ContempraDance’s Kids program is a wonderful introduction to the world of dance. Our classes are creative and fun, as teachers encourage kids to learn the fundamentals necessary to develop dance skills. Your child will benefit greatly from each of our classes. Our professionally trained instructors will work with your child in a nurturing and friendly dance environment. Kids will leave the School feeling that they have accomplished a lot while having a great time.

Pre Dance Classes

Our Pre-dance classes are the first steps for the youngest dancers. Your child will begin to learn the basic positions, exercises, and dance steps of ballet, tap, and jazz. These age appropriate classes also provide creative movement time such as animal action games, freeze dance, and stretching with partners. It is our goal to spark an ongoing interest in dance for your child.  Pre-Dance class meets once a week for a 45 minutes session. Classes are a Ballet/Tap combo or Ballet/Jazz combo. Our Lil’ Princess class provides the same dance instruction described, along with arts/crafts and snack time and is 1 ¼ hours.

Fall Schedule

Pre-Dance 1

This class is designed for ages 3-4 ½ and is for kids just starting out in dance. Children will take first steps in ballet and tap dance, as well as creative movement and dance games.

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Pre-Dance 1A

This is a class for ages 4 ½ -5½ years with at least 1 year of pre-dance training. Students will be continue their dance movement in a fun, exploratory environment.

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Pre-Dance 2

This is a ballet and tap class for ages 4-6 years based with no previous experience. Students will be introduced to basic dance movement in a fun, exploratory environment.

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Pre-Dance 2A

This is a ballet and tap class for ages 4½-6 years with a prerequisite of Predance 1A or Predance 2 or equivalent experience from another dance studio or class (minimum one full season of dance). Students will further explore the basic dance movements with an introduction to the ballet barre. Each class meets once a week for 45 minutes each session. Classes are a Ballet/Tap combo or Ballet/Jazz combo.

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Pre-Dance 2B

Ages 5-6 ½ with at least 2 or more years of pre-dance training. This class prepares the student for the next level Ballet 1 class

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L'il Princess Creative Dance for Kids (1 1/4 Hours)

Kids will learn ballet and tap dance as they would in an ordinary predance lesson, (with the lesson designed to take students to the next level of dance the following year),  coupled with arts and crafts, storytime, and lunch with friends! Your child will feel energized with creativity after this arts packed class! We have a little princess class for students ages 3-4 1/5, and another group for ages 4 ½ -5 ½. Please see schedule for this year’s day and time for your age group.

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Jazz For Kids

ContempraDance School’s jazz classes are very popular! Students enjoy this upbeat dance style often set to popular music, and covers a broad range of dance moves from Broadway, classical jazz, musical theater and top 40 video style dance (think Michael Jackson!)  Our classes  provide instruction in all basic jazz steps, stretching and toning, with world-class choreography from teachers with professional dance careers!

Jazz 1

This is an introduction to Jazz class for children ages 7-9. Students taking this class will have 0-2 years of dance experience. This class is appropriate for students starting out in dance or for students leaving the Predance levels as it is a more in-depth study of jazz. Students will leave this class with the basic dance skills necessary for Jazz 1A, including enhanced motor skills, counting to music, basic Jazz dance terminology and putting movement sequences together in a coordinated routine.

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Jazz 1B

This class is designed for students that have mastered material in the Jazz 1A level. Combinations become faster and longer, and it is expected students will have a thorough understanding of basic jazz moves.

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Jazz 1C

This class is designed for students that have mastered material in the Jazz 1B level, which usually requires about 2-3 years consecutively of studying jazz technique to join. Combinations become faster and longer, and it is expected students will have a thorough understanding of basic jazz moves and can perform them with ease. Students are required to take a ballet class in conjunction with this jazz class, or have permission to take the class otherwise from the teacher.

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Jazz 2A

This class is designed for pre-teen students and is taught at an advanced beginner/pre-intermediate level since this age group can often pick up basic steps and combinations with ease. It is our goal in this class to provide a basic understanding of jazz, while keeping them challenged with innovative choreography and progressively increasing the level of the dance steps taught throughout the year.

