Dance is music in motion! Third Street’s dance program offers professional training and an opportunity for dancers to discover their creative selves while building confidence and making lasting friendships. The Department emphasizes proper body alignment, healthy physical habits, positive body image, and pre-professional training for advanced dancers.
Dancers showcase their talents at a number of performance opportunities in the Anna-Maria Kellen Auditorium, and have the advantage of working with both student and professional musicians in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere. Instruction is provided in small group classes, with individual attention for each student. The faculty are all professional artists who are committed to insuring that all participants reach their full potential as dancers.
Each class has structured levels from beginning through advanced. As students progress though each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
All dance programs are for boys and girls.
Ages 5 to 18
Afro pop is a fusion of movements and traditional styles of dance, accompanied by a combination of popular African music. It includes elements of American popular music, funk, hip hop and jazz influences, intersecting rhythms and percussion.
Ages 5 and up
Our ballet program emphasizes the principles of classical ballet — from body control and alignment, to artistic communication through movement. Pointe classes are available to upper-level dancers by recommendation of the instructor.
Ages 6 to 18
In this fun and high-energy style, students learn modern dance moves to accompany contemporary pop and hip-hop music. This class develops students’ dance skills and encourages personal style, expressed through improvisation.
Ages 5 to 18
A percussive style of dance that focuses on rhythm, style, movement, and musicality. Our tap classes emphasizes developing proper technique, producing clear rhythms, and having fun.
Third Street offers many performance opportunities to its students, including Music Hours, Studio Recitals, Department Recitals and more. Visit the Performance Opportunities page for details on these programs.
Each year the School presents a chamber version of the holiday ballet favorite, The Nutcracker. This past year, we celebrated our 25th anniversary of the Nutcracker performance! Current students with experience may audition in the beginning of the fall semester. The Nutcracker Company rehearses from October to December and performs for the community in December.