Students work to explore phrasing, fluidity and performance quality. Our curriculum explores the elements of dance in a supportive environment where students can develop technique, personal expression, and confidence. Students work towards an final showcase at a professional performance venue. Urbanity Dance also offers additional performance opportunities through audition based performance groups. Options for the casual dancer or students looking to pursue dance as a career are available. 

Questions about level placement? Email Haley Day at Haley@urbanitydance.org.

For high school students looking for our credit bearing program, email Alison Merrill at Alison@urbanitydance.org

 
 

 Current Offerings 


Contemporary

Students learn contemporary dance technique appropriate for their age and ability. Contemporary dance includes ballet, modern, and jazz technique. Benefits include cardio exercise, strength and flexibility, problem-solving skills, the ability to work in teams, musicality, a heightened mind-body connection, improvisation skills, and increased confidence.

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Level I (typical ages 6-9)
Thursday 4:30-5:25pm
Friday 4-4:55pm ◊
Saturday 12:30-1:25pm


Level II (typical ages 9-11)
Wednesday 5:15-6:40pm
Saturday 1:30-2:55pm ◊

At Level III, Contemporary becomes Contempo-modern. See below.

◊ At our Balance Location

 

Ballet

Ballet technique is a foundational element of contemporary dance. The strength, flexibility, coordination, and anatomical awareness developed through the study and practice of ballet vocabulary is crucial for building strong, versatile contemporary dancers. Classes will include barre, center, and across the floor exercises and will give students the ballet vocabulary necessary to pursue training at summer intensives or pre-professional training programs.

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Level I/II (typical ages 6-11)
Tuesday 3:45-4:40pm◊

Level III/IV/V (typical ages 11+)
Tuesday 6-7:25pm
Friday 4-5:25pm


Level IV/V (typical ages 13+)
Thursday 3:45-5:10pm ◊

◊ at our Balance Location

 
 

Hip Hop

A popular street style of dance that includes isolations, popping/locking, breaking, wacking, vogueing and more! Dancers will gain strength, coordination, flexibility and an increased sense of confidence through movement.

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Level I (typical ages 6-9)
Monday 4-4:55pm ◊
Wednesday 5:00-5:55pm
Thursday 4:45-5:40pm
Friday 5:30-6:25pm ◊
Saturday 2-2:55pm

Level II (typical ages 9-11)
Monday 5:30-6:25pm ◊
Thursday 6:15-7:10pm

Level III/IV (typical ages 11+)
Wednesday 4:30-5:25pm ◊

level IV/V (typical ages 13+)
Wednesday 8-8:55pm ◊

◊ at our Balance Location

 

Break Dancing

Come learn all the styles of the original form of hip hop. We will cover uprocking, downrocking, power moves and freezes. Dancers will focus on freestyle and musicality. We require that our break dancing class be paired with a hip hop technique class.

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Level I (ages 9+)
Wednesday 7-7:55pm ◊

◊ at our Balance Location

 

Acro

Students learn the fundamentals of tumbling and acrobatics and work to develop increased strength and flexibility. Acro skills can supplement contemporary and hip hop techniques. One-on-one attention from the instructor guarantees that each student is challenged yet supported.

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Level I/II(typical ages 6-11)
Monday 5-5:25pm ◊
Monday 5:30-5:55pm
Tuesday 4:45-5:10 ◊
Wednesday 4:45-5:10pm
Thursday 5:45-6:10pm
Thursday 5:30-5:55pm
Friday 5-5:25pm ◊
Saturday 1:30-1:55pm


Level III/IV(typical ages 11+)
Thursday 8-8:55pm

◊ at our Balance Location

 

Accelerated Acro I/II

Requires instructor placement. Our accelerated acro 1/2 program provides a rigorous gymnastics curriculum for dancers who are looking to deepen their tumbling skills. Students work to increase strength and flexibility in a longer time slot that ensures a fast paced learning environment. A high level of one on one attention from the instructor guarantees that each student can be challenged and supported at their own level of ability. Since this is an advanced course, this class requires recommendation / approval from Urbanity Dance Faculty. If you are interested in this class and have not received contact from an Urbantiy Dance Faculty member, please contact school principal Haley Day in regards to level placement haley@urbanitydance.org.

