Youth Dance & Performing Arts

The Connection Dance & Performing Arts Program offers classes from ages 1 1/2 through teen. We offer both recreational and competitive programs taught by our expert staff. Our dynamic instructors will help your child develop the self discipline and confidence to perform while having fun and creating friendships with fellow students. In our dance classes children will gain flexibility, strength, technique, and performance skills. In our performing arts classes children will use their creativity to explore aspects of the theatre arts.
Our comprehensive Dance & Performing Arts program culminates with a recital held in early June, featuring our adult and youth students.

After the recital, during the summer, we continue to run Dance & Performing Arts classes in addition to our Performing Arts Summer Camps. Click here to view more information about our camp.

The Connection is also home to The Connection Dance Team (TCDT). Click here to view more information about our award winning team!

Click here to view our Performing Arts Department Policies and information about shoes/attire.

The Dance Team’s Sneak Peek will be on Saturday, March 4th at 2pm and 3:30pm.

Look out for news about our Dance-a-thon on Friday, March 10th!

Email Jessica Fascenelli Weisenbach, Dance and Performing Arts Director, for more information.

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PARENT/CHILD CLASSES

  • Little Musicians | ages 1 – 3
    Each class weaves a story through song, dance, drama, rhythm and rhyme.  Live guitar and violin, and many instruments to play!
  • You and Me Dance | ages 1½ – 3
    With the care giver close by, students will learn the basics of dance, while engaging in hands-on movement activities essential to proper development in coordination, counting and timing, and self-confidence.  Students learn to stretch and dance through the use of exciting props such as dance scarves, rhythm sticks and ribbon sticks.
  • Movers & Shakers | ages 2 – 4
    Boys & girls love to dance! Let them get their groove on in this fun filled, action packed class full of music, dance, games, and imagination in the dance room and gymnastics gym! This class will encourage independence from their caregiver while working on gross motor skills, musicality, and following directions.
  • On My Own Dance | ages 2½ – 3
    A structured dance class designed to prepare children to easily transition into being on their own. Parents will begin the session participating with the child and slowly (by week 5) they will transition out so that each child is taking the class on their own. Dance technique and terminology will be taught, as well as motor skills and choreography. Shoes required: BALLET.

PRESCHOOL CLASSES

  • Tutu Tumblers | ages 2 ½ – 3
    Boys and girls will be introduced to dance and gymnastics in this fun and interactive class. Children will stretch and practice motor skills, all while learning basic ballet and gymnastics. Tumble and move your body! Shoes required: BALLET
  • Princess Ballet | ages 3 – 5
    Your little princess will explore ballet technique and movement in this fun class. Children will dance with the use of props such as scarves, crowns, and ribbons, and also color a picture that goes along with the step they have learned. Shoes required: BALLET
  • Ballet/Jazz | ages 3 – 5 
    In this class dancers will learn both ballet and jazz techniques, while exploring movement and having fun! Dancers will stretch, practice motor skills, and learn basic choreography. Shoes required: BALLET
  • Ballet/Tap | ages 3 – 5
    In this class dancers will learn both ballet and tap techniques, while exploring movement and having fun! Dancers will stretch, practice motor skills, and learn basic choreography. Shoes required: BALLET AND TAP
  • Ballet/Tap/Jazz | ages 3 – 5
    In this class dancers will learn ballet, tap, and jazz techniques, while exploring movement and having fun! Dancers will stretch, practice motor skills, and learn basic choreography.  Shoes required: BALLET AND TAP
  • NEW! Beginner Ballet/Tap | ages 3 – 5
    This class is geared toward children who have little to no dance training but want to get a fun introduction to ballet and tap. Dancers will stretch, practice motor skills, and learn basic choreography. *This class will not participate in the June recital so this is a perfect class for new students! (New students are unable to participate in the recital due to costume ship dates). Shoes required: BALLET AND TAP
  • Hip Hop Flip Flop | ages 4 – 6  
    Children will be introduced to basic Hip Hop through innovative and creative body movement from head to toe. They also Flip Flop through some basic cartwheels, rolls, and stretches.

SCHOOL AGE CLASSES

  • The Connection Crew Dance Team | grades K – 12
    The Connection Crew is a competitive dance team whose mission is to build well-rounded dancers and encourage team building in a safe, fun and competitive environment. The Crew is made up of five levels of boys and girls ages 5-18 who work hard through the fall, and perform and compete during the late winter and spring months. Members have the opportunity to compete in Solos, Duets, and Trios, and to be a part of our Elite Team. The Crew looks forward to another fun and successful season! Click here for a list of frequently asked questions. For more information regarding the Connection Crew please call Jessica Fascenelli Weisenbach at 908-273-4242 ext. 129 or email jessica.fascenelli@theconnectiononline.org
  • Ballet | ages 5 & up
    This traditional ballet class will focus on the fundamentals of ballet through use of barre work, center, across the floor, and choreography. Students will engage in strength building movement while learning proper ballet terminology. Shoes required: PINK BALLET
  • Ballet/Tap/Jazz | ages 5 & up 
    This combo class gives children the opportunity to practice ballet, tap, and jazz techniques. Includes a full warm up, center work, and choreography. Shoes required: TAP AND BALLET
  • Dance Foundations for Special Needs | ages 5 – 12
    Children are introduced to basic dance techniques through innovative and creative body movement. Individual modifications to activities will be made as needed.
  • Hip Hop | ages 7 & up 
    Your child will have a blast in this class. Through the use of innovative movement they will improve their balance, coordination, and gain strength. Children will also learn creative choreography. Shoes required: SNEAKERS
  • Boys Hip Hop | ages 6 – 9 
    Your child will have a blast in this class. Through the use of innovative movement they will improve their balance, coordination, and gain strength. Children will also learn creative choreography. Shoes required: SNEAKERS
  • Hip Hop & Flip Flop | ages 4 – 6
    Children are introduced to basic hip hop through innovative and creative body movement. They also flip flop through some basic cartwheels, rolls, and stretches. Shoes required: SNEAKERS
  • Jazz | ages 8 & up
    This class will focus on jazz techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students are exposed to various styles of jazz during the warm-up, stretches, across the floor, and choreography. Shoes required: JAZZ
  • Lights, Camera, Action | ages 5 – 10
    This class will offer your child hands on experience creating a performance. They will learn a song, a dance, make a prop, a costume and perform it at the end of the session working towards our final performance in the spring.
  • Lyrical/Contemporary | ages 11 & up
    This class will focus on both technical elements and expressive movements. Dancers will practice the lyrical and contemporary styles while going through a full warm up, stretches, across the floor, and learning innovative choreography. Shoes required: LYRICAL OR JAZZ
  • Tap/Jazz | ages 8-10
    This tap class will focus on the fundamentals of tap and jazz. Beginning with a warm up, students will learn progressions and technical aspects of both styles of dance, in addition to choreography. Shoes required: TAP AND JAZZ
  • Tap | ages 11 & up
    This class is for tappers with experience and knowledge of tap steps and rhythms. Students will warm up, practice progressions, and learn traditional steps coupled with innovative choreography. Shoes required: TAP