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For students 2.5 to 4.5 years of age, the Rhythm and Rhyme program is designed to introduce young dancers to movement and technical body positions through the use of props and characterization. Students study movement and classroom skills through creative play, music and dance. The Rhythm & Rhyme classes at KJ Dance are based upon a curriculum that teaches proper classroom behavior, independence, coordination, and listening skills.

Required Attire: Pink dance tights, any style leotard, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes, hair pulled into a bun.

45 minutes, once a week.

Rhythm & Rhyme

Class Descriptions

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For students 4.5 to 10 years of age, the Combo Classes receive instruction of the fundamental basics in Jazz, Ballet and Tap. The disciplines are studied to build strength and teach body awareness. There are five levels of combo classes. While learning proper technique, Combo students develop new skills and begin to recognize their individual potential in the styles of Ballet, Jazz and Tap. Combo I, II, and III classes offer 30 minutes of Ballet and one other subject. Combo IV and V dancers train for an hour and a half to two hours with one hour in Ballet and tap or jazz for the remainder of the class.

Required Attire: Pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes, black leotard, pink tights, hair secured away from the face in a bun. Tan freeform Jazz shoes are required for the Jazz portion of some combo classes where applicable.

Combo I - III 1 hour, once a week.
Combo IV - 1.5 hours, once a week.

Ballet - Tap - Jazz Combo I, II, III, IV, V

The Block program at KJ is a concentrated study of several dance disciplines. Ballet is a requirement for all Block students. We prefer and highly recommend that Block dancers study Tap and Jazz as well. The classes are offered on Monday for Block I and Monday/Wednesday for Block II. To be considered for the Block program dancers should have completed Comb IV/V or equivalent training approved by KJ Faculty. 

Required Attire: Pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes, tan freeform jazz shoes, pink tights, blue leotards.

Block I - 3 hours, one day a week
Block II - 4-5 hours, two days a week

Block Program 

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This class focuses on overall body alignment and technical awareness and placement. KJ Dance provides a ballet program that trains students on a vocabulary of technical steps, poses, leaps and jumps, to convey a story/theme/atmosphere. Traditional barre’ work and center work combinations are included in this class. 

Required Attire: Pink ballet shoes, black leotard and pink tights, hair secured away from the face, bun required for Ballet.

1 Hour, 1 Day Per Week

Ballet I, II, III

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Classes will focus on the teaching of rhythm tap and strong foundational tap basics that compound throughout the year. These fast moving classes are fun and upbeat serving the beginning to advanced student’s growth and development in this genre of dance.

Required Attire: Black tap shoes, comfortable athletic wear, half top, tights, biker shorts, or dance pants, hair secured away from the face. 

1 Hour, 1 Day Per Week

Tap I, II, III

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For students 5 years of age and older, the Jazz program at KJ is full of energy. Using current, age appropriate music, this class is designed to develop strength, body placement coordination, musicality, and performance style. 

Required Attire: Tan jazz shoes (rubber soles), any style leotard, top or half top jazz pants, tights, biker shorts, or unitard, hair pulled away from face and neck.

1 Hour, 1 Day Per Week

Jazz I, II, III, IV, V

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For students 5-6 years of age, these classes are inspired by hip hop movement and curriculum content for younger students. Upbeat, age appropriate music brings energy and awareness to unique musicality, beats, and rhythm.

Required Attire: Comfortable movable athletic wear, tennis shoes or split-sole dance sneakers.

1 Hour, 1 Day Per Week

Hippity Hop

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For students 7 years of age and older, hip hop is a versatile, free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic class for beginning to advanced students. The exploration of hip-hop movement allows students the ability to express their own personal rhythm while focusing on current hip hop styles. Our hip-hop dance program includes a variety of street dance styles including current hip-hop, krumping, popping locking, breakdancing. KJ Dance will always use current music selections that are age and content appropriate. 

Required Attire: Comfortable movable athletic wear, clean tennis shoes or split-sole dance sneakers.

1 Hour, 1 Day Per Week

Hip Hop

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For ages 12 years of age and older, this class is designed to help future and current drill team members improve their dance technique and auditioning skills. KJ Dance has had incredible success in helping prepare drill team focused students reach their goals year after year.

