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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

Kindergarten

Kindergarten dance combines ballet and jazz instruction into one class. Students develop a foundation of dance training, heighten musicality, focus on performance quality, and increase self-confidence. The Kindergarten class meets once a week and students travel as a supervised group to the studio on dance days. Please refer to the updated dress requirement information for the expected class attire and hairstyle.

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Kindergarten Ballet/Jazz: Friday, 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lower School

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Pre-Level 1 and Pre-Level 2 present the fundamentals of ballet and jazz to beginning Lower School dancers. Pre-Level 1 is recommended for 1st and 2nd grade students and Pre-Level 2 for 3rd and 4th grade students. In addition to the study of ballet and jazz, TVS Dance offers Pre-Level Hip Hop. All Pre-Level classes are 1-hour and meet once a week. Students travel as a supervised group to the studio on dance days. Please refer to the updated dress requirement information for the updated class attire and hairstyle.

Pre-Level 1 Ballet/Jazz: Tuesday 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Pre-Level 2 Ballet/Jazz: Thursday 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Pre-Level Hip Hop: Monday 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Level 1–2 offers an expanded class schedule and 1.5-hour classes to more experienced Lower School dancers. Placement in the Level program is reserved for engaged students actively building technique. Level 1-2 students, especially aspiring TVS Dance Performance Company members, are strongly encouraged to enroll in the full Level 1-2 Program, attending two classes each week. The Trojan Extended Day program is available to Level 1-2 dancers who remain on campus between school and dance at no charge. Please refer to the dress requirement information for the updated class attire and hairstyle.

Level 1–2 Ballet/Lyrical: Wednesday 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Level 1–2 Jazz/Hip Hop: Monday 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Middle School

Level placement for Middle School students is determined by past dance experience and current technical ability. New students with prior dance experience attend a placement class for Level assignment.

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Level 1–2 offers a comprehensive dance foundation to students in grades 5 and 6 with no prior dance experience. To fully benefit from the program, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the full Level 1-2 Program, attending two classes each week. Please refer to the dress requirement information for the updated class attire and hairstyle.

Level 1–2 Ballet/Lyrical: Wednesday 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Level 1–2 Jazz/Hip Hop: Monday 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Level 2–3 offers a full schedule of classes to beginning and intermediate dance students in grades 5-8. Level 2-3 Ballet meets two days per week and all Level 2-3 classes are genre specific, providing in-depth study and technical advancement in each dance form. Students in grades 7 and 8 seeking athletic credit for dance attend the full schedule of classes. Participation in Mixed Level Hip Hop (optional) is strongly encouraged to develop range of style and musicality. Pointe Technique is by invitation only and prior pointe experience does not guarantee class placement. Please refer to the dress requirement information for the updated class attire and hairstyle.

Level 2–3 Ballet: Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Level 2–3 Jazz: Tuesday 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Level 2–3 Lyrical: Thursday 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Mixed Level Hip Hop: Monday 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Pointe Technique: Wednesday 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Level 4–5 offers a full schedule of classes to high-intermediate and advanced dance students in grade 7 and 8. Placement in Level 4–5 is reserved for students with a solid dance foundation. New students seeking placement in Level 4–5 attend a ballet class to determine recommended level placement. Students attend the full schedule of classes to earn athletic credit through dance. Participation in Mixed Level Hip Hop (optional) is strongly encouraged to develop range of style and musicality. Pointe Technique is by invitation only and prior experience does not guarantee class placement. Please refer to the dress requirement information for the updated class attire and hairstyle.

Level 4–5 Ballet: Monday and Wednesday 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Level 4–5 Jazz: Tuesday 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Level 4–5 Lyrical: Thursday 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Mixed Level Hip Hop: Monday 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Pointe Technique: Wednesday 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE FOR ATHLETIC CREDIT:

The goals and philosophies of TVS Dance directly support the mission of the School’s athletics program. Students of any level in grades 7 and 8 may earn athletic credit through dance, attending the full schedule of Level 2–3 or Level 4–5 classes. Middle School students who participate in dance for athletic credit are encouraged to serve as Student Assistants, leading one Pre-Level class each week. With the exception of the $280 performance fee, there is no fee to participate in dance for athletic credit.

Upper School

The goals and philosophies of TVS Dance directly support the mission of the School’s athletics and fine arts programs. Upper School students of any level may earn activity or fine art credit through dance. Level placement for Upper School students is determined by past dance experience and current technical ability. New students seeking placement in Upper School Dance attend a ballet class to determine recommended level placement. With the exception of the $280 performance fee, there is no fee to participate in dance for activity or fine art credit.

Level 2–3 offers a full schedule of classes to beginning and intermediate dance students in grade 9 and higher. Level 2-3 Ballet meets two days per week and all Level 2-3 classes are genre specific, providing in-depth study and technical advancement in each dance form. Students seeking activity or fine art credit for dance attend the full schedule of Level 2–3 classes. Participation in Mixed Level Hip Hop (optional) is strongly encouraged to develop range of style and musicality. Pointe Technique is by invitation only and prior experience does not guarantee class placement. Please refer to the dress requirement information for the updated class attire and hairstyle.

