RMSA DANCE Class Descriptions


Rocky Mountain School of the Arts DANCE offers a variety of dance classes for all ages and experience levels. Disciplines include ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Please see descriptions below before registering. Contact the studio for further details.

RMSA dancer

Early Childhood Dance

Preschool Dance | 45 minutes per week
Wednesdays 3:45-4:30

RMSA’s Preschool Dance class is a fun, all-around introduction to dance for 3-4 year olds. Children in this class develop locomotor skills and learn how to behave in the structured environment of dance classes.

  • 30 minutes dedicated to ballet/creative movement
  • 15 minutes to tap/rhythm

The Preschool Dance class performs in RMSA’s annual Spring Production (purchase of costume required, approximately $65).

Register

Kindergarten Dance | 45 minutes per week
Wednesdays 4:30-5:15

RMSA's Kindergarten Dance class is a fun, engaging class where children are introduced to patterns in dance and music, simple ballet sequences, and dance vocabulary.

  • 30 minutes are dedicated to ballet/creative movement
  • 15 minutes to tap/rhythm

The Kindergarten Dance class performs in RMSA’s annual Spring Production (purchase of costume required, approximately $65).

Register

Dancers in RMSA studio

Youth Dance

Academy 1 | 1 3/4 hours per week

  • Tuesdays 3:45-4:15 Ballet, 4:15-4:45 Tap
  • Wednesday's 4:00-4:45 Jazz & Hip Hop

The Academy program offers students four different dance disciplines: ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop; 30 minutes each. It is recommended that students do participate in all four as the training is well-rounded and provides the student with the opportunity to see which styles suite their abilities, but it is not mandatory to participate in all styles. Ballet training is highly recommended to help build a dance foundation.

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap classes perform in RMSA’s annual Masterpieces of Ballet AND Spring Production.  (purchase of 3 costumes required for ballet, hip hop, and jazz/tap -share a costume), approximately $65 per costume).

Academy Jazz students have 3 additional Christmas performances that they do in the community (costumes provided).

Register

 

Academy 1B | 1 and ¾ hours per week

  • Tuesdays 3:45-4:15 Tap; 4:15-4:45 Ballet
  • Wednesdays 4:45-5:30 Jazz and Hip Hop

Academy 1B is designed for 1st or 2nd grade beginner dancers, with 1-2 years of dance training recommended (differs for each student).

The Academy program offers students four different dance disciplines: ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop; 30 minutes each. It is recommended that students do participate in all four as the training is well-rounded and provides the student with the opportunity to see which styles suite their abilities, but it is not mandatory to participate in all styles. Ballet training is highly recommended to help build a dance foundation.

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap classes perform in RMSA’s annual Masterpieces of Ballet AND Spring Production.  (purchase of 3 costumes required for ballet, hip hop, and jazz/tap -share a costume), approximately $65 per costume).

Academy Jazz students have 3 additional Christmas performances that they do in the community (costumes provided).

Register

 

Academy 2 | 2 hours per week

  • Wednesday 4:00-4:45 Jazz and Hip Hop
  • Thursday 4:00-4:45 Ballet, 4:45-5:15 Tap

Academy 2 is designed for 2nd or 3rd grade intermediate dancers, with 3 years of dance training recommended (differs for each student).

The Academy program offers students four different dance disciplines: ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop; 30 minutes each. It is recommended that students do participate in all four as the training is well-rounded and provides the student with the opportunity to see which styles suite their abilities, but it is not mandatory to participate in all styles. Ballet training is highly recommended to help build a dance foundation.

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap classes perform in RMSA’s annual Masterpieces of Ballet AND Spring Production.  (purchase of 3 costumes required for ballet, hip hop, and jazz/tap -share a costume), approximately $65 per costume).

Academy Jazz students have 3 additional Christmas performances that they do in the community (costumes provided).

Register

 

Academy 2B | 2 3/4 hours per week

  • Tuesdays 4:00-4:45 ballet, 4:45-5:15 tap
  • Wednesdays 4:30-5:15 ballet (may only participate if registered for Tuesday ballet class), 5:15-6:00 jazz and hip hop 

Academy 2B is designed for 2nd to 4th grade intermediate dancers, with 3-4 years of dance training recommended (differs for each student).

The Academy program offers students four different dance disciplines: ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop; 30 minutes each. It is recommended that students do participate in all four as the training is well-rounded and provides the student with the opportunity to see which styles suite their abilities, but it is not mandatory to participate in all styles. Ballet training is highly recommended to help build a dance foundation.

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap classes perform in RMSA’s annual Masterpieces of Ballet AND Spring Production.  (purchase of 3 costumes required for ballet, hip hop, and jazz/tap -share a costume), approximately $65 per costume).

