NextStage Classes and Workshops



Tai Chi and Qi Gong is often described as 'meditation in motion' or better still, 'medication in motion'.  In this course the practices will support and enhance vocal strength and stamina. Students will learn a series of gentle, slow and easy exercises promoting relaxation of body and mind and in addition support and enhance vocal strength and stamina for daily use, singing and/or performance. 

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This class is recommended for students who do not need assistive devices for mobility.

8 Wednesdays, September 26 - November 14, 2018

1-2:30 pm

SCO Market St. Santa Cruz

Instructor: Mary Mulligan

Cost: $136.00 ($116 Early Bird price ends Sept 7)


Bio: Mary is a certified instructor for the Nam Hoa Temple of Internal Arts and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been practicing and studying Tai Chi and Qi Gong for 20 years. She has been teaching for 12 years in the community at the Healing Center in Felton, Active Wellness Sports Clubs in Scotts Valley. See for more info.


Recreate the moves and sounds from the girl groups and solo female singers of the Top of the Chart Hit’s of the 50’s and 60’s. This class will put the “show” in your choir with great choral sound, “choral-ography” and FUN!   Build skills throughout the Show Choir With Pop 1-2 series. (Includes Saturday Nov. 10 final rehearsal/showcase.)

8 Thursdays September 20-November 8 and Saturday November 10, 2018

1:30-3:00 pm

Soquel Congregational Church West Building

Instructor: Suzanne Duval

Cost: $136.00 ($116 Early Bird price ends Sept 7)


Bio: Suzanne Duval, MFA, has over 20 years experience teaching voice in Santa Cruz. She has performed with Santa Cruz and Bay Area choirs, with Cabrillo Stage, Opera San Jose, and many other diverse musical ensembles. Her passion is using movement, imagery, and full body engagement to enhance healthy singing technique.


Each dance class will consist of a full-body warm-up, general dance technique instruction and an originally choreographed routine that we will build onto gradually throughout the Motown 1-2 series. All set to a fun and lively playlist of the Motown classics!

Previous dance experience is not necessary but greatly appreciated. Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled closed-toed shoes, preferably dance sneakers, tennis shoes or jazz shoes. Bring your refillable water bottle. Most importantly, bring your zest for life to share as we explore our love of the amazing artform of dance!

8 Mondays September 17-November 5, 2018


Synergy Dance Fitness Tai Chi
9055 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Instructor: Jill Steel

Cost: $136.00 ($116 Early Bird price ends Sept 7)

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Bio: Jill is a California native with extensive training in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Ballroom and Latin Dance. An 8 year member of San Fransisco 49er's Goldrush Cheerleaders, she also served as line captain and choreographed for the team. During her time with Goldrush she performed in England, Japan and at four NFL Superbowls. Other noteworthy credits include 5 years as lead Instructor for United Spirit Association (USA), being a U.S. Latin Ballroom Champion and member of World Championship CA Ballroom Dancers who won in both Latin and Ballroom Divisions while competing in Blackpool, England, and teaching alongside celebrity pop star and professional dancer/choreographer Paula Abdul. 


Breath, the primary support for all vocalization and motion, is a reflection of our innermost organic processes, our emotional landscape and the level of effort we carry.  We fulfill, or limit, our full expressivity when we have, or lack, access to our available breath support.
In these six sessions we will explore ways to expand, enhance and fortify our ability to breathe, vocalize and move unencumbered by our unconscious breathing biases.  When we can access clear internal connectivity we are able to more authentically and elegantly express ourselves, free of injury and mixed messages. We will draw upon dance and vocal fundamentals, the Feldenkrais Method and the Laban System for Movement Analysis to aid us in integrating out findings.  These classes are suitable for people of any level who wish to improve and clarify expression through voice and movement. 

An ability to get down and up from the floor would be helpful, however, upright adaptations for most of the lessons will be available. Please bring a blanket or mat to each session.

6 Thursdays Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1


SCO Market St. Santa Cruz

Cost: $108.00 ($92 Early Bird price ends Sept 7)

Instructor: Suzie Lundgren

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Bio: Suzie Lundgren, MA, GCFP, CLMA has been dancing and engaged in the field of performing arts since the age of 5. Her initial career as a dancer, choreographer, educator and performing artist set the groundwork for her current profession in somatic movement practices. An appetite for movement led Suzie to pursue parallel avenues of study, certifying in Pilates, Yoga Feldenkrais and Laban Movement Analysis at various points along the way. Vocalization and singing are ongoing areas of exploration and delight. Suzie has held university level teaching positions at the University of Houston, Oakland University (MI), the Laban Institute of Music and Dance (UK), Richmond University (UK), Leicester Polytechnic (UK), Opleiding Moderne Danschool (Netherlands). She has presented at conferences, as an artist in residence in public schools both in the US and abroad (Austria/Italy) and launched the first public modern dance classes in London’s Covent Garden (1984). Her performing credits include Theatre Under the Stars and the Houston Ballet (TX), The Bill Evans Dance Company (US), Space/Dance/Theatre (TX) and the Scott Clark/Suzie Ater Dance Company (UK) among others.  A core faculty member of the Bill Evans Teachers Summer Institutes of Dance since 1983, Suzie resides in Santa Cruz, CA where she maintains her private practice since 1997