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Programs at PDS

Class Descriptions

Phoenix Dance Studio provides a wide variety of creative and challenging classes for ages 2 to 99 at levels from Beginner through Advanced.

  • Students are placed in class by ability and not by age alone or previous years' experience.

  • Proper class placement is essential in the continual progress of students.

  • Phoenix Dance Studio reserves the right to make a final determination of each dancer's level.

  • The insignia of the class is for identification only. The pace of each class is geared to the ability of the class as a whole.

  • To safeguard the physical development of each dancer, it is important that they attend classes with students of similar abilities and experiences. Please do not sacrifice correct class placement for carpools, other activities.

  • New students with prior experience should call the studio for proper class placement, ask for Mrs. Trisha or Miss Aubrey for help.  They are the best! 

  • Although previous ballet training is not required for admission to our jazz, tap, lyrical and musical theatre classes, the technical training of ballet provides a strong foundation for all other dance forms. Students will enhance and improve their progress in other dance styles by attending a ballet class.

  • For detailed list of Dress Code guidelines - please check click here to be re-directed to our Dress Code page.  



  • Petite Tap - Ages 6 - 8 

  • Junior Tap - Ages 9 - 11

  • Teen Tap - Ages 12 - 14 

  • Senior Tap - Ages 15 -19 

  • Dance Mom's/Dad's  Tap - 18+ 



  • Pre Company Advance Tap  -  Ages 12 and up 

  • Pre Company Intermediate Tap  -  Ages 14 and up 

Tap is all about rhythm! This exciting and challenging form of dance is executed by creating combinations of sounds with the shoes on your feet. PDS Tapp Program will provide students with a strong understanding of basic tap foundation, terminology, timing, and rhythm.  Students will be provided an explanation of terminology, execution of basic steps through more challenging rhythms, precise tap sounds, coordination, syncopation, and technical execution. 

DRESS CODE: Students will wear Tap Shoes. Comfortable and cool clothing encouraged, no jeans, pants but by ankle length or shorter to observe proper technique.

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  • Mini Hip Hop - Ages 4 - 6 

  • Petite Hip Hop  - Ages 6 - 8 

  • Junior Hip Hop - Ages 9 - 11

  • Teen Hip Hop - Ages 12 - 14 

  • Senior Hip Hop - Ages 15 -19 

  • Dance Mom's/Dad's  Hip Hop - 18+ 


  • Pre Company Hip Hop 

Hip Hop is the style most often seen on television and music videos. Movements are fast, funky, and fun. PDS Hip-Hop Program is all about attitude, it includes high energy movement with a concentration on style, funk, and self-expression.  PDS will also be providing all boys Hip-Hops classes along with co-ed for all ages. 

DRESS CODE: Students will wear black and white Converse-like sneakers. If possible please have white sole shoes. High-top for Jr. and Sr. Hip Hop. Comfortable cool, loose-fitting clothing, no jeans, and no lettering on shirts.  




  • Mommy/Daddy & Me  - Toddler & Parent 

  • Combo 1 -  Ages 2 - 3  & must be potty trained 

  • Combo 2  -  Ages 3 - 4  

  • Combo 3  -  Ages 4 - 5 


 Our Combo Classes are thoughtfully designed for dancers ages 2 - 3  (Combo 1) ages 3 - 4  (Combo 2) and ages 4 - 5 (Combo 3).  These classes teach children the beginning fundamentals of tap, ballet, and tumbling.  Dancers will gain flexibility, basic technique, and self-confidence through repetitive motor skills, coordination, and rhythm practice.  Students will perform In Phoenix Dance Studio’s end-of-the-year recital performance! The goal during these Combo Classes is to introduce the basics of dance and movements to your child while promoting fun and interaction with others.  Combo 1 classes are 45 minutes in length. Combo 2 & 3 classes are 55 minutes in length. 

DRESS CODE: Students will wear ballet and tap shoes.  Class will start with tap, then ballet, and end in Acro.  Time permitting PDS teachers or teachers assistants will help dancers switch from tap shoes to their ballet shoes.  Students should wear a leotard and any color tutu.  

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  • Creative Movement - Ages 2 - 4 

  • Tummy Time - Infant to 18 months & parent 

This exciting fun-filled preschool program blends the magic of childhood imagination with movement and the underlying principles of dance. With imaginations fully engaged, preschoolers use scarves, bean bags, ribbons and more as they are introduced to dance elements and movement fundamentals. Children also work on body control, listening skills, balance and coordination.  


DRESS CODE: Students will wear any color leotard is acceptable for this class. Tights, leggings, or shorts are also acceptable over leotard. Ballets skirts and tutu's are encouraged. Boys wear athletic shorts or pants.  Ballet shoes are preferred. 



Tummy Time: tummy time class where you will learn practical tips and solutions that will promote gross motor, fine motor, sensory motor and visual development. In this class, you will experience new ways to easily integrate tummy time into your baby's daily routine in a playful, and interactive setting with the support and guidance of a pediatric physical therapist along with an infant and child development specialist. Parents will leave knowing concrete, developmentally appropriate strategies for pleasurable and purposeful tummy time play. 


