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. 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
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. Classes for dancers approximately three to seven years
of age are most popular as combo classes (ballet/tumbling is the most frequently requested combo
as it gives the dancers a superior base in body control technique that translates easily into other
styles). Combo classes are 1 hour for ages three through four, and 1 1/2 hours for ages five
through seven. Taking only the ballet section or only the tumbling section of a combo is also an
option. Ballet 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.
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. Combo classes are also available.
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. Combo classes are also available.
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.
Combo classes are also available.
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, hip hop/tap, hip hop/tumling). 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.
Drama; 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
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.
Boy Ballet: Yes, you read that correctly! At Beautiful Feet we are delighted to offer an allboys'
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!
For rates and registration information CLICK HERE!
For more information, please call director Julie Oliver at 307-277-8907 or e-mail her at