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Dance Academy

ParishEXTEND Dance Academy is proud to offer a wide range of classes for different skill levels and ages.

The Parish Episcopal Dance program seeks to assist students with the acquisition of skills and knowledge of dance techniques, as well as introduce them to the joy of self-expression through dancing. Each level progresses upon previous classes,  leaving no gaps in the dancer's education. In addition to skill level, each class is structured to be developmentally age appropriate. Each student will be taught and pushed to reach their full potential in each class.

If you have questions or are a new student, please contact Jessica Robinson who can assist you with class selection.

Although we may suggest various classes to dancers based upon their age and experience in dance education, we do understand that students and/or parents may choose not to follow our recommendations. If this is the case, please make the staff aware of your situation, and we will gladly accommodate.

Classes begin September 3, 2019. Register Now!

Hip Hop Master Class: October 5

Join former Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and current ParishEXTEND Dance Academy Instructor Keyra Ford for a fun, high energy master class dedicated to hip hop. This special class will touch on technique, choreography and inspiration. Class is available for all skill levels in grades 5th-8th.
Instructor: Keyra Ford, ParishEXTEND Dance Academy
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 9:00-11:00am
Location: Midway dance studio
$45
REGISTER
 

Choose Your Campus

Hillcrest

Hillcrest Dance Academy

Classes are displayed by the day.

Monday

Hillcrest Monday Classes

Ballet I
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • Primer

Grades: Primer-2
Instructor: Hannah Smith, ParishEXTEND Dance Academy
Dates: September 9-December 9, 2019
Times: 3:15-4:15pm
No Class: October 14, November 25
$300/12 classes 

Register

Details about Ballet I

Tuesday

Hillcrest Tuesday Classes

Dance Fusion
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • Primer

Grades: Primer-2
Instructor: Jazlyn Whitlowe, ParishEXTEND Dance Academy
Dates: September 3-December 10, 2019
Times: 4:15-5:15
No Class: November 26
$350/14 classes

Register

Details about Dance Fusion

Wednesday

Hillcrest Wednesday Classes

Hip Hop Jr.
  • Kindergarten
  • PreK

SOLD OUT - WAITLIST AVAILABLE
Grades: PreK-K
Instructor: Keyra Ford, ParishEXTEND Dance Academy
Dates: September 4-December 11, 2019
Times: 3:15-4:15pm
No Class: October 16, November 27
$325/13 classes

Register

Details about Hip Hop Jr.
Hip Hop
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • Primer

Grades: Primer-2
Instructor: Keyra Ford, ParishEXTEND Dance Academy
Dates: September 4-December 11, 2019
Times: 4:15-5:15pm
No Class: October 16, November 27
$325/13 classes

Register

Details about Hip Hop

Thursday

Hillcrest Thursday Classes

Dance Fusion
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • Primer

Grades: Primer-2
Instructor: Hannah Smith, ParishEXTEND Dance Academy
Dates: September 5-December 12, 2019
Times: 4:15-5:15pm
No Class: November 28
$350/14 classes

Register

Details about Dance Fusion

Friday

Hillcrest Friday Classes

Midway

Midway Dance Academy

Classes are displayed by the day.

Monday

Midway Monday Classes

Ballet I/II
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade

Grades: 3-6
Instructor: Karlee Faircloth, ParishEXTEND Dance Academy
Dates: September 9-December 9, 2019
Times: 4:00-5:00pm
No Class: October 14, November 25
$300/12 classes

Register

Details about Ballet I/II
Tap
  • 10th Grade
  • 11th Grade
  • 12th Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • 9th Grade
Tap

Grades: 3-12
Instructor: Karlee Faircloth, ParishEXTEND Dance Academy
Dates: September 9-December 9, 2019
Times: 5:00-6:00pm
No Class: October 14, November 25
$300/12 classes

Register

Details about Tap

Tuesday

Midway Tuesday Classes

Wednesday

Midway Wednesday Classes

Thursday

Midway Thursday Classes

Modern III
  • 10th Grade
  • 11th Grade
  • 12th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • 9th Grade

Grades: 7-12
Instructor: Jessica Robinson, Parish Episcopal School
Dates: September 5-December 12, 2019
Times: 4:00-5:30pm
No Class: November 28
$525/14 classes

Register

Details about Modern III

Saturday

Midway Saturday Classes

Additional Offerings

Private Lessons

Private Lessons are offered on an as needed basis. This is great for dancers who would like extra help on technique or those who are preparing for an audition or performance. The length of the lesson will be determined by studio and instructor availability. The student and the instructor can work out the practice times apart from the regular studio hours. Interested students should contact Jessica Robinson to discuss goals for their private lessons and to set up their schedule.

