Dance Artist Program

[3rd-12th grades]

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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. Placement letters have been issued to returning students.  New students are welcome!  New students may enroll in Level I or may contact the Program Director for level placement.

Level I classes are open to all students in 3rd-12th grades. Students are encouraged to take both Ballet and Modern Dance on the same day with the option to also take Musical Theatre and/or Tap. Students in 6th grade and up may take Dance Improvisation. Musical Theatre and Dance Improvisation require enrollment in both Ballet and Modern Dance.

*Level II, III, and IV classes are by placement only.  We welcome new students and ask them to contact the Program Director, Shellie Chambers,  for placement.

Level II students must take both Ballet and Modern Dance (on the same day) with the option to also take Jazz, Musical Theatre, and/or Tap.  Students in 6th grade and up may take Dance Improvisation.  Students may be invited to take Preparation for Pointe. 

Level III students must take a minimum of three classes and may choose from the following:  Ballet (Ballet IIIB students must take both classes per week; counts as two classes), Prep for Pointe (requires enrollment in either Ballet IIB, Ballet IIIA or both Ballet IIIB classes), Modern, Jazz, Tap, and/or Dance Improvisation. Classes at a lower placement level (ie. Ballet IIB, Modern IIB) may also be considered as class options. 

Level IV students must take a minimum of three classes and may choose from the following:  Ballet (Ballet IV students must take both classes per week; counts as two classes.  Ballet IV includes pointe work and requires enrollment in the Pointe class as well), Modern, Jazz, Tap, and/or Dance Improvisation.  Classes at a lower placement level (ie. Ballet III, Modern III) may also be considered as class options. 

Classes, short-term

Hip Hop (in person and virtual option)
January 13-Feb 25 (7 weeks)
$40 annual registration fee / $105
Monday, 6:55-7:55 with Stephanie Murphy
For  3rd-5th graders; no experience required.
In this hip hop series students will learn how to blend Breaking and West Coast Funk to create their own style while practicing improvisation and choreography skills.

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Classes, September 8, 2020-May 8, 2021

Ballet I, Monday 3:45-4:45
Ballet I, Thursday 4:00-5:00
Ballet IIA*, Tuesday 4:00-5:00
Ballet IIA*, Wednesday 5:05-6:05
Ballet IIB*, Monday 4:00-5:15
Ballet IIIA*, Tuesday 5:10-6:25
Ballet IIIB*, Tuesday 5:30-7:00 and Thursday 5:10-6:10 (dancers must enroll in both classes)
Ballet IV*, Monday 6:00-7:30 and Thursday 5:10-6:10 (dancers must enroll in both classes)

Modern I, Monday 4:50-5:50
Modern I, Thursday 5:05-6:05
Modern IIA*, Tuesday 5:05-6:05
Modern IIA*, Wednesday 4:00-5:00
Modern IIB*, Monday 5:20-6:20
Modern IIIA*, Monday 6:30-7:45
Modern IIIB*, Monday 6:00-7:30
Modern IV*, Tuesday 6:15-7:45

Tap I, Wednesday 4:00-5:00 cancelled
Tap II*, Wednesday 6:10-7:10
Tap III*, Tuesday 6:30-7:30
Tap IV*, Wednesday 7:25-8:25

Prep for Pointe*, Wednesday 6:20-7:20 (enrollment in Ballet IIB, IIIA or IIIB required)
Pointe*, Wednesday 6:20-7:20 (enrollment in Ballet IIIB or IV required)

Musical Theatre, Wednesday 5:05-6:05 (requires enrollment in both Ballet and Modern)

Jazz II/III*, Thursday 4:00-5:00
Jazz III/IV*, Thursday 6:15-7:30

Dance Improvisation (for 6th-12th graders), Wednesday 5:10-6:10 (requires enrollment in both Ballet and Modern)

Progressing Ballet Technique

Progressing Ballet Technique 

This class is open to all dancers, 3rd grade and up who are currently actively participating in a dance class at The Dance Foundation or elsewhere.  Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best. One of the important elements used in the PBT method is muscle memory which helps to improve students’ understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment.  This class is led by Ariana Pellegra, certified PBT instructor.

Students participate in PBT classes in person. Students must bring their own yoga mat and theraband.  Students who have experience in PBT may request to participate by Zoom instead of in person and should  have a yoga mat, theraband, small fit ball, and large fit ball.  

Ages 9-12

Thursday 6:15-7:15 with Ariana Pellegra

$60 per session

SESSION 4 Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 

SESSION 5 Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25

SESSION 6 March 4, 11, 18, April 1

SESSION 7 April 8, 15, 22, 29

Ages 13 and up

Saturday 10:00-11:15 with Ariana Pellegra

$20 per class

January 9

January 16

February 6 

February 13

March 6

March 13

April 3

April 10

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