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* Professional, loving and Educated Faculty- Our strong commitment to providing a quality dance education and a positive dance experience to every student
* Facilities- Our studios are equipped with professional "floating" dance floors which reduce fatigue and prevent injuries
* Convenient location with Ample parking
* Live feed cameras to observe your dancer at all times and watch them progress throughout the year
* Wide range of classes for all abilities and ages
* Newsletter and e-mail blasts with current studio updates
* Professional Year End Recital
* Small class sizes with individual attention
* Comfortable waiting room with Wifi internet & air conditioning
* Family Atmosphere
Benefits of Dance Extend Beyond the Stage
Children have a plethora of creative outlets at their fingertips, ranging from painting to poetry to plucking at a guitar or piano. Dance is another popular form of artistic expression; using movement and rhythm, children as young as three years old can experiment with hip-hop, ballet, tap, and even Broadway styles to communicate their feelings – and have fun at the same time. The study and practice of dance offer numerous benefits, all designed to aid in the development of a healthy, fit, and well-adjusted child.
Physical and Health Benefits
As we observe the growing obesity epidemic in this country, it’s more important than ever to encourage children to engage in physical activity and movement. Dance is a great workout which builds stamina, strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination; it's also a fun group activity that incorporates creativity and personal expression. Involvement with dance classes instills the importance of movement as part of being healthy and physically fit.
Dance is an excellent way for children to learn concepts of discipline, self-control, and dedication. The practice of dance helps build listening and communication skills, and enhances self esteem. Some child development experts believe dance gives children the tools to cope with bullying, since dance can increase self confidence. Mastering a piece of choreography or seeing an improvement in coordination or strength also provides children with a sense of accomplishment.
It's important for children to have the chance to form connections and build healthy social relationships from a young age. Dance classes or camps are wonderful environments in which children learn interpersonal skills by interacting with their peers in a group setting, under the supervision of a teacher.
The mission of DDA Dance Academy is to develop and foster a love of dance for children of all ages. "We want to give our children the world; we want them to be the best they can be," Deana Gentile says, and by studying and practicing dance, she believes children realize their full capabilities while developing their character and learning important skills that will serve them the rest of their lives.
Increased Core Strength- flat abdominals and a strong back
Engage the mind and enhance body awareness
Increased muscular endurance
Improve Posture & alignment
Reduced Body Fat
Enhance mobility, agility and stamina
Makes the body less prone to injury
Cross Training Benefits
Build Long lean Muscle without the Bulk
Increase joint range of motion
Heighten neuromuscular coordination
Correct over-training of muscle groups
Q. When does the new school year begin?
Q. What classes and dance styles do you offer?
Pre-School, Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Combination, All Boys Hip Hop, Tumbling, Wheelchair Dance, Parent & Me (Music & Movement), Combination classes, Adult Tap, Adult Ballet, Adult Jazz, and Pilates Mat, & Pilates Reformer & Exo-Chair
Q. What ages do you teach?
2 Years - Adult
Q. Do I need to let the studio know if my child will be absent?
Yes! Please send us an email or give us a call. Make-up classes can be arranged due to illness within a four-week time period from the missed lesson. Virtual class make up options are now available too!
Q. What are you tuition fees?
Tuition fees differ by class and program. Please refer to the tuition tab on our website.
Q. Do you offer any discounts?
Yes! We offer Multi-Class for our yearly school programs. We also offer a 2.5% discount for tuition that paid in full before classes begin in September.
Q. Where are you located?
We are conveniently located off of century road at 40 Eisenhower Drive in Paramus, NJ at the bottom of the cul-de-sac underneath a black awning that says DDA Dance Academy (Near Bounce U, Yeshivat Noam, LightBridge Academy of Paramus, Montessori Learning Center & Paramus Inspection Station).
Q. Where can I go to purchase dancewear? At DDA online! We carry studio apparel and children's packages. You will receive a password to access our online store upon registration. For sizing please go to The Dance Bag 485 NJ-17, Paramus, NJ 07652
Q. Can I come in and try out a class?
Absolutely! Schedule a Free Trial class today!
Q. How many students per class?
Class sizes generally depend on the age of the dancers. Our classes are typically anywhere from 4-15 children per class.
Q. Do you have a recital?
Yes! The highlight to a dancer’s year is our annual year-end dance recital. This performance offers students an opportunity to shine and show off everything that they have achieved over the past year. Our recitals are complete with professional lighting & effects, scenic backdrops, concert sound, marley flooring and lots of excitement and dance action! All students ages 2.5 (by September) will have the opportunity to perform in this show.
Q. What should I wear during a trial class?
Please have your dancer wear something comfortable. They may dance in non slip socks or barefoot for the trial class.
Q. How do I enroll in classes at DDA?
A. For your convenience we offer online registration on our website. You'll be able to sign up and pay online anytime of day to reserve your child's spot in class. You may also register by giving us a call, stopping in at one of our Open Houses or at our Academy during office hours. We will be happy to help you!
Q. Are parents allowed to observe classes?
A. Our facility is equipped with live feed cameras & viewing windows to observe your dancer at all times and watch them progress throughout the year. We also have Parent Observation Day.
Q. Why do you recommend ballet classes be taken in conjunction with other dance classes?
Optimal growth- Ballet provides the foundation for all forms of dance. When taking ballet a long with other dance classes it will provide the student with better alignment, poise, traveling steps, turns, jumps and leaps, all of which are important in each dance form. Much like sports, it is much easier to become proficient if you practice and take class more than once a week. The achievement that results from taking multiple classes will give students incredible joy and be a source of pride and accomplishment.
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