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Acro
This class incorporates a lot of strength training so that students can continue to build the muscles that will help them master more advanced tricks and tumbling. Each student will receive one on one spotting and instruction as they go across the mat so that they can build confidence in their body’s ability. The Dance Spot’s acrobatic classes fuse dance technique with acrobatic motion, and the tricks taught in this class will be incorporated into studio performances.
Ballet
Ballet is a beautiful, athletic art form that has been amazing audiences for centuries. It is a disciplined form of dance that strives for perfection while exuding elegance, grace and control. Ballet class is the study of body positions, awareness and alignment. It is a poised style of dance that incorporates the foundational techniques for many other dance forms and is highly suggested as a base to be taken before and during further dance training. This genre of dance is very hard to master and requires much practice but is endlessly beneficial. Dancers will work to improve posture and flexibility. They will concentrate on pointing their feet, strengthening ankles, understanding and increasing turn out, using their plie’, learning to stretch fully through their extensions while keeping their joints supported, etc.
Ballroom
This class gives a student’s dance education concrete meaning by providing specific goals to work towards and milestones to attain with a focus on developing a higher level of understanding of the mechanics and technique of dance. Ballroom class is designed to learn various styles of Ballroom and Latin dances like Chacha, Samba, Jive, Waltz, Tango, etc. Kids will learn techniques and combination of steps that will allow them to dance as individuals, formations or as couples. This class helps develop multiple dance skills, physical skills so as social skills.
Contemporary
Contemporary is a fusion where dancers use every kind of movement, with strong lyrical components but, you will see flares of jazz, ballet, hip hop, salsa, theatrics, mime, modern, pedestrian movement, and more. The fun is in the blending. This class will have a short warm up and then spend the majority of class learning and dancing to new combinations every week. Whether inspired by a song, a feeling, a vision, or just a wild hair, each combination will be unique and allow for much individual artistic freedom.
Hip Hop
Hip hop is a very energetic form of dancing. It is unique in that it allows its dancers to perform with freedom of movement, adding in their own personalities. Hip hop dancing is an ideal way to express one’s creativeness. It features self-impressions, and the dances come from the soul. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. This class focuses on breaking, popping, locking, and free styling in hip hop dances. Dancers will practice various techniques, steps and moves focusing on rhythm, clear and elaborate execution and musical interpretation.
Jazz
This style of dance is fun and energetic and tends to be a favorite. It is used highly in commercial industries for its entertainment value. Jazz dance has roots in ballet, modern, acrobatics, African rhythm, Caribbean, etc. and is constantly influenced by all genres and, in turn, jazz also influences them. Jazz is normally more up beat, and tends to be more grounded, with strong various movement and dynamic. Our classes will begin with a warm-up exercising muscles and joints to increase strength and mobility. Dancers will work to find The Dance Spot by using their central core and practice coordination techniques and isolations. This will be followed by stretches to increase flexibility and understand turn out. Next will be progressions across the floor, learning transitions, footwork, turns, extensions, jumps, leaps, floor work, etc.
Modern
Classic forms of modern dance, such as the Lester Horton Technique, or the teachings of Martha Graham, are a foundational cornerstone of dance in the United States and around the world. Like ballet, these codified systems of instruction and execution have tried and true historical roots and have become staples in the dance vocabulary of today’s professional companies and repertoires. Knowledge and practice in classic modern technique serves not only to strengthen the technique of aspiring professional dancers, but to provide strong foundations that allow artistic freedom when executing unfamiliar, difficult, or particularly nuanced choreography. This class is centered upon developing the various forms of modern techniques and enhancing the range and versatility of our dancers here at TDS.
Pointe
Muscle memory and repetition are essential to light, ethereal pointe work. This is a class that stresses precision and strength while emphasizing the beauty of a traditional art form. Dancing on pointe should be considered a privilege, the reward for hard work in ballet technique, and participation will be determined by the instructor, with safety and injury prevention top of mind. Throughout the year, students will work on strengthening ankle and feet muscles, increasing their awareness throughout their bodies, and establishing correct alignment for pointe work. Note that dancers in this class are required to be enrolled in 3 ballet classes per week and a ballet class immediately preceding any Pointe class.
Tap
Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style, and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Technique
This fun and challenging class focuses on learning “dance tricks”: jumps, turns, floor work and combinations of each. Students will gain strength and placement through conditioning exercises to warm up. These training routines focus on the dancers’ core as well as feet and ankles and will be done in consistent repetition to encourage improved jumping and balancing techniques. Students will then be guided in the proper way to approach their tricks safely, and with correct technique using guided progression tactics. They will practice proper execution, blending tricks with choreography, as well as implementation of acro skills. Dancers can perfect their traditional jumps and turns, be challenged to obtain some new exciting tricks and maybe even create some of their own!
Dancers & Dreamers Ages 2-5

