474 Prospect Avenue 2nd floor, West Orange, NJ 07052
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973 669-1791 ● Established 1998

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      2021-2022 SEASON CLASS OFFERINGS & SCHEDULE

Full Season Classes start Sept. 20th

 6 Week Spring Series Classes start March 25th

Summer Classes & Camps June-August   

Classes starting at age 18 months 

Our dress code requirements for each class are stipulated at registration

Our goal is to nurture, develop, challenge, and cultivate self-expression and self-confidence.  UPAC offers a professional and disciplined atmosphere in the study of dance. Our diverse staff includes professional dancers, choreographers, and educators who enthusiastically share their years of experience with our students.   

You & Me -  18months - 2.5years     6 week series starting March 26th                Saturday 9:15-10:00  This is a introductory toddler dance class where a parent or guardian joins them during class. Students will dance, sing and play while developing their gross motor skills, balance, coordination and more.  You will help your child learn new skills and reach developmental milestones in each class and beam as you see them master them! This class will introduce toddlers to our studio and make sure they feel comfortable learning to dance with us before trying an independent class like our creative movement class. 

Creative Movement – ages 2.5 (by Oct. 1st) – 3.5yrs.                                                Saturday 9:15-10:00   Specifically created for our younger students, this class is designed to structure these youthful expressions in a fun & educational way. It combines movement with music and song, which helps to develop rhythm, coordination, and motor skills, as well as listening and social skills.

Preschool – ages 3.5 (by Oct. 1st) – 5yrs.                             Tuesday 4:30-5:30 or  Saturday 10:00-11:00
This one hour class provides a foundation of skills for creative expression through ballet, tap and creative movement techniques. An enjoyment of music and movement as well as a positive self-image is our primary goals. 

Combo – Kindergarteners                                                Wednesday 4:30-5:30 or Saturday 11:00-12:00  This one hour class is a combination of ballet & tap.  Students will continue to develop their basic fundamentals in each discipline for a half hour each.

Mini – 1st & 2nd graders                                                                                                Monday 4:30-6:00  This hour and a half class consists of ballet, tap and jazz. Students will continue to learn new steps, expand their dance vocabulary and begin learning the fundamentals of jazz.

Hip Hop I        (2nd-4th grade)                                                                                     Friday 5:30-6:30  Hip Hop II      (5th-7th grade)                                                                                      Friday 6:30-7:30  Hip Hop III     (8th-12th grade)                                                                                    Friday 4:30-5:30  Students learn the latest in hip-hop and street dance. This one hour class includes warm-up followed by age-appropriate dance combinations. Emphasis is on developing individual style.

 

Ballet – by placement only               

Students will start by learning vocabulary and positions of classical ballet. A sensible and fun approach is used to teach correct placement and alignment, which will provide an excellent foundation. Students will progress to exercises at the barre and in center that are aimed at improving balance, control, and coordination. Students will also learn spatial awareness, dynamics, and artistry of movement. Exercises are created to enhance the student's individual qualities, raise their technical level, and focuses on healthy techniques to create strong and flexible bodies.

 

Pre-Pointe - by placement only, student must take at least 3 hours of ballet per week.          

This half hour class will concentrate on developing and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. Students will be evaluated mid-season to determine if they are ready for pointe shoes.

 

Pointe - by placement only, student must take at least 3 hours of ballet per week.           

In order to be able to dance en pointe, a dancer must have had time to achieve the form, strength, turnout, balance and alignment needed to make a successful transition into pointe work. Proper technique is required to be able to properly rise on the toes without risks of injury. Students will be evaluated to determine if they are physically ready to meet the demands of pointe work.

 

Jazz – by placement only

Every hour and a half class will begin with a warm-up and stretches, concentrating on correct placement and followed by across the floor progressions. These progressions consist of leaps, turns, kicks and jumps. Class concludes with a stylistically challenging combination in any of the following jazz styles; lyrical, contemporary, modern, and street jazz.  It is a high energy class that promises to be fun filled!

 

Tap - by placement only

Dancers will use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. Dancers will be exposed to various styles of tap including Broadway, Classical and Hoofing. In this one hour class a dancer will learn a series of basic steps and build more difficulty into the combinations, speed and rhythmic patterns as they advance. The objective is to produce clean, clear sounds while stylizing the upper body.

 

6 week series starting March 26th  

Musical Theater Littles -        1st-4th grade                                                              Friday 4:00-5:30          Students learn about the most essential elements of musical theater, singing, acting and dance.

 

Acrobatics/Tumbling –           1st - 4th grade                                                            Saturday 10:00-11:00                                                       5th gr.& up                                                                Saturday 11:00-12:00

This one hour class will focus on basic tumbling skills such as rolls and cartwheels and progress to more advanced skills such as walkovers, aerials and handsprings. Students will learn tricks they can use in dance and cheerleading.

 

SUMMER DANCE AT UPAC   CAMPS & CLASSES

UPAC’s summer dance programs are designed for both the beginner who loves to dance and the student who is looking for a challenge.  Your child will be nurtured and encouraged, while expanding on their technique, venture into new styles of dance as well as building self-expression and self-confidence in a fun filled environment.  

DANCE INTENSIVES – For experienced dancers 5th – 12th grade

Ballet, Tap, Jazz (all styles), Hip Hop & more

Week 1:       June 27th- July 1st   5:30-8:30pm          

Week 2:       July 25th -29th         5:30-8:30pm      

DANCE CAMP HALF DAY For beginner-intermediate level 1st -4th grade

Musical Theater, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Acrobatics/Tumbling, Crafts and a Performance at the end of each week!

Week 1: July 11-15          8:30-12:30 pm     

Week 2: July 25-29          8:30-12:30 pm     

Week 3: August 8-12       8:30-12:30 pm     

SMALL FRY 6 DANCE CLASS SERIES - For preschoolers & incoming kindergarteners (ages 3-5yrs) Class consists of creative movement, ballet & tap. It is a great way to fine tune the gross motor skills while learning the basic principles of ballet & tap.

July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21              Tuesday’s & Thursday’s        4:30-5:30pm  

MINI & PETITE 6 DANCE CLASS SERIES - For incoming 1st-4th graders. Classes consist of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop & more

July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21              Tuesday’s & Thursday’s        5:30-6:30pm   

JUNIOR & TEEN 6 DANCE CLASS SERIES - For incoming 5th-12th graders. beginner to intermediate level.  Classes consist of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop & more

July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21              Tuesday’s & Thursday’s        6:30-7:30pm   

Limited Space Available.  Payment Due Upon Registration

THE DRESS CODE

The Dress Code is our in-house retail store that carries all items required for classes. In addition we carry UPAC paraphernalia.

Requirements for Classes
Our dress code requirements for each class are stipulated at registration and will be enforced to maintain UPAC's high standards.