"Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people." -ALVIN AILEY

Dance and music are inseparably connected and dance offers a unique opportunity for physical and artistic expression. The Dance Department at Newark School of the Arts emphasizes proper body alignment, healthy physical development and a total integration of music and dance. Newark School of the Arts recommends that ALL music students study dance at some point in their education as dance can enhance the physical connection that is so important to instrumentalists and singers. We train students at all levels and experience.

Group Dance Classes - 17-week semester  

The Dance Department requires a one-year commitment.      Registration Fee:  $65.00

Special Package pricing for more than one classes.  See Registrar for Payment Schedule.

Simple Track                                (1 Class a week)                                 $610.00/year      

Pre-Professional Track                (2 classes +Ensemble per week)      $1,220.00 /year

Professional                                 (4 Classes + Ensemble per week)     $1,425.00/year

Dance Dress Code

Dance Wear is required for all students registered in dance classes. All dancers must wear tights.


3-4 YearsPink Leotard / Pink Tutu
5-7 YearsLight Blue Leotard / Black Tutu
8-12 YearsLavender Leotard / Black Tutu
13+ YearsBurgundy Leotard / Black Tutu
18+ YearsBlack Leotard / Black Tutu

Special Uniforms and Shoes

TINY STEPS:  Ballet Slippers / Black Tap Shoes
 CHILDREN'S BALLET:  Ballet Slippers
 HIP HOP : Black Cargo Pant / Black Leotard / Black Dance Sneaker
 TAP:  Age Color Leotard
 JAZZ:  Age Color Leotard / Black Jazz Pants

Tiny Steps

Ages 3-4

Mondays, 5:15 PM, 1 hour (beginners)

Tuesdays, 5:15 PM (Continuing Students), 1 hour

Saturdays, 9:00 AM, (continuing), 11:00 AM, 1 hour (Beginners)

This is a fun and energetic introduction to ballet, creative movement and combination tap incorporating basic terminology with the positions of the feet, hands and body.

Tiny Steps

Ages 5-7

Tuesdays, 5:15 PM, 1 hour (Advanced)

Saturdays, 10:00 AM, 1 hour (Continuing)

Saturdays, 11:00 AM, 1 Hour (Beginners Only)  This class will follow a closer format of a ballet class to include basic barre exercise and center practice. Children will also demonstrate the fun skills and combinations traveling across the floor.

Tap Dance 1

Ages 8+

Mondays, 6:15 PM

Tap Dance 2

Thursdays, 5:15 PM

Tap classes introduce boys and girls to the basic rhythmic movements of tap using age appropriate movements and music.  This is the preparatory class, which will teach students the basic vocabulary used in tap.

Tap shoes are required for all tap classes.


Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Body placement, flexibility, balance, alignment, strength and technique are achieved through barre and center floor work.

Ballet 1A

Ages 8-12 years
Tuesdays, 6:15 PM, 1 hour

Physical discipline, general body awareness, and control coordinating with elementary technique and terminology                         

Ballet 2

Ages 13+                                                                                                              Thursdays, 5:15 PM 1 Hour

Ballet 3/ Pointe

Ages 18+
Wednesdays, 5:15 PM, 1 hour

Understanding the relationship between music, rhythm and controlled movement with proper ballet technique. New and more complex material will be taught at an accelerated pace. Student will begin to learn basic ballet history and develop a knowledge and great appreciation of the great ballets, classical music and famous dancers.

Ballet Workshop

Thursdays, 6:15 PM, 1 hour

By teacher assignment only, MUST AUDITION

Dance Workshop

Ages 7 – 17
Saturdays, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, 2 hours

This course is an advanced workshop for the most serious dancer. The class combines the skills of Modern, Jazz and Ballet from previous level classes. Dance workshop works on correlating steps to lengthy and complex combinations with correct technique, extensive terminology and knowledge of the art of ballet. Students must be recommended by their previous teachers and must be enrolled in regularly scheduled classes.



Ages 10+
Mondays, 5:15 PM, 1 hour

Breakin’ is a high energy dance that focuses on self expression through the music and movements learned from HipHop culture. This covers the foundational toprock, footwork, freezes and the dynamic powermoves while bolstering students’ strength, stamina and flexibility to access the freedom of motion used in the dance.

Hip Hop

Ages 7 - 9
Mondays,  5:15 PM, 1 hour

In this fun and high-energy class, students learn combinations to their favorite pop songs. Music is always kid friendly and appropriate. Class focus is on development of skills, self-confidence and personal style

Hip Hop  Open

Ages 10+
Saturdays, 1:00 PM

Jazz Dance

Explores individual body movement, space, shapes, patterns and the dancer's own creativity with emphasis on the freedom of expression. This form of dance is inspired by nature, music, art, and human emotions. It emphasizes the use of the floor work. Teachers incorporate an eclectic blend of contemporary and post - modern movement into their classes.

Jazz 1 & 2

Ages 10+
Mondays 6:15, 1 hour

Dance Unlimited

Ages 10+

Tuesdays, 6:15 PM, 1 Hour

This class offers unexciting opportunity to explore and experience a variety of dance styles and techniques

Cultural Dance and Fitness

Cultural Dance at NSA emphasizes the development of talents and interests through exposure and training in a variety of other cultural societies. Classes in liturgical, African, Latin and the joint influences and trends of these two cultures on our American society (Hip Hop) are offered.

African Dance and Drum

All Ages
Wednesdays, 5:15 PM , 1 hour

Saturdays, 1:00 PM, 1 hour

This Semester African dance and drum combines african rhythms and choreographies with a searing work out.  

Lyrical Dance

Ages 8+

Mondays, 4:00 PM

Come experience a combination of technical and everyday movement designed to express ideas, deliver messages and entice emotional freedom about shared life issues