Class Descriptions

AGES 1-4: Dance With Me is a class in which both Parent or Caregiver and Child actively participate in the class. During this 30- minute class that meets once a week, dancers will have fun moving and grooving to the music while building social skills in a creative, nurturing space. This class is ideal for young dancers and parents who want to explore movement together.

AGES 2-3: My First Dance Class is the ideal first class for children who show an interest in music and movement. During this 30-minute class that meets once a week, dancers will learn studio etiquette and movement technique in a warm and nurturing environment that allows for a lot of individual attention. This class lays the foundation for learning Ballet basics.

AGES 3-4: Creative Movement is all about moving to the music, learning basic Ballet concepts, and having fun. During this 30-minute class that meets once a week, students will learn dance studio etiquette and how to be a part of a group of dancers moving and creating together. 3-year-olds who haven't taken dance class before should begin with My First Dance Class instead of Creative Movement.

AGES 4-5: Intro to Ballet is a 45-minute class that meets once a week. Students will learn Ballet basics - including correct foot/ arm placement and terminology - in an environment that is fun, exciting and creates a love for dance. 4-year-olds new to dance class should take Creative Movement before enrolling in Intro to Ballet.

AGES 5-6: Ballet/Tap students will build upon Ballet skills already learned and learn new technique and movement. During this 45-minute class that meets once a week they'll also "tap" into the basics of Tap dance - a genre that allows dancers to use their feet as percussive instruments. 5-year-olds should first complete Intro to Ballet before enrolling in Ballet/Pre-tap.

AGES 6-7: Triple Threat (Ballet, Jazz, Tap) is a 60-minute class that meets once a week. Students will learn new Ballet and Tap skills, even as they build upon the skills they've already learned in past classes. They'll also begin to learn Jazz dance - an exciting dance style that incorporates contemporary music and a lot of fun new moves. 6-year-olds should complete Ballet/Pre-tap before enrolling in Triple Threat.

Breakdance is an energetic and often acrobatic style of dance that incorporates intricate footwork and even pantomime. It's a great way to burn a lot of energy while learning about rhythm and increasing strength and flexibility. Dancers of all ages love learning to be B-boys and B-girls at DancEast!

Hip Hop dance is a street-inspired style performed to hip-hop music and reflecting hip-hop culture. Each class includes an upbeat warm-up followed by urban dance choreography unique to the instructor's style.        

Contemporary dance is the most current form of dance today, borrowing from Ballet, Modern and Jazz to create a uniquely 21st-century style of movement. Class at DancEast incorporates the choreographic aesthetic of the instructor with exciting and unique musical choices.

Ballet is a regimented and technical form of dance with roots in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and a unique vocabulary based on French terminology. Class at DancEast makes it accessible and fun, offering the rigor of Ballet exercises within an eclectic and entertaining class that can be enjoyed by beginners and seasoned dancers alike. 

Pointe is the form of classical Ballet in which a Ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet wearing Pointe shoes.

Acrobatic Dance is the perfect class for increasing flexibility and strength while also increasing dance ability. Not to be confused with Gymnastics, Acrobatic Dance is the performance of movement that requires balance, coordination and agility.       

Tap turns a dancer's feet into percussive instruments, and it's a wonderful genre to help build musicality and can be a low-impact form of dance as exercise.  

Jazz dance has its roots in African and European dance traditions, but it is a uniquely American style that developed in conjunction with the rise of Jazz music. Jazz class at DancEast is fun and energetic, and it allows dancers to showcase their individual styles through unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.

Modern dance, not to be confused with Contemporary dance, evolved during the late 19th/early 20th centuries as a means to move away from the classical movement of Ballet dance. In practice, it simultaneously borrows from and rejects the teachings of Ballet, incorporating such techniques as contract-and-release, emotion-based improvisation, use of gravity to enhance movement and pedestrian movement.

Contemporary dance is the most current form of dance today, borrowing from Ballet, Modern and Jazz to create a uniquely 21st-century style of movement. Class at DancEast incorporates the choreographic aesthetic of each instructor with exciting and unique musical choices.   

Recommended Attire

With the exception of our higher level Ballet classes (see specific guidelines below), we do not enforce a strict dress code at DancEast. We do ask that all students come to class in dancewear (of any color or pattern), with hair pulled back and wearing no jewelry (non-dangling earrings are acceptable). No school clothes or “street” clothes, please!  And remember – all dance shoes (even hip-hop sneakers) should NEVER be worn outside! We discourage bared midriffs and very loose clothing in all of our dance classes, as it hinders hands-on corrections and in some cases the ability to view alignment. One exception is that loose clothing is permissible in Hip Hop.  

specific Guidelines for each type of class:

My First Dance Class AND Creative Movement: Leotard and tights of any color or pattern. A dance skirt is optional. Leggings or shorts with a t-shirt or sleeveless top are great options, too. Dancers can either dance in bare feet or in ballet shoes. If a dancer would like to dance in bare feet, we suggest footless tights.

Intro to Ballet: Leotard and tights of any color or pattern. A dance skirt is optional. Boys may choose to wear a fitted shirt and shorts instead of tights, if desired. Ballet shoes are required for this class.

Ballet/Tap AND Triple Threat: Leotard and tights of any color or pattern. A dance skirt is optional. Boys may choose to wear a fitted shirt and shorts instead of tights, if desired. Ballet and tap shoes are required for this class.

Acrobatic Dance: Leotard and footless tights or leggings of any color or pattern. Leggings or shorts with a t-shirt or sleeveless top (that can be tucked in) are great options, too. Bare feet.

Ballet (beginner): Leotard and tights of any color or pattern. A dance skirt is optional. Boys may choose to wear a fitted shirt and shorts instead of tights, if desired. Ballet shoes are required for this class.

Modern AND Contemporary: Leotard and footless tights or leggings of any color or pattern. Boys may choose to wear a fitted shirt and shorts instead of tights or leggings, if desired. Bare feet.

Tap: Leotard and tights or leggings of any color or pattern. Leggings or shorts with a t-shirt or sleeveless top are great options, too. Tap shoes are required for this class. We do not allow character-style, high-heeled tap shoes. We prefer black tap shoes. 

Jazz: Leotard and tights or leggings of any color or pattern. Boys may choose to wear a fitted shirt and shorts instead of tights or leggings, if desired. Jazz shoes are required for this class; we prefer black.

Hip Hop and Breakdance: Leggings/sweatpants, a t-shirt/tank top and sneakers that will only be worn on the dance floor. Converse work well. No jeans.

Multi Genre: Leotard and (footless or convertible) tights or leggings of any color or pattern. Boys may choose to wear a fitted shirt and shorts instead of tights or leggings, if desired. Leggings or shorts with a t-shirt or sleeveless top are great options, too. Ballet shoes are required for this class. 

Ballet (intermediate and higher) and Pointe/Pre-pointe: Solid-colored tights (no darker than skin tone) with solid-colored leotard. Only unlined, fitted, sheer skirts that are no longer than knee length are allowed (i.e. Ballet wrap skirts). Fitted warm-up sweaters and legwarmers are allowed. Hair MUST be off the face and off the neck. Boys should wear very fitted tanks or tees with tights, leggings or very fitted shorts. Ballet shoes are required for Ballet and Pre-pointe. Pointe shoes are required for Pointe.