Baxter Studio Classes

2018-2019 Dance Season Class Descriptions


Acrobatics. Ages 5 & up. This is an acrobatic class that teaches floor gymnastics and basic contortion tricks. Acro is a class that progresses from forward rolls and cartwheels to advanced tumbling, including aerial work. Teachers work with each student on their individual level. This class also focuses on flexibility, agility, and teamwork.

NEW * Acting/Vocal/Musical Theater. Ages 5 & up. Students will work with a vocal, acting, and musical theater instructor in a group setting. Some highlights of the curriculum include learning to match pitch and harmonize, creating characters using monologues and skits, and mastering dance elements specific to musical theater. These classes are perfect for any aspiring Broadway Star! Several opportunities too perform for parents & guests will be offered throughout the dance season.  These classes will not participate in our regular studio recitals, they will have an informal showcase at the end of the year.

Pre-Ballet and Ballet. Ages 6.5 & up. This class is divided into 5 levels, Pre Ballet (ages 6.5-8) to Ballet IV.  Students are placed by skill level. (Younger students are encouraged to take a Combo Tap/Ballet class).

NEW * Broadway Heels. Ages 9 & up. This class is for the dancer who is interested in taking jazz and musical theater technique to the next level. All the elements of our Jazz/Musical Theater class in Character Shoes(Heels).

Combo. Ages 2 ½ – 6 ½. This class teaches the fundamentals of tap and ballet. Students will begin with tap and finish with ballet. Students should arrive in class with tap shoes on. Teachers will assist young dancers with shoe changes.

Hip Hop/Funk. Ages 7 & up. This class utilizes an upbeat style of dance performed to popular music. Although Hip Hop’s roots came from urban street dancing, it has become increasingly popular in the entertainment world. Funk dancing is the perfect fusion of styles, incorporating jazz roots into a melting pot of hip hop, break, popping & locking, along with other fashionable dance genre.

Jazz. Ages 13 & up. This class focuses on the classic techniques of jazz. Fast-paced and energetic, curriculum includes stretching, jumps, rhythm, and various styles of choreography. All music selections and dance moves are age appropriate.

Jazz/Hip Hop. Ages 4 & up. This class combines the upbeat dancing style of hip hop with the technique of jazz. All music selections and dance moves are age appropriate.

NEW * Jazz/Tumble. Ages 4-6. This class combines tumbling (various beginner acrobatics skills) with upbeat jazz/hip hop techniques.AllmusicselectionsanddancemovesareageThisclasswillperformajazzdanceonlyinrecital.

NEW * Leaps & Turns. Ages 8 & up. This class is designed for students who want to improve the technique of their leaps and turns. Leaps may include (but not limited to) grande jete, saute chat, center leaps, switch leaps, and reverse leaps. Turns may include (but not limited to) en dehors and en dedans pirouettes, various turn progressions across the floor, and fouette turns. This class will not perform in the recital.

Lyrical/Contemporary. Ages 7 & up. Lyrical and Contemporary dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques that uses dramatic motion to interpret music and express emotion.

Modern. Ages 11 & up. Emerging from classical dance technique, modern dance explores a range of styles and qualities of movement, including the use of gravity and weightedness in the body, musicality, athleticism, and personal expression.

Musical Theater. Ages 9 & up. This class combines elements of jazz and acting. With this style of dance, dancers work through jazz technique while portraying a character. Using songs from Broadway and movies, Musical Theater focuses on the inner actor/actress.

Pointe/Pre-Pointe. Teacher Recommended.  A class wherein the ballet dancer supports all their body weight on the tips of fully  extended feet. Dancing en pointe makes the dancer appear weightless and sylph like; this is done by wearing special box toed pointe shoes. Students are recommended for pointe based on age and ability. A minimum of two regular ballet classes must be attended to dance en pointe, one of which must be the ballet class directly before Pre-Pointe or Pointe.  There is no recital for the Pre-Pointe class.

Tap. Ages 6 & up. This is a percussive style of dancing. Its name comes from the tapping sound made when the metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touches a hard surface. (Younger students are encouraged to take a Combo Tap/Ballet class.)

Tumbling. Ages 3-6. This class teaches the basics of floor tumbling including forward rolls, back bends, cartwheels and fundamental acrobatic strengthening and coordinating skills. This class will not participate in recital.


Class FAQs

Modesty: No midriffs should be shown at any time, and thighs should be covered.

Leotards should be worn with tights. Students may elect to wear shorts over top of their leotard (except in Ballet), but tights must still be worn underneath.

Shoes: Proper shoes in specific colors are required for all classes. A list of shoes can be found below.

