Dance Classes


It’s All About Me!: Ages 18 months – 2 years old

What a wonderful age this is!!!! Head, shoulders, knees and toes! Yes, body awareness and building independence away from mommy and daddy is what this is all about. Giving them time to decide if they like fast or slow movement, learning high vs. low, right and left among many other lessons. Colors, letters, numbers are introduced and used in a fun dance movement setting! This class is not a mommy and me however usually in the beginning most will need mommy. Our goal is to gradually work mommy out of the room to work on that self confidence. This class does not perform in our annual year end recital and has a maximum of 5 students and will run at 3 per class.

Dance Explorers: Ages 2- 3 ½ (Must be 2 by August)

This class is perfect for your mini me to be introduced to the world of dance! This class focuses on coordination, short / long term memory, natural movements (skipping, balancing, ect.) all while being introduced to Ballet, Jazz and Tumbling. Using all our wonderful movement tools the students are engaged and always learning! While they learn to wait their turns colors, numbers, fine motor skills and letters are exposed to them in fun learning activities so they are always being challenged and inspired both mentally and physically. Class Maximum is 10 dancers however; depending on the individual class we may close them at 8 dancers to make sure they are getting all they can out of the classes.

Debut Darlings: Ages 3 ½- 4(most will turn 5 during the year.)

This class is perfect for our little dancers that are a wee bit older or have had some dance experience before in a structured class. This class encompasses a wonderful introduction and foundation to Basic Ballet, Jazz, Tumbling, Tap, and Classroom etiquette. While they learn to wait their turns colors, numbers, fine motor skills and letters are exposed to them in fun learning activities so they are always being challenged and inspired both mentally and physically. Using age appropriate tools, smiles and lots of positive encouragement your young dancer will love this class. Class Maximum is 10 dancers however; depending on the individual class we may close them at 8 dancers to make sure they are getting all they can out of the classes.

Cheer Bop Workshop: 8 weeks

This 8 week session is a BLAST for our little dancers who want to CHEER! Learning motions, jumps, chants, stunts and cheers this class is sure to make their little hands clap all day long! This class is taught by a fellow Rider University Cheerleader with a meet and greet with the University Cheerleaders and performance at the end of 8 weeks! Call the studio for dates and times!

5-7 Years Old: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Tumbling, and Hip Hop

We are so excited to offer all of the above classes for you dancer! We highly recommend that they take Ballet and add on the other classes as electives. Ballet is the foundation of all dancing and is important that even as a recreational dancer your child has at least a basic knowledge of the terminology moves and steps. See our schedule for available classes!!!!!!

Break Dancing 4 Boyz:

Offering the most exciting and athletic classes in the area for boys Dance It Up with Music is so excited to have these boys in our studio! Every year 30 + boys join us for classes growing as hip hop and break dancers. Conditioning, breaking, choreography and performances are all part of this exciting class! The best part?.......... It’s only Boys! Classes start at 4 years old!

Acting:

This class encompasses theater scripts, commercials, monologues and so much more! Fun group activities and performances are offered in this class. The building of self confidence is born in this class bringing your dancer to the next level!

Tumbling Program:

Our dancers so enjoy this program! Focusing only on floor tumbling and acrobatics this is not a gymnastics class. We do not use balance beams, barres ect. Using the acro and tumbling to enhance their dancing the students get a full hour class all year round. March through June an additional class is offered at no extra charge except the costume and they too can participate in the year end recital!

BALLET:

Classes are designed to stress proper body placement, core, balance, and the use of terminology. Since the fundamentals of all major dance forms come from Ballet, its study is recommended for all serious and recreational dancers.

HIP-HOP:

This dance style is one you make your own. Hip-Hop originally started with break-boys, acquiring the name B-Boys and break girls called B-Girls because they danced during the breaks of the music. DJ's started cutting, scratching, and splicing the music to make the break longer. Hip-Hop is "flava" steps found on the streets and moving your body through isolations, lock and pop movements.

TAP:

Tap dance is a major part of our American Culture from the great tappers of Fred Astaire, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, to today's tappers such as Mike Minery, Laurie Johnson and Debbie Dee. Tap teaches syncopated rhythms with exercises to develop. LYRICAL- A blend of Ballet, Jazz, and Modern, students learn to apply and combine the rhythm of Jazz, emotion of Modern, and the technique of Ballet. The dancer must take on the role of the character and tell a story through facial expressions and body dynamics.

JAZZ:

This type of dance can take on two styles, Broadway or Funk, which is commonly seen on MTV. Classes consist of strength building, flexibility, proper alignment, isolations, leaps and turns.

LYRICAL:

The perfect blend of Jazz and Ballet! This style shares stories through movement and emotion.

MUSIC FunTime:

MFT is not a playgroup where children sing, dance and jump around. Geared from the Johns Hopkins Research that children 7 and under can learn to read music notation and symbols, eventually, learning to play instruments. Through crafts, worksheets, games, instruments, singing and very small group classes we teach children in a fun exciting way, how to play and read music. This class progresses the children and becomes their first piano/vocal class!

COMBINATION CLASSES:

These classes are offered to 5 and 6 yr olds and 7-9 yr olds. The 5 and 6 yr olds learn ballet and jazz and the 7-9 yr olds learn ballet, jazz, and tap. Students learn all the important beginnings of the principles of dance through barre` work, floor exercises, choreography and music exercises. Please see descriptions for Ballet/Tap/Jazz classes.

Dance It Up reserves the right to cancel any class with less than 5 registrations. Students will be placed by age and ability.