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Dance Programs

Whether you consider dancing as a leisurely hobby or a competitive activity, you’ll feel home at Jazziak’s Dance School. Enroll in classes today and be part of one of the best dancing programs in Central Massachusetts!

Classes Offered

We offer an array of classes for a variety of ages and ability levels. From children to adults, we have something for everyone! The following is a brief description of the dance forms and classes we offer. Ages and ability levels are only suggestions– students are placed in their class at the teacher's discretion. It is customary for students to remain at the same level for at least 2 years before moving on.

Preschool Classes

Offered to children aged 2 to 5, these fast-paced, fun-filled classes hold the interest of our youngest dancers while teaching them the basics of ballet and tap dance.

Little Ones 1

Suggested Age: 2 to 2.5
Ability Level: No experience required

Little Ones 2

Suggested Age: 2.5 to 3
Ability Level: No experience required

Kindies 1

Suggested Age: 4
Ability Level: no experience to 1 year of experience in basic dance

Kindies 2

Suggested Age: 5
Ability Level: 1 to 2 years of experience in basic dance

Tumble Tots

Suggested Age: 4 to 5
Ability Level: No experience required

Combination Classes

Combination classes allow students to learn the basics in multiple dance forms all in one class. These classes provide students with the necessary foundation to thrive in various dance forms in the future.

Ballet/Tap 1

Suggested Age: 6 to 7
Ability Level: Basic Pre-K to Kindergarten dance experience

Ballet/Tap 2

Suggested Age: 7 to 9
Ability Level: 1 to 3 years of ballet and tap experience

Jazz/Acro 1

Suggested Age: 6 to 7
Ability Level: Basic Pre-K to Kindergarten dance experience

Jazz/Acro 2

Suggested Age: 7 to 9
Ability Level: 1 to 3 years of jazz and acro experience

Ballet

These classes provide skills in classical ballet including the application of technique and terminology.

Ballet 3

Suggested Age: 9 to 11
Ability Level: 2 to 4 years of ballet experience

Ballet 4

Suggested Age: 11 to 14
Ability Level: 3 to 5 years of ballet experience

Ballet 5

Suggested Age: 13+
Ability Level: Experienced ballet dancers only

Basic Ballet

Suggested Age: 8 to 11
Ability Level: Beginner or limited ballet experience

Teen Ballet

Suggested Age: 12 to 17
Ability Level: Beginner or limited ballet experience

Adult Ballet

Suggested Age: 18 & above
Ability Level: Offered to all skill levels

Tap

Using special shoes that create a percussive sound, tap dance allows students to audibly tap out rhythms with their feet.

Tap 3

Suggested Age: 8 to 10
Ability Level: 2 to 4 years of tap experience

Tap 4

Suggested Age: 11 to 13
Ability Level: 3 to 5 years of tap experience

Tap 5

Suggested Age: 13+
Ability Level: Experienced tappers only

Teen Tap

Suggested Age: 11 to 17
Ability Level: Beginner or limited tap experience

Adult Tap

Suggested Age: 18 & above
Ability Level: Offered to all skill levels

Jazz

This form of dance incorporates a wide variety of dance styles and is influenced by multiple dance forms including ballet, hip-hop, and acrobats to name a few. This class features fast moving jazz dance form that emphasizes dance technique, strength, and flexibility.

Jazz 3

Suggested Age: 8 to 10
Ability Level: 2 to 4 years of jazz experience

Jazz 4

Suggested Age: 11 to 14
Ability Level: 3 to 5 years of jazz experience

Jazz 5

Suggested Age: 13+
Ability Level: Experienced jazz dancers only

Teen Jazz

Suggested Age: 11 to 17
Ability Level: Beginner or limited jazz experience

Adult Jazz

Suggested Age: 18 & above
Ability Level: Offered to all skill levels

Acro

This class provides skills in basic floor gymnastics and tumbling.

Acro 3

Suggested Age: 8-10
Ability Level: 2-4 years of acrobatic experience

Acro 4

Suggested Age: 8 to 15
Ability Level: Intermediate acrobatic skills

Acro 5

Suggested Age: 10+
Ability Level: Experienced acrobats and gymnasts only

Teen Acro

Suggested Age: 11 to 17
Ability Level: Limited acrobatic skills

Irish Step Dance

Irish step dance offers traditional dance forms originating from Ireland, often performed to traditional Irish music.

