CHILD & TEEN CLASSES

We offer combination classes to encourage our students to try a variety of styles in a way that will be most convenient for our families. The child and teen classes we offer are grouped by the student's grade in school to ensure their learning environment is developmentally appropriate. Class sizes are kept small so teachers can spend more time and attention on each student.

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Youth Tap Dance Rehearsal
Practicing Acroyoga
 

Classes for Grades 1 - 2

GRADE 1-2 BALLET / ACRODANCE COMBINATION CLASS

 

Wednesday 4:15-5:45 pm

or

Saturday 11:15 am -12:45 pm

BALLET

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AcroDance is the fusion of dance & acrobatic tricks. Dancers are taught to blend these skills seamlessly with the dance choreography so as to provide an extra level of excitement & flair to their performance.

ACRODANCE

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Ballet is a classical art form that is both a great form of exercise & artistic expression. Ballet training encourages precision, agility, & fluidity of movement and develops physical strength & flexibility.

Tap Dance Class

Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms & beats in the music as well as in their own bodies.  Using the metal taps on the toes & heels of the dancer’s shoes, it transforms the dancer into a percussive musician.

TAP

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Jazz is one of the most popular and well known forms of American dance. Students learn strength, flexibility, & conditioning in order to execute turns, kicks, & leaps. Students will learn choreography to the popular & age appropriate music of today along with vintage styles of jazz from past decades.

JAZZ

GRADE 1-2 TAP / JAZZ COMBINATION CLASS

 

Monday 4:00-5:30 pm

The 2022-23 Season Begins September 12

 

Registration Period: August 1 - September 10

(Priority Registration Starts July 5)

-No Class on Halloween 10/31/22-

-Thanksgiving Break: 11/22/22 - 11/27/22-

-Winter Break:  12/21/22 - 1/3/23-

-February Break: 2/19/23 - 2/26/23-

-No Class Easter Monday 4/10/23-

Classes End May 8th

Recital Week: May 9 - 13

*

-May/June Break: May 14 - June 4

Summer 2022 Session (optional add-on)

We have a variety of summer camps and classes scheduled throughout June, July, and August

Learn More

 

Classes for Grades 3 - 4

BALLET

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AcroDance is the fusion of dance & acrobatic tricks. Dancers are taught to blend these skills seamlessly with the dance choreography so as to provide an extra level of excitement & flair to their performance.

ACRODANCE

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Ballet is a classical art form that is both a great form of exercise & artistic expression. Ballet training encourages precision, agility, & fluidity of movement and develops physical strength & flexibility.

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Musical Theatre combines dance with acting & singing. Performers with these three skills are so highly regarded that they have earned the nickname the “Triple Threat”. This class uses songs from popular musicals & will help students build confidence in their performance skills.

MUSICAL THEATRE

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Jazz is one of the most popular and well known forms of American dance. Students learn strength, flexibility, & conditioning in order to execute turns, kicks, & leaps. Students will learn choreography to the popular & age appropriate music of today along with vintage styles of jazz from past decades.

JAZZ

GRADE 3-4 BALLET / ACRODANCE COMBINATION CLASS

 

Tuesday 5:00-7:00 pm

GRADE 3-4 MUSICAL THEATRE / JAZZ COMBINATION CLASS

 

Thursday 4:45-6:45 pm

Youth Tap Dance Rehearsal

Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms & beats in the music as well as in their own bodies.  Using the metal taps on the toes & heels of the dancer’s shoes, it transforms the dancer into a percussive musician.

TAP

GRADE 3-4 TAP

 

Saturday 12:45-1:45 pm

The 2022-23 Season Begins September 12

 

Registration Period: August 1 - September 10

(Priority Registration Starts July 5)

-No Class on Halloween 10/31/22-

-Thanksgiving Break: 11/22/22 - 11/27/22-

-Winter Break:  12/21/22 - 1/3/23-

-February Break: 2/19/23 - 2/26/23-

-No Class Easter Monday 4/10/23-

Classes End May 8th

Recital Week: May 9 - 13

*

-May/June Break: May 14 - June 4

Summer 2022 Session (optional add-on)

We have a variety of summer camps and classes scheduled throughout June, July, and August

Learn More

 

Classes for Grades 5 - 8

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BALLET

GRADE 5-8 BALLET

 

Monday 6:30-7:30 pm

BALLET

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Ballet is a classical art form that is both a great form of exercise & artistic expression. Ballet training encourages precision, agility, & fluidity of movement and develops physical strength & flexibility.