The Dancers & Dreamers courses include Classic Combo (Pre-Ballet, Jazz, & Tap), Funky Monkeys, & Fairytale Ballet. Designed to meet the unique needs of our youngest students, each will enter a world of limitless imagination and creativity while learning dance vocabulary and techniques with set goals and specific curriculum.

FUNKY MONKEY / ACRO
In this Hip Hop/Acro combo class, dancers will toss and tumble, cartwheel and roll, while being introduced to strong dance elements. They will work on core and upper body strength, coordination, stretching and finding the beat and rhythm within the music, as well as class etiquette and structure.

FAIRYTALE BALLET
Themed, whimsical pre-ballet class where favorite familiar tales are used to learn movement and characterization. Among other curriculum milestones, dancers will learn classroom structure and etiquette, the ballet positions, and will celebrate the end of each semester with a fairytale dress up party.

CLASSIC COMBO
These tiny tots will be building strength, flexibility, motor skills, counting, storytelling while being introduced to the elements of tap and ballet technique and vocabulary. They will gain confidence as they learn how to dance to the beat of the music and understand how to follow directions and class etiquette within a structured classroom environment.

I did a LOT of research before bringing my daughter to The Dance Spot and I’m so glad that I did! Amazing instructors who really care for their students. Top notch choreography! Very positive atmosphere and very friendly parents who truly want each kiddo there to be successful.
Tracy C.

My 5 year old daughter had her first day at the dance spot yesterday. I was very pleased with Mr Quinton and his teaching style, he kept my daughters attention through two 1 hour classes. He focused on memory, movement, form, and kept everyone smiling while having fun. We are looking forward to our next class. Thank you!!!
Jodi R.

This was my daughter, Kyli’s, first dance class EVER! She was very nervous and as they started in the hip hop class with the excellent instructor I thought oh no…this isn’t going to go well….he totally had her involved and she came out loving it! Can’t wait to see where this takes her!!!
Brandi B.

Mission Statement: 

We are a dance studio which uses training as a means through which to not only create exceptional dancers, but to build character and teach valuable life lessons.

Core Values: 

  1. Client/student experience/culture: our commitment to proactive customer service and delivery of a WOW experience at every touch point to all audiences (students, parents, vendors, staff, etc) creates a warm and welcoming culture and a family friendly environment that is positive and enthusiastic, affirming to dancers of all ages, instilling confidence, and considering the unique giftedness of each one. Furthermore, we invest in the professional development and job satisfaction of our teachers and staff and work to finesse the programming to suit the needs and requests of our dance family.

  2. Passionate performance:  we are committed – heart, body, and mind – to continuous forward momentum and innovative programming, and this drives us to energize, engage, and empower our students to take risks, reach beyond existing boundaries, experiment and find new ways to grow. The integrity behind our training is demonstrated in our students’ executional excellence and quality.  What we do, we do well.  We master fundamentals and keep growing/evolving.  Through relational longevity, our students are shown and can pursue a progressive path, whether just recreational or competitive.

  3. Community: we seek to pay it forward.  We practice continual gratitude for all we have been given and strive to give back through various means, including work trade opportunities, our non-profit fundraising, providing residency/rehearsal space for local dance artists, and serving as a campus location for differently abled dance classes.

Vision:

Pursuit: We strive for constant improvement and seek to deliver our very best in all that we do. We lead by example, building teams and strategic partnerships to collaborate with and help strengthen the connectedness of the greater Austin dance community.