What does “non-competitive” mean?
Dance It Up! is a non-competitive dance studio, which means we do not focus instruction and training on dance competitions. Rather, Dance It Up! focuses on nurturing fundamental skills, technique and the love of dance to empower and stimulate the minds and bodies of young dancers.
At Dance It Up!, we believe and promote healthy competition as learning tools for our dancers. We aim to allow our dancers the opportunity for creative development without the stress, pressures and costly expenditures of the competition world outside of our studio. Our main focus is not to win trophies, but to set a harmonious environment to help mold well-rounded, confident young people.
Dance It Up! prides itself on giving multiple performance opportunities without the pressure of being on a competitive team. Through our performance groups. “Dance Jam” and the “Ballet Repertory Ensemble”, dedicated dancers and students are able to balance school work while sharing their passion for performance of dance.
For more info on our performance groups, CLICK HERE
How many instructors does the studio have?
Our staff consists of 7 instructors and holds combined dance training and teaching experience of over 100 years, offering a breadth of specialized instruction and choreography experience unrivaled in the area.
When should my child begin dance classes?
Instruction can start as early as 2.5 years with the Dance ‘N Play® program, a copyrighted registered preschool dance program.
This program was developed in 2005, to introduce and instill a love of movement and music in a stimulating and imaginative space. The unique program allows the youngest of dancers to develop gross motor skills and social independence at their own pace through the use of props, costumes, music lighting and creative movement in a safe, nurturing environment.
Many of our Dance ’N Play® dancers continue their dance education with us for many years until they graduate as high school seniors.
Are parents allowed to observe classes each week?
The studio has waiting-room area(s) in which parents may choose to stay during class. This allows our younger dancers to work on self-sufficiency while still providing them the reassurance that their guardian is waiting right outside. At the end of some classes parents are invited in to watch a short performance or join their dancer for a final activity.
Waiting area(s) are furnished and decorated, with reading materials for adults and books, toys and table and chairs for children. The studio also has WiFi access and each studio is equipped with wide-angle webcams, monitors and laptops to provide and outstanding Zoom dance class experience. Zoom classes are alternative to in-studio classes.
What does my child need to wear to dance class?
Proper dance attire is required in order to participate in class. This is both for comfort and safety reasons.
Please note that canvas ballet slippers are required for all ballet dancers age 11+ and leather slippers, demi pointe or pointe shoes are required for all performances.
For more information on our dress code, CLICK HERE
Should my son take dance?
Yes, dance isn’t just for girls! Our boys learn have just as much fun, and take the opportunity to learn coordination, rhythm, class structure and an appreciation for the arts. Dance will help build a strong and healthy body that will also aid in any athletic program.
When and where are your performances held?
Performances are generally held at the beautiful Grafton High School auditorium. In early December, we present our unique interpretation of the "Nutcracker". In early spring, we feature the performance “Our World is Dancing” for the members of Dance Jam, Ballet Repertory and the Terrific Tappers.
Our annual “Spring Dance Recital” is held in late May/early June.
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes - but please keep reading! Class lessons are best for your child as he/she will learn to grow and learn in a team/group atmosphere. Positive learning and work habits are formed through observation, cooperation, active participation and teamwork that we encourage in all our classes.
Should your dancer miss any classes and require some “catch-up” time, private lessons are available. Private sessions are most commonly used to learn recital choreography for select dancers.
Adult private lessons are also available. Please contact the studio office directly to schedule private lessons.
When will my dancer begin Pointe training?
For students transitioning on pointe or considering pointe work, there is an Introductory “Pre-Pointe/Technique” class. Students must be enrolled in this class prior to be eligible to perform on pointe.
Pointe work training will be made at the discretion of the Ballet Director, determined by a number of factors, including whether or not the student has the necessary strength.
What is Dance Jam?
Dance Jam is a non-competitive, innovative performance ensemble. Students work with various choreographers learning a variety of dance pieces to perform for the community. Dance Jam 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 Jam is a great venue to experience new genres. Hip Hop, Acrobatic Dance, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, and Musical Theater have all been presented at our performances.
What is the Ballet Repertory Ensemble?
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 adapted and 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.
Where and what is Sugarplums?
Sugarplums is Dance It Up!’s sister boutique specializing in girl’s apparel, dancewear and specialty gifts including leotards, tutus, footwear and dance accessories. It is accessible through the studio and the main street entrance at 36 North Main St, North Grafton.
A fun, frilly boutique, Sugarplums caters to today’s fabulous dancer that can practice and perform with poise and style.
Sugarplums carries an array of top quality brand dance wear including: Capezio, Body Wrappers, Eurotard, Sansha, So Danca, Wear Moi and numerous gift and apparel lines. Sizes range from newborn to adult.