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

 

Dance Classes

ADULT CLASSES (16 Weeks)

 

Adult Ballet

Ages 18+           

Tuesdays // 7:15-8:15pm

January 6 - April 27// 16 sessions

Instructor // Paula Beals

*No class the week of April 6

$131  (Drop-in // $10)

Adult Tap

Ages 18+

Mondays // 3:15-4:00pm

January 6 - April 27 // 16 sessions

Instructor // Darla Andree

*No class the week of April 6

$126 (Drop-in //$10)

Adult Modern

Ages 18+           

Tuesdays // 8:15-8:45pm

January 6 - April 27 // 16 sessions

Instructor // Paula Beals

*No class the week of April 6

$103 (Drop-in // $10)

 

 

CHILDREN'S CLASSES ( 16 weeks)

Dance A

Ages 3-5

Mondays // 6:20-7:05pm

January 6 - April 27 // 16 sessions

Instructor // Darla Andree

*No class the week of April 6

$126

Dance B

Ages 8-12

Mondays // 5:15-6:15pm

January 6 - April 27  // 16 sessions

Instructor // Darla Andree

*No class the week of April 6

$131

  • 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.

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.