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TVS DANCE offers a comprehensive dance education for all ages and skill levels. Join our growing program and experience the power of dance!

CLASSES:

Ballet:

Ballet is the essential foundation of all dance training and enhances dancer strength and flexibility. The study of ballet is strongly recommended for all dancers at every level. TVS Dance follows the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum® to instill proper technique and alignment. Age- and level-appropriate instruction includes barre, center and floor work, choreography, stage presence, and performance etiquette. Pointe work is optional and may begin with the recommendation of the instructor.

Jazz:

Filled with high energy and rhythmic movement, jazz training develops the dancer’s range of style, line, and form. Center and floor work, progressions, jumps, turns, and choreography provide a solid foundation in classic and current trends in jazz technique. Dancers experiment with self-expression, develop personal style, and focus on performance quality.

Lyrical:

The study of lyrical joins elements of jazz, modern dance, and ballet technique through expressive dance narratives. Through the study of lyrical, dancers refine balance, increase extension, and connect physical movement with emotional expression. In addition to improvisation, classes consist of center and floor work, progressions, jumps, turns, and choreography.

Hip Hop:

More than a pop-culture trend, hip hop’s urban street flair combines break dance, pop and lock, freestyle, and tricks. Fun and high energy, hip hop reinforces musicality and a heightened sense of rhythm, self-confidence, expressive movement, and personal style. Dancers gain strength, flexibility, precision of movement, and stamina during this fun and upbeat class with age-appropriate music and choreography.

Programs

Pre-school

TVS Dance Pre-school classes are designed for ages 3 - 5 and combine ballet and jazz instruction into one class. Students develop a foundation of dance training, heighten musicality, focus on performance technique, and increase self-confidence. Pre-school dancers perform two dances (ballet and jazz) in the annual recital. Please refer to the dress requirement information for class attire and hairstyle.

Pre-school Ballet & Jazz Combo: Friday 8:30am – 9:30am

Kindergarten

The Kindergarten class combines ballet and jazz instruction into one class. Students develop a foundation of dance training, heighten musicality, focus on performance technique, and increase self-confidence. TVS Dance Representatives meet the Kindergarten dancers at their classroom after school on Mondays and the supervised group travels to the dance studio. The dancers change and have a healthy snack (please provide) before class begins. Kindergarten dancers perform two dances (ballet and jazz) in the annual recital. Please refer to the dress requirement information for class attire and hairstyle.

Kindergarten Ballet & Jazz Combo: Monday 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Lower School

A full schedule of classes is available to Lower School students, including a 1st- and 2nd-grade Ballet/Jazz Combo and full-hour ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop classes for students in 2nd – 4th grade. TVS Dance Representatives meet students at the Lower School circle at dismissal on dance days, and the supervised group travels to the dance studio. The dancers change and eat a healthy snack (please provide) before class. Hip hop and lyrical dancers who stay on campus between school and dance participate in the Trojan Extended Day program. Dancers in 1st- and 2nd-grade Ballet/Jazz Combo perform two dances in the annual recital and all other Lower School classes perform one dance. Please refer to the dress requirement information for class attire and hairstyle.

1st- and 2nd-grade Ballet & Jazz Combo Tuesday 4:00pm - 5:00pm

2nd- through 4th-grade Ballet Wednesday 4:00pm - 5:00pm

2nd- through 4th-grade Lyrical Wednesday 5:00pm - 6:00pm

2nd- through 4th-grade Jazz Monday 4:00pm - 5:00pm

1st- through 4th-grade Hip Hop Monday 4:45pm – 5:45pm

Middle School

A full schedule of ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop classes for 5th- through 8th-grade students meet after school. Students who remain on campus between school and dance participate in Trojan Supervised Study, assist with Lower School dance, or quietly complete academic assignments in the studio area prior to their class. Please refer to the dress requirement information for class attire and hairstyle.

