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Youth Classes
Ages 7-12

Collierville Arts Academy Youth Classes for ages 7-12 
are available in Dance, Martial Arts, Fine Arts, Music, Acting & more.

Our instructors have years of professional teaching experience, training certifications, and a deep understanding of the physical and mental development of this age group. Our classes are well-structured, well-managed, and offer our students a positive environment where they can develop confidence in their abilities, cultivate friendships, and achieve measurable goals.

By creating your Free Online Account with us you can schedule a visit to a class, register and enroll for a class or just simply receive more information about Collierville Arts Academy.

Youth Class Descriptions for Ages 7-12

Our regular class season runs August through May, similar to a regular academic school year.

Students ages 7-12 are enrolled by age first and then their skill level.  Our instructors will gladly schedule a no obligation, free placement class for your student to help determine the correct class. Call our office at 901-861-7001 for more information on class placement for ages 7-12.

Parents may always observe classes from our lobby area or through our studio camera monitors.  

All classes at Collierville Arts Academy have a dress code or uniform that must be purchased from our in-studio boutique upon enrollment for classes. Our dress code and uniform items are quality products at a very resonable prices. 

Level 3 Ballet (Ages 7-9) or (Ages 10-12) (45 minute classes/1x per week)  The syllabus covers classical ballet technique at the barre, center floor and across-the-floor. Combinations of steps develop in complexity throughout the season as the students' dance skills improve. Students explore creative story-telling with their dance and learn to incorporate pantomime skills, acting, and creative expression through their ballet dance. Character dance, flexibility training, and choreography are additionally taught throughout the season. Level 3 classical ballet students will perform in the Collierville Ballet's Nutcracker in December and our annual Student Showcase in May at the Harrell Theatre.

Level 3 Jazz & Tap (Ages 7-9) or (Ages 10-12) (45 minute class/1x per week)  Our level 3 jazz & tap dance syllabus covers beginning jazz and tap dance technique at the barre, center-floor and across-the-floor. Combinations of steps develop in complexity throughout the season as the students' skills improve. Students will learn isolations, progressions, and various styles of jazz and tap styles throughout the season. Age-appropriate music and choreography is used for classes and choreography. Students present an informal in-studio performance in December for family and perform in our annual Student Showcase at the Harrell Theatre in May.

Level 4 Ballet (Ages 9-11) (1 hour class/2x per week required) Level 4 Ballet is a classical ballet class for intermediate level dancers. This class teaches classical ballet technique at the barre, centre-floor, across-the-floor, variations, and routines. Combinations of steps develop in complexity throughout the season as the students' skills improve. Pre-pointe work (no pointe shoes needed) is introduced to strengthen feet, ankles, legs and back. Character dance, flexibility training, and choreography are additionally taught throughout the season. Our Level 4 ballet students may audition for the Collierville Ballet Company and perform roles in The Nutcracker in December and Level 4 students will perform in our annual student showcase in May at the Harrell Theatre.

Level 5 Ballet (Ages 10-12) (1 hour class/2x per week) Level 5 Ballet is a classical ballet class for intermediate/advanced level dancers. Our syllabus introduces our students to a more advanced understanding of classical ballet technique at the barre, center-floor, across-the-floor, variations, and routines. Pre-pointe training is incorporated into this class and begins with work at the barre and progresses to the center when students are ready based upon instructor evaluation. Character dance, flexibility training, and choreography are additionally taught throughout the season. Our Level 5 ballet students may audition for the Collierville Ballet Company and perform roles in The Nutcracker in December and Level 5 students will perform in our annual student showcase in May at the Harrell Theatre.

Intermediate Jazz & Tap Dance (Ages 10-12) (1 hour class/1x per week) Our Intermediate Jazz & Tap class for ages 10-12 includes traditional jazz and tap dance technique at the barre, center-floor and across-the-floor. Combinations of jazz and tap steps develop in complexity throughout the season as the students' skills improve. Students will learn isolations, progressions, and various styles of jazz and tap dance throughout the season including lyrical, hip hop, Broadway Musical Theatre tap, and more. Students will work on progressions, level changes, leaps, and turns throughout the season to build their strength and technical ability. Age-appropriate music and choreography is used for classes and choreography.

Young Blades Fencing (Age 7-9) (1 hour class/1x/week) is a class especially for our younger fencers who wish to learn to skills and techniques necessary to become a competitor! This class offers conditioning and stretching, coordination and balance management, endurance and stamina, tactics and game theory concepts as well as opportunities for self-confidence building, achievement, and the skill of learning how to lose with good sportsmanship.

Learn To Fence (LTF) (Ages 10-12) is where ALL new fencing students ages 10 and up begin! It is a one-time introductory class for ages 10+, boys/girls, male/female. It is taught by Coach Thomas Knowles, National Fencing Finalist and Certified Professional Coach/Director. This 1.5 hrs long class introduces students to fencing history and presents sound foundational positions, instills proper movements, and begins teaching correct blade skills. LTF students also get to handle all of the equipment we use when fencing. Most fun of all, LTF students get a chance to Fence during their FIRST class! The purpose of this class is to answer most, if not all, questions that beginners have by introducing the basics of modern fencing and bringing it together by sparring at the end of the hour. By the end of the class, the student WILL KNOW if this is something they'd like to develop, train, and ultimately, compete in - as a personal sport hobby. For more information on this awesome opportunity, CLICK HERE!

