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Youth & Teen Dance

Youth classes at the HCA Dance Studio are the perfect opportunity to explore dance in a welcoming environment. We have classes for beginner level students to intermediate and advanced dancers. Our students make lasting friendships and learn from a dedicated team of dance faculty and guest faculty.

Please note that the age ranges and level placements below are suggestions only. Families of dancers age 8 and up should contact Director Jessica Wilson at jessica@hopartscenter.org to determine the most appropriate class. Placement in a level is subject to change and a student schedule may change during the course of a session based on the student's progression. 

DANCE CALENDAR

Girls:

  • Camisole Dress in Candy Pink - Bloch, CL7207

  • Ballet shoes

  • Ballet tights 

  • Hair pulled back and secured. Longer hair must be in a ponytail. Hair shorter than shoulder length may be pulled back and secured with bobby pins or clips.

  • Optional: ballet sweater

 Boys: 

  • White crew neck shirt, a long sleeve shirt is welcome in colder months

  • Black shorts

  • White socks

  • White ballet slippers

  • Hair should be neat. Longer hair should be combed back and secured.

Creative Dance and Creative Dance and Ballet

 Girls:

  • Short Sleeve Dress in Light Pink - Bloch, CL8262

  • Ballet shoes

  • Ballet tights 

  • Hair pulled into a bun. Hair shorter than shoulder length may be pulled back and secured with bobby pins or clips

  • Optional: ballet sweater

 Boys: 

  • White crew neck shirt, a long sleeve shirt is welcome in colder months

  • Black shorts

  • White socks

  • White ballet slippers

  • Hair should be neat. Longer hair should be combed back and secured.

Foundations 1 and 2

 Girls:

  • Short Style Leotard in Lavender - Bloch, CL5602

  • Barre Stretch Waist Ballet Skirt in Lavender - Bloch, CR5110

  • Jazz Leggings, capris or ankle length, black (dancers will remove skirt and put on leggings over their lavender leotard for the jazz potion of class)

  • Ballet shoes

  • Ballet tights 

  • Hair pulled into a bun. Hair shorter than shoulder length may be pulled back and secured with bobby pins or clips.

 Boys: 

  • White crew neck shirt, a long sleeve shirt is welcome in colder months

  • Black shorts or dance leggings

  • White socks

  • White ballet slippers

  • Hair should be neat. Longer hair should be combed back and secured.

Foundations 3

 Girls:

  • Navy Blue Leotard. Simple classical styles, like a tank, camisole, or short sleeve, preferred (no mesh, key holes, criss-cross straps, or open back).

  • Navy Blue Skirt, either a pull on mock wrap or wrap skirt, georgette fabric

  • Jazz Leggings, capris or ankle length, black (dancers will remove skirt and put on leggings over their lavender leotard for the jazz potion of class)

  • Optional: tank style shirt, any color, to wear over their leotard during jazz class

  • Ballet shoes and pointe shoes if appropriate

  • Tan jazz shoes

  • Ballet tights 

  • Hair pulled into a bun. Hair shorter than shoulder length may be pulled back and secured with bobby pins or clips.

Boys: 

  • White crew neck shirt or dance shirt

  • Black dance leggings

  • White socks

  • White ballet slippers

  • Black jazz shoes

  • Optional: black jazz dance pants

  • Hair should be neat. Longer hair should be combed back and secured.

Elementary

Girls:

Ballet

  • Navy Blue Leotard, any style

  • Navy Blue Skirt, either a pull on, mock wrap, or wrap skirt, georgette fabric

  • Ballet shoes and pointe shoes if appropriate

  • Ballet tights 

  • Hair pulled into a bun. Hair shorter than shoulder length may be pulled back and secured with bobby pins or clips.

