The Woodland Opera House Education Program

Education through dance, drama & musical theatre

Inspiring creativity in the hearts and minds of our youth through the learning and experiencing of live dramatic art.

Dance at TADA

 

The Woodland Opera House Theatre and Dance Annex’s Youth Dance Program consists of classes held weekly every academic year, September through May. Classes serve dancers starting at 3 years old in a variety of styles, disciplines and skill levels.  Registration is open through December, when regular classes will close to enable rehearsals for our Spring Showcase.  More classes may open up depending on interest and availability of instructors, so please continue to check our calendar regularly.

Have a question about our program? Please email our front office with any questions.

 

PHILOSOPHY

We provide the highest level of dance training to all students while instilling in them a joy of dance at each level of achievement. The discipline, artistry and technique acquired through the study of dance enhances confidence, focus, and poise.

 

We Offer:  • Professional staff • Caring instruction • Individual attention

TADA STUDIO DRESS CODE POLICY

We adhere to a dress code policy. Please see requirements under each dance style description below. Our dress code is in place to assist instructors in seeing turnout and body placement as well as keep the dancer in clothing that is safe to move in while teaching all responsibility and respect for their dance art. 

CLASS PLACEMENT

Class Placement

Dance is an art form that requires regular practice to show improvement, so solid attendance in class is imperative for success. Dancers must also show good studio room behavior, physical coordination, proper knowledge and execution of dance techniques, and the ability to follow instructions before being promoted. Promotion is not a given: a certain level of determination and commitment, from both the student and family, is necessary to continue dancing at higher levels. It is quite common for a dancer to remain in one level for longer than a year if the aforementioned requirements are not met.  This is out of consideration for the safety and wellbeing of the dancer in order to ultimately set them up for long-term success. 

 

Age is only part of the placement in our classes at TADAApproximate age range and attendance requirements for classes per discipline:

 

BALLET

 

  • Creative Movement: ages 3-4 (1 class per week)
  • Preparatory Ballet 1 A/B: ages 5-6 (1 class per week); A is for new dancers; B accepts new and returning dancers. 
  • Preparatory Ballet 2 A/B:  ages 7 to 10 (1 class per week) A is for new dancers; B accepts returning dancers.
  • Beginning Ballet: Starting at age 10+ (2 classes per week)
  • Ballet Level 1: Ages 7+ – Physical & skill requirements must be met per level (2 classes per week)
  • Ballet Levels 2 through 5: Ages 11+ – Physical & skill requirements must be met per level (2 classes per week)
  • Pointe/ Pre-pointe: (By permission. To be considered for pointe work dancers must pass a “skills checklist” and be in Level 4/5 ballet and Variations.)
  • Advanced Ballet Conditioning & Choreography: ages 12+ – Physical & skill requirements must be met per level
  • Ballet for Musical Theatre: Ages 13 through adult. (1 class a week)

 

*For Levels 1 through 5, if a dancer would like to continue the “ballet track,” we highly recommend taking their current ballet level, as well as a level down to concentrate on technique, turnout, and strength.  This would require a serious commitment from both the dancer and family. 

 

TAP/JAZZ

 

  • Teeny Jazz/Tap: ages 3 to 4 (1 class per week)
  • Junior Tappers and/or Junior Jazz: ages 5 to 7 (1 class per week)
  • Tap or Jazz Basics: Ages 8+ (1 class per week)
  • Tap or Jazz 1: Ages 10+ – Physical & skill requirements must be met per level (1 class per week)
  • Tap or Jazz 2: Ages 11+ – Physical & skill requirements must be met (1 class per week)
  • Tap or Jazz 3: Ages 11+ – Physical & skill requirements must be met per level (1 class per week)

 

*For those wishing to progress successfully in jazz, we highly recommend concurrent enrollment in ballet.  Without a knowledge of ballet techniques and positions, safe and successful execution of jazz technique will be a challenge. 

**For those wishing to be on the “musical theatre track,” we highly recommend taking the following styles: tap, jazz, and ballet. 

 

HIP-HOP

 

  • Junior Hip-Hop: Ages 5 to 7 years old (1 class per week)
  • Hip-Hop 1: Ages 8 to 12 years old (1 class per week)
  • Hip-Hop 2: Ages 13+ (1 class per week)
  • Hip-Hop Choreo Jam: Ages 12+ – Skill requirements must be met (1 class per week)
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

BALLET

Creative Movement: age 3-4 Dancers will discover new ways to move their bodies by combining ballet-based exercises with musical rhythms and patterns. Along with creative and imaginative movement, this class introduces them to dance class etiquette, following instructions, and waiting patiently for their turn. This class will assist these young dancers in building essential fine motor skills and muscle coordination to enable them to be successful outside of the dance studio. Class runs 45 minutes.  Dress Code: Solid black leotard or skirted leotard, solid pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Boys: black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, ballet shoes. 

 

Preparatory Ballet 1 A/B: age 5-6 This class introduces ballet terminology and follows a traditional ballet class format, but without barre work. It includes warm-up, basic ballet steps, center movement, simple choreography, and free dance time. Class runs 45 minutes. Formerly known as Rose, Pink, Fuschia, and Coral Ballet. Dress Code: Solid black leotard or skirted leotard, solid pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Boys: black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, ballet shoes. 