Academy Jazz students have 3 additional Christmas performances that they do in the community (costumes provided).

Register

Academy 3 | 4 hours per week

  • Tuesdays 4:00-4:45 Jazz, 4:45-5:30 Ballet, 5:30-6:00 Hip Hop
  • Wednesdays 4:45-5:15 Contemporary, 5:15-5:45 Tap, 5:45-6:30 Ballet (may only participate if registered for Tuesday ballet class)

This Academy is designed for 3rd to 5th grade intermediate dancers, with 3-6 years of dance training recommended (differs for each student). Students spend approximately two years in Academy 3.

This Academy program offers students five disciplines: Ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop. It is recommended but not mandatory that students do participate in all five as the training is well-rounded and provides the student with the foundation needed to move into the advanced placement classes.

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Tap classes perform in RMSA’s annual Masterpieces of Ballet AND Spring Production. (purchase of 4 costumes required for ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and jazz/tap-share a costume, approximately $65-$75 per costume).

Academy Jazz students have 3 additional Christmas performances that they do in the community (costumes provided).

Register

 

Academy 4 | 3 3/4 hours per week

  • Tuesdays 4:45-5:30 Jazz, 5:30-6:15 Ballet, 6:15-6:45 Tap
  • Thursday 4:00-4:45 Ballet, 4:45-5:15 Contemporary, 5:15-5:45 Hip Hop

Academy 4 is designed for children 9 years and older with 5-7 years of dance experience. Each student is evaluated individually for Academy 4, as these guidelines differ for each student.  Students spend approximately two years in Academy 4. This Academy is for the more serious dancer and is the final level offered to dancers before they move into advanced placement.  Dancers who do not wish or are unable to move into advanced placement classes can move into our recreational dance classes as an alternative.

This Academy program offers students five dance disciplines: Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Tap. It is recommended but not mandatory that students do participate in all five classes as the training is well-rounded and provides the student with the foundation needed to move into the advanced placement classes. Students may take classes in ballet, pointe (through recommendation or audition only), tap, jazz, hip hop, or contemporary singularly or they may participate in the academy program in which all five disciplines are offered at a discounted rate.

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Tap classes perform in RMSA’s annual Masterpieces of Ballet AND Spring Production. (purchase of 4 costumes required for ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and jazz/tap-share a costume, approximately $65-$75 per costume).

Academy 4 Jazz students perform 3-5 performances throughout the year, including Christmas performances (costumes provided) and Swing into Spring performances (uses costumes for Spring Production).

Dancers in their 2nd year of Academy 4 are eligible to audition for RMDT’s Spring Company.

Register

RMSA studio dancers
RMSA Studio dancers

Advanced Dance

Academy 5 | 5 ½+ hours per week

  • Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 Ballet, 6:45-7:30 Tap
  • Wednesdays 5:15-6:30 Ballet and Pointe
  • Thursdays 4:45-5:45 Contemporary, 5:45-6:30 Jazz, 6:30-7:15 Hip Hop

Academy 5 is for the serious dancer only and acceptance is based on a student’s knowledge both physically and mentally, along technical foundation.  Students must be at least 10 years and older with four years of ballet training and four years of jazz or hip hop, and two years contemporary experience.  A trial class is required before registration is accepted. Although student’s class choices can be customized, it is required that students participate in the majority of classes offered.

Dancers in Academy 5 are required to audition for Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre’s Spring Company, Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre’s annual Nutcracker Production, and Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre’s Wild West Show.

Dancers also have the option to attend RMDT’s New York Dance Experience every other year.

Register

Academy 7 | 7+ hours per week

  • Tuesdays 6:15-7:30 Ballet, 7:30-8:15 Hip Hop
  • Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 Contemporary
  • Thursdays 5:45-7:30 Ballet and Pointe, 7:30-8:15 Tap

Academy 7 is offered by audition only. Please see academy 5 requirements to see if you are eligible for Academy 7 classes.  Please contact the studio to set up a meeting time if you are interested in registering for classes of this level.

Register

dancers at the barre

Older Beginners Dance and Recreational Dance

RMSA’s Older Beginner classes offer quality training in several dance styles for beginners 9-16 years old. These classes are designed for those who had little or no dance training as young children. At RMSA we believe you’re never too old to discover the joy of dance.

Jazz/Hip Hop
Wednesdays 6:30-7:15

RMSA’s Recreational Dance classes offer quality training in several dance styles for those dancers who do not wish to commit to advanced placement classes or performance requirements, but still wish to dance.

Ballet | 45 minutes per week

Contemporary | 45 minutes per week

Jazz /Hip Hop| 45 minutes per week

Register