Irish 1

Suggested Age: 6 to 8
Ability Level: Basic Pre-K to Kindergarten experience

Irish 2

Suggested Age: 7 to 9
Ability Level: 1 to 2 years of Irish step dance experience

Irish 3

Suggested Age: 9 to 11
Ability Level: 2 to 3 years of Irish step dance experience

Irish 4

Suggested Age: 11 to 14
Ability Level: 3 to 4 years of Irish step dance experience

Irish 5

Suggested Age: 13+
Ability Level: Experienced Irish step dancers only

Irish Hard Shoe

This lively Irish folk dance is performed in special Irish hard shoes to emphasize the stomps, trebles, and clicks commonly performed.

Hard Shoe 1

Suggested Age: 8 to 11
Ability Level: Students welcome to this class must have a strong background in Irish step dance.

Hard Shoe 2

Suggested Age: 10 to 14
Ability Level: 1-2 years of Hard Shoe experience

Hard Shoe 3

Suggested Age: 13 to 17
Ability Level: Experienced hard shoe dancers only

Hip-Hop**

This high-energy form of urban dance includes a wide variety of street style dancing including popping, locking, and breaking.

Hip-Hop 1

Suggested Age: 6 to 8
Ability Level: Beginner Hip-hop students. Students in this class should have a background in Jazz and/or Acro dance

Hip-Hop 2

Suggested Age: 9 to 11
Ability Level: Beginner to Intermediate Hip-hop dancers welcome.

Hip-Hop 3

Suggested Age: 12+
Ability Level: Experienced Hip-hop dancers only.

**Hip-hop students must have Jazz and/or Acro included in their dance curriculum

Lyrical*

This captivating form of dance combines elements of jazz, ballet, and modern moves to express emotion through the art of dance.

Lyrical 1

Suggested Age: 6 to 8
Ability Level: Ballet experience necessary. Students must be currently enrolled in both ballet and jazz/acro.

Lyrical 2

Suggested Age: 9 to 11
Ability Level: Beginner to limited Lyrical experience. Must be currently enrolled in ballet and have jazz/acro experience.

Lyrical 3

Suggested Age: 12+
Ability Level: Experienced Lyrical dancers only.

*Lyrical students must have Ballet included in their class curriculum.

Pointe*

A form of classical ballet, this technical dance class is performed en pointe with the dancer supporting all of their weight on the tips of their feet using special supportive shoes.

Beginning Pointe

Suggested Age: 10 to 14
Ability Level: Pointe classes are invitational only. Students with an extensive background in ballet dance will be evaluated in class or through an audition process. It is the teacher’s decision as to when a student is strong enough to go on pointe.

Pointe

Suggested Age: 12 to 17
Ability Level: Advanced pointe dancers only

*Pointe students are required to add ballet to their curriculum.

Competitive and Performance Team Classes

Students are accepted onto our Competitive and Performance Teams through and audition process. Competitive Team members must add certain core classes to their dance curriculum.

Schedule

2018 to 2019 Class Schedule

Monday
Studio 1
Monday
Studio 2
Monday
Upstairs
Monday
Studio 3
Tuesday
Studio 1
Tuesday
Studio 2
Tuesday
Upstairs
9:00-9:45
Little Ones 2
           
10:00-10:45
Kindies 1
           
4:00-5:15
Competitive Jazz 1
4:30-5:15
Teen Tap
    4:00-4:45
Tap 3
   
5:15-6:15
Lyrical 2
5:15-6:00
Irish 2
5:15-6:15
Technique 2
5:15-6:00
Kindies 1
4:45-5:30
Ballet 1
4:45-5:45
Tap 4
5:00-5:45
Ballet 2
6:15-7:30
Jazz 4
6:00-6:45
Irish 1
6:15-7:30
Competitive
Contemporary
6:00-7:00
Kindies 2
5:30-6:45
Competitive
Ballet 2
5:45-6:45
Teen Ballet
5:45-6:45
Ballet 3
7:30-8:15
Adult Tap
6:45-7:30
Irish 3
7:30-8:30
Competitive Jazz
Production
  6:45-8:00
Ballet 4
  6:45-8:00
Ballet 5
  7:30-8:30
Irish 5
        8:00-8:45
Pointe


Tuesday
Studio 3
Wednesday
Studio 1
Wednesday
Studio 2
Wednesday
Upstairs
Wednesday
Studio 3
  4:00 - 5:15
Competitve
Tap 2
     
5:45-6:15
Tap 1
  5:15-6:30
Competitive
Jazz 2
5:30-6:30
Technique 1
5:00-6:00
Hip Hop 1 & 2
6:15-7:00
Tap 2
6:30-7:45
Competitive
Ballet 1
6:00-7:00
Jazz 3
6:30-7:45
Competitive
Lyrical 2
 