Middle School Dance for Athletic Credit:

The goals and philosophies of TVS Dance directly support the mission of the School’s athletics program and 7th- and 8th-grade dancers of any level may earn athletic credit through dance. Dancers may exclusively study classical ballet, or select a commercial dance curriculum consisting of ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Ballet-only participants attend both Middle and Upper School Ballet, and students selecting the commercial dance curriculum participate in all Middle School classes. Middle School students who participate in dance for athletic credit also fulfill a weekly leadership role by assisting with one Lower School class each week. Pointe work is optional and may begin with the recommendation of the instructor.

Middle School Ballet Tuesday 5:00pm - 6:00pm and Thursday 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Middle School Jazz Tuesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Middle School Lyrical Thursday 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Middle/Upper School Hip Hop Monday 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Upper School

The goals and philosophies of TVS Dance directly support the mission of the School’s athletics and fine arts programs and dancers of any level may earn credit through dance. Dancers may choose to exclusively study classical ballet, or select a commercial dance curriculum consisting of ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Participants may exclusively study classical ballet or explore a commercial dance curriculum consisting of ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Ballet-only participants attend both Middle and Upper School Ballet and students selecting the commercial dance curriculum participate in all Upper School classes. Upper School Dance students also participate in a weekly leadership role by assisting with a Lower School class each week. Pointe work is optional and may begin with the recommendation of the instructor.

Upper School Ballet Tuesday 3:00pm - 4:00pm and Thursday 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Upper School Jazz Friday 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Upper School Lyrical Wednesday 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Middle/Upper School Hip Hop Monday 5:45pm – 6:45pm

TVS Dance Performance Company:

The inclusion of a competitive performance program aims to support our most dedicated dancers who wish to perform at an elite level. Members of the TVS Dance Performance Company are selected by audition and are versatile dancers who study ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop at TVS. Students selected for the performance company may take classes at other studios but, without exception, must attend ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop at TVS. The TVS Dance Performance Company is rigorous and demanding, and is only recommended for those who are willing to meet the consistently high expectations placed on professional dancers. Performance Company members are required to attend all regular classes, assist with a Lower School class each week, attend Saturday-morning rehearsals and a weekly company class in preparation for three regional competitions during the spring semester. The Performance Company also performs all competition choreography at the TVS Dance Recital. Auditions for the 2017 – 2018 Performance Company will be in the studio on Saturday, August 26 from 9:30am – 11:30am.

TVS DANCE RECITAL INFORMATION:

TVS Dance culminates with an annual recital performance, featuring 120+ dancers in full costume on a professional stage with theatrical lighting and artistic backdrops. To ensure a successful recital performance, all dancers are required to participate in the dress rehearsal scheduled prior to the show. All dance classes prepare throughout the year to perfect their technique, memorize the class choreography and staging, master entrances, exits, and bows for this exciting performance. The TVS Dance Recital is an extremely rewarding and memorable opportunity for the dancers to celebrate their year together, their many accomplishments, and display their talents to a live audience. Be sure to mark your calendar and invite your family and friends to this exciting performance. Free admission.

Dance Apparel:

TVS DANCE MERCHANDISE

Special pre-purchase opportunities for customized jackets, warm-ups, t-shirts, and other apparel are available to TVS Dance participants during the school year.

DRESS REQUIREMENT INFORMATION

Female Dancers:

Preschool, Kindergarten, and Ballet/Jazz Combo:

Solid black apparel: leotard, boy shorts, and ballet skirt. Shoes: Pink canvas or leather ballet shoes and black leather jazz shoes. Hair neatly secured in a bun with all hair away from face.

Ballet: (2nd - 4th grade & up) Solid black apparel: leotard, boy shorts (optional), ballet skirt. Pink footed or transition tights. Shoes: Pink canvas or leather ballet shoes. Hair neatly secured in a bun with all hair away from face.

Jazz & Lyrical: (2nd - 4th grade & up) Solid black apparel: leotard and/or fitted tank, boy shorts or leggings. Shoes: Tan leather jazz shoes. Hair neatly secured in a bun or ponytail with all hair away from face.

Hip Hop: (1st - 4th grade & up) Solid black apparel: leotard and/or fitted tank, leggings or sweatpants. Shoes: Solid black athletic shoes. Black knee pads (optional). Hair neatly secured in a bun or ponytail with all hair away from face.

