As a non-competitive studio, our classes are grouped by age*, not ability. We offer dance instruction in a variety of dance genres including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre, Irish, Latin, acro, and pointe technique. Our performance groups, Dance Jam and Ballet Repertory Ensemble give students additional opportunities to perform on stage. Our dance season runs from September to June. We offer ongoing enrollment.
All classes are held in-studio and via zoom upon request. Masks are optional.
*age as of September 1
Ages 2.5 - 4 Years
Dance 'N Play®
A uniquely magical movement program - 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 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 and creative movement. Dance ‘N Play® was developed by educators to instill a love of movement and music in a safe and nurturing environment.
Intro to Dance
An hour long 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.
Ages 5 - 6
Ballet & Tap I & II
These hour long classes are the beginning of formal ballet and tap training. Children are introduced to ballet and tap terminology. The emphasis is on improving body awareness and instilling a love for dance.
Ages 7 - 10
Fundamentals of Dance
For Fundamentals I/II, the study of ballet continues here with simple barre exercises and centre floor technique. Instructors use proper ballet terminology and students begin to develop an appreciation for classical music. After the 45 minute ballet portion, the remainder of the class is devoted to contemporary, jazz and tap to increase rhythm and timing.
For Fundamentals III/IV, our ballet education progresses for this age group with more advanced barre and centre technique. As the levels progress, barre work is concentrated and combinations become more complex. Additional hour long classes in jazz/tap and contemporary are also offered for this age group.
Age 15 & Up
Senior classes in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary are for dancers in grade 10 and up. These classes combines technique from all earlier levels. Ballet students are encouraged to also enroll in Ballet Tech and Pre-pointe or Pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Senior Tap dancers also participate in the annual performance of Our World Is Dancing!
Ages 11 - 12
For this age group, classes are offered in ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. These classes focus on continuing to improve technique and correct body placement while building on dance vocabulary and choreographic knowledge. Ballet students are encouraged to also enroll in Tech and Pre-pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Dance Prep II Tap dancers also participate in the annual performance of Our World Is Dancing!
Ages 13 - 14
We offer Senior Prep classes in ballet, tap, contemporary and jazz allowing dancers to further explore their interests and develop their skills.
Students will be introduced to longer combinations and more challenging choreography. Ballet students are encouraged to also enroll in Tech and Pre-pointe or Pointe classes to maximize their potential growth. Senior Prep Tap dancers also participate in the annual performance of Our World Is Dancing!
Ages 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.
Ages 7 - 11
In this class, students will work on various forms of dance, such as ballet, tap, jazz and vaudeville. These styles of dance will be integrated into the story through spoken word and song. Dancers will experiment with comedy, tragedy, conflict and happiness while developing a character who can convey the story line through song and dance. Some of the choreographers that we may study include, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, and Gene Kelly from the "Golden Age".
Ages 7 & Up
(A ballet class is not required, but strongly recommended)
This modern dance form takes its roots from ballet and is highly influenced by many other styles of dance, both popular and traditional. The use of space, timing, alignment, and rhythmic sensibility will be explored through floor work, combinations and improvisation.
This class is a complement to Contemporary dance for dancers ages 11+. Improvisation is learning to move spontaneously without specific choreographed instruction. Dancers will explore space, body, time and expression connections while developing a deeper sense of self awareness. Students will become empowered by making movement choices that develop confidence and a better understanding of dance technique. Students must be enrolled in a Contemporary class to take Improvisation. This class does not perform in the recital.
Ages 5 & Up
Hip-hop incorporates aspects of modern dance, tap, and swing, integrating music of today and complex movements to form the artistry of street dance. It is also fused with the choreographic elements of jazz dance to create a hybrid dance form that is fun and upbeat.
Ages 6 & Up
Combining artistry, grace, and physical ability, Irish step dancing is offered on all levels. The beginner starts with learning the body and foot positions, correct dance posture and the seven steps of the traditional Irish jig.
For soft shoe dancers, a light reel, a light jig, slip jig, and a four or eight hand reel are taught.
In advanced beginner and intermediate levels, classes include hard shoe dances, such as jigs, hornpipes, treble reels, and traditional sets.
The Irish Step classes participate in the annual performance of Our World Is Dancing!
Ages 11 & Up
Beginning Fall 2022... Brendan Foley has developed a deep passion and an authentic understanding of various Latin dance styles through extensive training and travel. In his class, you will be exposed to Salsa and Bachata. Salsa is a mixture of Latin music and dance genres, with influences from jazz, ballroom, and hustle. Salsa is rhythm. Salsa is energy. Salsa is flavor and spice. Bachata originated from the Dominican Republic is the offspring of the energy of merengue and the romance of bolero. Bachata is playful. Bachata is relaxed. Bachata is finding your groove. Classes will be geared toward creating a fun, energetic, and relaxed environment that mirrors the essence of the dances. The Latin Dance class participates in the annual performance of Our World Is Dancing!
For dancers enrolled in Fundamentals III, IV or Dance Prep I Ages 9 - 11
Intro to Pre-Pointe
For passionate dancers ages 9-11 enrolled in Fundamentals III, IV or Dance Prep, this class prepares students for pre-pointe training by focusing on strengthening, conditioning and learning to connect core strength to proper posture and turnout.
For dancers also enrolled in Fundamentals IV or Dance Prep Ballet
A second weekly ballet class for students transitioning to pointe or considering pointe work. 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.
For dancers also enrolled in Senior Prep or Senior Ballet
A second weekly ballet class for students already en pointe or working to be considered for pointe work (by instructor approval only). Class will consist of core strength training, barre, center work and turns en diagonale. Students must be enrolled in Pointe Tech to be eligible to perform en pointe; instructor will determine this.
Non-competitive Performance Groups Ages 6-9, 10-12 and 13+
Dancers must also be enrolled in a ballet or jazz class
Under the direction of Maureen Williams, Dance Jam! is a non-competitive, innovative performance ensemble. Students, grouped by age, will work with various choreographers including the staff at Dance It Up! as well as student interns majoring in dance from local colleges. Throughout the dance session, students will learn a variety of dance pieces to perform in the Nutcracker, Our World is Dancing the spring recital and at community events. Dance Jam! is designed to be 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 Jam! is a great venue to experience different genres and choreographers. Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre and Latin Dance have all been presented at our performances. Students must be enrolled in a technique class (ballet or jazz) to participate in Dance Jam! This 60 minute class is taught in three age groups.
Dance Jam participates in our annual Nutcracker program; there is a an additional $200.00 fee if not auditioning for additional Nutcracker roles.
Non-competitive Performance Ensemble Ages 11 & Up also enrolled in a ballet class
Ballet Repertory Ensemble
Under the direction of Catherine Rhodes... Dedicated ballet students participate in a company class composed of a full barre and center work, as well as stretching and conditioning. The Repertory Ensemble explores masterworks of ballet by famous choreographers and their context in history are learned. Choreography includes 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. This Ensemble begins the first Saturday in January, runs for 20 weeks, and performs in Our World is Dancing and the Spring Dance Recital.
For dancer ages 12 & Up also enrolled in a ballet class
Dedicated ballet students learn traditional solo and small group choreography from historical ballets; adapted for skill level. Past selections include variations from Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and La Fille Mal Gardee. This class runs for 30 weeks and concludes with performances in Our World is Dancing!