Class Offerings

All classes may not be offered each session.

Consult the class schedule for our most current enrollment offerings.

Class Placement and Advancement

We emphasize proper dance technique and progression in all of our dance classes so that our beginner through advanced students may dance for a lifetime.

Placement in classes is based upon the teacher’s and/or Directrice’s assessment of student maturity, experience, and ability. Teachers provide each student with a Recommended Placement at the end of the Spring Session.  Recommended Placements are made with the best interest of the student and his/her personal development in mind. Students are required to master one level before moving to the next, with each level taking an average of two or three years to progress through.

Enrollment in certain classes requires prior Directrice approval. Prerequisites may include specific age limitations, experience and ability requirements, co-enrollments, and / or company involvement.

 

Pre-Ballet (Ages 4-5)

Pre-Ballet students will begin to develop the proper principles, including movements and vocabulary for classical ballet training. Dancers develop coordination, strength, balance, and body awareness in an age appropriate manner in order to avoid injury. Throughout the year the dancers will progress towards

Ballet I (Ages 6-8)

Beginning ballet students will explore developing ballet principles, improving coordination, strength, balance, and body awareness. Ballet consists of barre, center, across the floor, and combinations in both adagio and allegro (slow and quick) movements, all of which stress proper body alignment, flexibility and muscular control. Most young dancers spend a minimum of two years in Ballet I before progressing to the next level, Ballet II.

Ballet II (Ages 7-9)

In Ballet II, young intermediate dancers will progress in their understanding of ballet principles, continuing to develop coordination, strength, balance, and body awareness.Students will begin to learn the concept of turn-out and technique that comes with ballet. Instruction consists of barre, center, across the floor, and combinations in both adagio and allegro (slow and quick) movements, all which stress proper body alignment, flexibility and muscular control. Dancers begin to learn proper techniques for turning and more complex combinations. Most young dancers spend a minimum of two years in Ballet II before mastering and progressing to the next level, Ballet III.

Ballet III (Ages 9-11)

Ballet III students are progressing intermediate dancers that will continue to develop technique, vocabulary, strength, balance, coordination and body awareness, along with additional complexity in their combinations and exercises. At this level floor barre is introduced to begin learning control and stamina to progress to a more intense technique class for the serious ballet student. Most young dancers will spend a minimum of two years progressing towards the mastery of Ballet III before moving to the next level, an age-appropriate Ballet Technique class.

Teen Ballet I & II (Ages 12-16)

Teen Ballet dancers will learn ballet vocabulary, form, and technique. The class will focus on building coordination, flexibility, strength, and balance while developing an understanding of ballet principles and movement. Ballet consists of barre, center, across the floor, and combinations in both adagio and allegro (slow and quick) movements, all which stress proper body alignment, flexibility and muscular control.n The beginner teen will also learn how to properly use their body in a safe way in order to avoid injury.

Teen Ballet Technique (Ages 12-16)

In our Teen Ballet Technique classes, intermediate ballet dancers continue to grow their ballet vocabulary, form, and technique. The class focuses on building coordination, flexibility, strength, and balance while developing and understanding of ballet principles and movement. Ballet consists of barre, center, across the floor, and combinations in both adagio and allegro (slow and quick) movements, all which stress proper body alignment and muscle control.

Ballet Technique classes are a more intense form of technique for the teen dancer seeking to build their skills and seek further ballet training and preparation for advancement. Dancers taking a ballet technique class will have already mastered a basic ballet level before considering enrolling in this class.

Advanced Ballet Technique I, II, III & IV*

Advanced Ballet Technique classes are for the intermediate to advanced, serious minded ballet dancer. Enrollment must be approved by the Directrice. These technique classes spend extra time working on the specific execution of ballet exercises and are intense instruction, please be sure your dancer is prepared for the level of training involved. These classes are required for current performing company members and are a suggested prerequisite for any dancer wishing to audition for the pre-professional performing dance companies. (Participation in this class does not guarantee a position in the Dance Company)

Contemporary Ballet*

Contemporary Ballet is for intermediate to advanced students with a solid background in ballet, with strong and established ballet skills.

This class builds on strength and techniques while approaching ballet through contemporary influence. Class begins with a classical ballet warm-up and moves to experimenting with center work, form, expression, and choreography that reflects a more modern dance style.

