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at The Jasper School encompasses a much larger picture than what is envisioned when the
children are little and first begin their lessons. Without a doubt, the children are
learning to dance. They are acquiring poise, grace and self-confidence, and their sense of
self-esteem is continuously being nourished throughout the most impressionable years of
The making of a dancer is a process, and although at times it may seem like a long one,
the children's skills become more and more developed as each season passes. The unique
task of combining expert instruction with enjoyment and hard work is carefully woven into
our program. Our goals are to instill physical and emotional stamina, technical
proficiency, determination, self-discipline, and a genuine sense of responsibility and
commitment among our students. This comprehensive approach is directly related to the
professionalism achieved by our dancers over a period of years. Often, however, it is only
in hindsight that the process truly becomes clear.
The rewards are accomplished young dancers - knowing dance as an art, not simply as an
Children’s Program (ages 3 - 6):
Steps (age 3 & 4)
First Steps is a unique combination of fun dance and pre-ballet for the young
beginner. The class focuses on self-expression, coordination, rhythm, imagination, and
improving body strength on left and right sides equally. Class time is limited to 45
minutes per session so that the children do not lose interest in their lessons, which
prepares them for a healthy dance future. The class meets once a week. This class performs
in 1 routine only.
Steps (age 4 - 5.5)
2nd Steps is a continuation of early dance basics and pre-ballet for young beginner.
Class time is limited to 45 minutes per session. The class meets once a week. The class
performs in 1 routine only.
Kinder Kombo (age 5 & 6) Ballet, Tap & Jazz ComboKinder Kombo includes all three dance styles
within the same session each week. The class is an inspirational blend of learning and fun
in the fundamentals of preschool dance. Class time is 1 hour per week. Kinder Kombo
performs in 1 routine only.
(ages 7 and up):
Combo (ages 7 - 10)
Triple Combo allows children entering the upper school the option of studying ballet,
tap & jazz combined into a 1 and 1/2 hour session per week. Triple Combo performs in 1
Ballet (age 7 and older)
Classical Ballet is the foundation to all styles of dance. Proper training from the
onset is of utmost importance. When studied long term, ballet offers the children the
ultimate in dance training, while providing poise, grace and good posture. Class time is 1
hour per week.
(age 11) With permission by the Director
Pointe is for dancers with adequate ballet training qualified to advance to pointe
work. Students advancing to pointe class must be approved by the Director. Pointe is
supplemental to classical ballet and must be taken in addition to ballet technique. First
year pointe students do not perform on pointe. Class time is 1 hour per week.
Tap (age 7
Tap dancing enhances rhythm and helps achieve coordination. Tap is a fun and exciting
form of dance, famous for the sounds the feet create. Class time is 1 hour per week.
Jazz - All Styles
(age 7 & older)
Jazz combines stretching, increasing flexibility, isolations,
coordination, rhythm & movement, and contemporary dance! Class time is 1 hour per
week. These classes are in the performing division.
- Neoclassical (age 7 & older)
Contemporary Dance integrates the mind body spirit connection within the dance
movement. It is an evolution of the forms of modern dance and classical ballet. Its
freedom of style fuses the body and spirit through creative expression and improvisational
skills and it focuses on the concepts of spiraling, groundedness, and sequencing through
the body. The class encourages emotional expression through dance movement. Class time is
1 hour per week.
For Boys Only:
Tap, Jazz & Jumps
Combo for Boys Only (age 7 to 10)
Class combines Tap, Jazz and Jumps and is for boys only! Class time is 1
hour per week. This class is in the performing division.
Ensemble (age varies/minimum age is 9)
The Jasper Ensemble is for serious dancers who are devoted to being at an elevated
level in The Jasper School. Qualification is required by audition.