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BALLET
The ballet program is designed for children, professionally aspiring students, and those who wish to study dance for their personal enjoyment. The ballet program curriculum is based on the Royal Academy of Dancing Syllabus. The R.A.D. is an international organization whose purpose is to maintain high standards of teaching by means of a carefully-graded syllabus.

MUSIC & MOVEMENT

Girls - Pink Leotard, pink tights & pink leather ballet slippers, or bare legs and bare feet. Hair MUST be in a ponytail or bun (preferred). Short hair must be pulled back out of the face.
Boys - White t-shirt, dark shorts, white socks & black ballet shoes or bare feet.

PRE-BALLET CLASSES
Girls - Plain ballet pink long-sleeved leotard, pink tights and pink leather ballet shoes with elastics sewn on. No leotards with skirts attached and NO SKIRTS. Hair MUST be in a ponytail or a bun, bun’s preferred. Short hair must be pulled back out of the face.
Boys - White t-shirt, black or navy shorts, sweatpants or tights, black ballet shoes with elastics sewn on.

BALLET I - VII
Boys - White t-shirt or leotard. Black sweatpants, dance pants, or tights. Black Ballet shoes with elastics sewn on.
Girls
- Pink tights, pink ballet shoes with elastics sewn on, leather or canvas. Hair MUST be in a ponytail or bun (preferred). Short hair must be pulled back out of the face. Girls leotards are as follows:
Ballet IA & Ballet IB: Pink leotard
Ballet IIA & IIB: Red leotard
Ballet III & IV: Royal blue Leotard
Ballet V: Green leotard
Ballet VI-VII: Any solid color leotard

MODERN
Modern dance explores all possibilities of movement, incorporating ballet and other ethnic dance. Modern Dance comes from the earth, using gravity for its benefit instead of trying to defy gravity like in ballet. We will teach all styles to give you a good foundation to express yourself. It is a valuable technique to learn in order to become a well-rounded dancer.
Girls - Leotard as per ballet class or black, black or pink tights or jazz pants, bare feet. Hair MUST be in a ponytail or bun (preferred). Short hair must be pulled back out of the face.
Boys - White t-shirt, black or navy sweatpants, bare feet.

JAZZ
Set to modern and contemporary music, jazz technique and style are taught in progressive levels through a series of warm-ups and combinations.
Girls
- Leotard as per ballet class or black, black tights or jazz pants, black jazz shoes. Hair MUST be in a ponytail or bun (preferred). Short hair must be pulled back out of the face.
Boys - White t-shirt, black or navy sweatpants or dance pants, black jazz or ballet shoes.

TAP
Incorporating jazz and musical theatre, tap is valuable for the student's understanding of rhythms, syncopation, and the development of coordination.
Girls - Leotard as per ballet class or black, black or pink tights or jazz pants, black tap shoes. Hair MUST be in a ponytail or bun (preferred). Short hair must be pulled back out of the face.
Boys - White t-shirt, black or navy sweatpants, tap shoes.

HIP HOP
Hip Hop is a high energy class. Unlike other methods, hip hop encourages students to do steps with their own style and flair. Hip Hop also involves basic break dancing techniques to help build balance and strength. All of these elements work together to help students learn balance, coordination, and discipline with a flair that is all their own.
Girls
- Black tank leotard, jazz pants or pants you can move in, black jazz sneakers suggested, you may wear regular sneakers but they may not be what you wore in off the street. Hair MUST be in a ponytail or bun (preferred). Short hair must be pulled back out of the face.
Boys - White t-shirt, black or navy sweatpants or dance pants, black jazz sneakers suggested, you may wear sneakers but they may not be what you wore in off the street.

DANCE CLASSES FOR ADULT

Please wear clothing that allows you to move freely during class, for ballet you need ballet slippers and for tap you need tap shoes. Modern is done with bare feet.

DANCE WEAR PURCHASE & EXCHANGE
Dance attire can be purchased at
Bobby's Dance Wear
- 13471 West Center Road, (402) 334-1225
Please bring any outgrown, wearable dancewear and shoes in ANYTIME
and put them in our bins in the Dance Studio.


POLICIES

NEW STUDENTS
• All students must be registered prior to the first day of class.
• Students must be a minimum of 3 years years of age by Sept. 1st and potty trained.
• All new students, with the exception of Music & Movement and Pre-Ballet, must contact the dance director for proper class placement. Placement will be determined by the director and instructors.
• Me and My Shadow class requires your child to be accompanied by an adult.

ALL STUDENTS
• T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts or baggy warm up gear are not allowed.
• Hair must be kept neatly away from face and neck either in a bun or a pony tail, short hair should be clipped back or held back with a cloth headband.
No gum chewing allowed. No jewelry should be worn.

ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance is required in all classes and is essential to the progress of the student. Students are expected to come and watch class if they are injured or not contagious. In case of absence, the parent needs to notify the Dance Department by calling 334-6406. Classes missed may be made up during the current semester by consulting the instructor or director. Students should arrive with sufficient time to dress and warm up prior to class.

REFUNDS
Refunds will be given only in cases of prolonged illness, with medical verification. There are no refunds for voluntary withdrawal or missed classes.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
In the event of inclement weather, there will be a message on the Dance Departments outgoing voice mail (334-6406). You are to check 1 hour prior to the start time of your class to find out if class is canceled or continuing as normal. We DO NOT follow suit with the School Closings, so please call. You may also call the Front Desk (334-6406) or Member Services (334-6426) to get the latest information.

PARENT OBSERVATIONS
Fall Semester parent observations will be held during the month of November. Classes will be held on stage in the JCC Theatre. You will receive notice as to which day to attend. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend. Parents may arrange to observe classes at other times by contacting the instructor or dance director. You may always come and observe classes in the ballet studio on our TV monitors in the hallway. Parents are not to sit in unless they have permission by the teacher.

FIELD TRIPS
Special field trips are offered for various dance performances in the area. We meet beforehand, discuss what we are going to see, then go and enjoy. As events draw near, information will be made available and sign-up sheets will be posted. Field trips are open to students, parents and friends.

WORKSHOPS & FILMS
Various workshops are offered in areas of interest for our dance students, including master classes with guest teachers, special lectures, stage make-up, injury prevention, etc. Information will be made available as events draw near.

PERFORMANCES
As dance is a performing art, performance experience is an important element in dance training. Students will be informed of different performing opportunities available to them. Each year there is a culminating performance in May, every other year we do a Grande Story Ballet and on the off year we will do a Themed performance.





For more information contact:

Esther Katz, Dance & Cultural Arts Director
(402) 334-6406  ekatz@jccomaha.org

Jessica Westerlin, Dance & Cultural Arts Assistant Director
(402) 334-6402  |  jwesterlin@jccomaha.org

REGISTER
 - Online via our website
 - Call the JCC Registrar, at (402) 334-6419
 - Stop by or call Member Services at (402) 334-6426