Terry's School of Dance & Gymnastics

8730 Richmond Highway

Alexandria, Virginia 22309

(703)780-7878

Email: terrysdanceandgym703@gmail.com

Hours of Operation

Monday-Wednesday: 5:30-8:30 pm

Thursday & Friday: Closed

Saturday: 10:00-1:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

TSD's Pre-Teen Dance Classes

When they dance like this they see stars.

So do we.

TSD Pre-Teen Dancers -- Ages 8 thru 12

At TSD, we like to think that our pre-teen instruction is our forte.We love how this age of dancers begin to discover their true potential and begin to soar.  It ignites their spirit and their parents get a glimpse at the trajectory their children are capable of achieving.

Your pre-teen can expect our Junior-Advanced Level skills which includes TSD's time-proven sets of instruction:​

  • The art of Turns and leaps

  • Combinations and patterns

  • Coordination of speed and balance 

  • Develop rhythm, style and a connect to sound

  • Stretch and conditioning

Over the years, TSD has developed unique programs designed to capture the attention of young dancers, while teaching them the proper etiquette of being a dancer, too.  During this age group, we also focus your dancer on our technically based instruction -- our goal is to instill in him or her the discipline and commitment necessary as an athletically-inclined, self-confident individual and fun loving person.

We always place students in classes that are age and level appropriate -- especially at our pre-teen age as they have gained in experience and are poised ready to blossom as wonderful dancers. 

Take a look below at what we have to offer your pre-teen dancer.

Stretch with Strength (8-18 years-offered in summer.)

An important ingredient to physical fitness and mental conditioning is taking great care of a dancer's muscles and structural foundation. We encourage all TSD dancers and gymnasts to take this course at least once to realize the importance of stretching, strengthening key muscles, building arm and leg power and solid core work. 

Combo (3-8 years)

Young TSD Dancers love to learn the most important skills in ballet, tap and jazz. Our instructors go with the student's naturally gifted abilities and help them explore the exciting world of dance. 

Pointe (11-18 years)

TSD's Pointe Program awakens the true artist in the student. Dexterity and physical capacity are paramount at this level to develop deep muscle memory. TSD stresses the student's overall mental focus on their body as they develop themselves using various Isokinetic and Isotonic strength conditioning regimens.  

Hip Hop (5-18 years)

East Coast. West Coast. It's all good at Terry's -- we take the latest techniques to a new level to develop daring and confident dancers. We concentrate on fundamental techniques like Freestylin', Lockin', Poppin', breakin', tuttin' and boogaloo -- often all combined with a hint of jazz, tap and even ballet. Our goal is to get our students in touch with the music they choose and to build on those abilities. 

Contemporary/Lyrical (8-18 years)

TSD Students love to demonstrate their techniques and artistry as they interpret their creativity for all to enjoy. Blending elements of ballet and jazz dance, TSD's contemporary dancers are guided as they acquire strong connections with their emotions.

Jazz (8-18 years)

TSD's Jazz instruction puts the student right into the world of musical theater, Broadway-styled leaps, traditional and modern jazz turns and improvisational jazz all with a big splash of artistry. We teach our jazz dancers how to employ Isolations, creating a low center of gravity and to acquire stylizations like inverted limbs and a hunched-over posture, made famous by Bob Fosse and Jack Cole. We focus our jazz students on foundational jazz techniques and encourage them to move forward to more challenging musical selections and presentations as they grow in aptitude.  

Tap (5-18 years)

TSD's tap instruction builds a foundation of rhythmic sequences, base stepping and proficiency in their basic dance skills -- then, it's on to challenging tap combos and routines. Our tap instructors guide the student through learning the interpretive flow techniques that are so basic to all of jazz and help them hone their control abilities. 

Strength with Gymnastics

Don't forget that TSD's gymnastics training is a great accompaniment to any dance conditioning regimen. In fact, there's no more robust gymnastics programs in the area than TSD's -- especially with all the great equipment and bouncy, pouncy and flippin' fun! 

For more information about, or to register for our Pre-Teen Dance Program, please use the following form to reach out to a TSD staff member: