Dance Fundamentals

Our Fundamentals program begins at age seven and continues through adulthood with specialized classes in the dance disciplines of ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop and musical theater. Programming is progressive through the school year, and seeks to instill in each student a love and appreciation for the art of dance and performance. We provide a structured class environment with an emphasis on positive reinforcement, respect, commitment and special attention to individual student abilities.


Many paths began here; a strong foundation in ballet allows students to understand and explore the many dance forms which it inspired, as well as giving them an appreciation of beauty born of tradition and form. Students will learn the basics of classical ballet with a focus on proper technique, alignment and terminology in a fun and relaxed environment. Classical barre and center floor steps and variations will increase students strength, flexibility and coordination.

Ballet I

Monday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday, 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Thursday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Thursday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Saturday, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Ballet II

Monday, 5:00pm – 6:15pm

Wednesday, 5:00pm – 6:15pm

Teen/Adult Ballet

Wednesday, 6:15pm – 7:30pm

Ballet III

Tuesday, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Ballet IV

Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Ballet V

Tuesday, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Upper Level Ballet

Saturday, 12:30pm – 2:00pm


Pointe and Pre-Pointe classes are offered as a component to advanced ballet training. This beautiful art form requires discipline and commitment to proper training. Only students aged 13 and over are considered for pointe training and placement is at the discretion of the ballet faculty and studio director. For more information about pointe training at WSD please contact us.


Thursday, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Beginning Pointe

Thursday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Int/Adv Pointe

Thursday, 7:30pm – 9:00pm


Groove to the music of the world in jazz. A mixture of African, European and American dance styles, jazz dance stretches, elaborates and even breaks the rules of classical dance. Often set to popular music, it is the dance form of MTV and the musical theater. Students will explore the different kinds of jazz dance and performance using high energy music and choreography. Concurrent enrollment in a ballet class is recommended for lower levels, and required for advanced dancers in levels 3 and up.

Jazz I

Tuesday, 5:15pm – 6:15pm

Wednesday, 5:15pm – 6:15pm

Jazz I/II

Saturday, 1:00pm – 2:15

Jazz II

Monday, 6:15pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday, 6:15pm – 7:30pm


Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Jazz V

Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:00pm


An introduction to the foundations of modern dance, this class explores the contemporary style while building strength, increasing flexibility and providing a vocabulary of movement that can be applied to all dance styles. Contemporary dance emphasizes the use of the floor for centering and grounding oneself in movement, improvisation and personal expression, and is an ideal complement to jazz and musical theater studies. Concurrent enrollment in a ballet class is required for upper level classes.

Contemporary II

Tuesday, 6:15pm – 7:30pm

Teen/Adult Contemporary

Monday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Contemporary V

Monday, 7:30pm – 9:00pm


Make music with your feet in this popular American dance form! Students receive a solid grounding in classical tap technique while exploring rhythm and music. Tap dancing expands the mind’s ability to remember and repeat patterns, developing mental concentration and physical coordination.

Tap I

Friday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Tap II

Friday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm


Friday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Teen/Adult Tap

Friday, 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Hip Hop

A popular form of jazz dance, hip hop is a high energy street dance style closely allied with trends in popular music. An ever evolving art form, hip hop incorporates elements of improvisation and personal expression in performance. Cutting-edge moves are taught in an age-appropriate manner to family-friendly music

Hip Hop II/III

Tuesday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Hip Hop III/IV

Tuesday, 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Musical Theater

If you like to sing, act and dance than this is the class for you! Musical Theater at WSD is an introduction to acting, dance, vocal skills, musical theater, characterization, theater vocabulary and performing skills. A love for the stage and a passion for performance is all that’s required.

Musical Theater I

Friday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Musical Theater II/III

Friday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Class Placement for Fundamentals

Our fundamentals classes are divided into five progressive levels with placement by age and ability. Upper level classes are subject to teacher recommendation.

Level I Ages 7-9 Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater
Level II Ages 10-12 Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Contemporary
Level III-V Ages 13+ Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pointe (Class placement is subject to teacher recommendation)
Teen/Adult Ages 13+ Ballet, Tap, Contemporary (All experience levels are welcome)
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