Registration is closed but interested students are welcome to come by for a tour or to observe a class.
During the summer we will have “try-it” classes, workshops and auditions.
The summer schedule will be available in May.
See registration and fees page to learn about our fees that are based on family income.
We believe that dance lessons are life lessons. From an early age, our students are able to grasp the value of being a responsible and respectful member of society, someone who is accountable, is able to get along with others, has a disciplined work ethic, a refined etiquette, a graceful attitude and a confident demeanor. Many of the values young students learn as part of our thoughtfully crafted arts program are character traits needed for a successful and satisfying life. As educators, we believe these lessons are just as important as the arts education we provide, and we develop our programs with this in mind.
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Welcome to the world of Breakin’. Throughout the course of the classes students will be learning the fundamental skills of break dancing also known as Breakin’.
Come try breakin’ during the Open House Sept. 10 from 1-2 PM.
Five main elements are covered in our classes.
We will turn students into “BBoys” and “BGirls”, teaching them how to present this dance with ATTITUDE!
Be prepared to become the coolest kids on the block!!!
Dress Code: Black t-shirt (long or short sleeve) with sweat pants and sneakers that are only worn for dance.
This class runs for 12 weeks with Keegan Loye! A new session will start in January with a different instructor who will co-teach with Keegan for a few classes in December.
Beginner ages 6-8 Wed. 4:30-5:15
Intermediate ages 6-8 Wed. 5:15-6:00 (intermediate means you took breakin’ in 2015-2016)
Beginner ages 9-12 Wed. 6:15-7:00
Intermediate ages 9-12 Wed. 7:00-7:45 (you took breakin’ in 2015-16)
Ages 13 + Wed. 7:45-8:30
Lyrical dance is a relatively recent form of dance coming from a fusion of jazz dance and ballet. Contemporary is a derivative of several disciplines of classic modern dance and incorporates the basic fundamentals of modern dance with current movement styles of today.
Students will enhance their vocabulary and learn through weighted movement, floor work, and improvisation. Alignment, flexibility and strength are stressed. Students will be challenged through technical and physical movement combinations.
Please inquire about placement for classes level II and above.
Dress Code: Solid color leotard and black or pink footless tights. Shorts or capri pants can be added. No loose or baggy clothing. Hair should be in a ponytail or pulled away from your face. Bare feet, no shoes.
Lyrical I 8-12 yrs Sat. 12:15-1:15 TBD
Lyrical/Contemporary II 10+yrs Tues. 5:15-6:15 Meghan
Lyrical/Contemporary II 8-12 yrs Wed. 5:15-6:15 Tony
Contemporary III 12+ yrs Wed. 6:15-7:15 Tony
Audition required for class for new students.
Audition is August 13 at 12-1 PM. Audition is free. Call to sign up for audition. 784-2389. If you cannot make either audition date, please call us. Wear dance attire, jazz shoes or clean tennis shoes. Students will learn combinations and then demonstrate the technique and combination. They will also demonstrate their ability to do leaps, turns and splits.
This jazz based class will focus on putting together and perfecting a routine for a recreational level competition. This class is a good starting place for the beginning competitor. At a dance competition, students put their skills to the test by performing dance routines on a stage in front of a panel of judges. The judges then calculate scores usually based on technique, performance and costume.
Dress Code: Solid black leotard with modest black jazz dance shorts or black yoga style pants. Boys: solid black sweat pants or shorts and solid black color t-shirt. No writing on clothing. Hair should be in a ponytail or pulled back off your face. No jewelry. Shoes: Black leather jazz shoes.
Why a Competition Class?
Some students want a little more challenge. In competition teams, students work on steps until mastered. This leads to a feeling of accomplishment and self-esteem. Also, attendance is more important and, at times, mandatory. Since everyone is present in class nearly every week, there is faster progress.
More About the Competition Class
We will enter in the Encore Competition in Fowlerville, MI. Exact time of competition will not be known until closer to this weekend. Students will be assessed in the “recreational category.” This category is for the dancer that dances 3 or fewer hours per week and who has little or no competition experience.
