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Class sizes are limited, so we encourage the earliest possible registration.

Tiny Tots – 2 1/2 – 3 Year Olds

A creative movement class designed to enhance gross motor development, listening skills, musicality, and nurture the creative spirit. Students must be 2 1/2 years old by September 1 to enroll in this program.

2-1/2 - 3 Year Old Dress Code

GIRLS – Any kind or color of leotard (tights optional). Pink ballet shoes. 

BOYS – Shorts or sweatpants and T-shirt. Black ballet shoes.

Tip Tappin’ – 3 Year Olds

A combination class consisting of tap, ballet, and gross motor skill development. Dancers will experience song and dance routines to fun music. Students must be 3 years old by September 1 to enroll in this program.

Broadway Babies – 3 Year Olds

A jump start into the creative world of Musical Theater, Broadway Babies!  Students will become engaged as they participate in singing, acting, and dancing! Students must be 3 years old by September 1 to enroll in this program.

3 Year Old Dress Code
TIP TAPPIN’ Dress Code

GIRLS – Any kind or color of leotard (tights optional). Pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes and black tap shoes.

BROADWAY BABIES Dress Code

GIRLS – Any kind or color of leotard (tights optional). Pink ballet shoes.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes.

Fabulous 4’s – 4 Year Olds

Our Fabulous 4’s Program offers two exciting styles of dance! Our Ballet class introduces the young dancer to the steps and grace of ballet. The Tap/Jazz combo class gives an opportunity to experience the fun of tap and will develop balance, musicality and coordination while learning basic jazz movements. Dancers must be 4 by September 1st to enroll in the Fab 4 classes.

Broadway Babies – 4 Year Olds

A jump start into the creative world of Musical Theater, Broadway Babies!  Students will become engaged as they participate in singing, acting, and dancing! Students must be 4 years old by September 1 to enroll in this program.

4 Year Old Dress Code
FABULOUS 4’s Dress Code

BALLET – Any kind or color of leotard (tights optional). Pink ballet shoes.

TAP/JAZZ COMBO  – Any kind or color of leotard (tights optional). Black tap shoes. Dancer may wear pink ballet shoes or go barefoot for jazz.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet) and black tap shoes (Tap/Jazz). Dancer may wear black ballet shoes or go barefoot for jazz.

BROADWAY BABIES Dress Code

GIRLS – Any kind or color of leotard (tights optional). Pink ballet shoes.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes.

Kindergarten

These 45 minute classes includes instruction in BALLET, TAP/JAZZ  combo class, HIPPITY HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TUMBLING and SPARKLETTES. These classes will build on the basics, including right and left discrimination, counting music, and exploring rhythm through the use of the body.  Teachers encourage each child’s recognition and memorization of basic dance steps through the use of fun dance activities.

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Kindergarten Dress Code

 

KINDERSTAR BALLET – Any kind or color of leotard (tights optional). Pink ballet shoes.

KINDERSTAR TAP/JAZZ – Any kind or color of leotard (tights optional). Black tap shoes. Dancer may wear pink ballet shoes, jazz shoes or go barefoot for jazz.

KINDERSTAR BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet) and black tap shoes (Tap/Jazz). Dancer may wear black ballet shoes, jazz shoes or go barefoot for jazz.

HIPPITY HOP* – Comfortable street or dance clothes (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Comfortable tennis shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or go barefoot.

TUMBLING* – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Hair must be pulled back away from face and off shoulders. Bare feet.

SPARKLETTES* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes or ballet shoes.

*BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt, and shoes as required per class description.

Kindergarten Class Descriptions
BALLET

Our Kinderstar Ballet program combines the foundational skills of classical ballet with fun activities, in order to keep our youngest ballet dancers engaged.

TAP/JAZZ

Our Kinderstar Tap/Jazz program allows our Kindergarteners to explore jazz movements, such as kicks, turns and leaps in a fun, developmentally appropriate environment. During tap our Kindergarteners will explore basic rhythms and tap fundamentals with emphasis on musicality. 

HIPPITY HOP

This upbeat energetic class is an introduction to the genre known as Hip Hop. Strength training is a vital component of this class in order to perform this athletic form of dance. Students will build a solid foundation of hip hop moves and combine them together to learn exciting choreography. Today’s current, age appropriate, top pop & hip hop music is used during this class.

MUSICAL THEATER

In our musical theater class, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. These are our youngest students who have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical.

TUMBLING

Our tumbling class focuses on the basic skills of balance, strength, and stretch. Students will move through a sequential curriculum that builds on a specific skill progression. Our studio is a Tumbling Effect certified studio, and therefore, all teachers and assistants are trained in proper teaching and spotting techniques. Your child’s safety is our number one priority.

Sparklettes

The Sparklettes Performance Team is an entry level performance team that will give students in Kindergarten the opportunity to learn the skills needed for our upper level performing groups. Dancers who would like to eventually join Sparkle Squad (grades 1 – 3) or BPA All Stars (grades 4 – 12) or Dance Motion Performing Co. (grades 3 – 12) will benefit from being part of the Sparklettes! The Sparklettes will give dancers and parents the opportunity to experience what it is like to be part of a team! Please see our Performance Team Quicklink for more details.

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1st Grade

We offer BALLET, TIPPITY TAP, JAZZ FUSION, HIPPITY HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TUMBLING, POM & CHEER, SPARKLE SQUAD, and PIANO to first grade students, each are scheduled as separate 45 minute classes, often on the same day, to allow our dancers to receive a well rounded dance education.

Special BOYS ONLY Hip Hop class offered for 1st – 6th grade boys.

