Central to the philosophy of our school is the belief that the process of learning should be emphasized at all levels. Whether or not a dance career is planned, students are presented with a curriculum that reflects the standards and traditions of the dance world today. All disciplines (Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, etc.) are presented in their traditional form. The teachers of SNHDT are dedicated to honoring the traditions of dance training and nurturing the artistic and technical development of each student.

SNHDT’s highly skilled faculty is committed to providing students with quality dance training in a caring and nurturing environment.  While fostering each student’s technical and artistic skills, SNHDT also emphasizes an understanding of the inherent traditions that lie behind each dance form. In addition to providing professional dance training, the underlying goal of SNHDT is to support the philosophy that dance, much like any art form, is an important part of society’s cultural fabric and heritage.

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Studied in Ballet’s traditional form and structure, classes are graded by age and the dancer’s ability. Proper body alignment, classical line, musicality and ballet vocabulary are emphasized at all levels.

The ballet syllabus at SNHDT is based on the classical Russian tradition and is further enhanced by the ideas and concepts of several other major methods and syllabi of training (i.e. Balanchine, Bournonville, Ceccehetti, and RAD).

Young students are taught the basic elements of classical ballet that are common to all major syllabi. Intermediate level students are later introduced to the number of varying styles that exist among some of the major methods of training. Our more universal approach enables our students to be prepared for the eclectic demands of the dance world today.

In Beginner Pointe, dancers are introduced to the fundamentals of learning how to dance on their toes in pointe shoes.  The study of pointe technique (at all levels) encompasses both the mechanical and artistic aspects of pointe work. Emphasized at all levels of pointe are proper body alignment, placement of the feet and the manner in which a dancer transitions to and from flat to releve en pointe. Participation in any pointe class requires permission from the instructor. The minimum required study for beginner pointe class is three regular ballet technique classes per week.  Dancers must attend the ballet technique class immediately proceeding pointe class.

Graded by age and ability, the Modern dance syllabus at SNHDT incorporate the teachings and styles of Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon and Lester Horton to name a few. Movement theories and steps common to all forms of modern and contemporary dance are also introduced and further explored at upper levels. Intermediate and advanced students are challenged by increased complexity and length of sequence, constant level change, improv and use of non-traditional phrasing.

Beginner Jazz focuses on developing strong lines, technique, a command of proper terminology and an understanding of the body’s center of movement. This class will also explore basic Broadway Theater dance and some Contemporary movement. Theater Dance is what is seen in Musicals such as Chorus Line, 42nd Street and High School Muscial. Contemporary dance is the style of jazz that is often seen on shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Intermediate / Advanced Levels of Jazz focuses on developing strong lines, technique, a command of proper terminology and an understanding of the body’s center of movement. Intermediate and Upper Levels will explore both the Broadway Theater dance, contemporary movement and Hip-Hop styles of Jazz. The Broadway style is that which is seen in Musicals such as Chorus Line, 42nd Street and High School Muscial. Hip-Hop is the style of jazz that is often seen in music videos today. Contemporary dance is the style of jazz that is often seen on shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Graded by age and ability, the Tap program incorporates a blend of both buck and rhythm tap styles. These classes will emphasize technique, terminology, precision and strong rhythmic skills.

All Hip-Hop classes are age appropriate classes and are designed for students with or without formal dance training. These upbeat classes will focus on rhythm, isolations, freestyle and choreography similar to that seen in music videos today.

SCHEDULE

Beg = Beginner
Int = Intermediate
Adv = Advanced

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LEVEL 1

AGE 7 TURNING 8

Ballet 1
Sat – 8:30am (1 hr)

HipHop
Mon – 3:45 (45min)

Beg. Tap
Tues – 3:15pm (45 min)

Beg. Jazz
Tues – 5pm (1 hr)

LEVEL 2

AGE 8 TURNING 9

Ballet 2
Tues – 3:30pm (1 hr)
Sat – 1:30pm (1 hr)

HipHop
Mon – 3:45 (45min)

Adv/Beg Tap
Tues – 4pm (1 hr)

Beg. Jazz
Tues – 5pm (1 hr)

Beg. Modern /
Contemporary

Mon – 6pm (1hr 15min)

LEVEL 3

AGE 9 TURNING 10

Ballet 3
Wed – 4:45pm (1hr 15min)
Sat – 2:45pm (1 hr 15 min)

HipHop
Mon – 3:45 (45min)

Adv/Beg Tap
Tues – 4pm (1 hr)

Beg. Jazz
Tues – 6pm (1.5 hrs)

Beg. Modern /
Contemporary

Mon – 6pm (1hr 15min)

