Youth Dance & Performing Arts

The Connection Dance & Performing Arts Program offers classes from ages 1 1/2 through teens. 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!

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IN-PERSON YOUTH CLASSES

All families are required to electronically sign a one-time waiver prior to participating in Connection programs. Members received an email on 10/6/20 with their unique barcode to sign the waiver electronically. If you did not receive your barcode, please email angela.johnson@theconnectiononline.org. Once you have your barcode, click here to fill out the waiver electronically.
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Due to COVID-19 prevention measures, adults are not permitted to wait in the building while youth are taking a class. Drop off and pick up procedures are detailed below.

Please make sure all your contact information is updated in Daxko, including a cell phone number in case we need to contact you during class.

Please note that as required by the state of NJ, masks must be worn at all times, including during class. Please also bring your own water in a water bottle as our water fountains have been shut off.

Class sizes will be limited to ensure adequate social distancing.

All Parent/Child classes will take place outside. We will schedule a make-up class should we need to cancel due to bad weather.

All students must be potty-trained and out of pull-ups and diapers to attend a preschool class.

DROP-OFF

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the class start time.  It is important to be on time as we will not be able to wait outside once the class has begun.
  • Enter the parking lot and stop at the front entrance.
  • Drivers must remain in their car.
  • Before the child exits the car, a staff member will ask health screening questions and conduct a temperature check with a touchless thermometer.
  • The children will then enter through the classroom door which is near the front entrance.
  • Adults will not be permitted to wait in the building while the class is in session.

PICK-UP

  • Please arrive at the time the class is scheduled to finish.  Stop at the front entrance, remain in the car and a staff member will escort your child to your car.
  • If your child is being picked up by someone other than a parent, we must have the names of those drivers in advance.
 

HYBRID YOUTH DANCE CLASSES

Hybrid youth dance classes may be taken in person or on Zoom where they are live-streamed.  Students participating virtually will receive a written evaluation from the instructor at the end of the session, as we will not be able to accommodate personal corrections or feedback during the class. View hybrid class options on our current schedule.

PRESCHOOL CLASSES

  • 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/Jazz | ages 3–5
    This combo class gives children the opportunity to learn and practice ballet, tap, and jazz while having fun! It includes free dance, stretching, technique work, across the floor, and learning the basics of putting together movement in a series. Dancers will also work on their rhythm, spatial awareness, flexibility, and strength. Shoes required: BALLET AND TAP
  • 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 jumps. Children will stretch, work on their rhythm, and more all while having fun!

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 2018-2019 season team is made up of 9 levels of dancers ages 5 and up. In addition, members have the opportunity to compete in solos, duets, and trios, and be a part of the Elite Team. To sign up for the 2019-2020 season auditions or to receive more information, please contact Assistant Dance Team Coordinator Shelby Effron at Shelby.Effron@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 technique and 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 5-7, 7-9 and 8-10
    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 5-14 
    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
  • 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