Fine Arts

Dance Academy

St. Cecilia Academy is launching an after-school Dance Academy (SCDA) for girls ages 3-14. St. Cecilia Dance Academy will provide budding dancers in the Nashville area with excellent training in the techniques, communication, and artistry of dance.  Through their introduction to and immersion in the universal language of dance, girls will learn to express their God-given beauty and dignity through their growing bodies. Dance also helps students grow in important virtues like discipline, grace, perseverance, healthy self-expression, resilience, critical thinking, a broad sense of musicality, and collaboration skills that are crucial for a life well-lived.  Most importantly, the fine arts—and dance in a very particular way—open young people up to all that is good, true, and beautiful as they use their bodies, their minds, and their talents to glorify God.

Programs & Performances

St. Cecilia Dance Academy will offer after-school and Saturday classes during the school year in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance, tumbling, contemporary, and hip hop for girls 3 years old through 8th grade. 
 
SCDA is designed to serve students who enjoy dance and wish to improve their technique and artistry through excellent training. Although girls in the SCDA participate in an annual performance in tandem with the St. Cecilia Academy Dance Company’s student-choreographed spring show in April, it is not a competition studio.
 
In addition, parents and guardians will be invited to “Visitors’ Week” at the end of each semester. Observers will be able to see what their dancers do in a typical class.

During the pandemic, SCDA will follow the same masking protocols as Overbrook School.  Social distance will be maintained throughout dance classes. Dancers will wash or sanitize hands upon arrival, and we will continue sanitizing practices for props and anything else dancers use throughout their classes.

SCDA Location

St. Cecilia Dance Academy classes are located in the beautiful and spacious SCA dance studio completed in 2019. The St. Cecilia Fine Arts Center has an outside entrance easily accessible for parent pick-up and drop-off.

2021 - 2022 Classes

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  • 2021-2022 Dance Classes

    This is a year-long class with the option to pay by semester.
    $700/ year or $350/semester

    MONDAY
    ClassAgeInstructor
    4:30 - 5:30 PMTap7-10 Maddie Williams
    5:30 - 6:30 PMJazz7-10Maddie Williams
    6:30 - 7:20 PMMusical Theater7-13Maddie Williams

    TUESDAY:
    ClassAgeInstructor
    3:30 - 4:30 PMBallet7-10Maddie Williams
    4:30 - 5:30 PMTap11-13Maddie Williams
    7:00 - 8:00 PMTapAdultMaddie Williams

    WEDNESDAY
    ClassAgeInstructor
    3:30 - 4:20 PMCreative Movement3-4Melissa Yokom Koehn
    4:20 - 5:20 PMBallet5-6Melissa Yokom Koehn

    THURSDAY
    ClassAgeInstructor
    5:00 - 6:00 PMBallet11-13Maddie Williams
    6:00 - 7:00 PMJazz11-13Maddie Williams

    FRIDAY
    ClassAgeInstructor
    3:30 - 4:20 PMHip Hop5-9Maddie Williams
    4:20 - 5:10 PMHip Hop10 - 13Maddie Williams

    SATURDAY
    ClassAgeInstructor
    9:00 - 10:00 AMCombo Ballet/Tap4-6Maddie Williams
    10:00 - 11:00 AMCombo Jazz/Musical Theater4-6Maddie Williams

Important Dates

6/12/21: Registration Open
9/13/21: First day of classes
10/4/21: Registration closes
10/11 - 10/16/21: Fall Break (no classes)
11/22 - 11/27/21: Thanksgiving Break (no classes)
12/20/21 - 1/22/22: Winter Break (no classes)
1/21/22: Spring Tuition Due (if paying in 2 installments)
1/24/22: Classes Resume
3/14 - 3/19/22: Spring Break (no classes)
4/8 & 4/9: Spring Performance
4/11 - 4/16/22: Easter Break (no classes)
4/25 - 4/30/22: Final week of classes

Class Descriptions

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  • Combo Jazz/Musical Theater

    In this upbeat class, students will learn the fundamentals of jazz techniques and musical theatre styles. Students will develop physical skills while improving coordination, strength, agility, storytelling through movement, and understanding of music, all in a safe and age-appropriate environment.
  • Creative Movement