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Jazz 2C

This class is designed for students 10-14 for intermediate levels. Students will advance skills by proceeding to perform multiple pirouettes, intricate jumps, and challenging choreography. Students must take ballet in conjunction with this level or have permission to take the class from the studio director.  At least 4 or more years of consecutive learning in jazz dance is recommended for this class.

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Jazz 3

Intermediate/advanced level. Students must take ballet in conjunction with this level or have permission to take the class from the studio director.  At least 5 or more years of consecutive learning in jazz dance is recommended for this class.

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Jazz/Tap

This class is designed for students 7-9 that would like an introduction to both styles of dance. Basic jazz technique is introduced as well as introductory tap dance steps during the second half of class. Students will learn a fun combination in either jazz or tap style in each class. Students who excel in this class will be prepared to enter Jazz  or 1A, and Tap 1-1A in the future if desired.

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Contemporary Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. Lyrical dance challenges dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. Lyrical dance is characterized by fluidity and grace, with the dancer flowing from one move to another. It is recommended students have some ballet knowledge prior to taking Lyrical.

Contemporary Lyrical 1

This class is for ages 8-12 and is beginner level, 0-2 years dance experience. Students will warm up with fluid movements and stretch sequences, work on across the floor lyrical patterns, and perform basic choreography at the end of each class. While students do not have to take ballet to enroll in this class, it is very helpful to take ballet in conjunction with lyrical.

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Contemporary Lyrical 1A

This class is for ages 11-14 and is advanced beginner level, 2 or more years of dance experience. Students will warm up with fluid movements and stretch sequences, work on across the floor lyrical patterns that are more intricate than the previous level, and perform longer strings of choreography at the end of each class. While students do not have to take ballet to enroll in this class, it is very helpful to take ballet in conjunction with lyrical.

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Contemporary Lyrical 2

This class is for ages 11-14 and is pre-intermediate, 4 or more years of dance experience. Students will warm up with fluid movements and stretch sequences, work on across the floor lyrical patterns that are more intricate than the previous level, and perform longer strings of choreography at the end of each class. Students must take a ballet class in conjunction with this class.

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Tap For Kids

Tap Dance is an exciting combination of rhythmical and intricate foot moves.
Tap shoes are required for this class.

Predance Classes for under 7 years of age

all of ContempraDance School’s predance classes provide an intro to tap dance (with the exception of Monday predance at 4:45).

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Tap 1

This is a class for students aged 7 to 10. Students will learn the vocabulary, basic foot moves and rhythms necessary for eventually developing combinations. Each class meets once a week for 45 minute session. For kids with 0-2 years of tap experience or for kids leaving pre-dance that wish to continue to pursue tap.

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Ballet  For Kids

ContempraDance School provides professional ballet training. At ContempraDance School, students can decide on taking one ballet class a week for casual enjoyment and the acquisition ballet knowledge as an art form, or students may wish to take several ballet classes a week to accelerate in ballet.

Ballet 1

This class is for ages 7 to 9 with 0-2 years of previous ballet dance experience. This class is also the next step for kids leaving pre-dance classes. The class is a full hour and features all aspects of a ballet class including barre exercises, center floor work, and across the floor steps.

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Ballet 1A

This class is for ages 8 to 10 with a minimum of 1 year of experience in ballet from the previous season. Students should be familiar with the basic ballet positions and basic ballet steps, exhibit strength in proper body alignment and barre work. This class will teach involved sequences of dance steps, turns and jumps in preparation for Ballet 2. Each class meets once a week for 1 hour each session. This is an Advanced Beginner level class.

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Ballet 1B

Class Is designed for ages 9-12 and is a pre-intermediate level. Students are required to take 2 ballet classes a week to enroll in this class. Class features more intricate combinations during barre exercises, and more advanced turns and jumps.

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Ballet 2A

Class Is designed for ages 12-15 and is a pre-intermediate level. Class features more intricate combinations during barre exercises, and more advanced turns and jumps. Students in this level should try to take 2 classes a week in order to advance the following season to the advanced intermediate level.

