Myriad Dance Academy

Enrollment is on-going! It is never too late to join our music or dance lessons and classes.

Register for a class below. If you don’t see a class listed, it means that class time is currently full. Please call 650-574-2844 for personal assistance from our Arts Administrators or to join our waitlist.

Looking for a cozy, friendly, quality dance program?

We are a boutique Dance Academy. Our class sizes are small, featuring a low student~teacher ratio, ensuring lots of personal attention and coaching for each dancer. Become a well-rounded, strong, expressive dancer here at Myriad, with nurturing, experienced teachers.

We specialize in nurturing experienced and new dancers alike.

There is a class below for all ages and levels. This is the perfect cozy, non-intimidating, environment for dancers to create something special together. Learn more about this quality dance program that is a great fit for kids, teens and adults!

 

Register below for classes below, or contact us to schedule a current class & meet our teachers.

If you do not see a class listed, it means this class is full.
Have questions? Give us a call today at 650-574-2844,
or contact us by email at lessons@myriadmusic.net
School Year 2019-2020 will be open for registration in May.

 

Pre-Dance: 3 – 4 year olds

Pre-Ballet / Hippity Hop & Tumble
A fun, creative and developmentally appropriate introduction to ballet foundations. Students experience movement concepts, stretching and strengthening exercises, across-the floor basics & more, building their dance dance skills in an exploratory, fun environment. They also bounce along to the beat with introductory hippity hop unit components. Coordination, safe movement and body awareness are gained with beginning tumbling skills. This class  a complete foundation for our little ones, preparing them for the diverse choice 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, plus ABC Music & Me Preschool Music featuring keyboard exploration with our animal alphabet and music booklets, mallet instruments, keyboards & ukuleles. A relaxing story-time between classes.  The perfect summer afternoon class for your pre-schooler, and a great introduction to our School Year curriculum for pre-schoolers starting in the fall.

Pre-Dance: 5 – 6 year olds

Pre-Ballet / Tap & Tumble!
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.

Pre-Jazz
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.

Pre-Hippity Hop
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, which requires 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

For graduates of our Pre-Dance 5-6 class, or beginners  7 & older. 

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 and 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, 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. An additional technical class  is encouraged for physical safety at this level.

 Jazz / Hip Hop 2
The next level for this combination class, students will learn more complicated routines and become stronger dancers, refining 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 previous dance experience. Dancers who supplement with another upper-level 2 class like Ballet / Contemporary 2 or Jazz / Contemporary 2 will see better results faster. An additional technical class  is encouraged for 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. This class combines strength, flexibility, stylistic virtuosity and interpretive skills of the developing contemporary dancer. Foundational concepts like stretching, leaps, musicality and body-phrasing, are reinforced. These concepts reinforce the high energy needed for Jazz choreo. We teach our students to contribute to the choreography, with the fundamental knowledge they have been absorbing, 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. An additional technical class  is encouraged for physical safety at this level.

Teens New to Dance: Ages 10 & up

For tweens & teens who are new to dance. 

Teen Beginner Classics
It’s never too late to jump in and experience the joy of dance! For new pre-teen & teen students, exploring dance for the first time, this class will cover all of the foundations to help our new dancers safely gain the skills they  need to level up. This class will cover a range of styles for beginners. Ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop foundations are covered throughout the year, giving new dancers a comprehensive skill set, to then 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.

If this class time does is not good schedule fit for you,  new dancers 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 technique, strength, flexibility, correct ergonomics, endurance, & 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
Continued ballet foundational technique and sequences, combined with the strengthening and stylistic vocabulary of Contemporary /Modern Dance. 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. We teach our students to contribute to the choreography, with the fundamental knowledge they have been absorbing, 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. An additional technical class  is encouraged for physical safety at this level.

