Classes & Policies:

Our 2017-2018 Season Begins Sept 11!  Schedules are available the second week of August, and registration begins Aug 16! 

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Class Descriptions | Studio Policies | Registration Form



Classes for the 2016-2017 are now closed as we prepare for our annual June recital


Creative Movement

3 yrs old by Oct 31

AND potty trained

Tuesdays, 5:30-6, with Miss Lauren

OR Wednesdays, 5:30-6, with Miss Lauren


4 yrs old by Oct 31

Thursdays, 5-5:30, with Miss Taylor


4 yrs old by Oct 31

Thursdays, 5:30-6, with Miss Taylor

PreK Tumbling

4 or 5 yrs old by Oct 31

Mondays, 6-6:30 with Miss Emilie OR

Thursdays, 6-6:30, with Miss Brittni

Broadway Babies

4 or 5 yrs old by Oct 31

Mondays, 6:30-7, with Miss Mallory


5 yrs old by Oct 31

Mondays, 4:30-5, with Miss Lauren

OR Thursdays, 6:30-7, with Miss Taylor


5 yrs old by Oct 31

Mondays, 5-5:30, with Miss Lauren

OR Thursdays, 7-7:30, with Miss Taylor



Classes for the 2016-2017 are now closed as we prepare for our annual June recital


Ballet/Tap/Tumbling Combo

1st-3rd grade

Tuesdays, 6-7:30 with Miss Taylor

OR Wednesdays, 6-7:30, with Miss Brittni

Ballet A

1st-3rd grade

Thursdays, 5:30-6:30, with Miss Lauren

Jazz A

1st-3rd grade


Mondays, 6:30-7:30 

OR Thursdays, 7-8, with Miss Emilie

Tumbling A

1st-3rd grade

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30, with Miss Emilie

Tap A

1st-3rd grade

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30, with Miss Brittni

All Boys Class

1st grade and up

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30, with Miss Chelsea

Musical Theatre

1st grade and up

Thursdays, 7:30-8, with Miss Taylor



Classes for the 2016-2017 are now closed as we prepare for our annual June recital



4th grade and up

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30, with Miss Chelsea


4th grade and up

Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30, with Miss Taylor


4th grade and up

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30, with Miss Taylor

Hip Hop

3rd-6th grade

Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30, with Miss Chelsea

Hip Hop

7th grade and up

Mondays, 5:30-6:30, with Miss Chelsea




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At the Dance Shoppe, we offer a wide variety of subjects, all taught by our qualified, professional staff.


The Dance Shoppe recognizes the amazing intellectual, emotional and physical differences that every year makes in early childhood. For this reason, we have classes designed for very specific age groups!

Creative Movement – For our 3 year olds – A half hour class incorporating basic motor skills and fun! Dancers will learn concepts including levels, shapes, and speed, as well as getting a taste of ballet, tap and tumbling. General classroom rules for a dance class are also introduced.  Dancers must be potty trained.

PreBallet – For our 4 year olds – A half hour class introducing the beginning fundamentals and terminology of ballet. Dancers learn the grace of this beautiful dance style, and have a great time doing it!

PreTap – For our 4 year olds – A half hour class introducing the beginning fundamentals and terminology of tap. Dancers learn to make noise in a structured way, with rhythm being a key lesson in this level.

KinderBallet – For our 5 year olds – A half hour class building on the fundamentals and terminology of ballet. Proper technical execution is emphasized with basic steps, through basic imagery and gentle correction.

KinderTap – For our 5 year olds – A half hour class building on the fundamentals and terminology of tap. Rhythm and making music with the feet continue to be main elements of the class, as trickier steps are added on.

PreKinder Tumbling – For 4 and 5 year olds – A 30 minute class introducing flexibility and stretch to our younger acrobats, as well as basic tumbling skills such as rolls, bridges and cartwheels.

Broadway Babies - For 4 and 5 year olds - A 30 minute class introducing singing, dancing and character work to our youngest performers! 

Dancers beginning in 1st grade are evaluated and placed in recommended classes each season by ability, rather than age. This method recognizes that each dancer develops at a different rate, and helps challenge the dancer while teaching proper technique. Please call the studio for class placement and schedules for the following courses. All classes are at least an hour in length.

Combo - A special three-in-one class including ballet, tap and jazz that teach the fundamentals that first graders are ready for in a shorter time span of an hour and a half. Students perform two of the three dance subjects in the June production. 

Ballet – The basis for all forms of dance. Our ballet program stresses proper technique, as well as terminology, while learning grace and poise.

Pointe - Dancer must be 12 years of age, and enrolled in two ballet classes.  Only with teacher permission

Cecchetti – A graded form of ballet, where the dancer repeats the same lessons each week, focusing on technique and placement – Dancer is usually in at least 3rd grade, with teacher permission

Tap – A class using the feet as a percussion instrument. Classical and rhythmic styles of this dance form are taught, as well as musicality and rhythm.

Jazz – A popular dance form with many different branches that have evolved. Each class begins with a thorough stretch and includes stylized movements, turns, extensions and leaps.

Turns – A class specializing in the placement of turns, working on multiple rotations and variations. Dancer must have teacher permission to join.

Tumbling – The floor portion of a gymnastics class, done on mats.

Hip Hop (for 3rd grade and up) – Choreographed dance movements set primarily to hiphop and pop music. It has evolved since the 1970's into many styles such as popping, locking, breaking, and calisthenics.  Hiphop dance represents a cultural movement for all levels, beginning - advanced.

