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Youth Program

Dance Studio Ann Arbor Youth Classes

The mission of Dance Theatre Studio is to provide a supportive, safe and positive environment for individuals to receive technical dance training and express themselves through movement. Our experienced and caring staff will offer dance classes which give students the opportunity to gain technical excellence while building their confidence and sense of self worth. We see our studio as a family, welcome!

Classes levels 1-7 offer dancers the opportunity to participate in once week no audition necessary classes for boys, girls, children, and teens which culminate in a recital each May.

For those dancers looking for more intensive dance training and the opportunity to compete we have a competition company, Ann Arbor Dance Theatre (A2DT), levels 8-11. Placement in A2DT is by audition or faculty recommendation.



Sat, Aug. 1 Online Registration Begins for Fall/Winter Classes
Fri., Aug. 14, 6-8pm Shoe Day
Sat., Aug. 29, 12-3pm Shoe Day
Tues., Sept. 8 Youth Classes Begin
Tues., Nov. 24 - Sun., Nov. 29 Thanksgiving Break - No Youth Classes
Sun., Dec. 20 - Sun., Jan. 3 Winter Break - No Youth Classes
Sat., Jan. 23 A2DT In Concert at Towsley Auditorium
Sun., Apr. 3 - Sun., Apr. 10 Spring Break - No Youth Classes
Mon., Apr. 11 Dance Recital Ticket Sales Begin - ONLINE SALES ONLY
Mon., May 9 - Sat., May 14 No Classes held at DTS
Mon., May 9 Stage Rehearsal for Level 3-10 at Power Center
Tue., May 10 Preschool Dress Rehearsal at Power Center
Wed., May 11 Dress Rehearsal for Levels 3-10 at Power Center
Fri., May 13 Recital at Power Center
Sat., May 14 Recital at Power Center
Sat., May 21 Last Day of Youth Classes


• Ballet/Pointe Technique •

A highly disciplined training in which a fairly standard progression of exercises builds the strength and flexibility required for classical positions and steps. Posture, alignment, and center of balance are reinforced concepts taught throughout all ballet levels. Each ballet classes focuses on the importance of extension, strength, and flexibility. These concepts are vital to all other dance forms.

• Cecchetti Ballet •

Classes follow a syllabus established by the Cecchetti Council of America. Students may take these classes with the intent to be examined or for personal technical growth. Students must have several years of ballet experience before studying the Grade One ballet syllabus.

• Contemporary/Modern Dance •

Will help students discover the basic elements of this 20th century technique. Students will explore ways in which the body responds to and expresses emotions. They will develop their imagination, body coordination, and musicality, all leading to higher levels of technique and increased body awareness.

• Dance Companies - Ann Arbor Dance Theatre •

  • A2DT Musical Theater Production

    Gives dancers the opportunity to experience the world of musical theater in a performance-based class where students learn the basics of dancing, acting and the visual arts. Dancers must audition for placement in this class.

  • A2DT Small Group Rehearsal

    Rehearsal time designed for a small group of dancers to work closely with choreographers to prepare pieces for competition and our winter concert.

• Hip Hop •

Refers to dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music. It utilizes the various rhythms of hip-hop music combined with a wide variety of styles. Breaking, popping, and locking are among the most popular. Classes consist of warm-up, floor work and varied stylistic combinations.

• Jazz •

Jazz dance utilizes the various rhythms of popular music combined with isolations of the body. Jazz dance steps are commonly syncopated to the rhythms of popular music creating a close connection between the dancer and the music. Classes consist of center and floor work, across the floor techniques and varied stylistic combinations.

• Preschool Movement •

Designed to refine motor skills and teach basic ballet techniques. We strive to create a love of dance, appreciation of music, confidence, and the ability to learn sequences, patterns and choreography.

• Strength & Conditioning •

Will focus on building muscular strength to help improve performance and prevent injury. A combination of TRX, resistance tube, and body weight exercises will be done each week. All equipment will be provided, participants should wear clean sneakers.

