Myriad Dance Academy
On-site & Virtual Option Hybrid Model now available. Contact us today to get started, with your preferred learning platform for School Year 2020-2021
- The New Normal: A Hybrid model offering BOTH on-site lessons and virtual options are available now.
- On-Site or Virtual ~ We’ve got you covered. Families have a choice. On-site availability for classes with multiple children will be limited due to smaller class sizes. Our #1 guiding principal has been simply that our school remains a safe place for students and teachers, with all protocol and training properly in place. We continue to monitor well-established County Directives, consulting directly with the San Mateo County Health Department, San Mateo’s Environmental Health Services, Department of Public Health, Policy & Planning and the City of San Mateo.
- On-site students are learning in a safer & cleaner-than-ever-before environment with non-toxic disinfectant foggers, physical barriers, and a medical-grade air purification system in every classroom.
- Virtual students receive many tools to accompany their lessons, including virtual folders, updated weekly materials, bonus tutorials, and books mailed to their doorsteps.
- Safety Measures, Sanitation & Staff Training. Visit our COVID Safety Measures page for extensive details and protocol. We are training our staff and taking multiple safety measures with classrooms and lobbies.
Enrollment is on-going! It is never too late to join our dance classes for kids and teens.
Register for wide array of dance classes for kids and teens today! If you don’t see a class listed, it means that class time is currently full. For more personal assistance, fill out our Start Today form at the bottom of this page and tell us more about which class you are interested in! We’d love to meet you and get you up and dancing! Please call 650-574-2844 for personal assistance from our Arts Administrators or to join our wait-list.
Halloween 2020 Dance Contest Winner – Feature Dancer Mika!
This year’s Halloween shadow dance contest was held October 25th – October 31st. Students chose a spooky song and danced behind a sheet to create a spooky shadow dance. We received so many wonderful and creative submissions.
This year, we’re proud to announce Mika as our winner. Mika is 7 years old and has been dancing at Myriad since she was 5. Congratulations Mika!
We are a boutique Dance Academy that offers a wide range of dance classes for kids and teens. Our class sizes are small, as a result the student~teacher ratio is kept low. Therefore ensuring lots of personal attention and coaching for each dancer. Our nurturing, experienced teachers ensure dancers become well-rounded, strong, expressive here at Myriad.
We specialize in nurturing experienced and new dancers alike
There is a dance class below for all ages and levels. This is the perfect cozy, non-intimidating, environment for dancers to create something special together. This quality dance program that is a great fit for kids, teens and adults furthermore we encourage you can learn more about all we have to offer.
Myriad’s Dancers’ Spring 2020 Virtual Showcase
Our Dancers worked hard from home to put together their Spring Showcase. Take a peek at our Level 3 Ballet Contemporary class, sharing their choreography for “Time Travelers”. Well done girls!
This coming Spring 2021, if we aren’t able to be safely onstage indoors, we’ll be on an outdoor stage, under an outdoor tent with lighting and sound systems, ready to go! Stay tuned for updates here
Register for classes below
If you do not see a class listed, it means this dance class is full. Have questions? Fill out the Start Today form below, or Give us a call today at 650-574-2844. School Year 2020-2021 will be open for registration in May.
Pre-Dance: 3 – 4 year olds
A fun, creative and developmentally appropriate introduction to ballet foundations. Students experience movement concepts, stretching and strengthening exercises, across-the floor basics & more. Little ones building their dance skills in an exploratory, fun environment. Introductory hippy hop units are part of the curriculum, meaning everyone is bounce along to the beat! Coordination, safe movement and body awareness are gained with beginning tumbling skills. This class offers a complete foundation for our little ones. These dancers are preparing for the diverse choices in their next level.
Preschool Dance & Music Storytime Combo Class
This class has it all! Coordination, pattern work, stretching, ballet intro, hippity-hop intro, tumbling, combined with our Preschool Music curriculum. A combination class of our 2 popular preschool classes. Certified Dance & Music teachers share this class. Our Pre-Dance & Tumble curriculum, is back-to-back with ABC Music & Me Preschool Music. This music class features keyboard exploration with our animal alphabet characters, music booklets, mallet instruments, keyboards & ukuleles. A relaxing story-time helps little ones decompress between classes. The perfect class for your creative pre-schooler!
Pre-Dance: 5 – 6 year olds
A fun, creative and developmentally appropriate dance class. Complete with ballet fundamentals, barre-work, balance & flexibility. Our 5-6 year old dancers also learn beginning tap skills, rhythm and syncopation, learning tap articulation while making lost of noise with their feet! Tumbling basics complete this well-rounded dance class. Even better when combined with a Pre-Jazz or Pre-Hippity Hop class.