Modern (for 9th grade and up) – An introduction to recognizable modern techniques or styles (i.e., Horton, Graham, Cunningham etc.), and basic recognizable modern movement, transitions and quality of movement to create a unique style. Technique and styles include contractions, moving with a curved spine, and creative jumps, turns and floor work. The class includes center warm-up and technique, across the floor work and usually a center combination.

Musical Theatre – A different musical is explored each month, as dancers learn lyrics and choreography to a song from that musical. The year finishes with the presentation of a “mini-musical” including dialogue, blocking and choreographed singing.

All Boys Class - Incorporates tap, jazz, hip hop and tumbling - Boys must be 6 yrs of age



Attendance – The Dance Shoppe feels it is important for students to gain a sense of responsibility and commitment to themselves and their classmates. It is also necessary for a dancer to attend his/her classes regularly to continue progressing with the rest of the class. If a dancer misses more than 4 classes, The Dance Shoppe reserves the right to remove said dancer from performance routines. At the end of the year, Gold and Silver attendance awards are given out. Makeup classes are available, but do not eliminate absences from your dancer’s record.

Tardiness – Dancers are expected to be on time for class, as important warm-ups are missed if a student is late. Coming in late also disrupts other students. If a dancer is 10 minutes late for class, he or she must ask permission to enter the class. He/She may then be asked to sit and watch, if too many warm-ups are missed. Three tardies are equivalent to one absence.

Dress Code – The Dance Shoppe has a dress code for the following reasons: 1) Uniformity of dance attire enables the instructor to more easily identify a dancer’s problem areas.  2) Dressing responsibly for class is part of the discipline of dance. 3) Our dress code eliminates “fashion parades” in class, thus saving parents the expense of trying to outfit their child in the latest dance craze.  In fairness to other students who follow the rules, please do no expect us to make an exception for your child.  Your first warning is considered a reminder.  If your child is out of dress code a second time a note will be sent home, and the third time your child will not be permitted to participate in class.  Note: When dancers have reached advanced or professional levels, the instructors may permit exceptions. 



***Solid colored, plain leotard without attached skirts, designs or decorations of any kind

***Ballet Pink or Suntan tights 

*** Hair must be secured NEATLY up off the neck in a clip or bun.  Hairnet and bobby pins recommended

***Creative Movement, Pre and Kinder Dance, and Tumbling students are permitted ponytails

***Tiny pierced earrings are the only acceptable jewelry worn in class 

***No Ballet skirts unless indicated by the instructor


***Baggy, comfortable clothing for hip hop - no leotards and tights please.  Kneepads are required.  No tight shorts or cheerleader shorts.


BOYS IN OUR INTENSIVE PROGRAM (Dazzling Star or Classy Dancer level classes) – dress code for ballet, jazz, stretch, turns, and choreography classes: 

***Solid colored shorts or dance pants 

*** Solid colored tank top or a tight fitting t-shirt. 




***Loose fitting, appropriate clothing



Ballet : Soft leather split-soled ballet slipper (snugly fit), Bloch or Capezio recommended.  Cloth ballet slippers for intensive dancers of high school age.  Pink for girls, black for boys.

Jazz: TAN (new this year) soft leather split soled Jazz Oxfords or slip ons (snugly fit), Bloch or Capezio recommended. 

Tap:  Black patent leather Tap shoes WITH ELASTIC and Teletone taps for dancers in second grade or younger, jazz tap shoes for dancers 3rd grade and up. 

Hip Hop: Tennis shoes that are not worn outside the dance room.

***All dance shoes and attire must be purchased by October 1st.***


Tuition – There is an annual family registration fee. Tuition is divided into ten equal payments for your convenience. The 1st payment is due at registration. Each of the following payments is due on the 15th of the month beginning on September 15th and ending on May 15th. Tuition is pro-rated for students that enroll late, and tuition is due for any month that has begun. Checks should be made payable to THE DANCE SHOPPE. If paying in cash, please ask for a receipt and bring exact change if possible. If there is any problem with cash payments you must be prepared to show your receipt; without a receipt, no adjustment can be made. Please keep your receipts until June. If you have a problem with tuition payments, please come to the desk immediately; please do not wait until the end of the year. Tuition paid by check may be put into the tuition box located at the front of the desk or mailed to 3549 Airport Rd, Suite 112, Waterford, MI 48329. Any tuition that is not at the Dance Shoppe before the 1st day of the month is considered late and will result in a billing fee of $15.00. Any tuition that is delinquent in excess of 30 days will be charged an additional delinquent fee equaling 15% of the unpaid balance. Any returned checks will result in a $25.00 service charge. Anyone having more than 2 returned checks will be asked to pay by money order or cash. The tuition policy is standard business policy and already allows for a 2 week grace period. The front desk is not authorized to make any exceptions, so please make sure your tuition is at the Dance Shoppe before the 1st day of the month to avoid any additional fees.

The Dance Shoppe offers a considerable discount for families with students attending several classes. All tuition prices are from the first day of classes through our June production.

Please call the studio for tuition rates or see our parent handbook PDF, on our "About The Studio" page


Registration FormS:

Click Here to download the Family Registration Forms (for ALL families, new or returning)

(Save time and bring these completed forms to one of our open registration sessions!)


The Dance Shoppe | 3549 Airport Rd, Suite 112 | Waterford, MI 48329 | Phone: (248) 623-1950