• Tap •

Tap dance is the use of both feet as a musical instrument. The object of this form of dance is to master the use of the body and feet in playing melodic patterns and drumming out rhythms. Students will need specific style shoes. Rhythm and Broadway styles of tap are taught throughout tap classes.


• General Guidelines

  • Hair should be up and secure for every class, if hair is cut short please secure back with bobby pins or headband.

  • Midriff must be fully covered!

  • No Jeans.

  • We do not have specific colors or styles required for different levels.

• Ballet

  • Pink or tan tights, leotard, shorts, ballet skirt, fitted top.

• Cecchetti

  • Leotard, shorts, ballet skirt and pink tights.

• Jazz/Tap/Modern/Contemporary/Musical Theater

  • Jazz pants, capris, leggings, shorts, tights, leotard, fitted top.

• Hip Hop

  • Sweatpants or dance pants, any top.

• Preschool Movement

  • A leotard/dance dress with tights is recommended but not required. Please have your dancer wear what they are comfortable moving in!


  • Your dancer will be measured for costumes in class, costumes will be ordered by the studio and a billing statement will be sent home. Dancers will try on costumes in class as they arrive. Costumes will be sent home with dancers in April.

  • Dance shoe information will be available on our website in August. Shoes are available year round for purchase in the studio office.

  • DTS shoe days will be Friday, August 14, 6-8pm and Saturday, August 29, 12-3pm.


45 Minute Class Tuition: $37.00 per month (September-May)
90 Minute Class Tuition: $74.00 per month (September-May)


(NOTE: Monthly fee includes all competition fees for the year)

Production Classes: $49.00 per month (September-May)
Large Group Fees: $49.00 per month (September-May)
Small Group Fees: $70.00 per month (September-May)
Solo: $124.00 per month (September-May)
Duet: $104.00 per month (September-May)
Trio: $88.00 per month (September-May)

Please keep in mind that costume fees for each recital dance range from $70 - $85. Information regarding costumes will be sent to you in the fall.


  • To ensure placement in desired class please visit our website at: to register. Registration will be processed once the first tuition payment of the year is received.

  • Online Registration for the Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Schedule will begin on August 1, 2015.

  • If a class is full you may choose to go on the waitlist, you will be notified via email if a space opens up.

  • Billing takes place on the 1st of the month; unless it is a Sunday then billing will take place on the 2nd.

  • Tuition that is not paid by the 10th of the month will receive a late fee of $10.00.


  • Throughout the year information will be sent home via email and posted to our website. Please make sure that your email address is correct when registering your dancer and add to your address book to ensure you receive our emails.

  • In order to maintain a fun and focused dancing environment all of our classes, including preschool movement, are "separation" classes. Parent watch times are scheduled at the discretion of the instructor.

  • There is a limit of 6 make-up classes per session. We ask that dancers make-up in classes in their current level. When doing make-ups during the months of Feb, March, April, and before the recital in May please keep in mind that classes are working on their recital dance, which may not apply to your dancer.

  • If the Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather we will send an email and post a notice to our website and facebook page to notify families if we will be open or not. Weather closure days will not be re-scheduled, your dancer is welcome to make-up the class according to our standard make-up policy.

  • We encourage dancers to take valuables with them into class, or leave them at home. Dance Theatre Studio is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • Fall and Winter Office Hours are Mon-Thurs 3-9pm, Fri 3-8pm, and Sat 9-3pm.

  • Summer 2015 Office Hours are Mon-Thurs 5:30-9pm.

Dance Theatre Studio Ann Arbor Michigan

OWNER/DIRECTOR: Jayme Crabtree

OWNER/MANAGER: Kenny Crabtree

LOCATION: Dance Theatre Studio
711 N. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

PHONE: (734) 995-4242


Mon.-Thurs. 3:00pm-9:00pm
Fri. 3:00pm-8:00pm
Sat. 9:00am-3:00pm