Dance Programs for Beginners and Experts
Important Dates, Events, and Updates
At Dance With Me School of Dance, we do our best keep you updated about our event and class schedule. We also have a blog about the latest happenings at our studio in Bel Air, MD.
We offer dance programs for students of all ages and skill levels. Our classes develop coordination, as well as the understanding of various dance concepts and terminologies.
During our lessons, we concentrate on building a positive image and gaining self-confidence. We also focus on alignment, memorization, and proper execution of movements. Students of our ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and jazz/hip-hop classes will learn a dance routine to perform in our annual recital.
This class introduces students to the basics of ballet dancing. During this program, dancers will learn about the ballet terminologies and concepts.
The movement and rhythm of a tap performance transform the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement. In our tap lessons, we teach students to find beats and rhythms not only in music but also in their bodies.
Jazz dance combines techniques of modern dance and classical ballet, as well as current styles of popular dance. In addition, jazz has its own unique movement vocabulary, ranging from the movement of the entire body to the isolation of certain body parts.
Jazz dance can take on various styles and characteristics, including Broadway, street jazz, percussive, lyrical, and contemporary. Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles, or make a combination of existing jazz disciplines.
Jazz emphasizes the importance of energy, style, and rhythmical accuracy. Each level of jazz, which increases in difficulty, is a continuation of the previous level.
This advanced program challenges students with more complex combinations in the center and at the barre. Students will work on balance, fluidity of movement, and movement combinations.
Dancing on pointe involves performing steps from ballet while standing on the tips of the toes. Also referred to as pointe work, it is performed using stiff-shanked and hard-toed pointe shoes.
Dancing on pointe requires skill and strength, so permission from an instructor is required before students can begin taking pointe classes.
2 to 3 Years of Ballet Training
By Instructor Placement Only
This class combines jazz steps with hip-hop routines to develop the students’ coordination. The program also helps dancers gain a better understanding of jazz and hip-hop concepts.
This class is the students’ first introduction to a formal ballet class structure. Musicality continues to be emphasized, together with coordination and balance through the strengthening of the body core. In addition, center floor work is introduced, focusing on the positions of the feet, legs, and arms using classical ballet vocabulary.
Ballet II / III
During this stage, advanced strengthening and stretching exercises are given. Barre work is continued, with a greater emphasis on French terminology and vocabulary.
During this class, pointe fundamentals are taught to students of the appropriate technical age and ability. Students must be physically ready because of the risk of injury. For students to advance to pointe class, they must complete one dance year of pre-pointe, as well as pass an evaluation.
The evaluation process provides teachers with the opportunity to see where the student needs work in order to prepare for pointe. The evaluation focuses on the legs (strength and straightness), feet (strength, flexibility, shape, and alignment), ankles (straightness and strength), and overall body alignment.
This class introduces students to the basic style and vocabulary of hip-hop movement. Hip-hop is about expression and personal style. This high-energy class can be taught to anyone who loves to move, so no prior dance experience is required.
What to Wear
For your convenience, we have a boutique store inside our studio. Drop by our location today to browse our wide range of dance clothes, costumes, and shoes.
We hold several fundraisers during the dance year. Our fundraisers are optional, but you can earn money for your dance costumes when you participate. Traditionally, we do Hershey’s Candy Bar, Joe Corbi’s, and Auntie Anne’s product fundraisers. Additional information will be provided when these fundraisers start.
On-Line Waivers Reminder
Recital Date: April 28-30, 2017
Dress Rehearsal and Recital Location:
Kennard-Dale High School
393 Main Street
Fawn Grove, PA 17321
We are holding five shows for our 2017 recital. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time. Dates are as follows:
- Show 1: Friday, April 28
- Show 2: Saturday, April 29
- Show 3: Saturday, April 29
- Show 4: Saturday, April 29
- Show 5: Sunday, April 30
The dress rehearsal will take place at Kennard-Dale High School.
Our company dancers, and some routines from our recreational dance program, will be included in a special showcase performance on Sunday, April 30. There is no dress rehearsal for this show. Classes selected will be given more information, and are given the option to commit to the show.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what show my dancer is in?
Log in to your account. Under “My Classes,” click on “View Costumes and Performances,” and then scroll down to see the 2016 recital information by class.
Why is my child’s class listed for two shows?
You will be getting more information from the instructor as the class is being divided into two shows. Your child will not be dancing in two recital shows unless it states “Showcase,” then you have an option as noted above.
Why are my children’s classes listed in two shows?
We do our best to try to get all families into one class, but it is not always possible. We plan to work the schedule to have your children at the end of one show and in the first half of the next show, and then you will be able to leave. Dancers will do the finale of the first show.
Please email us with any questions. We are still working out a few more details for families in this situation.
When are tickets available?
Tickets are now on sale. If your children are in multiple shows, or you will be attending more than one show, you only need to purchase one ticket.
Tickets can be purchased online at TutuTix. You may also call 855-222-2TIX (2849) for more information. Children under 17 years old are given free admission.
Do room parents need a ticket?
Yes, all adults ages 18 years and older need to purchase a ticket.
Dance With Me School of Dance
Bel Air, MD 21014