Class Descriptions

Most of our classes follow the following age groups. Classes designated as “collaborations” may span multiple age groups.

  • First Steps Program: age 3-5
  • Primary: age 5-7
  • Preparatory: 8-10
  • PreTeen: 11-13
  • Teen 14+

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Ready/Start/Dance Program

Available for ages 3-5. Designed to expose children to a well rounded first dance experience. Focusing on basic movement and dance skills to develop coordination, balance, musicality, timing and flexibility. Beginning ballet, tap & jazz technique is introduced in this class and students are taught basic vocabulary and will do barre work. Fun upbeat children’s music will be used and some great classical music will be incorporated. Proper technique and execution will be enforced all while having a great time moving to music.


Ballet class is the technical foundation of most other dance genres, and we like to encourage our students to study ballet in addition to their other classes. Our ballet classes stress proper technique at the barre and center floor, with an emphasis on correct body placement, strength and flexibility. Students learn not only correct technique, but also correct terminology. We teach classical ballet based on the Cecchetti and Vaganova method.

Ballet Masters Program

Ballet Masters Program (BMP) is an advanced ballet program taught by professional ballet faculty . The Ballet Masters Program is designed for the serious dancer and placement is at the discretion of the director. Dancers in the BMP are required to take at least 2 ballet classes besides their masters class for a total of at least 3 ballet classes. There are additional cost associated with this elite level of instruction. Please contact the studio if you are interested in participating in this program.


Students will study a broad range of jazz styles, including; Broadway, classical jazz, Fosse, jazz funk, etc. All levels will explore different aspects of Jazz styles and music. Developing technique, style and bringing originality and energy to their dance will be emphasized

Tap Class

Tap is all about rhythm, footwork and taking dance beyond the visual to the auditory, using your feet as a percussive “instrument” to create sounds as you dance. Key elements in tap class are timing, rhythm and musicality. A variety of music is used, although at times we dance a cappella (with no musical accompaniment) to better hear the sounds we are making with our feet. We incorporate various tap styles into our tap classes, including Broadway tap and Tap Funk.

Lyrical & Contemporary

Lyrical is a ballet-based dance genre with an emphasis on balance, control and extension. It is expressive, emotional and interpretive. The name “lyrical” comes from the work “lyric” since the dance form is about expressing the lyrics and emotion of the music. Contemporary has influences from modern dance, jazz and ballet with an emphasis on isolation. Because both styles are technical in nature with a strong ballet foundation, students are required to have prior ballet training.



Hip Hop

Hip Hop is a form of street dance, featuring popping and locking, body isolations, and current popular moves. It is related to Jazz, but with a less technical foundation and more of a freestyle feel. Hip-hop music, pop music, and rap music are used in class and we are diligent about making sure the lyrics and movements are “clean”. Our hip-hop classes cover a range of hip-hop styles, including East Coast, West Coast, Jazz Funk, and Krumping, with a little classic jazz thrown in to strengthen technique.


Dancing or bboying/bgirl is a blend of martial arts, streetdance and tumbling. In this class you will build your strength, stamina and flexibility as you learn uprocks (dancing on your feet) and footwork (dancing on your hands and feet). Freezes, power moves, tricks and battling are all part of being a true bboy/bgirl.

Advanced Jazz /Funk

A unique blend of Jazz technique fused with a little funk.

Progressions & Technique

These are purely technique classes and do not perform in the winter or spring shows

Musical Theatre

Musical Theater is a fun class for all age groups directed towards learning a new musical number each semester. Students will learn about the musical and its history. Learn how to sing along and lip sinc. This class is great for students to learn a little acting, portraying a character and building a little self confidence with performing. So if you have lots of energy and want to join a class with song and dance, then this is the class for you!


Modern is the perfect class for the student who wishes to increase their flexibility, their strength and balance. The style of modern we will be studying is Horton. Horton is all about making long lines with the body and focusing solely on the core of the body. Modern dance is a technique based style with parallel lines, contractions and organic movement (think opposite of ballet). Modern is a key factor in developing your abilities in becoming a versatile dancer, so give modern a try and see what you think


Become part of a larger growing national community of Competitive Dance right here in Ft Collins at SWDC. It is an exciting time for competitive dance in this country. SWDC has been actively competing with our ensemble/competition team regionally and nationally since 2006. Our team ranges in age 4 to 18. Ensemble dancers train in studio a minimum of six hours in all dance styles. We are fortunate to have nationally recognized dance organizations travel through Denver that we participate inincluding; Celebrity Dance Competition, International Dance Challenge, Kids Artisitic Review or KAR, Adrenaline, Jump, Monsters of Hip Hop, NRG Dance Project, Spotlight, Nuvo and more. We have the privilege of training with outstanding instructors/choreographers including; Napolean and Tabitha Dumo from “So You Think You Can Dance” fame, Dave Scott, Twitch, Kevin Maher, Tony and Dominic Testa, Rhapsody, Jamal Sims, Chonique, Luther Brown, Poppin Pete, Teresa Espinoza, Jeremy Keaton, Caroline Lewis, Lauren Adams, Marty Kudella, Matt Cady, Sonya Tayeh, MUSE with Jessica Starr and Company and more. Our dancers participate in the community by performing at the Hip Hop Expo promoting no tolerance for tobacco use by youth, Monsters of Hip Hop Showcase, CSU Homecoming, Ft Collins St Patrick’s Day, Tri-Media Film Festival, New West Fest Bohemian Nights, and the Colorado Ice. A number of our dancers have performed in local theatre including; the Carousel Dinner Theatre at Mid-Town.

College and Adult Classes

Always had a passion for dance and never had the chance? Or are you a veteran and want to keep up on your skills? Our college/adult classes will allow you to explore your passion as well as move forward with your dance techniques.




Class Attire 

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Black cami, tank or sports bra and black dance shorts or pants are required. Appropriate footwear for each style is also required.
Pink leather ballet shoes, black tap shoes, a solid black leotard, small black skirt and pink tights are required. Pull or pin hair back and no jewelryCalla Cooksey - 100045_1
Pink leather or canvas split sole ballet shoes are required. A solid color leotard, small skirt and tights/leggings OR a fitted top and dance pant are also required. Hair should be pulled or pinned back and no jewelry.Kaylee Jenson - 100106_1

Girls: Pink ballet shoes are required along with a black cami leotard and pink tights. The SWDC Ballet masters full uniform can be purchased in the En Location Boutique on site. Hair should be pulled back in a bun and no jewelry. 

Boys: Black ballet tights,white tank top, black leather ballet shoes and mens dance belt.



Leotard and tights or dance short and cami top may be worn. Dancers must have pink leather ballet shoes and lyrical dance paw.

Black high top tennis shoes (converse style) are required. Please wear a comfortable pant (leggings, harem pant or sweat pants) and top and no jewelry.


A solid color leotard or fitted top, a black jazz pant and tan/nude jazz shoes are required.SWDC2013-1002
Basic dance attire, refer to your tap instructor for required shoes.
Basic dance attire, tan/nude character shoes required. Please refer to your dance instructor for the appropriate height.SWDC2013-595

Dance short and cami top may be worn. Please refer to your instructor for proper footwear.



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