Class Descriptions

Debra Sparks Dance Works Studio offers Dance lessons for the Beginner to Pre-Professional in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Acrobatics, Pilates, and more.  Private Lessons and Performance Technique and Auditioning training are also provided at the studio.   

Pointe Class at DSDW

Pointe Class at DSDW

 Acrobatics – Elements of tumbling, flexibility training and core strengthening with gymnastic technique.

Adult Ballet – Classical ballet technique at a beginner level for teens and adults.

Adult Tap – Tap technique at a beginner level for teens and adults.

Ballet/Jazz – Classical ballet technique at varying levels in combination with Broadway style jazz movements.

Ballet/Partnering – Balanchine based partnering techniques for the intermediate and advanced ballet student.

Barre Conditioning –  An energetic mix of dance, Pilates, and yoga exercises set to fast paced music for a full body burning and toning workout.  Suitable for all fitness levels, this 60 minute class focuses on isolated fitness exercises, alignment, flexibility, endurance, and posture as you work through targeted mindful muscle movements….and most importantly, IT’S FUN!  No dance experience needed.

Broadway Jazz 1,2,3 – Jazz technique class offered in three levels offering  the best of Broadway dance choreography!

Broadway Tap 2 & 3 – Tap technique class offered in a beginner/intermediate level offering the best of Broadway Choreography!

Princess Ballet – Beginner ballet technique with a “Princess Theme” each week.  This class, for our youngest dancers, encourages beginning steps in ballet, jazz and creative movement.  The emphasis is on developing a sense of larger motor skills through movement! The atmosphere is fun, nurturing, encouraging and positive with lots of giggles! Princess themes keep all intrigued and motivated! You might even see a visit by a real princess!  Props ( tutus, tiaras, wands, etc. ) are used to encourage attentiveness.  Praise is abundant and our littlest dancers finish with great pride in their numerous accomplishments!

Princess Ballet & All That Jazz – A combination class for young dancers wanting training in both ballet and jazz. Proper ballet technique is emphasized in a fun and positive atmosphere while encouraging all to reach their fullest potential. Jazz then adds the element of self-expression. The use of props and costumes promote fun, fun, fun!  Toddlers will dance to The Lion King, Aladdin, Annie, and many more favorites from the Broadway stage!!!  Our youngest dancers will be encouraged to sing along to favorite tunes as they  learn their first Broadway steps!!!

Broadway Bound –  ballet, tap and more for those bound for Broadway! (Ages 3 – 7) 

Classical Ballet Workshop – Ballet technique at varying levels, utilizing Vaganova and Balanchine techniques.

Competitive Jazz – Varying levels of classical jazz movements and technique with emphasis on jumps, turns and choreography.

Contemporary – Traditional contemporary training using Graham and Horton styles.

Contemporary Ballet – Classical ballet technique at a workshop level utilizing ‘pop’ music.

Contemporary Fusion – Contemporary based, with elements of other dance genres infused into the choreography.

Contemporary Lyrical – Popular contemporary style as seen on the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Disney Dance – ballet based, using Disney Princess characters, and themes. 

Glee Project – Musical theater class for all ages, combining singing, dancing and acting. Various instructors.

Guys Hip Hop – A Class for guys only in the popular trends of hip hop dance.

Guys & Gals Hip Hop – A class for both guys and gals in the popular trends of hip hop dance.

Hip Hop – Varying Levels of street, funk dance, break and electric boogie.

Teen Hip Hop – Varying Levels of street, funk dance, break and electric boogie for teens.

Improv – Based on all dance genres. Improvised choreography encourages creative growth potential

Jazz Funk – Varying levels of jazz technique, incorporating funk movements.

Jump/Turn – A class that focuses on various jump and turn combinations which are integrated into all dance styles such as ballet, jazz, and contemporary.

Little Rock Stars – A new and innovative class for our young dancers who are looking for the latest dance craze. From jazz, to hip-hop, to acrobatic tumbling your dancer will experience what it is like to be a “Little Rock Star”! This is the perfect opportunity for boys and girls alike! Don’t miss out on the fun! (Ages 4-7)

Lyrical – Varying levels of classical dance movement interpreting lyrics and feelings of a song.

Lyrical Fusion – lyrical based, with elements of other dance genres infused into the choreography.

Master Ballet Technique – Ongoing classes in ballet that focus on technique that enhances muscle memory.

Master Classes – Renowned guest teachers from Broadway, Ballet Companies, etc. teaching various styles of dance. This is offered for the intermediate and advanced student only on a first come first served basis.

Modern, Intermediate/Advanced – training in the styles of Horton and Graham.

Mommy and Me – young dancers ages 18 to 24 months can get a jump start on their dance careers while moms and dads enjoy a workout.

Musical Theater Jazz – Jazz technique in Muscial Theater; Broadway style with Broadway type choreography.

Pilates (teen/adult) – A 45 minute workout consisting of a system of exercises that emphasize breath, core strengthening, and body awareness. Designed to stretch, strengthen, and sculpt, while improving posture and body alignment. Suitable for all fitness levels.

Pointe/Variations – Varying levels of classical ballet technique wearing pointe shoes. Must be invited into these classes – as per Miss Debra.

Private Lessons – One-on-one training is available in all styles of dance.

So You Think You Can Dance Contemporary 1,2,3 – Technique and choreography in three levels as seen on the hit TV show, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!

 So You Think You Can Dance Lyrical 2/3 – Technique and choreography for the intermediate student in the style of Lyrical as seen on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!

Street Tap Int./Adv. – Various tap styles and techniques combining modern tap with funk movement.

Stretch/Conditioning for Injury Prevention – addresses ultimate flexibility in all areas of the dancer’s body and conditioning exercises to apply strength to pliability.  Includes hands-on techniques to further lengthen dancers’ muscles and help to prevent injury.

Tap – Traditional tap styles with a heavy Broadway influence.

Team Workshop Jr./Sr. – Individualized workshop classes in all forms of dance for the more serious student. Invitational only.

Tumbling Tots – Basic tumbling skills for our youngest Olympic-bound toddlers.


The DSDW Vision 

In 1984, Ms. Deb set a goal from which she has never wavered: to teach young, talented children the wonderful art of ballet and dance, to encourage their growth in self-esteem with pride in their accomplishments, and—above all—to instill in them the “love of dance!”

Debra Sparks Dance Works Newtown PA (215)579-5678

Debra Sparks Dance Works 51 Walnut Ave in Newtown, Bucks County, PA, offers Classical dance training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, and more. DSDW provides lessons for students of all ages. From Pre-School to Pre-Professional, there is something for everyone at DSDW. Dance students come from Newtown, Yardley, New Hope, Solebury, Upper Makefield, Lower Makefield, Langhorne, Richboro, Holland, Warminster, Warrington, Montgomery County, New Jersey, and surrounding areas.