Male Dancers:

Ballet: (all levels) Solid black apparel: Fitted t-shirt or tank, fitted shorts or athletic leggings, socks. Shoes: Black canvas or leather ballet shoes. Hair neatly secured away from face.

Jazz & Lyrical: (all levels) Solid black apparel: Fitted t-shirt or tank, fitted shorts or athletic leggings, socks. Shoes: Black leather jazz shoes. Hair neatly secured away from face.

Hip Hop: (all levels) Solid black apparel: fitted t-shirt or tank, athletic leggings or sweatpants, socks. Shoes: Solid black athletic shoes. Black knee pads (optional). Hair neatly secured away from face.

Apparel Ordering INformation

FEMALE DANCERS
Ballet Pink Tights:

Black Leotard:

Black Boy Shorts:

Black Ballet Skirt:

Black Tutu (optional for Dancers En Pointe Only):

Black Fitted Tank:

Black Jazz Legging (option for Middle School Dancers Only):

Black Sweatpants:

Black Knee Pads (optional)

Jazz Shoes (black for Lower School and male dancers and tan for Middle School female dancers only)


TVS Dance TUITION & FEES:

After School Program

Hours/WeekSemester
1 Hour$285
2 Hours$460
3 Hours$585
4 Hours$685
5 Hours$760
6 (or more) Hours$830

Recital Performance Fees

(includes class costume, tights, accessories, and recital t-shirt):

1st dance: $85
Each additional dance: $65
Dance for Athletic/Fine Art Credit (7th grade and up): $280

Middle School Athletics Fee

Participation in the after-school program for sports credit requires an additional fee. Dancers who wish to perform in the recital must select dance for athletic credit for the full year or for both the winter and spring sports seasons. Dancers who receive credit for dance perform four dances in the TVS Dance Recital and have a single performance fee of $280.

$555/single season
$1,110/winter and spring season
$1,660/full year

Upper School Dance

Participation in Upper School Dance for course credit is included in TVS tuition. Dancers who wish to perform in the recital must select dance for the full year, the spring semester, or for the winter and spring sports seasons. Dancers who receive credit for dance perform four dances in the TVS Dance Recital and have a single performance fee of $280.

TVS Dance Performance Company

Fees are in addition to TVS Dance tuition and recital performance fees.

Full Company Member: $1,800/year or $900/semester
Apprentice Company Member: $1,350/year or $675/semester

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The TVS Dance Studio is a state-of-the-art facility with a sprung marley floor, aluminum ballet barres, full-length mirrors, and brilliant sound system, located in the Upper School, adjacent to Trojan Hall.

A dressing room with locker area is available to female dancers. Male dancers change in the restrooms adjacent to the studio and store their belongings in cabinets located inside the studio. Dancers wear the required attire and hairstyle to every class.

Drop-off and pick-up is at the Upper School circle. Your punctuality is appreciated.

TVS Dance follows the school calendar, closures, and delays.

The billing office issues semester statements for tuition and fees. Please make checks payable to TVS.

Please contact Nicole Forbes, Director of Extracurricular Programs (forbesn@trinityvalleyschool.org), with billing- or registration-related inquiries.

Please contact Nancy Wright, Director of Dance Programs (wright@trinityvalleyschool.org), with program- and placement-related questions.

Initiating TVS Dance in 2011, Ms. Nancy Wright is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher (Pre-Primary Level - Level 5) and holds a minor in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. With a lifelong study of classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary dance, including intensive study with Luigi, Gus Giordano, Bill T. Jones, Rick Sullivant, Joe Tremaine, and Doug Caldwell, Ms. Wright’s resume features vast performance and choreography roles for the stage, television, and film. An enthusiastic and encouraging instructor, Ms. Wright’s students develop their technical and artistic abilities while gaining self-confidence, self-discipline, and a love of dance.

STUDENT ASSISTANTS:

In addition to offering a comprehensive dance education to all ages and skill levels, the TVS Dance Program aims to foster leadership, connect students across school divisions, and create opportunities for students to value others. To receive course credit for dance, Middle and Upper School dancers serve as Lower School Assistants each week and demonstrate choreography, model leadership, encourage self-discipline, and mentor younger dancers.