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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!

Our classes in levels 1-8 offer children and teen dancers the opportunity to participate in weekly classes which culminate in a recital each May.



Wed., Aug. 1 Current Family Enrollment Begins for Fall/Winter Classes
Mon., Aug. 6 New Family Enrollment Begins for Fall/Winter Classes
Thurs., Aug. 16, 6-8pm Shoe Day at DTS
Sat., Aug. 25, 10am-12pm Shoe Day at DTS
Tues., Sept. 4 Youth Classes Begin
Tues., Nov. 20 - Sun., Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Break - No Youth Classes
Sat., Dec. 22 - Fri., Jan. 4 Winter Break - No Youth Classes
Mon, Mar. 25 - Sun., Mar. 31 Spring Break - No Youth Classes
Mon., May 6 - Sat., May 11 No Youth Classes at DTS
Mon., May 6 - Thurs., May 9 Rehearsals at Power Center
Fri., May 10 Recital at Power Center
Sat., May 11 Recitals at Power Center
Sat., May 18 Last Day of Youth 2018/2019Fall/Winter Classes


• Ballet/Pointe •

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 class will include barre work, center floor exercises and across the floor patterns.

• Contemporary •

Contemporary dance incorporates elements of classical, modern and jazz dance styles while exploring how the body responds to and expresses emotions. Classes may consist of a full body warm up, stretching, across the floor patterns and a longer combination in center which will be worked on for multiple weeks in a row.

• 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 •

Classes consist of a warm up, stretching, isolations, across the floor patterns to introduce and master specific steps and various stylistic combinations which focus on learning more complex movement patterns and rhythms. As dancers progress they will work on more complex leaps, jumps, and turns.

• Modern •

Dancers will explore how the body moves using space, time, energy as they learn movement from various styles of modern dance. Grounded movements, floor work and improvisation are also introduced.

• Musical Theater •

A choreography and performance focused class. Dancers are required to have previous jazz experience and also be currently enrolled in a jazz class.

• Preschool Movement •

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

In Preschool Movement 2/Tiny Tappers a portion of the class is spent in tap shoes where dancers are introduced to basic tap steps. This class will have one recital dance--style is chosen by the instructor.

• 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.

• Ballet/Jazz 4 •

Dancers will have the opportunity to learn both ballet and jazz technique and build a solid foundation which will serve them well in both styles. Class will consist of ballet barre, stretching, center floor and across the floor exercises. This class will have one recital dance--style is chosen by the instructor.


• 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.

• 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.


(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 Enrollment for the Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Schedule will begin on Monday, July 31 for Current Families & Thursday, August 3 for New Family Enrollment.

  • 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 (September - May); 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.

  • Billing communication is done via email.


  • 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.

  • In the event that a class becomes full, you may add your dancer(s) to the waitlist. Families will be notified via email when/if a space becomes available. Dancers from the waitlist will not be added into classes after enrollment closes on Saturday, October 28.

Dance Theatre Studio Ann Arbor Michigan

OWNER/DIRECTOR: Jayme Crabtree

OWNER/MANAGER: Kenny Crabtree

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

PHONE: (734) 995-4242


Mon.-Thurs. 3:00pm-9:00pm
Fri. 3:00pm-7:30pm
Sat. 9:00am-3:00pm