Dance Classes


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Dance Class Descriptions

Over the course of forty-five minutes, preschoolers will explore movement by creating rhythm, patterns and shapes through the language of dance.  Particular emphasis will be on developing and reinforcing basic movements for Kindergarten-readiness through learning games, exploring with props and moving with self-awareness in time with music.  Dancers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.  Girls may wear tutus and skirts with leotard and tights and pink ballet shoes.  Boys may wear athletic shorts/pants and a fitted tee-shirt with black ballet shoes.

Alignment, coordination and balance are hallmarks of this traditional dance form.  Dancers will learn to present proper posture and develop the strength to present ballet technique for the stage.  Particular emphasis will be on learning to dance with a lengthened back, strong core, turned-out legs and extended lines.  This course focuses on character dance for theatrical performance and is strongly encouraged for all students.  Dancers should wear fitted dance attire.  Girls may wear leotards, tights, leggings and skirts with pink ballet shoes.  Hair should be fastened in a bun. Boys may wear athletic shorts/pants with a fitted tee-shirt and black ballet shoes.

Accuracy, boldness and power are fundamental to locking, popping and having something to say in this popular dance form.  Dancers will learn to be precise in their timing, perfection and presentation of subtle, power-packed, yet pedestrian style movement.  This course features contemporary movement that will work on the stage and the popular dance floor.  Music and movement will be hip and cool – yet age appropriate.  Dancers are welcome to wear comfortable clothes that they can move in.  No open midriffs, please.  Hair should be fastened back from the face.  Black jazz shoes may be used for performance.  Clean gym shoes are permitted for class.

Acting and singing come alive through the visual “jazz” of movement based in popular dance forms taken to the stage.  Dancers will learn traditional jazz technique as related to classic or “Broadway” jazz and musical theater.  The curriculum for this course will coordinate with the dance styles and steps for musicals in production or up for audition at PAA.  This course is designed for singers and actors who aspire to integrate movement into their repertoire.  Dancers should wear fitted dance attire.  Girls may wear leotards, tights, leggings and skirts.  Boys may wear athletic shorts/pants with a fitted tee-shirt.  No open midriffs, please.  Black jazz shoes required.

Improvisation, grounded movement and dynamic flow are hallmarks of this modern form.  Dancers will learn to connect movements together with attention to levels in space, direction and creative expression.  Particular emphasis will be on developing critical thinking, improvisational and spontaneous problem-solving skills within a movement vocabulary.  This course focuses on laying the groundwork for theatrical performers to fluidly connect maintaining a character while moving on stage.

Participants should wear supportive fitted dance or athletic attire.   No open midriffs, please.  Hair should be fastened away from the face.  Bare feet are perfect.

Our tap classes feature both Broadway and Rhythm tap.  Participants will learn the fundamentals of Rhythm tap (focused on making music) to build traditional Broadway steps (focused on the shape or design for a chorus).  Classes will include “rhythm work,” which is an expressive time of inventing tap steps through rhyme, prose and improvisation.  Learning to tap sharpens an ability to perceive the relationship between music and dance while developing timing and coordination.  We use the names “Theatrical Tap” and “Broadway & Rhythm Tap” interchangeably.  Dancers are welcome to wear comfortable clothes that allow for a full range of movement.  Black patent tie or buckle taps are recommended for girls in our Grades 4-6 classes.  Boys of all ages wear oxford (lace-up) tap shoes.  Grades 7-12 and Adults are encouraged to wear black tap oxfords.

Contemporary Dance and Theatrical Tap lessons are available for adult-learners of all ages.  Classes are geared to meet students “where they are at” and build strength and flexibility in an encouraging, enjoyable and authentic arts environment.  Participants are welcome to wear comfortable dress of their choosing.  Contemporary classes may be danced barefoot, in jazz shoes, or clean athletic shoes.   Black tap oxford (lace tie ups) are recommended for tap classes, but participants may begin with clean hard soled shoes or cowboy boots.  If you are interested in dancing but are hesitant to commit to an entire session, we invite you to give dance an audition and take your first PAA group lesson for free.  Performances are available, but not required.

Dance Schedule

DANCE Group Courses:

New and returning students will enjoy coursework which progresses from the movement vocabulary learned last season.  Our one-room schoolhouse mimics the theatrical rehearsal environment, cultivates quick-study skills and fosters teamwork between dancers.

Our professional instructors intentionally provide opportunities for multi-level work within the same classroom so students may progress at their own unique pace.

Tuition includes a dance costume for the concert.

Please see schedule below.

