School of Dance
The Cookeville Department of Leisure Services is pleased to present its dance program offerings for the 2012-13 year. Classes are held at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 CC Camp Road.Click the button to register online.
Students may also register by contacting the Cookeville Performing Arts Center at 528-1313 or Administrative Office of Chad McDonald at 520-5296.
The Leisure Services School of Dance was founded:
- to foster the understanding of dance as an art form within the community through class instruction and studio performances
- to guide students toward a strong technical foundation through quality dance instruction
- to provide students with a broad dance education through exposure to various dance forms
Dance for Young Children (DYC) (ages 3 through 1st grade)DYC attempts to expand the child's understanding of how his/her body moves in space, to encourage the child's development of basic movement skills, to provide him/her with a positive self-image in movement, and to broaden his/her understanding of dance as an art form - communicating through body movement. Children in DYC classes experience movement, music and creative expression. They build confidence and a sense of achievement while mastering fundamental skills and the basics of dance. Completion of the DYC program prepares young dancers for more advanced Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern dance classes. A performance opportunity at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center is offered for the Dance for Young Children students in May of 2011.
Technique Classes are offered for ages 7 years through adult in the areas of classical ballet and modern. Technique classes are designed to enhance student growth and development by: familiarizing students with the movement vocabulary of the selected dance form; increasing flexibility, muscular control, coordination, strength, and stamina; focusing on proper body alignment; emphasizing rhythmic accuracy; and providing an awareness of the elements of dance - the body, space, force, and time.
Ballet (2nd grade and up)
Students continuing their ballet training begin a more formal study of the classical technique. Strength, posture, alignment, musicality and clean movement patterns are emphasized. Multiple classes per week are recommended for students progressing through the curriculum. Teachers regularly evaluate progress to ensure proper placement.
Jazz prepares students for contemporary choreography and musical theatre. Students may begin jazz classes in 5th grade.
Modern Dance (2nd grade and up)
Classes will focus on the fundamental philosophies of modern dance. Students will be encouraged to develop dance sequences and compositions.
Teen/Adult Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap
The teen and adult classes are for students wishing to further their dance training in a non-competitive recreational atmosphere. Dance classes provide opportunities for artistic expression and improved coordination, strength, posture, flexibility, grace, and confidence. Classes are designed to be stimulating and fun.
Dance Program Policies
Attire and Grooming - Proper dance wear and proper grooming of hair is an essential part of a student's dance training. Students are required to be properly attired and groomed for each class. Hair must be worn up, away from the face, off the neck and secured for all classes. No jewelry or gum is allowed in class. All dance wear, including shoes should be labeled with the student's name.
Ballet - Pink tights (for legs), black or solid dark colored leotard, pink slippers (Capezio, Bloch, or Freed).
DYC, Modern, Jazz, and Tap - All: black or solid dark colored leotard or unitard...AND:
DYC and Modern - pink or black tights, bare feet
Jazz, Hip Hop - Capezio or Block soft leather black jazz oxfords
Tap - Black low-heeled tap oxfords, Mary Janes, or character shoes
Male Attire - White cotton T-shirt, lightweight shorts, black or white shoes for ballet, jazz, tap: bare feet for Dance for Young Children
PERFORMANCES - Students, including Dance for Young Children participants, are privileged to have a spring performance opportunity. Students are responsible for a performance costume fee. More detailed information will be furnished later in the school year.
Make-Up Classes - Students are urged to make up any missed classes. Make-up classes should be completed as soon as possible. Arrangements for day and time should be made with the class instructor.
Refund Policy - The Cookeville Department of Leisure Services offers a full money back guarantee for all of its classes and programs. If, after attending the first two classes, you are not satisfied with the class or the instruction, you may receive a full refund. Please request the refund in writing within one week after the second class.
Other Refunds - Tuition fees are based on a full year, not prorated on a per class basis. After the first two classes, partial refunds or credits will be made only when the students must discontinue classes for medical reasons or due to moving away from the Cookeville area. Students terminating classes for other reasons will not receive tuition refunds. Deductions will not be made when students miss class. Students may make up classes missed by making arrangements with the instructor.
Bad Weather - In bad weather situations, school closings are not a factor in determining whether classes will be held. When classes are canceled because of bad weather conditions, you may call the Studio number at 526-7393 and listen to the message detailing class schedule. Announcements will also be placed on cable channel 7. Please be aware that some of your instructors come from Nashville and therefore, we may need to cancel classes when weather conditions in Cookeville seem manageable. In the event that classes are canceled, make-up classes will be scheduled.
