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Youth Program

At Dance Theatre Studio our mission is to provide a safe and encouraging environment for girls and boys to explore their creativity through dance. Our staff of professional dancers and educators offers meaningful dance instruction for children and young adults in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, contemporary and modern dance.

One aspect of our program represents the founding ideal of the once a week, no audition necessary dance classes for boys, girls, teens and adults, culminating in a professionally produced recital each May at Power Center for the Performing Arts. 

Through audition or faculty recommendation, Ann Arbor Dance Theatre, our company in residence, offers dedicated young dance artists an array of intensive training and performance opportunities.

Class Options and Descriptions

Preschool Movement is 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. We incorporate the Michigan Core Standards for elementary motor development. 

Ballet/Pointe Technique is 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Contemporary/Modern dance class 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. Strength and Conditioning is designed to improve core strength and flexibility through resistance training and broad stretching primarily utilizing the mat. The class enhances energy levels and mobility and decreases stress and tension.

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

Tuition, Fees and Payment Schedule:

45 Minute Class Tuition: $37 per month (September-May)
90 Minute Class Tuition: $74 per month (September-May)


A2DT Company Fees

(monthly fee includes all competition fees for the year)

Production Classes: $49 per month (September-May)
Large Group Fees: $49 per month (September-May)
Small Group Fees: $70 per month (September-May)
Solo: $124 per month (September-May)
Duet: $104 per month (September-May)
Trio: $88 per month (September-May)

Tuition is due on the first of each month (September-May), nine payments, September payment is due at time of registration. A $10 late fee will be assessed on the 10th of the month if payment is not received.

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. 

Important Information:

  • To ensure placement in desired class, please visit our website at www.dancetheatrestudio.com to enroll. Registration will processed once the first tuition payment of the year is received.
  • Dance shoe information is available on our website. Dancewear and shoes are available for purchase at Dance Theatre Studio.
  • Parent watch days/times will be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor. We welcome families to be a part of student learning, but we strive to provide an optimal environment for student growth and comfort.
  • If Ann Arbor Schools are closed due to inclement weather, an email will be sent to notify you if we will be closing as well. 
  • Additional classes may be created as space and staff permit when 5 or more students are interested in registering.
  • There is a limit of 6 make-up classes per season. We ask that students make up classes in their current level.
  • Studio office hours are Mon. through Fri 3-9pm and Sat. 9am- 4pm.
  • Ann Arbor Dance Theatre’s Winter Concert will be JANUARY 24, 2015 at Towsley Auditorium.
  • Our Youth Arts Program Recital is MAY 8 & 9, 2015 at Power Center for the Performing Arts

Important Dates:

Tuesday, September 2—Youth Classes Begin
Friday, October 31—No Youth Classes (Halloween)
Tuesday, November 24 - Sat., November 30—No Youth Classes
Sunday, December 21-Sun., January 4—No Youth Classes
Saturday, January 24- A2DT In Concert—Towsley Auditorium
Monday, April 6-Sun., April 12—No Youth Classes
Sunday, April 19—Recital Ticket Sales Begin 12:00pm
Monday, May 4-Sat., May 9— No Classes held at DTS
Monday, May 4—Stage Rehearsal (Level 3-10) Power Center
Tuesday, May 5—Preschool Dress Rehearsal at Power Center
Wednesday, May 6—Dress Rehearsal (Levels 3-10) Power Center
Friday, May 8—Recital 7pm
Saturday, May 9—Recital 1pm and 5pm
Thursday, May 21- Last Day of Youth Classes

Dance Theatre Studio Ann Arbor Michigan

DIRECTOR:  John J. Durbin
LOCATION:  Dance Theatre Studio
                      711 North University
                      Ann Arbor, Michigan
PHONE:  734-995-4242
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