Sunset Dance Academy

For ages 18 months to 18 years

The Sunset Dance Academy offers both classes and dance company opportunities for all ages and skill levels. Our affordable and inviting classes offer professional instruction in all styles of dance, and help guide the way for students to have fun, gain confidence, learn social skills, and expand their creativity.

Ballet

Ballet levels are determined by age or invitation.

Mommy & Me
Ages 18-29 months

In this class, tots will be guided through dance and creative movement/play with a parental figure. Tots need dance attire, adults need comfortable clothing.

Tiny Toes / Pre-Ballet
Ages 2.5-6 yrs

Tiny Toes and Pre-Ballet classes introduce simple ballet movements and terminology through fun music, choreography, and props.  Pre-Ballet 2 prepares four- to six-year-old dancers for Beginning Ballet.

Ballet
Ages 4+ yrs

Learn the fundamentals of classical ballet. Classes will focus on technique, proper body alignment, coordination, and rhythm. Students will be introduced to barre, center work combinations, and routines.
 

  • Beginning Ballet: Dancers aged 4-6 who have mastered the requirements of pre-ballet. Dancers will learn beginning ballet movements and terminology at an age appropriate pace.
  • Ballet Basics: Dancers aged 5-7 who have mastered the requirements of Beginning Ballet learn more progressive ballet movements and terminology.
  • Allegro: Dancers 4+ by invitation only, who have mastered their age appropriate level requirements learn dance styles at a quicker (allegro) pace.
  • Ballet 1: Dancers aged 7+ who have mastered Ballet Basics progress to more advanced barre and centre combinations, choreography, and terminology.  May choose to join either Performance Company or Competitive Company.
  • Ballet 2: Dancers aged 9+ who have mastered the requirements for Ballet 1 progress to a more advanced barre and centre combinations, choreography, and terminology.  May choose to join either Performance Company or Competitive Company.
  • Ballet 3: Dancers aged 12+ who have mastered the requirements of Ballet 2 progress to doing a full barre, more advanced centre, and across the floor combinations.  May choose to join either Performance Company or Competitive Company.
  • Ballet 4: 14+
  • Ballet 5: 15+ 
Combo Classes
Ages 5+ yrs

Combo classes give dancers an introduction to different dance styles each week. Please note that both types of shoes are required for these classes. For example, if the class is Ballet/Jazz, the dancer needs both ballet AND jazz shoes.  Level 2 of combo classes are by invitation only once the child has progressed through the original combo class.

Other Styles of Dance

Levels for other styles of dance are determined by age or invitation.

  • Beginning: 4-6 yrs. For the dancers who have mastered Pre-Ballet 2 and received instructor approval.
  • Allegro: Young dancers ages 4-7 yrs. who quickly master their age level’s classes may be invited to join this class that involves learning at a quicker pace.
  • Basic: 5-7 yrs. The step above Beginning.
  • Level 1: 7+ yrs. Any student in Level One classes may join our Performance Company.
  • Level 2: 9+ yrs. Any student in Level Two classes or above may join our Performance Company or our Competitive Company.
  • Level 3: 12+ yrs. 
  • Level 4: 14+ yrs.  
  • Level 5: 15+ yrs.
Hip Hop

Hip Hop dancing emulates steps created by hip-hop culture, seen everywhere from music videos to dance teams.

Lyrical

Lyrical is a combination of ballet techniques and fluid jazz movements.  Dancers will learn to dance with emotion and connectivity in their movements.

Musical Theatre and Jazz

In Musical Theatre, dancers learn about famous choreographers, dances, and styles from classic and current musicals. Jazz dance introduces participants to new rhythms, steps, and movements in a fun and exciting atmosphere that will increase flexibility and strength.

Tap

Tap develops coordination, rhythm, and timing. Participants learn technique with barre, centre work, and combinations.

Combo Classes

Combo classes give dancers an introduction to different dance styles each week. Please note that both types of shoes are required for these classes. For example, if the class is Ballet/Jazz, the dancer needs ballet AND jazz shoes.  Level 2 of combo classes are by invitation only once the child has progressed through the original combo class.

Sunset Dance Company

For dancers who wish to study dance more seriously, we encourage  joining one of our dance companies.  Sunset Dance Companies foster creativity, confidence, and communication in a friendly, no-cut environment. The Sunset Dance Companies provide participants with the opportunity to experience various disciplines of dance at a high standard of teaching.

The Sunset Dance Companies perform at a variety of events throughout the year. A full-year commitment is required to participate in the Sunset Dance Companies.

Available Dance Companies

Performance Company
Ages 5+ yrs

Performance Company members receive an introduction to our dance company experience by participating in recitals and performances, without the intensity of competitions.  All Level 1 students and above may join the Performance Company; auditions are not required. Performance Company members must take two classes per week (one technique class and one Performance Company class). 

Sunset Dance Company (Competitive)
Ages 5+ yrs

Competitive Company members study and perform at a higher level, taking three or more classes per week (two technique classes and one Competition Company class). Participants will learn in a supportive environment, and be encouraged to bring forth their best effort. Competitive Company members will compete at two competitions each season, and have the opportunity to perform at a variety of local events.

Level 1 or 2 students may join the Competitive Company. At the beginning of each season, company members will be divided into levels, as well as being given the opportunity to experience different dance styles and choose the ones in which they would like to compete. Note: If the dancer wants to compete in more than one dance style, they will be required to take that additional company class (i.e. Lyrical Company class or Finale Company class)

 

Dance Attire

Appropriate dance attire is required for all dance classes.

Ballet and Lyrical
  • Leotard with pink or tan tights.
  • Ballet skirts may be worn.
  • Tiny Toes and Pre-Ballet:  Pink ballet shoes with laces ties in a knot, and then cut off. Please label shoes with the dancer’s name!
  • Beginning Ballet and Ballet Basics:  Leather full sole ballet shoes. 
  • Ballet 1+:  Canvas split sole ballet shoes.
  • Hair pulled away from face. 
Hip Hop
  • Form fitting shirt.
  • Form fitting jazz, sweat pants, or shorts.
  • Clean non-black-soled sneakers. (Black jazz shoes will be needed for recital/shows.)
  • Hair pulled away from face.
Musical Theatre and Jazz
  • Leotard or form fitting camisole, and tights.
  • Tight fitting jazz pants, skirt, or spandex shorts may be worn.
  • Tan jazz shoes.
  • Hair pulled away from face.
Tap
  • Pre-Basic Levels: Black tap shoes.
  • Levels 1+: Tan tap shoes
  • Leotard or form fitting camisole, and tights.
  • Tight fitting jazz pants, skirt, or spandex shorts my be worn.
  • Hair pulled away from face.

Dance Recitals

The Sunset Dance Academy holds two recitals each year — a Holiday Showcase and a Spring Recital. Costume fees for these recitals are included in dance class fees. Recitals are held in the Geneva High School Auditorium.