Tikvah School of Music & Dance

Ages 2 – 17

JCCSF Tikvah School of Music & Dance is a unique bicultural kids program taught in Russian by native-speaking instructors that explores Jewish culture through music, dance, art and Shabbat celebrations.

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Tikvah music and dance classes teach children a variety of creative arts, helping them to develop as individuals through exploration and self-expression.

Participants learn dance styles like ballroom, contemporary, folk, hip-hop and Israel, sing songs in English, Russian, Hebrew and Yiddish and create art holiday-inspired art projects. Each week concludes in a Shabbat celebration and each school semester culminates in a performance attended by friends and family.

Tikvah Russian language classes help children develop speaking, reading and writing skills. Children learn about Russian culture and literature through well-known fairy tales, stories, poems and books. Age-appropriate lessons increase in difficulty as students’ skills progress. Advanced students work projects throughout the semesters that culminate in an end-of-year spring performance.

 

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Older woman plays piano for children's music class

 

Each year, the students work culminates in a stage performance filled with music and dancing. Below are some highlight from past performances.

Tikvah hopes to be back for in-person in the fall of 2021, but while we wait, we’ve kept the Tikvah spirit alive as we continue to learn, practice, and have fun together in online classes! Below is our winter online performance based on the poems of Ovsey Driz:

 

 

Classes

Following Health Department recommendations, we’ve decided to conduct Tikvah classes online via Zoom until further notice. Knowing that your children already spend a lot of time in front of screens throughout the week, we’ve broken up our offerings to give you more flexible class options to choose from:

Dance only
Dance + Music
Dance + Music + Art
Russian

Music: Children learn melody, pitch and rhythm while building a repertoire of joyful songs. They develop listening techniques and explore different musical styles.

Dance: Children receive instruction in movement, elementary ballet, rhythmic structure and dance appreciation. Classes include warm-up and floor movement with an emphasis on technique, creativity, style and self-expression. Children practice ballroom, contemporary, folk and hip-hop.

Arts & Crafts: Children explore their creativity through a variety of projects related to Jewish, American and Russian holidays and themes, learning composition and basic color theory and design.

June 2021
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Youth & Family

Tikvah Dance ages 2 - 4

Date
Saturdays, Jun 26 – Jun 26
Time
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Online

Children spend one hour dancing (which includes elements of hip-hop, folk, ballroom and contemporary styles) and conclude the day creating arts & crafts projects.

Waitlist
$80/month
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Youth & Family

Tikvah Russian (30 Minutes)

Date
Saturdays, Jun 26 – Jun 26
Time
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Time of class can be arranged. Students who hear or speak Russian at home improve their speaking and listening skills and start to work on writing and reading skills. They…

Register
$95/month
Sat
26

Youth & Family

Tikvah Russian (60 Minutes)

Date
Saturdays, Jun 26 – Jun 26
Time
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Time of class can be arranged. Students begin to learn grammar as they continue to improve all aspects of their use of Russian. They develop their oral and reading skills,…

Waitlist
$150/month
Sat
26

Youth & Family

Tikvah Dance ages 5 - 14

Date
Saturdays, Jun 26 – Jun 26
Time
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Online

Children spend one hour dancing (which includes elements of hip-hop, folk, ballroom and contemporary styles) and conclude the day creating arts & crafts projects.

Waitlist
$125/month
Sat
26

Youth & Family

Tikvah Dance & Music ages 2 - 4

Date
Saturdays, Jun 26 – Jun 26
Time
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Online

Children spend one hour focusing on music, one hour dancing (which includes elements of hip-hop, folk, ballroom and contemporary styles) and conclude the day creating arts & crafts projects.

Register
$150/month
Sat
26

Youth & Family

Tikvah Dance & Music ages 5 - 14

Date
Saturdays, Jun 26 – Jun 26
Time
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Online

Children spend one hour focusing on music, one hour dancing (which includes elements of hip-hop, folk, ballroom and contemporary styles) and conclude the day creating arts & crafts projects.

Waitlist
$190/month

FAQs

When is Tikvah in session?

Tikvah typically begins in September and ends in June.

Do I need to sign up for the entire year?

No. While we do encourage families to sign up for the entire Tikvah year, children can participate in classes on a month-to-month basis. We request a seven day notice of withdrawl before the beginning of the month.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Visit our financial assistance page to learn more.

Does my child need to speak Russian to participate?

The child does not need to be able to speak Russian, but should be able to understand Russian in order to follow the teacher’s instruction.

Does my child need to be Jewish to participate?

No. Children and families of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to participate.

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