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DANCE LESSONS & PROGRAMS

Joe’s Music Center & Performing Arts offers group classes and competitive classes to help students develop their dance skills and team spirit. Group classes are available for Zumba, salsa and ballroom. Please contact us for more information on registering for one of these courses. 

Each year our teachers invite committed students to participate in festivals and competitions. A separate fee is charged for registration and participation in competition depending on the specific competition requirements. Our recitals are the high point of the year for students and parents and a fun time is had by all (see pricing page for more information about tickets). 

Guidelines on the dress code and other information will be provided during registration. Visit our pricing page to view information about our pricing, policies and more. Please read below for more information about our dance classes. 

SONG & DANCE 1 AND SONG & DANCE 2

This class combines the basics of dance along with the basics of music. Many concepts in both music and dance such as rhythm, expression and listening skills complement each other, and this class helps the child develop stronger skills in both music and dancing. This class is taught by two instructors – one a specialist in dance and the other a music instructor specializing in preschool music. Level 1 is for ages 3-4, and Level 2 for ages 4½-5.
LEVEL 1 PROGRAM (KD1)
Our Level 1 Program (KD1), ages 2½ - 4, is an introduction to dance. The primary goal is to foster a love of movement. The creative component is quite large. Several fun or special activities happen in each class. For example, a scarf or flag dance at the end can facilitate the dancer’s own physical expression. Taking part in dancing is expression; it is a means of communicating feelings and actions. The vocabulary covered in Kindergarten Dance 1 is steps which a 3-year-old can master and build self-confidence. The vocabulary is also set up to prepare students for Kindergarten Dance 2.
LEVEL 2 PROGRAM (KD2)
Level 2 Program (KD2), ages 4½ - 5, covers a basis of movement found in all dance forms. The goals of Kindergarten Dance 2 are to foster creativity, freedom and expression in movement, and of course a love for dance. The class includes concepts that are found in an older student’s dance class. The concepts will prepare the students for the following year when they graduate to pre-primary ballet, jazz or tap. One or two creative or free components are also included within each class.

By the end of the year the students can dance set work independent of the teacher, memorize simple exercises and sequences, and make a start of musical interpretation.
BALLET
The ballet classes offered begin with pre-primary ballet for children aged 5 and older, primary for children aged 7 and older, grade 1 ballet ages 8-10 and so on. The grades of ballet do not follow the same ages as public school grades. Our office staff can assist in selecting the proper class for a beginning ballet student.

We also offer teen recreational ballet for students who have not taken ballet as younger children and who wish to take ballet without following a syllabus.
KINDER JAZZ/HIP-HOP
This energetic class is for children who are age 5 and have either completed kindergarten Dance Level 2 and are not yet old enough for Jazz/Hip-Hop, or who want a longer, faster paced class than Kindergarten Dance 2. This class is 45 minutes in length, once per week. It prepares students to move on to Jazz/Hip-Hop or Tap 6-8A, focusing on an introduction to jazz and the coordination required for hip-hop movements with the physical development of a 5-year-old strongly in mind. 
JAZZ/HIP-HOP
The jazz style of dance is what is seen in many Broadway type shows such as Cats. It is a more structured, stage style of dance. Hip-hop is a fast, high-energy type of dance seen in music videos and commercials. Dance moves seen in performance by artists such as Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and J Lo would be typical examples of hip-hop.
PRE-JAZZ HIP-HOP 6-8A
This is one of the most popular classes in the school. The class length is one-hour, one time per week. This beginner program allows students to take the two most popular forms of dance in one class. The Jazz/Hip-Hop class teaches fundamental jazz steps and combines the elements of hip-hop moves and contemporary music.

We have found that the combination of jazz and hip-hop is ideal for this age. Students learn the necessary elements of jazz which are crucial to success in hip-hop; coordination and balance learned from jazz. When students complete this class, they are ready to progress to the next level, Jazz/Hip-Hop 8-10B.

The 8-10B class expands on the 6-8A class and introduces more complex moves and routines. Class length is 1 hour, once per week.
TAP & STEP
Tap and step requires a great deal of coordination and can be challenging styles of dance. Between the ages of 6-8 years old, we teach traditional tap in our tap classes. Ages 9 and older can participate in street tap and step, which is a funky, hip-hop inspired style of tap and step.
AFRICAN
There is no singular definition of African dance; Africa is ethnically and culturally the most diverse continent on the planet. Though similar themes may be found throughout dances across the many countries and landscapes, each has its own history, language, song, background, and purpose and cannot be translated to another dance of the same culture. African dance utilizes the concept of polyrhythm as well as total body articulation.
MODERN
Modern dance is one of the only art forms that allows free expression; this is why it remains so well loved by many. With modern dance, there are no boundaries; you simply dance through your feelings, which creates an extraordinary art form.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do the numbers and letters behind class names mean?
The numbers behind a class name indicate the age range. For example, Tap 6-8A is for beginners ages 6-8. The letter indicates level. Tap 8-10B is for children who have completed Tap 6-8A.
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