Contemporary

  • Joggers, track pants or dance pants, any color

  • Any comfortable shirt

  • Socks

Jazz and Hip Hop

  • Tan jazz shoes

  • Dance Sneakers

  • Legging, ankle or capris length, black

  • Joggers (light-weight fabric preferred) or track pants, any color

  • T-shirt or comfortable shirt

Character

  • Character Shoes, black

  • Regular ballet leotard and tights dress code. Please also have a black leotard in your wardrobe for special events

  • Character skirts are available to borrow from the studio

Special Supplies

  • Conditioning class requires a yoga mat, tennis ball, small beach ball, and resistance bands of various strengths

  • Notebook and pen or pencil

 

Boys: 

Ballet

  • White dance shirt or leotard

  • Black dance leggings

  • White or black socks

  • White or black ballet slippers

  • Hair should be neat. Longer hair should be combed back and secured.

Contemporary

  • Joggers, track pants or dance pants, any color

  • Any comfortable shirt

  • Socks

Jazz and Hip Hop

  • Black jazz shoes

  • Dance Sneakers

  • Dance pants, black

  • Joggers (light-weight fabric preferred) or track pants, any color

  • T-shirt or comfortable shirt

Character

  • Character Shoes, black

  • Black socks

  • Dance pants

  • White shirt or leotard

Special Supplies

  • Conditioning class requires a yoga mat, tennis ball, small beach ball, and resistance bands of various strengths

  • Notebook and pen or pencil

Junior Ensemble and Ensemble

All Genders:

  • Comfortable clothing you can move in is appropriate. 

  • Light-weight joggers, track pants, or dance pants suggested. No jeans.

  • Sneakers (shoes are required, dancers may slip if they wear only socks)

A note about sneakers - outside shoes can leave the dance floor dirty. Please have designated sneakers or dance sneakers for the studio.

Hip Hop

Girls:

  • Both jazz and hip hop foundation will be practiced throughout the session. Please have tan jazz shoes and any style dance sneakers.

  • Jazz leggings, capris or ankle length, black

  • Joggers (light-weight fabric preferred), any color

  • T-shirt or tank top

A note about sneakers - outside shoes can leave the dance floor dirty. Please have designated sneakers or dance sneakers for the studio.

 

Boys:

  • Both jazz and hip hop foundation will be practiced throughout the session. Please have black jazz shoes and any style dance sneakers.

  • Dance pants, black

  • Joggers (light-weight fabric preferred), any color

  • T-shirt or comfortable shirt

A note about sneakers - outside shoes can leave the dance floor dirty. Please have designated sneakers or dance sneakers for the studio.

Jazz and Hip Hop

Any comfortable clothing will do.

 

Beginner Dance and Intermediate Ballet

  •  please have well fit ballet shoes

 

Modern Dance

  • bare feet

  • keep some spare socks in your bag

  • leggings or pants preferred over shorts for ease of movement on the floor

 

Hip Hop

  • dance sneakers or street style sneakers that are clean

 

Tap

  •  tap shoes

Adult/Teen Classes

DRESS CODE

It’s more than just an outfit. Proper dress code helps the dancers learn and stay safe.

  • The required clothing will allow dancers to see themselves in the mirror. The mirror is a tool that aids the dancers in identifying proper form while recognizing the feeling in the body that accompanies that form. 

  • Well fit dance shoes allow dancers to work correctly, preventing injury and ensuring safety.

  • Hair secured off the face allows the dancers to easily use eye focus during movements aiding movement quality and musicality while allowing the dancer to fully participate in the movement without distraction.

  • Jewelry can be a distraction, and it can even be a hazard  if it catches on something or falls to the floor. Please refrain from wearing jewlery in the studio except for religious and cultural reasons. 

 

Local Stores

Some local dance stores include WOW Dancewear in Auburn, Back Bay Dancewear in Burlington, Capezio in Wellesley, and LaBrie Dance (Capezio) in Smithfield, RI.

 

Online options include DiscountDance.com, DancewearSolutions.com, Bloch (https://us.blochworld.com), Capezio (https://www.capezio.com/), and Dance Supplies (https://www.dancesupplies.com).

