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The Academy Dance Programs are designed for advanced dance and acting students who are interested in a serious and focused study of dance.  The Junior Academy is for students age 8 to 13 and the Senior Academy is for students age 14 to 18.  Each Academy student must be selected into at least two Heartbeat companies:  Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop and Acting. These companies become their Academy Majors, or  primary focus.  Senior Academy students are also enrolled in the Pedagogy program, which is learning the art of teaching dance or acting by assisting classes in their chosen major. Academy students also have the opportunity to attend travel/study abroad with Heartbeat’s partner studio in Tokyo, Japan and Barcelona, Spain.  During each year, the Junior and Senior Academies foremost project is to present their own self-produced production that is promoted, directed and choreographed by the students following their unique vision.  Contact Heartbeat for Academy Program application information.   

This program is designed to follow a college level curriculum.  Academy students will be considered focused and serious about their studies in dance, thus their teachers will expect more from them in class.  At the end of each year, Academy students and their parents will receive written critiques from their teachers regarding their class and rehearsal performance as well as from their pedagogy teachers.



The Academy class requirements follow a college level curriculum designed to:

  • Develop technical and physical strength. 
  • Build confidence and virtuosity in performance. 
  • Create opportunities to develop creative voice.
  • Build business skills in marketing and promotion for creative fields.
  • Learn the processes of choreography of solos, duets, trios and large group pieces as well as creation in collaboration with others.
  • Learning to teach through Academy Pedagogy requirements by assisting teachers. 
  • Creating open dialogue regarding what the performing arts mean culturally and historically and where is it going.
  • Dance History
  • Developing an eye and verbalization for critique.
  • Gain new skills from master classes from workshops.
  • Professional performing opportunities will be made available to students who are ready technically and emotionally.
  • How to write a resume.
  • Prepare the students for university, professional performing or teaching.

Please note: Academy students may be dismissed from the program if Etiquette policies are not observed:

  • Academy students cannot have more than four unexcused absences per school year.  Each missed class must be made up within two weeks. 
  • Academy students cannot have more than four unexcused absences as a Pedagogy teacher’s assistant.
  • Academy students must be in attendance for all scheduled company performances. 
  • Academy students must wear appropriate dance attire for each class.
  • Academy students must show respect and professionalism during each class and performance.
  • At the end of each year Junior and Senior Academy students vote for awards for Dancer of the Year, Choreographer of the Year and Actor of the Year.
  • All Seniors graduating from the Academy program will receive a Letter of Recommendation by the program director for college applications.

Major Requirements
All Academy Students must follow the company requirements for at least two companies plus the addition of the Academy class.  Senior Academy students must also add their pedagogy assisting class, which will be scheduled for them by the Academy director.  Assisting assignments reflect student’s majors and years of experience in assisting in the Academy. 





















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