Classes For All Ages and Levels

2-8yrs Classes | Early Childhood

2-3yr Terrific Two's

2-4yr Acro

3-4yr Ballet/Tap Combo

3-4yr Ballet

5-6yr Ballet

5-6yr Hip Hop

5-6yr Ballet/Tap Combo

5-6yr Ballet/Jazz Combo

5-6yr Ballet/Hip Hop Combo

5-8 Ballroom

7-8yr Musical Theatre

7-8yr Ballet

7-8yr Hip Hop

7-8yr Jazz

7-8yr Lyrical

7-8yr Tap

7-8yr Ballet/Tap

7-8yr Ballet/HipHop

7+ AcroDance

9yrs and Older | Recreational Dance

Multiple Levels and Age Groups

  • Ballet

  • Pointe

  • Jazz

  • Tap

  • Lyrical

  • Contemporary

  • Musical Theatre

  • AcroDance

  • Ballet/Hip Hop Combo

  • Hip Hop

  • Ballroom

  • Technique

  • Flexibility & Conditioning

Releve' Company | Competitive Dance Program Ages 4 and Older

Backstage Dance Company has a full competition program as well as recreational dance classes. Our Company (which is made up of all ages and levels of competition dancers) attends multiple regional competitions, conventions and an optional nationals each year. 

 

We believe that participating in a competitive program with dance can help progress dancers in their technique and stage presence, build confidence, understand commitment and being part of a team, encourage leadership and most of all gain lifelong friendships and memories.

Interested in learning more?  Please email dance@backstagedanceco.net or call 865-524-2300 for more information and/or to schedule an evaluation.

Class Descriptions and Uniform Requirements

Terrific Two's

Ages 2-3

Dress Code: Black leotard or black dance dress, skirt of your choice, pink tights, pink ballet shoes  Boys: Black shorts or sweatpants, white or black t shirt, black ballet shoes

 

This class is designed for our youngest dancers who want to express their independence without the assistance of mom or dad. Dancers will have fun learning pre-ballet movement to popular children's music through singing and movement games.

 

Ages 3-4

Dress Code: Black leotard or black dance dress, skirt of your choice, pink tights, pink ballet shoes  Boys: Black shorts or sweatpants, white or black t shirt, black ballet shoes

 

These classes are open to girls and boys ages 3-4.5 years old. Little dancers love to move and pretend, and we utilize these natural tendancies to gently introduce them to the dance world. Dancers need to work in their own body space and wait their turn, they need to learn to respect the studio, the teacher and understand what each piece of equipment in the dance room is used for. Young dancers absorb this while listening to different kinds of music, and dancing with scarves, tambourines, singing songs. The teachers will introduce basic ballet positions, age appropriate stretching exercises and correct posture in a positive and creative environment.

Ages 5-6

Dress Code: Black leotard or black dance dress, skirt of your choice, pink tights, pink ballet shoes

 

Calling all princes and princesses—it’s time to enter the world of “once upon a time.…” Our young dancers start the class with story time, featuring tales from Disney Princesses and Classic Ballets, followed by a ballet lesson. They can become fairies or princesses ... animals or insects ... flowers or feelings. Children learn to express themselves through the physical joy of dancing to music. Whether they are dancing with scarves and ribbon twirlers, practicing their princess walk, or skipping with a partner, every class is a joyful introduction to the basics of classical ballet. Each month will have a different theme. 

Ages 7-8

Dress Code: Black leotard or black dance dress, skirt of your choice, pink tights, pink ballet shoes

 

An exciting Ballet class that introduces the fundamentals of ballet technique. Students are encouraged to use their creativity while learning to follow directions in a more structured classroom environment. Along with building strength and developing poise, students become familiar with the music, stories, costumes and unique characters of the great classical ballet and Disney Princesses in this advanced Fairytale Ballet class.

Classical Ballet

Ages 9+

Dress Code:  Black leotard or black dance dress, pink tights, pink ballet shoes (skirts optional)

 

The fundamental frame for building grace, poise, and discipline of body and mind.  Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vagonova and Cecchetti methods as students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.  We STRONGLY recommend ballet as a core class for each student's technical improvement.

Pointe

Dress Code:  Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes/pointe shoes (skirts optional)

Beginning pointe class can be taken on flat or in pointe shoes at the instructors discrection. All pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.  Instructor placement is required for this class.

Ballet

 

Lyrical

Dress Code: Any black dancewear is acceptable (leotard, leggings, shorts, dance top), half sole shoes, Tan tights optional

Lyrical combines the beauty of ballet with the strength of jazz & modern, creating a unique style of dance. This technique focuses on strength, technique, fluidity, balance, extension and emotion. Choreography uses movement and expression to convey the meaning of the lyrics of the music. For those dancers who have no desire to enroll in classical ballet, contemporary is seen as a great alternative

 

Contemporary

Dress Code: Any black dancewear is acceptable (leotard, leggings, shorts, dance top), half sole shoes, Tan tights optional

Contemporary dance encourages self expression, natural movement and personal interpretation, focusing on spacial awareness, creating levels, floor work, improvisation and dynamics. Contemporary classes range from beginner to intermediate

 

Jazz

Dress Code: Any black dancewear is acceptable (leotard, leggings, shorts, dance top), tan jazz shoes, Tan tights optional

Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

 
 

Tap

Dress Code: Any black dancewear is acceptable (leotard, leggings, shorts, dance top), tan tap shoes, Tan tights  Boys: Black shorts or sweatpants, white or black t shirt, black tap shoes

Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Hip Hop

Dress Code: Any loose fitting clothing is acceptable.  Clean tennis shoes

Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

 

Acrobatics

Dress Code: Any FORM FITTING black dancewear is acceptable (leotard, leggings, shorts, dance top), bare feet or foot mittens

Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline & concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique. Students will learn such things as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance, & contortion tricks and then progress to aerials, tucks, handsprings, etc.   Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, & strength.

 

Musical Theatre

Dress Code: Any black dancewear is acceptable (leotard, leggings, shorts, dance top), tan jazz shoes, Tan tights optional

Musical Theatre class will focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with Broadway style jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expressions.  We are one of the only studio in Knoxville to offer this class, so take advantage of it!

 

Ballet/Tap Combination Classes:

Dress Code: Black leotard, skirt of your choice, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, tan tap shoes

Ballet/Jazz Combination Classes:

Dress Code: Black leotard, skirt of your choice, tan tights, tan jazz shoes, tan tap shoes

Ballet/Hip Hop:

Dress Code: Black leotard, skirt of your choice, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, sweat pants and clean tennis shoes

Combination classes are a great way for students to experience different types of dance in a forty five to one-hour instructional time. The main focus of combination classes is on students having fun and enjoying dance as an everyday activity. Class placement is based on age as well as a student's ability to learn.

Combination Classes

 

Private lessons are available for students to learn solo, duet and trio routines, or to simply work on refining  technique. Please inquire at the desk and we can get you all the details...

Private Lessons

 
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