Dance Program

Arts Avenue dance classes are designed to help the students develop excellence in dance while giving honor to God! Dance is a very effective way to instill poise and confidence in children. It’s also a wonderful way to develop artistic and creative abilities at the same time as developing physical strength and flexibility.

Providing a place for students to learn different styles of dance and to make life-long friends is extremely important to us! Our dance instructors focus on creating a loving and fun environment for every student while maintaining quality technique for strong and skilled dancers. Our classes follow a systematic curriculum designed to help dancers reach their potential as they build on their skills.  Our main dance room is equipped with a sprung dance floor which helps protect dancers from injuries.

Please scroll down for class availability, tuition details, and link to registration.


“Arts Avenue offers the best all around dance program – it’s affordable and in a wonderful environment. My daughter is learning how to dance beautifully. It is a supportive and loving environment.”
Arts Avenue Dance
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Arts Avenue Dance
Arts Avenue Dance

2019-2020 Dance Classes

Registration is open for current students. Open enrollment will begin on June 1st.

Please scroll down for class descriptions.

Tuition

Our tuition rates are shown in the red table below. Tuition for all dance, theater, and music classes (with the exception of private lessons) is calculated by the hourly tuition rate. Simply total the combined hours in class to find your student’s rate. Tuition for private lessons will be on top of this combined hourly rate. Tuition is due on the 10th of each month. A $15 late fee will be applied if tuition is not received by that date. We offer a $10/month sibling discount!

Additional Fees

Registration: There is a non-refundable $45 registration fee due with registration. This fee is one per family/per school year.

Recital: Recital costume fees will be due on November 1st and are non-refundable. Students in Twinkle Toes and Ballet/Jazz Combo will be charged $55. All other dance students will be notified of their costume fee amount when costumes are chosen in the fall.  Costume fees will range between $55 to $100 per costume.  A non-refundable recital hall fee of $40 per dancer is due on March 1st.

For additional important tuition information regarding automatic payments and returned check fees as well as dress code details, please refer to our handbook.

Dance Class Descriptions

Our classical ballet classes are structured according to traditional technique. These classes follow a precise syllabus that enables dancers to progress based on the accomplishment of clearly articulated goals. Through this syllabus, dancers will develop strength, fluidity, musicality, and performance.

Placement: Current students are given a teacher recommendation for which class they should be in the following year. New students can use the following guideline to help choose the appropriate class for Levels 1 and 2. Levels 3 and 4 are by placement only. If you are unsure of which class to put your child in please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Level 1a: (ages 5-8) Students moving up from Combo or brand new to Ballet.
  • Level 1b: (ages 5-8) Students who have had one or more years of Level 1a Ballet.
  • Level 2a: (ages 8-11) Students who are new to Ballet.
  • Level 2b: (ages 8-11) Students who have had 1-3 years of Ballet Level 1 or at least 1 year of Ballet Level 2a.

Dress Code

  • Level 1: Pink tights, light blue leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.
  • Level 2: Pink tights, lavender leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.
  • Level 3: Pink tights, royal blue leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.
  • Level 4: Pink tights, burgundy leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.

Our jazz dance classes incorporate classical jazz technique as influenced by Gus Giordano. This fluid style blends movements from classical ballet, modern dance, and other world forms. There will be a strong focus on isolations of the pelvis, torso, and other body parts. Additionally, dancers will work mostly in parallel.

The syllabus for these classes supplements that of the classical ballet classes, reiterating important elements that are critical for progression.

Dress Code

  • Level 1: Black tights, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), light blue leotard. Black jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.
  • Level 2: Black tights, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), lavender leotard. Black jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.
  • Level 3: Black tights, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), royal blue leotard. Black jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.
  • Level 4: Black tights, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), burgundy leotard. Black jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.

Classical pointe classes are an extension of the classical ballet classes that allow dancers to continue to refine aesthetics and strength through rigorous technique. These dancers must also be enrolled in a ballet class.

Pre-Pointe will serve as the foundation for this branch of classical ballet, preparing the dancers with strengthening exercises prior to going on pointe. Dancers will use a theraband and other exercises to prepare for the next level. Dancers who are 10 are eligible to participate in the Pre-Pointe class. One the dancer has developed the required strength, she will go on pointe and remain in the beginning class.

Intermediate / Advanced Pointe contains technical material and is designed for the more experienced dancer. Variations and repertoire will be studied in this class. Teacher approval is required for this class. To schedule a placement, please contact Kate Grochowski, Dance Team Director and Teacher.

Dress Code

  • Pre-Pointe / Beginning Pointe: Same attire as ballet class.
  • Intermediate / Advanced Pointe: Same attire as ballet class.

Designed for the advanced dancer, this class supplements classical ballet and jazz technique by “breaking” the fundamental rules of these genres. This class will explore free and expressive forms of theatrical and concert dance that leverage the entire body. Note: At least one year of Level 3 technique is required.

Dress Code

  • Level 3: Black tights, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), royal blue leotard. Black jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.
  • Level 4: Black tights, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), burgundy leotard. Black jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.

This class will focus on street dance styles that have evolved from hip-hop music or from the hip-hop culture. There are a wide variety of styles that are incorporated into this umbrella primarily breaking which was created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.

Dress Code

Any fitness or dance clothes that are not overly baggy or restrictive. Dance boots, or tennis shoes.

Designed for musical theater students and for dancers looking to explore additional genres, this combo class trains dancers in tap and dance for musical theater techniques. These genres are great supplements to classical ballet and jazz training.

Dress Code

Leotard or T-shirt, black dance shorts or black dance pants or leggings. Socks permitted, but must be very thin and fitted. Black jazz and tap shoes.

This class is designed for homeschooled dancers looking to explore multiple genres of dance. This combo class prepare dancers in a recreational format that encourages freedom of expression with a strong emphasis on the building blocks of dance.

Dress Code

Any color leotard, any color tights or black dance pants or black dance shorts, pink ballet slippers and black tap or jazz shoes. Tap ties encouraged. Boys may wear t-shirts, dance pants or shorts, and black ballet and tap shoes. Please cut ballet slipper strings to about 1” length, and tuck inside shoe when wearing. Hair pulled back.

These classes are designed for our youngest dancers looking to express themselves through movement. Dancers will learn the building blocks of dance in a fun and creative environment.

Dress Code

Any color leotard, any color tights or black dance pants or black dance shorts, pink ballet slippers. Boys may wear t-shirts, dance pants or shorts, and black ballet shoes. Please cut ballet slipper strings to about 1” length, and tuck inside shoe when wearing. Hair pulled back.

These classes are designed for young dancers looking to explore multiple genres of dance. Combo classes prepare dancers in a recreational format that encourages freedom of expression with a strong emphasis on the building blocks of dance.

Dress Code

Any color leotard, any color tights or black dance pants or black dance shorts, pink ballet slippers and black tap or jazz shoes. Tap ties encouraged. Boys may wear t-shirts, dance pants or shorts, and black ballet and tap shoes. Please cut ballet slipper strings to about 1” length, and tuck inside shoe when wearing. Hair pulled back.

For more information on the Intersection Dance Team, please visit our team page.

Dress Code

Black leotard or form fitting shirt with black biker shorts, crops, dance pants or leggings. Hair pulled back in a clean pony tail or bun.

Dancers enrolled in ballet at Arts Avenue are welcome to audition on August 31st to perform in the Intersection Dance Team’s production of “Esther” in late October. Total Cost for Duration of Term = $550.

Dress Code

Pink tights, black leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. For Pre-Pointe, dancers may sew ribbons onto ballet shoes. Hair in a clean bun.

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