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  • Princess Ballet - Ages 2 - 5 

  • Petite Ballet  - Ages 5 - 7 and up 

  • Junior Ballet - Ages 9 - 11 

  • Teen Ballet - Ages 12 and up 

  • Senior Ballet - Ages 12 and up

  • Senior Ballet /Intro Pointe - ages 11and up 

  • Pointe - 12 and up (teacher approval only) 

  • Dance Mom/Dad's Ballet ​- 18+ and up 

Ballet is the foundation of dance. It teaches proper placement, alignment, balance technique, and control. All of these elements are extremely important in any form of dance. Students focus on improving strength, control, and body positioning in barre, and center work, as well as learning all of the vocabulary and terminology of Ballet.  PDS Ballet Program's goal is to provide clean technical ballet dancers, along with mastering Barre and center floor work, adagio studies, music, ballet history, vocabulary, and body conditioning. Beginner students, the emphasis is on the coordination of arms and head which begin to develop practical skills, muscular self-control, and basic coordination and expression.  More advanced ballet students will aim to develop strength and stability in the art of pirouettes, balance, control, extension, fluidity, and petite and grand allegro. The ongoing development of performance skills is stressed in all levels of ballet class. 

DRESS CODE: All ballet classes, Petite and up will dress in accordance with the discipline that accompanies ballet. Ladies will wear a black leotard and pink footed or convertible tights must be worn.  Hair must be pulled back in a neat ballet bun at all times and secured with hair pins. A hair net is suggested.  No bows or accessories. Dancers must have pink leather or canvas ballet shoes. PDSPro Company dancers are required to dress as stated and have a gold/yellow ballet skirt over their black leotard and tights. Gentlemen will wear black tights or running pants with a white tucked in T-Shirt. 

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  • Petite Jazz - Ages 6 - 8 

  • Junior Jazz - Ages 9 - 11

  • Teen Jazz - Ages 12 - 14 

  • Senior Jazz/Funk - Ages 15 -19 

  • Dance Mom/Dad's  Contemporary Jazz - Ages 18+ 


  • Pre Company Jazz - with teacher approval 

  • Pre Company Jazz Funk - with teacher approval 


Jazz is a fast-paced form of dance that involves many of the same concepts as ballet. This form of dance includes a variety of different skills and other technical aspects and is paired with music that is popular and upbeat. Students focus on strength, technique, and terminology.  PDS Jazz Program will provide a strong understanding of body placement with an emphasis on the explanation of terminology, isolations, and center work with strengthening turns, jumps, flexibility, technical execution, and combinations.  

DRESS CODE: Students will wear any color leotard is required for this class. Tights, leggings, or shorts are also acceptable over leotards. No baggy shirts can be worn over your leotard for this class as we need to see body alignment.  Jazz shoes will be the only shoes allowed. Barefoot is not acceptable in Jazz class. Hair must be pulled back in bun or ponytail. 

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  • Petite Lyrical - Ages 6 - 8 

  • Junior Contemporary & Lyrical  - Ages 9 - 11  

  • Teen Contemporary & Lyrical - Ages 12 - 14  

  • Senior Contemporary & Lyrical - Ages 15  - 19 

  • Dance Mom's Contemporary Jazz 


  • Pre Company Contemporary

Contemporary and Lyrical is a style of expressive dance that combines modern dance, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. It connects the mind and body through fluid movements. PDS Lyrical/Contemporary Program will focus on strengthening the body, increasing flexibility, improving balance, proper placement, body alignment, and fluidity of movement  This class will let you express yourself through dance, and often times tell you the story of the music through choreography.  Students must also be enrolled in a ballet class. 

DRESS CODE: Students will wear any color leotard is required for this class. Tights, leggings, or shorts are also acceptable over leotards. No baggy shirts can be worn over your leotard for this class as we need to see body alignment. Bare claws/paws, foot undies, pirouette shoes, canvas half sole will be the only shoes allowed. Barefoot is not acceptable in lyrical class. Hair must be pulled back in bun or ponytail.

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  • Mini ACRO  - Ages 3 - 5

  • Petite ACRO - Ages 6 - 8 

  • Junior ACRO - Ages 9 - 11 

  • Teen ACRO - Ages 12 - 14 

  • Senior ACRO - Ages 15 - 19 


  • Teen Intermediate ACRO - Ages 12 and up 

  • Senior Advanced ACRO - Ages 14 and up

ACRO dance is not your typical gymnastics class. Our ACRO instructors will guide students towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline, and concentration,  PDS ACRO Program, students will learn acrobatic movements at an appropriate level for their ability, which can then be incorporated into a dance routine. 

DRESS CODE: Students will wear any colored leotard must be worn. Spandex shorts on top of your leotard is permitted.  This class is done completely barefoot. Hair must be pulled back in a bun. For safety purposes , with tumbling and rolls a ponytail is not suggested, for safety purposes. No shirts over leotards

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Pointe is offered to those students who have mastered the knowledge and technique of ballet and are ready for the next level. Strength and control are extremely important in this dance form. Students will progress to pointe at the discretion of their teacher. 

DRESS CODE: Students will wear pointe shoes.



Ages 8 & UP

PDS Dance Company consists of a group of up to 50 dancers.  Our Company members are trained by some of the best teachers in the valley, with professional backgrounds and a true passion for performance and competition.  

Being chosen for PDS Dance Company is an honor that involves true commitment, dedication, and hard work.  These dancers take up to 9 - 13 hours a week of classes in the styles of Acro, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and more.  

DRESS CODE: In addition to their ballet, jazz, and tap shoes, students will also wear black Theatrical Jazz Boots.  PDS team will have a specific required dress code to adhere to.  

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