Dance

General Class Info

The purpose of our dance program is to provide quality instruction, with an emphasis on classical ballet technique, in a Christian environment. Classes are offered for ages 2 and up. Classes include ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop.

Classes are offered Monday-Thursday. Classes for 2021-2022 will begin August 24, 2021 and end in May 2022. Our annual dance recital is planned for June 4, 2022. Additional performance opportunities in the fall are sometimes offered to our intermediate and up students.

We accept students of all levels. Instructors consider age and prior experience when finding the best class for a student. A placement class is often recommended for new students.

During the summer, we offer Princess Ballerina Camps for ages 3-7 and a dance intensive for Ballet Level III and up. Information for these can be found on our summer programs page.

  • Classes for ages 2 and up
  • All Levels
  • Emphasis on ballet technique
  • Yearly Dance Recital
  • Modest Costumes
  • Variety of Styles

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Class Descriptions

Mommy & Me

A 30-minute class for 2-3 year olds with their moms or other guardians. These young students will be introduced to dance in a fun setting that also provides time for bonding between parent and child.

Creative Dance 1 and 2

Classes for ages 3 and 4 teach the elements of dance: basic ballet terminology, body, space, time, force, along with “The Brain Dance,” basic motor skills, and classroom etiquette.

Pre-Ballet and Pre-Tap

Class for 5 year old students (by Sept. 1). Transitioning from creative dance and Ballet 1, students are taught basic ballet elements with an emphasis on technique. Pre-Ballet/Pre-Tap also includes 30 minutes of tap instruction.

Ballet

Seven levels of ballet that allow students to learn progressively challenging movements and terminology with a strong emphasis on clean technique. Helps develop strength, discipline, grace, musicality, and flexibility.

Pointe

Course for older ballet students. Teacher placement required in the three levels of pointe classes. Requires a simultaneous prerequisite of ballet technique classes at least two days per week.

Tap

Tap allows students to develop rhythm, musicality, and coordination. Students learn increasingly difficult steps and combinations in each of the four levels through the methods of Al Gilbert and others.

Jazz

These upbeat classes allow students to learn increasingly challenging choreography in each of the three levels.

Tap 1/Jazz 1

Class for students ages 6-8 year olds. Class will equally divide time between introducing students to tap and jazz.

Christian Hip-Hop

Students will learn how to use beats in music to create smooth and sharp rhythms and dance moves.

Modern

Teacher placement required. Contemporary dance class, incorporating the elements of fall and rebound, contraction, use of torso and floor/seated movement. Partner work and improv will be introduced. The techniques of Doris Humphry, Erik Hawkins, Martha Graham and Doug Varone will be used.

Liturgical

Ballet Level 3 and up- Class focuses on using dance in worship. Dancing to hymns and worship music, students will use elements from ballet and modern to learn praise-focused choreography throughout the year, while also learning scripture.

Dance Instructors

Vicki Butler

Director of Dance

Melissa McMahan

Dance Instructor

Debbie Weisberg

Dance Instrutor

Caroline King

Dance Instructor

Tamara Dupuis

Dance Instructor

EA Gonzalez

Dance Instructor

Katelyn Burrow

Dance Instructor

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