Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from mainstream African American dance.  In the 1950s, a new glance of jazz dance - modern jazz dance - emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance.  Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins.

Beginning Tap & Jazz
Ages 7-13

This upbeat class pairs wonderfully with Beginning Ballet or Musical Theatre 1/Intro, but can also be taken as a stand-alone class. The tap portion of this class will focus on steps that use the different parts of the tap shoe to make specific sounds, while building correct technique. Basic tap vocabulary will be introduced. In the jazz portion of this class, students will learn correct basic alignment, posture, and vocabulary they will use as they begin to learn specific jazz styles in Jazz 1 and up.

Parents are invited to observe class during our special Observation Week in the Spring.  

These classes perform in an all school recital, Finale, in June. 

The Friday classes are a part of our Enrichment Friday Program and can be combined with other classes to create a full day! Click here for more information.

Jazz 1

In this class, students will learn basic jazz techniques that are most commonly used in musical theater productions. The primary focus will be on Broadway and Fosse jazz styles, with some some minor emphasis on Latin and Lyrical jazz near the end of the semester. Students will study the correct alignment, posture, and vocabulary affiliated with each unique style and learn how to apply what they have learned to other classes they are taking (musical theater, ballet, etc.).


Prerequisite: Beginning Tap & Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance, or by special permission. 

Parents are invited to observe class during our Observation Week in the Spring. 

This class performs in the all school recital, Finale, in June.

Jazz 2

In this class, students will learn advanced styles of Traditional, Fosse, Broadway, Contemporary, and Lyrical jazz techniques. The similarities and differences of these styles will be explored through the techniques themselves as well as through the music that accompanies them. Students will be able to identify each style and discuss how to incorporate what they've learned into their other classes (musical theater, ballet, etc.).


Prerequisite: Jazz 1 or by special permission.

Parents are invited to observe class during our Observation Week in the Spring. 

This class performs in the all school recital, Finale, in June.



Monday - Thursday: 9am-8pm

Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: 9am - 2pm

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Maryland Heights, MO 63043


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