    Age: 2-4
    Description
    : Tiny dancers will love this class aimed at engaging their bodies, hearts, and minds in movement. Through introduction to basic ballet vocabulary, exercises to explore creativity, and activities to stimulate imagination, students develop musicality, coordination, artistry, social skills, and self-expression.
    Attire: a basic leotard, pink ballet shoes, and white socks; ballet skirts are acceptable; hair secured away from the face
  • Ballet

    Age: 7-13
    Description
    : Students join centuries of dancers in the study of classical ballet in an age-appropriate, logical, positive, challenging, and safe manner. Dancers focus on proper alignment, learning vocabulary and skills, gaining strength and flexibility, developing coordination and balance, musicality, artistry, and grace.
    Attire:  a basic leotard, pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes; ballet skirts are acceptable; hair secured away from the face in a bun
  • Music Theater Dance

    Age: 7-13
    Description
    : Each dancer will shine in her own spotlight in this high-energy class focused on style and story-telling through dance. Though an understanding of basic dance vocabulary is preferred, students of all levels will be able to safely access the movement. Students’ Broadway dreams will come alive as they dance, developing acting and performance skills, classical vocabulary, fine points of style, and musicality.
    Attire:  a basic leotard; black jazz pants or leggings; flesh tone jazz shoes; hair secured away from the face
  • Combo Tap/Ballet

    Age: 3-6
    Description
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    Students will delight in movement and music as they learn the basics of ballet and tap. In the first half-hour devoted to ballet, students will grow in strength and grace as they learn classical ballet techniques, discipline, coordination, and artistry. In the second half-hour, students will develop the skills of musicality, rhythm, and showmanship in their energetic study of American tap dance.
    Attire:  a basic leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes; ballet skirt is acceptable for ballet; jazz pants or leggings are acceptable for tap; hair secured away from the face in a bun
  • Private Lessons

    Private lessons are offered to current SCDA students at an additional charge. Learning in this intimate environment is beneficial for dancers' individual growth. Private lessons can be offered in any style and centered around a dancer's specific needs, for example: working on a particular skill or choreography, improving in an area like flexibility, preparing for an audition, core strengthening for cheerleading, etc.

    Private lessons may be arranged through the SCDA Director by emailing ervinl@stcecilia.edu. Private lessons are $30 for 30 minutes or $50 for one hour.

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  • Jazz

    Students will enjoy learning this American form of dance, which is a combination of ballet, modern, and popular styles of dance. The technique focuses on mastering rhythms, body isolation, coordination, and balance, while the style reflects popular styles of dance through the years. Students will gain strength, agility, flexibility, understanding of their personal style, connection to American history, and more while improving locomotor movements, turns, and jumps.
  • Tap

    In this popular class, students become percussionists with their feet while expressing different styles in their upper bodies. Students work to master musicality, complex and syncopated rhythms, and precision movements, as well as traditional Broadway and rhythm tap styles.
  • Combo Jazz/Hip Hop

    Age: 5-6
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    tudents will enjoy learning this American form of dance, which is a combination of ballet, modern, and popular styles of dance.  The technique focuses on mastering rhythms, body isolation, coordination, and balance, while the style reflects popular styles of dance through the years.  Students will gain strength, agility, flexibility, understanding of their personal style, connection to American history, and more while improving locomotor movements, turns, and jumps.
    Attire:  a basic leotard or athletic shirt; black jazz pants or leggings; flesh tone jazz shoes (optional for hip hop: tennis shoes you wear only in the dance studio); hair secured away from the face
  • Hip Hop

    Age: 7-13
    Description
    : Students will be energized and excited to learn the fundamentals of different styles of hip hop in this high-energy class. Dancers will develop strength, coordination, style, and positive body image in this encouraging and fun environment.
    Attire:  a basic and modest dance or athletic top you can move in (no crop tops); black jazz pants or leggings; flesh tone jazz shoes or tennis shoes you wear only in the dance studio; hair secured away from the face
  • Dance Attire

    Dance attire and shoes may be purchased at:
    Spell’s Dancewear, Academy Sports, Target, Payless
    Discount Dance Supply and Amazon (online)

Instructors

Our instructors are seasoned dance educators with specializations in various genres. They will lead classes in various dance techniques, with an excellent understanding of dance pedagogy and safe practices, as well as patience and an ability to communicate in an age-appropriate manner.