JCCSF Dance School

Ages 1½ – 18

Our ballet, hip-hop, tap and movement classes let your kids discover self-expression, build confidence and delve into the world of performing arts.

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Little girls smiling and dancing in the studio.

Welcome back to the dance studio! When kids dance, they get so much more than just an outlet for excess energy – they become more socially aware in groups, learn how to express themselves creatively, and grow in strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.

At the JCCSF Dance School, our talented instructors guide children in various styles of dance, including ballet and hip-hop. The tiered dance programs teach a progression of skills from foundational steps to choreographed performances – creating inspiring young artists throughout our community.

 

Kids dancing hip hop in the studio.
Kids and dance instructor stretching in the studio.

Classes & Rates

Kids ages 1½ – 10 learn foundational movement, building their skills as they progress through the program. Classes taught by professional dancers are offered year-round, with registrations in January, May and October. Private classes are available for ages 3 – 18.

JCCSF DANCE SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Session Registration Period Program Dates
Summer 2024 Now – June 2, 2024 June 3 – August 16, 2024
Fall 2024 Now – September 6, 2024 September 9 – December 22, 2024
Winter/Spring 2025 October 29, 2024 – January 9, 2025 January 13 – May 25, 2025

FALL 2024 Registration is Open

Dates: September 9 – December 22. No classes on October 3, 4 & 12, and the week of November 25 – 30. Classes on dates with holiday closures have been prorated accordingly.

NOTE: After registering, please log in to your account and visit the Account Activity page to view any registrations. Confirmation emails will be sent within a week.

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TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL CLASSES

Toddler Boogie (Ages 1 ½ – 2 ½): Toddlers get the wiggles out with games, body awareness and an introduction to basic dance moves.

Choose From: Mon, Wed, Fri or Sun // 10:00 – 10:50 am

Semester Pass $480 // Drop-In $35

Ballet First Steps (Ages 3 – 5): In their first look at ballet, children will play movement games to build balance and body awareness, learning simple dance phrases and teamwork. (If your child turns 3 during the course of the session, they will be eligible for Ballet First Steps.)

Diller Preschool Ballet First Steps: Wed or Thu 3:00 – 3:50 pm // $475

Ballet First Steps: Fri 3:00 – 3:50 pm // Sat or Sun 11:00 – 11:50 am // $505

Tap First Steps (Ages 4 – 6): In their first look at tap, children will play movement and music games to build rhythm while learning simple tap steps.

Tap First Steps: Tue 4:00 – 4:50 pm // $590

SCHOOL-AGE CLASSES

Ballet Level 1 (Age 5 – 7): Children learn foundational ballet movements such as pliés, tendus and beginning use of arms in an encouraging environment.

Diller Preschool Ballet Level I: Mon or Tue 3:00 – 3:50 pm // $590

Ballet Level 1: Wed 4:00 – 4:50 pm // Sat or Sun Noon – 12:50 pm // $590

Ballet Level 2 and 3 (Ages 6 – 8): Building on Level-1 knowledge, students will start incorporating jumps, counting and simple combinations while working on strengthening and expanding technique. Dancers will participate in the Fall, Winter and Spring recitals.

Ballet Level 2: Thu 4:00 – 4:50 pm // $505

Ballet Level 3: Wed 5:00 – 5:50 pm // $590

Beginning Tap (Ages 6 – 10): Students new to tap will learn basic steps such as shuffle ball, ball change, and ball heel while gaining confidence in rhythm and musicality.

Beginning Tap: Tue or Thu 5:00 – 5:50 pm // $590

Beginning Hip-Hop (Ages 6 – 10): Students new to hip hop learn basic movements such as Bounce, Rock and Grove, while gaining confidence and coordination.

Beginning Hip-Hop: Mon or Wed 5:00 – 5:50 pm // $590

Intermediate Hip-Hop (Ages 7 – 11): Building on foundational training, students continue to develop knowledge of dance and choreography through more complex steps and musicality.

Intermediate Hip-Hop: Thu 5:00 – 5:50 pm // $505

PRIVATE DANCE CLASSES

Looking for an exclusive dance class experience that provides personalized instruction and fits your schedule?

We currently offer private classes for ages 3 – 18 in the following styles: toddler boogie, ballet (all levels) and contemporary. Private tap or hip-hop classes are also potentially available, subject to teacher schedules.

We recommend private classes for 6 – 12 participants in a similar age range and can provide accommodation for smaller classes.

Pricing varies based on number of participants and level of dance.

