Programs & Class Descriptions

First Steps Children’s Program

Experience a magical journey through creativity, freedom and expression. Watch your child joyfully leap and whirl while they gain confidence and poise every step of the way!

Tumbling Feet (Acro/Creative Movement) (Ages 2.5-4 years)
Petite Feet (Ballet/Tap and or Jazz/Acro) (Ages 5-6 years)

Our First Steps Program Children’s Program (FSCP) introduces the love and joy of dance through creative play and imagery, simply because this is how young children learn best. The vocabulary and movement concepts covered in each level are what a child of that age can easily understand and master. As the student learns each new skill this helps to build a life long love of dance and self-confidence. The work in each level prepares the students for the next level.

TUMBLING FEET focuses on age appropriate movement concepts and vocabulary. Learning how to move in a fun way is key! Here we learn the A, B, C’s of dance that will soon turn into styles such as ballet, tap and jazz. Positions, vocabulary, shapes, levels, motor and locomotor are all explored through creative movement, making believe is the best way that our Tumbling Feet students love to learn and dance up a storm! Class size limit is 12 students.

Tumbling Feet – 45 minutes/week

  • All Inclusive Tuition $80.00/ Month
  • Tuition Only $58.00/Month

PETITE FEET (Ballet/Tap and or Jazz/Acro) Building on the concepts learned in Tumbling Feet, students begin to work in a specific style, memorize simple exercises and sequences and make a start of musical interpretation. All the concepts of our PETITE FEET prepare the student for when they graduate to our STEPS IN MOTION classes in Crystal Levels –  Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary or Tap. Class size limit is 12 students.

Petite Feet – 1 hour/week

  • All Inclusive Tuition $99.00/Month
  • Tuition Only $72.00/Month

What’s All Inclusive Tuition?

I am so impressed with my daughters teacher. It is clear that she knows her students and has an impressive way of being educational and fun ant the same time.  I am so happy we have chosen The Dance Academy! – J. Andree (parent)

Steps In Motion – Upper School

Steps in Motion offers several programs in to match your goals and what type of experience you are looking for here at the Academy. Choose the program classes that suit you best!

Steps In Motion Levels

Crystal (ages 7-12 years)
Jade (ages 9-14 years)
Silver (ages (11-17 years)
Onyx (ages 13-18 years)

Class Description

ACRO (Ages 7 & up) – It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.  Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline & concentration. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, & strength used specifically in contemporary dance.

ADULT CLASSES (Ages 14 & up) – are designed to be an engaging, fun and inspirational introduction for beginning recreational students. Classes for more advanced adult students are listed on our schedules as level Silver and higher. Adult classes are offered in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop.

BALLET (Ages 7 & up) – is a technical dance form highlighting the use of turnout where the dancer performs all movements with their legs rotated 180 degrees away from each other. Once mastered a dancer can move in any given direction with speed, ease and grace. It is performed on a stage to an audience utilizing costumes, scenic design and lighting. It can tell a story or express a thought or emotion. Ballet can be magical, exciting, or provoking. The Dance Academy ballet program is based on Vaganova (Russian) method of training which is well know for creating strong expressive dancers.

CONTEMPORARY ( Ages 7  up)  –  is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.

ELEMENTS ( Ages 9 & up) are ballet based classes to help students with reinforcing or transitioning into a new ballet level. Work includes,technique, body conditioning, flexibility training, pointe preparation, pointe work/variations/repertoire or various workshops.

HIP HOP  ( Ages 7 & up) – is a type of dance style that uses quick movements, and requires quite a bit of athleticism involving all spacial planes, creating an almost illusion-like performance. Hip Hop movements include floating, popping, locking, krumping and breaking.

JAZZ involves a variety of different styles in and of itself this includes; Broadway jazz, lyrical jazz, street jazz and even jazz-funk. Jazz tends to have somewhat of a ballet influence, considering the smooth moves and long lines that jazz dancers must be competent in.