Required Attire: Tan or black jazz shoes (rubber soles) dance activewear, hair pulled away from face and neck.

1 Hour, 1 Day Per Week

Drill Team Fusion

Lyrical is a dance style that combines the foundational principles of Ballet with the freedom, fluidity, and expressiveness of Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern Dance. It demonstrates emotion and technique while allowing students to stylize their movement with fluid transitions.

Required Attire: Socks or bare feet, loose, comfortable clothes.

1 Hour, 1 Day per Week

Lyrical

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Offered to our Competitive PULSE Dance Company members and by special invitation from the KJ Faculty. These advanced classes are offered at our competitive level. 

Required Attire: Socks or bare feet, loose, comfortable clothes.

Modern

Ages: *Offered to our Competitive PULSE Dance Company members & by special invitation from the KJ Faculty Pointe education is offered for advanced students who have progressed to the strength level required. A strong Ballet foundation and cultivated technical ability is required for all Pointe students. These advanced classes are offered at our competitive level.

Pointe

Ages: 10-15

The Junior Apprentice Program at KJ Dance serves students who have desire to achieve a higher level of commitment and training in the art of dance. Our Junior Apprentice program is intended for dancers who strive to reach the competitive level in their dance education and are interested in the study of at least 3 dance disciplines. Students in this program dance 4-5 hours a week and are invited to attend dance conventions with our performance company.

*Auditions for this program take place during our annual North Texas Summer Dance Intensive, held in June at KJ Dance- Plano. Please contact the KJ Dance office at 972-473-4017 or by email at kjdance.office@gmail.com for more information on the Junior Apprentice Program

Junior Apprentice Program

Ages: 7 and Up

KJ's nationally recognized abundantly decorated performance company. This highly awarded and vibrant group of dancers has established a reputation of excellence in all dance disciplines. 
 
Auditions for this program take place during our annual North Texas Summer Dance Intensive, held at KJ Dance - Plano.

Please contact the KJ Dance Plano office at 972-473-4017 or by email at kjdance.office@gmail.com for more information on our PULSE Dance Company.

PULSE Dance Company

VIBE Hip Hop Crews

KJ's premiere competitive and community outreach performance hip hop crews. The Hip Hop Crews of VIBE can be found center stage while volunteering and participating in a wide variety of local events and competitions throughout the year.

The VIBE hip hop crews have appeared in the Plano Christmas Parade as well as the annual Lakeside Tree Lighting Ceremony. Our Crews compete, with much success, each year at Monsters of Hip Hop, Thunderstruck, and the LADanceMagic Conventions in Dallas. VIBE brings home many top 10 awards, Overall High Scores, and has received the Critics Choice award for Entertainment! The Crews are highlighted each season in their very own VIBE Showcase, an entire show consisting exclusively of VIBE dancers. The Crews have the opportunity to work with in house KJ faculty, local guest teachers, and master teachers from around the country. The KJ VIBE Hip Hop Crews are unlike any other crew out there! 
 
*Auditions for the Crews will take place during the summer hip hop intensive held at KJ Dance - Plano.

Please contact the KJ Dance Plano office at 972-473-4017 or by email at kjdance.office@gmail.com for more information.

-Kari schmitt
KJ dance parent

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My family relocated to Texas four years ago. Anyone who has relocated a family knows about having to reestablish just about everything in your life - doctors, dentists, schools, etc. And anyone who has relocated a family with a dancer knows how it feels to leave behind a beloved dance studio and start again with a new studio. Finding a new studio for my daughter was high on the priority list upon arriving in Plano and there were many to choose from. We visited several, but none felt like home - that is until we visited KJ Dance. We were immediately greeted by Becky at the front desk and taken in with the beautiful, clean and comfortable look of the studio. Becky not only welcomed us to KJ Dance but to the great state of Texas. She took her time explaining the schedule and the studio to us and she patiently answered our questions. We knew immediately that we had found a new dance studio home. KJ Dance’s incredibly talented owner and staff have nurtured my daughter in ways beyond improving her dance technique. It is not an exaggeration to say that my daughter has also grown in her grace, poise, selflessness and confidence since joining the studio. I am thankful every time I drop off my daughter at KJ Dance for the opportunity we have to be a part of the KJ family!