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Duet Lessons

Duets will be offered per semester (September-December & January-April). Students interested will need to be enrolled in two or more classes, find a partner, sign up and instructors will decide if the students are ready. They will perform in the end of year performance.

Duet lessons will receive a choreographed routine with three hours of practice time with an instructor (ex. one and half hours to learn choreography and three, 30 minute perfecting sessions).

Students will be expected to work on these routines on their own time outside of the scheduled practice times.

If you are interested in duet lessons, please fill out the interest form, and we will contact you to discuss your options.

interest form

Trio Lessons

Trio lessons will be offered during the fall and spring semesters. Interested students will need to be enrolled in two or more classes, find a partner, sign up and instructors will decide if the students are ready. They will perform in the end of year performance.

Trio lessons will receive a choreographed routine with three hours of practice time with an instructor (ex. one and half hours to learn choreography and three, 30 minute perfecting sessions).

Students will be expected to work on these routines on their own time outside of the scheduled practice times.

If you are interested in trio lessons, please fill out the interest form, and we will contact you to discuss your options.

interest form

FAQs


Q. What does my child need to wear to dance?
A. Dance attire varies by class and by age group. Students in PreK and Kindergarten do not change for dance, and will wear their uniforms to class. Dance shoes are required. 
All other dancers should reference the dance dress requirements for specific attire listed below. Approved dance apparel may be purchased at the PAWS store.

Q. Is there an end of semester performance?
A.Hillcrest will not have a performance in the Fall. Midway will have an informal performance (Merry & Bright) on December 10, 2019 at 6:00pm in the Gene. E. Phillips Activity Center

Q. May I observe classes?
A.There are optional parent class observations weeks of Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 for Hillcrest classes. Midway classes optional parent observation is the week of October 21st. 

Q. Do you offer private lessons?
A. Yes, please contact Jessica Robinson for more information.

Please Note:
Students are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures of Parish Episcopal School. Parish Episcopal School reserves the right to dismiss any student whose behavior poses a discipline problem. No refunds will be issued for any student who is asked to withdraw.

Spring 2020 Note:
Hillcrest and Midway Dance Academy classes will appear in the Spring Parish Dance performance held on May 2, 2020 at 10:00 in the Gene E. Phillips Activity Center. Hillcrest and Midway students will have a dress rehearsal on Thursday, April 30, 2020 starting at 4:00pm in the Gene E. Phillips Activity Center. The dance performances are optional. 

Meet the Teachers

KARLEE FAIRCLOTH
Karlee Jones grew up dancing at Cenla Academy of Performing Arts in Alexandria, Louisiana. Here, she received training in ballet, tap, and jazz dance for 15 years. She was a member of dance/drill team from seventh grade throughout high school. After graduating high school, Jones attended Louisiana State University where she was a member of the LSU Golden Girls. For three years with the Golden Girls, she danced at football games with the LSU Tiger Band and represented the university at on and off campus events. Upon graduation, she earned a B.A in Communication Disorders, then obtaining a general and special education teaching certification. Jones teaches PreK at Highland Park Presbyterian Day school and enjoys teaching ParishEXTEND dance classes after school.

KEYRA FORD
Keyra Ford was born and raised in Mesquite, Texas. She attended Beyond Belief Dance Company for her studio training where she had the unique opportunity to be a part of the top 20 for America’s Got Talent in 2008. Keyra attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she studied ballet, modern, jazz and international dance. After graduating high school she went on to become a captain for the McLennan Community College Dance Team. Keyra finished her college dance career at Louisiana State University where she was a part of the Tiger Girls dance team for two years. In 2015, she graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration and Business and a minor in Leadership. Upon graduation she moved back home to Mesquite, TX, where she began training to become a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. In 2017 Keyra achieved her dream and became a member of the world famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. After living out her lifelong dream as a DCC, she is now pursuing real estate, running her own non-profit organization and, of course, dancing!

