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ages 2.9-5

This class uses developmentally appropriate music, props, activities, mats, and a little imagination to introduce children to dance class. Children should be toilet trained and turning 3 by September to join. Dance helps improve balance, loco-motor movements, following directions, social opportunities, promote new friendships, spatial awareness. Basic ballet steps and terms are introduced, along with performance etiquette, and demonstrated in their first studio Showcase!

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DPAC offers dance/performing arts classes for ages 2.5 (toilet trained) - Adult

Up to 15 dance seasons for a child before they graduate high school

Our dance education is based on 10 month season (Sept - June)

There are 7 skill-based levels of dance that are loosely based on age.
Students tend to move up every 2-3 seasons, supporting the progress of each child's dance education

This skill-based level system is proven to be successful, and allows dancers to grow at a rate appropriate for each individual, Guaranteed!
We teach respect, hard work, perseverance, humility, teamwork, and the following...

Annual Performances
Nutcracker  (December/January)
Required for Beginner Level and above, highly encouraged for Hip-Hop, Foundations & KinderCombo
Showcase (June)
Featuring all dancers and special guests

ages 5-7

This class expands on the skills introduced in Pre-Ballet and introduces children to tap dance. More steps, formations, and dance terms are introduced and practiced through short, fun combinations. This class has a ballet and tap dance in the Showcase. Students in their second year of KinderCombo are invited to participate in our annual winter performance of the Nutcracker.

Ballet, Tap, and Jazz
ages 6-9*

This is a continuation and expansion of Kindercombo, and a beginner level combination class for children starting dance who are turning 7 or 8. It introduces more independence through shoe changing, asking questions, learning and performing two dances (Ballet and Tap or Jazz) independently, and proper dance etiquette  including punctuality, dress code, upstaging, and other dance manners. This class also participates in a ballet piece at the Nutcracker.

  Elementary Ballet, Tap, and Jazz

Elementary 1- ages 7-11

Elementary 2/Upper 1- 9+

Th Elementary level is split into two, being the first in which Ballet, Tap, and Jazz are divided into their own classes. The Elementary 1 expands into leaps, turns, and is the last of the Lower School. Elementary 2 is a hybrid with Upper Level 1, where dancers refine their skills and prepare for the Upper School.  Students continue their Ballet technique, and have the opportunity to prepare for a more rigorous Ballet training, and may join Ballet Intensive. Dancers also acquire a greater knowledge for Tap and Jazz technique, with the opportunity to join Ensemble on an individual-basis. All 3 dance styles have a dance in the Showcase, and this class also participates in our annual Nutcracker, and offered more than one role.

Classical Ballet

Ballet is required for all dancers except children only taking Hip-Hop classes. 
With proper ballet training are more successful in other dance styles, and develop a strong, technically-sound, dancer body. Classical ballet is an important part of our competitive and recreational curriculum, as it is the foundation of the other styles of dance offered. Intermediate and Advanced Ballet is moderately involved in our annual Nutcracker each December with students being offered between one and four roles in the performance.

Elementary 1- ages 9-11, for dancers moving up from the Beginner Combo class.

Elementary 2/Upper 1- ages 9+, for dancers transitioning to the Upper School, whether continuing once per week, or entering the Intensive or Pre-Intensive program. Some dancers may be eligible for Pre-Pointe.

Upper Level 1/2- for dancers fulfilling their ballet requirement, or dedicated young students that may wish to continue to pointe work and/or take part in the Intensive Ballet program. Ages 11+. 

Upper Level 3- For middle/high school students that may dance once per week to fulfill their ballet requirement, or for dancers at the most advanced level, take class at least twice per week, and may be proficient in pointe work.

Intensive - company-like, and more rigorous setting, with competitive opportunities, performances throughout the year, and learning at an accelerated pace. Both Pre-Intensive and Intensive are individually tailored, and invitation only.

Intensive students take Ballet and Pointe classes each week as part of their enrollment in the Intensive company.
This program is intended for students who want to take their ballet studies to the next level. Intensive students will study multiple facets of Ballet; repertoire, variation, and exposure to partnering with more performance opportunities including our annual Nutcracker and competition.

Adult Ballet - Offered by demand, with evolving schedule throughout the year. A full-length, proper ballet class, but with a focus on fun and exercise.

