TCHA offers several dance classes each semester, all of which are listed below. While these are not worship dance classes, students will learn how they can glorify God through dance in a modest way and will use Christian, classical music, and classical crossover (e.g. The Piano Guys) music during classes and recitals. Registration for the fall 2020 semester will open at the end of spring. Classes are held at South Suburban Evangelic Free Church in Apple Valley.

COVID-19 Dance Policy

Dance classes will continue via Zoom if in-person classes are canceled before the half way point.  If in-person classes get canceled after the half way point, dancers can choose if they would like to continue for the second half via Zoom. Prorated refunds will be given to dancers who choose not to participate in Zoom classes after the half way point.

CLASSES

Ballet/Jazz Combo

  • Grades: K-3
  • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Cost: $128

Description:
This is an open level class to learn ballet and jazz fundamentals. There will be an emphasis on technique to build a solid dance base, but there will also be an emphasis on fun!

Students will learn how ballet is related to jazz, and will perform a routine in each discipline during the recital. 

Students should wear comfortable, form fitting attire for class. Pink leather ballet shoes (black for boys), black jazz shoes, black tank leotard, pink tights, and black pants are required for the recital. There may be an additional costume fee under $20.

Ballet/Jazz Combo

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Cost: $128

Description:
This is an open level class to learn ballet and jazz fundamentals. There will be an emphasis on technique to build a solid dance base, but there will also be an emphasis on fun!

Students will learn how ballet is related to jazz, and will perform a routine in each discipline during the recital. 

Students should wear comfortable, form fitting attire for class. Pink leather ballet shoes (black for boys), black jazz shoes, black tank leotard, pink tights, and black pants are required for the recital. There may be an additional costume fee under $20.

Ballet/Jazz/Lyrical Combo

  • Grades: 7-12
  • Time: 10:00am - 11:15am
  • Cost: $140

Description:
This is an open level class that will move at a faster pace for the more mature student. Students will learn more difficult ballet positions and will have more emphasis on stage presence. In jazz, students will be introduced to more advanced steps, and will get an introduction to lyrical dance. In addition, students will begin to learn the art of choreography, and will participate in choreographing the lyrical piece. Students will perform ballet, jazz, and lyrical routines in the recital.

Students should wear comfortable, form fitting attire for class. Pink leather ballet shoes (black for boys), black jazz shoes, black tank leotard, pink tights, and black pants are required for the recital. There may be an additional costume fee under $20.

INSTRUCTORS

Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman might say that ballet was her first true love. She has taught many forms of dance (including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and Zumba®), and all ages 3 years and older. She has classic French ballet and pointe training, as well as instruction in jazz, lyrical, tap, danceline, modern, and even hip hop. Her teaching style strongly emphasizes solid technique, but also acknowledges the need for emotion to become a well-rounded dancer. She has always envisioned Heaven as including dance, and she firmly believes in Psalm 149:3, “Let them praise His name with dancing.”

COVID-19 REGISTRATION NOTICE

We at TCHA (Twin Cities Homeschoolers for the Arts) care about each of our students and their families, and are committed to helping you stay healthy and safe. We also continue to believe in the importance of the performing arts and their role in enriching and blessing our lives. As we look ahead to the Fall semester of 2020, we know that our classes and choirs will need to look a bit differently than they have in former years. Time to get creative!

Areas of change:

1. Safety practices. Best practices will be in place for the ongoing pandemic of COVID19, while still providing opportunities for our students to gather in person to sing, dance, act and play together. Hand washing between classes, hand sanitizer available in all classrooms, sanitized surfaces, small group sizes, and social distancing when possible will all be practiced.

2. No sick students. No students with of cold or flu symptoms will be permitted to attend TCHA classes. If a student does come to class with these symptoms, parents will be contacted and students will be sent home.

3. No large choirs. This semester we will create a variety of smaller ensembles (6-10 voices per ensemble), as well as small group singing classes for younger and more novice voices.

4. Earlier semester dates. We will begin August 26 and end November 18, with no break in October for the Fall musical. This will allow us to complete the semester prior to flu season’s arrival.

5. Drop off & Pick up only. The church will not be open for parents or siblings to hang out during classes.

6. Recitals, not concerts. There will be no large group concerts at the end of the semester. Instead we will hold video recitals, in which group performances will be recorded during the last week of classes and posted online for family and friends to share and enjoy.

7. Live classes. (with the exception of certain drama classes also offered online). If we are unable to meet in person due to church building policies or a sudden increase in COVID19 cases before August 26, we will cancel the Fall semester. Our prayer is that our early start/end dates will decrease the likelihood of any classes being canceled due to COVID19.

8. No down payment. We will ask families to please register so that our instructors and directors can make preparations, however no funds will be withdrawn until August 15, at which time we will know for certain if we may proceed with our Fall semester plans.