Children & Teen Dance Program Descriptions

Atlanta Dance & Music Academy offers quality, arts education for children and teens ages 2 ½ - 18.  Our faculty strives to mentor and support each student.

Through structured dance programs, our students develop concentration and positive group social behavior, while experiencing the joy of music and movement. Older students gain focus, self-discipline, time management skills, and a refined artistic sense through serious dance classes and the accomplishments of performance.

Descriptions show suggested age guidelines, however, children are evaluated and placed individually.

Through its non-profit partner, CityDance, Inc., Atlanta Dance and Music provides multiple opportunities for children & teens to perform.
Students 7-17 may audition to join a performance gourp.

CityDance Ensemble –a community-based performing arts group for teen dancers ages 11-17. Students train at least 10 hours weekly, minimally. All performances benefit the metro-Atlanta community and our extended networks locally, regionally, and nationally. Proceeds benefit local or regional not-for-profit organizations or are directed towards the CityDance, Inc. Tuition Assistance Program.

Members of the Ensemble are also eligible to compete regionally and nationally. Competing is optional, but encouraged.

An audition or invitation is required to join.

 

CityDance Apprentices – The Apprentices are dancers 11-15 who are accepted as trainees to join The Ensemble later. Not eligible for competition. By audition or invitation.

 

CityDance Juniors–The Junior Company is a civic dance company for dancers ages 7-11. As community performances and festivals arise, dancers will perform. Members of The Junior Company are also eligible to compete regionally and nationally. Competing is optional.

Early Childhood Division

Classes for children ages 3-6

Level A1/"Me & You" Pre-Ballet (no sessions Fall 2022) – A pre-school dance awakening class for potty-trained children for at least 2 ½ years, introducing young children to movement and music through dance, tumbling, percussion, and imaginative play.  Accompanying adult required. Recommended one class per week.

Level A Pre-Ballet – A pre-ballet class for children ages 3 - 4 that will introduce children to more formalized movement and initial ballet postures using organized play. Class meets once weekly.

Level B Pre-Ballet – A pre-ballet class for children ages 5 - 6 that introduces the structure of the primary ballet curriculum.  Now is the time to learn to do everything with a little more care, but with just as much enjoyment.  Class meets once weekly.

Children's Beginning Ballet (formerly Level C Ballet) Appropriate for children ages 6-8. This class can be used as the final pre-ballet stage in the Early Childhood Division OR the first step of the Primary Division. No previous experience is required. Class meeting once weekly. ****

Children's Intro to Dance- A fun class for students who want to explore various styles of dance, including, Creative Movement and Hip-Hop. Suitable for children ages 3-6 years, this class meets once per week. No previous experience is required.

Early Tumbling (NEW!!) - An add-on class for students in Pre-Ballet A and Pre-Ballet B who want to explore the early stages of tumbling (i.e. forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, etc.) and acrobatic dance. Children will be on mats and spotted by a trained professional. Suitable for children ages 3-6 years, this class meets once per week.

Primary Division

classes for students ages 7-11

Exploratory Classes
Recreational classes for the curious student that may be taken as stand-alone classes or paired with a ballet or additional technique class. No prior dance experience is required to enroll.

CREATIVE DANCE – An creative dance class designed to lead students through an exploration of free-flowing, lyrical movement. Students learn basic dance technique while developing their own choreography. The class aims to inspire students through the joy of dance.  Appropriate for children ages 7-11, this class meets once per week.

CHILDREN'S HIP-HOP - A popular, commercial-style dance class that infuses the latest styles of street jazz and popular music. Participants focus on choreography and are encouraged to take the accompanying hip-hop fundamentals class to take a deeper dive into the art form. Children's class is suitable for children ages 7-11; this class meets once per week.

INTRO TO ACRODANCE - Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. Children's class is suitable for children ages 7-11; this class meets once per week.

 

Ballet Classes
A classical performing art combining poses and steps with flowing movements.

CHILDREN'S BEGINNING BALLET (formerly Level C Ballet) This class can be used as the final pre-ballet stage in the Early Childhood Division OR the first step of the Primary Division. Appropriate for children ages 6-8. Class meeting once weekly. ****

PRE-TEEN PREPARATORY BALLET– An open-level beginner/refresher class for pre-teens new to ballet, or for those who have experienced a lapse in ballet training.  Suitable for students ages 9-12.  Recommended one class per week.

LEVEL I BALLET – Dancers ages 7- 9 will begin to work through the class like professional dancers.  The exercises are divided into two parts – those taken at the barre and those in the centre.  Required two classes per week. For CityDance Junior Company, enrollment in Jazz Technique I and Tap I is required.

LEVEL II BALLET– This level is for children ages 10-11 who have accomplished the elements of Level I.  Level II introduces more exercises at the barre and a larger vocabulary of movement in the centre. Required two classes per week. For CityDance Junior Company, enrollment in Jazz Technique II and Tap II are required.

