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DanceNew Whether you aspire to become a professional dancer or you just want to improve your coordination, get some exercise, or have
some fun, there's something for everyone in the Parks and Recreation Department's dance program. The dance program offers complete training in a wide variety of dance disciplines and related movement for children, aged two years and up, beginners through advanced levels. All of our instructors are fully qualified professionals, possessing many years of teaching experience. All teachers are dedicated to creating a truly caring environment for the younger child and a more challenging curriculum for older students. Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape, while inspiring a sense of wellbeing. From our tiniest ballerina to our belly dancers, dancing helps build flexibility, strength and endurance, and contributes to a positive outlook.


Parent and child will participate together in this class designed to involve the parent in the very beginning process of dance training with your child. Music, coordination and gross motor skills are the foundations laid in this program. Designed to develop a child's natural movements and encourage creativity in the very young dancer. This class will teach basic ballet positions and focus on coordination through basic tumbling and floor work.

Ballet helps build through its discipline, a graceful body with good posture and poise. Each class promotes correct body placement, strength and basic vocabulary. These techniques are studied through barre, center and combinations. Goals include proper posture and the learned choreography of a dance performance for the last day of class, to be held for family and friends. Student must be able to separate from parent and be ready to follow group instruction.

This basic tap, jazz and beginning ballet technique class will include more challenging barre exercises, while emphasizing basic terminology. The tap portion of the class will concentrate on developing intricate patterns and rhythms, while the jazz portion of class will begin to develop student's flexibility and balance skills. Two sessions experience needed.


Dance instruction focuses on mastering combinations and vocabulary of basic ballet, jazz and tap steps. Dancers improve stamina, core skills, technique and rhythm, offering the student experience in tap, ballet and tumbling technique. 


This fun and upbeat style of dance focuses on coordination and strength. Hip-Hop is most commonly seen in music videos and students will learn the newest styles, along with performance skills, energy and stamina. Emphasizes energy and incorporates basic jazz steps with a modern style.

You will enjoy learning ballet while developing confidence, mental concentration, physical coordination and grace. Class includes barre work and floor combinations. This is a class for dancers wishing to experience the joy of dance and to develop their performance skills! Open to all levels.

Looking for a low-impact cardio workout? Love to dance but not exactly a dancer? This one's for you! Easy, fun dance steps using a variety of styles to give you a moderateintensity workout. No experience needed. Jazz shoes recommended.

Beginner 1
Learn the basic but essential moves of the beautiful art form of belly dance. This class is geared for beginners that have never belly danced before or for dancers that wish to go back to the basics. In this class, you will focus on breaking moves down, isolations, shimmies and patterns. Low impact.

Beginner 2
This class is for students with some dance experience or the completion of belly dance Beginner 1. Take your belly dancing to the next level! You will add to your belly dance vocabulary, and learn combinations, turns, travel steps and fine tune your shimmies. Class is low-mid impact. If you have sensitive balls of the feet, please bring dance shoes or socks.
Learn the basic rhythm, step patterns and technique of this popular Latin dance. Whether you're looking to learn this dance for the first time or to brush up on some of the basics—this is the perfect class for you. No experience needed.

Emphasis will be on the development of partnering skills, lead and follow, the basic principles of timing, as well as basic foot work and variations of simple turn patterns. Cha, Cha, Rumba, Tango and Salsa are covered. No experience needed.

Learn to jump, jive and wail by learning the triple and single East Coast swing. No experience needed.

Age 12 & up
This class focuses more on the styles that have evolved as part of the Hip-Hop culture to include Breaking, Locking and Popping. While our other hip-hop classes are based on jazz technique with hip-hop influences, our new Urban Hip-Hop class, taught by Mr. Pop-a-Dok, will have movement with an emphasis on rhythm and coordination, isolation, footwork, transitions, formations and street dance choreography.

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Dance Program Guidelines
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