Recreational Dance Classes

Recreational Class Descriptions

Dance with Energy offers classes in a variety of styles for new and experienced dancers of all ages.

At Dance with Energy, we teach dance classes in variety of ways to reach all learning types. All classes consist of a proper warm-up, across-the-floor progressions, center technique, strengthening exercises and a cumulative dance routine.

Class flow is often based on the group’s energy and focus for the day. All dancers have the opportunity to practice individually with the teacher, as well as with the group.

Early Years

Discovery Dance (ages 2.5–3)

Meets for 1 hour/week

This 3-month, themed session introduces first-time dancers to creative movement. Children expand their imaginations through movement and explore musicality, imagery and dance. Each session ends with an informal, in-studio performance for parents, so there is no spring recital for this class.

Sessions run September–November, December–February and March–May.

Ballet & Tap Ages 3-4

Ballet & Tap Ages 4-5

Meets for 1 hour/week

These classes combine pre-tap and pre-ballet. In Ballet & Tap 3-4, dancers are introduced to the basics of each dance style through the use of imagery and creative song and dance. Ballet and Tap ages 4-5 reviews these basic movements and exercises and introduces more difficult steps needed for Kinder Combo.

Kids and Teens

Ballet and Tap (ages 5–7)

Meets for 1 hour/week

This class continues the fun study of ballet and tap but with more focus. For ballet, dancers learn proper ballet placement and positions, explore class etiquette and start to concentrate on poise. For tap, dancers learn more challenging tap steps, work on making their sounds clearer and more articulated, and use repetition to make proper sounds.

Ballet (ages 6–13)

Meets for 1 hour/week

Widely recognized as the foundation for all other dance forms, ballet challenges the entire body. It is characterized by light, graceful movements and precise steps and gestures set in intricate flowing patterns. Ballet’s discipline and intricacies stimulate the mind as well as the muscles. The practice of ballet improves body posture and carriage, balance, muscle tone, endurance, strength, coordination and discipline.    

Jazz (ages 6–18)

Meets for 45 minutes/week

Jazz dance is energy in motion! Vibrant, energetic and fun, it allows the dancer’s personality to shine. Jazz dance involves unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. An American dance form, jazz was developed in the early 1900s as African and European people began mixing their dance traditions.

Tap (ages 6–18)

Meets for 45 minutes/week

Tap dancing is the arrangement of steps that create their own musical sound and song. Dancers use special shoes with metal taps on the soles to produce clear, clean sounds with various levels of tone. Tap dancing is a vigorous form of dance and helps build aerobic fitness, coordination, rhythm and muscle control.  

Hip Hop (ages 6–18)

Meets for 45 minutes/week

Hip-hop dancing almost eludes definition because it constantly evolves and welcomes innovation. Typically, it refers to social or choreographed dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music. Hip hop evolved from breakdancing and has become more popular over the past two decades. Hip hop is all about attitude and improvisation, and dancers often engage in friendly battles or competitions.

Boys Hip Hop (ages 5–10)

Meets for 45 minutes/week

An introduction to hip hop for our younger male dancers. This class gets students moving to popular, age-appropriate music. Dancers are introduced to basic dance movement and concentrate on coordination and gross motor skills. They explore the “attitude” of hip hop to help build confidence in their movement. Dancers can also free-style dance.

Modern/Lyrical/Contemporary (ages 13–18)

Meets for 1 hour/week

Modern dance, also known as lyrical or contemporary dance, emerged as a rebellion to the structured strictness of ballet. Performing in barefoot, modern dancers use the body to express emotions in a free-flowing, interpretive style. Emphasis is on individual interpretation of the music (by the dancer or teacher) rather than strict technique. Modern dance often reflects an artful contrast between moments of stillness and activity, and multiple dancers usually perform different movements at the same time. This dance form has grown in popularity since the emergence of TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Irish Step (ages 4–10)

Meets for 1 hour/week

Irish step dancing developed from traditional Irish dancing. It can be performed solo or in troupes. Dancers stiffen their upper bodies while performing quick, intricate footwork. They wear either hard shoes, which create sounds similar to tap shoes, or soft shoes similar to ballet slippers. Younger and beginner dancers usually start out with the soft shoe.

Musical Theater (ages 7 and up)

Meets for 1 hour/week

Musical theater is a fusion of acting, dialogue, singing and dancing. It combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance to tell a story much like a play. Most musicals contain both solo and ensemble songs accompanied with choreography to portray the storyline. Performers who excel in musical theater are considered “triple threats” because they are trained in acting, singing and dancing.  

Acro (ages 5–13)

Meets for 45 minutes/week

Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class focuses on fundamental acrobatic technique and emphasizes agility, flexibility and strength. Students learn handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks.

Adult Dance

Adult tap lessons will begin in December, 2020. For questions or additional information, please contact Dance With Energy Director Richard Oaxaca at