Classes offered by Beautiful Feet Academy of the Dance Arts:
Note: Age designations may be waived based upon students' skill level.
Dancin' with Mommy: Dancin' with Mommy begins at age one. The tuition covers admission for the baby and a parent or legal guardian who comes into the class for the 30 minute period with the baby. Classes are 30 minutes in length. Dancin' with Mommy classes include basic stretching, coordination, elementary dance positions, elementary dance steps, baby tumbling (all presented in a fun, age-appropriate manner) and, of course, GAMES!
Creative Movement: Creative movement is for two- and three-year-olds. It is 45 minutes in length and involves stretching, basic dance moves, basic motion/coordination, tumbling, and of course, GAMES!
Baby Ballet: Baby ballet is for three- and four-year-olds and is 45 minutes in length. It is fun, imaginative beginner ballet class. Examples of activities include: traveling through the enchanted forest, dancing with teddy bears, butterflies and fairy wings, imaginary roasting marshmallows, riding colorful hobby horses, and much more while performing actual ballet dance moves. It involves a few extra games and simple movement/coordination exercises as well.
Ballet: Ballet classes begin at age three (see “Baby Ballet” for three- and four-year-olds). Classes for dancers approximately five to seven years of age will be 45 minutes in length. Classes for dancers approximately eight to eleven years of age will be one hour in length. Classes for dancers ages twelve and up will last for 1 ½ hours. If you are in the intermediate or advanced level and are interested in having a ballet class twice a week instead of once, please notify director, Julie Oliver.
Tap: Tap classes begin at age three. Classes for dancers ages three and four will be 30 min in length. Classes for ages five through seven will be 45 minutes in length. Classes for ages eight and up are one hour in length.
Jazz: Jazz begins at age three. Jazz is a very technically strong dance form similar to ballet in all aspects, except it is generally performed to a different style of music and has a wider range of motion. Jazz class lengths are the same as tap class lengths.
Lyrical: Lyrical can be described as a combination of ballet and jazz, and is more interpretive. Lyrical classes start at age five. For dancers interested in a lyrical class we recommend, but do not require a very strong technical class first such as ballet, jazz, ballet technique, or turns and technique. Lyrical classes are 45 minutes in length through age seven. They are one hour in length for ages eight and up.
Hip Hop: Hip hop is a fun, upbeat discipline that consists largely of freestyle dance and acrobatic-type tricks. Participants will learn roboting, tutting, bugaloo, breakdancing, popping, locking, and more! Classes begin at age three. Hip hop classes are the same length as tap classes.
Pre-Pointe: Important note: Pre-Pointe does not guarantee an admission to pointe. Admission to pointe is based solely upon demonstration of proper preparation. Pre-pointe is available for ages ten and up, and is focused on training the proper muscles for pointe. One of the most important factors for admission to pointe is development of foot/ankle strength. Dancers grow and mature at different rates and have different foot and bone structures. Pre-pointe provides professional and specific exercises to maximize likelihood of admission to pointe. It is also recommended, but not required for dancers in tap and Irish step as they both incorporate the same muscles in similar ways.
Pointe: Pointe is the most difficult and serious of all of the dance forms offered at Beautiful Feet. Dancers must be evaluated for pointe. For more information regarding pointe please see director, Julie Oliver.
Irish Step (hard shoe and soft shoe): Irish step dance is a traditional cultural form of dancing, made popular in America by Michael Flatley and the Riverdance Troupe. Irish hard shoe is similar to tap dancing, but with a different style. Irish soft shoe is similar to ballet and lyrical, but once again, in a different technique manner. Ceili dancing is similar to English Country Dancing – social partner dancing. We highly recommend that dancers interested in Irish step enroll in soft shoe first, or soft shoe and hard shoe simultaneously. Irish step begins at age three. Classes for dancers under eight are 45 minutes in length. Eight and up, classes are one hour in length. If you prefer, there is a hard shoe/soft shoe class available that is either one hour, or an hour and a half in length, (depending on age) divided equally between hard shoe and soft shoe.
