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Our Curriculum
Because young children are very different from one age to the next, we offer early classes
appropriate for individual ages rather than class levels. Class leveling begins at age seven.

Creative Intro to Dance (ages 3-5) is a stimulating, fun and imaginative series of classes that introduce the fundamentals of dance while nurturing a child’s
agility and musicality. Students learn to follow the teacher’s instructions while
working in a challenging but supportive environment and interacting with their peers. Class begins with a general warm-up and stretch and introduces ballet vocabulary. By using games, props, toys and rhythm instruments, the class offers creative ways to challenge the child both mentally and physically. Five year olds are further challenged rhythmically by the addition of a fifteen-minute tap segment.

  • Creative Intro to Dance (3 years old) 45 minutes
  • Creative Intro to Dance (4 years old) 45 minutes
  • Creative Intro to Dance (5 years old) 60 minutes

Young Dancers (ages 6-8) is a more structured series of classes that continues to aid the development of the child’s physical coordination and musicality. The ballet barre and age-appropriate exercises are introduced and jazz becomes a component of this level. Certain gifted or more motivated students of this age may find more rapid improvement by adding another day of classes.

  • Young Dancers (6 years old) 45 minutes ballet / 15 minutes jazz
  • Young Dancers (7 & 8 years old) 45 minutes ballet / 30 minutes jazz / 15 minutes tap

Junior Dancers (ages 9 and up) is our most structured dance series, offering children at least one ballet, jazz and tap class per week. At this level we feel it is vital to a child’s improvement to dance more than once a week. Therefore we recommend adding another to the child’s weekly schedule class.

Junior Dancers Ballet/Jazz Intensive offers our most serious students options for gaining the technique that ballet provides and that is vital for progressing to our teen program. The Ballet/Jazz Intensive is a one-hour ballet class followed by a one-hour jazz class. To take this option, students must be
enrolled in one of the regular Junior Dancers classes. Please see discount rate information under the Registration section of this website.

Hip Hop Dance Styles offers students the opportunity to explore popular urban dance styles. This class may be taken as a second weekly class for the Junior Dancer or independent of a regular Junior Dance class.

  • Junior Dancers (2 hours and 15 minutes) 60 minutes ballet / 45 minutes jazz / 30 minutes tap
  • Junior Dancers Ballet/Jazz Intensive
  • Hip Hop Dance Styles (ages 8-12) 60 minutes hip hop

Dress Code
Ballet components – Black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers.
Short ballet skirts are optional. Long hair should be pulled back from the face, preferable into a bun, and short hair should be secured away from the face with a hair band and/or pins.
Jazz and tap components (age 7-12) – Black leotard, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes, and black tap shoes.

Ballet components – White t-shirt, black jazz pants and black ballet slippers.
Jazz and tap components — Add black jazz shoes, and black tap shoes.

Girls & Boys – Comfortable dance wear or athletic wear that is not too baggy and clean sneakers that have not been worn outside.