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Class Descriptions

Pre-Ballet I and II

Benefits of a Pre-Ballet Program

Enjoyment, socialization and listening skills, coordination, posture, confidence, and self-discipline are rewards of a dance program. Pre-school dance plays an important part in forming personalities. Approximately 99% of the children in a pre-ballet class will never be professional dancers; however, 100% of them will benefit from a pre-school dance class.

Strength, balance and coordination are gained by simple exercises based on running, jumping, hopping, skipping and walking. Hand control is improved which will benefit children when writing, drawing or playing a musical instrument. The practice of eye/hand coordination is of particular value. Through the Pre-Ballet class, knowledge will be acquired and experience gained.

Goals of Our Program

The first 4 to 6 weeks are an adjustment period. Our goal is to have all students staying in the classroom for the entire class of 45 minutes. It is very important that the child be taken to the restroom prior to class so there will be no interrupts during the class period. Restroom calls become very contagious and the attention and flow of the class will be lost.

Do not worry if your child refuses to participate. Generally, children dislike being left out of a group. However, those who are more timid can learn a great deal by watching and often surprise parents by demonstrating some movements at home. Our goal for the 2nd and 3rd months of class is to have ALL students participating in ALL classroom activities.

Beginners I, II, & III

The Beginner Level expands on the skills learned in Pre-Ballet. Students continue to learn basis technique, as well as musical rhythm. In the Pre-Ballet Level, students learn routines by listening to verbal clues. In the Beginner Level, students learn to count music. This teaches them musical rhythm and timing. The Beginner Level classes participate in three routines: ballet, tap, and baton.

Intermediate I-IV

The Intermediate Level continues to expand on basic technique. New technique is introduced in each level and routines advance in degree of difficulty. Students learn to work together as a group, taking cues from each other. Classical ballet and Jazz Ensemble is an option to those students in the Intermediate/Advanced Program.


The Advanced Class is divided into Junior and Senior Levels; however, they often perform together in large production numbers. The Advanced Class offers rhythmic tap, classical and lyrical ballet, traditional jazz, and modern dance.

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble is a competitive team geared for the more seriously dedicated students who enjoy performing and competing. The Jazz Ensemble is offered to students who dance at the Intermediate I level and up.

There are 4 levels of Jazz Ensemble. Levels #1 & #2 compete at the recreational level and Level #3 and Jr./Sr. Advanced compete at the competitive level. The teams are required to participate in 2 competitions in the spring and one workshop annually.

12/18/2018 CLOSED for Christmas Break beginning today
1/2/2019 Classes Resume
1/5/2019 Costume payments DUE
2/9/2019 R&K Sub orders for Competition students DUE
4/5/2019 Encore Competition – Lancaster, PA (Competition begins April 5 and runs through April 7)
4/12/2019 Beyond the Stars Competition - Trenton, NJ (Competition begins April 12 and runs through April 14)
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679 2nd Street
Highspire, PA 17034
Phone Number: 717.939.5378
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Lower Paxton Studio
515 Mountain Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phone Number: 717.652.7806
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