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Dance Recreational Program

Vancouver and Clark County

Recreational Program

Ages 8 - Adult

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

Our Recreational program is for the older dancer who has graduated from the Mini program or is new to dance and would like to study Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, or Acro-Dance.

The recreational program offers students a more relaxed environment without having to commit to several hours per week or a strict dress code. Recreational classes are great for beginning and intermediate students. 

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Class Attire Requirements

Feminine: Any color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Hair in ponytail or bun. NO SHORTS or SKIRTS.

Masculine: Any color t-shirt, shorts or dance leggings, black ballet shoes. Long hair in ponytail.

Feminine: Comfortable dance attire such as leggings, shorts, t-shirts or tank tops. Black tap/jazz shoes. Hair in ponytail or bun. NO JEANS OR SKIRTS.

Masculine: Any coloring t-shirt, shorts or dance leggings.
Hair: Long hair in ponytail or bun. NO JEANS.

Feminine: Fitted athletic top or leotard with leggings or shorts. No socks or shoes.
Hair: Ponytail, braid, or bun.

Masculine: Fitted athletic shirt or tank top with shorts or leggings. No socks or shoes.
Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in ponytail or bun.

Comfortable exercise attire. No jeans, skirts or street shoes.
Comfortable clothing such as leggings, sweatpants, tee shirts, etc. No Jeans or skirts. Tennis shoes that aren’t worn outside.

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!)

Punctuality

  • 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.

Dialogue

  • 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.

Learning

  • 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.

2022-2023 Recreational Program Calendar

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Dance Recreational Program in Vancouver, WA

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