Children & Teen Dance Program Descriptions
Atlanta Dance & Music Academy offers a quality, artistic education for children and teens ages 2 ½ - 18. Our faculty strives to mentor and support each student.
Through structured dance programs, our youngest 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, 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.
CityDance Ensemble –a community-based ballet and contemporary performing arts group for children and teen dancers. Students train at least 10 hours weekly, minimally. All performances are for the benefit of the metro-Atlanta community and our extended networks throughout Georgia. Proceeds directly benefit local or regional not-for-profit organizations or are directed towards the CityDance, Inc. Tuition Assistance Program. Audition and/or Invitation required to join.
CityDance Team – a student-centered, holistic competition team for students ages 9 - 18 who want to experience team building and intensive dance coaching. Students train at least 10 hours each week, minimally. Audition and/or Invitation required to join.
CHILDREN & TEEN BALLET PROGRAM
Ballet is a classical performing art combining poses and steps with flowing movement. Using ballet technique as a liberating force, each student is encouraged to express their individual personality through dance. At advance levels, enrollment in additional disciplines is required to support the development of a well-rounded dancer.
Early Childhood Division
Level A1/"Me & You" Pre-Ballet (no sessions Spring 2022) – A pre-school dance awakening class for potty-trained children at least 2 ½ years, introducing young children movement and music through dance, tumbling, percussion, and imaginative play. Accompanying adult required for both online and in-person class. Recommended one class per week.
Level A Ballet – A pre-ballet class for children ages 3 ½ - 4 ½ that will introduce children to more formalized movement and initial ballet postures using organized play. An accompanying adult is required for an online class. Recommended one class per week.
Level B Ballet – A pre-ballet Class for children at least 5 years of age that introduces the structure of the primary ballet curriculum, expanding on the initial postures and movement from Level A. Now is the time to learn to do everything with a little more care, but with just as much enjoyment. Recommended one class per week.
Level C Ballet– The final ballet class in this division is for children who are 6+ years, and who have reached the appropriate physical development. Additional elements to the Level B curriculum will help prepare students for the Primary Division. Recommended one class per week. **Children who are at least 7 years old may also be evaluated for Level I Ballet**
Children's Intro to Dance - A fun open-level class for students who want to explore various styles of dance, including, Creative Movement and Hip-Hop. Suitable for children ages 4-7 years, this class meets once per week.
Primary Division Classes
Level I Ballet – The young dancer ages 7- 9 will begin to work through the class like a professional dancer. The exercises are divided into two parts – those taken at the barre and those in the centre. Required two classes per week. For the serious student, enrollment in Creative Dance and/or Jazz Technique I, Tap I is also recommended.
Level II Ballet – This level is for children ages 9+ 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 the serious student, enrollment in Creative Dance or Beginning Modern, Jazz Technique II and/or Tap II is recommended.
Secondary Division Classes
Level III – 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 more mature dance technique. There will be additional performing opportunities at this level. Required two ballet classes per week and enrollment in the appropriate the Modern and/or Contemporary Jazz class is strongly encouraged. Students are eligible to audition for CityDance Ensemble.
Level IV – 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 – Additional technique classes added to Level IV curriculum and increased pointe work. Unlimited weekly classes available from the Secondary and Adult schedules. Students are eligible to audition for CityDance.
Open Level Ballet Classes for Pre-teen and Teens
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 10-13. Recommended one class per week.
Teen Preeratory 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 14 and above. Recommended one class per week.
CHILDREN & TEEN ADDITIONAL DISCIPLINES PROGRAM
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 II – 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 III - – 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.
CHILDREN'S JAZZ TECHNIQUE I – An introductory class that exposes young dancers to formal training in classical, contemporary, and street dance styles. 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 II – Building on the skills from Jazz Styles I, this class introduces more core strength exercises and a larger technical vocabulary, including leaps and turns. Suitable for children ages 9+, this class meets once per week. Previous dance experience recommended.
CHILDREN & TEEN TAP – Classes 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 suitable for children ages 6-11; Teen's class suitable for dancers ages 12+ and above. Recommended one class per week.
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. Concurrent enrollment in the Level III Ballet OR BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE Modern II, or 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 Level III, this class utilizes a wide jazz 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.
CHILDREN & TEEN HIP-HOP FUNDAMENTALS - A hip-hop technique class that teaches the foundational elements of popping, locking, and breaking. Children's class suitable for children ages 7-12; Teen's class suitable for dancers ages 13 and above, this class meets once per week.
CHILDREN & TEEN EXPLORATORY PROGRAM
Open level classes for the curious student that may be taken as stand-alone classes or paired with selections in the ballet and/or additional disciplines program.
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 as well. The class aims to inspire students through the joy of dance. Appropriate for children ages 7-11, this class meets once per week.
CHILDREN & 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. Children's class suitable for children ages 7-11; Teen's class suitable for dancers ages 12+ and above, this class meets once per week.
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.