Tiny Dancing Two’s and Three’s- Our tiny dancers first class. We believe the LOVV of dancing starts at this very young age and its important to foster this growth. This 45 minute class involves creative movement, fun interactive songs, improving balance and gross motor skills, rhythmic patterning, as well as introducing beginning ballet concepts. Our cirriculum focuses on dance education so in addition to dancing, this class may also include storytime and artwork to bring the joy of dance to life.
3-4 Year Old Mix Classes – A beginner class for dancers 3-4 years of age (First year Preschool). This 45 minute class involves creative movement, fun interactive songs, improving balance and gross motor skills, rhythmic patterning as well as introducing ballet technique and tap. We believe it’s important to present dance to our youngest tots in an entertaining and playful way while still teaching them ballet concepts, vocabulary (based on French terminology), barre work and repertoire.
4-5 Year Old Mix Classes – An Intermediate class for dancers 4-5 years of age (Second year Preschool/Kindergarten). This 45 minute class is designed to build on the lessons taught in Ittie Bitties. While still incorporating creative movement and fun interactive songs, dancers at this level will be introduced to a more broad ballet vocabulary (based on French terminology), concepts, barre work, technique and repertoire. Class also covers fast beginner tap.
Ballet – The foundation of dance. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Company Level Ballet will include barre and center work, progressions and choreography that enrich the movements of classical and contemporary ballet.
Pre Pointe/ Pointe – Dancing on Pointe is admired by young girls long before they are ready to dance of pointe themselves. Pre Pointe is offered at our studio to progress towards readiness and the strength required of the core, legs, feet and ankles. This class will stress correct alignment and classical ballet technique. Dancers will wear ballet shoes or pointe shoes as determined by our trained ballet faculty. Adv + Pointe is reserved for those dancing on pointe both at the barre and at the center.
Bosu Ballet – A class where the dancer can focus on increasing flexibility and learn proper conditioning and strength exercises specific to their bodies. It is imperative with the rigorous demands on a dancer that they couple correctly executed strength exercises with stretching of the major muscle groups. This class utilizes both large exercise and Bosu Balls to facilitate core strength and balance.
Leaps/Turns & Jazz Progressions – At varying levels, this class will provide a training ground for improving these skills. At the Beginning/ Intermediate Level, basic skills will be broken down and explained. Intermediate/ Advanced dancers will build on these basic skills and explore new and creative ways to execute these skills. Including but not limited to: Chaînés, Fouetté en tournant, Grand jeté and Pirouettes.
Tumbling/Acro – Acrobatic arts and gymnastic style training for dancers. Includes back flexibility, core strength and hand-balance. This class focuses on safe practice of skills, tricks and tumbling integrated with dance. Our master teacher has a dance AND power tumbling background so the curriculum developed begins with beginner primary level dancers doing rollie-pollies, crab walks with a partner and bridges to advanced dancers effortlessly executing front/back arabians, front overs, diving somersaults, standing back tucks, contortion influenced skills and a variety of power tumbling passes.
Jazz – Our jazz classes enrich and extend the dancers technical skills through center and progression work, with a focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythm and patterns. The fundamental concepts are based on ballet technique layered with traditional and contemporary styles of jazz movement. Skills such as extensions, leaps, and turns are incorporated into choreography, which challenge the dancers memory and execution skills.
Lyrical – Lyrical dance is the art of communicating the story of a song or “lyrics” through movement. This type of story telling can be literal or abstract, so the dancers are stretched to utilize their technical skills in conjunction with presentation and performance. Lyrical often employs down- tempo or slower music where the dancer uses controlled and sustained movement styles.
Lyrical/Jazz – This combined class couples both jazz and lyrical together in an effort to naturally utilize the similarity in technique of each discipline through varying choreography and movement. It is designed to expose our students to both styles of dance in one session.
Tap – All tap classes build on rhythm and musicality. Each level of tap classes offered will combine the Old/New York Broadway style of tap presentation with current trends of rhythm, hoofin’, and acappella tap. These classes also prepare our company level dancers with tap techniques, progressions, and choreography to better prepare them for pre-professional and professional auditions.
Dance Team Technique – A class designed for the dancer who preforms with their High School Dance or Pom Team. The skill set required during a dance team audition will be broken down and explained. Focus will be on doing multiple drills incorporating necessary technique and proper execution of each skill. Including but not limited to: improving flexibility, splits, split leaps, leaps in second, turning leaps in second, c-jumps, turning c-jumps, jazz pirouettes, second position turns, leg holds, leg hold turns and capezio/ calypsos. The master instructor of this course has an impeccable reputation for coaching students in both group and private lesson settings on these specific skills before spring auditions with much success to the dancers.
