DDS Class Descriptions

Each student is closely evaluated by the faculty and director, there is a syllabus for each class that the faculty follows. While each class description gives an age/grade level, these ages/grades are a general guideline and students do not automatically move up to the next level according to age/grade listed or the amount of years that they have studied dance.  We want to ensure that students can execute proper technique of each movement for that level before moving to the next level.  Dancers are placed in a level that is appropriate for them as our goal is to promote confidence, self-grown and development. 
Preschool I & II (Ages 2.9 - 5)

Our Preschool Combo class is a 45-minute ballet / tap combo class.  During this class, students will learn proper ballet and tap techniques, basic dance terminology, choreography memorization, while having fun with friends, building self-confidence, and practicing performance focus.  

Beginner (Grades K - 2)

Our Beginner Combo class is a 60-minute ballet / tap combo class.  During this class, students will build upon their preschool dance experience, continue their ballet and tap technique, learn additional dance terminology.  Dance games & choreography will feature simple to moderate dance combinations, switching levels while continuing to build confidence and performance focus.

 Elementary (Grades 3 - 5)

Students are enrolled in 30-minutes of ballet in addition to a 30-minute tap class and/or a 30-minute jazz class. Those wishing to branch out a bit to expand their dance knowledge and subjects are encouraged to enroll in all three subjects.  Introductions to traditional combinations will prepare them as they transition from intermediate to secondary level. The class curriculum is designed to prepare them for memorizing, and performing multiple stage routines, partnering and team building skills, and having fun with friends as they build their confidence on their transition from primary to secondary level. 

 Junior (Grades 6 - 8)

Junior level students can enroll in a 30-minute ballet class along with either a 30-minute tap class or a 30-minute jazz class. Students wishing to branch out and expand their dance knowledge and subjects are encouraged to enroll in all three subjects. Introductions to more complex choreography will prepare them as they gain confidence, performance experience and ability. Students are introduced to improvisational dance, to help build and strengthen self-confidence and stage performance. 

Senior (Grades 9 - 12)

Senior level students can enroll in a 30-minute ballet class along with either a 30-minute tap class or a 30-minute jazz class. Those wishing to enroll in both combo classes are encouraged to do so. The class curriculum is designed to finalize their preparation as polished pre-professional dancers and confident performers. Dance conditioning for flexibility and stamina, complex choreography based on proper dance technique will prepare them as they gain experience and ability. 

 Hip Hop (Grades K – 12)

Our 45-minute Hip-Hop classes incorporate old and new styles of hip hop, funk, and jazz; pop and lock body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of the music. Students will learn improvisation, jumps, and rotations with age-appropriate choreography.

Musical Theater (Grades K – 12)

Our 45-minute class is for students that want to dance interpreting music from stage or screen.  Theatrical expression, lip syncing, and Broadway style choreography rooted in the diverse history of musicals.  This class is perfect for stage actors and dancers who want to focus on musical interpretation.

Ballet Technique (Grades 4 – 12)

This non-performance class is designed for students who want to further their ballet training. Readiness for pointe work is determined by each student's strength and physical development, not by their age. Class curriculum consists of barre work, center, and across the floor progressions. Students may wear pre-pointe or pointe shoes once the appropriate student evaluation has taken place.  

Leaps, Jumps & Turns (Grades 4 – 12)

This non-performance class is focused on various jumps, leaps and turns which are essential in dance.  Students will learn the technical terms including beginner, intermediate and advanced movement that will help them improve as performers.

Acro & Tumbling (Grades K – 12)

This non-performance class teaches controlled moves that involve balance and flexibility which can lead to acrobatic elements as a performer.   

DDS Dance Teams (Grades 4 - 12)

Any student wishing to further their growth as performer is welcome to train and participate in competitions, community outreach, as well as various local and regional events. Any fees or costs associated with competitions and events are the responsibility of the student. All team students (ages 8+) must be enrolled in at least 1 ballet class, one technique class, and attend our summer dance intensive. Complex choreography will be showcased at performance events.  Advanced level groups will be selected by the choreographer based on the student's ability, stage presence, and strength in a particular dance style.  In addition to competitions, our dance teams have trained with the Radio City Rockettes in New York City, Belly Queen Dance Theater, Stars Dance Company, Tap Life, and renowned professional choreographers throughout the world. We have performed in the Main Street Parade and on stage in Disney World, center court for the Boston Celtics, Providence Bruins, and Brockton Rox in addition to working with several charitable events raising several thousand dollars as part of our studio's “Dance for a Difference” mission.

DDS Theater Company (Grades K+)

Our theater program is open to students wishing to participate in a theatrical stage production annually each Spring.  Students audition for roles and prepare rehearsals while developing their ability to perform. Vocal training, dance choreography as well as individual coaching are supplied throughout the months leading up to the performance. Some of our past productions have included our Aladdin, The Wizard of Oz, and Annie. 

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