Class Descriptions

Debra Sparks Dance Works Studio offers Dance lessons for the Beginner to Pre-Professional in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Acrobatics, Pilates, and more.  Private Lessons and Performance Technique and Auditioning training are also provided at the studio.  Scroll below to see a complete list of available classes with their descriptions.

 

 Ages listed are recommendations only.
● Level 1 (Ages 5-8)
● Level 2 (Ages 9-12)
● Level 3 (Ages 13 & up)

All classes are offered in-person as well as virtually via Zoom.  

New Classes!

Combo Class- Rotating styles where combinations are taught every week. Styles will include modern, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, and more. This will be a non recital class and will focus on learning choreography quickly and perfecting movement. Great audition preparation for dancers!

Contemporary Ballet- Classical ballet technique with a contemporary twist. Class will use modern music for performance and class.

Choreography Experience- This class will allow dancers to enhance their creativity and teach tools to produce choreography. This class will go over choreography techniques, learning, creating, and teaching combinations, learning games, and a final dance that the students will make and showcase themselves. 

Commercial Jazz-  Exciting, upbeat, and challenging jazz class! Prepare yourself for auditions each week by challenging yourself and keeping up with the latest industry trends. Character shoes are highly recommended for this class and are a great investment for those who will pursue a professional dance career. 

“I Want to be a Rockette!”- Follow your dreams of becoming a Rockette and kick those legs high! Train with Miss Cassie who has learned all the tips and tricks from the Rockettes themselves and has danced with them for many summers! 

Tik Tok Hip Hop- A hip hop class with tik tok inspired songs and choreography! 

World of Dance Experience- Come to class and DANCE! Each week will be something new and will allow you to train like the World of Dance Contestants do! Classes will consist of ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, conditioning, musical theatre, choreography, tricks, and of course, a lot of fun combinations!

Variations– Learn a variation from a professional classical ballet each week! Dancers will learn the story of the ballet and the exact variation from the original work. 

Class Descriptions:

Acro – Elements of tumbling, flexibility training, balance control, and core strengthening with gymnastic and dance technique.

Adult Ballet – Classical ballet technique at a beginner level for teens and adults, and also a great workout! 

Adult Tap – Tap technique at a beginner level for teens and adults.

Adult Barre/Pilates– An energetic mix of dance, pilates, barre, and yoga exercises set to upbeat music for a full body burning, toning, and strengthening workout.  Suitable for all fitness levels, this class focuses on isolated fitness exercises, alignment, flexibility, endurance, and posture as you work through targeted mindful muscle movements….and most importantly, IT’S FUN!  No dance experience needed. Now also held at times when your little one can be in dance class while you get a workout!

Ana and Elsa Ballet- Ballet and Jazz for your little one featuring songs from Frozen! 

Ballet/Jazz – Classical ballet technique at varying levels in combination with Broadway style jazz movements.

Ballet/Tap – A combination class for young dancers wanting training in both ballet and tap. Proper ballet technique is emphasized in a fun and positive atmosphere while encouraging all to reach their fullest potential. Tap then adds the element of rhythm! The use of props and costumes promote creativity and self expression!

Ballet/Acro – a fun and upbeat introduction class for our youngest dancers! Incorporates fundamentals of ballet technique as well as tumbling/gymnastics skills for those who want a little bit of both in their life! Lots of props and creative exploration will be happening in this new, fun class!

Broadway Bound/ Tap n’ Twirl –  A fun and exciting class for young dancers! Featuring ballet, tap, and more for those bound for Broadway!

Classical Ballet Workshop – Ballet technique at varying levels, utilizing Vaganova and Balanchine techniques.

Jazz – Varying levels of classical jazz movements and technique with emphasis on jumps, turns and choreography.

Contemporary– Traditional modern dance training in the styles of Horton and Graham Technique. Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres. Contemporary technique strives to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements, level/direction changes, release work, and improvisational characteristics.

Creative Movement – A class for our youngest dancers! The emphasis is on developing a sense of larger motor skills through movement! The atmosphere is fun, nurturing, encouraging and positive with lots of giggles! Lots of props are used to provide a fun exploratory class without any pressure. Creative dance games are included as well as learning the foundational steps and concepts of dance.

Disney Dance – A fun and energetic combination class for young dancers featuring both ballet and jazz technique set to Disney music and themes! Your dancers will learn proper ballet technique and terminology in a positive and encouraging environment, while also learning self- expression through jazz.

Fairytale Dance – an interactive class that uses creative dance fundamentals to explore the characters and ideas in fairy tales.  This class will also incorporate the fundamentals of ballet and  jazz, and tap to introduce your child to storytelling through dance steps and encourage individual creativity & expression, cooperation & leadership skills, and a lifelong love for dance.

