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.
Multi-class discount: If a student takes 3 or more classes, you may take 10% off the total.
If a student takes 5 or more classes, for the 5th class and after, you may use the lowest fee on the fee scale ($24) for those classes.
Students in multiple classes are still responsible to pay individual costume fees or supply fees.
Class Lineup and Schedule
Saturday dance classes start August 25.
Other dance classes start the week of August 27.
The exceptions: Circus Arts Hoop Dancing, Hand Balance/Acro and Flexibility & Contortion start the week of September 3.
and Tap for Musical Theater starts Sept. 8
Please note that enrollment for dance will close Dec. 20, 2018 for the 2018-2019 season
This class provides a basic ballet foundation for ages 2 -4. Students learn to move to simple rhythms, improve coordination and balance, and learn very basic ballet steps and terminology. Other activities include learning through games, skipping, hopping, walking on the balance beam with fun and familiar songs. Children must be able to take this class without a parent and be able to follow simple directions.
2018-19 Pre-Ballet Classes:
Pre-Ballet I ages 2-3
Pre-Ballet II ages 3-4
Pre-Ballet II/III ages 3-5
Dress Code: Girls – pink or black leotard/tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair neatly off the face.
Boys – black pants and black or white plain t-shirt and black ballet shoes
Ballet classes introduce students to a more formal class structure, including barre work, alignment exercises, stretching, coordination exercises and simple locomotion. The posture, placement and comportment of classical ballet are emphasized. As students progress they continue training in the fundamentals of ballet technique and vocabulary.
Please note that we have made a few minor changes to our ballet schedule to ensure that we are serving our students with the appropriate classes and levels. We recommend that any ballet student ages 8 or over come to our August 9, 5:30 PM placement class. This class is free and it enables our ballet instructor to help you select the right class for your child. Please call us if you have any questions. 784-2389.
For ballet ages 12 and up please see information on the next tab about jr. and sr. ballet program.
Ballet II may include a pre-pointe component that focuses on the development of physical strength, proper body alignment and overall readiness necessary to safely dance “en pointe.”
If you are unsure which ballet class is appropriate for your dancer (age 8+), please attend a placement class on August 9 at 5:30 PM or give us a call at 784-2389.
Girls ages 4-5 yrs solid pink or black leotards, pink or black tights and pink ballet shoes. Optional: pink or black ballet skirt. Girls ages 6-9 yrs solid pink or black leotards, pink or black tights and pink ballet shoes. Optional: pink or black ballet skirt* Girls ages 10 through adult (Ballet II and up) – solid black leotard, pink or black tights, pink ballet shoes. Optional: pink or black ballet skirt. Hair in a bun or pulled back neatly.
Boys – solid black (not baggy) shorts or black sweat pants, solid black t-shirt or Jackson School of the Arts apparel and black ballet shoes.
* Ballet skirts should be simple wrap or pull on style. No jewelry.
For adults: (see adult page for more classes and programs)
The Junior and Senior Ballet Company are for dancers ages 12+ who wish to work on technique and terminology. Students work on foot articulation, proper use of their ankle, stretch of their foot and arch strength. The class also includes cross training to improve core strength and flexibility as well as strong body awareness. Classes include full barre and center work (adagio and allegro) and progressions across the floor including leaps and turns. Classes also include a performance component building on choreographed combinations each week, working toward several community performances and the annual dance recital.
For ages 12+
Placement class or students who miss placement class may be included with instructor approval determined during their first two weeks of class.
Instructor: Heather Mehl
This one-hour combination class provides students with opportunity to be exposed to two types of dance in one class. Depending on age, experience and ability, students progress from beginning to more advanced techniques. In the dance recital, students perform twice and perform one tap and one ballet routine.
Ballet/Jazz 7-9 Tues 6:30-7:30 Haley
Girls, all ages: pink or black leotard, pink or black tights; pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes. Pull on or wrap skirts are acceptable.* Hair in a bun or pulled back neatly.
Boys, all ages: – solid black shorts or solid black sweat pants, solid black t-shirt, black ballet shoes and black tap shoes . No jewelry.
We all need some time to recover from our daily routine. Claim some time for yourself by joining us for our Not Your Kids Ballet Class. This weekly excursion will not only get you familiar with ballet concepts in a comfortable environment, but will help you become a stronger and more relaxed version of yourself.
