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
Jazz is an umbrella term encompassing several different styles of dance including ballet, modern, street and African. Jazz is one of the most popular dance styles in the industry, mainly due to its use in television, movies, commercials and Broadway. Showcasing a dancer's individual style and originality, jazz dance's identifying elements are isolations, grounded movement, low center of gravity, c
Tap dancing is a unique art form that was created from the social fabric of both African and European traditions. Born in America, this percussive and rhythmic dance evolved alongside the American jazz music scene. Most notably, a tap dancer creates both movement and music - a partnering of sight and sound that creates a double aesthetic. Tap dancing has been adopted by popular American culture an
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.
At Dance Etc. School of the Arts, we start students in Lyrical which teaches the basics of fluid movement and weight changes and then they progress into Contemporary
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles, primarily breaking, which was created in the 1970's and made popular by dance crews in the United States. Dance Etc. believes in offering hip-hop to a wide array of ages, ensuring age appropriate costumes and music. As the majority of
Drama covers a broad range of performance skills including screen play, character development, role playing, monologues, script writing, and directing. Our drama program seeks to equip our students in as many of these facets as possible to produce well-rounded actors and actresses.
We currently offer a Drama and Production class for students age 9+ who have previous acting experience. Students in
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 31st, 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!
For Actors with experience, we offer a Drama and Production class:
This 2021-2022 season class (October 5th through May 25th) will put on a production at the end of the year. Students taking this class should be prepared to be part of script finding and development activities. They will help pick a short play and utilize all of their previous acting experiences to put on a production. Actors will have to audition with a monologue to be part of the final production. They will also have the option to do a monologue or a scene for the final production.
Available October 5 - November 23:
Acting for film and Television Workshop
In this workshop, students will:
- Create characters using powerful, dynamic, and simple themes
- Break open a script or monologue from any acting medium
- Build confidence as an actor and performer
- Audition with more authenticity and power
- Have an in-depth understanding of what's required for film/television acting
Students should leave the workshop with an understanding of film as a visual medium as well as understand how to break down scenes. They will become comfortable creating emotional arcs and preparing for cold readings/auditions. They will come to understand camera angles and framing shots. They will learn the roles of the people behind the scenes and the camera . Students will improve in film/television all while tapping into the physical and emotional part of acting.
If you'd like to register for a workshop or our production class, follow the link below!
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!