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.   

Acrobatics/Acro – Elements of tumbling, flexibility training, balance control, and core strengthening with gymnastic and dance 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.

Adult Barre Conditioning/ Adult Barre and Yoga –  For teens and adults! An energetic mix of dance, Pilates, barre, and yoga exercises set to upbeat music for a full body burning, toning, and strengthening workout.  Suitable for all fitness levels, this 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. Now also held at times when your little one can be in dance class while you get a workout!

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

Ballet/Tap – A combination class for young dancers wanting training in both ballet and tap. Proper ballet technique is emphasized in a fun and positive atmosphere while encouraging all to reach their fullest potential. Tap then adds the element of rhythm! The use of props and costumes promote creativity and self expression!

Ballet/Lyrical 2 – a new class offering a mix of contemporary ballet and lyrical dance technique. Focusing on lines and aesthetics of the body, along with expression of emotion and storytelling, strengthening, and technique.

Ballet/Acro – a fun and upbeat introduction class for our youngest dancers! Incorporates fundamentals of ballet technique as well as tumbling/gymnastics skills for those who want a little bit of both in their life! Lots of props and creative exploration will be happening in this new, fun class!

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

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

Broadway Bound –  A fun and exciting class for young dancers! Featuring ballet, tap, and more for those bound for Broadway! (Ages 3 – 5) 

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/Modern – Traditional modern dance training in the styles of Horton and Graham Technique. Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres. Contemporary technique strives to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements, level/direction changes, release work, and improvisational characteristics.

Contemporary Ballet – Classical ballet technique fused with contemporary styles and lines 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.”

Creative Movement – A class for our youngest dancers! 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! Lots of props are used to provide a fun exploratory class without any pressure. Creative dance games are included as well as learning the foundational steps and concepts of dance.

Disney Dance – A fun and energetic combination class for young dancers featuring both ballet and jazz technique set to Disney music and themes! Your dancers will learn proper ballet technique and terminology in a positive and encouraging environment, while also learning self- expression through jazz. (ages 4-7)

Floor Barre – Floor Barre exercises are performed on the floor and are based around typical ballet class movements. Floor Barre helps the dancer to understand the right alignment of the body, relieving tension and stress on joints due to the absence of gravity. Floor Barre concentrates on toning muscles, lengthening them, and improving technique through proper body alignment awareness.

Glee Project/ Musical Theater – Musical theater class, combining singing, dancing, and acting. Learn Broadway repertory as well as repertory from your favorite TV Show Glee!

Heels for Broadway –  the latest dance craze and so much fun!! Heels classes are popping up all over. Whether aiming for Broadway or Commercial dance, heel technique is vital in any audition. Character heels shoes are needed with heels anywhere from ½ inch to 2.5 inches.

Hip Hop – Varying levels of street, funk dance, breaking, popping, and electric boogie. Hip-Hop dance is an urban style of dance that is always evolving with many different styles. High energy, upbeat, focusing on musicality and rhythm.

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

Irish Dance – an introduction to basic Irish dance movements (skipping, hopping, jumping, pointing, etc.), counting the beats, and improving technique. Introduces fun group dances and traditional Irish culture and music.

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 5-7)

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.

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. Bond with your baby and immerse them in learning through music, movement, and sensory play!

Pointe/Variations – Varying levels of classical ballet technique wearing pointe shoes, along with the study of classical ballet variations from famous ballets. Must be invited into these classes – as per Miss Debra.

Pre- Pointe – offered to ballet students who are not yet wearing pointe shoes to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. Correct alignment and correct classical ballet technique will be stressed, along with many strengthening exercises to prepare your dance for pointe.

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. 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!!!

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

Rhythm Tap Int./Adv. – Various tap styles and techniques combining modern tap with funk movement. Clear focus on rhythm, clear tap sounds, strength, and speed to develop strong tap dancers.

Storytime Dance – an interactive class that uses creative dance fundamentals to explore the characters and ideas in a story book. In each class we’ll read a book and spend time using movement games and activities to deepen our experience of the story, helping to build your young dancer’s minds and creativity. This class will also incorporate the fundamentals of ballet, jazz, and tap to introduce your child to storytelling through dance steps and encourage individual creativity & expression, cooperation & leadership skills, and a lifelong love for dance.

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 Mini/Jr./Sr. – Individualized workshop classes in all forms of dance for the competition teams. Invitational only.

Tools for Choreography – introduces dancers to both the exploration of the choreographic process and the basic tools used in choreography. This class mimics composition classes that are required of dance majors at the college level. Why not have our dancers get a jumpstart?! Dancers will have the opportunity to present own choreography in this unique class.

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

Unscripted Improv Acting 101 – In collaboration with Mr. Will from Unscripted Productions in Newtown, PA, DSDW brings you this new and exciting acting class for our dancers and community. This class will build confidence, teamwork, problem solving, quick thinking, creativity, communication, and of course acting skills – all very important for any dancer/performer! You will see results not just in stage performance, but also in everyday life situations! To learn more check out the blog post here.

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.