Dance is a wonderful way to raise children’s self-esteem and it teaches important life lessons like hard work, dedication and discipline. We offer all levels of dance instruction including classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, musical theatre, hip-hop, tap as well as tumbling.

All of our students get a chance to “show their stuff” and perform for a large audience in a professional setting at our year-end dance recital, but Allegro also offers an avenue for dancers that are looking to perform more often throughout the year by auditioning for one of our dance companies.

Classes for the 2017-2018 Season begin Saturday, September 11, 2017! View our full class schedule for this season or click the links below to learn more about what we offer for dancers at all levels:

 

Why Dance?

Dancing is a highly physical activity! Regular dance practice can increases flexibility, range of motion, grace, coordination, physical strength and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and improve overall cardiovascular health. Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise as well as an art!
In addition to being a physical activity, dancing is also a highly social activity. 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. If your child is shy, enrolling in dance can encourage him or her to reach out to other children their age and help to reduce anxiety about new people or places. Dance also help to alleviate fears related to performing in front of an audience. In our experience, sometimes the dancers that are most anxious about speaking in front of other people become confident young people through their performance experiences!
Becoming a skilled dancer requires practice, discipline, determined and focus – all skills that can be useful in other areas of your child’s life. According to “FamilyTalk Magazine,” dance lessons can help to spark creativity in young children and help them to develop an appreciation for the arts. Students who regularly participate in dance lessons typically tend to perform better academically than their nonparticipating peers. A recent Stanford University study discovered that students who have a background in dance tend to achieve significantly higher SAT scores and do better in math and science competitions. Our graduates have attended such prestigious universities as Fordham, NYU, StoneHill College, High Point University, University of Miami and WPI. While many of our graduates have pursued a career in dance, we feel dance classes at Allegro helps to prepare students to work hard in any field they choose!
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. According to EduDance, dance lessons can encourage children to foster a more positive attitude and explore their own self-expression. This can be particularly beneficial for children who are physically or mentally impaired or those who are attempting to deal with significant emotional problems.

“Today the song “stars” (that we danced to in contemporary) came on my iPod and I started thinking about allegro and how much dancing there for even a short time made such a huge difference for me and I felt the need to say how much I appreciate you guys and thank you for everything you did and do for all your dancers!! Whether you know it or not you guys got me through a lot, and I will always have a special place in my heart for Allegro.”
Shelby, Student
“Thank you for a wonderful second year!  This year’s choreography was fabulous. You not only make it fun for my kids, but you are really teaching them to dance.  You are a positive influence in my girls’ life, they look up to and love you, Ms. Jen is someone they always talk about and smile. Jen you always take time to talk to my girls and make them feel good about themselves. Thank you, thank you, and thank you for ALL of your energy, patience and love.”
Tracy G., Mother