Programs

Toddler Steps

Fall Session: 

September-December

 (must be 2 years old by September 1st)
Spring Session: 

February-May (must be 2 years 5 months old by February 1st)

Our Toddler Steps program is based in rhythms and rhymes. Children join in finger play songs, sing with movement and explore the dance space while moving to music. You may be surprised at how much your
2 year old can learn!! Parent or guardian plan to dance with us for the first 6 weeks, after that we are on our own!! Toddlers have their end of the year show in studio with snacks!! So appropriate for this age!!

Steps Too!

3 and 4 year olds (45 minutes)

 Steps Too! was originally developed as a straight 4 year old program. Over the years we have invited 3 year olds in. It is an exciting class as for the first time, the dancers get to learn some tap! We leave plenty of time to expand on our ballet steps and vocabulary! You get to see your kids really grow up!

Ballet and Tap Combo Class

5-6 year olds (1 hour)
We dedicate the first 40 minutes of class to learning many ballet positions, steps and terminology. We also continue to work on musicality, flexibility and posture. The last 20 minutes are spent reviewing and learning new tap exercises and steps. We find school-aged kids really enjoy the challenge!

Ballet 1

 7 years and up (1 hour)
All ballet classes begin with a warm-up for stretch and strengthening. Dancers next move to barre work, combinations center floor and across the floor work. It is nice to dedicate one full hour to your ballet studies.

Ballet Levels 2 and up

9 years and up (1.5 hours)

Grade one ballet must be successfully completed prior to entrance into these upper level classes. Level 2 brings with it continued work at the barre and by working their way up to level 3 and beyond, dancers can handle doing a full ballet barre with all the elements needed to help them work with control and good technique center floor. With the added time we can be even more dedicated to the adagio, turns, grande allegro, waltz combinations and soutes.

Fundamentals

8 years and up (30 minutes) 

This a 30 minute class dedicated to teaching and showing our dancers how to dance healthy. We learn about alignment, core strength, foot and ankle strength, our hips and how to use them to turn out our legs. We balance, resist, stretch and strengthen all in an effort to KEEP OUR DANCERS HEALTHY and out of the doctor’s office!

Pre-pointe

10 years and up

Must be enrolled in 2 ballet classes and Fundamentals for at least one year prior to admittance into this program 

Many young dancers aspire to go on pointe someday. And on pointe we want to put you. When you are ready!! George Balanchine was know to say “What is the point of going on pointe if you can’t do anything when you get up there”. Perfectly said. So we follow a protocol to get our dancers strong enough to be successful on pointe. Their bodies prove to us they are ready.

Beginner Pointe

12 years and up

Must have successfully completed Pre-pointe. Must be enrolled in 2 ballet classes and Fundamentals.
Having taken a comprehensive approach to our pre-pointe program we continue that dedication to teaching our dancers how to use their minds and bodies to be successful en pointe.  We want our pointe students to dance safe, be strong, train mindfully and become beautiful classical ballerinas.

Tap Levels 2 and up

7 years and up (45 minutes)

Dedicated tap classes as our dancers get older. Buffalos, Maxifords, Trenches, Riffs, Time steps and maybe even some Wings!!

Jazz

5 years and up (45min-1hour)

Technical, like ballet!! We stretch, move across the floor,  learn steps and put it all into some dynamic choreography. Older jazz dancers with experience will begin to explore lyrical jazz which is a blend of ballet and jazz.

Hip Hop

5 years and up (45 or 60 minutes)
Hip hop dancers must be enrolled in ballet or jazz.
Hip hop refers to many different dance styles. It refers ironically to dance styles that evolved in school yards, streets and other everyday places rather than the dance studio. In our program we strive to reach a balance between hip hop’s roots of improvisation and the dance school’s element of choreography. Get ready to pop, lock and get funky!!

Hip Hop/Jazz Performance Group (HHJPG)

8 years and up *By audition only 

60 Minutes

16 weeks beginning in November

Required classes: (1) Fundamentals, (1) Ballet, 

(1) Jazz, (1) Hip Hop, (1) HHJPG 

VERY GOOD ATTENDANCE required.  

 We will compete at 2-3 competitions and attend a convention or 2. 

Like all of our dancers, our PG members and families are expected to have superior sportsmanship towards others and our own team members.  We will always represent  TDS as respectful and gracious competitors! 

Irish Step

 4 years and up (45 minutes) Come learn a jig or rock a reel! Irish step for the “common man”. Learn this awesome art form with no strings (competitions, expensive costumes) attached. Learn it for the love of it!

Irish Step-Hard/Soft Shoe

Irish Step-Hard Shoe 8 years and up with approval (60 minutes) Must be enrolled in Fundamentals A class for the experienced jiggers. Similar to a tap shoe, a hard shoe or "heavy shoe" is very different than the gillies we all start in. With a fiberglass tip, there will be lots of noise to be made in this class!  Hard Shoes are a bit like going on Pointe.  A right of passage!!  Dancers need to be  conditioned and strong enough to move on.  Because we want to train strong dancers in an effort to keep them safe and injury free, we have added the Fundamentals requirement for hard shoe students.  Dance on!  Just don't leave those gillies behind!

Musical Theater

5 years and up (45 minutes) Enrollment in a technique class (ballet or jazz) is highly recommended. Musical Theater is a jazz based class that incorporates 3 elements: dancing, acting and singing. It is a "Triple Threat" incorporated all in the same performance that has a storyline. Think “Oklahoma”, “A Chorus Line”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Lion King” or “42nd Street”!

Contemporary

9  years and up (1 hour) Contemporary students must be enrolled in Ballet or Jazz. This style of dance borrows from jazz, ballet and modern dance. You will be trained in how to improvise, do floor work, contract and release and lots of other powerful yet controlled movements. Be ready to work hard to “move” your audience.

Ballet/Contemporary Performance Group

Ballet/Contemporary Performance Group (BCPG) 

10 years and up *By audition only 

16 weeks beginning in November

Required classes: Fundamentals (1) Ballet (1) Jazz (1) Contemporary (1)  BCPG (1)

VERY GOOD ATTENDANCE Required We will compete at 2-3 competitions and attend a convention or 2. 

Like all of our dancers, our PG members and families are expected to have superior sportsmanship towards others and our own team members.  We will always represent  TDS as respectful and gracious competitor

Older Beginners/Adult Classes

(60 minutes) 

If you have been away from dance or have never danced before, join us! We are here for you!!