About Us/ Dance Classes

More Than Just a Class!

Because every child deserves "The Dance Experience of a Lifetime !"

About Us

“When choosing a dance studio it’s very important to understand, that the training you receive; whether it be for fun and recreation or for a professional dance career in the future, may make the difference between success and failure.”

  A front runner in Dance Education , The Dance Connection has been touching the lives of dancers since 1959. Instilling traditional values with a focus on strong technique, we offer cutting edge classes, taught with finger on the pulse passion & ideas for ages 2 thru adult, beginner thru professional, in all dance arts including: Ballet, Pointe,Tap,Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics.

We pride ourselves on being a Professional School with a family friendly, nurturing atmosphere, whose reputation for excellence , is recognized both nationally and internationally in today’s dance world. Having been featured in Dancer Magazine(cover story), as one “Americas 4 best dance schools”, as well as an article in Dance Teacher Magazine about our schools success, & creative ideas, we can assure you that your child will be receiving a quality, fun filled dance experience. 

Home to National and International Champions, as well as Broadway and Television Stars, College Professors, and Fellow Dance Educators. Here is what you can expect at The Dance Connection:

  *Professional dance instructors who are certified by test to teach

  *Age appropriate curriculum, costumes, and choreography

  *Fair pricing for tuition (family discounts, fundraisers, budget plans)

  *4 large state of the art dance studios, with sprung wood floors, 2 waiting

     areas and 3 changing rooms with bathrooms

  *Fun exciting classes with a strong emphasis on technique   

  *Commendations from The Governor of CT & The Mayor of East Haven for       

    excellence in dance training.

  *Flexible schedules to accommodate busy life styles.

“The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow.” In addition to training great dancers, we try to help our student become great people. Stressing the importance of individuality and diversity, we encourage responsibility, discipline, teamwork, self-esteem, pride, and perseverance, allowing each child to achieve their own personal best. We look forward to helping your child reach their dance goals and hope you’ll make the connection and give your child the dance experience of a lifetime.

Top Notch Training at every age...
Because They're worth it!

TOP NOTCH TRAINING AT EVERY AGE...

         BECAUSE THEY'RE WORTH IT !

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Recreational Classes

Mommy(Daddy) & Me (Ages 18months-2.5 )

Looking for some special bonding time with your little one? Designed with our youngest dancers in mind, parents actively participate in this fun filled class that focuses on creative movement, music & dance, developing gross motor skills, coordination,balance & social interactions. It's 60 minutes of twirling, hand clapping, marching, and Fun.

  • Tuesdays  from 3pm-4pm
  • Saturdays from 10am-11am

Terrific Toddlers(ages 3-4.5)

Through creative movement, our Pre-school classes introduce the basics of Ballet, Jazz & Tap while continuing to develop coordination,balance, gross motor skills and social skills. A great way to introduce your child to dance. Grow their creativity and confidence in this 60 minute class, that is sure to put a smile on their face and some pep in their step.

  • Wednesdays from 4:30pm-5:30pm
  • Saturdays from 11am-12pm (Age 3)
  • Saturdays from 12pm-1pm (Age 4)

Kinder-Dance (Ages 5-8)

This class picks up and builds the Basic foundations begun in Terrific Toddler. Children are able to grasp simple combinations of steps and execute basic skills. Ballet, Tap & Jazz are introduced more and basic skills are reenforced.Help them empower their inner superstar in this fun filled class.

  • Mondays for 4:30pm-6pm(Age 5-8)
  • Thursdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm(age 4.5-6)
  • Fridays from 5pm-6pm (age 4.5-5)
  • Saturdays from 1:30pm-3pm(Age 5-8)

Jr./Pre-Teen Combo Ballet/Tap/Jazz (Ages 5-8, 7-11, 12 & up)

A fun filled class that reenforces the basics of each style, including Ballet, Tap, and Jazz,while participants explore movement , style and technique further. Rhythm, flexibility, and placement, are given special focus to help each dancer progress.

  • Thursdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm (Age 7-11)
  • Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 (Ages 12 & Over)
  • Saturdays from 1:30pm-3pm(Age 5-8)

Intermediate Contemporary/Lyrical(Age 8 & Up)

Dancers must have had at least one year of Jazz/Ballet prior to taking this class. This class will explore movement, and shapes, while interpreting music.A quick warm up followed by progressions and a short combo to follow.

  • Thursdays from 7:30pm-8:30pm(Age 8-up)

Hip Hop

A fun high energy class that has it's roots in Jazz, but takes it's moves from the streets. Dancers will explore isolations, as well as foot patterns, grooves, and the basics of break dancing. Here is your kids chance to learn the moves of their favorite music videos, in these fun filled exciting dance classes.

  • Tuesdays from 5pm-6pm (Ages 7-12)
  • Fridays from 5pm-6pm (Age 6-10)
  • Saturdays from 9:30am-10:30am(Ages 5-8)
  • Saturdays from 11:30am-12:30pm (Ages 9-13)
  • Saturdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm (Ages 10 & Up Advanced Invite only)

Acrobatic Arts

Based in dance, this class works on 3 areas; Tumbling, Balance & Flexibility/Contortion. Dancers will not only learn tricks, but how to transition in and out of their tricks in a fluid and graceful manner.

  • Thursdays from 4:30pm-5:30pm(Open Level Age 5-10)
  • Saturdays from 10:30am-11:30am (Advanced /by level not age)
  • Saturdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm(Open Level Ages 6-12)

Jump & Turn Advanced & Intermediate

This class is designed to improve the skills necessary to execute proper turns, and develop strength and control for more height in jumps. Dancers will work on basic turns and jumps, and progress to more advanced combinations. These classes are based on level and ability, not age. Please ask to see which level you should takeThis is an Open class, technique only.

  • Saturdays from 2pm-3pm (Advanced  Level Dances by invite only)
  • Saturdays 2:30-3:30pm (Open Level)

Stretch & Strength

This class is designed to increase flexibility and improve core strength, in a safe manner. Dancers will learn safe ways to increase their stretch, as well as ways to improve strength in their abdominals and overall alignment. Each dancer will work at their own pace to accomplish their individual goals.

  • Saturdays from 1pm-2pm (Advanced)
  • Saturdays from 1:30pm-2:30pm(Open level)

Adult / Teen Classes

Why should kids have all the fun! Theses classes are designed for the older dancer who has always wanted to dance, wants to re-connect with their child hood passion or continue to develop their skills.Must have 5 or more to hold class.

  • Ballet Mondays from 8pm-9pm
  • Tap Wednesdays from 7pm-8pm
  • Barre Fitness Wednesdays from 7pm-8pm(Call for Info)
  • Alumni Jazz/Contemporary The Last Tuesday of each month from 8:30pm-9:30pm (Must have past experience, Int./Advanced Level)

Technique only Ballet/Contemporary/Jazz/Tap

There are quite a few technique only classes throughout the week. Please call for levels and times.

Dance Company

Ready to take your training to another level. Our Dance Company Classes allow serious dancers to train at a more advanced pace, as well as have the opportunity for more performances and competitions. Our Company classes are geared toward preparing children for the Professional World and College. Please contact our Director to discuss this option and whether or not this program is right for your child.Please refer to your individual schedules for times/days.

6 Week Triple Threat Work Shop

Great for students wishing to get a feel for theatre and commercial world. Children will work on Acting techniques, Camera Work, Cold Readings, Audition prep, as well as have vocal coaching, learn safe ways to hit those note without strain, diction and delivery. the course will conclude with an in-house showcase.

Private Lessons

TDC does offer Private lessons for our current student body, who wish to learn choreography, or get extra help in a certain subject. Please contact our office to set up times and check availability.

Choreography

TDC's faculty are available to Choreograph and Teach Special Events, Master Classes, Birthday Party's, Quincaares, and much more. So whether your looking for a fun activity for your daycare, a special dance for your wedding, a flash mob for your fundraiser or more, our Staff of  Nationally, Internationally recognized Choreographers and Teachers can bring your event to life and help make it a success. Call for availability and pricing.

Have an Idea for a Class

We love suggestions from our clients, and are always willing to try something new. If you would like to add a class or have a suggestion, let us know and we will see if we can make it happen!

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