Classes

When enrolling for our full dance season (August through June) we go by the age that your child is, as of September 1st.


Pre-Dance

Pre-dance: Tuesday 4:00 PM

Pre-dance Ballet & Tap – Ages 3 – 5 Creative movement, song, and dance will encourage social and motor development. Basic dance skills and terminology are introduced at this level as well as musicality, coordination, listening, and following directions. 

Attire: Pink ballet tights, pink leotard, pink ballet shoes, black patent leather tap shoes. Hair should always be secured away from the face in a ponytail or bun.


Level 1

  • Level 1: Thursday 4:00 PM

Our level 1 Ballet & Tap Combo will introduce basic ballet vocabulary and classroom etiquette. For our elementary age dancers – enter the world of ballet and tap to develop strength, alignment, rhythm skills, coordination, knowledge, and a love of these foundational techniques. The purpose of this class is to provide a strong foundation for continued dance training as well as develop a love for dance itself.

  • Attire: Pink ballet tights, pink leotard, pink ballet shoes, black patent leather tap shoes. Hair should always be secured away from the face in a ponytail or bun.

Level 2

Level 2: Wednesday 4:30 PM Tap

Level 2: Wednesday 5:15 PM Ballet & Jazz

Our level 2 continues to build on skills learned in Level 1 but are also appropriate for students new to dance and are taking a dance class for the first time.

  • Ballet: Classical Ballet provides the necessary foundation that is needed to be successful in every other form of dance. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes. Correct ballet training develops poise, grace, posture, flexibility, strength, agility, a sculpted body, and impeccable technique.
  • Jazz: Classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on proper execution of jazz isolations, rhythms and style performed to contemporary music.
  • Attire: Pink ballet tights, Black leotard, pink ballet shoes & EJ2 Capezio jazz shoe in caramel. Hair should always be secured away from the face in a ponytail or bun.
  • Tap:  Tap is all about rhythm, footwork, and using the feet as a percussive “instrument”. Key elements in tap class are timing, rhythm, and musicality. Various styles will be incorporated into class, including Broadway tap and Rhythm tap.
  • Attire: Black leotard, pink or tan tights& black Maryjane Capezio taps.

Level 3 & 4

Tuesday 5:00 PM Ballet 4

Tuesday 6:00 PM Jazz 4

Thursday 5:00 PM Lyrical 3& 4

Thursday 6:00 PM Pointe

Friday 4:00 PM Ballet/Jazz 3

Friday 5:00 PM Tap 3 & 4

  • Ballet: Tuesday 5:00 PM

Ballet provides the necessary foundation that is needed to be successful in every other form of dance. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes. Correct ballet training develops poise, grace, posture, flexibility, strength, agility, a sculpted body, and impeccable technique.

  • Attire: black tights, White shirt, black ballet shoes.

 

  • Jazz: Tuesday 6:00 PM

 Jazz Classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on proper execution of jazz isolations, rhythms and style performed to contemporary music. 

  • Attire: White shirt, black tights or black shorts, Capezio EJ2 Jazz Shoes Style No: EJ2 in black.
  • Tap:  Friday 5:00 PM

Tap is all about rhythm, footwork, and using the feet as a percussive “instrument”. Key elements in tap class are timing, rhythm, and musicality. Various styles will be incorporated into class, including Broadway tap and Rhythm tap.

  • Attire: White shirt, black tights or black shorts, and black Slip-on tap or tie up.
  • Lyrical: Thursday 5:00 PM 

 Lyrical is expressive, fluid, and graceful. This class will examine the differences in the styles and find moments of overlap through various challenges across the floor exercises and extended center combinations. (One 60 min. class/week)

  • Attire: black tights, White shirt, BLOCH Eclipse Canvas Lyrical Shoes Style No: S0619 half-sole lyrical shoes permitted. Hair should always be secured away from the face in a ponytail or bun.

Adult

Tuesday 7:00 PM Tap

Wednesday 7:15PM Ballet & Jazz

Grow Up with Us at the Dance Factory

Testimony

“It’s hard to put it into words…it’s a feeling…you have created a beautiful world for our daughters…
and as parents we have the privilege of peering into their special place, a place that we only dreamed of growing up.” – Melissa S.

How do I know what level to register my child for?

When enrolling for our full dance season (August through June) we go by the age that your child is as of September 1st.  For example, if your child’s birthday is December 19th, and they are 4, they should enroll in any of our Pre-Level Dance classes.  This class is for children that are 3 to 5 years old.  They are to remain in the Pre-Level classes for the entire season and will not be ready to move up to the Level 1 classes (for 5–7-year-old) in January, simply because they have celebrated their birthday.  All classes are geared towards the specific age group, learning and skills ability and interests for each age group that we offer.

What if my child has never taken dance before?

That is totally fine!  Our instructors are knowledgeable, and able to help both new dancers, as well as experienced dancers to advance their learning and push themselves in each class.  We believe that peer interactions are important during class and will not have older dancers “dance down” with groups below their age group.  Dancers may register for any class for their age group, with the exception of team classes, which require previous knowledge in the style of dance to join.

My child is a Pre-Teen / Teenager…is it too late to start dance lessons?

Definitely not!  It is never too late to start dance lessons.  Our staff can assist dancers just starting out in their dance journey.  Please note, learning dance is similar to learning a new language.  It will take time to learn the terminology, and to train your body to move in the way that you are asking it to.  This takes time!  Be patient and kind to yourself.  We have resources available to assist dancers to become confident in their abilities.

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