From the creative movement classes for our youngest through to the technically advanced levels, our classes are structured, disciplined, and focused on the appropriate level of instruction.
All of our classes are designed to build confidence, independence, and self-esteem in our young dancers through fun and motivating activities.
Creative Movement (2- and 3-year-olds)
allows little ones their first taste of independent “dance.” Our 30-minute class explores creative movement with extensive use of props, songs, and games. Children learn active listening skills and become accustomed to working with others through musical activities. Fun dancewear and tutus are highly encouraged!
Pre-Primary Combo, ages 3-4 yrs teaches basic ballet and tap skills along with creative movement and musicality. This 55-minute class is highly structured and encourages listening skills and self-awareness in a fun and positive atmosphere. Stories, games, and songs are intermixed with introductory dance steps. Students must be 3 years old and potty-trained to enroll. Students must wear pink tights, a leotard of any color, ballet slippers, and tap shoes. Skirts and tutus may also be worn.
Primary Combo, ages 4 1/2 - 5 yrs reinforces the skills learned in their first Combo class and builds upon basic steps and routines. Students become less dependent on dancing with the teacher and begin to learn exercises which they can execute independently. Creative movement is encouraged through the use of props and musical games. This class is also an appropriate beginning for 5 year-olds with no prior dance experience. Primary students must wear pink tights, a leotard of any color, ballet slippers, and tap shoes. Skirts and tutus may also be worn.
Kinder Combo, ages 5-6 provide a smooth transition between the creative movement structure we use for our younger classes and the technical structure of our leveled classes. These classes are also appropriate for children who would like to begin taking dance lessons but are not ready to commit to a 55-minute Level 1 class. While maintaining a fun and positive atmosphere, we begin to introduce technical aspects of ballet and tap or jazz. Partnering and group activities are introduced, and musical games become more structured. Students gain a rich sense of accomplishment while continuing to have fun! Students wear a leotard, pink tights, and the appropriate dance shoes. A skirt or tutu may be worn on the last class day of each month.
Lyrical / Contemporary
Improv / Choreography
Every PDAZ student is welcome to join Prima Performance! Dancers have additional performing opportunities throughout the year, including dancing in the opening and closing numbers of the Winter and Spring recitals. Past performances include the State Fair, KidsFest, and the Phoenix Suns pre-game show.
Students will be placed according to their technical abilities by the PDAZ faculty. Class Requirements, according to level placement:
Diamond and Pearl: Jazz, Ballet, and Lyrical.
Emerald: Jazz and Ballet.
Sapphire: Jazz or Ballet.
Ruby: Ages 5 and up, or age 4 by invitation. Rubies must be concurrently enrolled in any jazz, ballet, or combo class.
The PDAZ Company is made up of dancers who wish to dance at a competitive level. Auditions are held in the spring for the following calendar year
(August through August). Company members must commit to a minimum
number of classes and rehearsals. For more information please contact Cara at (480) 656-2822.
Adult Ballet/Stretch Condition and tone your body with a barre workout and center combinations. Class cards available--All levels are welcome!
Adult Tap A fun way to get a great workout! No experience necessary!
Adult Sampler Classes Experience a variety of dance disciplines in 4-week increments. Call the studio for details!