Dance Etc. Dance & Tumbling Instruction Cincinnati
Dance Etc. Dance & Tumbling Instruction Cincinnati
5985 Meijer Drive, Milford Ohio 45150, 513-576-1400

Ages 7 and Up

TUMBLING - Intro through Advanced

Intro classes start from the very beginning

Intro to Tumbling

This 60-minute "Intro class" is for kids ages 7 and up with little or no prior experience in tumbling, and do not yet have a good cartwheel. This class will work on a standing, skipping and running cartwheel, backbends, handstands and other strength related activities.
What to wear: Girls: leotard and shorts, hair pulled back, bare feet. Guys: T-shirt, shorts or pants, bare feet.
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Fundamentals classes teach front and back walkovers

Fundamentals of Tumbling

For students who already have a good cartwheel and running cartwheel, as well as an unassisted or lightly assisted backbend. This class will work on roundoffs, backbends, front and back walkovers, etc. 60 minutes. Placement should be made by a Dance Etc. instructor.

There are separate classes for Boys Only, and for Teens (ages 13 and up).

What to wear: Girls: leotard and shorts, hair pulled back, bare feet. Guys: T-shirt, shorts or pants, bare feet.
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Dance Etc. offers Backhandspring classes

Backhandsprings

For students ages 7 & up that are working on standing backhandsprings, front handsprings, roundoff backhandsprings, aerials, etc. For those who are ready, we will also work on multiple backhandsprings. Students must already have all the Fundamentals, including an unassisted front and back walkover. 60 minutes.
What to wear: Girls: Leotard (for safety reasons), shorts, hair pulled back, bare feet. Guys: T-shirt, shorts or pants, bare feet.
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Dance Etc. offers Back Tuck classes

Back Tucks

For students ages 7 & up that are working on standing tucks, round off tucks and backhandspring-back tuck. Students must already have an unassisted standing and roundoff backhandspring. 60 minutes.
What to wear: Girls: leotard and shorts, hair pulled back, bare feet. Guys: T-shirt, shorts or pants, bare feet.
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Dance Etc. Acrobatic Skills Class

Advanced Tumbling

This class works on layouts, aerials and full twists. Must have instructor’s permission. 60 to 90 minutes.
What to wear: Girls: leotard and shorts, hair pulled back, bare feet. Guys: T-shirt, shorts or pants, bare feet.
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Acrobatic Skills Class

Students will work on acrobatic skills such as chest holds, elbow stands, handstand walks and pirouettes, hand-to-hand skills, and other flex tumbling skills. Students must have all the Fundamental skills (back walkover, front walkover, etc.) and must have at least attempted aerials! See instructor. 60 minutes.
What to wear: Girls: leotard and shorts, hair pulled back, bare feet. Guys: T-shirt, shorts or pants, bare feet. Please call for current class schedule.

Tumbling for Martial Arts

Tumbling is a skill which blends extremely well with martial arts of all kinds! In this fun and structured class, designed for boys and girls ages 7 and up, students will learn step-by-step the basics of tumbling beginning with simple postures and rolls, and progressing to aerials, handsprings, and flips. All this is taught with safe padding, equipment, and professional coaching. 60 minutes.
What to wear: Girls: leotard and shorts, hair pulled back, bare feet. Guys: T-shirt, shorts or pants, bare feet.
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DANCE - Ballet, tap, jazz, leaps and turns, etc.

Dance Etc. offers many ballet classes each week

Ballet

Ballet is the "basis for all dance." In these classes, dancers learn technique, grace, strength and poise. Basic positions of the feet and arms, proper alignment, ballet vocabulary, barre exercises and center work will be taught and reviewed in depth. This class will break down the steps and provide students with exercises that build strength, increase flexibility and provide a foundation that can be applied to all dance styles.
The very beginner class is a 60 minute class, an introduction to ballet. When students get older their classes get longer, eventually up to 90 minutes. We also offer pointe classes for those who are ready, usually at the age of 12, if the student has had serious ballet training. Placement should be made by a Dance Etc. instructor.
What to wear: Black leotard, pink tights, skirt, pink ballet shoes, hair in a bun (How to Make a Bun). No jewelry or T-shirts.
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Dance Etc. offers lots of fun tap classes for a variety of ages

Tap

We offer tap classes for beginner through advanced, and even adult classes! There is nothing more fun than tappin' to the beat. It's easy and fun! We teach both Rhythm tap and Broadway tap styles:

  • Rhythm tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet. Just like jazz vocalists who add rhythms to music by scatting, tappers add their voice by "scatting" with their feet. Rhythm tap tends to be a heavier or harder-hitting form of tap than Broadway tap, and sounds are made not only with the bottom of the shoe, but also with the back, sides, and tip. Rhythm tap is a broad category that encompasses the hoofing styles of current stars such as Savion Glover and the late Gregory Hines and past masters such as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Jimmy Slyde.
  • Broadway tap, like rhythm tap, focuses on rhythm, syncopation, and style. However, technically, Broadway tap utilizes a lifted center, an incorporation of jazz movement, as well as an emphasis on the usage of upper body and arms. Theatricality and performance qualities are taught. Specific steps in Broadway tap include maxi fords, Buffalos, Cincinnatis, time steps, Irishes, and several other steps focused upon during the age of Broadway and big band swing. Broadway tap is fun, energetic, and a great way to learn what all those Broadway gypsies do.
Beginner classes start at just 30 minutes, intermediates 45 minutes, and advanced and adult classes are usually 60 minutes. Placement should be made by a Dance Etc. instructor.
What to wear: Black leotard, black shorts or pants. Black flat heeled tap shoes are preferred. Adults may wear comfortable clothing.
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Dance Etc. offers lots of fun jazz classes for a variety of ages

