Dance Delaware Studios

A Standard of Excellence

DanceDelaware believes that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate towards excellence. We strive to reach every child, regardless of language, culture, and physical challenges. Through our distinctive dance program, students develop discipline, respect, confidence, self-esteem and a standard of excellence that carries over into all other aspects of their lives. With a wide range of dance styles, DanceDelaware provides comprehensive training, rooted in technique, that will help nurture and develop well-rounded and versatile dancers.

Under the leadership of Valerie Smith Byron, DanceDelaware’s faculty brings decades of professional education and performance experience to the program, offering high standards of training and care for the overall health and well-being of each student.

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Ballet & Pointe

Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms and it provides grace, poise, and technique needed to be proficient in all other areas of dance. Early ballet classes will help dancers with posture, flexibility, turnout, terminology and ballet positions.

Tap

Tap is a fun, fast-paced style of dance that teaches rhythm, counting and coordination. Early tap classes will cover basic steps and once the concept is achieved the dancer may progress into more challenging levels an techniques.

Jazz

Jazz is a fun dance style that mixes many different forms of movement. Jazz dancing often uses bold, dramatic body movements, including body isolations and contractions.

Contemporary & Lyrical

Contemporary/Lyrical dancing is combining ballet and jazz technique to execute a more interpretive and expressive form of dance. This style performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song. Because this style of dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, the style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness than the precision of the dancer’s movements.

Hip Hop

This discipline teaches the latest, most innovative and trendy urban dance techniques. Elements include proper conditioning, stretch and strengthening techniques, as well as dance steps and combinations.

Cheer Dance

Intense physical activity for sports team motivation, audience entertainment, or competition based upon organized dance routines. Routines taught contain components of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting.

Acrobatics

Learning acrobatics in conjunction with dance allows dancers to develop and display physical strength, balance and agility.

Musical Theater Dance

Acting, singing, dancing = Recreating dances from broadway shows to television to film. Fun, energetic styles of dance for all levels to enjoy.

Improved Physical Health

Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take dance lessons regularly should expect to see a significant improvement in their overall physical health. Regular dance practice can increase your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina.

Socialization Benefits

Dancing is a highly social activity. According to “FamilyTalk Magazine,” dance lessons can help children improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends.

Educational Benefits

Becoming a skilled dancer requires practice, discipline and focus, skills that can be useful in other areas of your child’s life. Dance lessons can help to spark creativity in young children and help them to develop an appreciation for the arts.

Improved Self-Esteem

As children adjust to the movements and postures required in dance, they begin to get a better sense of their bodies. As they become more comfortable in their own skin, their confidence and self-esteem also improve.