CLASSES BY Age:

Please select an age to view the dance classes available for your dancers age. Please feel free to call if you have questions about placements.  

We offer: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, Irish step, acrobatic dance, Dance 'N Play, Team Dance It Up! and Ballet Repertory Ensemble


Class Descriptions

 Dance 'n Play 

(Ages 2.5-4) A Uniquely Magical Movement Program for Children. This one and a half hour long program has been developed to stimulate the minds and bodies of young, growing children. It introduces movement and music in a very unique style which encourages them and allows them to explore their vast imaginations and to develop gross motor skills at their own pace, through the use of props, costumes, music, lighting and creative movement. Dance ‘N Play® was developed by educators to instill a love of movement and music, in a safe and nurturing environment.

Wee... Dance 'n Play

(Age 22 months- 2.5) WEE…DANCE ‘N PLAY has been adapted from our original Dance ‘N Play program to promote the developmental milestones of a toddler’s gross motor skills. Our program taught by educated professionals is a perfect choice for a toddler’s first movement activity; promoting independence, social interaction and stimulating a stunning array of large motor coordination skills that are emerging during these early stages of a child’s development. Age appropriate dance and rhythmic activities along with tumbling will be gently encouraged. Two instructors will provide a nurturing environment. We offer ample waiting rooms and observations windows for your comfort


Intro To Dance

(Age 4-5) An introduction to dance through imagination and self-expression. This class is designed to develop coordination, rhythm, flexibility and a love for music and dance. This class includes a 15-minute section of tap to develop musicality.

Ballet & Tap I &II

(Ages 5-6) These classes are a prerequisite to formal ballet and tap training. Children are introduced to ballet barre and some ballet and tap terminology. The emphasis is still on improving body awareness and instilling a love for dance. 


Acrobatic Dance

(Age 6 & Up) A combination of both the art of acrobatics and dance. The focus is on tumbling skills while incorporating dance. Students concentrate on improving balance, agility and flexibility.

Hip Hop and Handstands

(Ages 6-8) A combination of hip hop and acrobatics with a focus on beginning tumbling skills set to upbeat music. Students will work on isolations and basic hip hop movements. 

Hip Hop

(Age 6 & Up) Set to the music of today, this offshoot of jazz dance combined with street dance is fun and upbeat. 

Irish Step

(Age 6 & Up) Combining artistry, grace, and physical ability, step dancing is presented on introductory level. Soft shoe as well as a light reel, a light jig and a four or eight hand reel are taught. Advanced beginner and intermediate levels are also offered.


Fundamentals of Dance I (AGe 7)

 The study of ballet begins here with simple barre exercises and centre floor technique. Proper ballet terminology is used and classical music appreciation is begun. After the 45 minute ballet portion, a short section of contemporary jazz and tap are given to increase rhythm and timing. Fundamentals I is 1 1/2 hour sessions. 

Fundamentals of Dance II/III (Ages 8-9)

Fundamentals of Dance IV (Age 10)

Our ballet education progresses in these division with more advanced barre and centre technique. As the levels progress, barre work is concentrated and combinations become more complex.  Class time: 1 hour of ballet and 1 hour of tap/ jazz a week.


Dance Prep

(Age 11 - 12/ Grade 6 & 7) Focuses on building vocabulary and choreographic knowledge while maintaining the good placement and technique learned in the Fundamentals years. Students are encouraged to also enroll in Ballet Tech and Pre-pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Class time includes 1 hour of each Ballet, Jazz and Tap. 


Senior Prep I

(Age 13 / Grade 8) A continuation of Dance Prep for 8th grade and up.  Longer combinations are introduced. Students are encouraged to also enroll in Ballet Tech and Pre-pointe or Pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Class time includes 1 hour of each Ballet, Jazz and Tap. 

Senior Prep II 

Ages 14 (Grade 9) A continuation of Dance Prep, and tailored 9th grade and up.  Longer combinations are introduced; greater focus is expected. Students are encouraged to also enroll in Ballet Tech and Pre-pointe or Pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Class time includes 1 hour of each Ballet, Jazz & Tap.

Senior

(Age 15 & up / Grade 10-12) Senior Ballet is for grade 10 and over or by permission, for the most dedicated dancer.  Our most advanced class, it combines technique from all earlier levels.  Students are encouraged to also enroll in Ballet Tech and Pre-pointe or Pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Class time includes 1 hour of each Ballet, Jazz & Tap.


Pre-Point Technique

(Dancers also enrolled in Fundamentals IV or Dance Prep Ballet.) A second weekly class for students transitioning on pointe or considering pointework.  Class will consist of core and leg strength training, flexibility and strength exercises for turnout, a pre-pointe barre warm-up, small footwork exercises in center, and turns en diagonale. 

Pointe/Technique

 (For dancers we are also enrolled in Senior Prep or Senior Ballet.) A second weekly class for students already on pointe (by instructor approval only) or wishing to be considered for pointe work.  Class will consist of core strength training, a pointe/pre-pointe barre, center work, and turns en diagonale.  Students must be enrolled in Pointe/Tech to be eligible to perform on pointe; instructor will determine whether a student has the necessary strength for the role.  


Contemporary 

(Ages 11 & Up- Must also be enrolled in a ballet class) A contemporary dance form. Modern takes its roots in ballet and is highly influenced by many other styles of dance both popular and traditional. Use of space, timing, alignment ,and rhythmic sensibility will be explored through floor work, combination and improvisation.


BALLET REPERTORY ENSEMBLE

Under the direction of Catherine Rhodes...Dedicated ballet students over age 11 participate in a company class composed of a full barre and center work, as well as stretching and conditioning. Masterworks of ballet by famous choreographers and their context in history are learned.  Choreography includes challenging solos, small ensemble works and large corps de ballet pieces. Past selections include scenes from Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, The Four Seasons and Orpheus and Eurydice, spanning 1840-1978.

TEAM DANCE IT UP!

Under the direction of Maureen Williams & Brigit Catalanotti… Team Dance It Up! is a non-competitive, innovative performance ensemble. Students work with various choreographers learning a variety of dance pieces to perform for the community.  Team Dance It Up! is a fun dance opportunity that challenges students’ bodies and minds.  Participation fosters self-discipline, self-esteem and performance ability through the art of dance.  Dance Team is a great venue to experience new genres. Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary, Jazz,Ballet, and Musical Theatre have all been presented at our performances. 

Dance It Up, Inc., Dancing Instruction, North Grafton, MA