Ballet is a formalized style of dance that originated in the European Renaissance courts and has since become a highly technical art form with its own vocabulary. Students begin by studying the five basic positions of the feet, arms, head, and seven movements of dance, (plie, tendu, saute, etc.), and spotting for turns. All modified movements are performed first at the barre then in center, and finally moving across the floor. Each class finishes with reverence, a way of saying thank you and goodbye that also shows respect for the teacher, the student and the art of ballet.
Tap is a form of dance wherein rhythmic sounds are created by the feet. Students learn to dance in plie on the balls of the feet and articulate the toe taps and heel taps in various patterns. Basic steps like shuffle, ball-change, toe heel, and hop can be combined an infinite number of ways to create simple or complex steps and rhythm patterns. Tap increases musicality, speed, and precision of a student’s dancing.
Hip Hop is a broad category that incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles including breaking, popping and locking, free-styling, where students improvise their own movements to the music, is an important part of the genre. We also incorporate a jazz-funk style.
Musical theater includes song and dance movement from Broadway plays and other theatrical shows as a means to further the plot. Learning to tell a story with your body and portray a character are at the root of the musical theater style of movement.
Jazz allows wide freedom of expression and movement yet adheres to basic principles of correct posture and placement of the body. Basic technique includes isolation of head & neck, shoulders, rib cage, and hips as well as strength and coordination in the core, arms, legs and feet set to modern day music.
Contemporary dance draws from ballet, modern and jazz backgrounds and can be accompanied by a wide variety of music. Contemporary technique emphasizes contract-release in the spine, fall and recovery of the torso and entire body, floor work, improvisation, and lifts. Dancers not only learn steps but also learn to share each movement as part of their unique contribution to the greater human experience.
Modern class will incorporate many of the foundations of modern dance technique, including suspension and release, fall and recovery, the use of momentum and connecting breath with movement. Dancers will explore new ways of moving in combinations, floor work and partnering. The class also various in methods of improvisation.
Acrobatics incorporates techniques from gymnastic floor work and to increase the student’s flexibility, strength and balance. Acro classes include plyometric exercises, which are designed to produce fast, powerful movements, increase speed and prevent injury. Basic movements learned include various jumps, splits, cartwheels, handstands, rolls, and backbends.
Tuition & Fees
(BASED ON CLASSES PER WEEK)
30-min/wk $ 50/month
9-hr/wk – Unlimited $335
Private Lesson Fees
1-hr Private Lesson Fee- $50 plus $20 Room Rental Fee= $70/class
1/2-hr Private Lesson Fee-$25plus $10 Room Rental Fee=$35/class
*Cash or check for Private Lesson Fees made out to instructor.
**Cash or check for Room Rental Fee made out to WNC DA.
$25 before July 15th — $35 thereafter
$65 – $85 per costume
We are so excited to announce our new online dance apparel marketplace !!!
Dancers are welcome, but not required, to wear any of these items in all of our dance classes! The dance store has items that we recommend, as well as a large selection of other fantastic dance wear, including leotards, tights, and other dance accessories! Click the link or go to https://nimbly.com and search for “WNC Dance Academy” to find us! “Class Lists” will have our recommended and approved items for each class.
To ensure that all students are appropriately dressed and wear appropriate shoes, WNC Dance Academy requires dancers to follow our dress code policy. We respectfully ask parents to ensure that their children abide by the following policies:
- Put your name in all dance shoes and dance wear in case of loss.
- If you change shoes during class for a different class, a dance bag is strongly recommended to avoid “shoe mix-ups.”
WNC DANCE REPERTORY COMPANY DRESS CODE
All dancers in the repertory company are required to wear the following selection of dance wear with a specific color per level. Please visit our online apparel market for all approved dance wear. Leotards are the only item required. All other items are optional. Tights and shoes can be ordered from your preferred vendor or purchased at The Sock Basket in Asheville.
PLEASE NOTE: JEANS & JEAN SHORTS ARE NOT ALLOWED. If you are unable to change before coming to class, bring the appropriate dance wear with you to change in the changing rooms.
For Ballet and Combo Classes, tights and shoes should match in color. Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone, or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
Young and Intro Ballet/Tap – Any color leotard and tights. Ballet skirts are allowed. Hair pulled back into a secure bun. Boys wear black shorts or pants and fitted solid tshirt.
