Dance Haven Medford MA Center For Dance Education
The Dance Haven, Inc.        379 Salem Street        Medford, MA 02155        781-391-0677
Welcome To The Dance Haven’s Class Descriptions Page.  All classes are graded by age and ability.  Each class is designed to teach techniques in a positive way to allow the learning process to be fun, yet fulfilling through constructive teaching methods.  Not sure, which class is the right one?  Contact us and we will help you make the decision that will allow for an exciting and rewarding dance class.

Ages 3 3rd Grade Classes

Ballet/Tap Pre-School
Ages 3-5:  This class teaches the basic ballet and tap techniques. Students will learn the elementary positions, exercises, ballet terminology and rhythmic skills of elementary tap.   This class is designed for students to explore music and dance while developing skills for continued training.  We use both contemporary and traditional teaching methods, utilizing musicality, tumbling, and fun dance games so that students will gain physical coordination.  Through progressive learning they develop the ability to move on to the next level of learning.  Students are given the opportunity to perform one dance in our annual dance recital.

Ballet/Tap Ages 5-7 - In this combination class, students develop grace, musicality, and elegant line as they learn additional ballet technique and terminology. In tap they build rhythm and improve listening skills. Basic elementary tap steps are taught in this class along with additional elementary combinations.  We draw from traditional and contemporary methodologies focusing on anatomically sound principals and the joy of moving. Students are introduced to barre exercises, which will help them develop necessary skills for continued dance.  This class provides a strong foundation for ballet and other forms of dance.  Students are given the opportunity to perform two dances in our annual dance recital.

Ballet/Tap/Jazz - Ages 5-7 - This class is in addition to ballet/tap class. Dancers work on turn technique, jumps/leaps, flexibility, dance and muscle terminology. Students are given the opportunity to perform a jazz dance in our annual recital.

Hip Hop - Ages 5-8 - Students will build rhythm with basic hip hop skills and rythyms that are popular and fun! This is an energy packed class that teaches technique, discipline and musicality.  Students perform one dance in the annual recital.  

Ballet/Tap/Jazz- – Ages 7,8,9 – This is a combination class that incorporates the three major dance subjects.  In ballet, students continue to develop grace, musicality, and elegant line.  It is a continuation of those basic ballet concepts learned at a younger age with a gradual increase in difficulty to prepare students for the more complex combinations.  Jazz is taught in its contemporary form, learning isolations, flexibility stretches such as splits and holds followed by dance combinations of turns, kicks, leaps, and jumps.  Students build a firm foundation of basic tap footwork and terminology. Coordination and listening skills are developed to allow for more complex tap rhythms to various types of music.  Students will be given the opportunity to perform three dances in our annual recital.

Acro Tumbling Ages 6 - 10 - Students learn the fundamentals of  traditional artistic gymnastics, contortion and tumbling.  Class combines these skills with partnering and group stunts.  Students are required to participate in  Ballet/Tap/Jazz or Hip Hop is required to participate. This class is a great per-requisite to our Acro Competition Team and abilities can be showcased in recital routines in other styles of dance.  *Note that the Acro Team will require Ballet & Jazz training so it's good to have that basis  for prep.

" Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music."  ~William Stafford

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