Butler Dance Center classes are designed to teach students the latest and most up to date dance styles within a positive learning environment.  Not only will your child develop dance techniques and coordination, but our classes will help to foster self-confidence, discipline, poise, leadership and social awareness.  We want students to LOVE to dance and to do so in a non-threatening, non-competitive, and inclusive environment.

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

The Studio

Butler Dance Center Class Descriptions


BALLET: A classical style of dance based on traditional positions of the arms and feet. Ballet is a wonderful form of dance to master alone or to use as a technical base for other styles of dance. Classes will consist of barre and center work and will focus on overall body alignment, proper execution of turnout and leg/foot placement, and terminology. Ballet requires mental and physical maturity, discipline, and repetition to train the muscles. Therefore, dancers must be at least 5 years old, preferably 6, so they are able to learn and understand proper technique from the beginning.

TAP: Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork to create a percussion instrument out of the feet. Classes will focus on the development and mastery of tap techniques specifically, correct rhythms and sounds. BDC teaches mainly Broadway or show tap, which utilizes the upper body and arms, but rhythm tap is incorporated throughout skills and routines as well. Ages 3 and up.

JAZZ: Jazz is an exciting and ever-evolving style of dance.  Influenced by the rhythm of jazz music, jazz dance is full of syncopation, energy, passion, and life. Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms.  Conceived in America, jazz dance is derived from ballet and modern dance and is influenced by the musical styles of each new decade. Ages 4 and up.

HIP HOP: Hip Hop is a high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap and pop music together with movements within the diverse range of hip hop styles such as popping, locking, and breaking.  The freestyle movements of hip hop allow students to develop their own sense of individuality as they practice different moves and techniques.  No prior dance experience is required, but for younger students, some prior dance training is recommended. Ages 6 and up.

MUSICAL THEATER: Classes focus on interpretation of characters and emotions within a piece of music. Classes will provide an opportunity to explore acting techniques, movements similar to Broadway-style jazz, and an introduction to singing. Students will learn to move and sing along with songs from both current and classic musicals. No prior dance experience required. Ages 6 and up.

LYRICAL: Lyrical is a dance style that combines elements of ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques. Commonly set to popular music with vocals or instrumental bars, the name lyrical comes from the word “lyrics” because the dancers use the lyrics of the song or feel of the music to inspire movements and emotions. Due to the demand for higher level techniques, lyrical is designed for intermediate and advanced dancers who are also enrolled in ballet (enrollment in both jazz and ballet is recommended). Ages 12 and up.

KICKLINE: Inspired by the Rockettes and team dance, kickline classes combine the techniques of jazz dance with the control of pompom and kick style movements.  Skills learned during classes can benefit dancers who are interested in participating in both high school and college level dance teams.  Classes will focus on proper and safe kick line techniques as well as sharp and exact movements executed within a group as one. Kick line class is designed for intermediate or advanced level dancers who are also enrolled in jazz class. Ages 12 and up.

DANCE ATTIRE: In order for students to learn properly, they must have proper attire and dance shoes.  Female dancers should wear leotards and tights, long or capri leggings, etc.  Dance shorts or ballet skirts are permitted over tights. Hair should be secured away from the face in a ponytail, braid, bun, etc.  Female ballet students must wear a leotard and tights with or without dance shorts or a skirt, so teachers can see proper leg, arm, and body placement. Male dancers should wear jogging pants, athletic shorts, etc.  Shirts can be t-shirts or tank tops, but should not be extremely oversized. Appropriate dance shoes must be worn for each class! No street shoes will be permitted in the dance rooms!!

Tap Class (Ages 3-18) – Tan Tap Shoes

Jazz Class (Ages 4-18) – Ballet Slippers (younger dancers only) or Jazz shoes (older dancers)

Ballet Class (Ages 5-18) – Ballet Slippers (older dances should have pink)

Hip Hop (Ages 6-18) – Jazz Shoes or Dance Sneakers

Musical Theater (Ages 6-18) – Jazz Shoes

Lyrical (Ages 12-18) *Intermediate and advanced students only, must take Ballet* Pink Ballet Slippers, Dance Sandals, Pedinis, or Foot Undies

Kickline (Ages 12-18) *Intermediate and Advanced students only, must tale Jazz*  Jazz Shoes or Dance Sneakers