Jazz Dance Classes Near Phoenix, AZ
Discover the Rhythm of Jazz in Weekly Group Classes
Weekly Group Classes
For PreK-6th & 7-12th Graders
Step into the world of Bender Performing Arts, where rhythm comes to life and creativity knows no bounds. For Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding community, we’re thrilled to offer jazz dance classes, tailored for both aspiring young dancers and their enthusiastic parents. Kids between the ages of 4, kindergarteners, 1st–6th graders, and 7th–12th graders can register and start jazz dance classes right away.
Weekly Group Classes
For PreK-6th & 7-12th Graders
Who Can Register
We offer jazz dance classes to students within the following age groups:
- 4 year olds
- 1st – 6th graders
- 7th – 8th graders
- 9th – 12th graders
Class sizes are limited, so secure your spot and register today for the current season. Registration for the upcoming season will be announced through social media, email newsletters, and on our site.
What Students Gain from Jazz Dance Classes
- Confidence on and off the stage
- Lifetime friendships
- Cherished memories that the whole family will share
- Problem-solving skills
- Healthy outlets for emotions and creativity
Where Classes Take Place
Bender Performing Arts’ jazz dance classes take place in our North Phoenix Studio, located 15 minutes northwest of Kierland Commons and 15 minutes east of Midwestern University. Parents, families, and friends have the ability to watch their children dance inside our studio.
3141 East Beardsley Road, Suite #110
Phoenix, Arizona 85050
What is Jazz Dance?
Jazz isn’t just a dance style — it’s a full-blown burst of energy, expression, and excitement. With their dynamic moves and infectious beats, jazz dance classes cultivate a strong foundation in dance technique while celebrating self-expression and individuality.
Jazz incorporates many of the same techniques and basics as classical ballet, and students learn styles of turns, jumps, and leaps set to popular and upbeat music. From Broadway to music videos, jazz dance has left its mark on the world of entertainment, making it the perfect foundation style for dancers who want to shine in any spotlight.
Meet Your Teachers
Brittany began her training at the age of 4 at Westside Dance Academy in Portland, OR. She was a member of their performing company and competed and performed at various events around the Pacific Northwest. She continued her training at Betty Johnson School of Dance (now Bender Performing Arts) when her family relocated to Phoenix in 1997. She had always dreamed of becoming a dance teacher and was thrilled when she got the opportunity to train as an assistant at the studio. Brittany attended Pinnacle High School and was a member of the PV All Star Dance Line for 2 years. After graduation, Brittany attended ASU and continued her true passion, teaching at the studio. She is now the Creative Director at Bender Performing Arts as well as the Sparkle Squad Director and a Recital Coordinator. In her spare time, Brittany runs a party decor business called Soiree Made Simple and enjoys baking, graphic design and spending time with her family and dogs.
Dani is a jazz, contemporary, and ballet instructor. She has taught ballet, contemporary, jazz and lyrical for 10 years. Dani received a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona. Her dance training began from a young age and has trained with professionals such as Dom Kelley, Luther Brown, Marguerite Derricks, Nan Giordano and more. Dani is so passionate about dance and loves to see her students grow and succeed. She wants everyone in the room to feel loved and accepted!
Jessie is a Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop instructor. Jessie has trained in dance since the young age of 3 years old. She received her BA from Arizona State University. She continued her dance career through college and was a part of the ASU dance team for 4 years where she competed at a collegiate level at nationals representing the university while also cheering on the sidelines at all football and basketball games. Above all else, she is so passionate about dance and loves sharing that love with her students.
Julia teaches ballet, jazz, and contemporary and this will be her third year teaching at Bender Performing Arts. She grew up dancing and was a member of the DanceMotion Performing Company for 11 years. For college, Julia studied dance for two years at Oklahoma City University before transferring to Arizona State where she will graduated in 2021. Julia is passionate about sharing her love of dance with her students.
Kelly has been teaching dance all over the world for almost 25 years! She has trained in jazz, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, tap, modern, pointe, as well as ballroom dancing and aerial work. Kelly was on the University of Arizona Pomline where she held the National Championship, and even Coached them briefly before graduating with her Bachelor’s in Communications and Dance. She then went on to being a professional dancer, aerialist, and Dance Captain for 12 years on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line where she performed all over the world. There she was cast as “Doreen” and “Anita” in the Broadway Musical, “Saturday Night Fever.” Kelly has also done industrial shows for Mattel, Toni & Guy, Guess, and RCCL, in addition to dancing in professional companies such as Automatic Response. She would often train in LA from master teachers at The Edge and Millennium. Kelly continues to perform with an Entertainment Company, but loves to spend most of her time sharing her passion for dance by teaching!
Miranda teaches a variety of dance styles including jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop and ballet. She has been teaching at Bender Performing arts for 3 years. Miranda began dancing at a young age with Bender Performing Arts and Dance Motion Performing Company. She has also received training from Scottsdale Community College.
Shayna is the Artistic Director of DanceMotion Performing Arts Company as well as the Faculty and Ballet Director for Bender Performing Arts. She has been teaching for 15 years and has more than 35 years of dance training and performance including a BFA in Dance from The University of Arizona. A former Radio City Rockette, some of Shayna’s favorite performing credits include the 2009 revival of West Side Story on Broadway, the role of Brenda in the national tour of Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out, and, of course, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. As an instructor, Shayna instills confidence, determination, and perseverance in her dancers, as she believes the most important aspect of a young dancer’s training is the ability to love themselves and their craft wherever they happen to be in their journey. She knows every child can feel successful and fulfilled through the art of dance and finds her joy in inspiring, loving, and motivating her students.
