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School of Dance for 2017-18

Weather Reminder- The school of dance does NOT follow the Putnam County school schedule as it relates to dismissal or cancellation for inclement weather. When classes are cancelled due to weather a text and email will be sent to all students. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call at 520-5299.

The Cookeville Department of Leisure Services is pleased to present its dance program offerings for the 2017-18 year. Classes are held at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 CC Camp Road.

Students may also register by contacting the School of Dance at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center at 528-1313.

The Leisure Services School of Dance was founded:

  • to foster the understanding of dance as an art form within the community through class instruction and studio performances
  • to guide students toward a strong technical foundation through quality dance instruction
  • to provide students with a broad dance education through exposure to various dance forms


Dance for Young Children (DYC) (ages 3 through 1st grade)

DYC attempts to expand the child’s understanding of how his/her body moves in space, to encourage the child’s development of basic movement skills, to provide him/her with a positive self-image in movement, and to broaden his/her understanding of dance as an art form – communicating through body movement. Children in DYC classes experience movement, music and creative expression.  They build confidence and a sense of achievement while mastering fundamental skills and the basics of dance.  Completion of the DYC program prepares young dancers for more advanced Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern dance classes.  A performance opportunity at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center is offered for the Dance for Young Children students in May of 2018.

Technique Classes are offered for ages 7 years through adult in the areas of classical ballet, modern, and jazz/hip hop.  Technique classes are designed to enhance student growth and development by:  familiarizing students with the movement vocabulary of the selected dance form;  increasing flexibility, muscular control, coordination, strength, and stamina;  focusing on proper body alignment;  emphasizing rhythmic accuracy; and providing an awareness of the elements of dance – the body, space, force, and time.

Ballet (2nd grade and up)

Students continuing their ballet training begin a more formal study of the classical technique.  Strength, posture, alignment, musicality and clean movement patterns are emphasized.  Multiple classes per week are recommended for students progressing through the curriculum.  Teachers regularly evaluate progress to ensure proper placement.


Jazz prepares students for contemporary choreography and musical theatre.  Students may begin jazz classes at the teacher’s discretion.

Modern Dance (2nd grade and up)

Classes will focus on the fundamental philosophies of modern dance.  Students will be encouraged to develop dance sequences and compositions.

Teen/Adult Ballet, Jazz, Modern

The teen and adult classes are for students wishing to further their dance training in a non-competitive recreational atmosphere.  Dance classes provide opportunities for artistic expression and improved coordination, strength, posture, flexibility, grace, and confidence.  Classes are designed to be stimulating and fun.

Tuition is based on a total of 33 instructional weeks, August 7, 2017 through May 10, 2018.

1 class/week =$330.00/ year
2nd class/week=5% discount
3rd class/week=10%discount
4th class/week=15% discount
5th class/week=20% discount
Pointe Class=$250.00/year

Costume fee Students are responsible for a performance costume fee of $50 per class in addition to tuition fees.

Registration Fee – A $10 per family annual non-refundable registration fee is required to register.

The Leisure Services School of Dance’s instructional year is designed for continual training August through May. When a student registers for a class, that student occupies a spot in that class for the entire instructional year. Payments may be set up on an individual schedule, and are made for the entire year, regardless of the actual number of classes attended. (See Makeup Classes under School of Dance Policies.)

Payment Plans – Multiple options are available for making payment for classes. When registering, ask about plans that suit your budget.

Performances– Students, including Dance for Young Children participants, are privileged to have a spring performance opportunity at the Performing Arts Center, May 11 and 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

 2017-2018 Dance Class Schedule


STUDIO A / Maggie Pelton
4:00-5:00 *Ballet II
5:00-6:00 Modern II
6:00-7:30 *Ballet III/IV
7:30-8:00 *Pointe
8:00-9:00 Modern III

STUDIO B / Jenny Thurman
4:00-5:00 Dance for Young Children/Pre-Technique for Kindergarten & 1st graders
5:00-6:00 Ballet I
6:00-7:00 Modern I


SUDIO A / Carolyn Bennett
5:30-6:30 Adult/Teen Ballet


STUDIO A / Jan Carter-Stumbo
4:00-5:00 *Ballet II
5:00-6:00 Jazz I/II
6:00-7:30 *Ballet III/IV
7:30-8:00 *Pointe
8:00-9:00 Jazz III

STUDIO B / Emily Clark
4:15-4:45 Dance for Young Children 3 & 4 year olds
4:45-5:30 Dance for Young Children 5 & 6 year olds

*class meets twice per week

School of Dance 2017-2018 CALENDAR

July 31, Open House, 4-6 pm
August 7, Classes begin
September 4, Labor Day Holiday (no class), will be made up November 20
October 2-13, Fall Break (no class)

November 22-24, Thanksgiving break (no classes, Monday classes will meet-make up day)
December 21, 2017-January 2, 2018, Winter break (no classes)

January 4 and 8, Classes resume
March 12-16, Spring break (no classes)
May 11 & 12, SPRING PERFORMANCES at Cookeville Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.


Attire and Grooming – Proper dance wear and proper grooming of hair is an essential part of a student’s dance training.  Students are required to be properly attired and groomed for each class.  Hair must be worn up, away from the face, off the neck and secured for all classes.  No jewelry or gum is allowed in class.  All dance wear, including shoes should be labeled with the student’s name.

Ballet – Pink tights (for legs), black or solid dark colored leotard, pink slippers (Capezio, Bloch, or Freed).

DYC, Modern, Jazz, and Tap – All:  black or solid dark colored leotard or unitard…AND:

DYC and Modern – pink or black tights, bare feet

Jazz – Capezio or Block soft leather black jazz oxfords

Male Attire – White cotton T-shirt, lightweight shorts, black or white shoes for ballet, jazz, tap:  bare feet for Dance for Young Children

PERFORMANCES – Students, including Dance for Young Children participants, are privileged to have a spring performance opportunity.  Students are responsible for a performance costume fee.  More detailed information will be furnished later in the school year.

Make-Up Classes – Students are urged to make up any missed classes.  Make-up classes should be completed as soon as possible.  Arrangements for day and time should be made with the class instructor.

Refund Policy – The Cookeville Department of Leisure Services offers a full money back guarantee for all of its classes and programs.  If, after attending the first two classes, you are not satisfied with the class or the instruction, you may receive a full refund.  Please request the refund in writing within one week after the second class.

Other Refunds – Tuition fees are based on a full year, not prorated on a per class basis.  After the first two classes, partial refunds or credits will be made only when the students must discontinue classes for medical reasons or due to moving away from the Cookeville area.  Students terminating classes for other reasons will not receive tuition refunds. Deductions will not be made when students miss class.  Students may make up classes missed by making arrangements with the instructor.

Bad Weather – In bad weather situations, school closings are not a factor in determining whether classes will be held.  When classes are canceled because of bad weather conditions, you may call the Studio number at 526-7393 and listen to the message detailing class schedule.  Please be aware that some of your instructors come from Nashville and therefore, we may need to cancel classes when weather conditions in Cookeville seem manageable.  In the event that classes are canceled, make-up classes will be scheduled.