Ballet – Any color leotard and convertible tights. Ballet skirts are allowed. Hair pulled back into secure bun.
Boys Ballet Classes – Boys 10 and under – Black ballet shorts and any solid fitted tshirt. Boys 10 and over – Black ballet pants and any solid fitted tshirt.
Lyrical – Any color leotard with tights, leggings, or dance shorts. If coming from a ballet class Do Not Change. Hair pulled back away from face. Boys wear black shorts or pants and fitted solid tshirt.
Jazz – Any color leotard with tights, leggings, or dance shorts. If coming from a ballet class Do Not Change. Hair pulled back away from face. Boys wear black shorts or pants and fitted solid tshirt.
Musical Theater – Any color leotard with tights, leggings, or dance shorts. If coming from a ballet class Do Not Change. Hair pulled back away from face. Boys wear black shorts or pants and fitted solid tshirt.
Tap – Any color leotard with tights, leggings, or dance shorts. If coming from a ballet class Do Not Change. Hair pulled back away from face. Boys wear black shorts or pants and fitted solid tshirt.
Acro – Any color leotard with tights, leggings, or dance shorts. If coming from a ballet class Do Not Change. Hair pulled back away from face. Boys wear black shorts or pants and fitted solid tshirt.
Hip-Hop –Girls and boys wear comfortable clothing and dance wear. NO jeans or jean shorts.
Ballet Intro, Pre-Ballet, Beginner/Int Ballet, Creative Movement: PINK OR SKIN TONE SPLIT SOLE BALLET SHOES. Boys wear black ballet shoes and black ankle socks.
Combo class: PINK OR SKIN TONE BALLET SHOES, BLACK TIE TAP SHOES
Jazz – BLOCH SUPERJAZZ (BLACK)
Tap – OXFORD STYLE TIE SHOE (BLACK)
Pre-Pointe – SPLIT SOLE CANVAS BALLET SHOE
Pointe – SEE TEACHER FOR PREFERENCE
Ballet – SPLIT SOLE CANVAS BALLET SHOE. Boys wear black ballet shoes and black ankle socks.
Lyrical – DANCE PAWS
Contemporary/Modern – BARE FEET OR DANCE PAWS
Conditioning – BARE FEET
Musical Theater – SPLIT SOLE SLIP ON JAZZ SHOES (TAN)
Hip Hop – SNEAKERS
Acro – No shoes required for class; students work in bare feet. Parents will be notified in advance what shoes (if any) need to be purchased for recital.
Code of Ethics
We, the dancers, faculty and staff of WNC Dance Academy are a vibrant community of people who have a high regard for each other, the art of dance, and the respectability and value of the work we do. All who participate are requested to demonstrate the willingness to be held accountable to uphold the values and ethics we declare as the fundamental guidelines stated below. In all of our endeavors to study and perform as an expression of our love of dance, we show respect to the parents, our peers, the staff and faculty of WNCDA and all of the wider dance community, including our competition. We consider it a privilege to participate in a worldwide community for the performing art of dance exemplifying the values of integrity, character, leadership, responsibility and professionalism.
INTEGRITY: To conduct oneself with honesty, courtesy, and respect. To express consideration for one’s fellow dancers, educators, parents, staff and competitors. To be a person who leads by example and honors commitments. To be a person other people can count on.
LEADERSHIP: To guide, direct and influence people in achieving their highest goals and ideals. By setting an example through one’s actions and speech. To inspire and serve the people of your class, team, or community through full participation in all dance related activities.
RESPONSIBILITY: To respect and adhere to the policies and procedures of the studio or the organizers of any conference, workshop, or competition. To be a person who interacts with peers and authority figures in a mature manner. To question authority in a respectful manner. To speak of any issue or grievance to the person who is able to resolve any concern. To be willing to receive coaching and direction when deemed appropriate.
CHARACTER: To be a person who represents high levels of personal integrity, leadership, and responsibility for oneself and others. A person who has the courage and willingness to face issues and concerns with maturity and dignity. To avoid gossip, criticism, or denigrating comments for any member of the dance community, parent, or peers.
PROFESSIONALISM: To respect the dance profession and uphold our values and standards of conduct. To support and encourage one another. To voice opinions and initiate change that will elevate the dance community. To recognize oneself as a role model at all times. To love the study and performance of dance as a universal art form.