Recommended Dance Classes for Ages 5 Years to Teen

Ages 5 to 6 years

Intro to Jazz (5-6 yrs)

Intro to Jazz is an upbeat class that introduces basic jazz technique, rhythm, and choreography. With upbeat music, dancers will start to learn about the differences between jazz and ballet, the styles of jazz, and performance skills.

Taplettes (5-6 yrs)

Little tappers will begin to learn the basics of tap with a focus on rhythm, syncopation, and patterns. Taplettes will play games to help them learn new patterns and steps.

Pre Ballet (5-6 yrs)

Pre-Ballet is an introductory ballet class that introduces the positions of the feet, port de bras, basic ballet steps, French vocabulary, class etiquette, barre work, center work, and choreography. Through games, creative movement, and imagery, the foundation for ballet technique will begin to blossom for young dancers.

Performing Group (6+ yrs with instructor approval)

For dancers looking for extra performing opportunities at Recitals and beyond, Performing Group is a technique class with extra focus on choreography and performance skills. In order to join this special group, dancers must also be enrolled in 2 technique classes during the week.

Ages 7 years and Up

Jazz 1 (7+ yrs)

Expanding upon the foundation of Intro to Jazz, Jazz 1 will start to introduce the importance of stretching, strengthening, and body conditioning. More complex steps including leaps and turns will start to be introduced. Across the floor and choreography combinations will be a major focus. Different styles of jazz including Broadway, jazz funk, and Fosse will start to be discussed.

Tap 1 (7+ yrs)

Tap 1 takes the Taplettes curriculum and spices it up! Adding more complex, embellished steps to the class while stressing unison, clarity, and execution helps these tappers increase their confidence with rhythm and musical structure.

Ballet 1 (7+ yrs)

Building upon fundamentals of classical ballet learned in Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1 will expand upon French vocabulary, barre, center, and choreography while adding more complexity and increasing difficulty. Class etiquette and traditions of ballet will be stressed in this level as dancers learn the structure of class and the importance of professionalism and respect. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  

Jazz 2 (8+ yrs)

Building upon fundamentals of Jazz 1, Jazz 2 increases the difficulty of body conditioning while increasing complexity and vocabulary of leaps, turns, and kicks. Different types of choreography including lyrical and Broadway jazz will be explored. Execution and body alignment will be stressed in this more advanced level.

Tap 2 (8+ yrs)

Tap 2 adds to the wealth of vocabulary learned in Tap 1 while increasing complexity of steps. Focusing on unison, clarity, and sounds continues to be stressed. Introducing harder tap concepts such as pullbacks and wings, Tap 2 is faster and flashier as the curriculum goes on!

Ballet 2 (8+ yrs)

While Ballet 1 lays the foundation for technique, Ballet 2 focuses more upon proper body alignment, turnout, execution, balance, and strength. Because Ballet 2 is a preparation for the most advanced level, Ballet 3, and is considered a preparation for pointe shoes, students may study in this level for more than one year until they show a mastery of the steps and concepts of the course. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  

Contemporary (8+ yrs)

Designed for the intermediate to advanced dancer with experience in either ballet or jazz, Contemporary takes the fundamentals of dance technique and begins to bend and break them with exciting choreography, floor work, and musicality. Contemporary melds ballet, jazz, modern, and lyrical dance to a myriad of musical styles and speeds.

Jazz 3 (9+ yrs)

With technique and strength gained in Jazz 1 and Jazz 2, Jazz 3 is a more advanced, choreographic exploration of Jazz dance. Leaps, turns, and kicks get harder and more complex while choreography becomes more intricate. A solid technical foundation learned in earlier levels is a must for this class.

Tap 3 (9+ yrs)

The sky’s the limit for our most advanced tap class yet! Dancers learn to embellish their work, tap faster, and incorporate intricate patterns and rhythms to their vocabulary. All styles of tap are explored in this challenging, upbeat class. This advanced tap class requires a foundation in the basics learned in earlier levels.

Ballet 3 (11+ yrs)

Our most advanced Ballet class ideal for Teens, Ballet 3 provides a strong technical foundation with a focus on more difficult combinations, petit allegro, pirouettes, and grande allegro. Choreography is a mix of classical with exposure to the great ballets and variations with original works of a more contemporary style included. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  

Pointe (11+ yrs)

With instructor permission, Pointe dancers learn the fundamentals of pointe technique and execution. Dancers must have adequate strength, stability, and precociousness to handle this exciting responsibility for advanced dancers only.

Ages 8 years and Up

Jazz 2 (8+ yrs)

Building upon fundamentals of Jazz 1, Jazz 2 increases the difficulty of body conditioning while increasing complexity and vocabulary of leaps, turns, and kicks. Different types of choreography including lyrical and Broadway jazz will be explored. Execution and body alignment will be stressed in this more advanced level.

