Thursday, June 30, 2011

Charlotte Dance Classes for Children

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Dancers Unite, my Charlotte based dance studio, has many dance classes in the fall for children in 2nd and 3rd grade.  We offer a Ballet/Tap/Jazz Class on Thursdays from 3:45-5:00 PM.  This class offers dance instruction in fundamental ballet, tap and jazz steps.  Students would also learn choreography in ballet, tap and jazz. 

Dancers Unite also offers a Hip Hop/Jazz Class for students in 2nd and 3rd grade.  We offer this at two different times, so you can choose the class that fits your schedule: Tuesday from 4:45-5:45 PM and Saturday from 1:15-2:15 PM.  Students would learn age appropriate hip hop choreography to age appropriate hip hop music.  Additionally, students would learn hip hop and jazz technique.

Finally, Dancers Unite offers a Tumbling Class for 2nd and 3rd graders.  This class meets on Friday afternoons from 5:00-5:45 PM.  Students would learn tumbling skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels and handstands.  All tumbling would take place on a mat (at DU, we always put children’s safety first). 

For more information on these dance classes or on dance class times for other ages, please see our Dance Class Page.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Modern Dance Classes Charlotte NC

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Dancers Unite will be offering modern dance classes for students ages 4th grade to 12th grade.  Modern dance developed during the 20th century as a response to formal, classical ballet.  Modern dance features stylized, abstract movements.  It is an interpretive dance using balance and control. 

The modern dance class for 4th to 6th graders is on Wednesdays from 4:45-5:30.  The modern dance class for 7th to 12th graders is on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 PM.  For more information on how to register for these modern dance classes, please see our Dance Class Page.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dance Teaching Jobs in Charlotte NC

As our dance studio continues growing, Dancers Unite continues to look for more dance teachers in the Charlotte area to teach at our dance studio.  Are you looking for a dance instructor job in Charlotte, North Carolina?  Do you posses the following criteria:

  • Do you love dance and love to share your enthusiasm for dance with others?
  • Do you have (or are working towards) a college degree?
  • Do you love working with children and/or teens?
Then teaching dance at Dancers Unite may be right for you!  We encourage dance instructors who are interested in teaching for our dance studio to submit his or her resume regardless of whether a position is currently available.  Dancers Unite offers classes in Ballet, Pointe, Tumbling (floor gymnastics), Hip Hop, Modern, African, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Jazz and Tap so there could be a position that could open in any of those dance styles.  Please email our dance studio your resume and at least two references.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hip Hop Classes in Charlotte North Carolina for Kids

Many dance studios do not offer hip hop classes for kindergarteners and first graders, but my dance studio, Dancers Unite, has a Kindergarten/1st Grade Hip Hop/Jazz Class.  My sister Elizabeth and I teach this dance class, and we have worked hard to create a curriculum that has a good balance between important technique and fun.  The choreography and music are age appropriate and basic enough for these beginner hip hop students, though at the same time we try to make it challenging enough so that the students do not become bored. 

If you would like to see an example of this hip hop choreography, then please feel free to see our Kindergarten to 1st Grade Hip Hop Dance Class Video to see what I am talking about.

If you would like more information on class times for this Hip Hop/Jazz Dance Class, as well as the other dance classes Dancers Unite has, please see our 2011-2012 Dance Class Page.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dance Classes Deal in Charlotte

Haven’t already registered for 2011-2012 dance classes at Dancers Unite?  Now is the perfect time to register for dance classes, because if you register before July 1, 2011 then you get $10 off the registration fee!  Dancers Unite makes it easy for you to register.  You can register in person next Wednesday (June 29, 2011) from 6:00-8:00 PM in person during our office hours, or you can register online or by sending a check in the mail.  For more information on the ways to register for dance classes at Dancers Unite, please see our Dance Class Registration Page.

