We offer dance classes for Children and Youth beginning at age 3. Upon enrolling your child with our school, you are entrusting a very special part of his or her education to us. We are dedicated to the task of not only teaching dance, but also to nurturing the development of the mental and physical growth, coordination, poise and grace of each individual. We encourage parents to take an active part in helping maintain an enthusiastic attitude toward dancing for your child at all times. Quite a few of our parents have taken the "leap" of sharing the joy of dance with their children by joining one of our adult dance classes. Please visit our Adult Classes page to learn about our numerous adult dance class offerings. To learn about the proper dance attire for each class, please visit our Policies page.
◆Twinkle Tots - This 45 minute class for boys and girls 2-3 years old at SMSD will include the introduction of, Basic Ballet, Singing, Mats. Games & More., This is the perfect pre-combo class for the tiny, twirlin’ tots! ◆ Combination Classes – For 3-8 year olds. Combination classes are designed for the new, young student and combine ballet, tap and tumbling. These classes introduce your child to the joy of rhythm, movement, and coordination. ◆ CJBT – Creative Jazz, Ballet & Tap is for fourth-year 6-7-year-olds or by teacher recommendation. ◆ BTJ I/II – Ballet, Tap, Jazz I/II is for fifth-year 7-9-year-olds or by teacher recommendation. This class is taken for two years. ◆ Ballet – For 9-year-olds and up. The student learns the basics of Ballet Barre and Center work and is exposed to French terminology that forms the basic universal language of ballet. Emphasis is on proper placement, correct body building and development of poise and grace. ◆ Tap – Develops better coordination, rhythm and timing and strengthen the feet and legs. ◆ Jazz – A stylized theatrical form of dancing that promotes good posture, strength, technique, and rhythm. ◆ Lyrical – A combination of both Jazz and Ballet, Lyrical dance uses the technique and discipline of Ballet with the freedom of Jazz. Students must be enrolled in at least one Ballet class in addition to the Lyrical class. ◆ Hip Hop – Following the music trend, Hip Hop dance classes focus on pure enjoyment for the student. With its distinctive style, this course also incorporates isolations and stretching exercises to enhance the student’s physical fitness. ◆ Contemporary – A non-traditional, emotionally-driven exploration of motion that uses basic fundamentals of suspension, dynamics, fluidity, and freedom of expression. ◆ Musical Theater – Taught by Lauris Blackwell. Ages 5-7 and 8-12 will enjoy learning songs from hit musicals, acting, and movement. ◆ Cotillion Austin-Style – For boys and girls ages 10-13, “Cotillion Austin-Style” provides training in basic etiquette, communication skills, and social dance education. This is the perfect answer to the pre-teen’s desire for social activity. ◆ Adult Classes – It’s never too late! Classes offered in Tap (all levels), Ballet, Jazz, Ballet Shape, and Hip Hop. ◆ Teen Specialty – For Intermediate/Advanced dancers who want to focus on multi-style techniques. Helps to prepare dancers for dance opportunities in high school and college.
It's never too late! We offer a wide variety of dance classes for adults, including tap, jazz, ballet, "ballet shape", contemporary, hip-hop and yoga.
Adult Dance classes offer an opportunity to learn new skills, have fun, make new friends, and get exercise (much more fun than laboring on the treadmill). An especially excellent workout comes with the relatively new “Ballet Shape” class, taught by Jennifer Tcharikova, who calls it the “weekend redemption” class.
With beginner, intermediate and advanced adult dance classes, you're sure to find one that will be a perfect fit for your dance level. We are known for our easy, fun, relaxed atmosphere, where you can progress at a pace that is comfortable for you. And yes, we welcome men as well as women.