Building Technique classes “build” on the young dancer’s experience in ballet, tap, and jazz with added difficulty and faster tempos. Dancers desiring a deeper understanding and study of ballet are a part of this program.

Classes meet once or twice a week from 1/2 to 1 hour depending on the class.  Building classes perform in the annual Christmas and Spring productions.  Building classes are grouped primarily by physical, mental, and emotional development with additional consideration for age: Building 1 (3rd through 6th Graders), Building 2 (4th through 6th Graders), and Building 3 (4th through 7th Graders).

"Honoring Danilee" in The Stand (2016)
“Honoring Danilee” in The Stand (2016)

Building Ballet

Ballet is the basis for all of the other styles of dance, and is the primary focus of training for our beginners. Other styles of dance are easily added once a strong beginning level of dance is achieved.

Building Ballet continues the young dancer’s skill in ballet technique including ballet sequences, barre exercises and traveling combinations and turns. Our carefully designed curriculum is based on the international standards of the Royal Academy of Ballet and the American Academy of Ballet teaching methods. The highly qualified faculty are trained not only in “how to dance”, but in “how to teach” dance. Each student is individually considered for correct placement in the best class level for their growth and development in their technique and passion for dance.


"Fireflies" in Where You Go (2014)
“Fireflies” in Where You Go (2014)

Building Tap

The tap program at SCCDT is designed to train dancers in musical theater tap and modern tap styles with a graded curriculum. You can’t help but smile when you take a tap class. Tap is fun, and a wonderful way to develop musicality and rhythm in dancers. Our tap classes are taught using class tap class music and contemporary christian music with lyrics which inspire.

Building Tap builds on ballet technique to include the steps and sequences of tap.


"Farah's Jewelry" in The Perfect Plan (2015)
“Farah’s Jewelry” in The Perfect Plan (2015)

Building Jazz

Classic jazz style and technique in a positive atmosphere. Our jazz classes focus on correct placement and technique while giving our students fun choreography and upbeat styles of music. We use various styles of music, yet any lyrics used would be classified as christian lyrics, so that music we listen to over and over again will be a positive influence in our hearts and minds.

Building Jazz is for dancers with dance experience. Students will progress in their jazz technique, musicality and presentation. Emphasis is placed on classic jazz styles, with current trends added for fun. Full warm up and more complex combinations are taught.