We offer quality dance education and foster a love for the performing arts.

Our professional dance instruction is in a nurturing, non-competitive environment.

Students develop and refine skills and artistry in class that support both physical and emotional development.

Dance Questions? Call Darla Andree 618.830.5511

Administrative Questions? Call 618.462.5222

Deadline for Fall Registration is August 27, 2019

 

Dance Classes

ADULT CLASSES (14 Weeks)

 

Adult Ballet

Ages 18+           

Tuesdays // 7:15-8:15pm

January 6 - March 30 // 14 sessions

Instructor // Paula Beals

$115  (Drop-in // $10)

Adult Tap

Ages 18+

Mondays // 3:10-3:55pm

January 6 - March 30 // 14 sessions

Instructor // Darla Andree

$110 (Drop-in //$10)

 

Adult Modern

Ages 18+           

Tuesdays // 8:15-8:45pm

January 7 - March 31 // 14 sessions

Instructor // Paula Beals

$90 (Drop-in // $10)

 

 

CHILDREN'S CLASSES ( 14 weeks)

Ballet 

Ages 9-12

Mondays // 4:05-4:50pm

January 6 - March 30  // 14 sessions

Instructor // Darla Andree

$110

Modern

Ages 9-12

Mondays // 4:55-5:40pm

January 6 - March 30 // 14 sessions

Instructor // Darla Andree

$110

Dance A

Ages 3-5

Mondays // 6:50-7:35pm

January 6 - March 30 // 14 sessions

Instructor // Darla Andree

$110

Dance B

Ages 6-10

Mondays // 5:45-6:45pm

January 6 - March 30  // 14 sessions

Instructor // Darla Andree

$115

Intermediate/Advance Tap Class

Ages 12-17

Mondays // 7:45-8:30pm

January 6 - March 30  //  14 sessions

Instructor // Darla Andree

$110

  • If you want to register for classes, but would also like to set-up a payment plan, please call 618.462.5222 or come into the center during our open hours.  We are open Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 12-4pm.

  • Families registering multiple children will receive a 10% discount, so please use the "Registration Form." After you click "Register & Pay," enter discount code 1+DANCER.

Dance Class Description

Dance A 

An introduction to dance for the very young student, typically ages 3 to 5, this class provides the foundation for developing fundamental ballet and tap skills.  Dance A develops basic motor skills and physical coordination, instills the concept of structural learning and encourages self-expression through the periodic playing of movement games. The class prepares students for longer classes, more detailed dance vocabulary and more complex motor skills. Dance A is taught with the short attention span of the preschooler in mind. Emphasis is on positive reinforcement and having fun! Typically, students aged 3 to 5 participate in Dance A for at least 2 years.

Dance B 

In this class, there is more emphasis on establishing a structured learning environment. As in Dance A, self-expression is encouraged with the use of movement games. The primary focus is instituting and reinforcing elemental ballet and tap skills. A small portion of class time is used to introduce students to simple Jazz related movements performed to upbeat music. As Dance B students progress, more complex vocabulary and combinations of movement are incorporated, improving the students' coordination and spatial awareness. The students' dance vocabulary is expanded and attention is given to learning proper technique, in an age appropriate manner, as well as increasing mental focus. Muscle memory is improved through repetition of basic movement patterns and emphasis on body alignment, leading to increased coordination and physical strength. Most students enroll in Dance B for 2 to 3 years, before advancing.

Ballet 

Class work in Ballet 1 is devoted to a progression in fundamental ballet training. The class is the foundation for students who wish to progress beyond a basic level of dance instruction, whether for recreational/fitness purposes or for the purpose of beginning training that leads to a more focused education in dance. Training includes traditional barre and center work taught in a disciplined progression-oriented manner. Attention is given to both the technical and artistic aspects of dance. Ballet students are strongly encouraged to enroll in two ballet classes per week, when appropriate levels are available. This creates a better opportunity for advancement. It is necessary for most students to train in Ballet 1 for more than 1 year before advancement. 

Modern   

In these class levels, students are familiarized with the fundamentals of modern dance through a variety of techniques and styles. Understanding of rhythm, dynamics, movement qualities, body placement and use of space is cultivated. Proper technique and body alignment are continually reinforced. It is, usually, necessary for a student to take multiple years of modern, at these levels, before advancement. Occasionally, short movement improvisation games are introduced in class to encourage self expression, build confidence and emphasize the enjoyment students can experience through dance! Enrollment in a ballet class is strongly recommended.