San Clemente Dance and Performing Arts Center
1321 Calle Avanzado
San Clemente, CA 92673

(949) 498-7571
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Class Schedule: 

2019 Fall Schedule begins 8/26/19

Schedule Printout (Revised: 1/6/20)


Please Note: SCDPAC requires a minimum enrollment in order to open a class. If there are not enough students enrolled, you may be added to a waitlist. We will contact you when the class opens, or to offer up an alternative class. Schedule is subject to change.


Class Descriptions

The Children's Combo is a 1 hour class once a week that consists of 20 minutes of Tap, Ballet and Tumbling. An introduction to dance for the young dancers ages 3-6. Children begin to explore the world of dance through movement, music and rhythm. Each dancer will learn the basics of tap, ballet and tumbling technique based on age. We have a successful progressive syllabus each of our trained teacher follows to create a positive and nurturing dance program for the young dancer. 

MINI BASICS (Ages 5-7)
The Mini Basics Program is one of our newest progressive programs at SCDPAC. This is for the young dancer ages 5 1/2 to 7 years old who is transitioning into new styles of dance from Combo classes. We offer 30-minute blocks of classes in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tumbling. Your young dancer can take as many of the 30-minute blocks as they are interested in. These classes will start them learning the correct disciplines of the ballet barre, ballet positions, body alignment and center floor work. Students develop a sense of rhythm and musicality through the basics of tap dance. Young dancers are also introduced to the exhilarating world of Jazz Dance and the freestyle choreography of Hip Hop. 


We are proud to provide a pure and traditional program of classical Ballet training strongly based on the principles of the Vaganova system.The Vaganova system is an international program recognized for providing us with many of the finest ballet artists in history. 

 The following classes are included in the Ballet program:

  • Mini Ballet  — 1 hour class once a week. This class is offered to children age 6 to 8 years

  • Ballet 1  —  1 hour class in ballet technique. Offered to students age 8 and older.

  • Ballet 2 —  1 hour classes in ballet technique. 2 classes per week recommended. This class is offered to students age 10 years and older. 

  • Ballet 3  — 1.5 hour classes in ballet technique. 3 classes a week recommended. Pointe work may be introduced to select students, depending on age, physical development, and technical ability. This class is offered to students age 11 years and older.

  • Ballet 4  — 1.5 hour classes in ballet technique. 4 classes a week recommended. Pointe work follows class. This class is offered to students age 11 years and older and is by invitation only.

  • Pre-Pointe  — 1 hour classes that meets once a week. Must have instructors permission.

  • Pointe  — 1 hour Pointe class is by invitation only and offered to select students in ballet level 3 and higher.

Tap is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one's tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance, and is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition. SCDPAC offers both styles within our classes. Levels beginning through advance.

Must be 7 years and older.

Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet as it encourages grace and balance. Each class starts with a warm up, center floor work & across the floor combinations. Jazz is a combination of a variety of styles of dance: ballet, African dance, Musical Theater, Modern, and social dances. Jazz dance has a firm technique and strength base, allowing for individualized movement. Jazz is a great form of dance for any age, developing strength and flexibility. Students of jazz are strongly encouraged to study ballet simultaneously for the best possible jazz dance experience.

Lyrical dance style has its primary basis in ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. It is typically considered a sub-category of jazz and/or contemporary dance, the latter itself being an emerging category. Lyrical dance is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is a combination of intricate, highly technical, and pedestrian/naturalistic moves. Lyrical will focus on bodylines, balance, and sustained extensions. Must have previous ballet experience. Students of lyrical are strongly encouraged to study ballet and Jazz simultaneously for the best possible lyrical dance experience. This is an intermediate to advance level only.

Must be 8 years and older, at least one year of ballet and must have instructors approval.

Hip-Hop is a fast-paced and exciting class that introduces students to intricate popular movements to hip-hop beats and lyrics. The class may include breaking, popping, and locking. Hip-Hop is a great aerobic workout that develops strength and flexibility. Hip-Hop is constantly changing, and new styles are regularly incorporated into classes. Levels beginning through advance.

Must be 5 years and older.

Acrobatic movements are combined with dance steps as students learn the fundamentals of movement and timing with tumbling. This class focuses on floor gymnastic tricks, flexibility and upper-body strength. The classes will include forward rolls, cartwheels, and advances to aerials and back tucks. These skills transfer easily to such activities as cheerleading and gymnastics. Great addition to a well rounded dance schedule. Levels beginning through advance.

Must be 7 year and older and must have instructors approval.

Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which has since grown in the last decade to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical ballet, modern and jazz, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance's stress on the torso, and also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance.

This is an intermediate to advance level only. Must be 8 years and older, must have at least one year of ballet, and must have instructors approval.

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San Clemente Dance and Performing Arts Center  •  1321 Calle Avanzado  •  San Clemente, CA 92673  •  (949) 498-7571  •

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