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Thursday 7:15-7:55pm (typical ages 6-11)

 

Improvisation

Improvisation is for students who are interested in deepening their exploration of dance techniques. “Improv,” the art of making it up as you go, helps students build confidence in their own unique movement styles, helping them to unlock the myriad possibilities of movement. Students will build a personal sense of artistry without the constraints of any specific technical vocabulary.

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Level II/III/IV/V (typical ages 9+)
Saturday 11:30-12:55pm

 

Tap

Students learn the basics of tap dance technique in an upbeat, high cardio environment. Benefits include exercise, musicality, rhythm, and a heightened mind-body connection.

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Level I (typical ages 6-9)
Saturday 9:30-10:25am ◊

◊ at our Balance Location

 

Boys Dance II

This all-male class for ages 6-9 is a high-energy, high-cardio environment, which incorporates body percussion and martial arts influences with contemporary technique. Designed to focus on the athleticism of dance and building strength, this class provides a physical outlet for energetic boys while enforcing the structure of a traditional dance class.

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Wednesday 3:45-4:25pm (typical ages 6-9)

◊ at our Balance Location

 

Teen Beginning Contemporary

Teen contemporary is geared for begginning students age 11+ to explore the elements of contemporary dance. Contemporary dance pulls from ballet, modern, yoga, and jazz technique, as well as improvisation. Physical and mental benefits include cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, the ability to work in teams, musical awareness, heightened mind-body connection, and increased confidence.

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Level I
Wednesday 6:45-8:40pm

 
 

Teen Beginning Hip Hop

Love hip hop but have never taken a formal class? Teen hip hop is designed specifically for older dancers who are beginners to hip hop choreography! Dancers will learn hip hop technique ranging from isolations, popping/locking and breaking. Dancers will gain strength, coordination, flexibility and an increased sense of confidence through movement.

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Thursday 3:45-4:40pm

 
 

Private Lessons

Students receive personalized private instruction in contemporary or hip hop. Lessons are catered to the needs of the individual dancer.

 

 The following classes begin at level III 

Contempo-Modern

Upper level students are strongly encouraged to take a variety of classes multiple days per week in order to delve more deeply into the specific techniques that influence contemporary dance. Contempo-Modern incorporates exercises and concepts from various modern and post-modern dance techniques in order to give the well-rounded contemporary dance practice with skills such as floor work, complex spinal articulation and coordination, and control of a wide array of movement qualities.

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Level III/IV(typical ages 11+)
Tuesday 5-5:55pm


Level IV/V(typical ages 13+)
Thursday 5:15-6:10pm ◊


◊ At our Balance Location

 
 

Pre-Pointe/Pointe

Instructor placement required. Upper level dancers interested in training in pre-pointe/pointe must also be enrolled in a level III/IV/V or level IV/V ballet class. Students will build the ankle strength and foot detexterity necessary for dancing en pointe in a safe environment with a sensitivity to healthy anatomical alignment and technique. Class will build from barre exercises to center work as strength and stamina develop.

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Level III/IV/V (typical ages 11+)
Tuesday 5:15-5:55pm

 
 

Conditioning for Dancers

Conditioning for Dancers is designed to support upper level students in building the strength, stamina, and flexibility necessary for the athleticism of contemporary, ballet, and jazz techniques. Class will include cardio and strength training balanced by stretching and body alignment exercises geared specifically for the dancer's needs.

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Level III/IV/V (typical ages 11+)
Monday 7-7:55pm

 
 

Leaps and Turns

This class is a great supplement for contemporary, ballet, and jazz classes. Students will build the complex coordination and power to enhance the leaps, jumps, and turns from their technique classes.

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Level III/IV/V (typical ages 11+)
Friday 5:30-6:25pm

 
 

Jazz

Jazz technique is a great addition to contemporary and ballet technique classes. This class will round out the upper level contemporary dancer's training and contribute to overall stylistic and technical versatility. Athletic leaps and turns as well as complex isolations and combinations help dancers train strength, power, and precision; jazz is a key style and technique for dancers interested in performing in commercial dance or musical theater.

