Tap is the fastest way to develop coordination and instill rhythm. It brings great satisfaction for children with high energy levels. Tap teaches a sense of tempo, timing and counting. We only use the most respected Tap syllabus at UPDA. The tap syllabus you learn at UPDA is a nationally recognized syllabus used at all accredited dance colleges and professionals.
The foundation of all dance. Our ballet program equips today’s young dancers with the artistry and athleticism necessary for today’s dance world. While still maintaining the classical tradition of dance as an art form, the comprehensive training program at UPDA offers students the opportunity to explore intellectually, artistically, and creatively while following a time-tested curriculum based on sound physical principles. We are committed to preparing all of our dancers with the skills and motivation to achieve whatever level of success they choose. Our ballet classes include elements from some of the well-regarded styles such as Vaganova, Cecchetti, and Balanchine.
Pointe and Pre- pointe
As one of the most precise forms of dance, pointe work gives the illusion that a dancer is lighter than air. Dancing on the tips of one’s toes, however, requires many years of dedicated ballet study, excellent physical health, and teacher recommendation. Dancers at UPDA must already be enrolled in ballet and demonstrate appropriate technical proficiency, physical strength, and dedication before being recommended for Pointe Prep. We are proud to be the only dance studio in Dickinson County to offer a pre-pointe class that prepares our students for pointe class.
Be it soul, rock or character, jazz has many forms, all of which are fun and exciting. As one of the most expressive forms of dance, jazz offers dancers the chance to experience stylistic techniques in genres like Broadway, lyrical, Latin, and Swing. As dancers advance, more challenging progressions, turns, and combinations are introduced.
Hip-Hop has evolved from street dancing to come to the forefront featured on videos and concerts. This style is characterized as hard-hitting. Street dance meets stylized music in this high-energy (almost aerobic!) class. Isolations, footwork, stunts, tricks and rhythms get faster and more challenging as dancers progress. And don’t worry—we always emphasize age-appropriate moves and music.
Modern, akin to ballet, uses the body to imitate subject and discovery through movement. It is controlled as well as abstract. It takes dancers off-center, crafting abstract movement with inventive shapes and lines. This class requires a creative mindset—we dance on the floor, around the room, and in different patterns! Modern is influenced by several well-regarded styles including Horton, Graham, and Límon. Modern is for the more serious dancer.
Lyrical is a slower form of jazz and incorporates ballet technique that uses the body to tell a story. Both dramatic and technical, a strong ballet background is recommended.
An experienced adult instructor(s) will lead an acro and gymnastics classes to help teach and improve grace, balance and control. Students will learn to execute many different skills from a basic to a professional level which include backbends, walkovers, handstands, cartwheels, aerials, tucks, twists, stunting and so much more.
integrates drama, dance, singing, and improvisation in a fun and creative genre. From costumes and characters to props and performances, this is one form where students truly get to show their star potential.
tiny/mini creative movement
an introductory tap & ballet class for ages 2+ with focus on motor development, rhythm and following directions. Incorporate beginner dance steps with games, interactive music and dance play.
are intended for the serious dancer with a desire to compete and work in a team environment. UPDA placements are based on skill level and age, following a mandatory audition process or teacher recommendation. Our teams compete at numerous competitions each year along with perform at many mainstream and community events including NBA and college games. If you are interested in joining one of our award winning teams, please contact the studio today!
Technique classes are set up by levels. Each level will focus on teaching turns, leaps and jump with proper positioning and technique.
Vocal lessons are given in a private setting and class settings in musical theater, pop and rock, opera/operetta, classical and All State Prep. Each class offers instruction in healthy vocal production as well as appropriate repertoire for each individual.
NOTHING BUT COMBOS
This class is a fun filled class that teaches short dances in all genres throughout the season. There is no end of the season performance. If you like change and want to explore all styles of dance, then this class is for you!
Are you looking at taking your flexibility to the next level? Then this class is for you! We will teach you proper stretches and techniques on how to improve and grow your flexibility to help you in your dance, acro and gymnastics classes.
is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shape and dynamics schema.
No Limits class is designed for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities such as down syndrome, (ASD) autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and other developmental delays (including those requiring use of a wheelchair). Our goal is to enrich the lives of these children through the exploration of movement and dance concepts in a safe and structured environment.Our classes are offered to enrich the special needs community through the art of dance! We offer this to any individual with physical or developmental disabilities. The Special Needs curriculum is constructed in a unique way to benefit the students according to their needs.
BALLET AND HIP HOP WORKOUT CLASSES
We offer many different adult workouts including our Ballet Barre and Hip Hop Party workout. Join us in this fun workout for anyone looking to have a blast and tone up.
Boys DANCE FREE AT UPDA*