"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 Years: Pink Leotard / Pink Tutu
5-7 Years: Light Blue Leotard / Black Tutu
8-12 Years: Lavender Leotard / Black Tutu
13+ Years: Burgundy Leotard / Black Tutu
18+ Years: Black 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
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.
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
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.
Ages 8-12 years
Tuesdays, 6:15 PM, 1 hour
Physical discipline, general body awareness, and control coordinating with elementary technique and terminology
Ages 13+ Thursdays, 5:15 PM 1 Hour
Ballet 3/ Pointe
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.
Thursdays, 6:15 PM, 1 hour
By teacher assignment only, MUST AUDITION
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.
BREAKDANCING/Hip Hop 1
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.
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
Saturdays, 1:00 PM
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
Mondays 6:15, 1 hour
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
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.
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