Fine Arts

Dance Academy

St. Cecilia Dance Academy (SCDA) is a program designed for girls ages 3-14. SCDA will provide budding dancers in the Nashville area with excellent training in dance techniques, communication, and artistry.  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 crucial for a well-lived life.  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, minds, and 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.

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  • 2022-2023 Dance Classes

    This is a year-long class with the option to make two payments.
    $750/ year or $375/semester.

    "Beginner" ballet and tap; no experience required
    "Intermediate" ballet and tap; at least 1 year of experience required.

    MONDAY
    ClassAgeInstructor
    4:30 - 5:30 PMJazz7-12 Maddie Williams
    5:30 - 6:30 PMMusical Theater7-12Maddie Williams

    TUESDAY:
    ClassAgeInstructor
    3:30 - 4:15 PMHip Hop6 - 8Maddie Williams
    4:15 - 5:00 PMHip Hop9 - 12Maddie Williams
    5:00 - 6:00 PMContemporary/
    Modern
    9 - 12Sophie Gaccetta
    6:00 - 7:00 PMAdult Ballet16+Sophie Gaccetta
    7:00 - 8:00 PMAdult Intermediate Tap16+Maddie Williams

    WEDNESDAY
    ClassAgeInstructor
    4:30 - 5:30 PMBeginner Ballet8-12Melissa Yokom Koehn
    5:30 - 6:30 PMIntermediate Ballet8-12Melissa Yokom Koehn

    THURSDAY
    ClassAgeInstructor
    4:30 - 5:20 PMBeginner Tap7 - 12Caren Lyons
    5:20 - 6:10 PMIntermediate Tap7 - 12Caren Lyons
    6:10 - 7 PMAdult Beginner Tap16+Caren Lyons

    FRIDAY
    ClassAgeInstructor
    3:30 - 4:30 PMBallet/Jazz Combo4 - 6Andrea Roberts
    4:30 - 5:30 PMMusical Theater/Tap4 - 6Andrea Roberts

    SATURDAY
    ClassAgeInstructor
    9:00 - 10:00 AMCreative Movement/Ballet Combo3 - 5Andrea Roberts
    10:00 - 11:00 AMBallet5 - 7Andrea Roberts

Important Dates

6/2/22: Registration Open
9/12-9/17/22: First week of classes
10/3/22: Registration closes
10/10-10/15/22: Fall Break (no classes)
11/21 - 11/26/22: Thanksgiving Break (no classes)
12/19/22 - 1/21/23: Winter Break (no classes)
1/23/23: Spring Tuition Due (if paying in 2 installments)
1/23/23: Classes Resume
3/13 - 3/18/23: Spring Break (no classes)
4/3 - 4/8/23: Easter Break (no classes)
4/21& 4/22:  Spring Dance Concert
4/24 - 4/29/23: Final week of classes

Class Descriptions

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  • Contemporary / Modern

    Perfect for beginners, these classes combine the styles of contemporary and modern dance.  In an open and supportive environment, dancers learn to freely express themselves through the time-honored techniques of Graham, Duncan, Horton, and others.  Classes focus on developing core strength, floor work, and on exploring movement concepts like space, time, and energy.  Dancers will love the freedom they experience as they learn these popular expressive and eclectic forms.
  • Creative Movement

    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.
  • Ballet

    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.
     
  • Music Theater Dance

    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. 
  • 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 $45 for 30 minutes or $75 for one hour.


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  • Combo Classes

    Students will delight in movement and music as they learn the basics of various styles of dance.  Perfect for the attention spans of younger children, students practice 2 forms of dance in one hour, focusing on each form for 30 minutes.  Students will develop a physical skill while improving discipline, musicality, rhythm, coordination, strength, agility, storytelling through movement, and showmanship - all in a safe and age-appropriate environment.   
  • Jazz

    Students will enjoy learning this American form of dance, which is a combination of ballet, African, East Indian, and other traditions of dance.  The technique focuses on mastering rhythms, body isolation, coordination, and balance, while the style reflects popular movements in dance through the years.  Students will gain strength, agility, flexibility, understanding of their personal style, connection to 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.
  • Hip Hop

    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.
  • 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.