dance information & classes
All of our teachers are professional artists who have trained and performed locally as well as nationally. Each teacher was chosen to teach specific styles of dance based on their years of training and expertise. Though classes are taught in a group setting, it is the priority of each teacher at Thrive Arts Academy to see every single student grow to be the best dancer they can be.
Initially, all levels are based off of age. Each style of dance has between 2 and 4 levels of placement. We ask that you begin taking class with your age group, and any movement of levels will be made at the discretion of our staff.
Our ballet classes use classical technique to build the graceful foundation of a great dancer. Each class is complete with barre work and center work. We have 4 levels of technique class. We ask that Level 3 students take 2 classes a week, and Advanced Level students take 3 classes a week. Female students are required to wear a black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Male students are required to wear a white t-shirt, black shorts, and black ballet shoes.
Jazz classes are a fun mix of technique and choreography. Jazz specifically challenges flexibility, strength, and choreography memorization. We have 3 levels of jazz class. Female students are required to wear a black leotard, black jazz pants, and tan jazz shoes.Male students are required to wear a white t-shirt, black shorts, and tan jazz shoes.
Our Tap classes provide an environment where dance can create its own music. Tap was created through the need for rhythm, and that is what we emphasize. We currently offer 2 levels of Tap. Though uniform is relaxed, students are encouraged to wear comfortable, baggier clothing. Students are required to wear black tap shoes.
Christian Dance is a unique class offered at Thrive Arts Academy. Based off of a lyrical style, Christian Dance is a time of experiential worship. Students are encouraged to bring their Bibles, and learn what it means to worship God through the gift of dance. Psalm 150:4 says that we should “praise His name with dancing”, and that is what we intend to do! Female students are required to wear a black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Male students are required to wear a white t-shirt, black shorts, and black ballet shoes.
Our acting classes are taught in a way that goes over many of the bases of general stage acting, while also challenging those who have already been on the stage. Students will learn what is means to embody a character in front of an audience, analyze scripts, as well as dabble in improvisation. Students are encouraged to wear clothing that is comfortable to move in, as many acting exercises require freedom of movement. It is preferred for female students to come to class in pants, not a dress or skirt. No spaghetti straps or short-shorts are allowed.