Curriculum

The Dance Company, Inc. offers a complete dance curriculum for all ages and abilities. We stress proper technique and performance with classes ranging from the specialized program for pre-schoolers to tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, ballet and pointe on advanced levels.

Mommy & Me - Class for young 2 year olds and their parent, grandparent or caregiver exploring the concepts of self vs. general space, levels, rhythm, and motor skills.  Mommy & Me is designed to introduce 2 year olds to the curriculum of the 2 year old class in a 30 minute class.

2 Year Old Class - Designed for students 2 1/2 years and older. This class explores the concepts of self vs. general space, levels, rhythm, motor skills, and basic pre-ballet technique in a 45 minute class. In order to enroll, the student must be 2 by January 1 for summer classes and 2 by April 1 for school year classes.

ATTIRE: Leotard, tights and pink ballet shoes

Stage Arts - Stage Arts is specifically designed for the young pre-school student. Stage Arts is a one hour class and consists of pre-ballet, tap, basic tumbling and rhythmic movement.

ATTIRE: Students will be required to have pink ballet shoes and bark Mary Jane tap shoes. They will wear leotard and tights. Skirts are acceptable.

5/6 Year-Old Combo Class - This class is designed for the young school age dancer. It is a 1 hour class consisting of 30 minutes of ballet and tap. Every other week a jazz class will be incorporated into the class.

ATTIRE: Dancers will need pink ballet shoes and bark Mary Jane tap shoes. No jazz shoes will be required.

6 Year-Old Combo Class
- Students in this class should have taken 5/6 Year Old Combo the previous year.  Class content builds upon the skills taught the prior year.   

ATTIRE: Dancers will need pink ballet shoes and bark Mary Jane tap shoes. No jazz shoes will be required.

Creative Dance - This class blends movement, music, improvisation, and serves as an introduction for the future study of all dance techniques.  The class is geared to 6-9 year olds.  

ATTIRE: Form fitting dance clothes.  Bare feet or skin colored foot paws.

Ballet - Ballet is the foundation for all forms of dance. It is essential to the development of poise, grace, balance and discipline required to become an excellent dancer.

ATTIRE: Students must wear a black leotard and pink tights with pink ballet shoes. Hair must be worn in a bun. Classes at the Company level, should wear canvas ballet shoes.

Pointe - Pointe will be offered to students who show the necessary strengt and technical ability.  Students will be placed in the pointe class at the teacher's discretion.

ATTIRE: Black leotard, pink tights and hair in a bun.  All points shoes must be approved by the instructor. 

Tap - Tap class will consist of fundamental barre work, rhythms, and proper tap technique.

ATTIRE: Elementary classes will be required to wear Bark Mary Jane tap shoes. Intermediate, Company, Teen and Advanced Tap classes will be required to wear  lace up or slip on jazz taps.  Hair should be worn away from the face.

Jazz - Based on ballet and folk dancing, jazz is a stylized theatrical kind of dancing.

ATTIRE: Jazz shoes and proper dance attire.  Hair should be worn away from the face.

Acrobatics - Acrobatics consists of beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of tumbling integrating dance movement and stressing flexibility, control, and strength. Beginning acrobatic classes will not perform in the recital.

ATTIRE: Shorts, leggings, leotards, T-shirt, tank tops.  No midriff showing. Sneakers or barefeet.

Baton - Baton twirling is an art form that combines dance steps with twirling a baton. It utilizes twirling with both hands, hand-eye coordination, gracefulness and rhythm.

ATTIRE: Baton students must wear a leotard (any color, without skirts attached); shorts and/or sweat pants may be worn over leotard. Footwear will be tennis shoes.


Hip-Hop - Hip-Hop is a freestyle, dynamic type of dance. It is also connected to urban street jazz.

ATTIRE: Sweatpants, T-shirt and Black Pastry dance sneakers

Contemporary - A style of theatrical dance that rejects the limitations of classical ballet and favors movement deriving from the expression of inner feeling.

ATTIRE: Form fitting dance clothes. Bare feet or skin colored dance paws.

Lyrical - Based on ballet, lyrical dance places emphasis on the lyrics or the mood of the music.

Honors Ballet - Susan Potts oversees our very popular Honors Ballet Program. Each student enrolled takes additional ballet classes, in addition to their regular ballet class. Each student is first evaluated by the instructors and then placed in our graded Honors Ballet program. Students perform excerpts from the Nutcracker each holiday season and participate in a one week Ballet Intensive during the summer. For further information about the program, please see Ms. Susan.