LEVEL 4

AGE 10 – 11

Ballet 4A
Mon – 4pm (1.5 hrs)

Ballet 4B
Mon – 4:30pm (1.5 hrs)
Wed – 4:30pm (1.5 hrs)

HipHop
Sat – 12:30pm (1 hr)

Int. Tap
Thurs – 4pm (1 hr)

Int. Jazz
Thurs – 6pm (1.5 hrs)

Beg. Modern /
Contemporary

Mon – 6pm (1hr 15min)

LEVEL 5

AGE 11 – 13

Ballet 5
Tues – 4:30pm (1.5 hrs)
Thurs – 4:30pm (1.5 hrs)

Ballet 5/6
Mon – 7pm (2 hrs)*Fri – 5pm (2 hrs)*Sat – 9:30am (1.5 hrs)
Sun – 10am (2 hrs)*

Pointe
Mon – 8:30pm (30 min)
Fri – 6:30pm (30 min)*Sat – 11am (45 min)
Sun – 11:30am (30 min)*

Int. Tap
Thurs – 4pm (1 hr)

Int. Jazz
Thurs – 6pm (1.5 hrs)

Int. Modern /
Contemporary

Wed – 6pm (1.5 hrs)

HipHop
Sat – 12:30pm (1 hr)

Tuition – by Class Monthly / Bi-Monthly
1/2 hour $65 / $130
3/4 hour $65 / $130
1 hour $69 / $138
1.5 – 2 hrs $70 / $140
Tuition – NEW Unlimited! Ages Monthly/Bi-Monthly
Level 1 7 turning 8 $80.00 / $160.00
Level 2 8 turning 9 $150.00 / $300.00
Level 3 9 turning 10 $150.00 / $300.00
Level 4A-4B 10 through 12 $260.00 / $520.00
Level 5 12 through 13 $325.00 / $650.00

With our flat rate system, you are given the flexibility to take as many classes at the student’s level or lower levels as desired! There is no additional cost to participate in extra classes. In order to enhance student confidence and advancement, we encourage enrollment in multiple classes!

For students enrolled in classes that meet from September to June, all tuition is paid bimonthly.  This is the years tuition divided into five equal payments and is paid every other month.  Tuition amounts are based on the duration or length of the class.  Unlimited tuition is based on students level. All bimonthly tuition is automatically billed to you credit card or bank account and is paid September 1st, November 1st, January 1st, March 1st and May 1st.

Register online, by phone at (603) 625-9272 or in person at our studios. Please feel free to call with any questions. We are always happy to help you!

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Tuition Policies

ALL TUITION PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Tuition is payable by credit card and bank draft only. If tuition payment is denied or returned for insufficient funds, additional fees may apply. If tuition payment is denied by your financial institution, you may be asked to forfeit your child’s place in the program. Any and all cancellations or withdrawals require a 30-day notification and account holders signature to receive an SNHDT account credit and are subject to a cancellation fee. Refunds are not given for classes missed or unattended.

Ages 7 – 12

Girls: black leotard in any style, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair should be in a ballet bun, neatly pulled back from the face for class.

Boys: white t-shirt with black tights, jazz pants, or shorts and black ballet shoes.

Warmups such as sweaters and leg warmers are permitted in class at the discretion of the instructor.

Modern & Contemporary

Girls: leotard in any color/style, solid colored footless or capri tights (no tan or pink tights). Bare feet, no shoes. Hair must be pulled back from face in ponytail or similar style.

Boys: t-shirt with black tights, jazz pants, or shorts. Bare feet, no shoes.

Jazz & HipHop

Girls: leotard in any color/style with solid colored tights or jazz pants. Jazz Oxfords or sneakers (no street sneakers permitted). Hair must be pulled back from face in ponytail or similar style.

Boys: white athletic t-shirt with jazz pants or shorts. Jazz Oxfords or sneakers (no street sneakers permitted).

Tap

Girls: leotard in any color/style with solid colored tights or jazz pants. Black tap shoes. Hair must be pulled back from face in ponytail or similar style.

Boys: solid-colored t-shirt with jazz pants. Black tap shoes.

Annual Year-End Performance

At the end of the school year, Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater presents its annual Year-End Performances. All dancers attending regular classes at the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater are invited to participate.

Traditionally, three separate age-based shows are presented; a Pre-School Performance featuring our youngest performers ages 2 to 6. A Matinee Performance showcasing our graded ballet program (levels 1 thru 4) along with our tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and modern dance programs. Lastly, an Evening program is presented featuring the upper levels or our ballet program along with members of Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet. This allows us to keep the shows time-sensitive for families with little ones.

More specific information will be provided to registered students in January!