This dance studio for a class that incorporates barre work and the very best ballet exercises and techniques that create strong lean bodies.
No ballet experience is necessary.
Wear exercise clothes that make you feel comfortable.
Acro Dance ages 5-6
Acro Dance ages 7-9
This class combines hip hop dance with acrobatic elements. A defining characteristic of acro is the smooth, graceful transitions between dance and acrobatic movements. Acro teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, and above all discipline and concentration. Each student will progress at his/her own level.
The classes below begin the week of Sept. 3 and students will have a periodic break throughout the year.
Circus Acro & Hand Balancing 8+
This is an all levels class that will explore the fundamentals of solo acrobatics and balance. This class will work towards higher level handstands, acrobatic tumbling, as well as partner acrobatics. no prior experience is required, and a range of accessible options will be demonstrated so that all participants will be able to learn and progress with their practice of hand balance and acrobatics. This class does not perform in recital.Our instructors for Circus Arts are working professionals and there are weeks throughout the year that they cannot be at JSA. For Tuesday classes (hoop dancing and hand balance/acro) you will pay for 7 months of classes. There will not be classes on Dec. 11 or 18, Feb. 12 , 19, April 23.* Your last class will be May 28. *This is a very specialized class so we will not have a sub.
Hoop Dance 9+
There will not be classes on Dec. 11 or 18, Feb. 12 , 19, April 23. (This is a very specialized class so we will not have a sub.) Your last class will be May 28. This class is not in the recital. No costume fee.
Flexibility & Beginners Contortion 9+
This class does not perform in the recital.For Thursday Flexibility & Contortion, Matt, the instructor will be out for 7 classes. We will bring in guest instructors who specialize in strengthening, stretching, pilates and or yoga to keep our students flexible during these short breaks.
Stretch & Conditioning 8 & up
This hour-long class focuses on building core strength and increasing endurance and flexibility through a variety of exercises. These exercises include, but are not limited to pilates, yoga, and strength exercises. This class also helps dancers identify areas of weakness as well as needs in flexibility. It gives dancers the tools to use throughout their week to improve these areas as they work towards their dance goals. This class is also great for the non-dancers because being strong and flexible is good for us all!
Dress Code for all Circus Arts: Comfortable fitted clothing with no zippers, buttons or “bling.”No tank tops. No shorts without tights underneath. Yoga or capri pants are good recommended. No jewelry.
Lyrical is a beautiful blend of Ballet, Modern and Jazz Dance. Students learn the techniques of ballet, rhythm of jazz and the emotions of modern dance. Lyrical creates a story or expresses the mood or theme of the music and its lyrics. This class is great for the experienced or beginner dancer.
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.
These classes are high energy. Students learn “street moves” danced to the rhythms of today’s favorite R&B, hip hop and pop music. All music is age appropriate and free of any suggestive language.
Girls: solid color leotard or solid plain color tank top with modest black jazz dance shorts or black yoga style pants.
Boys: solid black sweat pants or shorts and solid plain color t-shirt (no writing or graphics except of JSA attire)
No jeans or belly shirts. No writing on clothing. Hair should be in a ponytail or pulled back off your face. No jewelry.
Shoes: Black jazz shoes or all black sneaker. No street shoes! Must be an indoor shoe only.
Irish dance, dating back to the Druids, is a rhythmic and lighthearted dance. While the rigid upper body mimics the posture of a soldier, the legs and feet pound out incredible footwork.
Girls: wear black leotards, black tights and a solid color knee length skirt. Shrugs or a sweater is also acceptable over the leotard.
Boys: black t-shirt, black pants.
Shoes: Soft shoe students can wear black ballet shoes, or ghillies.
Hard shoe students must order shoes – assistance with ordering available through instructor. Hair should be in a ponytail or pulled away from your face.
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.
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.
Shoes: Black leather jazz shoes and/or black tap shoes/(girls) Pink ballet shoes or (boys) black ballet shoes
These classes teach rhythm, coordination, tap terminology and choreography according to your level. Students dance to contemporary, Broadway musical or hip hop music.
