A full jazz syllabus rooted in strength and flexibility from the earliest African American forms to modern influences such as Fosse and Robbins. Technique in low center of gravity, improvisation, syncopation and high energy are among the lessons provided.
From early house dancing to funk styles and contemporary BBoy and BGirl training.
A heightened sense of awareness grounded to the dance floor inspired by the likes of Duncan, Graham and Cunningham.
Classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballet programs rooted in the original renaissance style with advanced American, French, Italian and Russian influences.
Broadway American Musical Theater blending voice, acting and physical character movement.
Fun way for adults of all ages to stay healthy and in motion. Styles include Tap, Musical Theatre, and Latin Social Dance/Ballroom.
Connecting with others in classical and unique contemporary partnering techniques.
The art of controlled movement based on centering and breathing.
Hatha and Vinyasa physical and mental practice of transforming the body.
All styles offered.
All styles offered upon request.
Imagine a dance school with truly diverse and rigorous training by professionals with significant higher education in dance and movement technique, theory, history and performance. Curio Dance is that school.
Dario Mejia, Giselle Mejia and Caitlin Jean Mejia have all had rigorous training with national dance companies and at highly demanding dance education programs with professional dance performance experience on stage, television and video.
What sets our school apart from other dance programs is this higher education in dance performance and choreography: Dario (4 years) at The Juilliard School, Giselle (4 years) at SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory and Caitlin (5 years) at Minnesota Dance Theatre.
Together we have spent years designing a program for your dancer, from beginning level to pre-professional. Our instructors strive to pull out each dancer's individual talents teaching every dancer how to dance, not just perform a few short dance pieces. We teach a fine arts preparatory curriculum based on leveled technique, not by age.
Curio Dance provides many opportunities for pre-professional and professional performance throughout the year. Dancers are encouraged to compete at a few competitions though our training is focused on the artist and the capabilities that emerge when you provide all the tools for learning in a positive, fun, rigorous and encouraging environment.
Add to this rigorous training and performance opportunities, a full range of diverse dance styles that only the Mejia's can offer and you end up with a truly innovative dance school.
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Dario received a full tuition scholarship and graduated from the The Juilliard School in New York studying under directors Lawrence Rhodes and Benjamin Harkarvy.
Dario's performance, choreography and directing background includes national and international work such as: iLuminate in multiple cities, Drop The Mic! series of shows, the off broadway production Artists Of Light, Radio City Music Hall, Six Flags, Disney, Crystal Cruises, and the Minnesota Dance Theater.
He has television appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, Ellen, Telemundo, and America's Got Talent in which his group iLuminate placed 3rd overall.
Dario served as the Ambassador of Dance for the U.S. Embassy as a choreographer, rehearsal director and spokesman for the United States Government on dance for Asia.
Dario's teaching experience includes The Main Street School Of Performing Arts, the Minnesota Dance Theater, the Stamford School Of Ballet, the State of Minnesota, and numerous Minnesota studios.
Giselle graduated Cum Laude from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a Certificate in Arts Management. Currently pursuing her MFA in Dance Performance from the Peck School Of The Arts in Milwaukee.
Her professional performance and choreography experience includes: Nachito Herrera and His Cuban Orchestra, Artist of Light on Broadway, iLuminate internationally, Curio Dance's Drop The Mic!, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Hong Kong Dance Festival, JFK Center For Performing Arts in Washington and Teatro Principal Burgos in Spain.
Giselle has performed on televison for the Today Show, Ellen, America's Got Talent and Telemundo.
She has taught at Minnesota State University, The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Latin Social Dances, Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, P.L.A.C. Parents of Latin American Children, La Semana Culture Camp, Main Street School of Performing Arts and Conservatorio Municipal en Ecuador.
Caitlin holds a BFA in Biology from the University of Minnesota and has studied dance extensively with the School of the American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and the Minnesota Dance Theatre.
She has performed in iLuminate on the New World Stages Off Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Broadway in the Park and on television for America's Got Talent. Her local performances include: “Concrete Abstraction” Dwight Rhoden, “A Stair Dance” Eliot Feld, “Mythical Hunters” Glen Tetley, “Nutcracker Fantasy” Loyce Houlton, "Carmina Burana” Loyce Houlton, “Upturned Jewel” Wynn Fricke, “Serenade, Divertimento No. 15” Balanchine, “Swan Lake” Petipa, “A Piece A Chord, 12 Dancing Princesses” Lise Houlton, “Figure Ground” Wynn Fricke, and “Bred in the Bone” Lise Houlton.
Caitlin has taught at the Dance Institute under the direction of Gloria Govrin and at Corazon Latino. She has been the ballet program director at Premiere Dance Academy, Jete Dance Centre and Heartbeat Studios.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
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Great dancers are great because of their passion.
Kids don't remember what you
try to teach them.
They remember what you are.