Classes

Dance curriculum and class numbering systems differ from studio to studio. For placement, our age ranges are just initial guidelines. Final placement is subject to the student’s prior dance experience and instructor assessment & approval. Please contact us if you need guidance on which classes are ideal for your dancer.

Creative Movement | Ages 3 1/2 to 5

Youngsters discover the joy of dance in a nurturing, playful environment. These fun and engaging classes develop motor skills, strength, coordination and creativity. Props, imagery, and music inspire spontaneity and self-expression.

  • 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 yrs: Sat. 9-10 am
  • 4 – 5 yrs: Tue. 10-11 am, Tue. 1-2 pm & Sat. 11:30-12:30 pm

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Preparatory Dance | Ages 5 to 7

This class helps children develop dance concepts that will be used in Ballet. Students learn beginning technique and basic terminology, while still emphasizing creative expression.

  • Mon. 4-5 pm
  • Tues. 11 am-12 noon
  • Tues. 4-5 pm
  • Sat. 10:30-11:30 am

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Ballet

Dancers develop strength, flexibility and poise in this beautiful, artistic dance form. At TDS, ballet training reflects both the classical values and modern aesthetic of today’s dance world. A great choice not only for the serious ballet student, but for those just getting started in dance or dancers who want to sharpen their jazz, tap, hip hop, or musical theatre skills.

Ballet 1 | Ages 7+, once a week

    • Tue. 5-6 pm
    • Thurs. 2-3 pm
    • Thu. 4-5 pm

Ballet 2A & B | Ages 8+

    • Tue. 4-5 pm (Ballet 2A – once per week)
    • Sat. 12:30 – 1:30 pm (Ballet 2A – once per week)
    • Tue. & Thu. 5-6 pm (Ballet 2B; both sessions required)

Ballet 3 | Ages 10+, twice a week required

    • Tue. & Thu. 6-7:30 pm

Ballet 4/5 | Ages 13+, twice a week required

    • Tue. & Thu. 6-7:30 pm

Pre-Pointe | Add-on, Ballet 3 or 4/5 required
Pre-Pointe class studies conditioning techniques for ballet and potential dancing en pointe. Exercises in strengthening feet and ankles, core, balance, and body alignment are given to prepare a dancer for pointe work. Dancers must be at a minimum of age 11 and in Ballet Level 3 + at the beginning of the school year.

    • Tue. 7:30-8 pm
    • Thu. 7:30-8 pm

Pointe | Add-on, Ballet 3 or 4/5 required
Pointe work is studied with careful attention to alignment, anatomical facility and artistry. Dancers are not allowed en pointe until readiness is achieved in strength and alignment, as well as evaluating anatomical facility and proneness to injury. Dancers are considered eligible for pointe work after completing one to two years of pre-pointe work. Going on pointe is not determined by age but more by experience and over-all readiness, determined by instructor. First-time pointe dancers purchase their pointe shoes with instructor at a dance wear store to ensure a good fit. If placed in pointe, it is required dancers take the pre-pointe class preceding.

    • Tue. 8-8:30 pm
    • Thu. 8-8:30 pm        

       Beginning Ballet Teen | Registration required

    • Thu. 5-6 pm

       Beginning/Intermediate Ballet Teen/Adult | Drop In

    • Thu. 7:30-8:30 pm

       Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Teen/Adult | Drop In

    • Sat. 10-11:30 am

       Begin Ballet/Modern Adult | Drop In

    • Sat. 1:30-2:30 pm

      Stretching/Conditioning Technique: Ages 10+

    • Sat 11:30-12:30 pm

      Jumps & Turns Technique: Ages 10 +, once a week for Ballet 4/5

    • Sat 12:30-1:30 pm (must also take Stretching 11:30 – 12:30)

       Ballet Studies: Choreog, Improv, Ages 10 +, once a week

    • Sat 1:30-2:30 pm

       Ballet Basic Technique, Dance Foundation: Ages 7 +

    • Wed. 4-5 pm  for those who are taking non-ballet tracks, but need fundamentals of ballet

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Contemporary 1 & 2/3 | Ages 10+

Explore space, time, shape, and movement dynamics while developing core strength, agility and the ability to move three dimensionally through space. To fully develop dancers skills in this powerful technique, concurrent enrollment in Ballet is strongly recommended.