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1st Grade Dress Code

 

BALLET – Black leotard, pink tights, and hair in neat ballet bun (ballet dress code strictly enforced). Pink ballet shoes.

TIPPITY TAP – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Black tap shoes. 

JAZZ FUSION – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Jazz shoes.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet), black tap shoes (Tap), and black jazz shoes (Jazz).

HIPPITY HOP* – Comfortable street or dance clothes (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Comfortable tennis shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or go barefoot.

TUMBLING* – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Hair must be pulled back away from face and off shoulders. Bare feet.

SPARKLE SQUAD* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes or ballet shoes.

*BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt, and shoes as required per class description.

POM & CHEER – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Tan jazz shoes.

1st Grade Class Descriptions
BALLET

Our 1st Grade Ballet program is a wonderful introduction to the structure of a classical ballet class. Students will work both at the barre and in the center focusing on proper body placement and ballet terminology. Creative movement games and activities will be incorporated to help dancers develop a love and passion for ballet, the basis of all dance. 

TIPPITY TAP

Our 1st Grade Tap program allows our students to explore basic rhythms and tap fundamentals with emphasis on musicality. Dancers will learn tap terminology and basic steps that will serve as the building blocks for future tap education.

JAZZ FUSION

Our 1st Grade Jazz Fusion program not only allows our dancers to explore jazz movements, such as kicks, turns and leaps but also focuses on flexibility and strength building. Dancers will begin to learn more challenging steps using current energetic music that the dancers will know and love. 

HIPPITY HOP

This upbeat energetic class is an introduction to the genre known as Hip Hop. Strength training is a vital component of this class in order to perform this athletic form of dance. Students will build a solid foundation of hip hop moves and combine them together to learn exciting choreography. Today’s current, age appropriate, top pop & hip hop music is used during this class. 

MUSICAL THEATER

In our musical theater class, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. They have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical.

TUMBLING

Our tumbling class focuses on the basic skills of balance, strength, and stretch. Students will move through a sequential curriculum that builds on a specific skill progression. Our studio is a Tumbling Effect certified studio, and therefore, all teachers and assistants are trained in proper teaching and spotting techniques. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. 

POM & CHEER

In Pom & Cheer the students will learn multiple styles by combining strength training exercises, kicks, turns, leaps, jumps, and basic tumbling.  Cheer terminology will be introduced and basic stunting will be visited. This is a performance team, and therefore, will have additional requirements and performance opportunities. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

We offer private instruction in piano for 1st graders. Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Piano instructors work with the student at any level, beginner to advanced pianists. Students will have input toward the music they want to learn and will have multiple chances to perform throughout the year.

Sparkle Squad

The Sparkle Squad Performance Team is an entry level performance team that will give dancers ages 1st – 3rd grade the opportunity to learn the skills needed for our upper level performing groups. Dancers who would like to eventually join BPA All Stars (grades 4 – 12) or Dance Motion Performing Co. (grades 3 – 12) will benefit from being part of the Squad! The Sparkle Squad will give dancers and parents the opportunity to experience what it is like to be part of a team! For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

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2nd Grade

We offer BALLET, TIPPITY TAP, JAZZ FUSION, HIPPITY HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TUMBLING, POM & CHEER, SPARKLE SQUAD & PIANO to second grade students, each are scheduled as separate 45 minute classes, often on the same day, to allow our dancers to receive a well rounded dance education.

superstar classes

Level B classes are offered for students who took JAZZ, TAP or BALLET as a first grader.

boys only

Special BOYS ONLY Hip Hop class offered for 1st – 6th grade boys.

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2nd Grade Dress Code

 

BALLET – Black leotard, pink tights, and hair in neat ballet bun (ballet dress code strictly enforced). Pink ballet shoes.

TIPPITY TAP – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Black tap shoes. 

JAZZ FUSION – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Jazz shoes.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet), black tap shoes (Tap), and black jazz shoes (Jazz).

HIPPITY HOP* – Comfortable street or dance clothes (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Comfortable tennis shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or go barefoot.

TUMBLING* – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Hair must be pulled back away from face and off shoulders. Bare feet.

SPARKLE SQUAD* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes or ballet shoes.

*BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt, and shoes as required per class description.

POM & CHEER – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Tan jazz shoes.

2nd Grade Class Descriptions
BALLET

Our 2nd Grade Ballet program is a wonderful introduction to the structure of a classical ballet class. Students will work both at the barre and in the center focusing on proper body placement and ballet terminology. Creative movement activities will be incorporated to help dancers develop a love and passion for ballet, the basis of all dance. 

TIPPITY TAP

Our 2nd Grade Tap program allows our students to explore basic rhythms and tap fundamentals with emphasis on musicality. Dancers will learn tap terminology and basic steps that will serve as the building blocks for future tap education.

JAZZ FUSION

Our 2nd Grade Jazz Fusion program not only allows our dancers to explore jazz movements, such as kicks, turns and leaps but also focuses on flexibility and strength building. Dancers will begin to learn more challenging steps using current energetic music that the dancers will know and love.  

HIPPITY HOP

This upbeat energetic class is an introduction to the genre known as Hip Hop. Strength training is a vital component of this class in order to perform this athletic form of dance. Students will build a solid foundation of hip hop moves and combine them together to learn exciting choreography. Today’s current, age appropriate, top pop & hip hop music is used during this class. 

MUSICAL THEATER

In our musical theater class, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. They have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical.

TUMBLING

Our tumbling class focuses on the basic skills of balance, strength, and stretch. Students will move through a sequential curriculum that builds on a specific skill progression. Our studio is a Tumbling Effect certified studio, and therefore, all teachers and assistants are trained in proper teaching and spotting techniques. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. 