Jazz

Jazz is an exciting and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life. Steeped in the rhythm of jazz music, a true American art form, jazz dance brings energy and life to all those who dance it. Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical. Ever evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday.

Class will focus on teaching basic body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and will layer jazz style over the traditional technique of ballet. Students will master basic jazz steps including kick ball change, step ball change and jazz runs. Emphasis will be placed on developing rhythmic awareness individual expression and the use of the body as rhythmic percussive instrument.

We offer classes for beginners (30-45 min.), intermediates (45-60 min.), and advanced (75 min.). Check out our Leaps & Turns classes too.
What to wear: Black leotard, black shorts or pants. Black jazz shoes are preferred. hair in a bun (How to Make a Bun).
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Ballet Tap Jazz Combo classes keep it moving and fun

Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo

This 60 minute class offers the best of everything: ballet, tap, and jazz, all in the same hour. Students will take a combination of ballet, tap and jazz each week. This group will perform only one routine in the Spring Showcase in June, and the instructor will choose which type of dance the class will do.
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What to wear: Black leotard, pink or tan tights, hair in a bun (How to Make a Bun), and the following:
  • Ballet: Pink ballet shoes, optional skirt.
  • Tap: Black tap shoes.
  • Jazz: Pink ballet shoes.
Dance Etc. offers lots of fun jazz classes for a variety of ages

Tween Dance Mix

Beginner/Intermediate - For students ages 10-12 who want to try tap and jazz for the first time, or who have had some prior training but haven’t danced for a while.
The class will discover the fun of jazz dancing through fundamental dance movement, jazz technique, leaps/turns and a little funky style. We will also work on tap, which is a contagiously fun and energetic class that teaches the fundamentals of tap including basic sounds, terminology, and foot placement. After successfully accomplishing that, students will move on to combinations that encompass all of the above. This class will help students with rhythm, leg strength, and overall dance dexterity. We will also introduce some lyrical dancing. Lyrical dance is a blending of ballet and jazz techniques creating a perfect avenue of self-expression performed to contemporary music. The dancers will gain fluidity of movement, grace, control, individual expression, and self-confidence. If you like listening to ballads and soulful music, you will like lyrical!
Try something new and have some fun at the same time! This class will be in the Spring Showcase.

What to wear: Solid or black leotard, optional tight-fitting solid colored camisole, black shorts or pants, jazz shoes, tap shoes.
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Dance Etc. Student Performing a Leap

Leaps & Turns

Enhance your overall technique in any dance form with this class that will help take the mystery out of performing good leaps and turns. Beginning with a warm-up that incorporates skills needed for good leaps and turns, this class will progress to exercises across the floor and center combinations that emphasize good technique and form. This class is the perfect compliment to the study of ballet, jazz, or modern.
Placement should be made by a Dance Etc. instructor: Please call us for a FREE evaluation.

Example of levels:
  • Beginner—Single pirouette, front leap, etc.
  • Intermediate—Double pirouette, side leap, etc.
  • Advanced—Triple pirouette, switch leap, etc.
What to wear: Solid colored leotard, black shorts. Black jazz shoes are preferred. hair in a bun (How to Make a Bun)
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Dance Etc. Hip-Hop Class

Hip-Hop

A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today's hottest video choreographers. Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin', locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Hip hop is urban, it's street, it's diverse and forever changing. Please do not wear street shoes into class.

We have beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes. Most classes are 45 minutes. Classes are also split by age (i.e. 8-9, 10-13, teens). All hip-hop classes are in the Spring Showcase.

We also have Hip-Hop Tumbling Combination Classes (30 minutes of each).

What to wear: T-shirt, black pants or shorts, hip-hop sneakers or clean athletic shoes. No jewelry or bra tops. Hair must be up (pony tail, etc.).
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Dance Etc. Student Breakdancing

Hip-Hop/Breakdancing for Boys

For boys ages 8 & Up (younger with permission). We combine hip-hop dancing with breakdancing or "breaking," one of the core elements of hip hop dance. Popularized in the 1980's by such movies as Breakin', Beat Street and Flashdance, the form was developed on the streets of New York by mostly Latino and African-American dancers. Learn the basics of this exciting form, from the top-rock, the steps one does before hitting the floor, to the six-step and other floor moves and freezes, to battling with a partner. Tumbling classes also recommended for overall strength.
What to wear: T-shirt, shorts or pants, knee pads, bandana or cap, optional lightweight windbreaker jacket, clean athletic shoes or hip-hop sneakers.

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