Studying in at least one level of Advanced Ballet Technique classes is a prerequisite for Contemporary Ballet.

 

* Enrollment in these classes requires prior Directrice approval.  Prerequisites may include specific age limitations, experience requirements, and / or company involvement.

Pre-Pointe*

Pre-Pointe classes are available only by approval of the Directrice. In order to be considered for pre-pointe, the student must be at least 13 years of age (or upon examination of applicable physiological factors by the Directrice, deemed to be adequately mature) and have at least three years of ballet experience (this is a guideline that is addressed on an individual basis according to each dancer).

All dancers MUST pass a pointe readiness test before being considered for pre-pointe. Class is held in ballet shoes, pointe shoes are NOT approved until the teacher approves that the dancer is ready and passes required testing. The Directrice accompanies all students for their first fitting of pointe shoes to ensure proper and safe fit best suited for each dancer.

This is a non-performing class.

Click here for more information on our Pointe Program.

Pointe I*

Pointe I classes are available only by approval of the Directrice. All Pointe I students MUST complete the Pre-Pointe class before progressing to Pointe I.

Dancers in Pointe I will begin to learn the basic concepts of how to execute technique en pointe in a safe and proper way to avoid injury.

Enrollment in a minimum of two ballet classes per week is required for all dancers to remain in the Pointe Program. This is a non-performing class.

Pointe II*

Pointe II is for the advanced dancer that has completed both Pre-Pointe and Pointe I, and had graduated to the next level. This level focuses on more complex choreography as well as expanding technique skills en pointe.

Enrollment in a minimum of two ballet classes per week is required for all dancers to remain in the Pointe Program.

Creative Movement

The Creative Movement class is for all children regardless of ability or experience. Students practice body awareness, control, and balance by participating in a variety of movement activities. Through the use of scarves, balls, stories, and other props students are exposed to pre-academic skills including colors, size, and counting.

Classes encourage following directions and practicing social skills with friends. Students with special needs are welcome. The class is recommended for ages 3-5 with exceptions always considered.

Baby Ballet (Age 2-3)

Baby Ballet consists of specially developed and engaging movements and interactive movement-based play with your young toddler while learning the basics of dance through imagery.

Tiny Tots (Age 3-4, Ballet / Tap Combo)

Tiny Tots is designed for young dancers to learn the fundamentals of dance. We will work on body awareness, coordination, space, rhythm, and basic movement that will later be the foundations for all dance types. We will use songs and movement that will have the children do creative movements as well as begin to learn the basic dance vocabulary.

Intro to Foundations of Dance (Age 4-5, Ballet / Tap Combo)

Dancers in Intro. to Foundations will be learn basic ballet and tap principles through creative exploration. Children will continue to build an understanding of basic dance movements and vocabulary.  Students will work on developing coordination, strength, balance, and body awareness all while having fun!

Foundations of Dance I & II (Ages 5-6)

In Foundations of Dance students will develop ballet and tap principles, including movements and vocabulary.  Dancers will continue developing coordination, strength, balance, and body awareness. Ballet consists of barre, center, across the floor, and combinations in both adagio and allegro (slow and quick) movements, all which stress proper body alignment, flexibility and muscular control. In tap, students will learn tap terminology and apply rhythm and timing to tap combinations.

Ballet & Ballet Stories

Ballet Stories is a class that encourages our toddler students to exercise their young imaginations while learning basic ballet movements and terminology.

Pee Wee Hip Hop (Ages 5-6)

Pee Wee Hip Hop is the young student’s introduction to the hip hop genre. This upbeat class begins with center warm-up and stretches and moves to combinations both across the floor and in the center. Moving to upbeat music, students will develop flexibility, strength, and coordination while learning both old-school and new styles made popular today. **All music at this class is screened and edited for age-appropriate content.**

Hip Hop I (Ages 7-10)

Beginning and younger intermediate dancers begin these popular classes with center warm-up and stretches, and move to combinations both across the floor as well as at center floor. Moving to upbeat music, students develop flexibility, strength, and coordination. Dancers begin to learn new styles that are popular in the mainstream today, as well as where the roots of hip hop began. **All music at this class is screened and edited for age-appropriate content.**

Hip Hop II (Ages 10-13) & II Teen (Ages 14+)