Combos: Combo classes are offered for dancers ages three through seven. They are 1 hour in length for dancers under five. Classes are 1 ½ hours in length for dancers five through seven and are evenly divided between the two styles of your choice (ballet/tap, ballet/tumbling, ballet/hip hop, ballet/jazz). Ballet/Tumbling is particularly popular at Beautiful Feet as it combines the two class styles which afford the most body control to the student. There is also an Irish step soft/hard shoe combo class offered.
Sports Performance (Strength, Agility, Balance, and Flexibility): Maximize your athletic abilities, no matter what the sport! This class focuses on flexibility, strength and toning of muscles, balance, etc. Perfect for figure skaters, football, basketball, hockey, and of course, dance!!! Classes begin at age seven and are 45 minutes to an hour in length, depending on the students' experience, current athletic abilities, and age.
Ballet Technique and Turns/Leaps: Professional ballet dancers spend hours at the barre and more time perfecting their minor technical skills than larger movements because the more correct the technique, the easier the larger movements will be. This class gives our ballet dancers the ability to really hone in on those foundational skills because they will need them! Classes will also feature special attention to turns and leaps, honing in on proper technique. Classes are 1 1/2 hours in length.
Tumbling: Classic acrobatic training! Classes begin at age three and will be 30 minutes in length for dancers three and four, and 45 minutes for dancers five through seven. Tumbling classes for dancers eight and up will be one hour in length for intermediate level and one and a half hours in legth for advanced tumblers.
Classes are 45 minutes for all actors/actresses under the age of seven, and an hour for the rest! Students will be responsible for their costumes and will make pro-rated contributions toward set expenses. We request that you remove your street shoes before stepping onto the dance floor.
Musical Theatre: Think back to the golden days of movie musicals! Gene Kelly! Fred Astaire! Ginger Rogers! This dance class focuses specifically on the styles of dance made famous by the old musicals and also has an emphasis on facial expressions and acting through your dance performance! Classes are 45 minutes for ages five through seven and 1 hour for ages eight and up.
Contemporary: Somewhat of a cross between lyrical and modern, contemporary is abstract with some isolations and tricks, while still holding to the basic foundation of technique that has held strong through the many generations and styles of dance. Classes are 45 minutes for ages five through seven and 1 hour for ages eight and up.
Modern: This abstract/interpretive form of dance class will be one hour in length for advanced dancers. It may also be available for younger dancers upon request.
English Country Dancing: In the days of "Pride and Prejudice" in Regency England, dancing was a beautiful, refined, and wholesome way to spend an evening and meet new people. Let's return to this beautiful tradition. Come "have a ball" with us. Yes, we're serious! Let's go to the ball! English country is open to dancers ages twelve and up. English country is a social form of dance and will not be featured in performances. However, we will occasionally have a costume ball where we can practice the techniques we have learned!
Partner Dancing (Ballroom): Partner dancing class includes swing, waltz, two-step, country line and polka! Open to dancers, ages 12 and up. Please register with a partner if possible, however, this is not required.
Cheerleading: Cheerleading is open to boys and girls ages 5 and up. Participants will learn proper vocal techniques and hand techniques for cheer, along with basic dancing techniques and stunts. Go team!
Boy Ballet: Yes, you read that correctly! At Beautiful Feet we are delighted to offer an all-boys' ballet class. Of course, we focus more on the athletic and masculine parts of the art in this class than we do in our regular classes. The boys at Beautiful Feet are very much like brothers and always welcome new guys to the “clan”. We do all sorts of enjoyable masculine dances such as staged sword fights and superhero battles! Come join in the fun! Are you tough enough to do ballet???
Pas de Deux: Pas de Deux is French for “step of the two” – the ballet term for partnering between a male and a female. This class focuses largely on lift technique for the girls being lifted, and for the guys lifting. It also focuses on working together as a team.
We look forward to a wonderful year of dance with you!
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For more information, please call director Julie Oliver at 307-277-8907 or e-mail her at