 

Technique Classes
Modern, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop technique classes for the serious dance student that may be paired with one another, and/or a ballet class to enhance dancers’ strength, flexibility and performance skills

CHILDREN'S JAZZ TECHNIQUE+ ACRO I – An introductory class that exposes young dancers to formal training in classical, contemporary, and street dance styles. The class will also dedicate 30 minutes to developing tumbling and acro skill sets. The class provides a solid foundation for the developing dancer. Suitable for children ages 7 -9, this class meets once per week.

CHILDREN'S JAZZ TECHNIQUE + ACRO II – Building on the skills from Jazz Technique I, this class introduces more core strength exercises and a larger technical vocabulary, including leaps and turns. The class will also dedicate 30 minutes to developing tumbling and acro skill sets. Suitable for children ages 10-11, this class meets once per week.  Previous dance experience strongly recommended.

CHILDREN 'S TAP I and II – Class is designed to develop rhythm, style, and percussive sound in a fun setting. This class encourages proper technique that produces clear tap sounds. Tap I and Tap II children's class is suitable for children ages 7-9 and 10-11;, respectively.

Secondary Division Classes

classes for students ages 12-17

Exploratory Classes
Recreational classes for the curious student that may be taken as stand-alone classes or paired with a ballet or additional technique class. No prior dance experience is required to enroll.

TEEN HIP-HOP CHOREOGRAPHY - A popular, commercial-style dance class that infuses the latest styles of street jazz and popular music. Participants focus on choreography and are encouraged to take the accompanying hip-hop fundamentals class to take a deeper dive into the art form. The class is suitable for dancers ages 12+ and above, this class meets once per week.

TEEN TAP – Class designed to develop rhythm, style, and percussive sound in a fun setting. This class encourages proper technique that produces clear tap sounds.. The class is suitable for dancers ages 12+ and above. Recommended one class per week.

TEEN CONTEMPORARY
A survey class with a focus on basic technique from modern dance (i.e. the Horton technique used by Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham), commercial dance (i.e. Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, etc.), and improvisation styles. The combination of these styles is referred to as "Fusion", and is a part of the contemporary style of dance. Participants are encouraged to also take Teen Ballet as an accompanying class to ensure safe movement and proper technique.
 

Ballet Classes
A classical performing art combining poses and steps with flowing movements.

TEEN PREPARATORY BALLET– An open-level beginner/refresher class for teens new to ballet or for those who have experienced a lapse in ballet training.  Suitable for students ages 13 and above.  Class meets once weekly.

LEVEL III BALLET– For students ages 11+ who have accomplished the elements of Level II, this class will introduce pirouettes and pre-pointe exercises and will develop the strength required for a more mature dance technique.  Required two ballet classes per week, and enrollment in either one Modern and/or Contemporary Jazz class is required. Students are eligible to audition for CityDance Ensemble.

LEVEL IV BALLET– For students who have advanced in the elements of Level III including pre-pointe and are now en pointe.  The curriculum requires the strength gained from more mature physical development and will progress towards more complex choreography and a substantial increase in pointe work.  Required two classes per week, as well as the appropriate Modern and Contemporary Jazz classes. Students are eligible to audition for CityDance.

LEVEL V BALLET– Additional technique classes added to Level IV curriculum and increased pointe work.  Unlimited weekly classes are available from the Secondary and Adult schedules. Students are eligible to audition for CityDance Ensemble.

 

Technique Classes
Modern, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop technique classes for the serious dance student that may be paired with one another, and/or a ballet class to enhance dancers’ strength, flexibility and performance skills

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE MODERN DANCE – Using the Horton Technique of Modern dance this class develops the body as an instrument of strength, control, breath and flow. Students must be concurrently enrolled in the Level II or Level III Ballet, Pre-Teen Ballet or Contemporary Jazz III.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED MODERN DANCE - – For students who have accomplished the elements of Level II, this Horton Technique class will use more advanced modern dance elements and choreography.  Students must be concurrently enrolled in the Level III/IV Ballet or Contemporary Jazz III/IV.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE CONTEMPORARY JAZZ III -- A beginning/intermediate class designed to expose students to a broad range of jazz vocabulary and the contemporary concepts: improvisation and composition. The class increases technical awareness by focusing on strength, flexibility, agility, as well as acro dance elements. Concurrent enrollment in the Level III Ballet OR BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE Modern II, or Teen/Preteen Preparatory Ballet is required.  This class meets once per week.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY JAZZ III/IV -- For students who have accomplished the elements of Beg/Int Jazz, this class utilizes jazz and acro dance vocabulary to deepen performance skills and expose developing dancers to choreography and choreographic process. Concurrent enrollment in the Level IV Ballet OR INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED Modern AND Teen Ballet, or an approved Adult Program Class is required. This class meets once per week.