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Academy of Dance

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ACADEMY OF DANCE

Providence School of Arts Academy of Dance offers students a well-rounded curriculum in dance. Young dancers will acquire a solid foundation as they learn body awareness, proper technique, artistry, musicality, and expression. Program offerings include Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and more.  Students will showcase their progress during parent watch weeks and at the annual Spring performance. Classes are taught by highly trained and qualified instructors. The program is directed by a former Kansas City Ballet dancer, school principal and master teacher, Marcus Oatis.

 

Scholarships, multi-sibling discounts and flex-schedules available!

2017-2018 Academic Year (September 5 - May 25)

Preschool Division

The Preschool Division is an introductory dance program for children ages 2-5. Preschool students will learn and explore basic concepts of dance through the incorporation of lively music, singing, colorful props, stories, and movement language in a nurturing environment. This process will teach them body awareness and lay the foundation for dance. Our goal is for each child to improve in their coordination and artistry while gaining confidence.

Creative Movement I (Ages 3-4)

This class is structured for children who are ready to dance independently. Children are introduced to basic dance movement concepts that promote body awareness, creativity and self-expression. All lessons are structured around developmental benchmarks that promote the further development of attentional and motor skills.
Dress Code: Girls - Pale Pink short sleeved leotard w/attached skirt (i.e. Bloch CL5342), pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in neat ballet bun. Boys - Fitted white t-shirt, black biker shorts, white socks, with ballet slippers.


Schedule
Thursday 4:30 - 5:15p or
Saturday 9:30 - 10:15a
Cost: $55 per month

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Creative Movement II (Ages 4-5)

This class will build upon the dance concepts learned in Creative Movement I. Students will continue to develop listening skills, strength, balance, and motor skills through age-appropriate lessons that relate to developmental benchmarks.
Dress Code: Girls - Pale Pink short sleeved leotard w/attached skirt (i.e. Bloch CL5342), pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in neat ballet bun. Boys - Fitted white t-shirt, black biker shorts, white socks, with ballet slippers.


Schedule
Monday 4:30 - 5:15p or
Wednesday 4:30 - 5:15p
Cost: $55 per month

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Preparatory Division

The preparatory program is a specialized dance program for students ages 5-12 .  This program is designed to develop a strong foundation of technique and movement vocabulary which produces well-rounded young dancers. Students will progress through a level-based curriculum of classical ballet, enriched by several other dance techniques to include modern, tap, character, and West African.

Foundations (Ages5-6)

Students in this level will be introduced to the basic structure of ballet and will learn basic dance terminology. Students will also develop proper technique and coordination for motor skills to include skipping, jumping, and leaping. All classes will be concluded with an imaginative exercise where students will further develop their performance and choreographic skills.
Dress Code: Girls - Pale Pink short sleeved leotard w/attached skirt (i.e. Bloch CL5342), pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in neat ballet bun. Boys - Fitted white t-shirt, black biker shorts, white socks, with ballet slippers.


Schedule
Tuesday 4:30 - 5:15p or
Saturday 10:15 - 11:30a
Cost: $55 per month

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Level I Ballet/Tap (Ages 6-7)

Students who participate in Level 1 now begin their formal ballet training. Students will learn the basic body positions, correct body alignment, ballet terminology, and proper classroom etiquette. Additionally, students will further develop their rhythm and musicality through the study of tap during the last 15 mins of class.
Dress Code: Girls - Lavender tank sleeved leotard, pink convertiable tights, pink ballet slippers, ``ribbon tie`` tap shoes, hair in neat ballet bun. Boys - Fitted white t-shirt, black biker shorts, white socks, with ballet slippers, tap shoes.


Schedule
Thursday 5:15-6:30p or
Saturday 11:30-12:45p
Cost: $64 per month

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Level II Ballet/West African

Students in this level will be introduced to the ballet barre. Students will continue to increase their ballet vocabulary as well as develop strength, flexibility, coordination, and proper placement. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their movement vocabulary through the study of West African dance.
Dress Code: Girls - Light blue tank sleeved leotard, pink convertible tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in neat ballet bun. Boys - Fitted white t-shirt, black biker shorts, white socks, with ballet slippers.


Schedule
Tuesday 5:15 - 6:45p (Ballet)
Wednesday 5:15 - 6:15p (West African)
Cost: $133

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Level III Ballet/Modern

Students in this level will work towards mastering the foundational elements of ballet technique. Students will gain additional strength through increased repetition and will develop coordination through performing more complex sequencing. Students will also gain a deeper awareness of movement through the study of modern dance technique.
Dress Code: Girls - Navy tank sleeved leotard w/attached skirt (i.e. Bloch CL5342), pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Boys - Fitted white t-shirt, black biker shorts, white socks, with ballet slippers.


Schedule
Monday 5:15 - 6:45p (Ballet)
Tuesday 6:45 - 7:45p (Modern)
Friday 4:30p - 6:00p (Ballet)
Cost: $192 per month

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Pre-Professional Division

The pre-professional program is a specialized dance program for students ages 12 and up.  This program is designed to build upon the foundation learned in the preparatory division. This program focus is to develop dancers who have a good balance of proper technique and expressive artistry.

Level IV Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz

Students in this level will develop additional strength and coordination through increased speed and repetition. Additionally, students will gain proficiency in battierie, pirouettes, ballon, and pointe work in preparation for dance at a professional level. Students will also have the opportunity to further increase their movement vocabulary through the study of Jazz.
Dress Code: Girls - Burgundy camisole leotard, pink convertible tights, pink ballet slippers, black jazz pants, tan jazz shoes, pointe shoes. Boys - Fitted white t-shirt, black tights, black jazz pants, white socks with ballet slippers, black jazz shoes.


Schedule
Monday 6:45 - 8:15p (Ballet)
Wednesday 6:15 - 7:30p (Ballet)
Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30p (Pointe)
Thursday 6:30 - 8:00p (Modern)
Saturday 12:45 - 1:15p (Ballet)
Saturday 1:15 - 2:15p (Pointe)
Saturday 2:15 - 3:15p (Jazz)
Cost: $250 per month

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More Levels to come.....

About the Director

Mr. Oatis has enjoyed a successful career as a professional dancer and educator.

 
Mr. Oatis was able to perform works by esteemed choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Bruce Marks, Peter Martins, Robert Hill, Ib Anderson, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Yuri Possokhov. Mr. Oatis’ most notable roles were as the Russian in Todd Bolender’s The Nutcracker, Jessica Lang’s Splendid Isolations III, the Moor in Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, Jerome Robbins Afternoon of a Faun, and the Elegy Boy Balanchine’s Serenade. Mr. Oatis has performed with the Kansas City Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Arcanium Dance Project, and Central Dance Theatre.
 
Mr. Oatis has worked with children of various ages and abilities for over 15 years. He has created a syllabus that combines French, Russian, and American styles that fosters technical proficiency and artistry. Some of Mr. Oatis’ students have joined professional companies to include San Fransisco Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Dallas Black Theatre, and St. Louis Ballet. Additionally, his students have been accepted into collegiate dance programs at Indiana University, University of Utah, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Butler University. Mr. Oatis brings his teaching and leadership experience from the Kansas City Ballet School, Omaha Academy of Ballet, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Ailey Camp, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
 
Mr. Oatis is excited to continue to pass down his knowledge and expertise to his students and faculty.