NEW! SUMMER 2024 DANCE WORKSHOPS

REGISTRATION OPEN

Explore dates and rates below. No classes on June 12 & 19, July 4.

Theatrical Dance Workshop: In this one-week workshop, participants will get an introductory view into JCCSF Summer Camp musicals by learning choreography from the shows. Students will be introduced to some choreography, learn to enhance their audition skills and build performance confidence. Not limited to Musical Theater participants. (Monday – Friday)

Theatrical Dance Workshop: The Lion King, Jr. (Ages 6 – 10) // June 3 – 7, 4:30 – 6:00 pm // $300

Theatrical Dance Workshop: Mean Girls, Jr. (Ages 9 – 14) // June 24 – 28, 4:30 – 6:00 pm // $300

Theatrical Dance Workshop: Finding Nemo, Jr. (Ages 6 – 10) // July 15 – 19, 4:30 – 6:00 pm // $300

Mixed Dance Workshop (Ages 6 – 11): During this one-week intensive, dancers will learn a variety of different dance styles, including hip-hop, jazz, ballet and lyrical contemporary moves. At the end of the week, dancers will perform a short showcase of what they’ve learned.

June 10 – 14: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm // $240

June 17 – 21: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm // $240

July 1 – 5: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm // $240

July 8 – 12: Monday – Friday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm // $300

Toddler Movement (Ages 1 ½ – 2 ½): Toddlers get the wiggles out with games, body awareness and an introduction to basic dance moves.

Ballet First Steps (Ages 3 – 5): In their first look at ballet, children will play movement games to build balance and body awareness, learning simple dance phrases and teamwork. (If your child turns 3 between 6/3 – 8/16/24, they are eligible for Ballet First Steps.)

 

FAQs

Does my child need to have prior training or experience to join a dance class?

We encourage students of all levels to join our dance program. Recreational classes are designed to build a dancer’s confidence and provide a foundation for their dance learning.

What should my dancer wear for class?

Dancers should wear clothes that are comfortable to move in and hair should be tied back out of their face. See below for class-specific uniforms. As a gender-neutral option, students are welcome to choose their uniforms from the options below.

All items can be found at SF Dance Gear (551 Hayes St.) or online at sfdancegear.com or amazon.com.

Toddlers:

Any moveable athletic wear with non-canvas ballet shoes.

Ballet I:

Leotard – Light Pink

Tights – Pink

Ballet Slippers – Any non-canvas ballet shoes (Recommended: Bloch “Dansoft” children’s pink ballet slipper)

Any ballet Mock Wrap Skirt (optional) – Pink

Ballet II/III:

Leotard – Black

Tights – Pink

Ballet Slippers – Any non-canvas ballet shoes (Recommended: Bloch “Dansoft” children’s pink ballet slipper)

Black Wrap Skirt (optional) – Black

Boys All Levels:

Leotard – White

Tights (Shorts) – Black

Ballet Slippers – Any non-canvas ballet shoes (Recommended: Bloch “Dansoft” children’s black ballet slipper)

Hip Hop All Levels:

Please bring comfortable baggy clothes (optional form-fitting clothing) and danceable shoes (sneakers or any street shoe is allowed).

Does your program offer performance opportunities?

Classes end with an in-class performance during the last week of the session. In spring, the Dance School holds an annual recital.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Visit our financial assistance page to learn more.

TRANSITION FROM K – 8 SUMMER CAMP TO DANCE

If you are interested in a Summer Dance Workshop for a week that your child is registered for a JCCSF K-8 Summer Camp, please read the following information. Summer Dance Workshops begin at 4:30 pm. A custodial adult must be present for the duration of the class. If your child is in JCCSF Summer Camp, you can either pick them up from Camp and bring them to Dance or you can pay a $75 transfer fee for JCCSF Camp staff to transport your child to the Summer Dance Workshop and be their identified adult. If you choose the latter, you will need to pick your child up from the Summer Dance Workshop on the 3rd floor when class ends at 6:00 pm. Summer Dance Workshop participants are not eligible for curbside pick-up. For more information, please email dance@jccsf.org or call 415.292.1263.

PM CARE REGISTRATION

If you are currently registered for PM Care and would like to register for a Summer Dance Workshop instead, you can transfer your registration without penalty. Any price difference will be charged at time of transfer.

If you would like JCCSF K – 8 Camp Staff to transport your child from JCCSF K – 8 Camp to the Summer Dance Workshop, you can arrange this by calling 415.292.1263 and paying a $75 transfer fee.

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