POM & CHEER

In Pom & Cheer the students will learn multiple styles by combining strength training exercises, kicks, turns, leaps, jumps, and basic tumbling.  Cheer terminology will be introduced and basic stunting will be visited.This is a performance team, and therefore, will have additional requirements and performance opportunities. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

Sparkle Squad

The Sparkle Squad Performance Team is an entry level performance team that will give dancers ages 1st – 3rd grade the opportunity to learn the skills needed for our upper level performing groups. Dancers who would like to eventually join BPA All Stars (grades 4 – 12) or Dance Motion Performing Co. (grades 3 – 12) will benefit from being part of the Squad! The Sparkle Squad will give dancers and parents the opportunity to experience what it is like to be part of a team! For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

We offer private instruction in piano for 2nd graders. Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Piano instructors work with the student at any level, beginner to advanced pianists. Students will have input toward the music they want to learn and will have multiple chances to perform throughout the year.

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3rd Grade

We offer BALLET, TAP, JAZZ FUSION, HIP HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TUMBLING, POM & CHEER, SPARKLE SQUAD, VOICE, & PIANO, classes to third grade students, each are scheduled as separate classes. Each are scheduled as separate 60 minute classes, often on the same day, to allow our dancers to receive a well-rounded education.

Click below to view ALL of the classes that we offer to third grade students, from the beginning Level 1 classes to the most advanced classes for those students who have taken dance, theater or tumbling during both their first and second grade years. If you have dance experience, we will place you in a class for teacher evaluation based on your age and the number of years you have danced. The teacher will recommend a class appropriate for your level after they have observed you dance. 

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3rd Grade Dress Code

BALLET – Black leotard, pink tights, and hair in neat ballet bun (ballet dress code strictly enforced). Pink ballet shoes.

TAP – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Black tap shoes. 

JAZZ FUSION – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Jazz shoes.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet), black tap shoes (Tap), and black jazz shoes (Jazz).

HIP HOP* – Comfortable street or dance clothes (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Comfortable tennis shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or go barefoot.

TUMBLING* – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Hair must be pulled back away from face and off shoulders. Bare feet.

SPARKLE SQUAD* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes or ballet shoes.

*BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt, and shoes as required per class description.

POM & CHEER – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Tan jazz shoes.

3rd Grade Class Descriptions
BALLET

Ballet, the basis of all dance, is taught at many levels throughout the week. This classical dance form uses grace, strength, and balance to create flowing movement. Students will work both at the barre and in the center while learning terminology and body placement. The technique a dancer learns from this class carries over to all dance forms. Dancers who take ballet may work up to joining our pre-pointe and pointe programs.

TAP

Our tap program explores rhythms and tap fundamentals with an emphasis on musicality. Dancers will learn tap terminology and tap steps, from the basic building blocks to more advanced rhythms.

JAZZ FUSION

Our jazz fusion program not only allows our dancers to explore jazz movements, such as kicks, turns and leaps but also focuses on flexibility and strength building. This is the foundation for styles such as commercial jazz and contemporary.  Dancers will learn choreography integrating more complex steps using current energetic music that the dancers will know and love. 

HIP HOP

This upbeat energetic class is taking the dance world by storm. Strength training is a vital component of this class in order to perform this athletic form of dance. Students will build a solid foundation of hip hop moves and combine them together to learn exciting choreography. Today’s current, age appropriate, top pop & hip hop music is used during this class. 

MUSICAL THEATER

In our musical theater class, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. They have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical.

TUMBLING

Our tumbling class focuses on the basic skills of balance, strength, and stretch. Students will move through a sequential curriculum that builds on a specific skill progression. We have tumbling classes available for the beginning student through the advanced. If your student has tumbled prior to joining us, our staff will place them in an approximate level for further evaluation. Our studio is a Tumbling Effect certified studio, and therefore, all teachers and assistants are trained in proper teaching and spotting techniques. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. 

POM & CHEER

In Pom & Cheer the students will learn multiple styles by combining strength training exercises, kicks, turns, leaps, jumps, and basic tumbling.  Cheer terminology will be introduced, and basic stunting will be visited. This is a performance team, and therefore, will have additional requirements and performance opportunities. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

Sparkle Squad

The Sparkle Squad Performance Team is an entry level performance team that will give dancers ages 1st – 3rd grade the opportunity to learn the skills needed for our upper level performing groups. Dancers who would like to eventually join BPA All Stars (grades 4 – 12) or Dance Motion Performing Co. (grades 3 – 12) will benefit from being part of the Squad! The Sparkle Squad will give dancers and parents the opportunity to experience what it is like to be part of a team! For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

We offer private instruction in piano and voice lessons. Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Instructors work with the student at any level, beginner to advanced. Students will have input toward the music they want to learn and will have multiple chances to perform throughout the year.

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4th Grade

We offer BALLET, TAP, JAZZ FUSION, CONTEMPORARY, HIP HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TUMBLING, POM & CHEER, ALL STARS, VOICE, & PIANO, classes to fourth grade students, each are scheduled as separate classes. Each are scheduled as separate 60 minute classes, often on the same day, to allow our dancers to receive a well-rounded education. 

Click below to view ALL of the classes that we offer to fourth grade students, from the beginning Level 1 classes to the most advanced classes for those students who have taken dance, theater or tumbling in previous years. If you have dance experience, we will place you in a class for teacher evaluation based on your age and the number of years you have danced. The teacher will recommend a class appropriate for your level after they have observed you dance.

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4th Grade Dress Code

BALLET – Black leotard, pink tights, and hair in neat ballet bun (ballet dress code strictly enforced). Pink ballet shoes.