JESSICA ROBINSON, DANCE ACADEMY DIRECTOR
Jessica Robinson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance with an emphasis on performance and choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a member of dance/drill team from 7th grade throughout high school. Jessica was also a member of her college dance/drill team and served as Captain for three years. After receiving her degree, she performed for Walt Disney World and Holland America Cruise Lines. She has been teaching dance for more than 20 years. During the course of her career, Jessica successfully started the City Dance program for the International Ballet Competition; taught at the Performing Arts School in Jackson, Mississippi for six years; directed the Academy for Dallas Black Dance Theatre; and taught dance for Prosper Dance Force/Frisco Dance Force where she was Competition Team Director for two teams. This is Jessica’s eighth year at Parish where she teaches dance for Parish’s Middle and Upper School in addition to serving as the Upper School Dance Company Director and the Dance Director for the ParishEXTEND Dance Academy. 

HANNAH SMITH
Hannah Smith is thrilled to be a part of the ParishEXTEND Dance Academy. Her journey as a teacher began when she served as captain of the Bishop Lynch Brigade, and she has not stopped since. She teaches dance, drama and private voice, and loves to choreograph musicals This past March, she choreographed Mamma Mia at Company of Rowlett Performers. When she is not teaching, Hannah loves to step out on stage. Her favorite roles include Bambi in Curtains, Penny in Hairspray, and Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz. Hannah is grateful to have such an intelligent group of kiddos and is thrilled for them to show you their hard work!

JAZLYN WHITLOWE
Jazlyn Whitlowe has studied dance since the age of three. She was a competitive dancer for several years and has trained in all levels and many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and more. Adrienne Dellas Thornton, Keith Clark, Dr. Linda Quinn and Lee Wei Chao are just a few of the master instructors she has studied under. In 2009 Jazlyn had the privilege of being cast as a dancer in the film The Beacon. She has been a member of Movers Unlimited Touring Dance Company under the direction of Dr. Kihyoung Choi and is currently pursuing degrees in interior design and dance. She has taught dance at Dana’s Studio of Dance, Apex Academy and Come Read With Me. Jazlyn has a passion for working with the special needs community. She is thrilled to teach her Parish students all that she has learned through dance.

Dance Attire

Hillcrest ParishEXTEND Dance Dress Requirements 
We ask that all dance students please pull their hair up and out of their face.
 
  • Ballet I:
    • Black leotard
    • Pink tights
    • Pink split sole ballet shoes
    • Ballet skirt (optional)
  • Ballet/Tap/Tumble:
    • Students will not change clothes
    • Pink split sole ballet shoes
    • Black tap shoes  
  • Hip Hop Jr.
    • Students will not change clothes
  • Hip Hop:
    • T-shirt
    • Shorts/Pants
    • Tennis shoes
  • Dance for Musical Theatre:
    • Black leotard
    • Black leggings/yoga pants/capris
    • Tan slip on jazz shoes
  • Dance Fusion:
    • Black leotard
    • Black leggings/yoga pants/capris
    • No shoes required (bring what you have)
Midway ParishEXTEND Dance Dress Requirements
We ask that all dance students please pull their hair up and out of their face.
 
  • All Ballet & Lyrical Classes:  
    • Black Leotard (tank or spaghetti straps)
    • Ballet Pink Convertible tights
    • Tan/Flesh Convertible tights (Ballet III only)
    • Pink split sole Ballet shoes
    • Black ballet skirt is optional
    • Hair in bun (Ballet III only)
  •  Modern/Jazz I/II:
    • Black Leotard (tank or spaghetti straps)
    • Black leggings/yoga pants/capris
    • Black boy short optional (must wear flesh colored convertible tights)  
    • Tan split sole, slip on Jazz shoes  
  • Modern III:
    • Black Leotard (tank or spaghetti straps)
    • Black boy short optional (must wear flesh colored convertible tights)  
    • No shoes for Modern
  • Tap:
    • Black Leotard (tank or spaghetti straps)
    • Black boy short optional (must wear flesh colored convertible tights)  
    • Black split sole tap shoes
  • Hip/Hop Classes:
    • T-shirt
    • Shorts/Pants
    • Tennis shoes

Contact Dance Academy

Jessica Robinson,
Director of ParishEXTEND Dance Academy

jrobinson@parishepiscopal.org
972.239.8011, ext. 2167

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Dance Academy Dates:

  • October 5 - Hip Hop Master Class at Midway
  • October 21-25 - Optional Midway parent observation week
  • December 2-6 - Optional Hillcrest parent observation week
  • December 9-13 - Optional Hillcrest parent observation week
  • December 10 - Midway Merry & Bright performance (6:00pm, Gene E. Phillips Activity Center)