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Monika Ivy
Little Movers, Modern, and Ballet Instructor

Monika Ivy grew up in the Kansas City area, and has been involved in dance since her childhood. She first studied Ballet, jazz and modern dance at KC’s Midtown School of Dance and City in Motion. She was also a competitive gymnast, and uses these experiences in movement to this day. She went on to get her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Kansas (class of 2008), where she was trained in ballet, modern, and jazz, and performed as a member of the University Dance Company. She performed works by choreographers such as Patrick Suzeau, Wally Cardona, Bill Evans, and Joan Stone. After graduating, Monika explored modern dance performance and choreography in St. Louis with Atrek Modern Dance Collective. She also taught at several St. Louis area dance schools including C.O.C.A. Center of Creative Arts and Wildwood Dance and Arts, before settling back down in Lawrence. This year, she has recently back up performing in a few local roles in the Lawrence area. Monika has been teaching dance classes in Topeka and Lawrence since 2009. This is now her third year teaching at The Lawrence Art Center. She currently teaches Modern I and Jazz I, Adult Ballet and Adult Tap, and the three Jazz and Musical Theatre Dance classes. Monika is experienced in teaching dance to students of all ages from preschool through adult, and is looking forward to inspiring her students to be both creative and disciplined through dance. She is thrilled to continue being a part of the Lawrence Art Center, and to get the opportunity to work with so many other wonderful artists!

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Adult Jazz

Adult Jazz

Adults/9th Grade & Up / Beginner

Emphasizes classic jazz styles and builds strength and flexibility. Held at: Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. 6th St., Lawrence, KS 66044

Class Code Dates Days Time Instructor Price (Member)
SU-CDAJ4 07/06 - 07/27 TH 5:45PM - 6:45PM Ivy, Monika $48.00 ($43.20) Enroll Now!
FA-CDAJ4 08/24 - 12/14 TH 8:00PM - 9:00PM Ivy, Monika $180.00 ($162.00) Enroll Now!
Box City Cairo 1st-2nd

Box City Cairo 1st-2nd

1st - 2nd Grades

While planning, designing, and engineering a kid sized box metropolis, students apply their imaginations and cultural relevance to filling in a city. Using Cairo as an example, we will look at urban planning and design and how it shapes the world we live in. Students gain appreciation for shape, form, and proportion as they apply these principles to their expanding city. The real magic happens as students take ownership of their structures, identities, and culture within the city. The city is installed in the lobby for all to enjoy, with a public opening on the last day of camp, and will act as a backdrop to the following camp Dig It.

Class Code Dates Days Time Instructor Price (Member)
SU-AYX812 07/24 - 07/28 MO TU WE TH FR 1:00PM - 4:00PM Ivy, Monika $130.00 ($117.00) Class is Full
Jazz and Musical Theatre Dance I

Jazz and Musical Theatre Dance I

6th - 12th Grades

Classes offer students training in singing, dancing, and acting, ending with a culminating performance. Dance focuses on Broadway moves and jazz technique. Become a triple-threat! Consider enrolling in a level/age appropriate ballet class. Class will be held at the Eagles Lodge.

Class Code Dates Days Time Instructor Price (Member)
FA-CDYJMT16 09/16 - 12/09 SA 10:30AM - 11:30AM Ivy, Monika $175.00 ($157.50) Enroll Now!
Jazz and Musical Theatre Dance II

Jazz and Musical Theatre Dance II

6th - 12th Grades

Classes offer students training in singing, dancing, and acting, ending with a culminating performance. Dance focuses on Broadway moves and jazz technique. Become a triple-threat! Consider enrolling in a level/age appropriate ballet class. Class will be held at the Eagles Lodge.

Class Code Dates Days Time Instructor Price (Member)
FA-CDYJMT26 09/16 - 12/09 SA 11:30AM - 1:00PM Ivy, Monika $200.00 ($180.00) Enroll Now!
Jazz and Musical Theatre Dance III

Jazz and Musical Theatre Dance III

4th - 6th Grades

Classes offer students training in singing, dancing, and acting, ending with a culminating performance. Dance focuses on Broadway moves and jazz technique. Become a triple-threat! Consider enrolling in a level/age appropriate ballet class. Class will be held at the Eagles Lodge.

Class Code Dates Days Time Instructor Price (Member)
FA-CDYJMT36 09/16 - 12/09 SA 9:00AM - 10:30AM Ivy, Monika $200.00 ($180.00) Enroll Now!
Jazz I

Jazz I

2nd Grade & Up / Beginner

This class centers on the core of Jazz. Working on rhythm, coordination and character, students will learn elements needed for Jazz II.

Class Code Dates Days Time Instructor Price (Member)
FA-CDYJ13 08/23 - 12/13 WE 3:45PM - 4:45PM Ivy, Monika $192.00 ($172.80) Enroll Now!
Jazz II

Jazz II

3rd Grade & Up / Must have completed level I or have 2 years of prior training

Students will focus on learning dance combinations and develop the standard techniques to produce dynamic leaps, kicks, body part isolation, syncopation, counter rhythm, and unique styling. Don’t miss out!

Class Code Dates Days Time Instructor Price (Member)
SU-CDYJ24 07/06 - 07/27 TH 4:45PM - 5:45PM Ivy, Monika $48.00 ($43.20) Enroll Now!
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River Adventure 1st-2nd

1st - 2nd Grades

A river runs through it! The Arts Center, that is. Using both an indoor river installation in the Arts Center lobby as well as field trips to different places of the Kaw, students examine the diverse ecosystems found within riverways. STEAM concepts focus on conservation and recycling, buoyancy and displacement, hydropower and ecosystems. Students will use guidance in balance, forms, and pattern to build race-able boats, make fish prints, create recycled sculptures, write river haikus, and more. Come be a part of this water world!

Class Code Dates Days Time Instructor Price (Member)
SU-AYX1012 08/07 - 08/11 MO TU WE TH FR 1:00PM - 4:00PM Ivy, Monika $130.00 ($117.00) Class is Full