Young intermediate students and newer teen students enjoy learning the most popular current dance techniques in these classes. Our Hip Hop II classes begin with center warm-up and stretches and move to combinations both across the floor and in the center. Moving to upbeat music, students will develop flexibility, strength, and coordination. **All music at this class is screened and edited for age-appropriate content.**

Hip Hop III (Ages 14+)

Hip Hop III is for the more advanced dancer that has either had prior hip hop dance instruction or “street dance style” experience. Students will enjoy learning more complex choreography and popular dance techniques in this class. Using today’s most popular music, dancers learn to execute and isolate both old and new styles of the Hip Hop genre. Moving to upbeat music, students will further develop flexibility, strength, and coordination. **All music at this class is screened and edited for age-appropriate content.**

Homeschool Dance Education Program

A specially designed dance education program for homeschoolers of all school ages.

The homeschool program has been been developed to not only to fulfill physical education requirements, but additionally integrates History of Dance, Dance Around the World, Language, Anatomy & Physiology, and Health.

Dance technique instruction includes Ballet, Tap, Modern, and Jazz throughout the course of the year. Homeschool classes are held during the day for the convenience of homeschooling families. This program is customized to meet the needs and ages of those enrolled.

Jazz I

Jazz I is an exciting class that introduces young dancers to the energy and fun of jazz dance. The class begins with a basic upbeat jazz warm-up, isolations, stretches, and combinations. Students learn a fusion of jazz styles and are encouraged to demonstrate personal style through dance. Most students require at least two years to master Jazz I before progressing to level II.

Jazz II (Ages 12+) & Jazz II Intermediate (Ages 9-11)

Designed for intermediate dancers, these classes build upon the fundamentals of jazz form, technique and combinations in an age and level appropriate manner. All styles of jass dance are experienced through our jazz dance program. Dancers also begin to learn more about stage presence at this level of instruction through this dance form.

Jazz III & IV* (Ages 14+)

Jazz III and IV are designed for intermediate to advanced dancers. These classes build upon the strength, understanding, and form developed thus far. Classes focus on advancing technique, form, and style. This level takes great skill and strength, and students will perfect the ability to perform while executing more difficult choreography.

Musical Theater

Musical Theater allows the dancer to learn stage presence and basic character acting skills. Students will learn to take on roles from some of the most famous musicals of stage and screen. The class consists of warm-ups, basic acting skills, and improvisation, while having fun exploring expression.

* Enrollment in these classes requires prior Directrice approval.  Prerequisites may include specific age limitations, experience requirements, and / or company involvement.

Improvisation

Improvisation is a free style of movement based on modern and contemporary dance principles. Improv. is done under the instructor’s guidance, however, this class gives the dancer an opportunity to create their own choreography. Improvisation is an important aspect of modern dance, nearly as important as the technique. A dancer in this class learns to have more freedom of movement. To the spectator, improvisation class may look like the teacher is allowing the students to do whatever they want, however, it is a structured class with the dancers being trained to use their mind and body to create art through movement.

Modern / Contemporary I & I Teen

Modern / Contemporary I students learn the fundamentals of this genre while exploring the creative aspects of dance and composition. This is a more free form of dance that encompasses emotion and expression in addition to form and technique, occasionally termed lyrical dance. Modern is practiced in bare feet to feel the floor for freer movement. Students in modern classes are also introduced to improvisation skills. Improvisation, or improv. as it is called in dance, is a freedom of movement exercise that allows dancers to make up their own movement under the teachers guidance. This encourages dancers to bring their own creativity and to free their bodies. Students spend an average of two years mastering this level before progressing to Modern / Contemporary II.

Modern / Contemporary II & II Teen

Intermediate dancers in Modern / Contemporary II classes explore the diverse and creative approach to dance through this genre. Students learn intermediate modern dance techniques while further exploration of the creative aspects of dance and composition is encouraged. Students may spend a minimum of two years at level II before progressing to Modern / Contemporary III.

Modern / Contemporary III & IV*

In Modern/Contemporary III and IV intermediate and advanced dancers continue in their exploration of this diverse and creative approach to dance. Students progress in their understanding of more advanced modern dance techniques and an exploration of the creative aspects of dance and composition. At this level dancers are proficient in modern terminology and concepts as well as holding the strength and stamina for more intense training in this dance form.

