Class Descriptions


55 Montclair Avenue @ Chestnut

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Montclair, NJ 0704




Due to COVID, please inquire:


Madlom Team:



Modern Dance 1 & Ballet Introd 1 & Choreography 1

Ages 7 to 9
Maya  4:00 – 4:55

We explore the space, practice spatial orientation, direction, levels, rhythms, and time. We observe Visual Art. and explore images. Kids develop skills in Modern dance, the basics of ballet,  and stretching. we create stories through movement. We encourage critical and creative thinking and independent work. COVID RULES!

Modern Dance 2 & Ballet 1 & Choreography 2 (Level 2)

Ages 10 to 14 (mixed level)
Maya 5 -6:20

Beginning of short class studies! We explore the space, engage, and reason through a specific thought process. Critical and creative thinking in a friendly and safe space. Modern dance training, strong ballet base, and stretching.  Choreography! Leadership!  Directing! All inspired by visual art. Students develop an ability to make decisions and lead. We encourage the development of individuality, creativity & critical thinking, improvisation, imagination, teamwork, and communication; confidence, movement memory, and teamwork.  (Bare feet, ballet shoes are optional, loose clothes) COVID RULES!



Creative Moves & Story project & Pre-Elementary Ballet for the youngest team!

Ages 3 to 6
Maya 4:00 – 4:45

Creating Stories with movement, Understanding Space, Pre-Elementary Ballet) Imagine and create. We observe paintings and listen to stories; develop rhythm and strength through the joy of movement. Discover the space. Introduce the timing & rhythms & dance steps. The goal is to encourage creativity, confidence, strength, bodily-kinesthetic awareness, dance, and teamwork. We will read Anansi The Spider, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf as well as ‘make up stories’.  (Bare feet, ballet shoes are optional, loose clothes) COVID RULES!

Ballet Elementary  & Movement for Actors

Ages 9 – 15 (Mixed level)
Maya and guests
5:00 – 6:20

Placement, speed, work from the core
Introduce ballet vocabulary, and movement, center work, and across the floor. The positions of the feet and arms define standard placements of the feet (in combination with arms). The class encourages control and while teaching arm and leg coordination. Movement memory is developed. Building flexibility and strength. This class is recommended for boys and girls and is essential to develop a stronger dance technique and coordination for actors.
(Loose clothes, girls – hair must be secured) COVID RULES!




Ballet (Intermediate)

Ages 10 – 18
Guests and Maya 4:00-5:30

The students continue to work at the ballet barre, center, and across the floor. Body alignment is the key (Feet, hips, shoulders, head) to further turnout (rotation outward) and extensions. Positions of the arms and legs, as well as 9 basic directions of the body, are explored. Small jumps transferring to larger jumps across the floor are practiced in every class. Movement memory is developed. This class is for boys and girls.  (Dress code black and pink combination, ballet slippers, hair must be neatly secured). COVID RULES!


Modern Dance & Choreography & Performance (Level 3)

Ages 11 -18
Maya  5:30 – 6:45

(1) This class is all about creativity, invention, and originality. Students & the teachers collaborate! Students develop abilities to lead, direct, and examine performance.. (3) The development of individuality & critical thinking is emphasized. (3) Students are required to voice their impressions. (4) Movement memory is developed. (5) Modern dance, based on Graham and Cunningham and improvisation, strengthening, and stretching is practiced. (Bare feet & loose clothes) COVID RULES!




Physical Theater & Acting & Improvisation + writing a play  – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Ages 7 – 9  4:00 – 4:55

Ayana Workman, Maya

(2) This class will offer Level 1 to Physical Theater, drama, and acting. We will write and create a THEATER PLAY.  Highly recommended For Movement class and Friday Drumming class! Maya and her associates have a way to help every child speak up, feel important, critically, and creatively think! COVID RULES!


Physical Theater & Acting & Improvisation + writing a play
(Level 2)

Ages 9 – 16
Ayana Workman, Maya
Thursday 5:00 – 6:30

(2) This class will offer Level 2 to Physical Theater, drama, and acting. We will write and create a THEATER PLAY, analyze the characters derived from the world’s literacy, and evolve the beginning, middle, and end. The student is encouraged to come up with their own ideas! (Dress code loose clothes, bare feet, yoga mat) C



Every drum class starts with warm-up, the levels are mixed, please inquire about the placement at


Beginning Djembe Drum Level 1, G Clef Story, Movement (Level 1)

Ages 3 – 6 1/2 Maya, Ayana

3:30 – 4:15

(1) The students are encouraged to create their own rhythms, poems, and participate in African Djembe Drumming & movement. (2) Introduce the story of Ms. G Cle & read the music. Students get a chance to put movement and rhythm & patterns into space. (3) Rhythm is in everyone; it can be brought out through focused learning. (Goal is to help youngest learners to focus and create) COVID RULES! In person only

Djembe Drum Level 2 & Poetry & Movement (Level 2)

Ages 6 -10

Friday 4:30 – 5:15   Maya, Ayana, Tobia

(1) The students work on their djembe drumming skill (2) Creation of poems and rhythms is welcomed. (3) Basic music notations and how to create rhythm, poetry is encouraged. (4) An added benefit of drumming is emotional regulation, the development of focus, and pre-literacy skills. Children are exposed to African rhythms (Kuku, Mwana, Funga, Isokota).COVID RULES! In-person only.
(Dress code: loose clothes)

Djembe Drum Level 3 & 4 (Combined for now)

Ages 10 -18

Friday 5:30 – 6:30    M’ten Halsey & William, Ayana, Guests

(1) Polyrhythm’s (each hand plays one side)  (2) faster speed of playing (3) This class is excellent to encourage focused learning. The students continue to create their own poems and rhythms in addition to learning African rhythms such as Kuku, Lamba, N’Kwanga, Funga, Yembala, Samba, Funky Madlom, etc.  COVID RULES! IN-PERSON ONLY!


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