 

Preparatory Ballet 2 A/B: age 7-10 This class is for introducing the exercises and etiquette of a traditional ballet barre combined with basic center technique. Dancers will learn how to combine ballet technique with choreography to demonstrate skills. This class will prepare dancers for either Beginning Ballet or Ballet Level 1. Formerly known as Turquoise, Green, Blue Ballet. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, solid pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Boys: black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, ballet shoes. 

 

Beginning Ballet: age 10+ This class follows a traditional ballet class format, starting at the barre focusing on posture and alignment, continuing with stretching and strengthening exercises. Center movement and traveling steps are added as the class progresses. No former training is required. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, solid pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Optional: Black fitted ballet shorts. Boys: black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, ballet shoes. 

 

Ballet Levels 1 and 2: age 7+ and 11+ For students who have completed beginning ballet and are ready to commit to more formal training focusing on a strong technical foundation. A complete technique class with barre, center, and across the floor movement. Enrollment by instructor permission or class placement assessment. Formerly known as Yellow and Orange Ballet. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, solid pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Optional: Black fitted ballet shorts. Boys: black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, ballet shoes. 

 

Ballet Level 3: age 11+ This class is for students who are ready for increasingly challenging combinations while adding musicality, choreography, and artistry to their ballet technique. Enrollment by instructor permission or class placement assessment. Formerly known as Vermillion Ballet. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, solid pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Optional: Black fitted ballet shorts. Boys: black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, ballet shoes. 

 

Ballet Level 4, 5, Pre-pointe & Pointe: age 11+ This class, by invitation or placement assessment only, is for dancers who are serious about dedicating their time and energy to ballet.  With a focus on strengthening the body for pointe work, helping with stability, foot and ankle strength, finding your center and balance, it requires students to be physically and technically prepared to handle the challenges of pointe work. Students in Level 4/5 must attend their required classes plus are encouraged to take more in order to develop the strength necessary to succeed in class. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, solid pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Optional: Black fitted ballet shorts. Boys: black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, ballet shoes. 

 

Variations: age 11+ This class, by invitation only, is for dancers who are serious about dedicating their time and energy to ballet.  This class will focus on learning classical and contemporary variations by skilled masters of ballet across the ages. Students must be enrolled concurrently in Level 4 or 5 ballet at this studio to attend. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, solid pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Optional: Black fitted ballet shorts. Boys: black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, ballet shoes. 

 

Advanced Ballet Conditioning: ages 12+ This class focuses on core work, flexibility, strength, and alignment by using techniques from Pilates, floor barre, and stretching. Its aim is to help dancers reduce injuries with proper alignment and to find their center so they can be more powerful and balanced in any class.  Additionally, this class may work on classical or contemporary dance techniques and choreography.  Students must be in Level 3 ballet or higher to attend. Administrative approval and placement assessment is needed for outside students to attend. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, solid pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Optional: Black fitted ballet shorts. Boys: black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, ballet shoes. 

 

Ballet for Musical Theatre: age 13 through adult This class is designed for those who don’t find ballet to be their strong suit but would like the technical foundation for dancing in musical theatre or for other dance disciplines. Instructor may forgo a traditional barre in favor of one that speaks to the creativity of the class. Dress Code: Form fitting dance clothes, ballet shoes. 

 

Contemporary Dance: age 14 through adult This class focuses on modern Contemporary Dance technique utilizing elements of ballet, jazz, and modern dance.  Dancers must be in Level 3 ballet or higher or if an adult, equivalent experience to enroll. Administrative approval and placement assessment is needed for outside students to attend. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, solid pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Optional: Black fitted ballet shorts. Boys: black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, ballet shoes. 

 

TAP & JAZZ 

 

Teeny Tap/Jazz: ages 3 to 4 Dancers will discover new ways to move their bodies by combining tap and jazz-based exercises with musical rhythms and patterns. Along with tap, jazz, and creative movement, this class introduces them to dance class etiquette, following instructions, and waiting patiently for their turn. This class will assist these young dancers in building essential fine motor skills and muscle coordination to enable them to be successful outside of the dance studio. Class runs 45 minutes. Not recommended for children with noise sensitivity or sensory challenges. Dress Code: Solid black leotard or skirted leotard, pink ballet tights, black mary-jane or oxford tap shoes.  Optional: black dance shorts, black leggings. 

 

Tap Juniors: ages 5 to 7 This class introduces tap terminology and follows a traditional beginning tap class format, but in a simpler, more nurturing format. It includes warm-up, basic tap steps, center movement, simple choreography, and free dance time. Class runs 45 minutes. Dress Code: Solid black leotard or skirted leotard, pink ballet tights, black mary-jane or oxford tap shoes.  Optional: black dance shorts, black leggings. 

 

Jazz Juniors: ages 5 to 7 This class introduces jazz dance terminology and follows a traditional beginning jazz class format, but in a simpler, more nurturing format. It includes warm-up, basic jazz steps and stretches, center movement, simple choreography, and free dance time. Class runs 45 minutes. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, black dance shorts or black leggings. Black jazz shoes. 

