Dance Classes and Programs
West Austin Dance Academy offers a variety of dance classes based on age, experience and ability. We offer classes for beginning, competitive dancers and everyone in between. If your child is new to dance we understand finding the right dance class can be overwhelming. Please feel free to contact us with any questions whatsoever.
Dance Classes for ages 2.5-6
We have a couple different options for our younger dancers. Our philosophy is to immerse your dancer in several different styles of dance when they are younger to let them find out what they enjoy the most.
Lil’ Stars Program
Our Lil Stars Program is set up for our Pre-k dancers ranging in age from 2.5-4.5. We have two levels of classes in this program, and in both they will have a magical time! The will be trained in ballet, tap and tumbling while keeping their creativity flowing using props such as kerchiefs, teddy bears and rhythm sticks. Dancers will learn positions, terminology, and elementary movement such as plies, shuffles, and bridges in a fun, fluid, and engaging atmosphere. This program was established because we believe that although we want the younger dancers to have an exciting and entrancing time – and we know they will – we also believe they are never too young to learn proper technique. This will teach them to have a true love for dance while empowering them for dance in their future if they choose that path. It is never too young to be great!!!
Shining Stars Program
Our Shining Stars Program is a fantastic 5-7 year old program that is designed and dedicated to provide an engaging atmosphere that keeps your little one twirling, rolling and shuffling for an entire hour. The dancers not only learn proper age appropriate technique, but they build their self-confidence, meet amazing new friends, and will fall in love with the beautiful art of dance.
We are confident that our Shining Stars Program is the top program in the area. The dancers are trained by top professionals in the country who not only understand dance and early childhood education, but are also trained to cater to each individual dancer’s needs. The curriculum is based on play and fun, but in a structured setting learning basic technique and lessons they will use for the rest of their dancing lives.
All of our dancers, including dancers in our Shining Stars Program, have the opportunity to perform at the end of the year performance in our Spring Recital! The show is held at the beautiful Lake Travis High School Performing Arts Center. It is a professionally run show that makes each dancer feel like the brightest star!!!! It is professionally filmed, and we have a photographer that comes in to do groups and individual pictures. The week of the show is an exciting lead up to the performance where the dancers practice on stage, do dress rehearsals, and get geared up for the performance of a lifetime! Our show is spectacular and really sets us apart from all the other dance programs in the area. It is an amazing opportunity for your dancer that you do not want to miss out on!
Our pre-competitive program is an opportunity set up for our 4-6 year old dancers that want more performance opportunities. This program was made for dancers that are interested in making dance team a part of their future. In this program they will get to participate in 1-2 competitions that are family friendly and have a 6 and under division. After the completition of 1-2 years in the pre-competitive program dancers are invited to join our national award winning dance team. – without auditioning!!! Dancers must have prior dance experience and owner permission This class moves at a faster pace than our lil’ stars program in order to get the dancers ready for their team future.
Dance Classes for ages 7-18
At this age our dancers experience starts to vary a bit more. Because of this we offer many different styles of dance based on a particular dancers skill level. We offer classes in the following techniques and styles-
WADA offers a classical ballet program to dancers 5 years and older. Dancers will learn ballet technique through barre and center work. Combinations will become progressively more complicated as the dancer excels.
This class is by teacher approval only. New students wishing to take this class will be evaluated by their instructor. Students are required to take at least two other ballet classes in addition to the pointe class, must be at least 11 years old and have had extensive ballet training.
Theater and Rhythm tap classes are offered to tappers of all ages and levels starting at 5 years old. JazzJazz classes explore varieties of dance styles, and start at the age of five.
An urban dance style involving quick, sharp moves and athletic-type stunts starting at the age of 6.
Lyrical dance combines the grace of ballet and jazz. The style shows great emotion through the art of dance as students learn to dance to the lyrics of music. You must be 8 years of age, or have teacher permission, and take ballet and jazz in order to take this class.
Our Tumbling classes start at 5 years of age, and teach everything from basics (backbends and kartwheels) to power tumbling (aerials to back hand springs).
Leaps and Turns
This specialty class concentrates primarily on turning technique to improve turns such as pirouettes, attitude turns, and fouettes. The class will also focus on improving jumps and leaps including jetes, Russians, and switch leaps.
Musical Theatre Dance
This class incorporates acting, some singing, and dancing at the same time. This class will explore all kinds of musicals and is an amazing class for someone looking to pursue dance as a career.
*Visit our class level page for more information on different ability levels.
We would love to see you at one of our free trail classes!!!