Contemporary Fusion

Contemporary Fusion is a class that combines different genres into one class, creating a new and exciting style! The choreography pulls from ballet, modern/contemporary, jazz, and hip hop to develop a more upbeat and very different approach to all dance forms. This is an excellent class for dancers ready to explore and experiment with pushing boundaries into a different style.

* Enrollment in these classes requires prior Directrice approval.  Prerequisites may include specific age limitations, experience requirements, and / or company involvement.

Tap I (Ages 6-8)

Tap I is a fun introduction for young dancers to the foundations of tap dance. The class begins with an upbeat warm-up, stretches, and rhythmic combinations. Dancers learn the basic of tap to build their knowledge of connecting combinations.

Tap II (Ages 8-11)

Tap II is designed for intermediate dancers and builds upon the fundamentals of tap form, technique and vocabulary. Students will focus on developing rhythm and expression through tap dancing and learning more complex combinations as well as learning many time steps and rhythms.

Tap III & IV* (Ages 12+)

Level III and IV of Tap classes are designed for intermediate to advanced dancers, these classes build upon the strength, understanding, and rhythm developed thus far. Classes focus on advancing technique, form and expression in tap dancing. Both classic and modern tap dancing techniques are explored.

* Enrollment in these classes requires prior Directrice approval.  Prerequisites may include specific age limitations, experience requirements, and / or company involvement.

Conditioning

Conditioning classes at TDC is for the dancer seeking to build up their stamina and strength. Class focuses on safely executing strength building exercises. Students in the conditioning class are required to bring 5lb weights and sneakers. Conditioning is upbeat and fun for our dancers.

LET (Leaps, Extensions, Turns)

LET I

Dancers who are beginning to learn the basics of doing leaps, extensions, and turns are taught safe and proper execution to build strength and avoid injury. Students should have at least one year of dance training prior to considering enrollment to LET I, as well as being enrolled in at least one other class from the current schedule.

LET II*

LET II is for the intermediate / advanced dancer seeking to learn more intense leaps and work with more focused intent on their flexibility. Dancers learn how to safely execute leaps, extensions, and turns in proper alignment and body control to avoid injury. LET II enrollment is limited to intermediate through advanced dancers that are enrolled in at least one other class on the current schedule.

**Dancers enrolling in an LET class must be concurrently enrolled in at least one other class on the current schedule at Taneytown Dance Center.

* Enrollment in these classes requires prior Directrice approval.  Prerequisites may include specific age limitations, experience requirements, and / or company involvement.

Adult Ballet, Tap, and Body Therapy

Adult classes at TDC are non-performing, drop-in sessions.

Ballet and Tap are offered for adults(18-98) that are exploring dance for the first time, through dancers returning to the floor after many years. Body Therapy is presented exclusively at TDC.

Adult Ballet

Ballet provides a basic workout for the adult looking to improve activity level, strengthen the core muscular system, and gain flexibility. The class will incorporate basic barre movements and modern/contemporary floor stretches. Basic and fun choreography will also be introduced.

Adult Tap

Tap is an upbeat, aerobic workout teaching basic tap skills, rhythm, and vocabulary that builds with the dancers confidence and ability to successfully performing basic and intermediate combinations.

Body Therapy

Body Therapy is a Taneytown Dance Center exclusive! Created by and developed by Directrice, Miss Kim, to give adults of all ages gentle stretches and movement. Principles of modern, ballet, and yoga combine to bring participants a low-impact class that simultaneously relaxes and energizes! This class is done by low lights and/or candle light to help dancers feel calm and balanced at the end of the long week.

**Attire for adult classes: Anything comfortable, bare feet, socks, or ballet shoes (*tap shoes are needed for tap classes). Leotards and tights NOT required.

Dance for the Athlete

A basic dance class based to help the athlete improve his/her core strength and balance. Based on the teachings of ballet and modern. Many professional athletes participate in ballet classes to gain strength on the field.

Dance for the Theater Student

Many theater and/or voice students who perform musical theater or hope to someday be on Broadway require dance skills. The class will consist of a basic introduction to ballet, modern and Jazz that students can perform their best Broadway musical. Students will also learn Broadway style choreography during the session.

Boys Only Class

The Boys Only class offers a basic introduction to dance specifically focused on male dancers wishing to learn more about movement, coordination, rhythm, and musicality without the distraction of, or comparison to our female dancers. If you have always wanted to dance, now is your chance to learn in a special offering for boys only.