Additional information about the studio:

The Dance Year - Throughout the year, the school is generally closed for major holidays. In December tuition is half price. The studio will be open for the first two weeks of December only, to allow students to enjoy the holiday season. The studio remains closed for winter vacation until after the first of the year.

Fundraisers - An optional fundraiser is held in November each year to help defray the cost of costumes and tights for the annual recital. Costume prices generally range between $45 and $60. Most students need one costume per genre of dance studied. Younger dancers who study ballet and tap only, generally need just one costume.An optional fundraiser is held in November each year to help defray the cost of costumes and tights for the annual recital. Costume prices generally range between $50 and $65. Most students need one costume per genre of dance studied. Younger dancers, who study ballet and tap only, generally need just one costume.

Four Week Summer Dance Series - This series consists of four weeks of classes with study in the various styles of dance for students ages 9 and older. Classes will include Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Flexibility and Turns and Jumps technique. For more information or to enroll in classes please contact andream@andreasschoolofdance.com.

Summer Study - Many students and former students of Andrea's School of Dance have attended prestigious summer programs throughout their years of study. The summer intensive programs that Andrea's School of Dance students and Alumni have attended include:

Congratulations to our current students who have been accepted to American Ballet Theatre (with a partial scholarship), Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet 2010 Summer Intensive programs.

Class Descriptions

Ballet - Students are taught proper classical ballet technique, movement and lines in a disciplined, caring, supportive environment. Emphasis is on body lines, proper alignment and movement, performance-quality projection, rhythm & knowledge of classical ballet terms. As the student advances class emphasis turns to refining technique, speed of skills, extensions and integrating powerful movements with grace and elegance. Ballet is the center of dance technique. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in ballet class.

Tap - Students are taught basic tap technique including basic steps, traveling steps, turns, timing and rhythms. As students progress emphasis is placed on shading of tap sounds and knowledge of more complex steps performed in specific rhythms. A great tap dancer is always a good ballet dancer first.

Jazz - A blended style of jazz is used to instill excellent jazz technique along with basic steps, turns, progressions and isolations. Students are encouraged to always work to the best of their ability and never give up. A great jazz dancer is always a good ballet dancer first.

Lyrical - This class incorporates a relaxed form of ballet that uses movement and expression to portray the story of the lyrics to the audience. Students enrolled in this class must have a minimum of 3 years ballet instruction and must be enrolled in and attending a ballet class.

Modern - This class is based on core strength, freedom of movement and expression. Students studying Modern dance are schooled in basic steps and strength moves, while being encouraged to let their minds create movement. Improvisation is used to encourage creativity and fun in the classroom. This class is a wonderful complement to Ballet class as it helps to strengthen the core (the powerhouse of all forms of dance) and helps to balance the body with its use of parallel positions, contractions and flexed feet.

Hip-Hop - A fast paced, sharp moving, free-flowing form of dance as seen on music videos. Students use sharp isolations and funky moves to create interesting choreography to a distinct beat. Music used for this class is instrumental or edited for content. Students enrolled in Hip-Hop must also be enrolled in and attending a jazz class.

A note about music: At Andrea's School of Dance all music used is reviewed by the instructors and deemed "family friendly". Music is screened for inappropriate words along with the message in the lyrics. Your child most likely will not be dancing to the latest, most popular song on the radio for this exact reason.

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