LA Dance currently offers 3 different levels of classes based upon the experience and goals of its students:


  • Recreational Classes - This category includes new dancers and those dancers who are involved in other activities which might make it difficult for them to attend multiple classes per week.  Recreational students generally attend class one night per week.  Recreational dancers will learn the basics of dance and build on those skills over time with consistent attendance and hard work.  These students will be asked to perform at several local events (i.e., Treat Street, Newton Christmas Parade, Loose Caboose, etc.).  We offer a number of recreational classes in which students as young as 18 months can enroll and still be learning dance skills at the recreational level until they reach adulthood!


  • ~NEW~Performance Team - Only students who have at least one year of dance experience and who are at least 4 years of age may audition for the LA Dance performance team.  Selected students will be assigned to one of our 3 performance classes based upon their age and experience. Students in performance team classes must attend dance classes at least two nights per week.  In addition to their performance class, they must also be enrolled in a ballet technique class.  They will dance at all of the regular LA Dance performances throughout the year and will also be required to attend 1-4 Saturday competitions in Pearl, MS.  Attendance is more crucial at this level of dance and training will be more intense than at the recreational level.  There is also a higher financial commitment for families who participate at this level.


  • Competition Team - Only students who have at least one year of dance experience and who are at least 4 years of age may audition for the LA Dance competition team.  Selected students will be assigned to one of our 6 competition classes based upon their age, experience, and the prerequisites as outlined on the Competition Classes page.  Competition team members are required to enroll in a ballet technique class, a turns/leaps/extensions class, and their assigned competition class.  Team members must be willing to dedicate themselves to dance throughout most of the year.  Not only do team members participate in all local performances and the Pearl competitions, but they are also required to participate in a number of other competitions/conventions/events which will require a great deal of traveling (both within Mississippi and to other nearby states).  Competition team requires a great deal of dedication on the part of students and their families not only with their time but also financially.

Classes

From ballet to hip hop, and everything in between, LA Dance offers a full line-up of classes designed to provide students with a well-rounded education in dance.


In addition to learning dance technique, students in all LA Dance classes (except for Ballet Technique and Turns/Leaps/Extensions) will learn routines which will be performed at the end-of-season Recital.

Christmas performance dates/times have been updated to the Local Performances page.


Please see the Monthly Newsletter page (under the Home menu) to keep up-to-date with all important LA Dance news!


Ballet Technique I & II

These are technique classes which are open to anyone but which are required for all competition and performance team dancers.  Students will be placed in Ballet I or Ballet II based upon instructor evaluation.  These classes are dedicated to the foundation of all dance, barre, and center work to develop, maintain, and progress in technique.  As these are strictly technique classes, students enrolled in them will not be learning recital routines.


Turns/Leaps/Extensions I & II

These are technique classes which are open to anyone but which are required for all competition team dancers.  Students will be placed in T/L/E I or T/L/E II based upon instructor evaluation.  These classes focus on strengthening exercises and stretching techniques that help dancers with advanced skills and tricks.  As these are strictly technique classes, students enrolled in them will not be learning recital routines.


Pointe I & II

Pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training.  Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes.  These classes include barre exercises, center floor work, and across the floor combinations.  These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.  Instructor approval is required for participation in pointe classes.


Twinkle Toes

This is where the magic begins!  Students (ages 18 months to 3 years) will learn basics in movement with an emphasis on ballet and jazz.


Itty Bits

This class is another great place to start for young dancers.  Students (ages 2 to 4) will learn basics in movement and musicality with an emphasis on ballet and tap.


Little Movers

Students (ages 4 to 5) will blossom in this class where they will experience ballet, tap, and jazz.  Emphasis will be placed on proper dance terminology and more difficult techniques and skills.


Combo I

This is a combination class for beginners with little to no prior dance experience.  Students (ages 5 to 7) will explore a more structured curriculum, demanding more of the dancers, in ballet, tap, and jazz.


Combo II

This is a combination class for students with some prior dance experience.  Students (ages 7 to 9) will continue to build on what they already know and continue to challenge them in ballet, tap, and jazz.


Combo III

This is a combination class for students with prior dance experience.  Students (ages 9 to 10) will continue to learn tap and jazz along with ballet technique.  Students will also begin to explore lyrical dance.  Students in this class are expected  to be practicing on their own at home, as well as stretching often to advance in their skills at a more consistent rate.


~NEW~Pre-Teen Combo

This a new class being offered this year for students with prior dance experience who want a good challenge! Students (ages 11 to 13) will start to explore the variations of ballet, tap, and jazz such as jazz funk, lyrical/contemporary, and clog/hoof.


Teen Combo

This is a beginner class for late bloomers!  It is never too late to learn to dance, and this class was created to cater to teens who have decided to try something new.  Students (ages 14 to 18) will explore basics in ballet technique while focusing on jazz and lyrical/contemporary styles of dance.  It is strongly recommended that students enrolled in this course also enroll in Ballet Technique, T/L/E, or Hip Hop.


Hip Hop I, II, & III

These classes provide instruction in dance styles as seen in music videos, urban culture, and street dancing at three different skill levels.  Advancement within the classes is allowed upon instructor approval.


Baton I & II

Students in baton class will learn baton terminology and basic twirl skills while developing hand-eye coordination and wrist flexibility.  Basic dance moves are introduced with an emphasis on proper form and hand placement.  In Baton II students will more deeply explore hand twirls, rolls, and tosses, and a variety of catches and releases are introduced.  Advancement within the classes is allowed upon instructor approval.