Suncoast Academy of Dance offers many levels of dance education. We offer classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and acro. Our PreSchool classes include ballet, tap, and tumbling.

For PreSchool classes through level 2, there will be a teacher’s assistant in any class where there are more than eight children enrolled. We do this to ensure that your child will receive the highest quality dance instruction.

We are confident that you will love our studio, instructors, and classes. Prospective students may try a class by paying our drop-in class rate. When you sign up for that class (within 60 days of your drop-in), the drop-in class payment will be applied to your first month’s tuition.

 
 
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PreSchool I

AGES 3-4 • 45 MINUTES

A 45-minute introductory class in ballet, tap, and tumbling. Young dancers begin learning basic steps, terminology, focus and coordination in a fun-filled, musical classroom setting.

Required Attire:
Girls:
leotard, tights, pink Bloch ballet shoes, black “Mary Jane” tap shoes, a dance bag, and hair pulled back.
Boys: dance pants/shorts, comfortable shirt, black ballet shoes, tap shoes

PreSchool II

AGES 4-5 • 45 MINUTES

A 45-minute introductory class in ballet, tap, and tumbling. Young dancers learn steps, terminology, focus and coordination in a fun-filled, musical classroom setting. PreSchool II builds on lessons from PreSchool I.

Required Attire:
refer to PreSchool I

 

 

Combo

KINDERGARTEN • 60 MIN

A one-hour class in ballet, tap, and jazz. Kindergarten-aged dancers learn the art of ballet and tap through additional steps and terminology, and add the basics of jazz dance. This is a fun-filled, high-energy classroom.

Required Attire:
Girls:
leotard, tights, pink Bloch ballet shoes, black “Mary Jane” tap shoes, a dance bag, and hair pulled back.
Boys: dance pants/shorts, comfortable shirt, black ballet shoes, tap shoes

Ballet

AGES 6+ • 60-90 MINUTES

Our classical ballet classes include barre work, center floor work, and variations. Each class is taught at the appropriate age and level, stressing posture, alignment and body placement, working towards building technique and artistry.

Classes Offered:
Level I, Level II, Level II/III, Level III, Level IV, Advanced

Required Attire:
Girls:
black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, and hair in a bun.
Boys: black dance pants/shorts, white t-shirt, black ballet shoes

 

 

Tap

AGES 6+ • 60 MINUTES

Tap is the only form of dance that creates its own music. Rhythm, music, and sounds are incorporated into each high-energy class through combinations, technique, and improvisations geared to the appropriate level.

Classes Offered:
Level I, Level II, Level II/III, Level III, Level IV, Advanced

Required Attire:
fitted top, dance shorts/pants/leggings, black flat tap shoes, and hair pulled back

Jazz

AGES 6+ • 60 MINUTES

Jazz is an American dance form incorporating many different styles. Depending on the instructor, style will vary from west coast to east coast, or urban to traditional.

Classes Offered:
Level I, Level II, Level II/III, Level III, Level IV, Level V, Advanced

Required Attire:
fitted top, dance shorts/pants/leggings, tan jazz shoes, and hair pulled back

 

 

Hip Hop

AGES 7+ • 60 MINUTES

An umbrella term for many styles of dance. Movements such as popping, locking and breaking (“old school”) added to progressive movements that can come from anywhere or any time (“new school”) supported by popular music (rap, funk, R&B, techno) that is age-appropriate.

Classes Offered:
Beginner, Intermediate, Teen

Required Attire:
loose fitting attire and black hip hop shoes, and hair pulled back

Modern

AGES 11+ • 60 MINUTES

Modern dance technique teaches one how to use various movement qualities, through the use of gravity, floor-work, fall and recovery, contraction and release, and improvisation. Originally created as a rebellion against ballet, it is performed barefoot and often in parallel. Movements are angular, weighted, and often challenge your center of balance. Modern dance is continually evolving and is integrated into Broadway, contemporary, and concert dance choreography.
*Ballet required

Required Attire:
fitted top, dance shorts/pants/leggings, bare feet, and hair pulled back

 

 

Lyrical

AGES 9+ • 60 MINUTES

A beautiful art form which is a fusion of jazz, ballet and modern that conveys the emotion of a song’s lyrics. Intense emotional expression of the face and body are necessary to tell a story. Strong technique and flexibility enhance this stye.
* Ballet required

Classes Offered:
Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Advanced

Required Attire:
fitted top, dance shorts/pants/leggings, and hair pulled back
(Levels I-III need Eclipse lyrical shoes)

Contemporary

AGES 13+ • 60 MINUTES

One of today’s most popular forms of dance, contemporary is not a specific form of dance, but a collection of styles and movements that draw from modern, ballet, and jazz techniques, dependent on the instructor’s style of choreography.
*Ballet required

Classes Offered:
Level IV, Advanced

Required Attire:
fitted top, dance shorts/pants/leggings, and hair pulled back

 

 

Pointe

AGES 12+ • 60 MINUTES
*by invitation only

Pointe work is available for the more advanced dancer who demonstrates the technique, discipline, and control that is required for this art form. Students enrolled in Pointe are required to participate in two ballet classes each week.

Classes Offered: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Required Attire:
black leotard, pink tights, with appropriately sewn and fitted pointe shoes, and hair in a bun

Turns & Leaps

AGES 9+ • 45-60 MINUTES

Turns and Leaps class focuses on body placement and alignment, as well as application of basic technique skills as applied to more advanced movements. Class will visit the basic skills needed to perform classic jumps and turns, as well as working on executing more complicated sequences across the floor and in center.

Required Attire:
fitted top, dance shorts/pants/leggings, tan jazz shoes, and hair pulled back

 

 

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)

AGES 9+ • 60 MINUTES

An innovative training program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon to help students in understanding the depth of muscle memory and muscle activation needed to achieve their personal best in classical ballet and other styles of dance. Students of PBT see improved core stability, weight placement, and alignment.
*Ms. April received PBT certification in April of 2017

Required Attire:
leotard and transition tights, with hair in a high bun

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Acrobatics

AGES 6+ • 60 MINUTES

Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, coordination, discipline and concentration. Students will learn handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels with variations, back bends, walkovers, various forward and backward rolls, along with other balance, partnering and contortion tricks.
* Based on skill level, other tricks could include front and back handsprings and aerial cartwheels.
**Ms. Colleen received Acrobatic Arts Certification in July of 2018.

Classes Offered:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Required Attire:
fitted top, dance shorts/pants/leggings, bare feet, and hair pulled back

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