Contemporary / Jazz Level 3
These students start class with contemporary & jazz infused warm-ups and strengtheners. 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. 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. We teach our students to contribute to the choreography, with the fundamental knowledge they have been absorbing, and their own creativity. Dancers who supplement with another upper-level 3 classes like Jazz / Hip Hop 3 or Ballet / Contemporary 3 will see better results faster. An additional technical class  is encouraged for 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.  These students start class with ballet & jazz infused warm-ups and strengtheners, and then 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. An additional technical class  is encouraged for physical safety 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.

11 Benefits: Why the Myriad Dance Academy is a great choice, for kids, teens & Adults!

  1. Wonderful Teachers. Trained dancers who are experienced, warm, gifted educators. Our Teachers have dance degrees and years of instructing experience with students of all ages.
  2. Small Cozy Class Sizes.  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. We are attuned tot he coordination readiness of each student.
  3. 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.
  4. We take the stress and extra high costs out of the dance class experience, while ramping up the quality of the instruction. Reasonable costume fees is one of our mottos!
  5. Goal Sheets, Progress Reports & Dance Ribbons. 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.
  6. Convenience. Schedule Dance Classes and Music Lessons at the same time.
  7. 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.
  8. Fun props and creative classroom items, make the studio an exciting place to be. Our fully-stocked dance academy is a multi-sensory environment, which is great for especially our younger dancers.
  9. Non-competitive program. No competitions. We focus on meticulous, smart curriculum, rewarding goal-tracking systems, outstanding teachers and a love of dance!
  10. Family Sharing Days & Spring Showcase 3 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. Great photo & video moments.
  11. Something for Parents too! We have a great deal for Myriad’s parents…come and take Fitness / Pilates classes with us. Certified Yoga / Pilates Instructors at Myriad’s Dance Academy!

5 Things Every Parent Should Know in Order to Choose a Dance Studio

Most dance studios seem to offer similar programs with friendly experienced teachers and performing opportunities. Aren’t they all about the same? Does it make a difference where you choose to enroll? Yes. There are 4 critical factors that can make a difference in the quality of dance instruction your child receives. Parents need to understand what they are expected to do while their child is enrolled. 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. These factors will highly affect the overall satisfaction and enjoyment of your family’s dance experience.

Are Classes Age-Appropriate?

Dance training 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. 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, level by level to more advanced concepts.

We describe our studio as “family-friendly”. 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. The dancer becomes a part of our dance family and we take consider their advancement carefully.

What Is The Size of The class?

We have a small dancer:teacher ratio. The dance class should be a reasonable size so the instructor can teach effectively and maintain class control. This allows a teacher to provide individual attention and be aware of the student’s individual needs. The smaller class helps the teacher make sure that concepts are understood by each student and prevents students from developing bad habits or using improper technique.

Our studio limits the size of our classes. Younger age classes are generally 8 – 10 students. School Year 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.

What Type of Dance Floor Is Used?

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. This floor will provide a buffer to absorb the shock that is imparted to the body. The type of flooring used in professional studios and theatres is called a “floating floor”. A “floating floor” is built on top of a structure of high density foam pads. 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.

The top layer of the floor is an important factor to the dance student. A 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 theatres throughout the world. The finish of the Marley surface allows the dancer 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. Our floors help to reduce the risk of injury and keeps students from getting tired while taking class.

How involved is the parent commitment?

We are here to help children dance well, express themselves creatively, and have fun during class. We are a recreational dance program, which means no expensive costumes, DVD costs, mandatory ticket sales per family, time-consuming competitions, or fund-raising activities. We put our energies into excellent curriculum choices, ribbon achievement awards, solid & safe foundations, a caring and professional teaching staff. We do feature family performances throughout the year to celebrate our dancers’ progress and to share their joy of dancing with loved ones.

Communication and Customer Service

It is important that parents are kept informed as to what is going on at the studio. It is not a good experience for a child to miss out on a special practice because the information wasn’t communicated to the parent. A dance studio must make pertinent information easily available.

At our studio communication is a top priority. We provide a policy form which explains what we expect from our parents throughout the year. In addition, our brochure, informative emails, and web site will provide very helpful information concerning tuition policies, class attire, performance dates etc. Our office staff is available during regular class hours for your immediate assistance.