Tap 2 (8+ yrs)

Tap 2 adds to the wealth of vocabulary learned in Tap 1 while increasing complexity of steps. Focusing on unison, clarity, and sounds continues to be stressed. Introducing harder tap concepts such as pullbacks and wings, Tap 2 is faster and flashier as the curriculum goes on!

Ballet 2 (8+ yrs)

While Ballet 1 lays the foundation for technique, Ballet 2 focuses more upon proper body alignment, turnout, execution, balance, and strength. Because Ballet 2 is a preparation for the most advanced level, Ballet 3, and is considered a preparation for pointe shoes, students may study in this level for more than one year until they show a mastery of the steps and concepts of the course. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  

Contemporary (8+ yrs)

Designed for the intermediate to advanced dancer with experience in either ballet or jazz, Contemporary takes the fundamentals of dance technique and begins to bend and break them with exciting choreography, floor work, and musicality. Contemporary melds ballet, jazz, modern, and lyrical dance to a myriad of musical styles and speeds.

Jazz 3 (9+ yrs)

With technique and strength gained in Jazz 1 and Jazz 2, Jazz 3 is a more advanced, choreographic exploration of Jazz dance. Leaps, turns, and kicks get harder and more complex while choreography becomes more intricate. A solid technical foundation learned in earlier levels is a must for this class.

Tap 3 (9+ yrs)

The sky’s the limit for our most advanced tap class yet! Dancers learn to embellish their work, tap faster, and incorporate intricate patterns and rhythms to their vocabulary. All styles of tap are explored in this challenging, upbeat class. This advanced tap class requires a foundation in the basics learned in earlier levels.

Ballet 3 (11+ yrs)

Our most advanced Ballet class ideal for Teens, Ballet 3 provides a strong technical foundation with a focus on more difficult combinations, petit allegro, pirouettes, and grande allegro. Choreography is a mix of classical with exposure to the great ballets and variations with original works of a more contemporary style included. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.

Pointe (11+ yrs)

With instructor permission, Pointe dancers learn the fundamentals of pointe technique and execution. Dancers must have adequate strength, stability, and precociousness to handle this exciting responsibility for advanced dancers only.

Ages 9 years and Up

Jazz 3 (9+ yrs)

With technique and strength gained in Jazz 1 and Jazz 2, Jazz 3 is a more advanced, choreographic exploration of Jazz dance. Leaps, turns, and kicks get harder and more complex while choreography becomes more intricate. A solid technical foundation learned in earlier levels is a must for this class.

Tap 3 (9+ yrs)

The sky’s the limit for our most advanced tap class yet! Dancers learn to embellish their work, tap faster, and incorporate intricate patterns and rhythms to their vocabulary. All styles of tap are explored in this challenging, upbeat class. This advanced tap class requires a foundation in the basics learned in earlier levels.

Ballet 3 (11+ yrs)

Our most advanced Ballet class ideal for Teens, Ballet 3 provides a strong technical foundation with a focus on more difficult combinations, petit allegro, pirouettes, and grande allegro. Choreography is a mix of classical with exposure to the great ballets and variations with original works of a more contemporary style included. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  

Pointe (11+ yrs)

With instructor permission, Pointe dancers learn the fundamentals of pointe technique and execution. Dancers must have adequate strength, stability, and precociousness to handle this exciting responsibility for advanced dancers only.

Ages 11 years and Up

Ballet 3 (11+ yrs)

Our most advanced Ballet class ideal for Teens, Ballet 3 provides a strong technical foundation with a focus on more difficult combinations, petit allegro, pirouettes, and grande allegro. Choreography is a mix of classical with exposure to the great ballets and variations with original works of a more contemporary style included. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  

Pointe (11+ yrs)

With instructor permission, Pointe dancers learn the fundamentals of pointe technique and execution. Dancers must have adequate strength, stability, and precociousness to handle this exciting responsibility for advanced dancers only.

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Why Choose Us

Highly Trained Faculty & Diverse Curriculum

With a dedicated faculty offering multiple instruments, voice, and dance styles, we can find a teacher or class to fit your unique needs.


All Ages Welcome

The Music & Dance Academy provides a robust music or dance education. Private lessons and group classes are available for all ages, including Music Funtime and Mommy & Me classes for toddlers all the way up to Adult classes and lessons. Families can find something for everyone at our school.


Community & Performance Opportunities

Our relationship with the greater Tucson community provides our students with opportunities to grow their performance skills, participate in events, and volunteer with community service projects to become well-rounded artists.