Pre-Pointe & Pointe

Pointe work is an extension of classical ballet. An average of at least two years of continuous classical training and at least two ballet classes per week are needed to reach the required level. A willingness to be patient with the process is extremely important, as placement in pointe class is on an individual basis.

Prerequisite: 2 years of ballet, 10+, invitation only

Pre-Pointe is the transitional period where a student prepares their body for the challenge of dancing en pointe. Dancers in the Elementary, Intermediate, and/or Intensive  Ballet track provide the instructor the opportunity to assess each student's abilities and strength. Each winter an evaluation is held to assess dancer on their readiness for this continuation of dance training. Pointe is offered to older children through adults, with permission from the teacher. No dancer is allowed en pointe until the age of  at least 11,  or, bone structure, development, and technique are satisfactory for training.

Once Miss Amanda believes a student is ready for pointe shoes, their pointe journey begins, and their experience is made to be a special one. This happens privately among the student, parent, and teacher. She accompanies each student to the store to be involved in the purchase of their first pair of shoes. Finding the right pair is a delicate and sometimes grueling process, but one that children can succeed in if they work hard and demonstrate the qualities of readiness for the journey.


Our leveled jazz classes for Beginner level and up explore fun and energy-filled combinations involving the basics of different jazz techniques to many styles of music. In Ensemble, jazz classes expose dancers to new ways to feel music and movement, improvise, and dancers use their foundation of ballet to include kicks and turns into varied stylistic routines with influence from Broadway, contemporary, and street jazz. Jazz is a required class for Ensemble, along with Ballet and LTP, to help each dancer become more well-rounded and performance-ready.


Tap is a classic form of dance using metal taps on shoes to create sounds and combine them, making steps and rhythms. Our studio starts Tap in Kindercombo with basics of a tap shoe and simple sounds. Upper levels of tap focus on speeding up basic tap steps, applying them in patterns, adding arms, and learning complex technique and terminology. Some improvisation and exploration of rhythms are also part of class.

Lyrical/  Contemporary

Our lyrical classes ages 10 and up teach the fusion between ballet and jazz; movement comprised of slow and fluid movement, emotion, technique and artistry. Classes emphasize use of the whole body, learning how to contract, round, and flatten the back, use pointed and flexed feet, all while using expression in movement, using the lyrics to tell a story through dance. Choreography can include various turns, leaps, and floor work. Contemporary dance is post-modern, which can vary from the from the fluidity of lyrical movement, to sharp abstract.

Hip-Hop 1,2,3

Dancers ages 5-9 learn basic hip-hop-based dance steps and technique to fun music. Class will focus on levels and freezes, stage directions, and adding personality and attitude to movement. This class will have a hip-hop dance in our annual Showcase to demonstrate skills learned throughout the year.

Dancers ages 10 and up learn how to make movement more grounded, strong, and entertaining, and explore different pieces of choreography throughout the year. A brief history of how Hip-Hop originated, and how it has evolved is part of class. Dancers work on strength and using different elements in their movement including melting and freezing, isolation, rolls, levels, and basic break-dancing is all included in the syllabus.

Acro 1 & 2
Acrobatics is the technique of incorporating gymnastics-based skills into the dance environment. Ages 6 and up, and at least 1 year of dance, and enrollment in Beginner level and up is required to safely and successfully participate in this class. This class will cover skills from the world-renowned Acrobatic Arts curriculum, including bridges, handstands, rolls, and much more. It covers the use of flexibility, strength, balance, limbering, and tumbling to master many new skills exclusively offered in this class. Every skill taught can be executed both on mats and dance flooring. Though this class will not have a performance in the Showcase this season, students who participate in the class may get opportunities to use skills learned across different styles and classes, and in their team choreography.
LTP (Conditioning, Technique, Progressions)

This class incorporates a little of everything to improve dance technique! 

This class is required for team and optional to recreational students. It is recommended for those who may be interested in joining the team and for those who are looking to strengthen their skills. 

Class focuses will routinely rotate through core work, flexibility, strength, balance, turns and leaps. It also incorporates creative movement, partnering, and improvisation.
Stage Make-Up and Hair Workshops

Amanda Singer of Dreamworks is a licensed cosmetologist. Occasional workshops are offered for the whole family that teach proper application of make-up and hair for performances. 
These instructions will give both dancers and family members a better understanding of the basics of hair and make-up for performances. 
Workshops for older students go into more depth about color matching and more advanced hair styles.