Level 2–3 Ballet: Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Level 2–3 Jazz: Tuesday 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Level 2–3 Lyrical: Thursday 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Mixed Level Hip Hop: Monday 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Pointe Technique: Wednesday 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Level 4–5 offers a full schedule of classes to high-intermediate and advanced dance students in grade 9 and higher. Placement in Level 4–5 is reserved for students with a solid dance background. New students seeking placement in Level 4–5 attend a ballet class to determine recommended level placement. Students attend the full schedule of classes to earn activity or fine art credit through dance. Participation in Mixed Level Hip Hop (optional) is strongly encouraged to develop range of style and musicality. Pointe Technique is by invitation only and prior experience does not guarantee class placement. Please refer to the dress requirement information for the updated class attire and hairstyle.

Level 4–5 Ballet: Monday and Wednesday 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Level 4–5 Jazz: Tuesday 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Level 4–5 Lyrical: Thursday 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Mixed Level Hip Hop: Monday 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Pointe Technique: Wednesday 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

TVS Dance Performance Company:

The inclusion of a competitive performance program supports highly dedicated dancers who aspire to perform at the elite level. Members of the award-winning TVS Dance Performance Company are selected by audition and study ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop at TVS. Dancers selected for the performance company may take classes at other studios but, without exception, must attend a full schedule of classes at TVS. The TVS Dance Performance Company provides rigorous training and is only recommended for students willing to consistently meet the high expectations and demanding schedule of competitive dance. Weekly, for the duration of the school year, Performance Company members attend a full schedule of Level classes, rehearsals, and company classes. Performance Company members also serve as Student Assistants to at least one Pre-Level class each week. As an extension of their training, the TVS Dance Performance Company attends Tremaine Dance Convention in the spring, participating in two full-days of master classes and a highly competitive scholarship audition lead by the industry’s top dancers and choreographers from Los Angeles and New York. All TVS Dance Performance Company members present small group choreography. Competitive solo and duet/trio choreography is exclusively performed by veteran company members. All competition choreography is presented at three regional competitions and at the annual TVS Dance Recital each spring.

Interested in joining the TVS Dance Performance Company?

Dancers interested in joining the TVS Dance Performance Company are encouraged to register for the Performance Company Audition Workshop on Saturday, August 18, 9:30am – 11:30am. The workshop is excellent preparation for dancers seeking company placement, providing audition strategies, a practice audition, and candid feedback for enhanced performance.

2018 – 2019 Performance Company Audition

Saturday, August 25
Doors open at 9:30am
Audition begins at 10:00am
TVS Dance Studio
Register for the audition here!

TVS DANCE RECITAL INFORMATION:

Each spring, TVS Dance culminates with an annual recital performance at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium. Featuring over 100 dancers of all ages in full costume, Kindergarten – 12th grade students perform class choreography on a professional stage with theatrical lighting and digital backdrop images. This spectacular end-of-the-year performance highlights the students’ yearlong efforts to perfect technique, memorize class choreography and staging, and master entrances, exits, and bows. The TVS Dance Recital is an extremely rewarding and memorable opportunity for the students to celebrate the year of dance, along with their many accomplishments and achievements with a live audience. To ensure a successful recital performance, all dancers are required to participate in the dress rehearsal scheduled prior to the show. Please mark your calendar, invite your family and friends, and join us for this exciting performance. Admission is free, and no ticket is required. Parking at Will Rogers is $10/vehicle.

2019 TVS Dance Dress Rehearsal - Tuesday, April 23rd
All Dancers on Stage and Ready at 5:30p
Will Rogers Auditorium

2019 TVS Dance Recital - Wednesday, April 24th
Doors open at 6:00pm - Performance at 6:30pm
Will Rogers Auditorium

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

Click here for the
Dress Requirement Table.

To ensure proper fit, TVS dancewear may be purchased The Dance Shop (2485 Forest Park Blvd. 76109) at a 10% discount.

Female dance attire may also be purchased online.
Male dance attire is available online.
Dance and street shoes sizes often vary and purchase at a local retailer is highly recommended for proper fit.

TVS Dance TUITION & FEES:

After School Program

Hours/WeekSemester
1 Hour$285
1.5 Hours$420
2 Hours$460
3 Hours$585
4 Hours$685
5 Hours$760
6 (or more) Hours $830

Recital 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

Dance for Credit

Participation in Level 2–3 or Level 4–5 Dance for course credit is included in TVS tuition. To perform in the recital, students must participate in dance for the full year, the spring semester, or for the winter and spring sports seasons. Students seeking credit for dance perform four dances in the TVS Dance Recital and have a single performance fee of $280 (includes costumes, tights, accessories, and the recital t-shirt).

MS Dance may be taken for Athletic credit. US Dance may be taken for Activity or Fine Art credit.

TVS Dance Performance Company

TVS Dance Performance Company Fees begin at $1,500 and include*:

  • Entry fees
  • Company costumes, accessories, and tights
  • Company rehearsals and classes
  • Choreography and administrative fees
  • Tremaine Dance Convention

Solo/Duet/Trio Fees begin at $550, are in addition to performance fees, and include*:

  • Entry fees
  • Private/semi-private rehearsals
  • Choreography and administrative fees
  • *Fees are in addition to applicable TVS Dance tuition and recital performance fees. Costumes, accessories, and tights are not included in Solo/Duet/Trio fees.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The TVS Dance Studio, a state-of-the-art facility with a sprung marley floor, aluminum ballet barres, full-length mirrors, and brilliant sound system is 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 (wrightn@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:

TVS Dance aims to foster leadership, connect students across school divisions, and create opportunities for students to value others. Students receiving course credit for dance may earn school service hours as Student Assistants. In this leadership role, Student Assistants demonstrate choreography, model leadership, encourage self-discipline, and mentor younger TVS dancers.