  • Wed. 5-6 pm (Contemporary 1)  must also be taking Ballet 1 or 2
  • Wed. 6-7  pm (Contemporary 2)  must also be taking Ballet 2 0r 3
  • Wed. 7-8 pm (Contemporary 3)  must also be taking Ballet 3 or 4/5

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Lyrical | Ages 8-12

Lyrical Dance combines the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom, fluidity, expressiveness and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy and anger.

  • Th. 3-4 pm
  • Th. 4-5 pm 

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Jazz 1, 2 & 3/4 | Ages 7+

Move to the rhythms of this exciting dance style seen in musical theater and entertainment. In fast paced, high-energy classes, you will gain strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance. Special emphasis on musicality and performance skills. Concurrent enrollment in Ballet is recommended.

  • Mon. 5-6 pm (Jazz 1, 7+ yrs.) must also take Ballet 1 or 2
  • Mon. 6-7:30 pm (Jazz 2, 10+  yrs.) must also take Ballet 2 or 3
  • Mon. 7:30-9 pm (Jazz 3, 13+ yrs.)  must also take Ballet 3 or 4/5

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Tap

Learn to make music with your feet! This percussive dance form is exciting to watch and fun to perform. Combine dazzling speed and precision footwork with syncopated rhythms to perform thrilling dance sequences.

  • Prep Tap (Ages 5+) Wed. 4:30-5:30 pm 
  • Tap 1/2 (Ages 8+) Wed. 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Intermediate Tap (Adult/Teen) Wed. 7-8 pm (drop-in)
  • Tap 3 (Advanced Teen) Wed. 8-9 pm

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Hip-Hop

Learn the latest moves of this dynamic dance form with roots in street dance. Music and moves are always age appropriate. A great choice for students new to dance or in combination with Jazz or Tap.

  • Hip Hop 1 (Ages 7+) Mon. 4-5 pm
  • Hip Hop 2/3 Mon. 5-6 pm

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Drop-In Classes for Teens & Adults

Rekindle your love of dance or discover your inner artist. Maintain strength, body tone and flexibility in a cooperative, encouraging environment. Drop in classes require a minimum purchase of a 5 punch card.

  • Barre (Teen & Adult) Tues. 12-1 pm (drop in)
  • Barre (Teen & Adult) Thurs. 1-2 pm (drop in)
  • Beginning Ballet (Teen) Thu. 5-6 pm (registration required)
  • Beginning/Intermediate Ballet Thu. 7:30-8:30 pm (drop in)
  • Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Sat. 10-11:30 am (drop in)
  • Adult Beginning Ballet/Modern Combo Sat. 1:30-2:30 pm (drop in)
  • Intermediate Tap Wed. 7-8 pm (drop in)

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Nutcracker Performance Class | Ages 7+

Immerse yourself in the holiday tradition of the Nutcracker. We’ll perform excerpts from the ballet, including “The Waltz of the Snowflakes” and a selection of dances from “The Land of Sweets”. Registration required prior to auditions.  Auditions will be held Friday, Sept 19 to determine parts.  All students who are enrolled in this class and who audition are assigned roles and are provided a rehearsal schedule.

  • Auditions held on Fri. September 19, 6 – 8:30
  • Sun. 1:30 – 4 pm starting September 21
  • Tech rehearsals on Fri. December 19
  • Performances on Sat. December 20. 2pm & 5 pm at PUD Stage
  • $100 fee to participate – must also pay $30 Annual Registration fee, and be enrolled in a class an additional class at The Dance School.