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Teen Dance Classes

Collierville Arts Academy offers dance classes for the recreational beginning teen dancer through very advanced teen dancers in classical ballet, pointe, partnering, variations, Broadway style tap & musical theatre, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop for teenage dancers ages 13-17 at all levels of experience.  For dancers with experience, our staff recommends that you contact the studio office to request a complimentary placement class.

Class Descriptions

Collierville Arts Academy Teen Dance Classes are for ladies and gentlemen ages 13-17 and are at a variety of levels. Our dance class season begins each August and concludes with the school year in May. We also offer a summer session for dance which is a wonderful way for students to retain their skills for the coming season. Parents may observe classes from our observation windows into the studio rooms.

Each class level at Collierville Arts Academy has a dress code that may be purchased from our in-studio boutique once a student is enrolled at the Arts Academy. All dance students with long hair must wear their hair pulled back from their face and in a ponytail or bun style while taking class.  

All Teen Level Dance Students perform in our Annual Student Showcase held at the Harrell Theatre in May. All Teen Level Dancers have the option to audition for certain roles in the Collierville Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.  

Dedicated dancers between the ages 13-21 may also audition to become members of the Collierville Ballet's Senior Performing Company. Students ages 13+ with at least two years of dance training may audition in June or early August for the Collierville Ballet Company. The Collierville Ballet Company is a local non-profit arts and humanities organization that provides educational and performance opportunities for youth in the dance arts. The Collieville Ballet produces its own performing season including a full-length Nutcracker each December, BalletFest, tea and spring concert, and is featured in the annual CAA Student Showcase in May.

Teen Beg. Ballet & Jazz   (1 hour class 1x per week)  Students will learn proper ballet and jazz dance technique at the barre, center and across the floor using combinations of steps from our beginning level of our  dance syllabus. This is a great starting place for older beginning students who really want to learn how to dance in a comfortable and age appropriate class setting. Students will begin learning stage direction, aspects of dance showmanship, and acting and pantomime skills help to enhace their dance and open a new dimension of creativity to their dance.

Level VI Ballet (1 hour class 3x per week)  Advanced students move deeper into their artistry and mastery of classical ballet techniques at the barre, center and across the floor using combinations of steps from the advanced level of our ballet syllabus.  Class three days per week is required at this level of classical ballet training.

Level VI Pointe & Variations (30 min class 2x per week) A pointe and variations class for our Level VI ballet students.  

Level VI & Level VII Lyrical & Jazz Dance (1 hour class 1x per week)  Advanced students move deeper into their artistry and mastery of lyrical and jazz dance techniques at the barre, center and across the floor using combinations of steps from the advanced level of our lyrical and jazz dance syllabus.  Inspiring music, creative choreography, and the enriching spirit of this class makes lyrical and jazz dance a terrific artistic expression for teens.

Teen Tap & Musical Theatre Dance (30 min class 1x per week)  Tap dance students will cover all aspects of musical theatre and Broadway style tap dance techniques in the center floor, across the floor and in combinations.  Students enjoy the upbeat music, engaging choreography, and creative styles of tap dance while building their tap technique throughout the season.

Level VII Ballet (1 hour class 4x per week)  Pre-professional level students move deeper into their artistry and mastery of classical ballet techniques at the barre, center and across the floor using combinations of steps from the advanced level of our ballet syllabus. Class four days per week is required at this level of classical ballet training.

Level VII Pointe & Variations  (30 min class 2x per week)  A pointe and variations class for our Level VI ballet students.  

Level VII Partnering Class (30 min class 1x per week)  A partnering class open to Level VII dancers with permission of the Artistic Director.

Men's Technique Class (1 hour class 1x per week) A men's classical ballet dance technique class.  


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