Extra Competition Fees
In addition to the regular monthly fee based on the sliding income scale there are other competition fees. Entry fees average $32 per student and must be paid by the competition’s deadline. Costume fees will be $60 per dancer (You will own the costume). $30 due at registration, $30 due 12/1. Appropriate dance shoes are required (cost from $17-24). Parents must provide transportation to and from competitions. Additional rehearsals if required, which cost an additional class fee for each rehearsal (Approximately $5-8 per class). The class may also decide to purchase matching jackets and clothing.
10-15 yrs Tues. 6:30-8:00 Meghan
A stylistic technique usually paired with popular music will be introduced with a basic jazz vocabulary along with fundamentals which consist of alignment, body isolations and complex rhythms. Alignment, flexibility and strength are emphasized. Exposure to various techniques of well-known jazz choreographers and musical theater are incorporated in the progression of classes in a fun and high-energy environment.
Dress Code: Girls: Solid black leotard and black tights with modest jazz dance shorts over leotard. Boys: black sweat pants and solid black t-shirt. No writing on clothing. Hair pulled away from face. Black leather jazz shoes.
Jazz Funk I 7-9 yrs Thurs. 5:15-6:00 Jenna
Jazz Funk I 10-12 yrs Thurs. 7:00-8:00 Jenna
Jazz Funk II 10+ yrs Mon. 7:15-8:15 Tony
Comp. Jazz (rec) 10-15 yrs Tues. 6:30-8:00 Meghan
Ballet/Jazz Combo 7-9 yrs Tues. 7:00-8:00 Jenna
Broadway Jazz 8+ Fri. 6:15-7:15 Jenna
Jazz III (by level/11+) Thurs. 8:30-9:30 Tony
These classes teach rhythm, coordination, tap terminology and choreography according to your level. Students dance to contemporary, Broadway musical or hip hop music.
Dress Code: Girls, black leotard and pink or black tights. Optional: solid black shorts or solid skirts. Boys/Men solid black shorts or sweatpants and solid black plain t-shirt. For adults black capris or yoga pants optional. Shoes: Lace up, velcro or ribbon tied black tap shoes. Hair should be in a ponytail or pulled back off your face.
Tap I 5-8 yrs Wed. 6:15-7:00 Jennae
Tap I 5-8 yrs Wed. 6:15-7:00 Aimie
Tap I 9-11 yrs Thurs. 5:15-6:00 Aimie
Tap II 12-15 yrs Thurs. 6:00-6:45 Aimie
Tap I adult Wed. 7:20-8:20 Jennae
Tap II adult Thurs. 7:00-8:00 Aimie
Tap III Wed. 7:15-8:00 Aimie
If you are interested in learning more about the Haus of Dance company at Jackson School of the Arts, please join us for an introductory meeting on July 18, 6:30 PM. Register to attend online or 784-2389.
For dress code see company handbook.
Mini Company 7-10 yrs Mon. 4:15-5:15
Junior Company 11-13 yrs Mon. 6:15-7:15
Company Jazz Tech Tues. 5:30-6:30
Mixed Company Rehearse Tues. 6:30-7:30
Teen Company 13-15 yrs Tues. 7:30-8:30
Stretch and Conditioning Thurs. 4;15-5:30
Mix. Company rehearsal Thurs. 6:00-7:00
Senior Company 15-18 yrs Thurs. 7:00-8:30
Saturday Intensive Schedule to come.
These master classes are open to all Jackson School of the Arts students and the general public. We welcome all dancers in the region to join us. You may drop in for one or come to them all.
