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Dance - Squirrel Hill

Dance With Us!

To contact us fill out the form below or call Kathy Wayne, Dance Director, 412-339-5414.  

The JCC offers classes that explore a variety of dance styles. Classes for school-age children and teens are organized by all levels. Students advance based on their ability to perform given steps. Adult dance classes are appropriate for first-time as well as previous dancers unless a level is specified.

Visit the South Hills Dance page HERE

Facilities – Two fully equipped studios:
  • Kaufmann Dance Studio
  • Robinson Dance Studio
Dance Director

Kathy Wayne is a graduate of Point Park College with a B.A. in dance. Her professional credits include Tokyo Disneyland, Caesar’s Atlantic City and many productions with the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Philosophy

Our goal is to help your child gain poise, flexibility, strength and an appreciation for the art of dance.

Registration
  • Participants must be registered before the first class begins.
  • If your child is in Level 3 or above, please call the Director to discuss your child’s placement.
Dance Recital

• Our annual dance recitals are held in May/June.
• Costumes are mandatory for participants in the dance recital and must be purchased by parents in January.
• Students must be registered in January to participate in the dance recital.

Dance Classes
Preschool Classes

Creative Movement: ages 3-4
Dancers will learn all about music, movement, coordination, spatial relations, and the basics of ballet. Classroom focus will be on appropriate etiquette, respect for others, and self-confidence. The class will follow basic principals of Creative movement: understanding space, time, body, and movement concepts. Dancers will utilize various props and pretend to be different kinds of animals, fairytale characters, and objects in nature.

Pre Ballet: ages 4-5
This class is for dancers who are ready for a more structured class than creative movement. Dancers will perform various stretches and strengthening exercises that will help to increase their flexibility and understanding of how their muscles coordinate to help them dance. They will learn the beginning basics of positions of the arms and feet, as well as learning basic ballet steps. Dancers will also be taught to travel from one corner of the room to the other by way of basic turns, leaps, and jumps.

Pre Ballet/tap: ages 4-5
This class has the same pre ballet component with an additional 15 minutes of beginning tap. Tap skills are taught with an emphasis on coordination and musicality.

School Age

Ballet (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced).
Dancers will start the class at the ballet barre to work on classical technique, executing combinations at different musical tempos and counts. They will be taught about maintaining correct posture, and building strength, and how to put several steps together while holding correct body placement.
Dancers will stretch then come to the center for floor work and across the floor combinations.
They will learn the names of the steps as well as what they mean in French.
The difference between Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes is based on age and the level of detail offered by the instructor, The higher the level the more serious and structured the class is.

Tap
Tap is the ultimate in rhythm training. Rhythm, musicality, and sound clarity skills are introduced; each level builds on the previous one. Dancers learn a vocabulary of tap steps that will be used to develop fun and interesting choreography.

Jazz
Jazz dance incorporates modern dance, dance styles from Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies, and street, folk, and popular dance. Students must be at least 7 years old.

Hip Hop
Hip Hop dance is a fusion dance genre that incorporates elements of popping, locking, breaking, jazz, ballet, tap dancing and other styles and is performed to hip hop music.

Philip Chosky Performing Arts Program

Dress Code Requirements

Hair must be pulled back in a bun; shorter hair pulled back with a headband.

Ages 3-4

  • Pink leotard (no attached skirt)
  • Pink tights
  • Pink ballet slippers (no foam slippers)

required for ballet class

  • Black tap shoes required for tap class

Ages 5 and up: any style leotard in the following colors:

  • Ballet/Tap Level 1: Light Blue leotard
  • Ballet/Tap Level 2: Lilac leotard
  • Ballet/Tap/Jazz Beginner: Burgundy leotard
  • Ballet/Tap/Jazz Intermediate: Navy or Black leotard
  • Ballet/Tap/Jazz Advanced: Black leotard
  • Black jazz pants are acceptable for jazz and hip hop
  • Pink tights for ballet classes
  • Ballet slippers (no foam slippers) required for ballet class
  • Black tap shoes required for tap class
  • Black jazz shoes required for jazz class

Boys

  • Black jazz pants
  • White T-shirt
  • Ballet shoes required for ballet class
  • Tap shoes required for tap class

Kathy Wayne, Director, graduated from Point Park University with a B.A. in dance. Her professional credits include Tokyo Disneyland, Caesar’s Atlantic City and the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Contact Us

Kathy Wayne

Dance Director
412-339-5414


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