Our Performing Arts classes are designed for the more serious student looking for a higher level of commitment to their growth as a dancer. It is an opportunity for our dancers to participate in a more disciplined, yet encouraging program. We offer Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, and Sacred Dance. We also have dance companies available exclusively for Performing Arts Students. Different from our Recreational Classes, Performing Arts students perform at least twice annually in our February Performing Arts Showcase and the Spring Dance Recital in June. Additional Performance venues have included fundraisers, benefits, local community events and tours to local churches, senior homes, and retreat centers in the Midwest.
Performing Arts students are required to take a minimum dance-load of Ballet, Jazz and Tap. Many of our students take up to 4 classes weekly to advance their technique and become well-rounded dancers competent in a variety of dance forms. Ballet students in Levels 3 and up are required to take Ballet Technique class in addition to their other classes during the week. Pointe students are required to take the Ballet Technique class prior to Pointe class for their safety and strength.
Students may participate in this program by audition only. Auditions take place in early August; please see Performing Arts Assessment Intensive. Dancers will then be placed in the appropriate class level or advised of alternative options, including our Pre-Performing Arts Program.
Dance Company auditions are held at various times throughout the year. Please see PA Companies for more information.
What do we wear?
Black leotard (camisole or tank style, long-sleeve is optional in the winter.)
Ballet belt (to be purchased from PSOD in the beginning of the year.)
Pink tights; tights must be worn over the feet and inside the ballet slippers. We recommend convertible tights so dancers can easily access their feet and toes. Tights should be clean and free of holes/runs.
Pink Ballet shoes (split-sole canvas or leather, elastic must be properly sewn – not knotted around or under the foot.) Shoes should be clean and free of holes.
No skirts or shorts.
No visible undergarments or panty lines. Any supportive garments worn under the leotard must be black or flesh-colored!
No jewelry except for post earrings may be worn (i.e., no necklaces, bracelets anklets, rings, dangling earrings, etc.)
Hair must be worn in a neat, well-formed bun. No bangs or whispies.
Black leotard or solid colored, form-fitting tank top that is long enough to cover the midriff.
Black capri pants or dance shorts with tights.
Tan slip-on jazz shoes.
Black tap shoes in the black oxford “boy” style.
No baggy t-shirts, sweatshirts or baggy pants.
No busy prints or writing on tops or pants.
Hair pulled back neatly away from the face.
All dress code items are available for purchase at Prairie School of Dance.