An encouraging, creative class for our 5-6 year olds. This beginning level jazz class is the perfect intro to the high energy steps and syncopation of jazz / musical theater style choreography. Skills covered are flexibility, strength, balance, coordination and jazz across the floor combinations. Even better when combined with a Pre-Ballet/ Tap / Tumble or Pre-Hippity Hop class.
Always a popular option! Bounce along to the beat in this introductory hip hop class! A great choice for our beginners learning articulated accented movements. These movements require identifying isolation in arms, legs, torso, head, feet and hands. An excellent coordination class, featuring strengtheners, flexibility, and endurance too. Even better when combined with a Pre-Jazz or Pre-Ballet / Tap / Tumble class.
Level 1: Ages 7 & Up
Join our STAR Program
All Dancers in our Level 1, 2, & Advanced Level 3 core classes qualify for our STAR Program. Add a bonus STAR class, at a discount. Learn more on our STAR Dancer page.
Ballet / Tap 1
A beginning combination class for students ages 7 & older who want to delve deeper into the world of ballet and tap. Students will continue ballet fundamentals with barre work, across the floor exercises and connecting steps. The tap portion of this class will use fun music to inspire energetic, rhythmic tap dance steps and routines. Even better when combined with a Ballet / Jazz or Jazz / Hip Hop class.
Ballet / Jazz 1
An important combination of classical styles, ballet and jazz skills make for strong dancers! This class features both classical and jazz / musical theater-style music, perfect for a disciplined but fun, varied learning atmosphere. Ballet skills include barre work, across the floor exercises and connecting steps. These skills lend strength and flexibility to the jazz choreography in the second part of this class. Even better when combined with a Ballet / Tap or Jazz / Hip Hop class.
Jazz / Hip Hop 1
This combination class is the perfect blend of high energy, syncopated jazz steps with the rhythm and sharp movements of hip hop. Jazz and hip hop are the two most popular forms of dance. A great option for students new to dance, or for experienced dancers who want to add a new flair to their style. Even better when combined with a Ballet / Tap or Ballet / Jazz class.
Level 2: Ages 9 & up
Previous dance experience required to be in Level 2 classes.
Two technical classes are encouraged for physical safety at this level.
Coming to practice dance 2xs per week is important at this age & level for body awareness and neuron pathway development.
Join our STAR Program
All Dancers in our Level 1, 2, & Advanced Level 3 core classes qualify for our STAR Program. Add a bonus STAR class, at a discount. Learn more on our STAR Dancer page.
Ballet / Contemporary 2
Ballet Level 2 will cover in-depth barre work, more advanced ballet steps, across-the-floor combinations, strengtheners and increased flexibility. Students are begin to create their own ballet choreography. This informing the transition into the 2nd part of the class ~ the expressive, lyrical world of contemporary dance. Dancers who supplement with another upper-level 2 class like Jazz / Hip Hop 2 or Jazz / Contemporary 2 will see better results faster. Additional technical classes encourage pysical saftey at this level.
Jazz / Hip Hop 2
The next level for this combination class. Students will learn more complicated routines and become stronger dancers. Consequently, dancers refine fundamentals from previous years, while leveling-up with increasing challenges. High energy and lots of fun, this class is perfect for students graduating from Level 1, or students with even more dance experience. Dancers who supplement with another upper-level 2 class for example Ballet / Contemporary 2 or Jazz / Contemporary 2 will see better results faster. Furthermore, additional technical classes encourage physical safety at this level.
Jazz / Contemporary 2
Level 2 is when students begin to delve into the expressive and creative world of Contemporary Dance. Specifically this class combines strength, flexibility, stylistic virtuosity and interpretive skills of the developing contemporary dancer. Additionally, foundational concepts like stretching, leaps, musicality and body-phrasing, are reinforced. These concepts reinforce the high energy needed for Jazz choreography. We teach our students to contribute to the choreography, combining their developing fundamental knowledge and their own creativity. Dancers who supplement with another upper-level 2 class like Ballet / Contemporary 2 or Jazz / Hip Hop 2 will see better results faster. Additional technical class is encouraged for physical safety at this level.
Teens New to Dance: Ages 10 & up
Teen Beginner Classics
It’s never too late to jump in and experience the joy of dance! Specifically this class is for new pre-teen & teen students, exploring dance for the first time. Here, they will cover all of the foundations to help our new dancers safely gain the skills they need to level up. Furthermore a wide range of styles for beginners is what this class is all about. Ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop foundations are covered throughout the year. As a result, these new dancers have a comprehensive skill set, helping them choose a dance style of their choice. Teachers promote new dancers to the level that is the best ability fit, basing all recommendations on safety & physical readiness.