  • ​Fall 2024 Session (16 weeks)
    Classes begin: Monday September 9, 2024

    Classes end: Mon (1/27/25), Tues (1/14/25), Wed (1/15/25), Thu (1/16/25) , Fri(1/17/25) and Saturday (1/18/25) 

    January 21–January 30, 2025 is reserved for make-up classes.​

    Spring 2025 Session (16 weeks)
    Classes begin: Friday January 31, 2025

    Classes end: Mon (6/19/25), Tues (6/3/25), Wed (6/4/25), Thu (6/5/25) , Fri(5/30/25) and Saturday (6/7/25)

    June 10 – June 22, 2025 is reserved for make-up classes.

    2024-2025 Full 34-Week Year for Elementary, Junior Ensemble and Ensemble
    Classes begin: Monday, September 9, 2024
    Classes end: Saturday, June 14, 2025

    Classes will not be held on the following days:​

    • October 14, 2024: Indigenous Peoples' Day

    • October 31, 2024: Halloween

    • November 11, 2024: Veterans Day

    • November 27–December 1, 2024: Thanksgiving Break

    • December 23, 2024 –January 5, 2025: Holiday Break

    • January 20, 2025: Martin Luther King Jr. Day​

    • February 17-23, 2025: February Vacation

    • April 21-27, 2025: April Vacation

    • May 24-26, 2025: Memorial Day Weekend

    • June 19, 2025: Juneteenth

  • ​Fall 2024 Session (16 weeks)
    Classes begin: Monday September 9, 2024

    Classes end: Mon (1/27/25), Tues (1/14/25), Wed (1/15/25), Thu (1/16/25) , Fri(1/17/25) and Saturday (1/18/25) 

    January 21–January 30, 2025 is reserved for make-up classes.​

    Spring 2025 Session (16 weeks)
    Classes begin: Friday January 31, 2025

    Classes end: Mon (6/19/25), Tues (6/3/25), Wed (6/4/25), Thu (6/5/25) , Fri(5/30/25) and Saturday (6/7/25)

    June 10 – June 22, 2025 is reserved for make-up classes.

    2024-2025 Full 34-Week Year for Elementary, Junior Ensemble and Ensemble
    Classes begin: Monday, September 9, 2024
    Classes end: Saturday, June 14, 2025

    Classes will not be held on the following days:​

    • October 14, 2024: Indigenous Peoples' Day

    • October 31, 2024: Halloween

    • November 11, 2024: Veterans Day

    • November 27–December 1, 2024: Thanksgiving Break

    • December 23, 2024 –January 5, 2025: Holiday Break

    • January 20, 2025: Martin Luther King Jr. Day​

    • February 17-23, 2025: February Vacation

    • April 21-27, 2025: April Vacation

    • May 24-26, 2025: Memorial Day Weekend

    • June 19, 2025: Juneteenth

       



     


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    Classes will not be held on the following days:

    • October 14, 2024: Indigenous Peoples' Day

    • October 31, 2024: Halloween

    • November 11, 2024: Veterans Day

    • November 27–December 1, 2024: Thanksgiving Break

    • December 23, 2024 –January 5, 2025: Holiday Break

    • January 20, 2025: Martin Luther King Jr. Day​

    • February 17-23, 2025: February Vacation

    • April 21-27, 2025: April Vacation

    • May 24-26, 2025: Memorial Day Weekend

    • June 19, 2025: Juneteenth

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SCHOOL YEAR CLASSES

Saturdays | 9:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m. | September 14, 2024 - January 18, 2025| 16 classes | Register Here

Creative Dance (Pre-school; going into kindergarten in the fall of 2026)

Saturdays | 9:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m.| September 14, 2024 - January 18, 2025 | 16 classes | Register Here

Mondays | 4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m.| September 9, 2024 - January 27, 2024 | 16 classes |Register Here

