Schedule of Classes for School Year 2020-2021 (PDF)

Beginning on September 14, all classes will be offered via Zoom. If possible, we will also offer a hybrid of Zoom and in-person classes depending on Montgomery County’s Reopening Phase. We must follow Montgomery County’s Reopening Requirements in order to offer in-person classes. If and when Montgomery County moves into Phase 3, we will be permitted to offer in-person classes with a 4-student limit. Students wishing to participate in in-person classes will be scheduled to attend class at our Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Studio on a rotating basis (i.e. some students attend 1st and 3rd week of the month and the others attend 2nd and 4th week; students tune in via Zoom when not in studio). Specific schedules for class rotations would be sent for each class. For maximum safety of faculty and students, we will adhere to these General Operating Requirements if and when we can offer the hybrid classes. In-person class sizes would only increase beyond the 4-student limit if Montgomery County, via the CDC, determines that larger indoor gatherings are safe.

Students will not be permitted to attend in-person classes at Rock Creek Dance Academy if they show any symptoms of illness.

General Registration for School Year 2020-2021 Now Open

Anyone registering during General Registration will be charged the non-refundable $35 registration fee plus the first trimester tuition at the time of registration. You may also opt to enroll in a No-Obligation Trial Class.

Classes at Rock Creek Dance Academy run on a school-year basis with a curriculum designed to progress appropriately over the course of the school year, culminating in a school-year end recital in June.

School-year tuition is divided into three trimesters: upon registration, by the first week of December, and by the first week of March. During the first trimester, we accept students as space allows on a pro-rated tuition basis. We do not accept new students after the first trimester ends (beginning of December).

An annual non-refundable registration fee of $35.00 per family will be collected at the time of registration.

Classes begin on Monday, September 14, 2020.

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Please note: An annual non-refundable registration fee of $35.00 per family will be collected at the time of registration.

Classes below sorted by TYPE. For classes sorted by DAY OF WEEK, go to our Schedule Page.

Zumbini® with RCDA partner Lauren Vazzano – ages 0-4

Zumbini® is a music and movement class for children, 0 to 4 years, to attend with their fun-loving caregiver. We combine original Zumba®-style music with dancing, acoustic singing, rhythmic instruments, scarves, balls, and more to create this fun and engaging 45-minute class. Rock Creek Dance Academy has partnered with Lauren Vazzano to offer Zumbini® classes on Wednesday mornings. Status of 2020-2021 classes TBD; please for more information. Click here to register for Zumbini® with Lauren!

Pre-K Ballet with Tap for 4/5 years (School Year 2020-2021)

This enjoyable and energetic class for pre-schoolers emphasizes coordination and rhythm while building on the Little Dancers’ curriculum. Children continue to grow comfortable with the dance class structure while expanding their knowledge of simple ballet and tap exercises. Students will take part in our Annual Dance Recital, learning an age-appropriate ballet OR tap dance.

Pre-Ballet 1 with Tap for 5-6 years (School Year 2020-2021)

Students continue to progress with their ballet and tap basics. Exercises will continue to stimulate the imagination while helping children to increase coordination and improve posture. Simple barre exercises are introduced in ballet while lively music inspires children in both tap and ballet. Proper behavior and listening skills are still a primary focus. Appropriate for kindergarten-aged children.

Pre-Ballet 2 with Tap for 6-7 years (School Year 2020-2021)

Our progression from Pre-Ballet 1 appropriately expands students’ ballet and tap vocabulary. Proper ballet posture and technique are introduced and tap combinations are increasingly more intricate.

Intro to Cecchetti Ballet with Tap for 7-8 years (School Year 2020-2021)

A more rigorous pre-ballet class which introduces students to the theory and exercises of Cecchetti Ballet I. Proper ballet posture and technique is emphasized. Tap technique advances from Pre-Ballet 2.

Cecchetti Ballet Classes (8 years and up) (School Year 2020-2021)

The Cecchetti Method provides a well-balanced system of theory and movement from Level I through Level VIII. Proper ballet technique is highlighted as students practice the set syllabus for each level in their Cecchetti work. Students may qualify for graded examinations in the Cecchetti Method of ballet, although exams are not mandatory. Students must take ballet class at least twice per week:

  • If preparing for ballet exams
  • To be considered for pointe shoes
  • If taking class at Cecchetti Level IV and above

Jazz Classes (School Year 2020-2021)

Jazz dance traces its roots to African American vernacular dance and traditional Caribbean dance, and later to the New Orleans genre of jazz music. Today, jazz dance encompasses the styles of show jazz (Broadway/Musical Theatre Dance) as well as the more contemporary arena that reflects different decades of popular music (rock, hip-hop, etc). Dancers working at Level IV and above must attend at least two dance classes (of any style) per week.

Lyrical Classes (School Year 2020-2021)

Lyrical is a hybrid of ballet, traditional jazz, and contemporary dance. Lyrical choreography is expressive in nature, conveying emotion found in the accompanying music. Dancers working at Level IV and above must attend at least two dance classes (of any style) per week.

Tap Classes (School Year 2020-2021)

Tap classes are offered in conjunction with ballet, jazz, or lyrical classes. Much like learning a musical instrument, students learn how to count music and keep time using their feet and brain as their instruments. Rhythm Tap dancers, or hoofers, dance using mostly footwork, not showing very much arm or body movement. Broadway Tap takes the basics of Rhythm tap and incorporates the arm and body motions of jazz dance, while using the whole stage to paint a big picture.

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