2017 Saturday Master Classes | Jazz, Contemporary and Modern Dance.
Jan. 14, 3:30-4:30 PM Aimie Smith
Feb. 4, 3:30-4:30 PM Amy Hutchinson
March 5, 3:30-4:30 PM Kiri Chapman
January: Aimie Smith – see instructor page
February: Amy Hutchison is a professional modern dancer, choreographer, and certified Yoga and Gyrotonic® instructor based in Southeast Michigan. She is currently in her fourth season with DDCdances. She received her early classical ballet training with the Saginaw Valley Dancers under the direction of Doris Marsh. Amy was a company member of the Farrell Ballet Theatre for four years while pursuing her BA Psychology degree from Kalamazoo College. A member and guest choreographer for People Dancing since 2010, she has also been a guest performer with LaMarre and dancers. She has attended summer programs at Paul Taylor Dance Company, Kista Tucker Dance Company, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Toronto Dance Theater, and Peggy Baker Dance Projects. Amy is passionate about sharing body awareness and knowledge to all, and helping dancers explore and expand their potential.
March: Kiri Chapman started ballet at an early age, leaving home at the age of thirteen to study at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC. Chapman graduated valedictorian from the Kirov Academy in 2005 and immediately joined the corps of Tulsa Ballet Theater in Oklahoma. During her three seasons with the company, from 2005-2008, she performed nationally and internationally choreography from Twyla Tharp, Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Ma Cong, Petipa and many others. Kiri has been recognized in several internationally acclaimed ballet competitions: Youth America Grand Prix New York Finals (top twelve), Jackson USA IBC (competitor), and New York IBC (semi-finalist). Currently, she teaches at the University of Michigan’s UMove program, “Swing City Dance”, “The Glass Room” and coaches pre-professional students privately. During the last year and a half, Ms. Chapman has familiarized herself in several partnering dances. She is presently focused in Latin Dance and Cabaret.
Jackson School of the Arts students $10.
General Public $20.
For ages 8+ | 2:00-3:00 PM
These Masterclasses are open to the public. Advance registration is required by the Friday prior.
For example you must register for Sept. 11 by Sept. 2.
Fee: $15 for all JSA students $20 for general public.
Jan. 15 with Amy Cova
Feb. 12 with Suzanne Kirsch
Mar. 5 with Suzanne Kirsch
About Suzanne Kirsch: she began dance classes at the age of 5 in Clinton, IA. Later commuting to a school in Morrison, IL, she studied with teachers from the Nancy Opera Ballet in France and the Royal Ballet in England before attending Butler University’s prestigious dance program in Indianapolis. Seeking more varied dance training at the collegiate level, she transferred to the University of Iowa where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in dance on an academic and dance scholarship. She moved to Michigan and worked in management for Saks Fifth Avenue and in mortgage banking for Flagstar Bank while teaching dance part-time. Since 2001, she has been able to devote her time exclusively to teaching dance. She is currently completing certification in American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum in New York City. Suzanne’s goal is to bring out the best in her students. She wants them to love and appreciate dance and the performing arts so that even if they do not choose to pursue them as career goals, they will one day be supporters of the arts.
Amy Cova (MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan) is Artistic Director of Amy Cova Dance (ACD), an ensemble often working in collaboration with musicians, composers and visual artists. Cova’s movement vocabulary punctuates the highly physical with a quiet gestural sense evoking worlds of turmoil, confusion, hope, and happiness in a single theatrical experience. Cova is interested in embodied text, oral histories, subjugated knowledge and personal reflections as they dialogue through evocative movement languages. Cova has been an adjunct faculty member/guest artist at numerous institutions, including University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Wayne State University and Oakland University. Most recently, she has been a visiting artist at Gibney Dance Center (NYC) and Dance In the Annex (Grand Rapids). For the past 4 years, Cova has been a Facilitator at The Field (NYC), working with professional artists of diverse mediums.
Jazz Competition (rec level)
Haus of Dance Company
There will be an introductory Haus of Dance Company meeting held in July, 2017.
For continuing and prospective members you are welcome to observe a class. Give us a call 784-2389.
The following classes are featured in this video highlight: Contemporary Solo, Ballet Technique III (1st year pointe), Breakin’, Jazz Competition Team, Ballet Technique I, Ballet Technique II, Teen Hip Hop, Beginning Ballet, Pre-Ballet and Irish.
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