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Class Descriptions

Ages 2-Young 3

Our WEE Dance is for Mommy (or Daddy/caregiver) and a tot. It is designed to help aid in the development of skills appropriate for a 2 year old. For this reason our class uses a parent or caregiver to help us orient the child into a classroom setting encouraging the development of fine and gross motor skills. These skills are developed through the use of music, dance, and support of those who love them. Along with assisting in the development of motor skills in the children we incorporate sharing, taking turns, and following directions. These aspects all lead to the development of socialization and additional necessary skills of listening and memory.


Ages 3-5

(Pre-School) PS1 & PS2 & (Kindergarten) Child
These classes are fun and exciting intro to ballet and tap classes that focus on co-ordination, self-expression and musicality in creative and imaginative ways. Dancers learn many cute songs with dance steps that they will be singing to you throughout the year. They learn the importance of taking turns and working together in a structured class. We will keep students entertained and help them to acquire a lifelong love of dance.

Ages 5 & up

As the student progresses through each level, the curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate (see level breakdown below).

Hip Hop  Age 5 & up
This commercial style refers to street dancing and has evolved throughout the years. Dancers learn vocabulary and steps that progress through their age levels. This popular style of dance is a favorite way to learn great moves for social events and , as they become older, progress into the commercial dance world.

Ballet  Ages 6 & up
Ballet is considered the basis of all dance training. Dancers learn grace, elegance and discipline while focusing on technique and flexibility. We strongly feel that ballet is the most important dance form that a child can study. We offer Ballet for all ages and abilities. Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vagonova and Cecchetti methods.

Jazz  Ages 6 & up
The jazz style is based off of ballet technique and includes sharp and fluid movements as the dancer builds technique and style. For this reason, it must be taken with a ballet class. Popular music is used while dancers work on body isolations, stretching, flexibility, turning, and leaping.

Tap  Ages 6 & up
Tap is one of the oldest dance forms in this country. Students are taught rhythms, timing, and leg/foot coordination done to various types of music. We teach all types of tap from standard basics like “42nd Street” (Broadway Style) to the funky rhythm tap as seen in “Bring In Da Noise” (Hoofing Tap). Students will receive well-rounded knowledge of all types of tap in Elem 1-Elem 3. When they get to Levels classes they are offered Broadway Style and/or Hoofing Tap.


Level Descriptions for Ages 6 and above

Ballet Tap & Jazz  Ages 6-9
Elementary 1-3: These classes are combined ballet, jazz and tap that build upon each other in each level. Dancers will learn ballet barre exercises focusing on technique and flexibility. Leaps, turns and jumps are introduced. Basic steps begin to be combined for short combinations making this an exciting class for this age group.

Ballet Tap & Jazz  Ages 9 and up
Levels 1-5: These classes are technique classes in which the student progresses through the various levels beginning with level 1. Focus is on proper technique with combinations becoming more difficult.

Pointe  Age 11 & up
A: This class is for the beginner to intermediate student. Dancers must be at least 11 years old with 3 years of ballet training and approved by the instructors to register. Dancers must stay in this class for a minimum of 2-3 years to build strength and endurance for more advanced work. Dancers must be take the ballet class time that precedes this class.
B: This class is for dancers in Level 4-5 who are ready for more advanced pointe work. Approval must be given by the instructor to move up to this level and these dancers must take the ballet class that precedes this class.

*We highly suggest that all our pointe dancers take at least 2 ballet classes per week.

This is a great class seen performed by high school dance teams. It is designed to introduce dancers to the basics of proper jazz dance technique while including the sharp synchronized movements and visual effects of working with pom poms! It is recommended that the dancer has 2 years of experience in ballet, jazz or lyrical. For those students looking towards trying out for high school dance teams this is a great class full of fun, high energized Pom routines.

This class is for the preteen/teen dancer who currently trains in the coinciding ballet level. It is a style that will combine ballet, jazz, and contemporary technique. Combinations are taught to expand the dancers training to use emotion and portray feelings from the lyrics of a song.


"Darlene and the entire ADA staff! Congrats on yet another wonderful recital! What an amazing job! Jacklyn had the time of her life. She is so sad for her first Monday without dance. Thanks again for all you do to make this such a memorable time!"

Rose Peters


Dance Classes for Ages 2 to 5















Dance Classes for Ages 6 and above




American Dance Academy | 126 Lantana Drive | Hockessin, DE 19707 | (302) 234-9900 |