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Dance Mini Program

Mini Program

Ages 2-7 Years

Ballet | Tap | Ballet/Tap | Jazz | Hip Hop | Acro

We use props, stories, instruments, and imaginative play to teach children the names and proper execution of dance styles in a way that is safe for small feet and bodies. Our mini program is perfect for children who are new to dance and want to explore different styles in a safe and engaging environment.

In the classroom you will see students learning the technical names and proper execution of all dance styles in a way that is safe for small feet and bodies. The use of props, stories, instruments and imaginative play help provide children the tools needed to progress in ballet, tap, jazz, music and acting.

Dance Mini Program by Riverside Performing Arts in Vancouver WA
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Class Attire Requirements

Feminine: Any color leotard and tights or any color leggings and shirt. Ballet shoes or barefoot.

Masculine: Any color sweatpants or shorts and any color shirt or tank top. Ballet shoes or barefoot.

Feminine: Pink or black leotard (long or short sleeve), pink tights and pink or black ballet shoes. Black tap shoes. Ballet skirts or reasonable tutus OK. Hair in ponytail or bun.
Masculine: White or black t-shirt or tank and black stretch pants or tight fitting shorts. Black ballet shoes. Black tap shoes.

Feminine: Black or pink leotard, black or pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Black tap shoes for Ballet/Tap Combo, Tap I and Tap II. NO SHORTS or TUTUS. Hair in ponytail or bun.
Masculine: White or black t-shirt or tank and black stretch pants, joggers or tight fitting shorts. Black tap and ballet shoes for Ballet/Tap Combo..

Comfortable clothing such as leggings, sweatpants, tee shirts, etc. Tennis shoes that aren’t worn outside for Hip Hop and bare feet for Acro.

Etiquette For Successful Students

Body Language

  • When given a correction acknowledge the teacher with your eyes and a pleasant face. Be accepting and inviting towards the teacher for sharing their information with you!
  • Keep your arms open by your sides. Crossing your arms, although it can be comfortable, implies to the teacher that you are closed off from learning (even when you aren’t!)


  • Arrive to class, rehearsals, and performances on time and ready to go. By doing so you respect your teacher and classmates.
  • If you do arrive late, wait politely by the door until the teacher assigns you a spot. When class is over apologize and explain why you were late.

Classroom Attire

  • The dress code helps create a positive learning environment without distractions. With our bodies as our instruments, it’s important to always keep ourselves clean and tidy ready to use.


  • Never talk with other students during class. A student who is focused on themselves, the corrections and information being given has the best chance of personal success.
  • When asking questions make sure that your questions are:
    • At the appropriate time, AFTER directions have been given.
    • Very specific. Avoid telling the teacher “you don’t know what to do” when you are confused. Try to identify which point is the most confusing: “Can you please clarify the transition at the beginning?”
    • Relevant to the conversation and the moment.
  • If the teacher invites students to share their feelings, experiences, or thoughts, respectfully raise your hand to share yours. However, this is not a requirement of a dance class. If you have a comment to make about the activity, save your comment for a break or after class. And never raise your hand to share a comment without being invited first.


  • If the teacher is talking, eye contact is essential. However in a dance class a teacher is often talking AND dancing or demonstrating a movement. Keep your eyes on the part of the body the teacher is discussing so you can collect as much information as possible.
  • Use your listening skills to find out important words and rhythms that will help you improve faster.
  • When a teacher is teaching you a new skill or combination, stay engaged by trying the steps along with the teacher rather than standing and watching. UNLESS the teacher has asked you to only observe. In that case, wait patiently without moving.

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