Dance Department

The Dance Program at Neighborhood Music School provides a nurturing environment for dancers of all ages and skill levels, enabling them to reach their full artistic potential and learn life lessons through the arts via our one-of-a-kind Collaborative Choreography Initiative. Students in the NMS Dance Program are creative, open-minded and curious.

Through a wide range of class offerings, students increase their kinesthetic awareness, their ability to analyze and articulate movement, their confidence and their ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others.

Performance is an important progression in the study of dance: students do this through informal classroom showings and formal stage presentations. Additionally, NMS offers movement and fitness-based classes with an artistic and creative focus for those seeking increased physical performance, fitness health and quality of life.

FAQs
When students are involved in the creative process, they benefit on a social, emotional and cognitive level. The Collaborative Choreography Initiative (CCI) creates a safe environment that accommodates each student’s needs and allows them opportunities to experience success during the process of making dances. NMS dance classes (for students ages six and up) include CCI workshops on the first class of every month and a student-led performance in the spring.

Purpose:
• Give students age six through adult the tools, ideas and strategies for creating dances
• Provide students an opportunity to practice higher-order thinking through the creative process
• Build students’ confidence in creating an “idea” or “phrase” in dance, presenting their work, and refining it
• Teach students life skills such as problem solving, leadership and team building through working with and communicating their phrases to others

Children’s Dance Programs
Ballet Ages 6-8, 9-11
Girls: light blue leotard, white tights, pink ballet shoes, hair must be worn up and pulled back.
Boys: white fitted t-shirt, black jazz pants/leggings, black ballet shoes.

Ballet Ages 12-14, 15-17
Girls: Black leotard or fitted black t-shirt or tank top, white tights or black leggings, pink ballet shoes, hair must be worn up and pulled back.
Boys: white fitted t-shirt, black jazz pants/leggings, black ballet shoes.

Creative Dance Ages 4-5
Girls: pink leotard, black footless tights/leggings, bare feet; hair must be worn up and pulled back.
Boys: white t-shirt, black jazz pants/leggings and bare feet.

Contemporary Dance: dance clothes, soft soled jazz shoes or foot undies/thongs/paws.

Hip Hop Ages 6-8, 9-12, 13-17: Black tank top/fitted t-shirt, black jazz pants/leggings, black dance sneakers.

Intro to Tap Ages 4 – 5
Girls: White leotard, black tights, and black tap shoes; hair must be worn up and pulled back.
Boys: fitted t-shirt, black jazz pants/leggings and black tap shoes.

Jazz Ages 6 – 8, 9 – 12, 13 – 17
Girls: fitted t-shirt or tank top, Black jazz pants, leggings or shorts with tights, black jazz shoes, hair must be worn up and pulled back.
Boys: fitted t-shirt, black jazz pants/leggings, black jazz shoes.

Modern Ages 6 – 8, 9 – 11
Girls:  white leotard, black footless tights/leggings, bare feet; hair must be worn up and pulled back.
Boys: white t-shirt, black jazz pants/leggings, bare feet.

Pre Ballet Ages 3 – 4, 4 – 5
Girls: pink leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes; hair must be worn up and pulled back.
Boys: white t-shirt, black jazz pants/leggings and black ballet shoes.

Tap Ages 6 – 8, 8 – 10, 9 – 12, 13 – 17
Girls: Dance-wear, any colored leotard or fitted t-shirt or tank top, tights/leggings or jazz pants, tap shoes, hair must be worn up and pulled back.
Boys: fitted t-shirt, black jazz pants, shorts, black tap shoes

Triple Threat Ages 8 – 12, 13 – 17
Girls: Dance-wear, any colored leotard or fitted t-shirt or tank top, tights/leggings or jazz pants, jazz shoes, hair must be worn up and pulled back.
Boys: fitted t-shirt, black jazz pants, shorts, jazz shoes

Yogacise: loose,comfy or leggings and T-shirt; bare feet

Adult Dance Programs
Adult Contemporary Ballet
Women: Any color or style t-shirt, tank top or leotard, shorts,tights, leggings,ballet skirt and Ballet shoes hair should be worn up and pulled back.
Men: white fitted t-shirt, black jazz pants/leggings, black ballet shoes.

Adult Modern Dance: yoga, fitness clothes that are fitted and allows you to stretch. Leotard, tank top, tights, leggings preferred. T shirt and sweats permitted; bare feet

Adult Tap Ages 16 & up: comfortable, easy to move in clothing, tap shoes, hair should be worn up and pulled back.

Afro Caribbean Dunham Technique Women: black leotard or tank top with black leggings or black jazz pants; full circle skirt (optional); bare feet. Men: Black jazz pants, bare feet

B.A.S.E.S.: dance, yoga, fitness clothes that are fitted and allows you to stretch. Leotard, tank top, tights, leggings preferred. T shirt and sweats permitted; bare feet

Hip Hop Ages 16 & up: black tank top/fitted t-shirt, black jazz pants/leggings, black dance sneakers.

Dance Fitness: dance, yoga, fitness clothes that are fitted and allows you to stretch. T shirt and sweats permitted; sneakers

Exercise & Energize: ages 18 & up Comfortable, easy to move in clothing, hair should be worn up and pulled back; bare feet

Yoga: age 18 & up Please bring a yoga mat and a light shawl or blanket and wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing; bare feet