Taylor is a ballet and jazz instructor! She has taught at Bender Performing Arts since the summer of 2020. She recently graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in elementary education. Taylor grew up dancing at Bender since she was 5 years old and is so thankful she gets to teach here now!
How to Register and What Classes Cost
Visit our online class explorer tool, enter your email, and enter your student’s age.
Select a class and instructor that fits your schedule.
Enter your contact and payment information to complete your registration.
We know you have a busy schedule, so we have class options to fit into any family’s routine. We offer 45-minute and 60-minute classes, with a number of classes each month to fit your schedule. The more classes you take per month, the less each class costs overall. Monthly costs range between $77 and $420.
What Your Child Will Gain Through Weekly Jazz Dance Classes
At Bender Performing Arts, it’s all about the dance journey, starting with a solid grasp of the fundamentals. Our jazz dance class isn’t just about moving to the beat; it’s about cultivating a technical foundation while having fun and learning skills your student can use throughout their life. Unsure if jazz dancing is the right fit for your child? Consider registering for a trial class.
Fundamentals of Jazz Dancing
Building Blocks for a Strong Future
Dance and music teach life lessons that help children as they grow and develop into adults. Learning teamwork, flexibility (physical, mental, and emotional), and determination are incredibly strong foundations that a healthy adult can stand on. Children also learn accountability and responsibility to themselves and those around them, which can give them a deeper sense of community and self-awareness as they age.
Understanding of the Basics
Students will learn the essential steps, turns, and kicks that define jazz dancing. From sassy shimmies to gravity-defying leaps, your child will become fluent in the language of jazz dance. At Bender Performing Arts, we start jazz dance classes by teaching
- Pas de bourrée
- Ball change
- Jazz walk
- Jazz square
Our skilled and caring instructors will guide your child through each movement, breaking down intricate dance techniques in a way that makes them accessible and achievable. In our jazz dance classes, your young dancer will learn the proper alignment, body posture, and execution that characterize jazz movement, setting the stage for developing artistic excellence.
Confidence in the Fundamentals
Armed with an understanding of jazz dance basics, your child will take the stage with confidence, knowing they have a strong foundation to showcase their talent. This confidence will radiate from every step they take, empowering them to explore their creativity, individuality, and potential like never before.
Expressive Movement & Deepening Creativity
Dancing with Heart and Soul
Dance is more than just steps; it’s a language of emotions, stories, and self-expression. In our jazz dance classes, your child won’t just learn routines — they’ll uncover the art of conveying emotions and narratives through movement, fostering a deep sense of creativity and improved communication skills.
Through a blend of guided exercises and activities, our instructors will nurture your child’s ability to connect with their emotions and express them through dance. From joy to introspection, every feeling can find its expression on the dance floor during our jazz dance classes.
Bender Performing Arts’ jazz dance classes provide an outlet for children to share stories. Your child will be encouraged to weave tales with their movements, transforming the dance floor into a space where their imagination can take center stage. This unique skill translates into enhanced confidence, both on and off the dance floor.
As your child gains the tools to express their thoughts and feelings through dance, their creativity will flourish. They’ll learn to approach challenges with innovative solutions, bringing a newfound imaginative flair to all aspects of their life. Spark their creativity by registering to try a trial jazz dance class near Phoenix, AZ.
Confidence On and Off the Stage
Dancing with Supportive and Encouraging Peers
Confidence is the ultimate accessory that our jazz dance class provides. In a supportive and encouraging environment fostered by caring instructors and friendly peers, your child will not only conquer dance routines but also develop a strong sense of self-assuredness that can carry over into every part of their life.
Our instructors craft an atmosphere where challenges become stepping stones to success. Through structured guidance and positive reinforcement provided in our jazz dance classes, your child will tackle new moves and routines with enthusiasm, witnessing their own growth and celebrating every achievement.
With opportunities to showcase their skills, your child will experience the thrill of applause and recognition, reinforcing their belief in their abilities and fostering lasting confidence.
Life Lessons on the Dance Floor
The confidence gained in our jazz dance class extends far beyond dance itself. Your child will develop resilience, determination, and a can-do attitude that will help shape them into confident individuals who approach challenges with poise and self-assuredness.
Why Bender Performing Arts?
Our dance studio is synonymous with excellence. From the fun and encouraging atmosphere to the state-of-the-art facilities, we’ve created an environment where dancers of all ages can thrive. Here’s what sets us apart:
Attention and Instruction from Passionate Jazz Instructors
Our jazz dance class sizes ensure every dancer receives individualized guidance and support. Many of our instructors were once dancers here too!
We’re not just a jazz dance studio; we’re a community. Join a supportive network of parents, instructors, and dancers in the Phoenix area who share the same passion.
Watch your child’s confidence soar as they showcase their talents in our exclusive recitals and community events.
Our flexible jazz dance class schedules make it easy to find a time that fits into your family’s busy life.
Register to Start Jazz Dancing Today
Eager to get started with jazz dance classes near Phoenix? Register today and give your youngster the opportunity to develop dance skills, originality, and lifelong friendships — and you can feel the beat, enjoy the moves, and watch as your future star shines brighter than ever!