Tap for Musical Theater introduces basic tap technique and steps that are utilized in Musical Theatre productions. This fun class is highly recommended for students/actors/dancers interested in Musical Theatre and the dance steps associated with this “Broadway” style of tap dance. This class does not participate in recital but students will performance at other community events. Please inquire with your instructor. Class drop in opportunity is available for $10
Schedule for Theater Tap ONLY!
Session I – 8 weeks
Oct, 6, 13, 20 27
Nov. 3, 10, 17
Perform in Holiday Open House Dec. 9
Session II – 8 weeks
Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23
March 2, 9, 16 , 23
Prepare for Fairy Festival weekend performance during Session II
Session III – 6 weeks
April 6, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18
**Fairy Festival April 12th & 13th
Girls/Women: pink or 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 or Jackson School of the Arts apparel. 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.
The Performance Company at Jackson School of the Arts is designed to engage and inspire youth by providing access to high quality dance instruction. Our program is all inclusive and therefore welcomes dancers of every shape, size, and background. Students can expect a safe, nurturing and challenging environment and will have the opportunity to share their love of dance with our community throughout the year.
This dance company is not based on one particular dance genre and students will be learning choreography rooted in lyrical, ballet and jazz. The students will be invited to work with Ms. Angie, the instructor, to add their own personality to the dancers. Dances will be choreographed to feature students individual talents in solos along with duets, trios and group dances.
Class will take place Tuesday Nights from 7:45–8:45 pm with Ms. Angie as your instructor. Classes fill up quick, so be sure to register before the class day.
September 4, 11, 18
The Foxtrot is a classic dance with a long-stride step put to 4/4 music. Foxtrot earned its name from Vaudeville actor Harry Fox, and became an iconic dance in the early half of the 1900’s. It is in the same family as the Waltz, and borrows inspiration from the Tango, with simple charm and flowing steps put to energetic big-band music.
October 2, 9, 16
The Pasodoble is a grand and dramatic dance developed in France and picked up in Spain and Portugal. It is made to mirror the theatricality of a bullfight, and is danced to march-like music. The Pasodoble is a great dance for introducing intense body-language and eye contact, while enjoying the beautiful sweeping poses and passes it is famous for.
November 6, 13, 20
The Rhumba is the slowest of the traditional Latin dances, danced in a syncopated 2/4 time. It is often called the most romantic dance style because of the close-couple position, Latin-characteristic Cuban hip-action, and the relaxed, gliding steps.
December 4, 11, 18
Merengue is a simple, upbeat Latin dance style perfect for clubs and fast music! One of the most versatile dance styles, easy to learn and fun to use! Merengue originated in the Dominican Republic and makes use of quick foot work and a delightful Caribbean beat!
January 8, 15, 22 2019
East Coast Swing, differing from its West Coast counterpart, is a lively and jovial dance style developed through the end of the 1940’s and into the 1950’s. Unique in its American origin, it is a favorite in dance clubs and ballrooms across the world. It can be danced to many different kinds of music, and for more advanced dancers often includes acrobatic aerial tricks.
February 5, 12, 19 2019
Country-Western 2 Step is a style popularized in the South Western united states, notably Texas, most often danced to country music. It is designed to be quickly picked-up and enjoyed to a variety of tempos. Line Dancing is a particular set of repetitive movements that matches the beat or style of a particular song. For instance, the Cotton Eye’d Joe is very common at weddings and social events, and has a traditional Line Dance which matches it!
March 5, 12, 19 2019
The Argentine Tango is a sensual dance developed in the clubs of Buenos Aires and differs from its American counterpart. It can be danced to many musical timings, and consists of many sweeping and grand poses. It requires dancers to be in-tune with one another and with the music, to create a beautiful flowing dance.
April 16, 23, 30 2019
The Waltz is a smooth and elegant dance often put to 3/4 timing. It can be danced several different ways, but the approach this class will take is a classic three-step with added variations of movement and steps to create a romantic and lovely dance.
May 7, 14, 21 2019
Cha-cha-cha and Merengue are both lively and upbeat Latin dances in the same family of steps. They are both often used in formal competitions and a favorite for in-formal clubs. Both consist of playful and creative steps, and are a wonderful ground for improvisational dance moves.
We sell all of your dance wear needs from shoes for the tiniest dancer to leotards and tights to specialty items. Your purchase also supports our programs and the children we serve. Stop in today or contact us with any questions.