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.

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.

Click Here for the 2018 Dance and Performing Arts Recital Packet.

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

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PARENT/CHILD CLASSES

  • 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.
  • Itty Bitty Ballet| ages 2½ – 3
    This semi-structured dance class is designed to prepare children to easily transition into being in class on their own. Parents will begin the year participating with the child and slowly they will transition out so that each child is taking the class on their own. Class includes fun dance props, stretching, some basic ballet, and lots of fun movement! 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
  • 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
  • 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/Hip Hop | ages 4 – 5
    This combo class gives children the opportunity to learn and practice ballet and hip hop while having fun! It includes free dance, stretching, ballet technique work, across the floor, basic hip hop, and learning the fundamentals of putting together movement in a series. Dancers will also work on their rhythm, spatial awareness, flexibility, and strength. Shoes required: BALLET AND SNEAKERS
  • Hip Hop Flip Flop Beg. | 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 Dance Team | grades K – 12
    The Connection Dance Team’s (TCDT) mission is to build well-rounded dancers and encourages team building in a safe, fun and competitive environment. TCDT dancers are selected by audition in mid June each year. The 2016-2017 season team is made up of five levels of dancers ages 5 and up. In addition members have the opportunity to compete in solos, duets, and trios, and to be a part of our Acro and Elite Teams. For more information regarding the TCDT please call Jessica Fascenelli Weisenbach at 908-273-4242 ext. 129 or email jessica.fascenelli@theconnectiononline.org
  • Acro Tumbling I & II  | ages 6+ and 8+
    This class is perfect for dancers, cheerleaders, and gymnasts. Students will gain flexibility and develop their tumbling skills with the use of the floor exercise mat, blocks/equipment, and tumble track.
  • 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. *New students will be evaluated in their first class to ensure that they are in the appropriate class level.* Shoes required: Girls- PINK BALLET, Boys- BLACK BALLET
  • Ballet/Tap/Jazz | ages 5 & up 
    This combo class gives children the opportunity to learn and practice ballet, tap, and jazz. The class will include stretching, a full warm up, technique work, across the floor, and choreography. Shoes required: All- TAP, Girls- PINK BALLET, Boys- BLACK BALLET
  • Dance Foundations for Special Needs | ages 5 – 9 and 9-12 
    Children are introduced to basic dance techniques through innovative and creative body movement. Individual modifications to activities will be made as needed.
  • Hip Hop (coed) | 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 
    This class is perfect for children who love to move! Through the use of innovative movement they will improve their balance, coordination, and gain strength. Children will also stretch, work on isolations, practice movement across the floor, and learn creative choreography. Intermediate level classes will also learn the basics of popping, waving, tutting, and more! Shoes required: SNEAKERS
  • Lights, Camera, Action | ages 5 – 6 and 7-10
    This class will offer your child hands on experience creating a performance while learning to be a triple threat! They will learn songs, dances, some basic acting, and make a prop and costume. The session will end with an informal performance working towards our final performance in the spring.
  • Lyrical/Contemporary | ages 9 & up and ages 10 & up
    This class will focus on both technical elements and expressive movements. Dancers will work on their flexibility, movement quality, and performance ability while practicing both the lyrical and contemporary styles. Included is a full warm up, stretching, center work, across the floor, and innovative choreography in both styles. Shoes required: TAN HALF SOLES
  • Pre-Pointe | contact director for placement
    This class is for intermediate to advanced level dancers who wish to further develop their ballet training. Dancers will work on forming the proper strength required for pointe while working on ballet technique, proper alignment, and stamina. Please contact Director for placement. Shoes required: TBD
  • Tap/Jazz | ages 9 & up
    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, in addition to fun and creative choreography. Dancers will gain flexibility, explore various movement qualities, and work on their performance abilities. Shoes required: BLACK TAP AND TAN JAZZ
  • Tap Dance Team | contact director for placement
    This class is perfect for tappers with experience and knowledge of tap steps and rhythms. The class includes a full warm up, work on progressions and rhythms, and will couple traditional steps with innovative choreography. Shoes required: BLACK TAP