Mommy & Me
15 months - 2 years
Mommy & Me classes will give our tiniest dancers a fun introduction to music & movement with their parent/caregiver beside them to help them gain confidence. The children & their parent or caregiver will participate in fun songs & dances and use a variety of age-appropriate props while helping to develop gross motor, cognitive, and social skills. Throughout the season, the program will aim to evolve from full parent/caregiver participation in the fall to gradually move to children dancing independently with parent/caregiver watching as they become comfortable. There are no expectations to enter the program - just that everyone has fun sharing this experience together!
Starting them out young helps tremendously in the independent transition in years to follow!
Miss Jamie, who runs our toddler program has 20 years of experience working with this age group and holds a Child Development Associate with a focus on infant/toddler development.
This is a great way to introduce dance to your child! Through the use of props and music, we introduce the fundamentals of creative movement. Our 2 year olds do perform in our June recital!
Combo Tots Level I-II
Ages 3-5: dancers who turn 5 by Nov 1 will not be in combo classes.
A David DeMarie specialty! Students will learn the fundamentals of ballet, tap and jazz while strengthening motor skills and improving coordination. Your child will develop a familiarity with various rhythmic and movement patterns and will participate in fun and engaging creative movement activities. This program is lead by one of our faculty with certification in early childhood education. Our Tot's will perform a song and tap dance in our annual recital!
Ages 5 & up
Tap is a popular subject at all ages. In tap class, not only do you listen to fun music, you also make sounds and rhythms with your feet! By nature, tap is great for developing musicality and a sense of rhythm. Tap will also improve neuro-muscular coordination. At David DeMarie we offer levels from beginner to advanced. Bring your tap shoes!
Ages 5 & up
Jazz is a fun, high-energy form of dance. Jazz is an ever-evolving dance form highly influenced by jazz dance pioneers like Luigi, Phil Black, and then further developed by Gus Giordano. Jazz dance was originally and remains to be heavily influenced by ballet technique and personal style. Students will warm up and take part in exercises that will improve their locomotor skills and overall technique by learning and practicing combinations of steps, jumps, kicks, turns and isolations.
Ages 6 & up
Ballet is an integral part of any dancers training whether you're learning the basics or looking to refine your technique. Students will build a technical foundation that will support them in every other genre of dance. This classical technique emphasizes grace and poise; traits that will benefit them for a lifetime.
Ages 5 & up
Acro class is a great opportunity to build strength, flexibility and athleticism and is often a student favorite. Over the course of the year, students will practice a variety of exciting acrobatic skills on mats and on the floor. Students will display the tricks they've mastered in a recital routine starting at level II.
Ages 8 & up
This "production" style class is offered for ages 8+. Classic Broadway music is combined with choreography to create a truly theatrical experience.
Ages 9 & up
Contemporary dance is often seen on popular tv shows and is a mixture of ballet, modern and jazz dance. Contemporary is an expressive and stylistic genre. Dancers will learn transitions, patterns and floor work; all to be displayed in a recital routine to perform at the end of the year! This is a great class for students looking to progress in their dance training. We strongly recommend that students be enrolled in ballet or jazz class.
Ages 7 & up
Hip Hop has become a very prominent and respected style in the dance world. You see it everywhere from concerts and music videos to television commercials. Hip Hop is a lively and energetic class for all ages!
Ages 6 & up
High energy jazz/hip hop & acro all rolled into a one hour class. Enhancing their creative side, confidence and physical activity in a FUN and energetic environment.