  7:45-8:45
Beginning
Pointe
     

Thursday
Studio 1
Thursday
Studio 2
Thursday
Upstairs
Thursday
Studio 3
Friday
Studio 1
Friday
Studio 2
Saturday
Studio 1
Saturday
Studio 2
            9:15-10:00
Kindies 1
9:15-10:00
Hard Shoe 1
            10:00-10:45
Little Ones 2
 
              10:45-11:45
Lyrical 3
4:00-5:15
Jazz Acro 2
4:00-5:00
Comp Tap 1
4:00-5:00
Hip Hop 3
  4:00-5:15
Jazz 5
  12:00-1:00
Teen Jazz
 
5:15-6:15
Jazz/Acro 1
5:00-6:00
Irish 4
5:00-6:15
Competitive Hip-Hop
  5:15-6:15
Tap 5
5:15-6:15
Junior Jazz Team
   
6:15-7:15
Acro 5
6:00-6:45
Hard Shoe 2
  6:30-7:30
Adult Hip-hop
6:15-7:15
Junior Tap Team
6:15-7:30
Competitive Lyrical 1
2:00-2:45
Tumble Tots
 
7:15-8:15
Acro 4
6:45-7:45
Performance Irish 1
6:30-7:45
Performance Irish 2
  7:30-8:30
*Closing Tap Production
     
  7:45-8:45
Hard Shoe 3
           

Students must be placed at the appropriate level by their instructor. It is customary for students to remain at the same level for at least 2 years before moving on.

Dance Team

Over the years, our competitive dance teams have taken local and national competitions by storm! Our team dancers have racked up numerous judges awards, overall placements, and several high-standing medals.

The exhilaration of success is not the only advantage to being on one of our dance teams. The unity, support, and respect among team members are the values that truly make our teams unique!

Auditions

Competitive Dance Team auditions are held as a combined Jazz, Tap, Lyrical & Hip-hop audition. Students must be in the proper attire of a black leotard, tights and a bun in their hair in order to audition. Boys auditioning should wear black pants and a well-fitting white T-shirt. There is a $10.00 audition fee per student. Students will also have to fill out and bring an audition form, which will be available online prior to auditions.

All students auditioning for the competitive dance team are required to participate in two of our summer camp intensives prior to auditioning. They must attend one of our two Technique, Leaps & Turns Intensives, as well as either the Total Tap Intensive or the Acro & Conditioning Camp. Additionally, students auditioning for the dance team must have a vast ballet background, including having taken ballet the previous year.

Team Requirements

Our dance team classes will consist of Competitive Jazz (level 1 & 2), Competitive Tap (level 1 & 2), Competitive Lyrical (level 1 & 2), Competitive Contemporary, and Competitive Hip-hop. We are also have a “Mini” Competitive Jazz & Tap section for our younger students.

After auditions students will be informed if they were chosen to be part of our dance team, and will find out which competition classes & levels they will be allowed to participate in.

Our requirements for the 2018-2019 Competition team are as follows:

Ages 15+

For this age bracket, students must participate in at least 7 hours of dance per week. This 7 hour/week schedule must include (but are not limited to):

-Three team classes & one production

-One “competitive” ballet class (a non-performance ballet class consisting of only competition team members)

-One technique class

Ages 11-14

Students aged 11-14 (or younger students who are placed in our level 1 competitive classes) must also participate in at least 7 hours of dance per week. Their 7 hour schedule must consist of (but not limited to):

-Competitive Jazz, Tap & Lyrical & one production

-One “competitive” ballet class (a non-performance ballet class consisting of only competition team members)

-One technique class

To make up the rest of their 7 hours students can select any class in the form of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop or acro. Private or semi-private classes are not included in this 7 hour schedule but would be in addition to the class requirements listed above. Students will be placed in the appropriate classes and levels at the teacher’s discretion and not at their own.

Ages 10 & Under ("Junior")

Our Junior students (ages 10 & under) must participate in at least 5 hours of dance per week. Their 5 hour schedule must consist of:

-Junior Competitive Jazz & Tap

-One ballet class

-Either an acro class, a lyrical class or a hip-hop class

To make up the rest of their 5 hours these students may take an additional Jazz or Tap class.

Dance Team Dress Code

Dance team students will be required to wear a black leotard & tights for ALL of their dance classes. Students are required to wear their hair in a bun for all Ballet, Pointe and Technique classes. Students out of dress code will be required to sit out of class.

Team Year Requirements

During the course of the year the dance team members are expected to participate in various performances, practices and fundraisers. It is important for students to participate along with their team in these events, and we provide a schedule at the start of the school year- plenty of time for you to make arrangements to ensure you are able to participate.

