St. Gregory’s Offers Dance Instruction for Kids
Aspiring young dancers from across the area are invited to take part in the fall semester of St. Gregory’s Dance Academy, which will host its first class of the year on Saturday, Sept. 7.
St. Gregory’s Dance Academy offers low-cost dance lessons for children ages 3-18 every Saturday morning. Younger children are taught the skills of ballet and tap, while older students also incorporate jazz dancing.
Classes are open to young people who have never danced before, as well as those who have. All techniques are taught by dance students from St. Gregory’s University and supervised by Dance professor and Fine Arts Department Chair Dr. Jessica Van Oort in a non-competitive, safe environment by kind and encouraging instructors.
Cost to attend the Dance Academy is just $35 for a punch card that is good for four lessons, plus an enrollment fee of $20 that covers the entire year. A student’s card is only punched when he or she attends a class, so if you can’t make it to class one weekend, you don’t pay for that day.
Dance Academy also offers discounts for multiple children from one family, as well as for St. Gregory’s employees, students and alumni.
Students are welcome to wear leotards and tights, and ballet and tap shoes, but if you don’t have those, it is fine to come to the first day in whatever clothes are comfortable to move in, and pick up the appropriate dancewear later.
Fall classes will begin this Saturday, September 7, and run through early December. Starting times for the various age groups are as follows:
3-4 years 8:30-9:15 a.m.
5-6 years 9:15-10:00 a.m.
7-9 years 10:00-11:00 a.m.
10-12 years 11:00-12:15 p.m.
Teens 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Classes will resume in the spring semester, and at the end of the school year, the dancers will perform in a recital on the stage at Sarkeys Theatre on St. Gregory’s campus.
For more information about St. Gregory’s Dance Academy, contact Jessica Van Oort at email@example.com or by calling 215.534.3730.