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Level III/IV/V (typical ages 11+)
Saturday 1:00-2:55pm

 

 Performance Groups 

 

Youth Company

This is an audition-based class for students interested in building performance skills and strengthening the mental skill of learning contemporary dance choreography. Youth Company members will serve as Urbanity’s ambassadors in at least three community performances per year; past performance venues have included the Boston Children’s Museum, the ICA, and a number of dance festivals in the Boston area.

Participation in youth company requires commitment to an attendance policy, as well as enrollment in the below technique classes based on level. All registrants will be contacted with details on the audition date and process.

Level I

(typical Ages 6-9) Classes meet Monday 4:30-5:25pm.
Requirements: enrollment in at least one level I contemporary class

Level II

(Typical Ages 9-11) Classes run Monday 4:15-5:10pm.
Requirements: enrollment in at least one level II contemporary class

Level III/IV/V

(typical Ages 11+) Classes run Monday 5:30-6:55pm
Requirements: enrollment in at least one level III/IV/V or higher contemporary class and at least one III/IV/V or higher ballet class


Mini Hip Hop Crew (ages 6-11)

This is an audition based class for students interested in high caliber performance opportunities beyond Spring Showcase! Mini Hip Hop Crew members will serve as Urbanity’s ambassadors in three community performances per year; past performance venues have included the Boston Children’s Museum, the ICA, and numerous dance festivals. As representatives of Urbanity Dance, participation in Mini Hip Hop Crew requires commitment to an attendance policy.

Students who participate in Mini Hip Hop Crew are required to be enrolled in at least one hip hop technique class. All registrants will be contacted with details on the audition date and process. Classes meet Wednesday 3:45-4:40pm.

Hip Hop Crew (ages 11+)

This is an audition based class for students interested in building performance skills and strengthening the mental skill of learning hip hop dance choreography. Hip Hop Crew members will serve as Urbanity’s ambassadors in at least three community performances per year; past performance venues have included the Boston Children’s Museum, the ICA, and a number of dance festivals in the Boston area. Participation in Hip Hop Crew requires commitment to an attendance policy.

Students who participate in Hip Hop Crew are required to be enrolled in at least one hip hop technique class. All registrants will be contacted with details on the audition date and process. Classes meet Wednesday 5:30-6:55pm at Balance.

 

 Accelerated Training Bundle 

 

This is perfect for dancers looking to advance their dance training or who want the option of pursuing dance as a career. Any dancer registered for 7.5 hours or more of level III/IV/V classes of any genre will pay a flat rate of $4500. Any class taken after 7.5 hours is free, excluding private lessons.

Available classes

  • Level II/III/IV/V Improv, Saturday 11:30-12:55pm
  • Level III/IV Contempo-Modern, Tuesday 5-5:55pm
  • Level IV/V Contempo-Modern, Thursday 5:15-6:10pm ◊
  • level III/IV Hip Hop, Wednesday 4:30-5:25pm ◊
  • Level IV/V Hip Hop, Wednesday 8-8:55pm ◊
  • Level III/IV Acro, Thursday 8-8:55pm
  • Level III/IV/V Ballet, Tuesday 6-7:25pm
  • level III/IV/V Ballet, Friday 4-5:25pm
  • Level IV/V Ballet, Thursday 3:45-5:10pm ◊
  • Level III/IV/V Pre-Point/Pointe, Tuesday 5:15-5:55pm
  • Level III/IV/V Conditioning for Dancers, Monday 7-7:55pm
  • Level III/IV/V Leap and Turns, Friday 5:30-6:25pm
  • Level III/IV/V Jazz, Saturday 1-2:55pm
  • Level III/IV/V Youth Co, Monday 5:30-6:55pm
  • Level III/IV/V Hip Hop Crew, Wednesday 5:30-6:55pm ◊

◊ at our Balance Location


Here is a sample schedule of what a dancer looking for a more rigorous dance program may entail.

 

Access for All: Urbanity Dance believes that everyone deserves access to quality dance education. To help with this need, we offer flexible payment plans as well as need based scholarships for all ages, regardless of previous dance experience.