Hair: Hair should be pulled up and away from the student’s face.

Piercing: The only piercings allowed are in the earlobes of girls. All other piercings should be removed prior to entering the studio.

Tattoos: Absolutely no tattoos allowed. No exceptions.

2019-20 dance season begins Monday August 19th

Preparing for Class

1. Dancers are to enter the dance studio fully dressed for class with their hair properly pulled back (bun for ballet) and dance shoes on. Please do not wear street shoes into dance rooms. Dance bags may be brought into the room or left in the locker room.

2. Combo classes (preschool through 6 years old) will need to have their tap shoes on each week when entering class. Please put your ballet shoes in a dance bag that they will bring in with them. Put your child’s name in the shoes and on the bag. The teachers will help dancers change shoes in the middle of the class.

3. If there is any time between classes where your dancer is stationary in the building, it is the parent’s responsibility to be sure their dancer gets to the next/correct class. For any break, even a 15 minute break, a signed time-between-classes release form/waiver must be filed with the office.

What to Expect Your First Week

1. The halls are very crowded the first few weeks of classes. This will settle down after the first few weeks.

2. There is a lot of switching around of classes as parents are trying to get settled in the new schedule of the year. Please be patient. Classes are often ending with students needing to get to their next class immediately in order to accommodate the different subjects that dancers are taking.

3. Similar to academic classes, the first few weeks of dance classes are curriculum review and getting everyone comfortable with new classes and new teachers. This will relax the students and helps our teachers ensure that students are properly placed in correct classes.

4. If dancers have been placed into classes that are not correct for them –Don’t worry – we will find a more suitable class!

5. Parking is the #1 complaint with parents in dance schools around the nation. This is something that can’t be helped. Please be careful to watch for children! There is additional parking in the back of the building.

6. Parents, it is best to get your dancer in class on time and ready to dance. Room A has a viewing window. The other rooms do not have viewing windows. Twice a year (normally in December and around Spring Break), all families are invited to attend Parent Observation Week.

7. The youngest dancers will often have tears or anxiety the first few weeks. This is normal. The teachers are trained to get children “on task” quickly. It is not uncommon to have a few dancers on a few hips the first month of class! The best way to ensure success is to assure them they are going to have fun. Leave as quickly as possible and watch them through the window. Please keep noise down at the window and don’t let siblings open the door or knock on the window. This will distract the dancers.

8. Please have all dancers use the bathroom before class. Teachers will gladly take them if they do need to go during class, but this can be a disruption.

9. You do not have to stay at the studio while your child has a class. However, if you do leave during your child’s class, you must be on time for pick-up. If you are running late, please call the office so that we can notify the teacher & your dancer. Your dancer will be in the office waiting for you.

Always stop in the office if you have questions or concerns. Every staff member wants your Miller Street experience to be positive and rewarding.

Yes! Please label all shoes, dancewear, dance bags, coats, etc. with the students first and last name. Please write your dancers name on the bottom of their shoes. If not labeled properly, teachers will write your dancers first and last name on their shoes during the first few weeks of classes. If the item left behind is properly labeled, the studio will attempt to contact the parent and hold that item in the “pick-up drawer” located in the studio office.

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If a student will be missing 2 or more consecutive weeks of class, please contact the studio office. The office staff will relay the information to the instructors. There are no refunds for missed classes. These can be made up any time before May in an age-appropriate class, even if it’s a different style than what the student is taking. After May 1st make-up classes attended must be in a class doing the same recital routine. Please contact the studio office for information. Please get a “Make-up Class” form from the office to take into class with you.

Yes! We have a homework room located near Room B.

Food and drink: This is the only room that food and drink are allowed in. We encourage healthy snacks and require that all drinks be clear liquids (water, clear Gatorade, etc.) In the event of a spill, please advise the front office so we can clean up the mess as soon as possible. No food or drinks, besides water bottles, are allowed in any studio classroom at any time. Please do not bring any nut products into the studio. We have students with severe nut allergies and must make the studio a safe place for everyone.

Instructors can be contacted via email. All emails are listed on our Staff page. Please do not try to catch an instructor between classes. Class schedules are very tight and our instructors would like to give your questions and concerns the proper attention.

Yes! The lost and found bin is located in the Homework Room near Room B. Please check the office for lost jewelry or hair items. Items will be donated at the end of each month. Please check these bins regularly. Miller Street Dance Academy is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Winter and Spring Parent Observation Weeks are the only times parents and families are invited into the classroom. During the rest of the dance season, our classes are closed-door sessions. Please do not open the door during class time.