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Linda Dobbins Dance

525 Office Park Drive, Mountain Brook, AL 35223
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  • jazz dance
  • ballet
  • hip hop dance
  • summer camps
  • dance classes
  • performing arts school
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  • children dance class
  • competitive dance team

Business Description

Linda Dobbins Dance caters to individuals and families throughout the Birmingham area, offering clients various competitive and recreational dance lessons. Its instructors teach classes focusing on different dance styles, such as tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet. Clients in groups of at least four people interested in recreational dance lessons can also customize their class, from genre to schedule. Birmingham Magazine recognized the mother-daughter duo Linda and Anne Marie Dobbins as one of the best dance trainers in the local area.

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Birmingham Dance Theatre, Inc.

Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
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Business Description

Birmingham Dance Theatre, Inc. is a Vestavia business that has been serving students for over 53 years. The theater offers dance classes in ballet, hip hop, hip hop for boys, contemporary, lyrical, tap, acrobatics, and classes for pre-school children ages two to four. Birmingham Dance Theatre, Inc. also offers party packages which are two hours long for up to 11 children, and include 45 minutes of dance instruction, birthday cake, paper goods, birthday candles, party favors, and after-party clean-up. The other package does not include the birthday cake or other birthday goods. The business also offers summer camps and a parents club.

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4.6 / 5 (33)
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3.0 / 5 (2)

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Corky Bell School of Dance

Alabaster, AL 35007
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Business Description

Corky Bell School of Dance is an Alabaster business that has four locations and has been teaching students for over 50 years. The studio offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced instruction to all ages. Classes include pointe, ballet, jazz, tap, creative movement, and gymnastics. Corky Bell School of Dance also conducts workshops in ballroom dancing, singing, pageant preparation, and drama. Private lessons are available. Parents are able to watch lessons on closed circuit TV.

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4.8 / 5 (4)
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Dance Et Cetera

Helena, AL 35080
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Business Description

Dance Et Cetera is a Helena business that provides classes for dancers three years of age and up. Classes include ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, cheernastics, tumbling, and SWAG. Dance Et Cetera also offers boys-only tumbling and hip hop classes. Adult classes include Pilates, Zumba, cardio core, hip-hop, and tap. Dance Et Cetera has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

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Dance South Studio

Chelsea, AL 35043
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Business Description

Dance South Studio is a Chelsea business that has been serving students in Shelby County and surrounding areas for over 27 years. The facility teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced students in clogging, dance conditioning, tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, dance technique, jazz, as well as dance acrobatics and gymnastics. Dance South Studio also offers private dance lessons, many summer camps, and recitals. The facility offers three dance rooms that have marley flooring and sprung floors. Parents appreciate the encouraging teachers and the atmosphere.

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Dr. Dance Studio, Inc.

Birmingham, AL 35244
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Business Description

Dr. Dance Studio, Inc. is a Birmingham business that provides private and group lessons. The business offers social ballroom dancing lessons in the salsa, waltz, foxtrot, swing, tango, and slow dance. Dr. Dance Studio, Inc. also offers showcase ballroom dancing and competitive ballroom dancing classes. Owner Kimberly Smith has over 34 years of dance instruction experience and she is a Championship Adjudicator. Steve Hadley has over 49 years of dance instruction experience and he is a WDSF Adjudicator. The staff is made up of certified teachers and judges with the World DanceSport Federation, the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, USA Dance, and the North American Dance Teachers Association.

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Miss Kelley’s School of Dance

Trussville, AL 35173
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Business Description

Miss Kelley’s School of Dance is a Trussville business that has two studio locations and has been serving students for over 32 years. The studios have surround sound systems, full-length mirrors, ballet barres, and sprung flooring. Classes include tap, pointe, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, danceline prep, jazz, clogging, tumbling/cheernastics, color guard, baton, pageant training, piano, and voice. Miss Kelley’s School of Dance also offers recitals. Parents appreciate the helpful, professional, and patient teachers.

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Ms. Tiffany’s Dance

Homewood, AL 35209
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Ms. Tiffany’s Dance is a Homewood business that has been teaching students for over nine years. The studio provides private lessons to dancers nine years of age and older in lyrical, hip hop, tap, jazz, ballet, dance team prep, and adult hip hop aerobics. Ms. Tiffany’s Dance also offers classes to two or three students. Group classes are also available which are good for bachelorette parties, family gatherings, and performance or fitness groups. Founder and owner Tiffany Davis has been dancing since the age of four. She studied dance at Birmingham-Southern College. Her choreographed piece won a choreography award at the Honors Day award ceremony in 2007.

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Steeple Arts Academy of Dance

Mountain Brook, AL 35213
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Business Description

Steeple Arts Academy of Dance is a Mountain Brook business that has been serving students of all ages for over 80 years. Classes include pre ballet, ballet/tap, ballet/jazz and hip hop, tap/jazz and hip hop, pointe, ballet, teen tap, teen ballet, high stepper jazz, hip hop and jazz, ballet and jazz for adults, and ballroom for adults. Steeple Arts Academy of Dance also offers choreography services, rehearsal space, event space, and private lessons. Director Deanny Coates has learned and taught all dance styles and studied with different dance masters. She became director when her mother retired over 23 years ago.

