A Touch of Dance - Center for the Performing Arts

Dance Class Descriptions


Pre-dance (18 months - 4)  A combination class of ballet, tap, and tumbling.  This class will foster a love of movement in your child with this fun and energetic class. Lessons consider students’ attention spans and keeps them happily engaged while learning to translate music to movement. Interaction is consistent and incorporates a high level of praise to promote a strong sense of accomplishment.  These classes introduce a structured environment while allowing children to recognize their own individuality and body mobility. Focus is on coordination and rhythm introduced in creative and imaginative ways. Keeping students entertained while learning beginning dance skills will help them to acquire a lifelong love for dance.

Combination Classes (Age 5-7)
These classes are offered to eligible students and combine different dance genres to give your child the required foundation needed to progress into more advanced levels of a particular dance art form.  Combination classes are offered in acro/hip hop jazz, and ballet/tap.


Ballet - Beginner ballet is the student’s first introduction to formal ballet class structure. More advanced stretching and strengthening exercises are given, barre work is introduced with a greater emphasis on vocabulary and French terminology. Musicality continues to be emphasized along with balance and coordination through the strengthening of the body core. Center floor work is introduced with continued focus on the positions of the arms, legs and feet using classical ballet vocabulary.

Intermediate ballet is where stretching and strengthening exercises are given, barre work is continued with a greater emphasis on vocabulary and French terminology. Musicality continues to be emphasized along with balance and coordination through the strengthening of the body core. Center work is introduced with continued focus on the positions of the arms, legs and feet using classical ballet vocabulary.

Advanced ballet challenges the student with more complex combinations at the barre and in the center. The student will work on fluidity of movement, balance, and combinations.



Pointe - The act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet using shanked pointe shoes. Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill, so prior permission from instructor is required before students begin taking pointe classes. Two ballet classes are required along with pointe class.




Jazz - Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles, including Street Jazz, Percussive, Broadway, Contemporary and Lyrical. Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy, and style. Each level of jazz is a continuation of the previous level and increases in difficulty.


Hip Hop - This class will introduce students to the basic vocabulary and style of hip hop movement. Hip Hop is about personal style and expression. This high energy class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move, so no dance experience is required.







Contemporary/Modern - Classes integrate various traditional disciplines of contemporary/modern dance foundations with current contemporary styles. These classes are for dancers who like physical complicated floor work, patterns of movement and self-expression. Elements of improvisation are also introduced.  For this class, level 1 and 2 ballet requirement.




Tap - The rhythm and movement of tap transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their own bodies.






Cheerdance - Cheer Dance uses routines made from elements of dance, jumps and formations. Cheer Dance generally is similar to Street Jazz and Hip Hop except more emphasis is placed on the precision and accuracy of the team as a whole.




Theatre dance -  Incorporates jazz dance technique with a theatrical flair and characterization. A minimum of one year completed in jazz dance is required for this class.







Acrobatics - Teaches students to use stregnth, agility, flexilibility and grace to achieve floor tumbles and arm balances.