Dance

Welcome to our Studio

Inside of our gymAt Centerville Academy School of Dance, we know each dancer is unique and special.  We also the know how valuable a positive dance experience can be; it can nourish the self-esteem, confidence, and ability she will enjoy for a lifetime.  We dance to celebrate our bodies and souls through the art of Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Irish styles of dance.  We desire to provide a safe place where all who want to dance are welcome.  We do not focus on competing; instead, we focus on the joy of practicing and performing so she can appreciate her body for what it is: a beautiful work of art with amazing potential.  Cooperation, rather than comparison, is valued at our studio.  Our high celling and sunny stained glass windows bring a special ambiance; many say it feels like dancing in a castle!

We put on 2 main performances for family and friends every year–a Christmas Showcase and a year end Recital–and periodically share our dances at local venues by invitation, usually during the holidays.  Our year-end recital is an original story written by the dance instructors.  Everyone has a part in the story recital.

Monthly tuition for each class is $38.  There is a $30 recital fee each Spring to pay for the local facility and stage we use in late May/early June.  Every dancer gets to purchase a special costume to wear for her part in this recital ($50 or less).  We buy our costumes from a fabulous company that produces beautiful high-quality costumes.  She will treasure these for a long time!

How to join us!

To enroll, click the link below to print a registration form and then call SalliJune at (801) 872-2004 (no texts please),  call/text Marcia at (801) 390-9149 for more information.

Dance Registration Form

 

Pre-Ballet

For your 3-5 year old budding dancer, this class will give her the space to do what she already does so well (dance naturally) as well as introduce ballet concepts so she can begin to develop good dancing habits. Technically she will learn to turn out, point her toes to extension, lift her body high, and dance gracefully. Socially she will experience taking turns, waiting, listening, cooperating and respecting others. This class is our youngest class in our yearly story ballet recital each late May/early June. Meets once a week.

 

 

 Ballet  A

For girls 5-7, this class is where the bliss of dancing for pure joy meet discipline and further technique. In addition to turning out, pointing, and lifting, she will learn the positions of ballet, learn how to balance in passé and arabesque, the character step, and begin basic turns. We also do some pantomime to experience how dancers speak without words. She will get to perform twice for you throughout the year–at a Christmas Showcase and our year-end Story Recital. Meets once a week.

 

 

 

Ballet B

For girls 7-9, this class is designed for those who have hopefully had some previous ballet experience.  She will continue to improve her turn out, pointe, and torso lift.  Positions of legs and arms will become more familiar to her.  Lots of opportunity to improve basic turns is offered. Teacher emphasizes expression and energy in the dancer’s steps.  She will get to perform twice for you throughout the year–at a Christmas Showcase and our year-end Story Recital.  Meets once a week.

 

Ballet C

groupdFor girls 8-11, this is the class for the dancer who has already had ballet, and can demonstrate the description of Ballet B (above) with ease and growing confidence.  The love of dancing has set in, and she is eager to learn more.  Dance “flow” is nourished in this class, focusing on helping your dancer connect steps with ease.  Flexibility is encouraged, and good habits of how to take care of her body and carry herself continue to be formed.  Meets once a week.  Performs at Christmas Showcase and year-end Story Recital.

 

Ballet D

For girls 9 and older, this is the last step to joining the Company Class!  This should be color5x7logoher 3rd + year in dance. This is where follow the structure and routine of real classical ballet: Barre, Jumps, Stretch, Adagio, Across-the-Floor, and Centre Enchainment. Lifted posture, correct form, and joy in the movement is at the forefront of our teaching.  Performs at Christmas Showcase and year-end Story Recital.  Often members of this class are offered ‘extra’ roles in the recital.  Meets once a week.

 

Company Class  (Pointe & Modern)

Company ClassFor girls 12 + (by teacher invitation), this is for those who have danced for many years and are ready for more.  Company Class meets twice a week–one day is with ballet slippers and bare feet (modern dance), and
one day it is with their pointe shoes and ballet slippers.  Members of this class are selected as the main characters for our recitals.  Members of this class show appropriate desire and attitude to dance, support each other, maintain good punctuality and attendance, and are great role models for the younger dancers of the studio.  We are family here!

ModernDifferent and unexpected things happen in the woods

On the ballet slipper & bare feet day of class, we follow the ballet agenda described above for the first hour, then, for the last part, we switch it up and dive into modern dance. Beginning as a rebellion from ballet, earthy modern dance provides a fantastic contrast (and release!) from the specific discipline of classical ballet. Pairing these two together back-to-back enhances the understanding and enjoyment of both styles of dance.

Cinderella wishing to go to the BallPointe

This company class class is designed for dancers who are ready to advance and receive training en pointe. Many dancers in this class have not yet received their pointe shoes yet, but are working hard to earn them!  The dancer must be strong enough and have sufficient experience in classical ballet to join this class–all of which will be determined by instructors.  Students will learn proper technique en pointe, as well as strengthening exercises and more advanced ballet techniques.

Irish

irish8x10logoCaught Cassidy in the scissor jumpYour dancer must know how to ride a bike before she/he can be accepted into this class (a good determiner of the coordination needed to dance the Irish way) and be able to turn out her/his legs. We learn the soft-shoe easy reel and light jig styles of Irish dance, with plans to add hard shoe this Fall! We work to strengthen our leg and foot muscles needed for all our jumps and kicks. We think Irish is a blast, and we hope you’ll love it too! We dance for recreational, practice & perform, purposes, and do not compete at Utah Feis.  Meets once a week.

Social Dance Date Night

Wish people in the town came together regularly to enjoy an evening of social dancing?  Wish no more, dear friends.  We’re trying to make the world a
better place by offering this opportunity–we hold a social dance here at Centerville Academy the last Friday of every month.  Our purpose is to strengthen marriages and give a date night idea to couples that is less than a movie, and much more invigorating!  Cost is just $10.  Pay at the door.  Starts at 7:
15.  Always includes an hour of instruction of one or two social dance styles, followed by an hour of dancing.  Come give it a try!