2012/2013 Class Schedule
MondaySTUDIO A5:00-6:00 Hip Hop/ Jazz II-Jan Carter-Stumbo6:00-7:15 *Ballet III-Jan Carter-Stumbo6:00-7:15 *Ballet IV-Jan Carter-Stumbo7:15-7:45 *Pointe-Jan Carter-Stumbo
7:45-9:00 Jazz III-Jan Carter-StumboSTUDIO B4:00-4:30 DYC (3 & 4 year olds)-Deby Rossie4:30-5:15 DYC (5 & 6 year olds)-Deby RossieTuesdaySTUDIO A4:00-5:00 Ballet I-Carolyn Bennett5:00-6:00 Ballet II-Carolyn BennettSTUDIO B6:00-7:00 Adult/ Teen Ballet-Deby Rossie/Carolyn Bennett
4:00-5:00 *Ballet II -Maggie Pelton
5:00-6:00 Modern I/ II-Maggie Pelton
6:00-7:30 *Ballet III-Maggie Pelton6:00-7:30 *Ballet IV-Maggie Pelton
7:30-8:00 *Pointe-Maggie Pelton
8:00-9:00 Adult/Teen Modern-Maggie Pelton
STUDIO B4:00-4:30 DYC(3 & 4 yr olds)-Deby Rossie
4:30-5:15 DYC(5 & 6 yr olds)-Deby Rossie
*class meets twice per week
LSSoD 2012-2013 Calendar
August 6, Open House, 4-6 pm
August 13, Classes begin
September 3, Labor Day Holiday, classes made up November 21
October 1-12, Fall Break (no class)
November 20-23, Thanksgiving break (no classes, Monday classes will meet-make up day)
December 24, 2012-January 4, 2013, Winter break
January 7, Classes resume
March 4-15, Spring break (no classes)
May 10, 11, SPRING PERFORMANCES at CPAC, 7:30 p.m.
The Leisure Services Dance Program's instructional year is designed for continual training August through May. When a student registers for a class, that student occupies a spot in that class for the entire instructional year. Payment is due according to the following schedule for the entire year, regardless of the actual number of classes attended (see Makeup Classes under School of Dance Policies).
Registration Fee - A $10.00 per family annual non-refundable registration fee is required to accompany registration.
Payments are to be made to:
Cookeville Leisure Services
School of Dance
P.O. Box 998
COOKEVILLE TN 38503
Tuition, based on a total of 32 instructional weeks, August through May, per registered family:
1 class per week @ $10.00 per class = $320.00/year
2 classes per week @ $9.50 per class = $608.00/year
3 classes per week @ $9.00 per class = $864.00/year
4 classes per week @ $8.50 per class = $1088.00/year
5 classes per week @ $8.25 per class = $1320.00/year
6 or more per week @ $8.00 per class
Performance and Costume Fee
Students, including Dance for Young Children participants, are privileged to have a spring performance opportunity at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center. Students are responsible for a performance costume fee of $50 per class in addition to tuition fees.
Deby Rossie (Dance for Young Children, Ballet I, II & III, Adult/Teen Ballet) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia. She studied ballet and modern in Atlanta under Marie Roberts, Hilda Gum, and Carl Radcliff. While in Atlanta Mrs. Rossie performed with "The Dance Unit" modern company under the direction of Leslie Morris. She taught ballet technique courses for UTC's Continuing Education Program and founded their creative movement program. Mrs. Rossie taught for the Dance Arts Center in Cookeville from 1982 until its close in 1995. She is currently a member of the Tennessee Association of Dance.
Maggie Pelton (Pointe, Modern II, Ballet II,III, and IV, Dance for Young Children, Adult/Modern Jazz) grew up in the New Jersey Ballet Company. Her studies expanded to other disciplines while at the University of Arts in Philadelphia and Martha Graham and Jose Limon schools in New York. After receiving her BFA from the Juliard School, Maggie toured the U.S. and Caribbean with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. Her greatest fortune was to be the last female dancer chosen by Alvin Ailey himself. After moving to California, she found a new love in teaching. Maggie continues to teach all levels, ages and styles of dance while choreographing and dancing nationwide. Maggie now resides in Nashville.
Carolyn Bennett (Ballet I,II, Adult/Teen Ballet) grew up in Cookeville and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. She studied ballet, jazz, and modern with the Dance Arts Center in Cookeville from age 3 until its close in 1995, and with the Leisure Services School of Dance in 1999 before leaving for college. After graduating from UTC, Carolyn returned to taking classes with LSSoD and has taught with the School of Dance since 2007.