 
School Calendar

Studio Closed – Thanksgiving Week

November 26 - November 27

Studio Closed – Winter Break

December 21, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Studio Closed – February Vacation

February 22, 2021 - February 28, 2021

Studio Closed – Spring Vacation

April 26, 2021 - May 2, 2021

Last Week of Classes

June 14, 2021 - June 19, 2021

Our Policies

Class Observation
Parents and guests are welcome to view their children’s classes at any time through the studio’s observation windows. Those who wish to observe in the classroom must receive permission from the instructor in advance. During Parent Peek Week, Parents are invited to watch classes at all levels so that they may become familiar with the school and the progression of instruction.

Parent/Teacher Conference
We encourage parents and students to call our studios any time they have questions or concerns. Consideration for both the parent and student is of utmost importance to our staff. For extended conferences with instructors, we encourage parents to call the school to arrange for a meeting. Please keep in mind that teachers are often scheduled to teach consecutive classes. The need to begin and end class on time does not always allow ample time for faculty to meet with parents in between classes. Scheduled conferences will allow for a more comfortable setting.

Class Cancellation Due to Bad Weather
During inclement weather, Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater (SNHDT) will post any cancellations on the radio station website www.WZID.com. Students and parents may also call our office at (603) 263-3803, where a message will be left on the school answering machine in the event that classes are canceled. When possible, makeup classes will be scheduled for those classes canceled during bad weather.

Have questions about our policies? Call us at 603-625-9272 for additional information!

Junior Company

The SNHYB Junior Company was established in 2019 for our younger dancers, ages 8-11, who are looking for additional performing opportunities outside of the annual recital. Having the opportunity to dance alongside the “big girls and boys” in children’s story ballets and original works is thrilling for Junior Company dancers!

Junior Company dancers perform in The Nutcracker, Spring Show, and Year End Performance. They work with master teachers and choreographers, rehearse with our faculty for each show, and wear exquisite costumes prepared by our wardrobe staff!

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Young Dancer’s Program
Ages 6 – 12

NEW JULY DATES COMING JANUARY 2021

TUITION: $175.00

Our Young Dancer’s Program is an introduction to more serious dance training. Students will receive a daily ballet class along with an additional class in jazz, modern, contemporary dance and/or stretch and dance conditioning class.

No previous dance training is required for students ages 6-8. For older students ages 9-12, previous dance training is required. Come join us in our Fully Air-Conditioned Studios!


What To Wear? – Girls should wear a leotard (any color) and pink tights, pink ballet slippers and Jazz oxfords for jazz (if you have them) bare feet for modern and contemporary dance. Girls should have their hair secured back in a bun or similar style. Boys should wear dark-colored sweats (or shorts), a white T-shirt and ballet shoes or jazz oxfords.

What To Bring? – Please bring a light snack and drink (water is best) for break times. Water is available for purchase at our studios.

When To Arrive – Our studios will be open shortly after 9 AM. The first class begins at 9:30 AM. Children should be picked up at 12:30PM.


Sample Schedule for Ages 6 – 8

9:30 – 10:30 Ballet
10:30 – 11:15 Break / Dance Activity
11:15 – 12:30 Jazz, Contemporary & Dance Conditioning

Sample Schedule for Ages 9 – 12

9:30 – 10:45 Jazz, Contemporary & Dance Conditioning
10:45 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:30 Ballet

The program is subject to change or cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. All tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. Schedule is subject to change.

Summer Intensive
Ages 10+

The Summer Intensive is a 3-week program designed for Intermediate to Advanced level students looking to build on their technique and experience different styles of dance with guest teachers and faculty.

The Summer Intensive program at Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater provides exceptional dance training from some of the industry’s leading professionals. Students will focus on building strong classical ballet technique while exploring diverse training in modern, contemporary, jazz, commercial dance, and more. Our highly esteemed faculty will inspire students to reach beyond their limits by further developing their strength, flexibility, versatility, and overall confidence as a dancer.

All students are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and no audition is required to enroll.  Program runs Monday through Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm – approximate time. An optional Saturday class is offered each week.

Dates & Tuition

NEW DATES ANNOUNCED JANUARY 2021

Tuition *Early Bird!
3 Weeks $1,250.00 $1,150.00
2 Weeks $950.00 $850.00
1 Week $650.00 $550.00

*register before March 1st!

Host Family Housing is available to out of state students. This family-style living includes room, meals and transportation at an additional cost of $250 per week. Our staff will work closely with each family to assure the best living situation. Students interested in receiving more information on our host family housing or local families who would like to be a host family should contact the school. Deadline to apply for host family housing is May 1st.

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  • Train and perform at regional dance festivals hosted by Regional Dance America

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