ACS LITTLES Program (Ages 1-4) Like a Flower before it blooms, our Littles program is designed for children ages 2 – 4yrs. Students are introduced to Ballet, Tap and African dance class through Creative Movement, where they begin to explore their body alignment, locomotive skills, vocabulary memorization, all while developing their creative self-expression. As students are encouraged to become familiar with the principles of each dance discipline, they also enhance classroom etiquette and social skills, while they use their bodies and their minds. Every week, our “minis” have a 45 minute class in one of the following disciplines: African, Ballet, and Tap. Students in the MINI program perform in our annual dance showcase and select parades and events throughout the year if selected
ACS YOUTH (Ages 5-18) Just as a flower bud has not yet bloomed into a full-size flower, our Youth program builds upon the fundamentals of the Mini program. The goal for our youth students is to enhance their proficiency in the fundamentals of ballet and modern technique while learning additional dance disciplines such as Majorette, African, Tap, and Hip-Hop. Special attention is also paid to placement, vocabulary, dance etiquette, professionalism and performance quality. Students will learn concentration and endurance as they become more knowledgeable and confident in all of their skills. Students in our youth program perform in our annual dance showcase and select parades and events throughout the year if selected.
BOYS’ PROGRAM (Ages 2-18) Dance classes are a great opportunity for male students to build athletic endurance, balance, coordination and confidence. ACS offers dance classes to male students who have the raw ability, physical facility and passion to dance. With qualified instructors, male students learn how to comfortably express themselves through masculine movement while building technique, creativity and discipline. There are times when our male students study alongside female students in classes according to their level and age. Students in our boys program perform in our annual dance showcase and select parades and events throughout the year if selected.
ACS ADULT (Ages 19 and up) Our Adult Dance and Wellness Program is designed for the new student and the seasoned dance enthusiast. It is an ideal way for the adult student to learn the basics of dance/fitness techniques and terminology. Students with a bit more experience are challenged with choreography and performance opportunities. Adult classes are offered year-round and give students the necessary skill sets to attain their fitness and wellness goals by choosing a more fun, active lifestyle. Each week, in an open level Adult class, dancers build on their technique, coordination, strength, flexibility and stamina. Terminology, body alignment, and stretch are also emphasized while learning to sequence movement together in short combinations. Currently, our Adult class offerings include African: Remixed and Belly Dance. The Wellness classes are Yoga, MixxedFit, Pound and Personal Training is available upon request.
DONATE TO OUR PROGRAMS Turn Potential into Reality! A new opportunity to support ACS through the young artist dance program. Over the last 5 years, ACS Dance Program has succeeded as a vehicle for youth development and has grown each year! Program Highlights: Students come from 5 zip codes, 66% need scholarship support to participate, Most students takes 3+ dance classes a week, ACS provides some scholarships, individualized mentoring, exposure to national dance role models, referrals to homework help, tutoring and other arts programs.