Conversely, if this class time does is not good schedule fit for you, new dancers can join any Level 1 class. Once Level 1 skills / goal sheets have been passed, our Teacher will promote a dancer to Level 2.
Advanced Levels: Ages 11 & up
For Graduates of Level 2 or several years of dance experience. Two technical classes are encouraged for physical safety at this level.
Studies have shown the importance of advanced dancers working safely with solid technique alongside their coaches at least 2xs per week. Dance is like any physical sport ~ it’s difficult to gain mastery practicing just 1x per week. At this higher difficulty level, this makes a measurable difference in the improvement of:
- Correct ergonomics
- Injury prevention.
Join our STAR Program
All Dancers in our Level 1, 2, & Advanced Level 3 core classes qualify for our STAR Program. Add a bonus STAR class, at a discount.
Learn more on our STAR Dancer page.
Ballet / Contemporary Level 3
Further continuation of ballet foundational technique and sequences. These are combined with the strengthening and stylistic vocabulary of Contemporary / Modern Dance. Specifically this class continues to enhance the strength, flexibility and stylistic virtuosity and interpretive skills of the developing contemporary dancer. We continue reinforcing foundational concepts like stretching, leaps, musicality, body-phrasing, and technique. Eventually our students contribute to the choreography, with their developing fundamental knowledge and their own creativity. Dancers who supplement with another upper-level 3 class like Contemporary / Jazz 3 or Jazz / Hip Hop 3 will see better results faster. Additional technical classes encourage physical safety at this level.
Contemporary / Jazz Level 3
These students start class with contemporary & jazz infused warm-ups and strengtheners. Also continued foundational technique and sequences, featuring the strengthening and stylistic vocabulary of Contemporary Dance. This class continues to enhance the strength, flexibility and stylistic virtuosity and interpretive skills of the developing contemporary dancer. Furthermore we continue reinforcing foundational concepts like stretching, leaps, musicality, body-phrasing, and technique. Jazz components delve deeper into syncopation of movement to music and body rhythm. Eventually our students contribute to the choreography, with their developing fundamental knowledge and their own creativity. Dancers who supplement with other upper-level 3 classes like Jazz / Hip Hop 3 or Ballet / Contemporary 3 will see better results faster. Additional technical classes encourage physical safety at this level.
Jazz / Hip Hop Level 3
These advanced students are energized and excited about specializing in these two popular dance genres. Students start class with ballet & jazz infused warm-ups and strengtheners. Next, they move into a variety of hip hop / jazz dance steps, signature moves, patterns, isolations, body rolls, levels, grooves, rhythmic precision, & freestyle. Stretching, strengthening and fast paced routines keep these dancers focused and improving each week! Dancers who supplement with another upper-level 3 class like Ballet / Contemporary 3 or Contemporary / Jazz 3 will see better results faster. Additional technical classes encourage pysical saftey at this level.
S.T.A.R. Dance Program
Skills Taught at an Accelerated Rate: Level 1 & up
S.T.A.R. Turns, Leaps & Tricks
An exclusive class for our Dancers ages 7 & older, enrolled in 1 core dance class. Turns & Leaps focus on perfecting the execution of turns (like pirouettes, pencil turns, etc) and leaps. Tricks focus on stage presence and special moves that showcase talent and ability. A fantastic supplement to your ballet, jazz or contemporary class. STAR classes are offered at a discount, when combined with another class.
10 Benefits: Why the Myriad Dance Academy is a great choice, for kids, teens & Adults!
Our experienced and trained dancers are warm, gifted educators. Our Teachers have dance degrees and years of instructing experience with students of all ages.
We are a boutique Dance Academy with nurturing, quality small class sizes. Dance Factory? That’s not us. Our Teachers provide lots of personal attention to each dancer, balancing challenges with a comforting environment, ensuring that our dancers are progressing at a safe rate for their bodies. The teachers are attuned to the coordination readiness of each student.
Three performances per year
Performance on the big stage at the end of the school year! Great photo & video moments. Family Sharing Days 2 times per year. Bring family and friends to see your dancer’s class perform a routine, share class highlights to see what they are learning, up close.
We take the stress and extra high costs out of the dance class experience
All the while ramping up the quality of the instruction! Reasonable costume fees is one of our mottos!
Choice of dance styles
Pre-Dance for young beginners, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap & Contemporary. Our researched curriculum features both routine (the pathway to mastery) and variety in fun routines, music, interesting props and choreography.