Tigers Karate (ages 7-12) (1 hour class up to 3 times per week) Our Karate class for beginning/intermediate level martial arts students helps to develop self-defense, discipline, and confidence. Students will earn belt rankings as they progress through our syllabus.

BattleMasters (age 7-12) Calling all Jedi, Ninja, Samurai, Pirates, and Musketeers! This is a unique program in weapons training using durable, safe Actionflex¬ģ padded weapons. Seeking to unlock the 'Hero Within', BattleMasters offers students a complete disciplined weapons training program. Come try this martial arts class - for free - to fully discover how great and fun this is! Want to know more? Click HERE for our BattleMasters FAQ!

Muay Thai (ages 7-12) Our Muay Thai martial arts instruction provides a disciplined approach that offers excellent health benefits, strength, flexibility, combined with speed and agility. Muay Thai offers students self-defense skills and improves self- confidence. Students will earn belt rankings they progress through their training. 

MOVES: Acting & Modeling (Ages 7-12) (1/hour class/1x/week) Our personal development & modeling curriculum and coaching will help students obtain personal development skills including public speaking, posture, presentation, and personal confidence. We also develop skills for acting through preparation of acting curriculum, stage plays, TV commercial preparation. Students will practice cold-reading skills, how to prepare for auditions, script reading and video/camera work. During our season students will accomplish age appropriate comedic and dramatic monologues, create a basic modeling portfolio with professional quality shots and a fully develop a 30-second TV commercial which will be filmed and given to them on a digital sizzle reel.

Fine Arts Discovery (Ages 7-12) (1 hour class/1x per week) Students learn about basic shapes, lines, textures using age appropriate drawing and sketching skills for still life, landscape, and imaginative drawing projects will be completed. The color wheel relationships are introduced, basic perspective concepts, and care for art room materials too. Students will complete watercolor, acrylic paint, and mixed media projects. Clay, mosaics, paper, and other media projects will be presented during the season. Students will be asked to display two of their art pieces in our semi annual Fine Arts Gallery Shows in November and April.

Fine Arts Drawing Class (Ages 7-12) (1/hour class/1x/week)  Our beginning fine arts drawing classes develop foundational sketching and drawing skills for young artists. Students will use a variety of simple objects and subjects to spark their creativity and imagination using traditional media such as pencil, charcoal, color pencils, etc. Students learn the techniques of shading, highlighting, textures, applied pressure, and more to bring a new level of sophistication to their artwork. Our will create many sketches and finished drawings on subjects that range from still life, landscapes and animals, people and more. Our Fine Arts students will be invited to participate in our semi-annual fine arts Gallery Shows in November and April. All materials are provided.

Fine Arts Painting Class (Ages 7-12) (1/hour class/1x/week) Our beginning fine arts drawing classes develop foundational sketching and drawing skills for young artists. Students will use a variety of simple objects and subjects to spark their creativity and imagination using traditional media such as pencil, charcoal, color pencils, etc. Students learn the techniques of shading, highlighting, textures, applied pressure, and more to bring a new level of sophistication to their artwork. Our will create many sketches and finished drawings on subjects that range from still life, landscapes and animals, people and more. Our Fine Arts students will be invited to participate in our semi-annual fine arts Gallery Shows in November and April. All materials are provided.

Anime & Comics (ages 9-12) This is a layered drawing class combining the stylistic considerations of the anime-look with the story-telling techniques of comic framework. Want to work on your anime drawing skills or learn a different approach to developing a style? In this course, you will go through a process of reinforcing sketching skills, building detail to create unique characters, experimenting with inks, color markers, and more! Explore cartoon drawing techniques to better understand how to convey comic style or develop ideas for a character and storyline. You will use storyboard techniques to plan and develop a series of drawings that you'll sketch and complete with inks. All materials are provided.

Fine Arts Homeschool Class (Ages 7-12) 1/hour/1x/week) Collierville Arts Academy is thrilled to be offering a homeschool fine arts class. Our fine arts curriculum will include drawing, painting, oil pastels, clay, mixed media, and art history throughout the season. Students learn color, value/hue, techniques of shading, highlighting, textures, applied pressure, and more to bring their drawing skills to a new level of sophistication. We will also work with watercolors, acrylics, oil paints, inks, and much more. Students will be invited to participate in our semi-annual fine arts Gallery Shows in November and April. All materials are provided.

Private Music Lessons (Ages 7-12) Please call our office at 901-861-7001 to arrange a complimentary interview with a music instructor. This interview allows you to meet with an instructor and to answer all the questions you may have about our private music lessons. We offer private instruction in piano, all style of acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, most band instruments, and vocal lessons.

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