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2018-19 Byron Dance Academy Apparel

2018-19 Byron Dance Academy Apparel is ready to be ordered! Please place all orders by December 1st to guarantee delivery by Christmas. All orders must be placed online at https://kaleels.com/product-category/byron-dance-academy

Meet the Instructors

Dance Instructor- Jessica Julian

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Jessica has been teaching dance for seventeen years. She loves teaching all styles of dance and is wonderful with dancers of all ages. When competing, Jessica won many awards at both regional and national levels. Her passion for music and kids shines in her choreography and class atmosphere! She was a member of Fourth Movement, a semi-professional ensemble that toured in Europe. Jessica has been choreographing for local high school dance teams in the surrounding areas for the past 10 years. She has enthusiasm for teaching, and it shows! Jessica always gets the best out of her students with her wonderful choreography and the positive environment she creates.

Dance Instructor- Camryn Mitchell

Camryn is a senior at Guilford High School and has always had a love for dance. She began dancing at Evolve Dance Company in 2012. She has volunteered and performed on the Creative Team at CityFirst Church over the past several years. She has experience in a variety of styles including jazz, hip hop and lyrical/contemporary. Camryn loves working with kids of all ages and knows firsthand the impact dance has at a young age and is excited to share her passion with her students.

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The Byron Park District dance program includes five sessions. The fifth session ends with the Recital. Dancers performing in the recital must register for the second, third, fourth and fifth sessions. Attendance at dress rehearsal and the performance will be required. A $50.00 costume deposit fee will be charged for each recital class at the start of the second session, for Jazz/Lyrical classes a $75.00 deposit fee. To perform in the recital, participants must be registered by November 4th.

Session Dates: Session I: September 10 - October 22, Session II: November 5 - December 20, Session III: January 7 - February 21, Session IV: March 4 - April 25 (No class 3/25 - 3/28), Session V: April 29 - June 6.

Recital Dress Rehearsal- Friday, June 7th, 9:00AM - 6:00PM at the Byron Middle School Theater

Recital A: Saturday, June 8th, 2:00 p.m. at the Byron Middle School Theater

Recital B: Saturday, June 8th, 5:00 p.m. at the Byron Middle School Theater


Ballet 1 will provide an environment where dancers will be able to challenge themselves and grow. Ballet is the foundation of all styles of dance. It allows each dancer to improve essential skills such as balance, coordination, discipline and overall strength and endurance. This class will offer ballet barre technique as well as across the floor combinations. There will be one dance learned for the recital program in this class.

Boy's Class will explore the worlds of Tap and Hip Hop! They will spend time learning techniques from both styles. We will alternate each style each week. This class will perform a tap and hip hop routine in the recital.

Combo Level 1 & 2 will help students discover three ways to have a blast dancing in this combo class! In this class students will learn 3 different styles of dance, Ballet, Tap & Jazz. Each style will be worked on for 20 minutes. In each class we will build on what was learned the week before and expand in knowledge of technique per style and also learn choreography. The growth that is possible when combining all 3 styles is truly incredible! There will be three dances performed in the recital program from this class.

Hip Hop Levels 1, 2, & 3 will create a fun and exciting environment. In this class dancers will learn stylized choreography that they will build upon for two weeks to master memorization. This class is perfect for boys and girls that have no prior dance experience and want an opportunity to perform. There will be one dance performed in the recital program from each of these classes.

Hip Hop Mini will introduce boys and girls to different styles of hip hop dance and even some jazz funk! Each class will consist of some stretching and conditioning as a warm up and will lead into learning short dance routines. Students will grow in skill, memory, and confidence! Each dance combo that is learned will be worked on for two weeks at a time giving the kids a chance to master the steps. There will be one dance performed in the recital program from this class.

Jazz Lyrical Level 1, 2, 3 will introduce two styles of dance. Each dancer will learn skills and choreography in both styles. This class will work on improving flexibility, balance, memorization of steps, and expressing movement connected to meaningful music. Lyrical gives each dancer the chance to take a message from a song and bring it to life through choreographed steps. There will be two dances performed in the recital program from each of these classes.

Jazz 1 will introduce each dancer to the world of rhythm! This class will energize and bring out the best in each dancer. Learning technique that evolved from years ago in the dance era and also in mainstream Jazz today. Jazz is a creative way to move and will surely allow each dancer to explore more of their personality. This class will perform one dance in the recital program.

Tap 1 will offer a variety of tap technique steps as well as tap combinations that will improve coordination and syncopation in each dancer. Providing the ability to take music they hear and turn it into rhythm on the floor is both challenging and rewarding all at the same time! Learning tap creates a fun and exciting environment where students really develop many skills. Being trained in this style also helps dancers excel in other styles. This class will perform one dance in the recital program.

Tiny Tots "Tiny dancers" will learn about balance, coordination and rhythm. It will be a fun and encouraging environment that will allow them to grow using their imaginations and bodies to create dance steps. They will gain knowledge of ballet and tap technique and will learn how to create dance combinations individually and working with a group. They will also use props (bean bags/balls) to enable them to memorize and develop better fine motor skills. There will be one dance performed in the recital program from this class.

Dress Code

Participants in the Byron Park District Dance Program are required to adhere to the following dress code:

Ballet Level 1: Beige ballet shoes are required for this class.

Boys Class: Athletic clothes, no jeans. Black tap shoes and clean sneakers are required.

Combo 1 & 2: Leotard, tights, athletic shorts or spandex shorts, black tap shoes, black jazz shoes, ballet shoes (pink or beige), hair pulled back.

Hip Hop 1, 2, 3: Athletic clothes, clean sneakers, hair pulled back.

Hip Hop Mini: Athletic clothes and clean sneakers, hair pulled back.

Jazz-Lyrical 1 & 2: Leotard, spandex shorts, skirts, foot paws (nude), hair pulled back.

Jazz-Lyrical 3: Tight fitting clothes, tank tops, leggings, or spandex shorts, Foot paws (nude), hair pulled back.

Jazz Level 1: Athletic clothes or leotard, black jazz shoes, hair pulled back.

Tap Level 1: Athletic clothes, black tap shoes, hair pulled back.

Tiny Tots: Leotard, tights, skirts or spandex shorts, ballet shoes (pink or beige), black tap shoes, hair pulled back.

NOTE: Shoes/attire can be purchased at Foot Lodge, Payless Shoe Store, and Walmart.

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