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Tiny Tots: (Walking - 2.5). Tiny Tots is a class designed for young children and a buddy. Whether it’s with mommy, daddy, grandma, or another caregiver, the tiny tots will engage in creative movement; bouncing, exercising, and developing listen and learn skills. These classes are 30 minutes long and offered in 6 week sessions. Contact us today for information on upcoming sessions. 

Preschool Combo Classes: (3-6 year olds) Combo classes are designed to be developmental in nature. Theses classes will help students understand basic movement vocabulary, improve balance and coordination, practice spatial awareness, and identification of body parts, right from left, and basic dance terminology. Our combo classes utilize ballet and tap techniques infused with creative movement practices to educate your children. Children ages 5 and 6 are offered an additional class in either jazz or tumbling. 

Ballet: (Ages 6-Adult) Ballet is the foundation of many western dance forms. Classical ballet is rooted in the royal courts of the 16th and 17th centuries. This codified technique is characterized by light, graceful, fluid movement and ballet training teaches balance, proper body placement, alignment, discipline, poise, and artistry.

Pre-Pointe (Ages 10+): is offered to students who would like to move up to pointe work. The class focuses on strengthening the ankles and progressing from the foundation from regular ballet classes.

Pointe (Ages 12+): is offered only to those students who are physically strong enough to be on pointe. Typically, dancers must be at least 12 years old.


Tap: (Ages 6+): like jazz dance, tap emerged from the blending europeanist and africanist aesthetics that has been occurring since the late 1800s. Tap dance is a rhythmic and percussive form of dance characterized by syncopated rhythms, and groundedness. Dancers wear shoes with metal on the ball and heel of the foot and produce rhythms by striking the floor or other hard surface with the shoes. For a brief history of tap click here.


Clogging (Ages 7+): a type of folk dance in which the dancer's footwear is used percussively by striking the heel, toe, or both against a floor or each other to create audible rhythms, usually to the downbeat with the heel keeping the rhythm. Clogging has similar roots to those of tap dance. Click here for a brief history.


Jazz: (Ages 5 - 18): a form of stylized dance that is typically set to more upbeat and popular music. Jazz dance emerged with jazz music and is one product of the blending of europeanist and africanist aesthetics that has been occurring since the late 1800s. For a more in depth history, click here. Characterized by elements of improvisation, individuality, fancy footwork, and free-spirited movement and choreography, Jazz dance is a fun and upbeat style that is fun for all ages. 


Hip-Hop (Ages 7 - 18): Hip-Hop is a street dance genre that consists of styles such as popping, locking, and breaking. It is characterized by percussive movement, improvisation, and a sense of competition. Often, hip-hop dancers engage in battles, typically performing in a cipher or circle. Here at SSDA, we use the movement and aesthetics of hip-hop dance in a more structured environment, teaching the students hip-hop choreography and vocabulary as well as educating them on the history of the genre. For a brief Hip-Hop History click here.


Acro (Ages 6-18): AcroDance or simply Acro, is a fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context. Acro is an especially challenging style for dancers to master as training in both dance and acrobatic elements is required. Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling,and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength. 


Steps of Praise (All ages): Liturgical dance is style of dance set to Christian music. This class will encompass elements of worship and a short devotion. 


Lyrical (Ages 7-18): a form of dance that incorporates elements of both jazz and ballet as well as one's own creative expression. Typically, lyrical dance tells a story. 


Modern: (Ages 7-18): Modern dance stems from ballet yet rejects many of aesthetics and principles of ballet. There are many different styles and techniques that have been developed over the past 120 years including Horton, Graham, Limon, and Silvestre techniques. Modern often uses the floor, a flexed foot, contraction and release, suspension, and turned in or parallel legs and feet. 

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