Dance Classes for Ages 7-18 in Tucson, AZ

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Dance

At Music & Dance Academy, anyone can learn to dance

We recognize that dancers aged 7 to 18 each bring their own unique energy and creativity to the dance floor. That’s why we offer a diverse range of dance classes tailored to this dynamic age group, focusing on their developmental and individual needs.

Our classes cover the essential elements of dance, teaching foundational techniques, rhythm, and movement while maintaining an engaging and fun atmosphere. We incorporate a variety of music, from current pop hits to timeless classics, to resonate with their diverse tastes and keep them excited about dancing. This combination of solid dance fundamentals and engaging music ensures that our young dancers are always eager and inspired for every class.

Our Approach to Dance Classes for Kids

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Dance Lessons Should Be Fun!

We understand that for 7-18 year-olds, dance is not just about learning steps, but about enjoying the journey and expressing themselves. Our goal is for every student in this age range to absolutely LOVE their dance classes, embarking on an adventurous journey of growth, skill development, and self-expression. We put the “fun” into the fundamental dance steps!

Our skilled team expertly combines comprehensive dance education with a vibrant, youth-focused approach, providing a space for these young dancers to explore their passion for dance. Whether they’re just starting out or continuing to develop their skills, our instructors are ready to guide them in making significant progress, all while ensuring the classes are enjoyable, lively, and enriching.

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Healthy technique is critical to lifelong enjoyment of the dance. Our first priority is teaching strong fundamentals, including safe stretching, technique, vocabulary, and choreography. We believe that thoughtful instruction is essential to dance development and safeguards students from injury.

Once the fundamentals are in place, you can design your journey. Our qualified teachers will assist you in developing your dance and exploring different styles and programs. Learn with us as we infuse elements of performance throughout the year along with year-end recitals into our well-rounded approach to fostering dance excellence.

Dance Classes for Ages 7-18

Ballet 1

(7+ yrs) Beginner

Building upon fundamentals of classical ballet learned in Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1 will expand upon French vocabulary, barre, center, and choreography while adding more complexity and increasing difficulty. Class etiquette and traditions of ballet will be stressed in this level as dancers learn the structure of class and the importance of professionalism and respect. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  

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Ballet 2

(8+ yrs) Intermediate

While Ballet 1 lays the foundation for technique, Ballet 2 focuses more upon proper body alignment, turnout, execution, balance, and strength. Because Ballet 2 is a preparation for the most advanced level, Ballet 3, and is considered a preparation for pointe shoes, students may study in this level for more than one year until they show a mastery of the steps and concepts of the course. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  

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Ballet 3

(9+ yrs) Advanced

Our most advanced Ballet class ideal for Teens, Ballet 3 provides a strong technical foundation with a focus on more difficult combinations, petit allegro, pirouettes, and grande allegro. Choreography is a mix of classical with exposure to the great ballets and variations with original works of a more contemporary style included. Our ballet curriculum is based upon the Vaganova technique while incorporating other styles including Balanchine and Cecchetti.  

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Pointe

(11+ yrs)

With instructor permission, Pointe dancers learn the fundamentals of pointe technique and execution. Dancers must have adequate strength, stability, and precociousness to handle this exciting responsibility for advanced dancers only.

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Tap 1

(7+ yrs) Beginner

Tap 1 takes the Taplettes curriculum and spices it up! Adding more complex, embellished steps to the class while stressing unison, clarity, and execution helps these tappers increase their confidence with rhythm and musical structure.
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Tap 2

(8+ yrs) Intermediate

Tap 2 adds to the wealth of vocabulary learned in Tap 1 while increasing complexity of steps. Focusing on unison, clarity, and sounds continues to be stressed. Introducing harder tap concepts such as pullbacks and wings, Tap 2 is faster and flashier as the curriculum goes on!

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Tap 3

(9+ yrs) Advanced

The sky’s the limit for our most advanced tap class yet! Dancers learn to embellish their work, tap faster, and incorporate intricate patterns and rhythms to their vocabulary. All styles of tap are explored in this challenging, upbeat class. This advanced tap class requires a foundation in the basics learned in earlier levels.

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Jazz 1

(7+ yrs) Beginner

Expanding upon the foundation of Intro to Jazz, Jazz 1 will start to introduce the importance of stretching, strengthening, and body conditioning. More complex steps including leaps and turns will start to be introduced. Across the floor and choreography combinations will be a major focus. Different styles of jazz including Broadway, jazz funk, and Fosse will start to be discussed.

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Jazz 2

(8+ yrs) Intermediate

Building upon fundamentals of Jazz 1, Jazz 2 increases the difficulty of body conditioning while increasing complexity and vocabulary of leaps, turns, and kicks. Different types of choreography including lyrical and Broadway jazz will be explored. Execution and body alignment will be stressed in this more advanced level.

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Jazz 3

(9+ yrs) Advanced

With technique and strength gained in Jazz 1 and Jazz 2, Jazz 3 is a more advanced, choreographic exploration of Jazz dance. Leaps, turns, and kicks get harder and more complex while choreography becomes more intricate. A solid technical foundation learned in earlier levels is a must for this class.

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Starting dance is as easy as 1-2-3!

Together we explore students’ dance goals.

We match students with one of our expert instructors.

Start dancing! Parents get progress updates as we prepare for performances.

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30 min

$49.00

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45 min

$59.00

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60 min

$69.00

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“My daughter has been attending Music & Dance Academy since January 2023. She started with and is still taking tap and ballet. She loves it! She looks forward to going to each class, especially with Miss Giulia! On days she has dance her eyes shine in anticipation.”

— Donna

“My three kids enjoy their lessons here! Everyone is friendly and Ms. Tamara and Mr. Santacruz are very talented musicians and teachers.”

— Lynn

“My kids have been learning piano at the Music and Dance Academy for about 6 years now. I have to say it’s a great place for learning and also to build expertise in music. We have had a great experience with the teachers there.”

— Manju

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the qualifications and experience of the dance instructors?

Our team is comprised of passionate and qualified professionals. All teachers participate in our classroom training and background checks. Many have performance experience and/or relevant degrees and are passionate about sharing their love for the art form with the next generation.

Can parents watch or join the kids dance classes?

Yes, parents are welcome to watch the dance classes! We believe in creating a positive and inclusive environment. While direct participation in class may be limited to the dancers, we encourage parents to observe and share in the joy of their child’s dance experience.

What are the fees for your dance classes, and are there any discounts or packages available?

Tuition is based on the season and paid either in one annual fee or monthly installments. You can find all the prices and packages here.

How does the dance school group dancers?

We carefully group dancers based on both age and skill level. This ensures that each class provides an appropriate level of challenge and support for every student. For those interested in a more competitive track, we offer specialized classes and teams, allowing dancers to further advance in their training.

What should my child wear to dance class?

Comfort is key! We recommend dancers wear appropriate dance attire, such as leotards, tights, and ballet shoes. For other dance styles, comfortable activewear and clean, non-marking dance shoes are ideal. Detailed dress code information can be found here.

What dance styles do you offer for kids?

We offer a diverse range of dance styles to spark the creativity and passion of our young dancers. From classical ballet to energetic jazz and modern hip-hop, there’s something for every child to explore and enjoy at Music & Dance Academy.

How can I support my child’s learning?

Support your child’s ballet learning by practicing basic movements at home, incorporating music into playtime, and celebrating their dance experiences.