We offer a variety of dance, tumbling, and gymnastics classes. Visit the Class Schedule link above for our dance and gymnastics class offerings for the 2023 winter/spring semester (January 7 - May 27, 2023) Find out more about our class descriptions below. There is something for everyone at Melinda's School of Dance!
FALL DANCE OFFERINGS:
New for 2022-23! This is a 45-minute class for ages 4 - 5 and introduces dancers to an energetic, exciting, and fun way to dance. Your tot will be hoppin’, boppin’, and rockin’ to the beat! Dancers will learn new dance routines set to popular music, and there will be an opportunity to join our Mini Dance Fusion Travel Team.
SPARKLE & SHINE
New for 2022-23! This is a 45-minute class for ages 4 - 5 that introduces dancers to the land of once upon a time with a focus on the basic positions of ballet, tap, and character. Your tot will be twirling’, gliding, and swaying across the dance floor to music fit for a prince and a princess. Focus will be on basic positions and movements of ballet, tap, and character. Dancers will also have the oppotunity to learn new dance routines for our stage performances.
Classes focus on the fundamental technique of Russian classical ballet. Classes will begin with a warm-up at the barre, then proceed to floor exercises, combinations, and center work for Ballet I - IV. (Placement will be determined by instructors.)
Pointe dancers have developed sufficient strength through extensive ballet training and who have been selected by the instructor for pointe training. Dancers en pointe must take at least three classes of ballet per week, take private lessons (per approval with instructor) and must practice technique to continue pointe training. In case of illness, injury, class absence, or other reason, the instructor reserves the right to temporarily or permanently suspend pointe instruction.
The focus of this class combines elements from a variety of genres, including classical ballet, lyrical, jazz, acro, and/or modern into an expressive dance. This class is designed for experienced dancers, ages 9-18, who are taking multiple dance and/or acro classes.
DANCE FUSION I
A 45-minute high energy class for ages 5 and older, focusing on a fusion of dance styles from hip hop to funk, jazz, pop rock and more. Each class involves learning a dance routine, set to popular music. Dancers will have the opportunity to perform with the Dance Fusion Team at local parades and events.
DANCE FUSION 2
A 45-minute high energy class, building on skills from Dance Fusion I and focusing on an intermediate level of skills from hip hop to funk, jazz, pop rock and more. Each class involves learning a dance routine, set to popular music. Dancers will have the opportunity to perform with the Dance Fusion Team at local parades and events. Practices for Dance the World Disney Select Team will also be a focus for this level. (Prerequisite: Dance Fusion I, Ballet 3, and/or ages 13 and up.)
This class is designed for ages 5 through 8, and focuses on introductory tap skills.
Placement into this class will be at the discretion and assessment of the instructor.
FALL GYMNASTICS OFFERINGS:
This 45-minute class is designed for ages 4-5 and is focused on the beginning skills in flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, basic body positions, and introductory skills on floor, beam, and bar. Gymnastics will have the opporfutnity showcase their skills in winter and spring exhibitions.
GYMNASTICS - Level 1
This 45-minute class is designed for ages 6+ and begins with a quick warm-up, followed by stretching, cross mats, and circuit training. Focus: Coordination and strength training exercises and movements, basic body positions, basic gymnastics skills with a focus on building the essential body and muscle memory for future gymnastic skill progression. An introduction to beam and floor will also be incorporated. (Some age/weight/level restrictions apply to bar equipment.) Gymnastics will have the opportunity showcase their skills in winter and spring exhibitions.
GYMNASTICS - Level 2
Class placement is determined by the Coach. Class will begin with warm-up and stretching, followed by cross mats, and event training. Focus: Building on coordination and strength training exercises, progression of muscle memory and body positioning, basic and intermediate gymnastics skills on floor, beam and bar. (Prerequisite: Gymnastics-Level 1. Placement in this level will be determined by the instructor.) (Some age/weight/level restrictions apply to bar equipment.) Gymnastics will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in winter and spring exhibitions.
ACRO - GYMNASTICS
This class is offered to dancers in Ballet 3 & 4 and is a conitinuation of Ballet 3 & 4 class skills. Therefore, class placement is determined by instructor/coach. The emphasis of this class is on Acro, which combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. The focus will be on developing and building floor gymnastics and blending acrobatic movements with dance. Gymnastics will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in stage performances.
Private or semi-private lessons are a good way to build skill above and beyond class instruction according to individual needs. Private lessons may also be required for competition, "Dance the World," or other special events. To be eligible or maintain eligibility for private lessons, dancers must attend all weekly practices and group classes available. Of course, we understand that some absences may be necessary due to illness or other necessary reason. In those cases, we ask that you email us at email@example.com and report any foreseen absences due to illness or other necessary reasons on the Contact Us page of this website prior to the absence from class.