TAP – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Black tap shoes. 

JAZZ FUSION – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Jazz shoes.

CONTEMPORARY – Any kind or color of dancewear. Turners, jazz shoes or bare feet.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet), black tap shoes (Tap), and black jazz shoes (Jazz).

HIP HOP* – Comfortable street or dance clothes (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Comfortable tennis shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or go barefoot.

TUMBLING* – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Hair must be pulled back away from face and off shoulders. Bare feet.

*BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt, and shoes as required per class description.

POM & CHEER – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Tan jazz shoes.

4th Grade Class Descriptions
BALLET

Ballet, the basis of all dance, is taught at many levels throughout the week. This classical dance form uses grace, strength, and balance to create flowing movement. Students will work both at the barre and in the center while learning terminology and body placement. The technique a dancer learns from this class carries over to all dance forms. Dancers who take ballet may work up to joining our pre-pointe and pointe programs.

TAP

Our tap program explores rhythms and tap fundamentals with an emphasis on musicality. Dancers will learn tap terminology and tap steps, from the basic building blocks to more advanced rhythms.

JAZZ FUSION

Our jazz fusion program not only allows our dancers to explore jazz movements, such as kicks, turns and leaps but also focuses on flexibility and strength building. This is the foundation for styles such as commercial jazz and contemporary.  Dancers will learn choreography integrating more complex steps using current energetic music that the dancers will know and love. 

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary is a newer style of dance that formed as fusion of jazz, lyrical, and many other dance forms. As scene on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance”, dancers often tell a story by using natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It is highly recommended that dancers have previous experience in jazz and/or ballet.

HIP HOP

This upbeat energetic class is taking the dance world by storm. Strength training is a vital component of this class in order to perform this athletic form of dance. Students will build a solid foundation of hip hop moves and combine them together to learn exciting choreography. Today’s current, age appropriate, top pop & hip hop music is used during this class. 

MUSICAL THEATER

In our musical theater class, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. They have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical.

TUMBLING

Our tumbling class focuses on the basic skills of balance, strength, and stretch. Students will move through a sequential curriculum that builds on a specific skill progression. We have tumbling classes available for the beginning student through the advanced. If your student has tumbled prior to joining us, our staff will place them in an approximate level for further evaluation. Our studio is a Tumbling Effect certified studio, and therefore, all teachers and assistants are trained in proper teaching and spotting techniques. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. 

POM & CHEER

In Pom & Cheer the students will learn multiple styles by combining strength training exercises, kicks, turns, leaps, jumps, and basic tumbling.  Cheer terminology will be introduced, and basic stunting will be visited. This is a performance team, and therefore, will have additional requirements and performance opportunities. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

ALL STARS

The Bender Performing Arts All-Stars are a performing group for students in grades 4-12. The program offers opportunities for dancers to perform in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. To be a member of the BPA All-Stars, dancers must be enrolled in a BPA class in the dance style they want to participate in, and attend an All-Star performing group class. Students may choose which style of dance they would like to perform in and are not required to take all styles of dance.  The group participates in several community performances and competitions throughout the year. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

We offer private instruction in piano and voice lessons. Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Instructors work with the student at any level, beginner to advanced. Students will have input toward the music they want to learn and will have multiple chances to perform throughout the year. 

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5th Grade

We offer BALLET, TAP, JAZZ FUSION, CONTEMPORARY, HIP HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TUMBLING, SILKS, POM & CHEER, ALL STARS, VOICE, & PIANO, classes to fifth grade students, each are scheduled as separate classes. Each are scheduled as separate 60 minute classes, often on the same day, to allow our dancers to receive a well-rounded education.

Click below to view ALL of the classes that we offer to fifth grade students, from the beginning Level 1 classes to the most advanced classes for those students who have taken dance, theater or tumbling in previous years. If you have dance experience, we will place you in a class for teacher evaluation based on your age and the number of years you have danced. The teacher will recommend a class appropriate for your level after they have observed you dance.

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5th Grade Dress Code

BALLET – Black leotard, pink tights, and hair in neat ballet bun (ballet dress code strictly enforced). Pink ballet shoes.

TAP – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Black tap shoes. 

JAZZ FUSION – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Jazz shoes.

CONTEMPORARY – Any kind or color of dancewear. Turners, jazz shoes or bare feet.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet), black tap shoes (Tap), and black jazz shoes (Jazz).

HIP HOP* – Comfortable street or dance clothes (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Comfortable tennis shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or go barefoot.

TUMBLING* – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Hair must be pulled back away from face and off shoulders. Bare feet.

*BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt, and shoes as required per class description.

POM & CHEER – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Tan jazz shoes.

5th Grade Class Descriptions

BALLET

Ballet, the basis of all dance, is taught at many levels throughout the week. This classical dance form uses grace, strength, and balance to create flowing movement. Students will work both at the barre and in the center while learning terminology and body placement. The technique a dancer learns from this class carries over to all dance forms. Dancers who take ballet may work up to joining our pre-pointe and pointe programs.

TAP

Our tap program explores rhythms and tap fundamentals with an emphasis on musicality. Dancers will learn tap terminology and tap steps, from the basic building blocks to more advanced rhythms.

JAZZ FUSION

Our jazz fusion program not only allows our dancers to explore jazz movements, such as kicks, turns and leaps but also focuses on flexibility and strength building. This is the foundation for styles such as commercial jazz and contemporary.  Dancers will learn choreography integrating more complex steps using current energetic music that the dancers will know and love. 

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary is a newer style of dance that formed as fusion of jazz, lyrical, and many other dance forms. As scene on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance”, dancers often tell a story by using natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It is highly recommended that dancers have previous experience in jazz and/or ballet.

