Youth Dance Classes

The Arts Center's Youth Dance program encourages the love of movement and builds physical confidence in children age 3–18. Classes span a range of styles and techniques, from early childhood creative movement to traditional ballet to modern dance to ethnic fusion.

Students develop confidence in their physical, social, performance, and creative skills in these fun-filled, process-based classes culminating in a stellar springtime performance. Students work September through May in small classes with instructors dedicated to ensuring that attention is paid to each individual’s skill development. Many classes have live musical accompaniment and students get opportunities to explore the galleries and use the works of art to inspire movement.

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YOUTH DANCE SCHOOL-YEAR PROGRAM

Classes begin in September and run through May.

TUESDAY CLASSES—September 11, 2018–May 18, 2019

CREATIVE MOVEMENT—Age 3–4
4:30–5:00 p.m.
Your child will enjoy creative movement including dance, yoga, stage etiquette, acting out stories with their bodies, and more. Children will build confidence as they develop spatial awareness, rhythm, balance, and motor skills.

Tuition: $270 for the dance year ($155 per installment)
Member: $245 for the dance year ($146 per installment)

PRE-BALLET—Age 5–6
5:15–6:00 p.m.
Pre-ballet aims to instill a love of dance in children by expanding on creative movement, rhythm techniques, and introducing ballet class etiquette.

Tuition: $350 for the dance year ($190 per installment)
Member: $310 for the dance year ($170 per installment)

BALLET BASICS—Age 7–8
6:15–7:00 p.m.
 Students continue their journey of dance with the introduction of barre work, which strengthens coordination and rhythm. 

Tuition: $350 for the dance year ($190 per installment)
Member: $310 for the dance year ($170 per installment)

BALLET TECHNIQUES—Age 13–18
At Étude High School dance studios through May 7, 2019
5:00–6:00 p.m.

This class is designed to further education in the elementary exercises of ballet used for mastering the placement of the body, the legs, the arms, and the head. Proper execution of steps is introduced with emphasis on body position and strength building. Barre work is introduced and center work focuses on basic steps and movement across the floor. Dancers will couple learning proper terminology and reasoning for ballet exercises and positions with the fun of dancing combinations of steps with music. 

Tuition: $300 for the dance year ($175 per installment)
Member/Etude Students: $240 for the dance year ($145 per installment)

CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUES —Age 13–18
At Étude High School dance studios through May 7, 2019
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Not only will the class challenge students to explore their technical and artistic boundaries, but they will utilize their ballet technique in innovative and contemporary movement. The class will prepare them to deviate from the strict body lines and forms found in traditional, classical ballet and incorporating floor-work, shapes, intention, and improvisation in their work.

Tuition: $300 for the dance year ($175 per installment)
Member/Étude Students: $240 for the dance year ($145 per installment)

THURSDAY CLASSES—September 13, 2017–May 18, 2018

BALLET ESSENTIALS—Age 8–9
4:30–5:15 p.m.
Ballet Essentials includes traditional ballet techniques learned in Ballet Basics while introducing modern dance techniques that broaden the young dancer’s movement repertoire.

Tuition: $350 for the dance year ($190 per installment)
Member: $310 for the dance year ($170 per installment)

INTERMEDIATE BALLET—Age 10–13
5:15–6:00 p.m.
Students are given a chance to become more individually expressive through movement while continuing to expand on their traditional ballet skills while incorporating modern dance techniques to augment their movement repertoire.

Tuition: $350 for the dance year ($190 per installment)
Member: $310 for the dance year ($170 per installment)

CONTEMPORARY—Age 14–18
6:00–6:45 p.m.
Dancers continue to polish their traditional ballet skills and modern dance techniques as well as explore the process of creating choreography. 

Tuition: $350 for the dance year ($190 per installment)
Member: $310 for the dance year ($170 per installment)

YOUTH DANCE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Dance students may pay for the entire dance year in one lump sum or in two installments. If you elect to use the installment plan, a credit card authorization form must be completed at the time of registration. The second installment will be processed on January 1, 2019. Students who pay for the entire year receive a 10% tuition discount. Tuition is nonrefundable except in the event of class cancellation or serious injury or illness. Requests for refunds or credits due to injury or illness must be made in writing and accompanied by a doctor’s certificate. Refunds will be prorated. Register online, in person at the Arts Center with this completed registration form, or by calling 920-458-6144.

If a class does not meet minimum enrollment, it may be canceled. Rehearsals and the spring dance recital will take place in May. Tuition includes one DVD of the recital and a costume fee.

For more information or questions regarding class placement, call Jen Balge at 920-458-6144 or email jbalge@jmkac.org.