In addition to receiving a discount, it is better to register sooner rather than later for dance classes at Dancers Unite because our dance studio limits the amount of students in each dance class.  We have found that the best learning takes place when students can get personalized individual attention from his or her dance teacher.  So if there is a particular class or time you would like, make sure you register in advance.  To see what dance classes Dancers Unite offers and the times and days of the week, please see our Dance Class Schedule Page.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Charlotte Dance Studio Earning Great Reputation

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Dancers Unite is quickly earning a great reputation around Charlotte!  Our accomplishments have been mentioned in three great publications lately: The Charlotte Observer, South Charlotte Weekly, and Dilworth Quarterly.  Please see our Dance Studio Gallery Page to see these articles.  Congrats to the Dancers Unite dancers appearing in these stories.  We are so proud of your wonderful dancing and are glad others outside of our dance studio are impressed, too!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

African Dance Classes in Charlotte NC

I am very excited to announce that starting in the fall Dancers Unite is offering an African Dance Course.  This dance course will cover traditional African dance from all over Africa (the dance class is not specific to one region).  This dance class is a wonderful way to

  • Express yourself through the African dance art form
  • Stay fit
  • Have fun
  • Learn about African culture
We have an African dance class for 4th to 6th graders on Saturday mornings from 9:15-10:00 AM.  We also have an African dance class for teens & adults (7th graders and older) on Saturday mornings from 10:00-11:00 AM.  Each class will perform a routine in our annual recital in June.  For more information on these classes, as well as our other dance classes, please see our 2011-2012 Dance Class Page.
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dance Classes Charlotte NC 5&6 Yr Olds

Dancers Unite’s Ballet/Tap/Jazz Class for 5 & 6 year olds is a great hour of wonderful dance instruction.  Students work on basics in ballet, tap and jazz.  It is a wonderful progression for our students who have outgrown our preschool dance classes.  It is also good for 5 & 6 year olds new to dance wanting to get exposure to three different dance styles.  Dancers Unite gives each student individual attention so students are allowed to progress on their own time so students at all levels can gain a lot from the dance class.

If you would like to try your child at this dance class this summer, we have a class running for 4 weeks from Saturday July 16th to Saturday August 6th.  It meets in the morning, from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  The cost for the entire class is $65 with no registration fee.  For more information on this class, please see our Summer Dance Class Page.

We then have the class in the fall at two different times: Tuesdays from 3:45–4:45 PM and Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 AM.  Parents can choose the time that works best for them and enroll their child in either class.  It starts after Labor Day and runs through the beginning of June, when Dancers Unite has the annual recital.  Students from this class will perform ballet, tap and jazz routines.  For more information on this class, please see our 2011-2012 Dance Class Page.
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Teen Dance Classes Charlotte NC

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Haven’t finalized your summer plans yet?  Make sure they include dancing!  Dancers Unite has many exciting dance class and dance intensive options for teens (rising 7th grade through 12th grade, or 12 to 18 year olds).  You will find among our listings a vast variety of dance styles.  You will find anything from tap to jazz to contemporary to bellydance to modern to pointe to hip hop to much, much more!  The classes and intensives are:

  • Drop In Jazz Classes
  • Drop In Tap Classes
  • Hip Hop Intensive
  • Ballet Intensive
  • Extreme Dance Intensive
  • Student Choreography Intensive
  • Bellydance

For more information on the cost and how to register for these great dance classes and dance intensives, please see our Summer Dance Class Page.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Charlotte North Carolina School of Dance Recital Pictures

A week and a half ago our school of dance had our wonderful recital, “DU in the USA”.  At the recital, we had the South Charlotte Sports Report Action Photography take action shots of the recital dances.  There are a lot of beautiful shots of our older dancers and adorable shots of our littlest dancers, so parents and grandparents should definitely check this out.  The photos are reasonably priced and are a great way to remember that wonderful day for years to come.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Charlotte Tap Dance Camp

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Does your toddler love tap dance?  Or are you interested in starting your toddler in tap dance lessons?  Then Dancers Unite’s Broadway Babies Camp would be great for your child!  Your child will learn Broadway style tap steps as well as musical theater style dance choreography.

The Broadway Babies Camp is more than just dance instruction, though.  Students in this camp will also participate in crafts, story time, snack time and more.  Plus there will be a fun performance on the last day of the camp!

The Broadway Babies Camp is for 3-5 year olds.  It runs from July 25th to July 28th.  For more information, please see our Summer Dance Camp Page.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Children's Dance Team Tryouts Charlotte

A few days ago I mentioned the Competition Company Workshop on Saturday morning.  Now I would like to discuss the actual Competition Company Audition on Sunday afternoon.

The Sunday afternoon Competition Audition runs from 2:00-4:00 PM.  Students will perform combinations in hip hop, lyrical, jazz and tap.  They will have learned these combinations the day before in the Competition Workshop.  The combinations need to be performed as if it were an actual dance competition; this means students should smile and do every step full out.