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Ballet 2B

This class is for ages 11 & up and is advanced intermediate level, for students with a minimum of 5 consecutive years of ballet. Students must take 2 ballet classes a week to enroll in this class. Pointe is offered after this lesson for students with permission from the teacher.

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Ballet 3

This class is for ages 13 & up or with at least 5 years of previous ballet training. Students focus on perfecting more intricate ballet moves, adding speed and complexity into their routines. Ballet 3 is an advanced intermediate level class. One additional ballet class a week is required to enroll in this class and to maintain the complex level of the class work.

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Ballet / Tap

This class is for ages 6 ½-8 and is designed to be efficient in teaching both styles for this age group. Students will spend 30 minutes working on ballet technique and 30 minutes learning tap steps. In the future it is recommended students switch to a full hour class of the ballet and tap genre, but we know for some students time is limited. We hope to help students to continue to learn dance by offering this class on Saturdays as an option for busy students!

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Pointe

ContempraDance School offers Pointe lessons for students who wish to pursue ballet further. Pointe work is offered as an option after some of our ballet classes. Teacher and director permission is required to enroll in Pointe class. Two ballet classes a week at ContempraDance School is required to take Pointe lessons. We recommend that younger students who may wish to pursue Pointe work in the future begin taking 2 ballet classes a week at least two years prior to beginning Pointe lessons. Pointe work is not recommended at ContempraDance School for students under the age of 11, however with teacher permission it may be allowed.

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Hip Hop For Kids

Fun Fun Fun!!

Students love this incredibly energetic form of dance. They will learn how to spin, turn, kick and twist their bodies like never before. Our Hip-Hop classes are an invigorating and cultural dance workout.

Mini Hip Hop

This is an introductory class for ages 5-6 ½ little or no dance experience. Students are challenged to learn the basic moves necessary to understand the genre in a fun and supportive environment, set to fun, upbeat music. Each class meets once a week for 45 minutes each session.

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Kids Hip Hop

This is an introductory class with little or no dance experience. Students are challenged to learn the basic moves necessary to understand the genre in a fun and supportive environment, set to fun, upbeat music. Each class meets once a week for 45 minutes each session.

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Hip Hop 1

This is an introductory class for ages 7-9 with 0-2 years of hip-hop experience. Students are challenged to learn the basic moves necessary to understand the genre in a fun and supportive environment. Each class meets once a week for 1 hour each session.

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Hip Hop 2/2A

This class is for ages 9 ½ to 12 who have had once year or more of Hip Hop. It is an advanced beginner level. We encourage students interested in hip hop to try the class as often kids in this age range can pick up the moves after taking class a few times. Students who have had hip hop will be challenged to learn new steps, and choreography will become progressively longer as the year moves on.

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Hip Hop 3

Class is designed for teenage students, 13 years and up. Most students will have had a few years of hip hop study in this class, but new learners are encouraged to try the class. Often students can pick up the moves in a few weeks of study. In this level, students will learn new hip hop moves, and are challenged by longer and more intricate choreography.

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Funk Dance for Kids

This class is a blend of Jazz and Hip-Hop with a “Janet Jackson” feel. An age appropriate aerobic workout and dance routine give it a funky MTV look. Kids enjoy the class set to their favorite top 40 music. Funk is one of ContempraDance School’s most popular class styles.

Kid's Funk

Designed to teach ages 5-6 ½, this class is a blend of hip hop and jazz technique set to popular music that will get your young one boppin’ and smiling! Kids feel energized and get an excellent workout (without even knowing there was work involved!)

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Funk Dance 1 / 1A

This is a class for ages 7-9 with 0-2 years of dance experience. Learn the basic moves and cool new routines each week! Beginner/Adv. Beginner level.

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Funk Dance 2

This class is for ages 9-12 and students should have at least 1 year of previous jazz, hip hop, or funk dance experience. This level is advanced beginner.

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Funk Dance 2A

This class is for ages 10-14 and students should have at least 2 previous years of jazz, hip hop, or funk dance experience. This level is pre-intermediate.

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Main Line Parent & Philadelphia Family Love Award

ContempraDance School 2016 & 2017 LOVE Award for
"Best Dance Studio on the Main Line". 

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