A Chance to Dance

A therapeutic movement program designed for people of all ages and abilities with Autism and/or other special needs.  Through this program participants become aware of how their bodies move, they develop movement skills that will later become useful in a variety of physical activities, including both dance and sports.  All sessions include a warm up, stretching, balancing, motor imitation, dance moves and choreography.  Visual Aids and PECS are utilized for effective communication if necessary.  

Beginner Contemporary

Ages 8-11.  Builds on the basics of contemporary dance, focus on feeling the movement and working the angles of the body.


Intermediate Contemporary

Ages 12+.  Faster pace of instruction and emphasis on students creating movement.


Tiny Ballet, Hip Hop, Tumble

Ages 1-4.  In this class, children work on important skills such as listening, muscle control, body isolations, balance, and spacial awareness— though it is masked as play! This class prepares the younger dancer for later dance technique classes by incorporating vocabulary and similar movements learned in ballet, jazz, tumble and hip hop classes.


Ballet 1

Ages 5-8.  The beginner level of ballet. Young dancers develop lifelong abilities in coordination, music tempo, strength and stability, flexibility, and patience. Both across the floor and barre work is done at this level, and dancers are expected to begin practicing their technique at home. The positions of the feet, arms, and stage directions should be understood and rehearsed.


Ballet 2

Dancers in Ballet II have either completed 1+ year(s) of Ballet I or have been specially recommended by a BDC instructor. Dancers must be prepared to work harder at this intermediate stage of ballet, and understand that more is expected of them in class (remembering center choreography, positions of the feet and arms, and vocab words). Dancers at this level of ballet may be asked to recite or indicate knowledge of specific ballet movements, terminology, or direction.


Ballet 3

Dancers in Ballet III have at least 3 years dance experience or have been previously recommended to the class by a BDC instructor. Dancers are held to higher expectations, and must be prepared to work harder at this intermediate/advanced stage. Dancers understand that more is expected of them in class (memorization of center choreography, barre exercises, routines, positions of the feet, arms and body, and intermediate level terminology). Written quizzes are given intermittently throughout the dance year, and dancers should be able to score a 75% or higher. Dancers must commit to practicing outside of regular lessons or risk being asked to attend a lower level class until technique and/or behavior improves. Please note that dancers must adhere to a dress code.

  • Ballet III Dress Code:

    • Leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes. A dance skirt or shorts may be worn. Hair must be in a bun or otherwise secured to head.


Ballet 4

Dancer MUST have instructor approval in order to enroll, regardless of previous dance training. A longer, more rigorous test of endurance and strength, Ballet IV is currently Brooks Dance Center’s highest level of ballet. Not only are dancers expected to remember advanced terminology, dance history, and choreography, they are also sometimes asked to demonstrate for lower levels, choreograph a short phrase or movement statement, complete research assignments, take written tests, or present material in class. Pointe shoes may be worn by pointe students for barre and/or center exercises at the instructor’s discretion and approval.

  • Ballet VI Dress Code:

    • Leotard, pink tights, ballet or pointe shoes. A dance skirt or shorts may be worn. Hair must be in a bun or otherwise secured to head.

Beginner Hip Hop                                                                     
Ages 5-8 or first time dancer.  Basic Hip Hop steps, emphasis on musicality as well as body awareness.

Intermediate Hip Hop
Ages 9-11. Prior Hip Hop experience necessary but not required if falls in age range.  Faster pace of instruction.


Advanced Hip Hop

Ages 12+. Instruction will build on the fundamentals within Intermediate Hip Hop at a much faster pace, choreography will be advanced. 


Tiny Tap

Ages 2-4, Learning rhythm and counting as a first tap class, no experience necessary. 

Beginner Tap
Ages 5+.  Basic Tap technique with emphasis on learning choreography, developing a sense of rhythm and counting.


Intermediate Tap
Ages 10+.  More advanced tap technique with emphasis on progressions and learning choreography, developing a sense of rhythm and counting.


Adult Tap
Ages 18+. Prior training preferred but not necessary, instruction at a steady pace with emphasis on counting and rhythm.


Adult Hip Hop

Ages 18+.  Basic Hip Hop movement with emphasis on having a good time. 


Beginner Jazz

Ages 6-10. Class will focus on traditional Jazz found in both musical theater and contemporary jazz variations.


Intermediate Jazz

Ages 11+. Builds on Beginner Jazz fundamentals, faster pace of instruction.



Ages 4+. Beginner to Advanced Clogging, works on fundamental steps and choreography.


Beginner Tumbling

Ages 5+.  Basic Tumbling, working on strength and coordination. 



Ages 10+.  Must have completed beginner tumbling before moving to acro, working on strength and coordination, progression to handsprings, walkovers etc.