Dance Artist/Exploration Programs

[3rd-12th grades]



Dance Exploration Program [DEP]

This program is open to all students in 3rd-12th grade who want to dance!  Students have the option of taking one or more of the following classes and may try something new each year!  Special field trips are offered throughout the year.

Modern/Jazz DEP    Mon   4:00-5:00
Ballet DEP    Tues    5:10-6:10
Tap I/DEP    Wed   3:45-4:45

Dance Artist Program [DAP]

Strong technique and artistry are achieved through focused and committed study over the students’ 3rd through 12th grade years.  Special workshops and field trips are offered in addition to rigorous classes in Ballet, Modern Dance, Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz Dance, Pointe, and Dance Improvisation.  The Program is designed to foster physical, cognitive, social, and creative aspects of learning.  Level placement is based on each individual student. New students should contact the Program Director for level placement.

Level I and IIA students must take both Ballet and Modern Dance with the option to also take Musical Theatre, and/or Tap.  Students in 5th grade and up may take Dance Improvisation. 

Level IIB students must take both Ballet and Modern with the option to also take Prep for Pointe (by placement only), Musical Theatre, Jazz, Tap, and/or Dance Improvisation. 

Level III & IV students must take a minimum of three classes and may choose from the following:  Ballet, Prep for Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, and/or Dance Improvisation. Classes at a lower placement level (ie. Ballet IIB, Modern IIB) may also be considered as class options.  Ballet IIIB/IV requires enrollment on Monday and Thursday and counts as two classes.  

September 2019-May 2020

LEVEL I [choose Wed or Thurs]
Ballet Wed 5:05-6:05
Modern Wed 6:10-7:10
Ballet Thurs 4:00-5:00
Modern  Thurs 5:05-6:05

Ballet Tues 4:00-5:00
Modern Tues 5:05-6:05 

Ballet Mon 4:00-5:00
Modern Mon 5:05-6:05

Ballet Tues 5:05-6:20
Modern Mon 6:10-7:25 

Ballet Mon 5:05-6:35 and Thurs 5:05-6:05 [Ballet IIB/IV requires both Mon and Thurs classes]
Modern Tues 6:10-7:40


Prep for Pointe/Pointe Wed 6:10-7:25

Tap I/DEP Wed 3:45-4:45
Tap II Wed 6:00-7:00
Tap III Thurs 5:05-6:05
Tap IV Thurs 6:10-7:10

Musical Theatre I/IIA Wed 4:50-5:50
Jazz IIB Thurs 4:00-5:00
Jazz III/IV Wed 4:35-5:50

Dance Improvisation Thurs 6:10-7:10
Our Dance Improvisation class for students in 5th grade and up engages students in creating movement spontaneously within a structure defined by the teaching artist.  Dancers explore one or more elements of shape, energy, space and time and learn to respond to each other’s imagination, intelligence, styles and energy through movement choices made in the moment.  Physical involvement and mental awareness are central to dance improvisation.


DAP Fall Saturday Workshops, Classes and Opportunities
Sign up at the reception desk or online.

Progressing Ballet Technique
Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) will improve students’ alignment and stability. PBT enhances each student’s foundation so that they can maximize their training as not only a ballet dancer but a strong artist. Founded by teacher of 40 years, Marie Walton-Mahon of Sydney, Australia, this innovative program helps students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in class.  Mrs. Ariana is a certified PBT instructor.

September 14, 21, 28
November 2, 16, 23
December 7
January 18
February 1, 29
March 7, 14
10:00-11:15 – Level I and II
11:15-12:30 – Level III and IV
Students may register for one or more.

Musical Theatre
with Mrs. Darby Burgess
Saturdays, October 19 and 26**
10:00-11:15 – Level I and II
11:15-12:30 – Level III and IV
**Students may register for both OR October 19 only.

November 15, 2019 – Pizza + Movie, 5:30-8:00 PM | $20 per student | Join us for pizza and a dance movie!

January 17-26, 2020 –  ALABAMA DANCE FESTIVAL – Dancers in 6th grade and up are encouraged to register to participate in the 2020 Festival.  The Alabama Dance Festival offers a diverse range of master classes and workshops from a faculty of renown instructors carefully selected each year.  Classes vary across styles and cultural traditions for pre-professional dancers (grades 6-12), college/professional dancers, and pedagogy and professional development workshops.

February 8, 2020 – Yonder Contemporary Dance Company Master class and Performance
Contemporary Ballet Master class
for students in 7th grade and up
taught by Yonder company members Carey Hodovanich and Chandler Davis.
Saturday, February 8, 10am-12pm
Free; space is limited.  Call 870.0073 to sign up.

Yonder Contemporary Dance Company presents “False Awakenings”
a contemporary dance exploring the liminal space between sound asleep and wide awake, revealing a world of uneasy silliness, beautiful uncertainty, and disjointed associations.
Saturday, February 8, 6pm
Dance Foundation Studio Theatre
Admission: FREE

February 15, 2020 – Contemporary Dance Master Class with Germaul Barnes
Saturday, February 15, 10:00-11:30 am
Open to students in 6th grade and up.
$20 / Sign up on Studio Pulse or at the reception desk.
Mr. Barnes is the Dance Foundation Artist in Residence for the 2019-2020 school year.


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