PRESCHOOL & TODDLER PROGRAM: Twinkle Star Dance™ Program
Twinkle Babies™(age 2-3)
A thirty minute introductory dance class containing ballet, tap and creative movement. Young dancers will learn the basic steps while learning how to follow direction and imitate movement in a positive environment. Engaging music is used to get these little guys inspired to dance. The use of props such as Twinkle bears and hula hoops, enables the young dancers to use their imagination, creativity, and most of all, have fun! Please wear for girls:pink leotard with skirt or tutu, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and black tap shoes; for boys: black sweats or shorts with white t shirt, black ballet shoes and black tap shoes.
Twinkle Star Dance™ (age 3-5)
An age specific 45 minute class containing ballet, tap, and jazz/creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers will also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. For example, all dancers will learn what a “plie” is and how to demonstrate one. The use of fun, age appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. The use of props such as hula hoops for the “freeze dance” makes the end of class the most fun! Please wear for girls:pink leotard with skirt or tutu, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and black tap shoes; for boys: black sweats or shorts with white t shirt, black ballet shoes and black tap shoes.
PreAcro (age 3-5)
An introduction to Acro dance for the young dancer. Dancers will be introduced to rolls, strengthening the big muscle groups, and flexibility. This will also include elements of dance such as stretching and creative movement in a fun atmosphere. Please wear for girls:pink leotard with skirt or tutu, pink tights, no shoes; for boys: black sweats or shorts with white t shirt, no shoes.
SCHOOL AGE CLASSES
Ballet (Age 5+)/Pointe
Ballet is classical dance defined through grace and precision. We instill proper technique and terminology to ensure positive development. Ballet is often known as the base of all dance, and our dancers develop wonderful strength and knowledge through our expert instructors. Students may enroll in age appropriate classes. Once a student reaches level I, it is required that at least 2 ballet classes be taken a week. This allows for the most beneficial development of technique. Pointe is offered per instructor's approval. Jaimie Bernstein is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum Primary through Level 5 and will be presenting students for annual exams (Level 2 and up). Please wear for girls: hair secured in a ballet bun, black leotard with skirt (optional), pink tights, pink ballet shoes; for boys: black sweats or shorts with white t shirt, black ballet shoes.
Jazz (Age 5+)
A style of dance defined by upbeat movements and music. These classes include technique, leaps, jumps, and turns. Once a student reaches level II, it is required that 2 ballet classes a week also be taken to strengthen the student's knowledge of proper technique, body alignment, and flexibility. Ballet is an essential component to learning dance, even if ballet is not the primary focus. Please sign up for age appropriate classes. If you would like to be placed in a leveled class, please contact us for a placement class, if you aren't currently pre-approved. Please wear form fitting dancewear, hair up, and tan jazz shoes or tan turners.
Contemporary (Ages 12+)* Permission required
Contemporary dance is a genre of dance that employs systems and methods found in modern dance and postmodern dance, as well as classical ballet. Contemporary dance draws on modern dance techniques as well as newer philosophies of movement that depart from classical dance techniques by sometimes omitting structured form and movement. To take contemporary levels 4 or 5, 2 ballet classes a week are required. Please wear form fitting dancewear, hair up, and tan turners.
Hip Hop (Age 5+)
A fun and popular class!!! Hip Hop classes teach street movements, including basic break dancing, to current popular music. This style encourages creativity and individuality. This class is for boys and girls, beginners through adult. Everyone can do it! Please sign up for age appropriate classes. Please wear form fitting dancewear, hair up, and black hip hop shoes/combat boots.
Tap (Age 5+)
Tap is a wonderful form of dance that uses sound throughout all of the movements. These classes are fun and energetic combining the sounds and the music to create exciting tap routines. Please sign up for age appropriate classes. Please wear form fitting dancewear, hair up, and Black lace up, split sole tap shoes.
Acro Dance (Age 5+)
Acro combines classical dance technique with acrobatic elements. Dancers will improve flexibility, strength and tumbling skills and learn to incorporate them into jazz, lyrical, and contemporary dance styles. Mats are provided. Because Acro relies on the progression of set skills, at DTNJ, we start students in Beginning, no matter the age. Students will be moved up when certain skills are mastered. If you would like to be placed in a leveled class, please contact us for a placement class, if you aren't currently pre-approved. Please wear form fitting dancewear, hair up, and no shoes.
We also offer an array of teen classes that allow teens to learn at their pace within their age group for a fun learning experience. We offer Beg/Int and Int/Adv levels for teen. We ask that everyone start at Beg/Int regardless of experience and we will move you up when you are ready!
Adults are encouraged to dance in our Teen or advanced levels. If there is enough interest, an adults only class can be arranged.
Please Call DTNJ for more information and to register, or register online via this link: Register Online.
Dance Theatre of New Jersey
112 Bauer Dr, Suite D
Oakland, NJ 07436
September 12-June 16
Hours of Operation
Hours of Operation
We are open only when classes or camps are in session.Please see our class schedule here.