Curriculum & Class Schedule

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The Dance Academy follows a defined curriculum for all classes which progresses from the fundamental level through advanced.  Students will be evaluated by the faculty and placed in an appropriate class which will best facilitate their individual development and progression through the curriculum.

Pre-dance (ages 3-5)
Dance and movement are a natural part of a child’s world.  The pre-dance class introduces the young child to the wonderful world of dance and music in a fun and stimulating environment using a sensitive and positive approach.  Development of gross and fine motor skills aimed at improving coordination, muscle tone, balance, rhythm, and a sense of movement in space are stressed.  The children are also encouraged in a non-competitive atmosphere to explore creative movement.  Basic footwork is introduced along with most classical and popular “age appropriate” music that helps children feel comfortable as well as excited about dance.  Both imaginary and real props are used to stimulate creative thinking and provide fun and excitement to the classes.  Our goal in the pre-dance class is to provide a fun and lively introduction to movement that will lead to an interest in further, more serious dance training, and provide a positive experience for the children that will create feelings of success, achievement, and self worth.

Ballet is the foundation for all forms of dance and every dancer should have some ballet background in his/her dance education.  Ballet teaches discipline and self-control of the body while improving flexibility, grace, strength, and poise.  The classes include barre and center work where the students learn correct body alignment and placement.  When proper technique has been mastered and strength developed, serious students will be allowed to begin pointe work.  All pre-pointe and pointe students are required to enroll in two ballet classes a week and encouraged to take three classes a week.

Lyrical and contemporary dance blend ballet and jazz dance techniques.  This style of dance is expressive using both fluid and dynamic movement to create a dramatic dance piece.  Because of its unique balance of ballet and jazz, training in ballet technique is of upmost importance.  Enrollment in a ballet class is required along with registration in a lyrical/contemporary class.

Jazz is a dynamic dance experience incorporating proper alignment and placement technique.  These classes include warm up, stretching, combinations, turns, leaps and choreographed routines.  Various styles of jazz dance including classical, theater, lyrical, modern and hip hop are incorporated into these classes.

Hip Hop
Feel like a video dancer!  This exciting style is a blend of today’s high energy “street style” movement.  Techniques learned in these classes will give the dancer that extra “edge” to his/her dance style.

Tap dancing has been described as the “Dance of Sounds.”  These classes stress the techniques needed for clean, precise, rhythmical footwork.  Our tap students study both traditional and current rhythm tap techniques, terminology and choreography that enables them to become well rounded dancers.

Do you watch GLEE? Wish you could not only dance, but also sing and act? Learn the basics of musical theatre singing, acting and dance movement. Music from shows like Wicked, RENT, The Lion King, Legally Blonde and others will prepare you as a “triple threat” for our end of season presentation……and beyond.

Enjoy a dance class that blends Latin, jazz and hip hop for a sassy dance style that also provides the benefits of a fun workout.


Performance Opportunities
Students are invited to perform in the annual production in June.  Our dancers are also frequently invited to perform for various groups in the area throughout the year.  The Dance Academy Competition Company is also available for dancers who have achieved advanced competition level technique.  Many of our dancers enjoy being one of the “stars” on stage in our local productions while others have moved on into the professional world of dance including theatrical touring companies, cruise lines, theme parks, NFL cheerleading, Las Vegas, and New York. Whenever possible these former students take time out of their busy professional schedule to return to The Dance Academy as Master Teachers.



2022-23 Class Schedule 

Our 2022-23 dance schedule is now available.  Please contact us through our website with your class request.



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