Why invest in dance?

Dance is not just a creative outlet, it is an organized sport with research supporting it’s lifelong benefits. Dance classes promote vital skills including: time management, spacial orientation, social/emotional skills, adaptive skills, coordination, cognitive development, confidence, and physical fitness. Investing in dance classes for your child is an investment in their overall development.

The Dance Academy is a special place where the focus is the development of the dancer through skills/technique training in a culture that is positive. All dancers, regardless of level, age or background, are treated with respect and mentored in their skills not just in dance, but in leadership.

OUR CLASSES

BALLET

Ballet is a theatrical art form using dancing, music, and scenery to convey a story, theme, or atmosphere.

LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY

A style of contemporary, modern or jazz dance that has emerged from the fusion of one of those three types of dance with ballet and pop music (mainly). It combines simple choreographic vocabulary with technically difficult moves, in an expressive style that follows the lyrics of songs and is often interpreted in the short solo format.

POINTE

Pointe teaches students to learn to be able to get on a position on the extreme tips of the toes.

HIP HOP

Hip hop is a high-energy form of dance that incorporates much individuality and rhythm into the executed movements. There is a lot of room for personal style and creativity to come through in hip hop, and it is much more diverse rather than structured when compared to most other varieties of dance.

JAZZ

Jazz is a form of dance that builds on the technique of ballet but adds a more rhythmical tone and allows opportunity for personal expression and style throughout. Jazz is always evolving, but also maintains roots within the classical jazz style, technically difficult moves, in an expressive style that follows the lyrics of songs and is often interpreted in the short solo format.

STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY

Flexibility can be improved with stretching exercises. While stretching does not increase your muscle strength, it is an important part of reducing injury risk and soreness that results from activity.

PRE-POINTE

To ensure aspiring ballerinas are ready for pointe, many schools require students to take pre-pointe, a class separate from regular ballet technique. The curriculum allows teachers ample time to help students build the strength and alignment necessary for pointe work. It also helps them assess readiness, which lessens the risk of injury once students are in their shoes.

TAP

Tap dance is a rhythmic dance done with small metal plates attached to the bottom of the dancer’s shoes that make a “tapping” sound when they touch a hard floor. Tap involves rhythmic patterns and percussion along with many technical moves.

TUMBLING

Tumbling class is the act, practice, or art of performing acrobatic tumbles, especially on a mat or on the ground.

ADAPTIVE HIP HOP FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

The Dance Academy of Puyallup is pleased to offer adaptive classes for students experiencing special needs. At this time we offer a pre-teen/teen adaptive hip hop class. We will offer a class for younger students and or in different styles based on interest. Please inquire at the desk or send an email to TDApuyallup@comcast.net to express interest in an adaptive class for your child.

Adaptive Hip Hop teach the latest hip hop moves while working on body awareness, strength flexibility, concentration, self confidence and social skills.

OUR REVIEWS

I have been dancing at the dance academy for almost 8 years

I have been dancing at the dance academy for almost 8 years and it is literally my second home. Shari and Dave put every effort in to making the studio a comfortable place. Throughout my years as both a competitive and recreational dancer, Shari has not only taught us how to be the dancers we are today, but she has also set an expectation on how to treat others. I love my dance team, because we are more than a team, we are a family, and I thank Shari for encouraging us to stick together as a team/family no matter what! The amount of kindness and support the Furnstahls provide is amazing. I love the dance academy and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a studio that will provide your son or daughter with great instruction and an amazing experience!

Kaylee Eidson

My daughter has been at the dance studio for 3.5 years…

My daughter has been at the academy for 3.5 years. This is her third year on the high impact dance team. My daughter has grown so much since being here. It has changed our life. She loves her dance academy friends and family

Best Dance studio in Puyallup!

Best dance studio in Puyallup! Great teachers, staff and owners!

Rebecca Douglas Garrison

Changed my son’s life!

The Dance Academy changed my son's life! Boys who like to dance are "different" and that can be painful....until you channel them in a way that supports and challenges their gift to grow. Our children come to know that they are special, and they learn to embrace discipline, make goals, and strive for excellence. The culture at the Dance Academy is like no other. If your child wants to dance, I cannot recommend The Dance Academy of Puyallup highly enough.

Gretchen Stockman

Faith Based

They are currently at a new location on Canyon I believe.  They are a great faith based organization that does great things for our young girls.  I give them a 4 out of 5 starts.

Rob R

Thank you

Thank you so much for the amazing birthday party. It was set up beautifully. Better than I ever thought. This was the first time I have ever got to just enjoy the party and not have to worry about anything! You kept the party going from one activity to the next. The kids were never bored. Everyone was so impressed! I can't thank you enough. Also the price can't be beat! We called a number of places looking for a party space. Everywhere wanted almost double for less than they provide. Truly life savers.       **************************Also I will add that my daughter recently started dance classes here. We came from another school. I'm so glad we changed to here. My daughter loves class. She has a huge smile the entire class period.

Stephanie P