HIP HOP

This upbeat energetic class is taking the dance world by storm. Strength training is a vital component of this class in order to perform this athletic form of dance. Students will build a solid foundation of hip hop moves and combine them together to learn exciting choreography. Today’s current, age appropriate, top pop & hip hop music is used during this class. 

MUSICAL THEATER

In our musical theater class, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. They have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical.

TUMBLING

Our tumbling class focuses on the basic skills of balance, strength, and stretch. Students will move through a sequential curriculum that builds on a specific skill progression. We have tumbling classes available for the beginning student through the advanced. If your student has tumbled prior to joining us, our staff will place them in an approximate level for further evaluation. Our studio is a Tumbling Effect certified studio, and therefore, all teachers and assistants are trained in proper teaching and spotting techniques. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. 

SILKS

Silks, or Aerial Arts, is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric that is adhered to the ceiling. Students learn a wide variety of tricks in combination with working on the strength and flexibility needed to perform this exciting and demanding performance style.

POM & CHEER

In Pom & Cheer the students will learn multiple styles by combining strength training exercises, kicks, turns, leaps, jumps, and basic tumbling.  Cheer terminology will be introduced, and basic stunting will be visited. This is a performance team, and therefore, will have additional requirements and performance opportunities. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

ALL STARS

The Bender Performing Arts All-Stars are a performing group for students in grades 4-12. The program offers opportunities for dancers to perform in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. To be a member of the BPA All-Stars, dancers must be enrolled in a BPA class in the dance style they want to participate in, and attend an All-Star performing group class. Students may choose which style of dance they would like to perform in and are not required to take all styles of dance.  The group participates in several community performances and competitions throughout the year. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

We offer private instruction in piano and voice lessons. Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Instructors work with the student at any level, beginner to advanced. Students will have input toward the music they want to learn and will have multiple chances to perform throughout the year.

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6th Grade

We offer BALLET, TAP, JAZZ FUSION, CONTEMPORARY, HIP HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TUMBLING, SILKS, POM & CHEER, ALL STARS, VOICE, & PIANO, classes to sixth grade students, each are scheduled as separate classes. Each are scheduled as separate 60 minute classes, often on the same day, to allow our dancers to receive a well-rounded education.

Click below to view ALL of the classes that we offer to sixth grade students, from the beginning Level 1 classes to the most advanced classes for those students who have taken dance, theater or tumbling in previous years. If you have dance experience, we will place you in a class for teacher evaluation based on your age and the number of years you have danced. The teacher will recommend a class appropriate for your level after they have observed you dance.

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6th Grade Dress Code

BALLET – Black leotard, pink tights, and hair in neat ballet bun (ballet dress code strictly enforced). Pink ballet shoes.

TAP – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Black tap shoes. 

JAZZ FUSION – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Jazz shoes.

CONTEMPORARY – Any kind or color of dancewear. Turners, jazz shoes or bare feet.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet), black tap shoes (Tap), and black jazz shoes (Jazz).

HIP HOP* – Comfortable street or dance clothes (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Comfortable tennis shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or go barefoot.

TUMBLING* – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Hair must be pulled back away from face and off shoulders. Bare feet.

*BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt, and shoes as required per class description.

POM & CHEER – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Tan jazz shoes.

SILKS – Tight fitting pants or tights that cover the back of the knee and a fitted T-shirt covering arm pits. NO buttons or zippers. Bare Feet.

6th Grade Class Descriptions
BALLET

Ballet, the basis of all dance, is taught at many levels throughout the week. This classical dance form uses grace, strength, and balance to create flowing movement. Students will work both at the barre and in the center while learning terminology and body placement. The technique a dancer learns from this class carries over to all dance forms. Dancers who take ballet may work up to joining our pre-pointe and pointe programs.

TAP

Our tap program explores rhythms and tap fundamentals with an emphasis on musicality. Dancers will learn tap terminology and tap steps, from the basic building blocks to more advanced rhythms.

JAZZ FUSION

Our jazz fusion program not only allows our dancers to explore jazz movements, such as kicks, turns and leaps but also focuses on flexibility and strength building. This is the foundation for styles such as commercial jazz and contemporary.  Dancers will learn choreography integrating more complex steps using current energetic music that the dancers will know and love. 

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary is a newer style of dance that formed as fusion of jazz, lyrical, and many other dance forms. As scene on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance”, dancers often tell a story by using natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It is highly recommended that dancers have previous experience in jazz and/or ballet.

HIP HOP

This upbeat energetic class is taking the dance world by storm. Strength training is a vital component of this class in order to perform this athletic form of dance. Students will build a solid foundation of hip hop moves and combine them together to learn exciting choreography. Today’s current, age appropriate, top pop & hip hop music is used during this class. 

MUSICAL THEATER

In our musical theater class, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. They have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical.

TUMBLING

Our tumbling class focuses on the basic skills of balance, strength, and stretch. Students will move through a sequential curriculum that builds on a specific skill progression. We have tumbling classes available for the beginning student through the advanced. If your student has tumbled prior to joining us, our staff will place them in an approximate level for further evaluation. Our studio is a Tumbling Effect certified studio, and therefore, all teachers and assistants are trained in proper teaching and spotting techniques. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. 

SILKS

Silks, or Aerial Arts, is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric that is adhered to the ceiling. Students learn a wide variety of tricks in combination with working on the strength and flexibility needed to perform this exciting and demanding performance style.

