibik, and Laura Wade. Most recently, she was named one of Indy's top ten most intriguing artists in 2012. She also had the honor of sharing the stage with Michael Feinstein, Liza Minnelli, and Rita Moreno at the 2013 Encore Awards Celebration held at the Palladium. She has also spent time at the Graham School in NYC in 2015 and 2016 on scholarship during their winter intensives. Jillian's mother Donna, even in spirit, continues to feed her drive and passion for art, as well as her father Gregory, the DK family and David H. Jillian retired from being a company member in October, 2020 after 17 years with DK.
Heather Gum, an Indianapolis native, grew up training and teaching at Dance Magic Performing Arts Center. Over the years she has had the opportunity to perform in many ballets in and around the Indianapolis area. Heather attended Anderson University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design and Minor in Dance Performance.