Ballet technique is the basis for all other dance forms. Becoming a better jazz, contemporary or even hip hop dancer requires ballet study! Dance Etc. School of the Arts provides a strong foundation in ballet so that our students can also excel in all other dance forms. We take pride in maintaining a wide array of levels to ensure each dancer is working to his or her potential.
Mrs. Boyle trained primarily in the Vaganova (Russian) Method and all our teachers maintain her structure and method of teaching. Our instructors have a broad background in many methods and ensure all students learn the terminology and positions of Vaganova, Cecchetti, and RAD for a complete dance education. Each level has a carefully crafted syllabus in which the students all learn specific skills and terminology in order to progress to the next level.
At the end of each year, students are evaluated individually and class placement recommendations are given by their teacher. Progression to the next level is not based on age and is not always a guarantee. Effective class placement is a priority for Dance Etc. School of the Arts as we believe each individual student will succeed by being in the level that challenges them but also maintains their technique. A higher level does not always indicate future abilities; dancing above a dancer's skill set can actually harm and regress his or her training.
The highest level of our ballet program is The Progressives. This program is by invitation only and is only for serious students.
Ballet Levels :
• Creative Movement – Ballet 2: 1 class per week
• Ballet 3 - Pre-Progressive: 2 class per week requirement. If the 2 classes designated for your level are not possible for your schedule, please enroll in a support class.
• Petite, Jr., and Sr. Progressive: 3 class per week requirement.
• Ballet 2 and up all have Master Classes available in addition to their performance classes. The master class is pure learning and technique throughout the year.
• Support Classes are available for Ballet 2 and up and required for students in our Progressive Program. We have many support classes throughout our schedule that are an extra boost to the student’s training. Support classes are open to adults who are not in any other styles as well!
En Memorandum - Peter Michael DuFore Art Director at Dance Etc. School of the Arts from 1985-2010. Peter DuFore's amazing talent, generosity, and contagious passion for the arts lives on in our 4 walls today. His daughter, Danielle DuFore, had a successful dance career and continues to spread her father's passions with the students at Dance Etc. His grandson, and recent graduate, Santos was a student with us for years and continues his family's artistic legacy as both a dancer and visual artist at the collegiate level. You will find Peter DuFore's artwork on our walls and in our scenery sets that have endured the test of time.
Our art classes cover the basics of visual art to help students understand vocabulary; the various mediums and their uses; and the use of shapes, shadows, positioning, and abstract forms. Our classes are perfect for those just starting in visual art or simply learning as a relaxing past time. They are also a wonderful addition for those pursuing careers in art and building art portfolios.
All art students are asked to provide their own supplies using this checklist. Please bring a sample of their work to the first class so it can be evaluated to give the instructor a starting point. Art classes begin September 7th, 2021 and end May 28th, 2022.
Art classes are open level and divided by ages. Find the right class for your students age on our schedule!
Here at Dance Etc. we value all of the arts and do our best to incorporate each one of them. We are proud to have a drama department that helps artists embrace the stage in fun and engaging ways!
The How to Audition course teaches you just that! How to audition for a theatrical or on-camera production. Learn the etiquette and techniques that will get you noticed inside the audition room and outside it. Catch the casting team’s attention with well crafted, dynamic performances that leave a strong and lasting impression on your audience. Overcome the fear and anxiety of performing in front of strangers and adopt a mindset that allows you to do your best work in the room. Learn preparation skills that make it quick and easy to get ready for any audition. Discover the joy and excitement of putting on a stellar performance in your next audition!
In our Drama and Production course, the students will learn the ins and outs of creating an actual theatrical performance. Build a toolbox of techniques that you can draw on for any and every theatrical endeavor. Create the characters of your dreams and tell exciting, relatable stories that move audiences out of their chairs and into a standing ovation! Explore new skills to maximize your voice and movement on-stage and learn how to break open and understand any script. Be part of a powerful ensemble experience, collaborate with fellow actors, and put on a full-fledged show for your parents and friends!
Dance Etc. has been honored to offer private piano lessons with our phenomenal instructor, Ms. Larissa Henderson for many years now. Ms. Larissa has an extensive background in piano and has helped shape countless young musicians.
Piano students participate in weekly private lessons of 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Students get to perform in our end of year in-house piano recital, while some of our more advanced students also perform in our Winter Concert.
To register for piano, students must first contact our registrar to schedule an evaluation and meeting with Ms. Larissa.
Send us an email to schedule an evaluation!