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Whether you have aspired to become a professional dancer or are looking for an enjoyable way to keep in shape, you can find a dance school that will offer full-time courses and part-time evening classes for children or adults.

Most dance schools offer a wide variety of styles in their course list, and it is rare to find a dance school, apart from a ballet school, that will specialize in only one type of dance. Therefore, it is possible to take a wide variety of classes in one setting. Most dance schools offer basic dance styles, such as:

  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Hip-Hop
  • Tap

Ballet is often taken by young children whose parents enroll them in dance school, but there are also ballet classes offered for adults, since ballet is an excellent way to achieve grace and confidence. One of the reasons children start ballet classes at such a young age, is that most ballet schools begin at the age of 11, and dancers, by that time, are expected to have mastered basic ballet skills.

Jazz and contemporary dance are quite similar, except that jazz is more typical of the Broadway style of dance, and contemporary dance is used for expressive, artistic and interpretative dance. Tap is an old favorite, and many children and adults enjoy making “music” while dancing. Hip-hop is a relatively new area of dance and has evolved along with the popular musical form.

In addition to dance classes, many dance schools offer dance-oriented fitness classes, such as aerobics and spinning. This is one way of incorporating dance and fitness to improve physical and emotional well being. Dance schools also offer classics in gymnastics to improve the physical stamina and condition of dancers enrolled there, but there are usually gymnastics classes available for non-dancers as well.

For those who want to learn to dance for a night out in a nostalgic dance club or at a down-home barn dance, there are schools that specialize in ballroom and squared dancing. You can learn the foxtrot or the rhumba whether you attend the class with a partner, or meet a partner in the class.

There are also many classes at dance schools available for those who want to learn various kinds of ethnic dance, such as the Polka, Indian dancing, Israeli dancing, and Irish clog dancing. Dance is a universal language with many dialects, and many people consider dance as one way of absorbing another culture.

For those who are interested in dance as a career, it is possible to enroll in a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree or a MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degree at many universities and dance schools. To gain admittance to these programs, it is essential to prepare an excellent audition.

Dancers will be expected to travel an audition on-site or to submit a video displaying his or her talents. Gaining admission at dance schools can be quite competitive, and the atmosphere at the schools themselves can sometimes be intense. However, this spirit of competition can also improve the excellence of the school, and can be approached to in a spirit of enthusiasm for the discipline.

The price of tuition at dance schools varies according the program. For those who are earning a BFA or an MFA, the costs can be substantial, and many students require scholarships, grants, and student loans, since few have the stamina, nor do they wish to expend their valuable energy on working while attending dance school.

For amateur dancers, the cost is substantially less, sometimes a few dollars a session, and since sessions are usually weekly, programs at dance school can be quite affordable.

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