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Youth Dance Classes

Collierville Arts Academy offers an outstanding selection of youth dance classes in classical 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.

Youth 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 Level Dancers have the option to audition for certain roles in the Collierville Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.  All Youth Level Dance Students (Levels 3 - 5) will perform in our Annual Student Showcase held at the Harrell Theatre in May.     

Dedicated dancers who wish for more training and experience between the ages of 9-12 may also audition to become members of the Collierville Ballet's Junior Company.  The Collierville Ballet Company is our local non-profit arts and humanities organization that provides educational and performance opportunities for youth in the dance arts.  

Beg. Level Youth Ballet & Jazz  (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 the 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 theatrical performance/dance showmanship, and acting and pantomime skills help to enhance their dance and to unlock a new dimension of creativity.

Beg. Youth Tap Dance (30 min class/1x per week) Youth Tap Dance Class begins with a center-floor tap warm-up that gets students moving to the beat and rhythm of the music and incorporates the whole body then moves into center-floor progressions, across-the-floor combinations of tap dance steps at various tempos and ends with center combinations based on various styles of tap dance and music. We use the Dance Masters of America tap dance syllabus throughout the season.

Level 3 Ballet  (45 minute class/1x per week)  Level 3 classical ballet is for students with some previous dance experience (at least one season of ballet training). Our Level 3 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' 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 Jazz & Tap (45 minute class/1x per week)  Level 3 Jazz & Tap class is for students with some previous dance experience (at least one season of ballet training is required).  The Level 3 Jazz & Tap dance syllabus covers 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.

Level 4 Ballet (1 hour class/2x per week) 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.

Level 4 Lyrical and Jazz (45 min class/1x per week)   Level 4 Lyrical and Jazz Class is for students with previous experience in dance (at least two years of dance training). Our syllabus includes barre, center, across-the-floor work, and combinations in a variety of lyrical and jazz dance styles. 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.

Level 4 Jazz & Tap (45 minute class/1x per week) Level 4 Jazz & Tap class is for students with some previous dance experience (at least one season of ballet training is required). The Level 4 Jazz & Tap dance syllabus covers 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.

Level 5 Ballet (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. Pointe training is incorporated into this class and begins with work at the barre and progresses to the center when students are ready. Character dance, flexibility training, and choreography are additionally taught throughout the season.

Level 5 Lyrical & Jazz  (45 min class/1x per week) Level 5 Lyrical & Jazz Class is for students with previous experience in dance (at least two years of dance training). Our syllabus includes barre, center, across-the-floor work, and combinations in a variety of lyrical and jazz dance styles. 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.

Level 5 Jazz & Tap (45 minute class 1x per week) Level 5 Jazz & Tap class is for students with some previous dance experience (at least one season of ballet training is required). The Level 5 Jazz & Tap program covers 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.


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