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

STUDIO CLOSED  DEC. 24-JAN. 2  HAPPY HOLIDAYS

      2021-2022 SEASON CLASS OFFERINGS & SCHEDULE

Full Season Classes start Sept. 20th

 6 Week Series Classes start Oct. 4th  

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 Oct. 4th                      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 Oct. 4th 

Musical Theater Littles           1st -3rd grade                                                                 Friday 4:30-5:30   Learn about the most essential elements of musical theater, singing, acting & dancing!  Students use theater games, storytelling and role-playing to stretch their imaginations and discover the endless creativity in themselves. During this hour class students will grow in self- expression, communication, projection, body awareness and coordination, and learn the foundation of proper singing technique as well as fun dance choreography.  At the end of the 6-week series, we'll have a fun theater presentation for all the parents to come and enjoy! No experience necessary, all levels welcome. 

 

6 week series starting Oct. 4th 

Musical Theater Club             4th – 9th grade                                                                 Monday 4:30-6:00   Learn about the most essential elements of musical theater, singing, acting & dancing!  Students use theater games, storytelling and role-playing to stretch their imaginations and discover the endless creativity in themselves. During this hour and a half class students will work on vocal techniques, proper breathing, diction, projection and basic dance choreography.   During the six weeks, students will learn and perform a scene consisting of a script, song and dance from a Broadway Show.

 

6 week series starting Oct. 4th 

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.

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.