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Youth Dance Classes

Collierville Arts Academy offers an outstanding selection of youth dance classes in classcial ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, character, Broadway tap & musical theatre, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop for boys and girls ages 7-12 at all levels of experience.

Class Descriptions

Collierville Arts Academy Youth Dance Classes are for boys and girls ages 7-12 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 is 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 Youth Dance Students perform in the Collierville Ballet's Annual Nutcracker in December and our Annual Student Showcase in May.  

Students ages 9-12 with at least two years of dance training may audition in June 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 a full-length Nutcracker each December, a spring gala concert in March and is featured in the annual CAA Student Showcase in May.

Intro. Youth Ballet & Jazz for Older Beginners (ages 8-12) (45 minute 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 youth 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.

Youth Ballet  (ages 7-9) (45 minute class 1x per week)  Students will learn classical ballet dance technique at the barre, center and across the floor using combinations of steps from our youth dance syllabus which is rooted in the traditions of the Royal Academy of Dance (London) and the Vagonova training syllabus.  Youth Ballet students will begin  to learn stage direction, dance showmanship, and age appropriate acting and pantomime skills to enhace their dance and open a new dimension of creativity to their performance. 

Youth Jazz & Tap (age 7-9) (45 minute class 1x per week) Students will learn proper jazz and tap dance technique at the barre, center and across the floor using combinations of steps from our beginning level of our youth dance syllabus.  Youth Jazz & Tap students will begin to learn stage direction, dance showmanship, and age appropriate acting and pantomime skills to enhace their dance and open a new dimension of creativity to their performance.

Int. Youth Ballet (ages 9-12) (1 hour class 2x per week) Students with at least one full year of dance training will be working on their ballet technique at the barre, center and across the floor using combinations of steps from our beginnng & intermediate levels of our youth dance syllabus.  The foundations of pre-pointe training will begin in this level also.  Students will use more complex stage direction, dance showmanship, acting and pantomime techniques to enhace their ballet dance performance.  

Youth Int. Jazz & Tap (age 9-12) (1 hour class 1x per week) Students will learn classic Broadway style jazz, lyrical contemporary, and tap dance techniques at the barre, center and across the floor using combinations of steps from our intermediate level of our youth dance syllabus.  

Adv. Youth Ballet (ages 10.5-12) (1 hour class 2x per week) Students will learn more advanced ballet technique at the barre, center and across the floor using combinations of steps from our advanced levels of our youth dance syllabus. More complex stage direction, showmanship, acting and pantomime techniques are added into their dance performance.  Students may also be able to start pointe work at the barre once a week with the instructor's permission.

Adv. Youth Jazz & Tap (age 10.5-12) (1 hour class 1x per week) Students will learn classic Broadway style jazz, lyrical contemporary, and tap dance techniques at the barre, center and across the floor using combinations of steps from our advanced level of our youth dance syllabus.  

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