 

Tap Basics: ages 8+ This class is for introducing the exercises and etiquette of a traditional beginning tap class combined with basic musicality/rhythm patterns. Dancers will learn how to combine tap technique, rhythms, and patterns with choreography to demonstrate skills. This class will prepare dancers for Tap 1. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, black dance shorts or black leggings. Black jazz shoes. Optional: Black t-shirt

 

Tap 1: ages 11+ For students who have completed Tap Basics and are ready to commit to more formal training focusing on a strong technical foundation. A complete tap class with warmups, across the floor movement, choreography, etc. Dancers must fully demonstrate all beginning level terminology and technique as well as properly execute required steps and rhythms prior to promotion to the next level.  Enrollment by instructor permission or class placement assessment. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, black dance shorts or black leggings. Black jazz shoes. Optional: Black t-shirt

 

Tap 2/3: ages 11+ For students who have completed Tap 1 and are ready to commit to more challenging training focusing on intricate tap techniques and rhythms. A complete intermediate to advanced level tap class with warmups, across the floor movement, and choreography. Dancers must fully demonstrate all beginning level terminology and technique as well as properly execute required intermediate to advanced level steps and rhythms prior to promotion to – or creation of – next level.  Enrollment by instructor permission or class placement assessment.Dress Code: Solid black leotard, black dance shorts or black leggings. Black jazz shoes. Optional: Black t-shirt

 

Jazz Basics: ages 8+ This class is for introducing the exercises and etiquette of a traditional beginning jazz class combined with teaching rhythm and jazz dance mechanics. Dancers will learn how to combine beginning jazz dance technique, rhythms, and patterns with choreography to demonstrate skills. This class will prepare dancers for Jazz 1. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, black dance shorts or black leggings. Black jazz shoes. 

 

Jazz 1: ages 10+ For students who have completed Jazz Basics, have concurrently taken Ballet, and are ready to commit to more formal training focusing on a strong technical jazz dance foundation. A complete advanced-beginner to beginning-intermediate level jazz dance class with warmups, across the floor movement, jumps/turns, and choreography. Dancers must fully demonstrate all beginning level terminology and technique as well as properly execute required steps, jumps, turns, and rhythms prior to promotion to next level.  Enrollment by instructor permission or class placement assessment. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, black dance shorts or black leggings. Black jazz shoes. 

 

Jazz 2: ages 11+ For students who have completed Jazz 1 and its requirements and are ready to commit to more challenging training focusing on sophisticated jazz dance techniques and rhythms. A complete intermediate level jazz dance class with warmups, across the floor movement, jumps/turns, and choreography. Dancers must fully demonstrate all beginning level terminology and technique as well as properly execute required intermediate level steps, jumps, turns, and rhythms prior to promotion to next level.  Enrollment by instructor permission or class placement assessment. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, black dance shorts or black leggings. Black jazz shoes. 

 

Jazz 3: ages 11+ For students who have completed Jazz 2 and its requirements and are ready to commit to more challenging training focusing on more sophisticated jazz dance techniques and rhythms. A complete advanced level jazz dance class with warmups, across the floor movement, advanced jumps and turns, along with more sophisticated choreography. Dancers must fully demonstrate all beginning level terminology and technique as well as properly execute required intermediate to advanced level steps and rhythms prior to promotion to – or creation of – next level.  Enrollment by instructor permission or class placement assessment. Dress Code: Solid black leotard, black dance shorts or black leggings. Black jazz shoes. 

 

HIP-HOP

 

Hip-Hop Juniors: ages 5 to 8 This class introduces hip-hop styles, trends, and movement. It includes warm-up, basic hip-hop steps and stretches, center movement, simple choreography, and free dance time. Class runs 45 minutes. Dress Code: Comfortable dance or workout attire. Shoes: clean sneakers, jazz shoes, or jazz sneakers. 

 

Hip-Hop 1: ages 9-12 This class introduces dancers to hip-hop styles, trends, and movements. Class time includes stretches, isolations, musicality, and hip-hop techniques.  No formal training required, just a fun attitude and a desire to learn.  Dress Code: Comfortable dance or workout attire. Shoes: clean sneakers, jazz shoes, or jazz sneakers. 

 

Hip-Hop 2: ages 13+ This class introduces dancers to hip-hop styles, trends, and movements. Class time includes stretches, isolations, musicality, and hip-hop techniques.  While previous training in Hip-Hop 1 is desired, it is not required. Just bring a fun attitude and a desire to learn.  Dress Code: Comfortable dance or workout attire. Shoes: clean sneakers, jazz shoes, or jazz sneakers. 

 

Hip-Hop Choreo Jam: ages 13+ This class builds on techniques learned in Hip-Hop 2 focusing on more intricate hip-hop techniques and movement.  Class works on putting together choreography, whether instructor or student choreographed. Students must have had previous training in Hip-Hop 1 or 2 to enroll.  Dress Code: Comfortable dance or workout attire. Shoes: clean sneakers, jazz shoes, or jazz sneakers.