POM & CHEER

In Pom & Cheer the students will learn multiple styles by combining strength training exercises, kicks, turns, leaps, jumps, and basic tumbling.  Cheer terminology will be introduced, and basic stunting will be visited. This is a performance team, and therefore, will have additional requirements and performance opportunities. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink. 

ALL STARS

The Bender Performing Arts All-Stars are a performing group for students in grades 4-12. The program offers opportunities for dancers to perform in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. To be a member of the BPA All-Stars, dancers must be enrolled in a BPA class in the dance style they want to participate in, and attend an All-Star performing group class. Students may choose which style of dance they would like to perform in and are not required to take all styles of dance.  The group participates in several community performances and competitions throughout the year. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

We offer private instruction in piano and voice lessons. Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Instructors work with the student at any level, beginner to advanced. Students will have input toward the music they want to learn and will have multiple chances to perform throughout the year.

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7th Grade

We offer BALLET, TAP, JAZZ FUSION, CONTEMPORARY, HIP HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TUMBLING, SILKS, ALL STARS, VOICE, & PIANO, classes to seventh grade students, each are scheduled as separate classes. Each are scheduled as separate 60 minute classes, often on the same day, to allow our dancers to receive a well-rounded education.

Click below to view ALL of the classes that we offer to seventh grade students, from the beginning Level 1 classes to the most advanced classes for those students who have taken dance, theater or tumbling in previous years. If you have dance experience, we will place you in a class for teacher evaluation based on your age and the number of years you have danced. The teacher will recommend a class appropriate for your level after they have observed you dance.

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7th Grade Dress Code

BALLET – Black leotard, pink tights, and hair in neat ballet bun (ballet dress code strictly enforced). Pink ballet shoes.

TAP – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Black tap shoes. 

JAZZ FUSION – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Jazz shoes.

CONTEMPORARY – Any kind or color of dancewear. Turners, jazz shoes or bare feet.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet), black tap shoes (Tap), and black jazz shoes (Jazz).

HIP HOP* – Comfortable street or dance clothes (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Comfortable tennis shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or go barefoot.

TUMBLING* – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Hair must be pulled back away from face and off shoulders. Bare feet.

*BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt, and shoes as required per class description.

SILKS – Tight fitting pants or tights that cover the back of the knee and a fitted T-shirt covering arm pits. NO buttons or zippers. Bare Feet.

7th Grade Class Descriptions
BALLET

Ballet, the basis of all dance, is taught at many levels throughout the week. This classical dance form uses grace, strength, and balance to create flowing movement. Students will work both at the barre and in the center while learning terminology and body placement. The technique a dancer learns from this class carries over to all dance forms. Dancers who take ballet may work up to joining our pre-pointe and pointe programs.

TAP

Our tap program explores rhythms and tap fundamentals with an emphasis on musicality. Dancers will learn tap terminology and tap steps, from the basic building blocks to more advanced rhythms.

JAZZ FUSION

Our jazz fusion program not only allows our dancers to explore jazz movements, such as kicks, turns and leaps but also focuses on flexibility and strength building. This is the foundation for styles such as commercial jazz and contemporary.  Dancers will learn choreography integrating more complex steps using current energetic music that the dancers will know and love. 

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary is a newer style of dance that formed as fusion of jazz, lyrical, and many other dance forms. As scene on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance”, dancers often tell a story by using natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It is highly recommended that dancers have previous experience in jazz and/or ballet.

HIP HOP

This upbeat energetic class is taking the dance world by storm. Strength training is a vital component of this class in order to perform this athletic form of dance. Students will build a solid foundation of hip hop moves and combine them together to learn exciting choreography. Today’s current, age appropriate, top pop & hip hop music is used during this class. 

MUSICAL THEATER

In our musical theater class, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. They have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical

TUMBLING

Our tumbling class focuses on the basic skills of balance, strength, and stretch. Students will move through a sequential curriculum that builds on a specific skill progression. We have tumbling classes available for the beginning student through the advanced. If your student has tumbled prior to joining us, our staff will place them in an approximate level for further evaluation. Our studio is a Tumbling Effect certified studio, and therefore, all teachers and assistants are trained in proper teaching and spotting techniques. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. 

SILKS

Silks, or Aerial Arts, is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric that is adhered to the ceiling. Students learn a wide variety of tricks in combination with working on the strength and flexibility needed to perform this exciting and demanding performance style.

ALL STARS

The Bender Performing Arts All-Stars are a performing group for students in grades 4-12. The program offers opportunities for dancers to perform in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. To be a member of the BPA All-Stars, dancers must be enrolled in a BPA class in the dance style they want to participate in, and attend an All-Star performing group class. Students may choose which style of dance they would like to perform in and are not required to take all styles of dance.  The group participates in several community performances and competitions throughout the year. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

We offer private instruction in piano and voice lessons. Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Instructors work with the student at any level, beginner to advanced. Students will have input toward the music they want to learn and will have multiple chances to perform throughout the year.

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8th Grade

We offer BALLET, TAP, JAZZ FUSION, CONTEMPORARY, HIP HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TUMBLING, SILKS, ALL STARS, VOICE, & PIANO, classes to eighth grade students, each are scheduled as separate classes. Each are scheduled as separate 60 minute classes, often on the same day, to allow our dancers to receive a well-rounded education.

Click below to view ALL of the classes that we offer to eighth grade students, from the beginning Level 1 classes to the most advanced classes for those students who have taken dance, theater or tumbling in previous years. If you have dance experience, we will place you in a class for teacher evaluation based on your age and the number of years you have danced. The teacher will recommend a class appropriate for your level after they have observed you dance.

 

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8th Grade Dress Code

BALLET – Black leotard, pink tights, and hair in neat ballet bun (ballet dress code strictly enforced). Pink ballet shoes.

