Elite Dance Academy, Inc.
Elite Dance Academy

Phenix City, AL 36870
Phone: (334) 297-0404

Class Descriptions


Pre-dance (Giraffes Dance Too and Tutus & Top Hats)

Intro to Ballet & Tap using proper French terminology for Ballet and methods appropriate to the age and attention span of the dancer. A routine is followed to encourage learning the dance class environment.  Giraffes Dance Too (Ages 3-4) may include Pre-Ballet, Pre-Tap,  Pre-Jazz & Acro; Tutus & Top Hats (ages 5-7) may include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, & Hip Hop.  


Classical Ballet technique is taught, appropriate to the level and age. Barre, Allegro, Adagio, and fundamentals of technique and placement with the use of all French terminology. Levels are determined based on the age, experience, skill-level, and maturity of the dancer. Level III-VI Ballet students should also enroll in Lyrical and are strongly encouraged to enroll in Pointe classes for optimal progression at the advanced level.


A class for the Intermediate to Advanced Ballet dancer, who already has a foundation of Classical Ballet and wishes to further their ballet training to include dancing en pointe. While the pre-pointe class can be taken without pointe shoes to develop ankle strength and in preparation of pointe work, pointe shoes should only be obtained under the direction of the instructor, with much guidance and pre-approval. The instructor will determine when a student is ready for pointe and guidance on pointe shoes. Elite's policy is that dancers under the age of 12 must be given clearance from their physician before beginning pointe work, to ensure growth plates are fused and to prevent injury resulting from going en pointe too soon.


Jazz, Funk, and various styles (Fosse/Broadway vs. Street Jazz) are taught using center work, across the floor, leaps, and turns. Emphasis on placement and attention to detail of proper execution. Levels are determined based on the age, experience, skill-level, and maturity. Levels 2-4 should accompany this class with the appropriate Leaps/Turns class for optimal development.


Various styles of tap are taught (Broadway or Classical Tap) as well as 'new' styles of the latest and greatest tap experts, appropriate to level and age. Rhythm, sound, and timing are emphasized. Serious tap students are encouraged to take two tap classes, one in their level and one of a level up or down to further develop clean sounds and technique.

Lyrical Dance

One definition of 'lyrical' is expressing deep personal emotion or observations. Lyrical dance is the merging of Classical Ballet with Jazz and Contemporary styles of dance. It is usually performed with music which has 'lyrics' and is very expressive, to convey feeling and musicality. Students wishing to take Lyrical must have a foundation in Ballet and Jazz. Level 2-Advanced, mature students will be successful in this class.


Borrowing from modern, classical, and jazz styles, contemporary has grown in popularity.  Focus on technique with a modern base, and unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction, Contemporary classes are for the more experienced, classically trained dancer.  Prerequisite: Intermediate or Advanced Ballet taken concurrently.

Hip Hop

This is a street-style of dance, executed to Hip Hop music or as evolved from Hip Hop culture. The term 'hip hop' is vague as it can encompass a wide range of styles from Jazz/Funk to Poppin', Lockin', Jerking, Breakdance, or whatever the latest trend is, which is constantly changing. Each instructor has a diverse style and approach to this genre. Dress is not as strict, nor is the tone of the class. This style is completely independent of most other styles.

Leaps & Turns

A class to elaborate on various jumps, leaps, turns, and variations in ballet and jazz.  Designed to be taken concurrently with ballet and/or jazz levels 2 and up.

Stretch & Strength

An elective class to further train students in flexibility and strength, which can vary between cardio training for stamina, flexibility exercises, and strength training in a variety of different methods.  This is sometimes offered as a workshop but, is combined with Acro classes, as well.

Tumbling & AcroDance - nicknamed 'ACRO' (Acrobatic Arts certified studio)

Tumbling is included in all Acro classes  with the intent to create a more diverse dancer, with the skills necessary to incorporate increased flexibility, acrobatic tricks, and tumbling passes into their dance repertoire. Pre-tumbling is for the preschool dancer who will learn basic tumbling skills, strength, and flexibility. Each level will progress into more advanced tumbling skills and passes such as roundoffs, aerials, walkovers, handsprings, and staging for tucks/layouts. We are not a gymnastics gym, however, our training fulfills the dancer's need for certain acrobatic and tumbling skills to make a well-rounded dance athlete.  Those intending to train for cheerleading learn necessary skills in our program.

Certified by Acrobatic Arts, this class series is based on safe and effective progressions combining flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering, and tumbling, which has been designed mindful of dance, contortion, rhythmic gymnastics, and more. Combining artistry of the dancer with acrobatics, this class takes the classical dancer to a new level. *Certified studio as of August 2018

Musical Theater

Always a front runner in Musical Theater, our Dazzlin' Dolls competition team has been competing in Musical Theater for many years.  We hold a National Title in Musical Theater for our rendition of "Newsies".  We offer a Junior and Teen Musical Theater class.  It is recommended that students have dance experience in Jazz, Tap, & Ballet or take them concurrently in order to get the best experience in this class.  


Mommy & Me (a special offering, not held for the regular season)

An intro into our Pre-Dance program, little ones ages 2-3 can join Mommy for an age-appropriate introduction to dance, music, and creative movement.  

Tap Enrichment

As a well-known tap studio, we pride ourselves in offering the best, most progressive tap program in the area and competitive with the most successful tap programs in the country.  In keeping with our reputation, we offer this class to further enhance our tap students' experience.  The class will increase students' knowlege and proficiency in tap skills, beyond what is covered in their weekly tap technique class.  A foundation is required in order to benefit from this class as it is geared toward the Level 2 through Intermediate tap dancer.  Students wishing to gain more practice in tap tricks should enroll in this class.  Must be enrolled in another tap technique class as this does not replace a tap technique class.

Adult Heels

Heels Class is a high-heel infused dance class with the everyday woman in mind. It is intended to bring out your confidence and your inner Diva!  Various styles of dance are incorporated in this class.












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