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Dance Class

Performing Arts Academy offers a variety of dance class options during our Spring and Fall semesters. Classes are taught by experienced, industry professionals who are experts in their discipline.

Dance classes start with the beginner level and proceed through advanced. If you’re not sure which level you should register for, please contact us and our dance instructor will talk to you about your student’s accomplishments.

The types of dance classes offered at PAA varies by semester. We do our best to accomodate our students and their interests. If you don’t see a particular class listed in our semester offering, please contact us.

Studying dance helps with creative thinking, originality, elaboration and flexibility. It improves expressive skills, social tolerance, self-confidence and persistence. You can read more about the benefits of Arts Education here.

BALLET

Ballet is the foundation of all dance and is necessary to develop technique to prevent injury and support proper body alignment and posture for all dance styles. Ballet students will work on body mechanics, grace, posture, poise, flexibility, balance, and strength. This class will improve self discipline and self confidence.

BALLET 1

Learn the fundamentals of Ballet with this introductory class! This course will focus on learning basic terminology and proper alignment for this crucial technique! We will learn the basics while dancing to music for multiple genres and learning how to apply ballet technique to our musical theatre craft!

BALLET 2

*Pre-requisite of Ballet 1 (with PAA) & teacher placement

This class builds on the basic skills from Ballet 1. Students enrolled in Ballet 2 should understand the basic positions and terminology of ballet. In this course we will explore musicality and build on combinations that increase in difficulty and memorization.

BALLET 3

This is our highest level of Ballet. Students in this class will be taken through a full ballet class ( Barre, Center, and Across the Floor). We will experiment with different types of music to work on musicality and push the dancers to increase their technique, memorization, and strength.

Adult Ballet

It’s never too late to learn ( or dust off)  the basics. Ballet is a classic and beautiful form of dance and this class celebrates that! Dancers will learn the fundamentals and be taught the full flow of a ballet class! Learn some french, point your toes, and stand a little bit taller with this fun beginner class!

HIP HOP

Hip hop dance class teaches an urban street style of dance that infuses breaking, popping, locking, b-boy, funk, and jazz. 

HIP HOP 1

In this class, students will get in touch with their individual style and confidence. This high energy class will feature a challenging warm up, breakdowns of intricate footwork and body isolations, and fun, upbeat combinations. Hip Hop has evolved greatly over the years and this class will celebrate that by teaching a variety of styles and eras to the dancers. 

HIP HOP 2

*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Hip Hop was developed out of urban street style dance. This is an energetic, and dynamic dance class that builds on the technique, steps, and style established in our Hip Hop beginner level. Build your strength, style, and performance thru this fun class.

HIP HOP 3

*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop 2 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

A high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking.

ADVANCED HIP HOP

*Pre-requisite of Hip Hop 3 & teacher placement.

Build upon the technique that you have developed in Hip Hop 3 in this fun, energetic class. You are sure to get a workout while learning multiple combos and building your confidence.

 

TAP

Tap dancing is characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal “tap” on the heel and toe. There are several styles of tap dance, including rhythm (jazz), classical, Broadway, and post-modern.

This musical theater staple is crucial to master and what better time to start than now? Students will be guided through the basic foundational steps and then taken through more complex combinations as the level advances.

Purchase of tap shoes is required prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

TAP 1

The beginning tap class is designed for students who have no experience with tap. We will focus on the basics of rhythm, tempo, counting music, and basic footwork including shuffles, flaps, paradiddles, irishes, shirley temples, maxi fords.

TAP 2

*Pre-requisite of Tap (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Tap 2 is an upper level tap class for those who completed Tap, and is designed to further develop rhythm, musicality, and coordination.

TAP 3

*Pre-requisite of Tap 2 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

Build on the basics that you have already learnt in our Tap 2 class! In this class we begin to work on pullbacks, riffles, scuffles, and combos of steps across the floor. The students build confidence in being able to pick things up faster, which will help with every audition they attend in the future.

TAP 4

*Pre-requisite of Tap 3 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

In this advanced level tap class students explore advanced level rhythm and Broadway tap styles.

ADVANCED TAP

*Pre-requisite of Tap 4 (with PAA) & teacher placement.

In this class students build upon the techniques they have learned in our Tap 4 class. We work to solidify pullbacks, wings, shiggybops, etc. Students will need to have developed excellent ankle strength, technique, balance, and maturity within their dance motivation to tackle this challenging class. We will do combos within the rhythm tap style as well as the Broadway tap style. Prepare to be challenged at whatever level you have built to.

Adult Tap

Learn the basic building blocks of this joyful style with other newcomers in a safe and welcoming environment! Warm up your feet, learn the basics, and enjoy fun and approachable dances from the wonderful world of tap!

THEATER JAZZ

This class focuses on Jazz technique with a Musical Theatre application. Students will participate in a warm up, learn basic jazz skills such as kicks, turns, and leaps, and finish class with a combination in the style of Musical Theatre dance featuring music from all your favorite Broadway shows!

ADULT DANCE CLASSES

PAA offers a variety of dance classes for adults each semester. Offering and schedule varies by semester. Be sure to check out our Fall Semester schedule and Spring Semester schedule for details.

Basic Ballroom

Bring a partner or be paired up with other individual students and learn some social dancing basics! This class will give you new moves to show off when you need to get on the dance floor! Waltz, Salsa, and Swing will be featured as students learn how to dance with a partner. This class is for all abilities!

Stretching and Conditioning

Let’s sweat! This high energy class will use bodyweight workouts to strengthen and tone the body while sweating out your worries and stress! Half of each class will focus on strength and endurance while half of the class will focus on deep stretching to improve flexibility. A perfect combination!

Adult Ballet

It’s never too late to learn ( or dust off)  the basics. Ballet is a classic and beautiful form of dance and this class celebrates that! Dancers will learn the fundamentals and be taught the full flow of a ballet class! Learn some french, point your toes, and stand a little bit taller with this fun beginner class!

Adult Tap

Learn the basic building blocks of this joyful style with other newcomers in a safe and welcoming environment! Warm up your feet, learn the basics, and enjoy fun and approachable dances from the wonderful world of tap!

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