For children ages 18 months – 2 1/2 years
This class for the youngest of dancers requires parent participation. This is a fun introduction to creative movement and dance. Children enjoy the playful music and the use of props and parents enjoy this special time with their child.
For children ages 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years
This class focuses on developing coordination skills through creative movement (jumping, hopping, leaping, marching, etc) as well as timing, rhythm and spatial awareness.
Ballet and Tap levels I-IV for children ages 3 – 8
Motor skills are enhanced using a ballet and tap curriculum. Children develop a sense of rhythm and expression. The use of fun props and upbeat music compliment the learning environment. Children are introduced to the rich history of dance and class etiquette.
Classes in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Hip Hop.
In these classes we spend more time focusing on the individual style of the dance presented. There is strong emphasis on correct technique and body placement.
Ballet classes continue the discipline of a traditional ballet class structure (barre, center, adagio and allegro work). There will be a strong emphasis on proper body placement and correct technique learned in recognition with the French terminology. Dancers will learn correct translations, spelling, and dance history.
Pointe class is offered to advanced ballet students. Dancers will have demonstrated solid technique at the barre and center before a teacher recommends pointe shoes. In addition, dancers must be at least 12 years of age or older to avoid injuring developing bones and growth plates in the feet.
Tap dancing is an exciting form of dance in which dancers wear shoes equipped with metal taps and use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.
Jazz dancing is energetic and sharp, consisting of fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. It can be seen in music videos and competitive dance, and continues to be an essential element of musical theatre choreography. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it further encourages dance technique and balance.
Lyrical dance uses technique from both ballet and jazz but places a stronger emphasis on the emotion of a song’s lyrics. Intense emotional expression of the face and body are necessary to tell a story that evolves along the lines of the song to which the lyrical dance is performed.
Hip Hop dance evolved with hip hop music and street jazz. It includes a wide range of styles, notably breaking, locking and popping. What started as primarily freestyle, hip hop today has earned a recognized place in dance studios as a practiced dance form.
For young students who are still in combo class and would like an introduction to jazz.
Annual Student Performance
Dance is a performing art. All students are invited and encouraged to participate in our annual show.
Private lessons are available in all techniques for ages 8 and up. This time is individualized for students to further their dancing goals. Call for pricing.
2 hour dance birthday parties are offered based on studio and instructor availability. Parents can choose from a wide variety of themes. Parties cost $250.00 for up to 15 children. This price includes studio rental and a dance instructor who facilitates the party and choreographs a dance that is designed specifically with your child’s theme in mind. Tables and chairs are provided. Parents provide all decorations, party goods and cake. We do all of the clean up!
Music Forever Music Together
Music Forever Music Together classes are held at The Dance Gallery on Tuesday mornings. This program is an internationally recognized, research-based program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and the adults that love them. In their weekly classes they sing songs, dance, play with simple percussion instruments, have fun with chants, finger plays, rhythm games and a rich variety of other music and movement activities. To learn more about Music Forever Music Together, visit them online at MusicForeverMT.com or contact them via email at [email protected] or via phone at 512-358-4278.