After the Audition is over, the competition directors will be in touch with everyone who auditioned to let them know whether or not they made the competition team.  Do not be discouraged if you did not make the competition team because there is always next year.  There are plenty of dance classes at Dancers Unite over the summer and in the fall you can take where our talented instructors can help you improve your dance technique. 

For more information on our Competition Company in general, please see our Dance Competition Page.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Charlotte Area Princess Camps

If your darling daughter loves to dress up and pretend to be a princess, it is not too late to sign her up for a Princess Camp this summer!  While my Charlotte based dance studio, Dancers Unite, has already had to close a few of our Princess Ballet Camps (we have a class limit to ensure a good teacher/student ratio) there are still a couple Princess Ballet Camps that have spots open.

There is a Princess Camp that begins next week.  It runs from Monday June 13th through Thursday June 16th.  This camp is for 4 and 5 year old students.  It is a morning camp running from 9:00-11:00 AM.

There is also a Princess Camp for 2 and 3 year old students with spots open.  It runs from Monday August 8th through Thursday August 11th.  It is also a morning camp running from 9:00-11:00 AM.

For more information on these Princess Ballet Camps, please see our Summer Dance Camp Page.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Charlotte North Carolina Competition Dance Workshop

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This Saturday is the Competition Company Audition Workshop.  This is where everyone auditioning for the Competition Dance Company will learn the routines that they will be required to perform at the actual audition.  All dancers wishing to be part of the 2011-2012 Dancers Unite Competition Company will need to audition, even if they were a Company Member this past year. 

Everyone attending the competition dance workshop will learn choreography in tap, hip hop, lyrical and jazz.  If you do not have any experience in one of these dance styles, you will not be required to take part in that part of the audition.  Dancers will be split up among age at the workshop.  The workshop runs from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

The cost for the workshop is $60 per dancer.  This cost will also include the actual audition, so you will not have to pay again at the audition.  You must pay and sign up for competition auditions in advance.  You can do this by registering online at our Competition Dance Audition Page.  You can also come and register in person in advance.  A great time to do this would be this Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 PM, during our dance studio’s office hours.  You can also register by phone by calling us at 704-846-2985.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hip Hop Dance Lessons Charlotte NC

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We sure did enjoy our dance recital, but now we are excited our summer camps and classes have started!  A lot of our camps & classes are closed (we have a class size limit to ensure a good student/teacher ratio) but one class you can still register for is our four session Hip Hop Class!

We have a Hip Hop Class for rising 1st through 3rd graders that starts tomorrow.  It meets on Tuesday June 7th, Thursday June 9th, Tuesday June 14th and Thursday June 16th.  We also have another one running Tuesday August 9th, Thursday August 11th, Tuesday August 16th, and Thursday August 18th.  The class runs from 5:00-6:00 PM.

We then have a Hip Hop Class for rising 4th to 6th graders that starts tomorrow as well.  It also meets on Tuesday June 7th, Thursday June 9th, Tuesday June 14th and Thursday June 16th.   The class runs from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Hip hop is a fun, fast paced dance form that would be great to try over the summer.  This hip hop dance class is also great for anyone who has taken hip hop in the past and would like to learn more hip hop technique and choreography.  The hip hop at Dancers Unite uses age appropriate music and movements.  You can view some Dancers Unite choreography from our Boys’ Only Hip Hop Class on our YouTube Channel.

For more information on how to register for this Hip Hop Class, please see our Summer Dance Class Page.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Charlotte NC Queens Road Area Dance School Recital

Thank you everyone for your hard work yesterday at the dress rehearsal!  We really appreciate all the great dancing, as well as those who volunteered their time to help us throughout the recital.  Your hard work is greatly noted and appreciated.

As many of you know, our dance recital will be tomorrow, Saturday June 4th, at 2:00 PM.  The recital is at Dana Auditorium, which is in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte.  All dancers must be there at 1:30.  All dancers participating in the recital, please check out our Dance Recital Page if you have any last minute questions.  If you still have any questions, please feel free to call the studio today.

For any of you who are not participating in the recital, we invite you to come anyway!  Our dance recital is free to the public.  There will be many wonderful dance styles performed throughout the afternoon (ballet, tap, tumbling, hip hop, zumba, belly dance, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, pointe and musical theater), performed by dancers ranging from age 2 to adult.  
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