Why choose dance for your kids?

Introducing dance to children at an early age has wonderful physical and cognitive benefits. Children can grow and learn in many ways through movement, music and rhythm. Physically, dancing exercises muscle groups and eye-hand coordination, improves posture, and increases agility. Dancing also promotes cognitive development through challenging the child to think through a motion in order to create a movement response. The National Dance Education Organization explains that dance promotes psychological health and maturity through a physical release of emotion and the development of self-awareness. If your child is shy, dance encourages social interaction and cooperation with others. Young dancers will naturally boost their self-esteem while they have fun exchanging ideas and participating in a noncompetitive group dynamic. Discover how Purdance can make a difference in your child’s life today.

Children & Teen Program Break Down by Ages

The Purdance Children & Teen Program (CT Program) offers a variety of dance classes in our state-of the art studios. The program is for students from  2-17 years of age. We offer introductory to advanced level classes. In the CT Program, children will study under highly trained and experienced dance teachers and choreographers. The program runs from September through June. We offer classes in Acrobatics, Ballet, Creative Movement, Combo Classes, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theater,  Tap, Turns & Leaps.

Class Content & Levels

Baby Steps (Ages 18m-3)

Class Length: 30 minutes

Baby Steps is a creative movement class. Children will explore developmentally appropriate movements with the use of props, musical instruments and storytelling. These classes are often the first introduction to a dance class setting. The children will also be given the social benefits of an opportunity to work in groups.

Classes:

      • Creative Movement
      • Mommy & Me
      • Daddy & Daughter Dance

Tippy Toes

Class Length: 30 minutes

Tippy Toes is a class designed for building and exploring concepts of dance: tempo, rhythm, line, movement quality and space awareness. Children will be introduced to tap, ballet, and jazz. Dancers will build their dance vocabulary and learn proper body alignment. Classes are structured to stimulate their curiosity and provide enriching opportunities for creative expression.

Classes:

      • Combo I (Ages 3-4): Tap/Ballet
      • Combo II (Ages 4-5): Tap/Ballet/Jazz
      • Combo III (Ages 5-6): Tap/Ballet/Jazz
      • Acro I, II, Hip Hop Intro

Shining Stars

Class Length: 45 minutes

The Shining Stars class will emphasize building strong dance technique as well as being aware of the importance of proper body placement and the joy of dance expression. This class works on developing body strength and flexibility to enhance both present and future dance training. Dancers will begin a study of the different  dance styles by exploring a variety of dance genres.

Classes:

      • Acro
      • Ballet I & II
      • Jazz
      • Lyrical
      • Hip Hop
      • Musical Theater
      • Tap
      • Turns & Leaps

Dynamic Youth & Teens

Class Length: 60 minutes

Dynamic Youth & Teens is dedicated to teaching high quality technical dance training in a non-competitive and supportive environment. Students will be navigating new interests in dance genres, deepening existing skills and building a positive body image. This class is geared to cultivating future rising stars.

Classes:

      • Ballet III, IV & V
      • Ballet Beg: Beg/Int & Adv
      • Contemporary
      • Jazz
      • Lyrical
      • Tap
      • Turns & Leaps

Class Descriptions

Ballet

This class carries 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.

Pointe

Dancing on pointe is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. Also known as pointe work, it is performed using hard–toed and stiff-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.

Tap

The rhythm and movement of tap, created by the metal taps on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes, 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.

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is the fusion of Ballet and Jazz dance. Dancers will learn to express themselves through song lyrics and improve their musicality while blending ballet technique with the style of jazz. Students are encouraged to take a ballet and or jazz class in addition to this class.

Contemporary

Contemporary, similar to Lyrical and Jazz, is very versatile and can be danced to almost any style of music and paired with other forms of dance to create new types of movement.

Musical Theater

The class incorporates dance, singing and acting. Students must take Jazz, Tap and Ballet classes.

Acro

Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline & concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique. Students will learn such things as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance, & contortion tricks. Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, & strength.

Turns & Leaps

Focuses how to properly find balance and understand of body coordination for dance techniques in a variety types of turns and leaps within body coordination.

Hip Hop

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