Hip Hop – This dynamic class provides students with the latest, cutting edge hip-hop and street choreography. Dancers should expect to receive fast paced progressions and choreography from both the East and West coast, upbeat current Pop, Hip-Hop and age-appropriate Rap Music.
Modern/Contemporary – Modern dance emerged as a style which aimed to be radically different from classical ballet. It’s grounded and earthy and focuses on where movement originates from (“impetus”) with floor work and large range mobility. It is a concert style dance with fundamentals and techniques from influencers and dance artists such as Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Isadora Duncan, Ted Shawn, Katherine Dunham and Lester Horton and many many others. Modern dance has evolved into various style of contemporary dance which became known in the 1950’s. Recently contemporary has gained popularity with it’s presence on TV shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance”, “World of Dance” and “America’s Got Talent”.
“I Used To Dance” Class – Join the hottest workout in Wheaton! Moms will enjoy this one hour class of aerobics and strength training mixed with a traditional jazz dance class. Tap and Lyrical also offered. There will also be a focus on stretching and a relaxing/meditative finish.
Frequently Asked Questions
We use a sliding scale for tuition so the more classes a student takes, the cost per hour decreases. One 45min -1 hour class costs $116 per session
We use the lower hourly rate when a class falls between the 1 hour increments. So a 1.5 hour class would be $168 per session ($14/hour rate). 2 hours of class would be $216/session and 2.5 hours of class would be $260/session
Detailed Tuition Scale can be found here
2 months which includes 7-8 classes per session. Our full season runs from Sept 4 – June 12. It is broken up into 5 sessions for payment purposes. Once enrolled, a dancers place is held in applicable classes for the entirety of the season.
While we rarely have students who choose to discontinue their classes. Our sessions allow for someone to cancel their classes without any financial implications. We do require a 2 week notice if you will not be continuing through the next session. This is especially important when a class is full with waitlisted students. Without proper notice of cancelation, you will be responsible for paying the next session’s tuition even if the student stops attending.
Registration is open for our full season on August 1. We close registration when a class becomes full or by Jan 1. Because costumes need to be ordered for our recital, this is a strict cut-off date for enrollment.
Full Season Registration Fee $35 per family. No registration fee for any summer dance classes or intensives. Recital fee $35 per dancer. Costume fees $75-95 per costume. One costume per class. If your dancer is in hip-hop and jazz, they would need 2 costumes – but only charged once for the show fee.
Of course! They are welcome to attend any other age/skill appropriate class during the week. While we are happy to offer this, consistency is where we see the most progress so frequent make ups are discouraged. After Jan 1, most classes are working on recital work in addition to class curriculum, so please note missing your child’s own class also has then missing out on recital choreography and practice for the week.
Our holiday closings can be found here:
We give age guidelines for each level of classes available. However, we do not have dance levels that correspond with every school grade, so dancers will spend a few years in each level at the studio. For example, our Level 1 classes are for dancers ages 6-8 so those students have been taking Level 1 from about Kindergarten - 2nd grade. Dancing at the same level for multiple years doesn’t mean they’re not progressing or “moving up. There is so much to learn and the foundation of dance technique is repeated through every age and level. The plies and releves that our Tiny Dancing 2's and 3's learn are the same as our advanced students do each week in their ballet classes. The practice never changes, but the students learn and grow with each year of work. The recital pieces will always be new and different so while the class label may stay the same, our students not only continue to build their dance skills, french vocabulary, and strengthen proper technique, but they will learn a different dance for the recital each year.
Our youngest class is Tiny Dancing Twos and Threes. We often have dancers start before the age of two! They should be willing to head in without a parent to enjoy the class with their friends. Dance is very fun and social. Don’t worry if there are tears at first. Sometimes it even takes a month or two for our youngest dancer to start fully enjoying themselves at the studio. Be patient. We are! Our teachers will hold your child hand or pick them up. It is a very loving environment and the music and movement makes everyone happy.
The 3-4 year old class would be the perfect fit. This class is for dancers who are 3 turning four within the year or dancers who will be 4 the entire season and who are in their 1st year of preschool. The next primary level is for 4-5 year olds (4 turning 5 within the year or 2nd year preschool)
We are always looking for helping hands. Let us know if you would be willing to volunteer some time or if you have any special talents you would like to share with our studio.