MODERN (Ages 10 & up) – develops the mind, body and spirit to be an expressive communicator through movement. The technique conditions the body for strength, coordination and flexibility. Focus and emphasis is on the aspects of time, space, shape and movement. Dynamics are explored in group and individual participation through structured combinations as well as improvisation exercises.

PRIVATE COACHING – is available upon request. Please call the office for details.

TAP ( Ages 7 & up) – is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance as a means to tell a story and is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, rhythm and improvisation and its practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition.


Flex Program (Ages 7 years – Adult)


Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro & Contemporary

Looking for class 1 or 2 days a week? Flex Program is just for you! Choose from ballet, tap, modern, contemporary jazz or hip hop classes. Specifically design for the for students interested in studying at the desired amount of classes per week. Flex program students are invited to perform in our year end performance in June, but are not required to do so, it is all up to you!

Flex Program Tuition

1 Hour/ Week All Inclusive Tuition $92.00/Month w/1 costume – Tuition Only $72.00/Month

2 Hours/Week All Inclusive Tuition $165.00/Month w/2 costumes – Tuition Only $137.00

3 Hours/Week All Inclusive Tuition w/3 costumes $212.00/Month – Tuition only $175.00

$9.00/Month for additional costume (Inclusive Tuition)

Core Program / (ages 7- Adult)


Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary & Modern

Looking to increase your skills?
Core Program students train at a frequency that allows them to develop excellent technical and artistic skills without the commitment to competitions and or other performance opportunities throughout the school year. All Core Program students participate in our year end performance.

Core Program Tuition

1.25 Hours/Week All Inclusive Tuition w/1 costume $109.00/Month – Tuition Only $89.00/Month

2 Hours/Week All Inclusive Tuition w/1 costume $157.00/Month – Tuition Only $137.00/Month

3 Hours/Week All Inclusive Tuition w/2 costumes $203.00/Month – Tuition Only $175.00/Month

$9.00/Month for additional costume (Inclusive Tuition)

Ensemble Program (ages 7-18 years)


Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary & Modern

Love to dance and want to perform more? EP students compete at various local competitions and perform at local events. Students may choose a CLASSICAL or CONTEMPORARY rack or a combination of both. If you love to perform then this the program for you!

Ensemble Program Tuition

2.5 Hours/Week All Inclusive Tuition w/1 costume $164.00/Month – Tuition Only $144.00/Month

4 Hours/Week All Inclusive Tuition w/1 costume $227.00/Month – Tuition Only $207.00/Month

6.5 hours/Week All Inclusive Tuition w/2 costumes $307.00/Month – Tuition Only $279.00/Month

$9.00/Month for additional costume (Inclusive Tuition)

Vocational Program (ages 13-18 years)


Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary & Modern

Considering a career in dance? Vocational Program focuses on individualized, accelerated 4-6 day/ week program for students seriously considering or actively pursuing a career in dance in a CLASSICAL or CONTEMPORARY track. Interested individuals should schedule a meeting with the director for information on this program.

Vocational Program Tuition

6.5 hours/Week All Inclusive Tuition w/2 costumes $307.00/Month – Tuition Only $279.00/Month

8 hours/Week All Inclusive w/3 costumes $366.00/Month – Tuition only $329.00

$9.00/Month for additional costume (Inclusive Tuition)

Programs Vocational Students have been accepted:

  • Boston Ballet Summer Program
  • Boston Ballet Apprentice Program
  • Disney Cruise Cast Member
  • Nutmeg Ballet Summer Program
  • Nutmeg Ballet High School Program
  • North Carolina School of the Arts Classical and Contemporary Summer Program
  • North Carolina School of the Arts High School Program
  • North Carolina School of the Arts College Program
  • Alabama Ballet
  • Princeton Ballet
  • The American Musical Dramatic Academy, New York
  • Alonzo King Lines Summer Program
  • San Francisco Ballet Summer Program
  • San Francisco Ballet
  • Julliard Dance Program
  • North Carolina Dance Theatre
  • Universal Ballet Summer Program
  • Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Program
  • Walnut Hill Summer Program
  • Joffrey Contemporary Summer Program
  • Boston Conservatory
  • Bolshoi Summer Program

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