“From the parents, to the dancers, to the incredible staff, ArtWorks is the kindest, most caring studio around, full of top-notch instructors! We love ArtWorks!!!” -Tiffany K.
ArtWorks Academy’s award winning dance program focuses on technique and artistic development. It is home to three performance companies: Petite Protégé, Protégé and Relevé Dance Company. ArtWorks Academy is certified through Acrobatic Arts and Alixa Flexibility Method. We are members of Dance Educators of America and National Dance Education Organization.
All of our classes are divided by age and level of experience. Students in recreational classes receive the same quality training as our company members. It is our goal to create a safe environment for each child. We use age appropriate music and costumes for all recitals and competitions.
ArtWorks Academy has faculty certified through Youth Protection Advocates in Dance. YPAD courses educate dance studios and communities on the best practices for constructing an environment focused on the well-being of students and a sustainable, safe future for dance. Training includes, but is not limited to, CPR/First Aid, injury prevention & response, developmentally appropriate artistry, nutrition, and bullying/conflict resolution. We are honored to be part of an organization whose mission is to provide dance professionals with the skills and resources to protect and develop healthy, happy dancers.
ArtWorks Academy students have the chance to join the National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA), which is a program of the National Dance Education Organization. It was created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance. ArtWorks Academy students in 9th-12th grades can join NSHDA, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Students are eligible for induction once they have earned an accumulation of 30 points, which they earn through dance activities such as dance classes, rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service activities. They must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
ArtWorks Academy NSHDA members produce their own student led choreography showcase each fall. They are involved in every aspect of the showcase, including: casting, choreographing, budget planning, ticket sales, advertising, and more!
We use a guided curriculum in all of our dance classes. All students learn dance terminology, technique and numerous combinations throughout the year. We do not spend the entire year working on one recital routine. Choreography for recital is not taught until the spring semester and it is only the focus of a portion of the class.
We believe a solid foundation in technique is extremely important for any dancer. Proper technique enables students to execute movements and steps precisely. Ballet is the foundation for all forms of dance; technique learned in ballet classes can be applied to skills learned in jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre. Although the study of ballet is not required for enrollment in all of our classes, we strongly encourage all dancers to pursue ballet training.
Proper class placement enables each student to develop as a dancer. Placement is determined by the Director of the School of Dance, Cheryl Morris. Some classes do require teacher permission, while others do not. If you wish to enroll your child in a class that requires permission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students currently enrolled will receive a placement guide when enrollment for the following year begins, which lists the level of dance in which you should enroll your child.
ArtWorks Academy of Performing Arts is a proud member of the following dance associations and training companies.
The staff is extremely nice. They treat everyone like family and even adapt to invite kids that are different. This place has been amazing for my special kiddo and have never excluded her. We are extremely grateful for an awesome company. –Caitlyn S.