Team Fee:Team members are required to pay a team fee at the start of the year. The team fee for all team members is $95 and covers a piece of apparel (chosen by the instructors) and one master class. Team fees also cover additional practices that might be held during the competition season. Competition fees are not included in the team fee; Competitive Team members will be expected to pay for their competition fees prior to competition. Additionally, all team students are required to own a dance team jacket. Team students needing a team jacket will be charged separately for the jacket. All team students are also required to purchase all of the correct performance makeup through Jazziaks. Students may not use their own makeup for competition or performances.

Mandatory Team Meeting: We hold a team meeting at the start of the school year to go over our ideas and expectations for the competition season. Any team member not present at the team meeting will receive a warning.

Fundraisers: Through the course of the year we hold several fundraisers to help offset the costs of competition. Proceeds of a particular fundraiser will only go towards participating students. Even so, dance team students are required to participate in at least 2 of these fundraisers (but are not limited to only 2). Mini team members are required to attend at least 1 of these fundraisers (but are not limited to 1).

Team Performances/Practices: We hold several performances and additional competition practices throughout the season. Any dancer who misses one of these required team activities will receive a warning. The only exceptions would be injury- in which case a doctor’s note must be provided, or a mandatory school requirement- in which case a note from the school must be provided.

Competitions: We are planning to attend 2-3 regional (local) competitions this year. We will be attending nationals this year. The dates of these competitions will be announced at the start of the school year. All competitive students must keep these weekends open to ensure they have full availability for competition weekend. Students are also required to attend all dance classes the week prior to each competition in order to compete.

Attendance

-For competition team members, 3 absences will be allowed in all classes taken as team requirements. If a 4th or 5th absences should occur in any class, the student will be required to schedule a private lesson for that specific class to catch up on missed material. Students will automatically be charged for these private lessons to ensure that the student follows through with scheduling. If a 6th absence should occur in any team-required class, the student will be expelled from the dance team.

-Regardless of what is mentioned above, if a student misses more than 3 classes before the month of February they will be removed from the dance team for that school year.

-If a student has more than 3 absences between the months of March-June they will be removed from the recital for that particular class.

-As noted above, if a student misses any of their required 7 hours of dance classes the week before competition (or 5 hours for our mini team students), they will not be able to compete in that competition.

-Students who are sick or injured should still come to class (if they are able) to observe. Any student who must sit for 2 or more weeks must present us with a doctor’s note. If a student must sit or miss more than 3 classes in a row due to illness or injury they will be removed from the team so not to affect the progress of their classmates.

It is very important that students take their attendance serious. We are going to follow this attendance policy firmly this upcoming school year as attendance issues this year have gotten out of hand.

We had such a wonderful competition season this past year, we are very excited for what this next season will bring! Thank you for considering being a part of the Jazziak’s Dance Team

Irish Program

Back in 2005, during our second year in business, we started an Irish step dancing program at our school that would allow our students to explore the diversity of dance. Back then, it consisted of only 2 students. Today, it has grown to become one of the most popular features at our school.

Each year, dozens of Irish students participate in numerous performances, festivals, and competitions throughout the area. Their unique talents have made our school one of the most popular Irish step programs around!

Similar to that of our competitive dance teams, members of our Irish performance team are selected through an audition process. This is because, in addition to performing during March Madness, our Irish performance teams also compete with our competitive teams during competition season.

Irish performance team auditions are open to dancers who can execute all 3 styles of soft shoe dances: reels, light jigs, and slip jigs. Candidates must also execute each style upon request.

Just like our competitive dance teams, students auditioning for our Irish performance team must have taken ballet the previous year. Irish Performance Auditions consist of music identification and dance execution, with students being graded on technique, performance, and knowledge of the different styles of Irish Step Dancing.

Hard shoes are not yet required but are highly recommended for students auditioning for our Irish performance teams. There will be a hard shoe portion towards the end of auditions where students will dance in a group setting and will be further evaluated for team readiness.

Irish Performance Team members will be required to adhere to many of our competitive teams’ standards. There will be a team fee required at the start of the year. The fee for team members is $95.00 and covers a piece of apparel (chosen by the instructors) and 1 master class. Team fees also cover additional practices that might be held during the competition season. New team students will also be required to purchase a dance team jacket, which will be charged separately. Team students are also required to purchase performance makeup through Jazziak's. Students will not be allowed to wear their own makeup at performances or competitions.

Competition fees are not included in the team fee. Irish performance team members will be expected to pay for their competition fees prior to competition. Unlike our competitive dance teams, the only required additional core classes that Irish performance team members must take are ballet and an additional hard-shoe or soft-shoe class.

If you have any inquiries about our programs, do not hesitate to call us at 508-869-0026.