Children's Dance Division
Children's Dance Division classes give boys and girls ages two and older a constructive space for learning through movement!
In a range of age-appropriate classes in ballet, tap and hip hop, young dancers learn important skills like rhythm, coordination, musicality, spatial concepts, and dance class etiquette. Positive role modeling from instructors and a nurturing environment made possible by our faith combine to allow young dancers to thrive. Whether children attend classes for a year or many, the physical and emotional benefits of dance education can last for a lifetime.
What to Expect
- Small class sizes.
- Experienced, qualified instructors who are enjoy working with students of all ages.
- Consistent, constructive class content.
- Appropriate and positive class music.
- Modest attire and instruction using appropriate, edifying movements.
- High-value for your tuition dollars: 18 full weeks of instruction each semester, no “fluff” off weeks, and discounts for multiple-class enrollment.
- Performance opportunities in Ballet 5:8 School of the Art's full length ballet productions and in student showcases.
- A positive, nurturing environment based in the overarching joy that comes from our basis in faith - learn more.
First Class Free
New students are always welcome to attend their first class free with no registration obligation. Call the office to set up your appointment anytime.
Classes | Main Campus, Frankfort
Our fun-filled primary classes teach boys and girls foundational dance concepts through purposeful games and activities. Classes facilitate the development of skills like rhythm, coordination, musicality, spatial concepts, dance class etiquette and more in a positive environment.
Creative Movement – Ages 2-3 by Sept.
Mon, 6:00-6:30pm (AG) - Class requires accompaniment by an adult.
Pre-Ballet – Ages 3-4 by Sept.
Mon. 4:00-4:45pm (AG), Tue. 6:30-7:15pm (LB), or Sat. 9:30-10:15am (AG)
Elementary Ballet – Ages 5-6 by Sept.
Mon. 5:15-6:00pm (AG), Wed. 4:45-5:30pm (AG), or Sat. 10:15-11:00am (AG)
Children’s Tap - Ages 3-6 by Sept.
Mon. 4:45-5:15pm (MKW) - Add to Pre-Ballet or Elementary Ballet!
Children’s Hip Hop - Ages 4-6 by Sept.
Wed. 5:00-5:45pm (GS)
Start here for beginning and intermediate training in classical ballet! These classes teach important foundational skills and can serve as a springboard for the future pursuit of ballet at more advanced levels as well as for many other forms of dance.
Ballet IA – Ages 7+ by Sept.
Wed. 5:30-6:30pm (MKW), Thu. 5:00-6:00pm (LP), or Sat. 11:00am-12:00pm (AG)
This class introduces students to our Vaganova-style ballet training syllabus and is a MUST for all beginning level dancers!
Ballet IB - By Placement Only
Mon. 6:30-7:30pm (AG), or Wed. 5:30-6:30pm (AG)
This class builds on and expands on foundational classical ballet concepts taught in Ballet IA.
Youth Beginning Ballet - Ages 10-15
Designed for students ages 10+ who are starting out with two years or less of prior experience in classical ballet.
Youth Intermediate Ballet - Ages 10-15
Wednesday, 6:30-7:45pm (AG)
Designed for students who have at least three years of prior experience in ballet.
Youth Advanced Ballet - Ages 12+
Designed for students who have at least four years of prior experience in ballet.
Ballet IIA – By Placement Only
Mon. 5:00-6:15pm (LS) and Thu. 5:00-6:15pm (LC)
This class continues to teach through our Vaganova-style ballet training syllabus, giving students a comprehensive basis in classical ballet; both class days are required.
Ballet IIB – By Placement Only
Mon. 6:00-7:30pm (BB) and Thu, 6:00-7:30pm (BB)
This class continues to teach through our Vaganova-style ballet training syllabus, building on and expanding on concepts from Ballet IIA.; both class days are required.
Our Youth dance classes feature a variety of disciplines and can be mixed-and-matched as desired. Classes challenge students to master dance concepts and vocabulary specific to each style and facilitate the continued development of dance proficiencies such as strength, flexibility, coordination, musicality, spatial concepts, artistry and self-discipline.
Boys’ Dance – Boys Ages 6+
Wed. 4:00-5:00pm (SO)
A fun, high-energy, all-boys class that is great for boys just starting out in dance.
Children’s Tap II - Ages 7+
Wed. 5:00-5:30pm (MKW)
Explores rhythm, dynamic, pattern, balance and more; prior experience in tap recommended. Easy to add to Ballet IA or IB.
Beginning Hip Hop - Ages 7+
Thursday, 6:15-7:15pm (GS)
Hip Hop challenges students to express different rhythms and beats within a song through articulate footwork and upper body movement. No prior experience with dance or hip hop required.
All of Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' instructors are highly trained and qualified in teaching. Many of the school's instructors are also professional dancers with the Ballet 5:8 Company, bringing a wealth of experience to their classes. Student instructors are required to progress through our teacher-training program with a minimum of one year of successful assistant teaching prior to instructing their own classes.
Ballet class students can participate in the Children's Cast for our two full-length ballet productions each school year. Students attending hip hop, tap and other classes perform at the end of the Spring Semester in the Youth Dance Division Showcase. Performance participation challenges dancers to use what they've been learning as a way to share beauty, joy and meaningful stories with audiences in a way that looks "out instead of in."