Dance Academy

The Dance Academy program is a unique program designed by dancers and for dances.  They understand from many points of view what dancers wanted and need. The Dance Academy has dedicated time to developing a well rounded dance program that fosters growth and passion for dance.  There are several components to our Dance Academy Program.  Each component has been designed to provide our dancers with positive learning, technique, strength, character building, knowledge of the art of dance, and so much more.

Mind

At the Dance Academy we have a well-rounded curriculum that includes dance technique, dance history, famous dancers, choreographers and terminology.

We include Meet the Body educational track which helps to teach our dancers about the Anatomy of the body and how it relates to them as a dancer.

Body

As educators of dancers we are particularly concerned with the health of our growing dancers.  Proper technique plays a huge part in not only quality dance performances but also is a dancer’s best protection from injury.  We encourage good nutrition and healthy living habits.

Soul

At the Dance Academy we feel that dance is an expression of one’s soul and we encourage exploring those feelings through dance.  We want our dancers to learn to express themselves positively through dance while building self esteem, confidence and a positive outlook.

Dance Academy is located at

Define Yourself East Mesa

10165 E Hampton Ave Suite 101

Mesa AZ 85209

Currently classes are only available at the East Mesa location.

Fundamentals Hip Hop

(8 years +)
Description:

Age 8 and up.

Class Apparel:
Comfortable pants or shorts, t-shirt or tank top and sneakers.

The dancer will be introduced to the hip hop style of dance. They will learn the basic terminology and history of hip hop dance. The dancer will learn fundamental hip hop moves and how to listen for different beats and rhythms.

Location:

East Mesa

Class Schedule:

Tuesday: 5:00 - 6:00pm

Cost:

$60 1 hour per week

$100 2 hours per week

$135 3 hours per week

Intermediate Hip Hop

Age: 8 and up
Description:

Class Apparel:
Comfortable pants or shorts, t-shirt or tank top and sneakers.

The dancer will be introduced to the hip hop style of dance. They will learn the basic terminology and history of hip hop dance. The dancer will learn fundamental hip hop moves and how to listen for different beats and rhythms.

Skills Focus:

Course Focus:
1. Basic isolations – head, neck, shoulders, rib cage, and hips
2. Center floor warm-up
3. Hip hop positions – first and second parallel
4. Understand musicality and sounds/beats in the music
5. Dime stopping movement
6. Warping movement
7. Across the floor exercises
8. Grounding
9. splits – right, left and center

Location:

East Mesa

Class Schedule:

Tuesday: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Cost:

$60 1 hour per week

$100 2 hours per week

$135 3 hours per week

Advanced Hip Hop

Ages: 8 and up
Description:

Class Apparel:
Comfortable pants or shorts, t-shirt or tank top and sneakers.

Skills Focus:

The dancer will work to develop various hip hop styles of dance. They will learn the deeper into the history of hip hop dance. The dancer will learn fundamental hip hop moves and how to listen for different beats and rhythms.

Location:

East Mesa

Cost:

$60 1 hour per week

$100 2 hours per week

$135 3 hours per week

Glitter Toes Ballet/Tap

Age 4-6 years old
Description:

Class Apparel
Ballet and tap shoes, black leotard, pink tights and hair pulled out of face.

The dancers will focus on the fundamentals of the ballet and tap style of dance and terminology. The Dancer will continue to learn and perfect the fundamental ballet and tap steps.

Skills Focus:

Listen and move exercise
Center floor warm-up
Ballet positions, arms and feet
Arabesques, tendus, plies and relieves
Port de bras
Across the floor exercises
Chaine turns
Bourees
Leaps
Battements, glissades
Splits – right, left and center

Location:

East Mesa

Class Schedule:

Monday: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am-12:00pm

Cost:

$60 1 hour per week

$100 2 hours per week

$135 3 hours per week

Youth Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo

Age: 6-8 years old
Description:

Age: 6-8 years old

Class Apperal:
Jazz shoes, fitted pants or leggings, fitted top or leotard and hair pulled out of face.

The dancer will be introduced to the ballet, jazz and tap styles of danceand terminology. They will continue to learn and perfect the fundamentalsof ballet, jazz and tap steps. The class will include some conditioning and stretching exercises, developing core strength for a healthy and strong body.

Skills Focus:

Ballet Course Focus:

  1. Introduce barre warm-up
  2. Center floor warm-up
  3. Ballet positions, arms and feet
  4. Arabesques, tendus, pliés, relevés, forced arch, and passés
  5. Begin pirouette turns/timers 6
  6. Across the floor exercises
  7. Chaîné and piqué turns
  8. Bourrées
  9. Battements, glissades and ballet choreography
  10. Splits – right, left and center
  11. Leaps, grande jetés

Location:

East Mesa

Class Schedule:

Monday: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Cost:

$60 1 hour per week

$100 2 hours per week

$135 3 hours per week

Jazz I/II

8-18 yrs
Description:

For ages approximately 8 years old and up.

Class Apparel Jazz Shoes, fitted pants or leggings, fitted top or leotard and hair pulled out of face.

The dancers will focus on the fundamentals of the jazz style of dance and terminology. The class will include some conditioning and stretching exercises, developing core strength for a healthy and strong body.

Skills Focus:

  • Across the floor exercises
  • Chasses and glissades
  • Grande jete leaps right and left
  • Leap Variations introducing a la seconde leaps
  • Chaine turns
  • Single pirouettes, right and left
  • Pas de bourree
  • Sassy walks
  • Dance combinations
  • Splits – right and left and center

 

Location:

East Mesa

Class Schedule:

Monday: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Cost:

$60 1 hour per week

$100 2 hours per week

$135 3 hours per week