TAP – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Black tap shoes. 

JAZZ FUSION – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Jazz shoes.

CONTEMPORARY – Any kind or color of dancewear. Turners, jazz shoes or bare feet.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet), black tap shoes (Tap), and black jazz shoes (Jazz).

HIP HOP* – Comfortable street or dance clothes (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Comfortable tennis shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or go barefoot.

TUMBLING* – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Hair must be pulled back away from face and off shoulders. Bare feet.

*BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt, and shoes as required per class description.

SILKS – Tight fitting pants or tights that cover the back of the knee and a fitted T-shirt covering arm pits. NO buttons or zippers. Bare Feet.

8th Grade Class Descriptions
BALLET

Ballet, the basis of all dance, is taught at many levels throughout the week. This classical dance form uses grace, strength, and balance to create flowing movement. Students will work both at the barre and in the center while learning terminology and body placement. The technique a dancer learns from this class carries over to all dance forms. Dancers who take ballet may work up to joining our pre-pointe and pointe programs.

TAP

Our tap program explores rhythms and tap fundamentals with an emphasis on musicality. Dancers will learn tap terminology and tap steps, from the basic building blocks to more advanced rhythms.

JAZZ FUSION

Our jazz fusion program not only allows our dancers to explore jazz movements, such as kicks, turns and leaps but also focuses on flexibility and strength building. This is the foundation for styles such as commercial jazz and contemporary.  Dancers will learn choreography integrating more complex steps using current energetic music that the dancers will know and love. 

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary is a newer style of dance that formed as fusion of jazz, lyrical, and many other dance forms. As scene on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance”, dancers often tell a story by using natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It is highly recommended that dancers have previous experience in jazz and/or ballet.

HIP HOP

This upbeat energetic class is taking the dance world by storm. Strength training is a vital component of this class in order to perform this athletic form of dance. Students will build a solid foundation of hip hop moves and combine them together to learn exciting choreography. Today’s current, age appropriate, top pop & hip hop music is used during this class. 

MUSICAL THEATER

In our musical theater class, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. They have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical

TUMBLING

Our tumbling class focuses on the basic skills of balance, strength, and stretch. Students will move through a sequential curriculum that builds on a specific skill progression. We have tumbling classes available for the beginning student through the advanced. If your student has tumbled prior to joining us, our staff will place them in an approximate level for further evaluation. Our studio is a Tumbling Effect certified studio, and therefore, all teachers and assistants are trained in proper teaching and spotting techniques. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. 

SILKS

Silks, or Aerial Arts, is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric that is adhered to the ceiling. Students learn a wide variety of tricks in combination with working on the strength and flexibility needed to perform this exciting and demanding performance style.

ALL STARS

The Bender Performing Arts All-Stars are a performing group for students in grades 4-12. The program offers opportunities for dancers to perform in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. To be a member of the BPA All-Stars, dancers must be enrolled in a BPA class in the dance style they want to participate in, and attend an All-Star performing group class. Students may choose which style of dance they would like to perform in and are not required to take all styles of dance.  The group participates in several community performances and competitions throughout the year. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

We offer private instruction in piano and voice lessons. Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Instructors work with the student at any level, beginner to advanced. Students will have input toward the music they want to learn and will have multiple chances to perform throughout the year.

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High School

We offer BALLET, TAP, JAZZ FUSION, CONTEMPORARY, HIP HOP, MUSICAL THEATER, TUMBLING, SILKS, ALL STARS, VOICE, & PIANO, classes to high school students, each are scheduled as separate classes. Each are scheduled as separate 60 minute classes, often on the same day, to allow our dancers to receive a well-rounded education.

Click below to view ALL of the classes that we offer to high school students, from the beginning Level 1 classes to the most advanced classes for those students who have taken dance, theater or tumbling in previous years. If you have dance experience, we will place you in a class for teacher evaluation based on your age and the number of years you have danced. The teacher will recommend a class appropriate for your level after they have observed you dance.

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High School Dress Code

BALLET – Black leotard, pink tights, and hair in neat ballet bun (ballet dress code strictly enforced). Pink ballet shoes.

TAP – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Black tap shoes. 

JAZZ FUSION – Any kind or color of dancewear (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Jazz shoes.

CONTEMPORARY – Any kind or color of dancewear. Turners, jazz shoes or bare feet.

BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants and a T-shirt. Black ballet shoes (Ballet), black tap shoes (Tap), and black jazz shoes (Jazz).

HIP HOP* – Comfortable street or dance clothes (NO JEANS OR DRESSES). Comfortable tennis shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER* – Any type of dance wear. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or go barefoot.

TUMBLING* – Any type of dance wear (NO STREET CLOTHES). Hair must be pulled back away from face and off shoulders. Bare feet.

*BOYS – Wear shorts or sweatpants, a T-shirt, and shoes as required per class description.

SILKS – Tight fitting pants or tights that cover the back of the knee and a fitted T-shirt covering arm pits. NO buttons or zippers. Bare Feet.

High School Class Descriptions
BALLET

Ballet, the basis of all dance, is taught at many levels throughout the week. This classical dance form uses grace, strength, and balance to create flowing movement. Students will work both at the barre and in the center while learning terminology and body placement. The technique a dancer learns from this class carries over to all dance forms. Dancers who take ballet may work up to joining our pre-pointe and pointe programs.

TAP

Our tap program explores rhythms and tap fundamentals with an emphasis on musicality. Dancers will learn tap terminology and tap steps, from the basic building blocks to more advanced rhythms.