Dance session runs 27 weeks
from September 9 – April 3
No classes December 15 – January 4
Recital April 3 & 4, 2020 7
Monthly Tuition Payments includes Recital Costume Fee

Instructor Monday Class Age Tuition
Lindsey Knoth 3:00 – 4:00 **Adult Tap Adults $280
Lindsey Knoth 4:00 – 5:10 Broadway Jazz & Contemporary Dance Grades 7-12 $330
Lindsey Knoth 5:15 – 6:00 Theatrical Ballet & Contemporary Dance Grades 4-6 $276
Lindsey Knoth 6:00 – 6:45 Broadway Tap Grades 4-6 $276
Lindsey Knoth 6:50 – 7:45 Broadway Jazz & Hip Hop Grades 4-6 $330
Lindsey Knoth 7:50 – 8:50 **Barre & Stretch Teen / Adult $280
Instructor Tuesday Class Age Tuition
Jacky Cape 5:15 – 6:00 Pre—K Creative Movement Ages 3-5 $276
Jacky Cape 6:00 – 6:45 Theatrical Ballet & Contemporary dance Grades 1-3 $276
Rosanne Mork 6:50 – 7:50 Broadway Tap & Jazz (1/2 hr each) Grades 1-3 $330
Rosanne Mork 8:00 – 9:00 **Contemporary Dance Adult $280
Rosanne Mork 9:00 – 9:30 Rhythm Tap Adult $145
Instructor Thursday Class Age Tuition
Jacky Cape 9:30 – 10:15 Pre – K Creative Movement Ages 3-5 $276
Jacky Cape 10:20 – 11:05 Theatrical Ballet & Contemporary dance Grades 1-3  $276
Rosanne Mork 11:15 – 12:15 Broadway Tap & Jazz (1/2 hr each) Grades 1-3 $330
Rosanne Mork 12:15 – 1:00 **Barre & Stretch Adult $226
Lindsey Knoth 7:45 – 8:45 Broadway & Rhythm Tap Grade 7-12 $330

**Participation in recital is not required so no costume fee is included. Should student desire to participate in the recital, costume fee will be added as a separate fee.

DANCE Private Lessons:

Dancers who enroll in private lessons will have the opportunity to perform in the dance concert at the end of the season.  A costume fee is not included in this tuition, however our instructors will work with these dancers and their families to either help them design their own costume or to order a new one.  All costuming must have director approval.

Private Dance Study

$215030 minute


ROSANNE MORK, BA, MDIV Director of Dance Program
ROSANNE MORK, BA, MDIV danced as a soloist with the Grand Rapids Youth Ballet and as a member of the corps for the Grand Rapids Civic Ballet. After graduating from Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI), she served her alma mater as a part-time dance instructor. In 1992, she founded and directed a nine-hundred student, curriculum based, multi-disciplined dance studio dedicated to providing students the opportunity to “Discover the dancer within.”
After a decade of managing the studio, she accepted a position as adjunct dance faculty at Hope College (Holland, MI). In addition to teaching and choreographing for the dance department, Rosanne directed, choreographed and performed concert works for the non-profit InSync Dance Theatre.
Hope College presented her with the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Dance in July, 2009. She holds her Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary with a certificate in Cross-Cultural Ministry (2010). She served on the board of the Michigan Dance Council. Her work has appeared with Chicago Tap Theatre and been funded by the Holland Area Arts Council and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Michigan Youth Arts Festival and the Michigan Dance Council named her “Michigan Dance Teacher of the Year” in 2000. Rosanne presently serves as the Director of the PAA Dance Program and teaches both group courses and private lessons in all dance disciplines.
JACKY GERZEMA CAPE, BA, BSN has had classical ballet training since the age of four and grew up dancing with Phyllis DeWeese, including intensives with Barbara Pontecorvo, Dayton Ballet, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She has a BA in journalism from Miami University and was an editor and writer at the Macfadden Group in New York, NY, which publishes Dance Magazine and other fine arts publications. After moving back to Ohio, she went back to school for a BSN in nursing and is now a registered nurse with Kettering Health Network. She has recently taught theatrical ballet and tap for PAA’s summer dance program and was an assistant choreographer for the “Mary Poppins” production.
LINDSEY KNOTH, BFADance Instructor
LINDSEY KNOTH, BFA, originally from Dayton Ohio, began her dance education 24 years ago (at the age of 2). She has been teaching and choreographing dance for 11 of those years in the Dayton and Cincinnati area. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Wright State University in 2016. Some of her college credits include: the musicals “Oklahoma!” and “Chicago,” several concert pieces, and a dance film “Anesthesiaphobia” which premiered at the Dayton Art Institute.

Her first professional role was as a pointe soloist in the show “Awaited: A Christmas Experience” in Mason, Ohio in 2016 and 2017. Then she moved to Orlando, Florida for a year where she danced professionally with Vixen Talent Productions and choreographed for the company as well. She also taught at their academy.

Lindsey moved back to Ohio this year and has since been teaching at several studios in the Dayton/Cincinnati area. Lindsey is also a judge for Nexstar National Talent Competition and is in her 4th season with the company. She also enjoys dancing on stage at special services with SouthBrook Christian Church in Miamisburg, Ohio.

Along with teaching dance at PAA, Lindsey is one of the choreographers for the musical theatre program. She fell in love with musical theater back in college and feels so blessed to work with PAA!