Skill sheets, progress reports & family sharing days
We want our parents and caregivers to be able to see and learn all of the wonderful ways your dancer is learning and growing. Our curriculum objectives are in sync, across the entire Academy.
Schedule Dance Classes and Music Lessons at the same time.
Language of dance
Our students learn a unique written alphabet of dance symbols, which enables them to notate choreography, and create their own sequences of movement too. We’re fostering young, budding choreographers at Myriad.
Fun, creative props
Our dance school is an exciting place for learning! Our fully-stocked dance academy is a multi-sensory environment, which is great for especially our younger dancers.
No competitions. Above all we focus on meticulous, smart curriculum, rewarding goal-tracking systems, outstanding teachers and a love of dance!
8 Things Every Parent Should Know in Order to Choose a Dance Studio
Almost all dance studios seem to offer similar dance classes for kids and teens with friendly experienced teachers and performing opportunities. Seems like they all about the same? For that reason does it make a difference where you choose to enroll? Yes. There are 8 critical factors that can make a difference in the quality of dance instruction your child receives. Parents understanding of what they are expected to do while their child is enrolled is essential. These factors will affect the overall enjoyment and satisfaction while participating in a dance program. Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before choosing where to send their child for dance class. As a result these factors will highly affect the overall satisfaction and enjoyment of your family’s dance experience.
Are classes age-appropriate?
Dance classes for kids and teens must be age-appropriate for the young student – physically, socially and emotionally. In order to train effectively and safely, young dancers should be learning skills that their developing bodies are ready. Consequently progression in levels is a very important factor. A studio should be able to provide a program which offers the student a chance to progress from a beginning dancer with the right foundations. Therefore level by level, all dancers progress to more advanced concepts.
We teach classes which are age appropriate and we provide a wholesome environment for positive learning. Technically our studio provides achievement goals by levels so that we can make sure that students are ready to advance to the next level of training. Our goal is to develop a strong foundation whereby the dancer can move to appropriate levels as they advance within our program. Teachers work together to determine the correct placement of every individual student at our studio. Undoubtedly the dancer becomes a part of our dance family and we take consider their advancement carefully with each of our dance classes for kids and teens.
What is the size of the class?
We have a small dancer-to-teacher ratio for all our dance classes. The dance class should be a reasonable size so the instructor can teach effectively and additionally maintain class control. This allows a teacher to provide individual attention and be aware of the student’s individual needs. Teachers utilize smaller classes. As a result each student is able to better understand the concepts. As a result, students do not form bad habits or use improper technique. Younger age classes are generally 8 – 10 students. Classes do not exceed 10 students. Our goal is to make sure that the student gets the individual attention necessary for personal attention and advancement.
Obviously dance is a physical activity which requires jumping and springing. This can impart stress and pressure to the joints of the feet, ankles, knees, hips and back. Injuries can occur if a dancer is training on an improper floor. Studies have shown that it is very important to provide a floor which has spring action when participating in highly physical activities. Proper flooring provides a buffer to absorb the shock that is imparted to the body. We use a type of flooring in our professional studios and theaters called a “floating floor”. The floating floor built on top of a structure of high density foam pads, consequently these pads act as shock absorbers to the body. This system is superior to a sprung floor which is generally wood built on top of the regular sub-floor.
What type of dance floor is used?
The top layer of the floor is an important factor to the dance student. The vinyl composite known as “Marley” is manufactured especially for the dance studio. The Marley surface is the accepted flooring used by major dance companies and theaters throughout the world. Marley surfaces allow dancers to slide with a degree of control. It is not slippery enough to cause falls.
Our studio has installed the “floating floor” system in each of our studios. There are hundreds of high density foam pads under each floor which protect students and teachers alike. The top layer is a special Marley vinyl created for the dancer. Students risk of injury is reduced with the Marley floors, additionally it keeps students from getting tired while taking class. All of our dance classes for kids and teens use the floating floor.
How involved is the parent commitment?
We are here to help children dance well, express themselves creatively, and have fun during class. Consequently, this recreational dance program means no expensive costumes, time-consuming competitions, or fund-raising activities. In addition, our energies are focused on excellent curriculum choices, Family Sharing Days, solid & safe foundations, a caring and professional teaching staff.
It is important to keep that parents informed as to what is going on at the studio. Most importantly, nobody wants a child missing out on a special practice due to a lack of communication Above all a dance school must make pertinent information easily available.
At Myriad communication is a top priority for all our dance classes for kids and teens. Policies are clear and fair, and clearly explained for all our dance classes for kids and teens. In addition, our brochure, informative emails, and web site will provide very helpful information concerning tuition policies, class attire, performance dates etc. Our Arts Administrators are available during regular class hours for your immediate assistance.