Dance & Fitness Classes at Fine Arts...

Movement and Rhythm in Dance

All Dance Classes at a Glance

Dress Requirements for Dance Classes

The Fine Arts Association's dance program allows students to enter at any level and/or style appropriate to both ability and age. Students new to Fine Arts with previous study in dance will be scheduled for a placement assessment by appointment with a dance faculty member. Students are evaluated annually to continue proper placement in a challenging class setting. Please note: Ages are guidelines for each dance level.

Young dancers are offered creative movement and ballet/tap combination classes which provide a basic foundation of dance terminology and movements. Using familiar locomotor and non-locomotor steps, students develop increased coordination and spatial awareness.

After studying at these levels, it is typical for a student to continue their dance education in classical ballet, tap and/or jazz. Serious dancers should consider pursuing study in all three styles as the demands of the profession require versatility. For tap, jazz and modern students, parallel study in ballet is strongly recommended as dancers refine placement/alignment while performing demanding stylized choreography.

Students studying in the upper levels will develop technical proficiency, style and performance qualities as they are challenged by advanced vocabulary and complex combinations.

All dance classes are progressive and continue for the full school year (September through June). Most dance classes participate in the annual Dance Recital. The youngest dance classes participate in an informal Sharing Day.

From the disciplined beauty of ballet to the staccato click of the taps and dynamics of jazz, dance has remained one of the strongest disciplines at the School of Fine Arts. Study at Fine Arts has enabled many of its students to pursue higher education at prestigious schools of dance and to begin a career as a dancer. The Fine Arts staff is indeed more than qualified to lead in such training. The School's dance department provides a learning environment where students receive the care and attention needed to become professional, self-confident dancers, in addition to acquiring an appreciation of dance as an art form.

Our dance curriculum now also offers fitness programs in Pilates and Yoga for a lifetime of health and happiness.

Dance performances play an important role in the School. Students eagerly await their turn to pirouette on stage in front of parents and supporters. Performing opportunities not only give experience to the future dancer, they give confidence and enjoyment to all students.

Download your Dance Recital Handbook here.

Dance Recital 2017 & Costume Info

Fine Arts dancers participate in recitals held on June 16 and 17, 2017 at Andrews Osborne Academy. Rehearsal days are both Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 15, 2017. Tickets for this event will be available starting Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Fine Arts Customer Service Center. More information about recitals can be found in the FAA Dance Recital Handbook posted at Fine Arts.

Dance Recital 2017 is a costume year.

NEW THIS YEAR: To CONFIRM your student's participation in the 2017 recitals and ORDER their costume for each dance class, register and submit payment as noted in the chart below when you register for your student's dance class(es). Costume fees are required AND non-refundable for each class in which a student participates. Costume fees can now be included as part of the payment plan, if necessary.

Please pay costume fees according to the number of dance classes in which your student is enrolled for the Spring 2017 session.

FAA DANCE FACTORY AND FAA KREW dancers: DO NOT include the Dance Factory or Krew class as part of the costume fees, as these classes order their costumes separately.

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Fine Arts Dance Faculty

  • Jessie Barbarich, Ballet/Tap
  • Kailei Fields, Ballet/Break Dancing/Contemporary/Hip Hop/Jazz/Tap/FAA Krew Ensembles
  • Lisa-Marie French, Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Modern/Musical Theatre
  • Beatrice Hammett-Parker, African Dance/Ballet/Tap/Zumba
  • Rebecca Sanders, Ballet/Jazz/Modern/Tap/Dance Factory Ensembles
  • Jan Smith, Ballet
  • Hannah Ziegler, Jazz/Modern/FAA Vocal Motion Ensemble

Click here for faculty bios.


Costume Fees

(based on # of classes in which your student is registered)
Students Student Name(s) Class No. of Classes Costume Fee
DSP1701-COST ONE dance class $75
DSP1702-COST TWO dance classes $150
DSP1703-COST THREE dance classes $225
DSP1704-COST FOUR dance classes $300
DSP1705-COST FIVE dance classes $375
DSP1706-COST SIX dance classes $450
DSP1707-COST SEVEN dance classes $525
DSP1708-COST EIGHT dance classes $600