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Beginning movement classes for three and four year olds include introduction to ballet and the pre-primary syllabus.


TAP- age 4 to adult


Students learn basic to advanced dance steps and musical comedy routines.


BALLET- age 6 to adult


Graded classes for students over six years old are divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Although classes are graded according to age for beginning levels, further advancement depends on application, artistic ability, dance development and physical qualifications. The number of years in dance training or the students age does not dictate placement of class level. Placement is at the discretion of the faculty. Our ballet staff at Van Metre School of Dance teaches the Royal Academy syllabus as a foundation for our younger dancers. The syllabus offers education in classical ballet, character dance and free movement. This gives our students a well-rounded classical dance background.




Toe requires two or three years of serious preparation and is not advisable until a student is at least ten or eleven and has attained good body placement and control. A minimum of two classes a week are required to prepare for pointe.


MUSICAL THEATRE - age 7 to adult


JAZZ- age 8 to adult


Classes include jazz technique, hip-hop, contemporary and lyrical, choreography and stretching.


MODERN- age 9 to adult


Classes include whole body movement, improvisational skills and a variety of modern disciplines.


HIP HOP- age 9 to adult


ADULT FITNESS CLASSES- age 16 to adult





Special summer programs are held following the spring recital at the end of the school year.






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