JAZZ FUSION

Our jazz fusion program not only allows our dancers to explore jazz movements, such as kicks, turns and leaps but also focuses on flexibility and strength building. This is the foundation for styles such as commercial jazz and contemporary.  Dancers will learn choreography integrating more complex steps using current energetic music that the dancers will know and love. 

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary is a newer style of dance that formed as fusion of jazz, lyrical, and many other dance forms. As scene on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance”, dancers often tell a story by using natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It is highly recommended that dancers have previous experience in jazz and/or ballet.

HIP HOP

This upbeat energetic class is taking the dance world by storm. Strength training is a vital component of this class in order to perform this athletic form of dance. Students will build a solid foundation of hip hop moves and combine them together to learn exciting choreography. Today’s current, age appropriate, top pop & hip hop music is used during this class. 

MUSICAL THEATER

In our musical theater class, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. They have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical

TUMBLING

Our tumbling class focuses on the basic skills of balance, strength, and stretch. Students will move through a sequential curriculum that builds on a specific skill progression. We have tumbling classes available for the beginning student through the advanced. If your student has tumbled prior to joining us, our staff will place them in an approximate level for further evaluation. Our studio is a Tumbling Effect certified studio, and therefore, all teachers and assistants are trained in proper teaching and spotting techniques. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. 

SILKS

Silks, or Aerial Arts, is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric that is adhered to the ceiling. Students learn a wide variety of tricks in combination with working on the strength and flexibility needed to perform this exciting and demanding performance style.

ALL STARS

The Bender Performing Arts All-Stars are a performing group for students in grades 4-12. The program offers opportunities for dancers to perform in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. To be a member of the BPA All-Stars, dancers must be enrolled in a BPA class in the dance style they want to participate in, and attend an All-Star performing group class. Students may choose which style of dance they would like to perform in and are not required to take all styles of dance.  The group participates in several community performances and competitions throughout the year. For more info, see our performance team Quicklink.

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

We offer private instruction in piano and voice lessons. Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Instructors work with the student at any level, beginner to advanced. Students will have input toward the music they want to learn and will have multiple chances to perform throughout the year.

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ADULTS

We offer an intermediate/advanced tap class for adults and private music lessons.  Six week adult sessions are also offered on occasion through out the year. Please check back with us or join our mailing list here to be informed when these sessions are offered.

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Adult Dress Code

TAP – Any color dance or active wear.  Tap shoes.

Adult Class Descriptions
TAP

Our tap program explores rhythms and tap fundamentals with an emphasis on musicality. Dancers will learn tap terminology and tap steps, from the basic building blocks to more advanced rhythms.

 PRIVATE MUSIC AND VOICE LESSONS

We will again be offering private instruction in piano, voice, and string instruments (guitar instructor coming soon). Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Students must be in first grade to take piano lessons. Third graders and older may take guitar. Fourth grade and older may register for Voice lessons.

 

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Silks

Silks or Aerial Arts, is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric that is adhered to the ceiling. Students learn a wide variety of tricks in combination with working on the strength and flexibility needed to perform this exciting and demanding performance style.

A student must be in Grade 5 or higher entering the school year to enroll in the silks program.

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Silks Dress Code

SILKS – Tight fitting pants or tights that cover the back of the knee and a fitted T-shirt covering arm pits. NO buttons or zippers. Bare Feet.

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Pre-Pointe/Pointe

At Bender Performing Arts we offer 8 levels of ballet, as well as, Pre-Pointe and Pointe classes. Pointe is fun and exciting and is the pinnacle of the aspiring ballet dancer’s training. At the same time it necessitates great strength in the feet and ankles to execute the movements correctly and safely.  With this in mnd, there are several requirements for both the Pre-Point and Pointe Programs. 

Please click below to read the requirements for each.

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Pre-Pointe Requirements

Required classes:

  • Your level class
  • Monday 7:15PM or 8:15PM – Ballet Technique
  • Saturday 2:30PM – Pre-Pointe

Recital Preformances:

You will perform in the recital with your level ballet class only.

Shoe Requirements:

Pre-Pointe shoes need to be purchased on your own at a local dance shop (such as Dee’s Dancewear). We will learn how to sew ribbons on during the second Saturday class. 

Ages:

5th Grade and up

Pre-Participation Requirements:

Must be enrolled in Level 4 Ballet or higher

 

Pointe Requirements

Required classes:

  • Your level class
  • Monday 7:15PM or 8:15PM – Ballet Technique
  • Saturday 2:30PM – Pointe

Recital Preformances:

You will perform in the recital with your level ballet class. In addition, Intermediate and Advanced Pointe levels perform a separate recital dance.

Shoes:

Pointe shoes purchased at our annual group fitting in August.

Ages:

7th Grade and up

Pre-Participation Requirements:

By teacher approval only based on dancer’s maturity, strength, and technical achievement.

 

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Voice & Music Lessons

Bender Performing Arts offers private music lessons for students of all levels from beginner to very advanced. We offer private instruction in piano and voice. Thirty-minute lessons are held in the private studios upstairs. Students must be in first grade to take piano lessons. Third graders and older may take voice lessons. Please contact the desk to schedule the lessons. Cost is $130 per month for four (4) half-hour private lessons (a 30 day notice is required if the lesson is dropped).

Musical Theater

In our musical theater classes, students can become a triple threat by singing, acting, and dancing. All three skills are visited weekly through a wide variety of lessons and games. Often literature and technology are integrated in order to provide the most enriching classroom possible. There are various levels of musical theater for each grade level in order to meet the needs of students who are new to the stage, but also our veteran performers.

Every student in our musical theater department, kindergarten and older, will have the exciting opportunity to participate in our annual musical. Lead roles are cast by audition.

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