Creative Dance & Ballet (Pre-K; going into kindergarten in the fall of 2025)

Saturdays | 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. | September 14, 2024 - January 18, 2025 | 16 classes | Register Here

Wednesdays | 4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. | September 11, 2024 - January 15, 2025 | 16 classes |Register Here

Foundations 1 (for dancers entering Kindergarten or 1st grade in the fall of 2024)

Saturdays | 10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. | September 14, 2024 - January 18, 2025 | 16 classes | Register Here

Hip Hop I (for dancers in 1st -3rd grade)

Saturday | 9:00 a.m –10:00 a.m. | September 14, 2024 - January 18, 2025| 16 classes | Register Here

Tuesday | 4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. | September 10, 2024 - January 14, 2025| 16 classes | Register Here

Foundations 2 (for dancers entering 1st and 2nd grade in the fall of 2024)

Saturday | 11:00 a.m –12:15 p.m. | September 14, 2024 - January 18, 2025| 16 classes | Register Here

Thursdays | 4:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | September 12, 2024 - January 23, 2024 | 16 classes | Register Here

Foundation 3 (for dancers in 3rd and 4th grade)

Saturday | 11:15 a.m –12:00 p.m. | September 14, 2024 - January 18, 2025| 16 classes | Register Here

Hip Hop II (for dancers in 4th-6th grade)

Tuesdays |4:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m. | September 10, 2025 - June 10, 2025| 34 classes | Register Here

Thursdays | 4:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m. | September 12, 2024 - June 12, 2025 |34 classes | Register Here

Tuesday and Thursday  | Register Here

Elementary Dancers are encouraged to enroll in two ballet classes a week. Pre pointe and pointe students must be enrolled in three ballet classes a week and be deemed physically ready by HCA instructors. HCA instructors will recommend the third day on an individual basis.

Elementary (4th-7th graders)

Mondays | 5:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m. | September 9, 2024 - January 27, 2025 | 16 classes | Register Here

Jazz and Hip Hop (4th-7th graders, intermediate)

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Repertory, Character for dancers in 6th grade and up

September 9, 2024 - June 14, 2025 | 34 weeks

 

  • Mondays, Ballet, demi pointe, pointe and allegro focus 4:15-5:15

  • Mondays, Jazz and Hip Hop 5:15-6:15

  • Wednesdays, Ballet 4:00-5:30

  • Fridays, Ballet and Pointe/Repertory 4:15-6:30

  • Saturdays, Ballet and Character/Repertory 12:15-2:45

  • Saturdays, additional rehearsals TBA

 

Junior Ensemble Dancers are encouraged to enroll in a minimum of three classes a week. Pre Pointe and Pointe students must be enrolled in a minimum of three days each week and be deemed physically ready by HCA instructors. Please contact jessica@hopartscenter.org to set your schedule and receive a link to register.

Junior Ensemble (6th-10th graders, intermediate)

Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Repertory, Character, Conditioning for dancers in 8th grade and up

September 9, 2024 - June 14, 2025 | 34 weeks

 

  • Tuesdays, Contemporary Studies 5:45-7:45

  • Wednesdays, Ballet 5:30-7:45

  • Thursdays, Conditioning and Ballet 5:45-8:15

  • Fridays, Ballet and Pointe/Repertory 4:15-6:30

  • Saturdays, Ballet and Character/Repertory 12:15-2:45

  • Saturdays, additional rehearsals TBA

 

Ensemble Dancers are encouraged to enroll in a minimum of four classes a week. Pre Pointe and Pointe students must be enrolled in a minimum of three days each week and be deemed physically ready by HCA instructors. Please contact jessica@hopartscenter.org to set your schedule and receive a link to register.

Ensemble (8th-12th graders, intermediate/advanced)

Youth &

Teen Dance

School Year 2024-2025

Students may enroll in one or more classes/week. Discounts apply based on the number of hours taken each week. All youth ballet classes run for two 16-class sessions or one 34-week full year session. 

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