Lyrical Jazz – A fun blend of lyrical and jazz movements to allow for creative and exciting dancing! 

Musical Theater – Musical theater class, combining singing, dancing, and acting. Learn Broadway repertory right here at DSDW! 

Hip Hop – Varying levels of street, funk dance, breaking, popping, and electric boogie. Hip-Hop dance is an urban style of dance that is always evolving with many different styles. High energy, upbeat, focusing on musicality and rhythm.

Jazz Funk – Varying levels of jazz technique, incorporating funk movements.

Jump/Turn – A class that focuses on various jump and turn combinations which are integrated into all dance styles such as ballet, jazz, and contemporary.

Lyrical – Varying levels of classical dance movement interpreting lyrics and feelings of a song.

Master Ballet Technique – Ongoing classes in ballet that focus on technique that enhances muscle memory.

Master Classes – Renowned guest teachers from Broadway, Ballet Companies, etc. teaching various styles of dance. This is offered for the intermediate and advanced student only on a first come first served basis.

Modern Fusion- A fusion of modern dance styles with contemporary, lyrical, and jazz elements to create a wonderfully blended style! 

Parent and Me, ABC! – young dancers ages 18 to 24 months can get a jump start on their dance careers while moms and dads enjoy a workout. Bond with your baby and immerse them in learning through music, movement, and sensory play!

Pointe/Pre-Pointe– Varying levels of classical ballet technique wearing pointe shoes, along with the study of classical ballet variations from famous ballets. Must be invited into these classes – as per Miss Debra. Pre-Pointe is offered to those who are not yet wearing pointe shoes to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. 

Pom/Tricks for Dance – a new class incorporating dance team and sports cheerleading team techniques. Fun and upbeat music. Taught by an Eagles Cheerleader!

Princess Ballet/Sugar Plum Ballet – Beginner ballet technique with a “Princess Theme” each week.  This class, for our youngest dancers, encourages beginning steps in ballet, jazz and creative movement. Princess themes keep all intrigued and motivated! You might even see a visit by a real princess!  Props (tutus, tiaras, wands, etc.) are used to encourage attentiveness.  Praise is abundant and our littlest dancers finish with great pride in their numerous accomplishments!

Private Lessons – One-on-one training is available in all styles of dance.

Progressing Ballet Technique – an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon along with a team of physiotherapists for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory to achieve their personal best in classical dance. PBT is a non-traditional technique class using the aid of fitness balls, therabands (resistance bands), and a yoga mat to improve students understanding of core stability, weight placement, and alignment. Because it is difficult for students to feel what muscles initiate the correct alignment in ballet training, the fit ball, with its continuous mobility under the students’ body, helps to give a sense of posture and weight placement while feeling each correct muscle group. This innovative program has received positive feedback from teachers, students, and professional ballet companies worldwide. (Equipment Needed: 1) Yoga Mat  2) Fit Ball (Fit balls come in 2 sizes at Five Below. Younger students under 5’0 should get the 22in FitBall, older student 5’0 and above should get the 25/26in Fit Ball)  3) Small Toy Ball (No soccer, basketball, or hard playground balls, These are too big and too firm)  4) Theraband  All PBT equipment can be found at Five Below Store!)

Rhythm Tap Int./Adv. – Various tap styles and techniques combining modern tap with funk movement. Clear focus on rhythm, clear tap sounds, strength, and speed to develop strong tap dancers.

Sassy Jazz – a fun jazz class to popular music where dancers not only learn technique, but also to express themselves.

Tap – Traditional tap styles with a heavy Broadway influence.

Team Workshop Mini/Jr./Sr. – Individualized workshop classes in all forms of dance for the competition teams. Invitational only.

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Non-Recital Classes 

Classes that will work on technique all year, not focused on a final performance

Progressing Ballet Technique 

World of Dance Experience

Choreography Experience

Jump/Turn

Variations

Master Ballet

PBT

Combo Class 

Rockette 

Non-Costume Classes 

 Classes that will participate in the recital, but families will not be obligated to purchase a costume. Dancers will wear something they already have. 

Rhythm Tap 

Ballet for Boys

Debra Sparks Dance Works Newtown PA (215)579-5678

Debra Sparks Dance Works 51 Walnut Ave in Newtown, Bucks County, PA, offers Classical dance training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, and more. DSDW provides lessons for students of all ages. From Pre-School to Pre-Professional, there is something for everyone at DSDW. Dance students come from Newtown, Yardley, New Hope, Solebury, Upper Makefield, Lower Makefield, Langhorne, Richboro, Holland, Warminster, Warrington, Montgomery County, New Jersey, and surrounding areas.