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5.0 / 5 (2)

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The Pointe Dance Arts

Hoover, AL 35216
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The Pointe Dance Arts is a Hoover business that provides dance instruction for children and adults. The students travel to different cities to learn and go to dance conventions. Choreographers and master teachers come to teach workshops every year. Classes The Pointe Dance Arts offers include different levels of tap, hip hop, ballet, jazz, and dance classes for toddlers. The facility also offers beginning modern, turns and leaps technique, endurance conditioning, and summer camps. The Pointe Dance Arts has five large dance rooms that have sprung floors. There is an observation area for parents in which they can watch lessons on the closed circuit television. Students appreciate their work ethic, the atmosphere, and the enjoyable classes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Many young people dream of becoming dancers when they grow up, but what if you're already grown and are just coming to the realization that dance is your passion? It's never too late to start, and while selecting a dance studio for lessons or even choosing a dance style to train in might seem like a daunting task, it's the start of an exciting journey that will nourish your mind, body, and soul.

How can you become a good dancer without taking lessons?

Some dance styles, such as classical ballet, require professional training to master. However, if you can't afford or don't have time to take classes, consider immersing yourself in as much dance-related content as possible. Watch dance videos, tutorials on YouTube, and read anatomy books to learn about proper alignment. You should also exercise regularly to improve your stamina and strength.

How much are wedding dance lessons?

The average cost of wedding dance lessons in the United States is roughly $75-$150 per hour and can be up to $2,500 for packages of 10-20 sessions. The exact pricing will vary based on the city you live in, the studio, and potentially even the style of dance you're learning for your wedding.

Can you deduct dance lessons from taxes?

If your child is taking dance lessons, and you're using the dance school as an after-school child care alternative to daycare, then you may be able to write off up to $3,000 of the expense as a tax credit. In some cases, adult dance classes taken at an accredited post-secondary institution may also qualify for a tax deduction.

How do you write a dance lesson plan?

A good dance lesson plan should have a focus or intention, a clear set of skills that the students will be developing, and methods for having students achieve those outcomes. Typically, you draw up a lesson plan chart that breaks down the class into sections, indicating what you plan to do at each stage of instruction.

What shoes do you wear for dance lessons?

The shoes you need depend on the dance style. Ballet or tap classes require properly fitted ballet or tap shoes. Jazz classes sometimes require jazz shoes, but bare feet or foot thongs may be acceptable, which are also used for contemporary or lyrical dance classes. Ballroom dancers need an appropriate heeled shoe. Musical theater dancers may wear tap, character, or jazz shoes depending on the piece.

How many lessons will you need for a choreographed wedding dance?

For a choreographed wedding dance, you can typically purchase a package of 10-20 classes where you learn your dance over several weeks. However, if you're on a budget, you might consider taking three to five classes to learn your steps.

What shoes do you wear for ballroom dance lessons?

For ballroom dance shoes you can either wear a heel or a sneaker that hugs your foot nicely. Ideally, you should opt for shoes that have smooth, thin soles and low heels for optimal comfort.

When should you start dance lessons for children?

Kids can start formal dance lessons at three to four years old. Many dance schools have "kinderdance" programs where children have the opportunity to learn the basics of ballet. At five to six years of age, children can begin studying other forms of dance, such as jazz, tap, or musical theater.

How far before your wedding should you take dance lessons?

You should begin taking dance lessons at least a month before your wedding to ensure there's sufficient time for an instructor to choreograph your dance and for you to learn it. However, you need to book the lessons well before this date.

Are private dance lessons worth it?

In many cases, private dance lessons are worthwhile for individuals who want to accelerate their progress with the personalized attention of an instructor. However, it's beneficial to participate in group lessons simultaneously because there are skills you can't learn individually, such as teamwork.

Are you supposed to tip for private dance lessons?

You generally don't need to tip a dance instructor for private lessons, unless you want to because they've gone above and beyond in some capacity. However, most dance instructors charge high rates so they're making an excellent wage without tips.

Can you use copyrighted music for dance lessons?

Dance studios in the United States are required by law to have a license from the ASCAP and BMI which enables the use of copyrighted music in classes. Without this license, a studio faces a hefty fine per song.

Can you wear leggings to dance lessons?

You may be able to wear leggings to some dance lessons. However, some classes have strict dress policies so you should double-check about the proper attire for your lesson ahead of time. While leggings may be appropriate for ballroom or contemporary lessons, they won't be acceptable for a classical ballet class.

Do football players take dance lessons?

Yes, many football players are taking dance lessons because the transferable skills they gain can help them on the field. Pittsburg Steelers player Steve McLendon is quoted as saying, "It's harder than anything else I do," when asked about his ballet training.

How old is too old to take ballroom dance lessons?

It's never too late to start dance training, regardless of your age. Many studios offer ballroom dance classes for adults at all levels, including beginners. As long as your physical fitness level enables you to dance, there's always time to learn.

How do you warm up before dance lessons?

Some of the best ways to warm up your body before a dance lesson are taking a brisk walk or doing jumping jacks, lunges, and push-ups. These exercises will get your muscles moving and your blood pumping so you're ready to start dancing when you arrive at the studio.

What is the difference between dance therapy and dance lessons?

Dance lessons involve learning dance steps for the purpose of improving your technique or preparing for a performance. Dance therapy uses dance movements as a means to express emotions, potentially enhancing your self-esteem and mental health, and improving your body's motor functions.

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