GRADE 5-8 ACRODANCE

 

Monday 7:30-8:30 pm

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AcroDance is the fusion of dance & acrobatic tricks. Dancers are taught to blend these skills seamlessly with the dance choreography so as to provide an extra level of excitement & flair to their performance.

ACRODANCE

Tap Shoes

Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms & beats in the music as well as in their own bodies.  Using the metal taps on the toes & heels of the dancer’s shoes, it transforms the dancer into a percussive musician.

TAP

GRADE 5-8 TAP

Wednesday 5:45-6:45 pm

MUSICAL THEATER

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Musical Theatre combines dance with acting & singing. Performers with these three skills are so highly regarded that they have earned the nickname the “Triple Threat”. This class uses songs from popular musicals & will help students build confidence in their performance skills.

GRADE 5-8 MUSICAL THEATRE

Wednesday 6:45-7:45 pm

Dancer in Studio

Jazz is one of the most popular and well known forms of American dance. Students learn strength, flexibility, & conditioning in order to execute turns, kicks, & leaps. Students will learn choreography to the popular & age appropriate music of today along with vintage styles of jazz from past decades.

JAZZ

GRADE 5-8 JAZZ

Thursday 6:45-7:45 pm

The 2022-23 Season Begins September 12

 

Registration Period: August 1 - September 10

(Priority Registration Starts July 5)

-No Class on Halloween 10/31/22-

-Thanksgiving Break: 11/22/22 - 11/27/22-

-Winter Break:  12/21/22 - 1/3/23-

-February Break: 2/19/23 - 2/26/23-

-No Class Easter Monday 4/10/23-

Classes End May 8th

Recital Week: May 9 - 13

*

-May/June Break: May 14 - June 4

Summer 2022 Session (optional add-on)

We have a variety of summer camps and classes scheduled throughout June, July, and August

Learn More

 

Classes for Grades 9 - 12

Youth Dance Group

High School Dance Mix covers a wide variety of dance styles in a fun, supportive environment. This class is a good fit for those that have never tried a dance class before, are coming back to dance after some time off, or enjoy dancing a variety of styles but don't have enough time in the week to take multiple classes.

HIGH SCHOOL DANCE MIX

GRADE 9-12 HIGH SCHOOL DANCE MIX

Wednesday 7:45-9:15 pm

 

What Class is the Best Fit for My Child or Teen?

In our experience children and teens react one of two ways when choosing a dance class:

  1. They have pre-conceived notions about the different styles of dance and it can cause them to be resistant to try certain classes.

  2. They come in having no idea what the different styles of dance are and when asked what they want to do, they get frustrated because they don't know how to answer.

The answer we will give completely depends on the student's end goal.

 

If their goal is to eventually be a high-level dancer, we strongly suggest they take a wide variety of classes if time and budget allow. If time and budget do not allow, we strongly suggest starting with the ballet/acrobatics combination. The strength, flexibility, and coordination learned in these classes will make it much easier for a student to add on jazz, tap, or musical theatre in the future than the other way around.

If their goal is more recreational and they are just hoping to find a healthy hobby they can enjoy, we suggest they read the descriptions of each class above and choose the class(es) that sound the most enjoyable.  If they are truly excited about the class(es) they are going to take, they will get the most out of the experience and are more likely to stick with it. It is common for a student to start out taking one or two classes recreationally and then after a year or two, they are inspired to branch out and try other styles.

 

Most importantly, if your child or teen has a specific dance goal, we encourage them to speak with us. We are more than happy to answer questions and guide them in the right direction.

 

Dress Code for Child & Teen Program

All Child and Teen Classes has a specific, required uniform. Please speak with our staff when you register or email us if you have a specific question or concern: Hello@GardenStateDanceArts.com