Dance classes for 3 and 4 year olds!
Do you have not quite 3 year old? Check out our Tiny Dancers program!
Does your little one love to twirl, leap, hop, play make-believe and dress-up?
Do you value quality dance education in a caring and nurturing environment?
You will love our Leap 'N Learn program!
A magical introduction to ballet training in a developmentally appropriate and inclusive way.
Why choose Leap 'N Learn?
Leap 'N Learn focuses on the basic elements of:
- Physical space and how we relate to it as an individual and a group member
- Locomotor and non-locomotor movements
- Musical awareness
- Opposites, directions, and pathways
- Elementary positions and movements of ballet
In addition to these physical elements, our dance program integrates the intellectual concepts of:
- Creative expression
- Basic body and health awareness
Leap 'N Learn also helps children learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, which include learning how to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others, and having a positive attitude.
Concepts are explored throughout the year such as classroom etiquette, musical awareness, relationships to the working space and stage, expressing emotion through movement, and pantomime.
Leap 'N Learn classes in the early childhood program are grouped into age-specific levels for three- to five-year-olds, with the content based on age-appropriate developmental skills.
What's the right level for my child?
Leap 'N Learn 3: For children who were 3 by Sept. 3, 2019 or whose enrollment was approved by the director. We expect all children in this level to turn 4 throughout the year.
Leap 'N Learn 4: For children who were 4 by Sept. 3, 2019 or whose enrollment was approved by the director. We expect all children in this level to turn 5 throughout the year.
We understand that each child is unique and develops at their own pace and we will always strive to place them at the level where they can thrive and be challenged.
6 REASONS PARENTS LOVE OUR CLASSES
Class Times To Fit Your Schedule: Classes available weekday mornings and afternoons as well as Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.
Unlimited Make-Up Classes: Flexible around illnesses & vacations.
Caring and Certified Instructors who can't WAIT to share their love for dance with your little one!
Quality Curriculum with a clear progression throughout the year.
Parent Performance at the end of each session.
Family-Friendly Environment. Comfortable waiting area, free wifi and viewing windows so parents can watch the fun!
"Stephanie is very patient yet firm with children. She really works with their abilities, while gracefully nudging them forward to learn, grow, and improve in ballet. My daughter and I have met great friends in participating in ballet and could not have chosen a better studio and teacher. Love, love, love Ballet U!!!" JP
"My 3-year old loves her dance class with Ms. Stephanie. It's her favorite day of the week. She has learned so much and is excited about coming every week. " LD
"Ballet U offers excellent age-appropriate education in a child-friendly environment. My daughter looks forward to her classes and Ballet U is the highlight of her week." PK
"S. (3) has been so happy with dance class. She wishes she could go every day. I've never seen her so inspired, attentive and engaged. Thank you and her other instructors, Morgan and Olivia, for helping this experience be positive and life fulfilling for S." BL
"We love the Leap 'N Learn Curriculum. As a former dancer myself I can appreciate the purposeful and age-appropriate teaching of movement concepts that apply to all dance forms. They learn so much more than twirling around pretending to be a ballerina." FG
"I was so excited when my son was finally old enough to take a dance class. We love the nurturing and inclusive environment at Ballet U. It's clear that the teachers love what they are doing and well qualified. They make each child feel special, which is so important to me as a parent." CS
"This program is straight-forward and solid. The classes are structured clearly and don't contain any unnecessary fluff. The parent performance at the end of each session is just right for us. We don't miss having the added expense and stress of a big recital at the end of the year." BB
Program Structure & Fees
- Program is based around 12 week sessions (shorter sessions during the summer) that incorporate several different themes each session
- The final week of each session is "Parent Performance Week" where parents are invited into the classroom for a full demonstration of everything we've learned over the session
- Fees are $177 per 12-week session
- Option for automatic re-enrollment in week 9 will ensure your child's spot for the whole dance year
- Unlimited make-up classes within each session to allow flexibility around vacations and illnesses
Fall Session: 9/3-11/25
Winter Session: 12/2-3/8
Spring Session: 3/9-6/8
Registration opens about 4 weeks before the start of a new session. Current students are given preference to keep their spots.
Click on the Register button to get to our registration page. Choose the correct season, e.g. "Fall 2019 - Ages 2.5, 3, 4" and then your preferred class time from the schedule.
Can I bring my child to a trial class?
Our classes often fill up and bringing in a trial student is not fair to the students who are already enrolled and have gotten used to each others and the class structure. Please register and then, if it turns out that the class is not a good fit for your child, take advantage of our Risk-Free New Student Guarantee (see below).
Risk-Free New Student Guarantee: If you decide the class isn't a good fit, you can request a refund for the remainder of the session up through the third week of the session (12 week sessions only, no refunds for 4 week summer sessions).
What to wear?
Girls: Pink or lilac leotard with attached skirt, tights and ballet slippers. For your convenience we sell a uniform package for $40, which you can purchase online when registering or at our office before the first class. Items are also available individually. If you already own a different leotard, your dancer is welcome to wear that.
Boys: Black shorts or pants, white t-shirt and black ballet slippers. Ballet slippers are available for $18 at our office or can be purchased through our website.