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Dance Classes

The Department of Recreation and Parks offers over 50 classes in a variety of dance forms. Some mediums of dance that may be offered include Ballet, Ballroom, Belly Dance, Bollywood, Creative Movement, Hip-Hop, Line Dance, and Pre-ballet. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Check the class description for any specific clothing or shoe requirements. Please note that our dance instructors have different teaching styles.  View the Rockcrest Open House Video.

Classes for children ages 3-5. Preschoolers will explore and experiment with the fundamental elements of dance, body, space, rhythm and time. The dancers must be able to take care of their own bathroom needs.

Attire: Ballet shoes, loose fitting clothing or leotards and tights are recommended but not required.

Experience has shown that preschoolers are easily distracted due to their short attention spans. We ask that you not remain in the classroom. Parents are invited to attend the last class of each pre-school session to observe their children dance in an in class recital.

Blet improves
Ballet improves posture, tones muscles, increases your flexibility and sharpens your mental skills. Classes include barre work and floor combinations. The ballet classes offered at the Rockcrest Ballet Center are taught by instructors who danced under Claudia Mangan. Ms. Mangan helped establish the city ballet program and the Rockville Civic Ballet. Students in the ballet classes with demonstrated proficiency are encouraged to perform with the Rockville Civic Ballet. Children, teen and adults who register for the ballet classes (ages five and up) at the Rockcrest Ballet Center are encouraged to participate in the annual student ballet performance held in the spring. Participants must register for the recital and pay a fee to participate. 

Attire for classes: Black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.

Rockcrest Ballet Center: There are group changing rooms. Please have children use the bathroom prior to the start of class. The bathrooms are located on the far side of the dance studio. 

Ballroom Dance
Ballroom dance refers to a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Some dances that may fall under this are Tango, Waltz, Hustle, Salsa, Latin Swing, Lindy Hop, Mambo, Rumba, Cha Cha, and Foxtrot. The city offers the social style of ballroom dance

Dansez! Dansez!
Classes are taught by dancer and instructor Sabine Philippe. Her pre-ballet classes are taught in English and French . Attire: Ballet shoes, loose-fitting clothing or leotards and tights are recommended but not required. Her Hip-Hop classes are high energy where participants learn street dances using hip music. Attire: Jazz shoes, dance slippers, or sneakers with comfortable clothing.

Line Dance
Line dancing is exactly what its name implies: people dancing in lines to music. Line dances are choreographed dances with a repeating series of steps that are performed in unison by a group of people in lines or rows. All of the dancers performing a line dance face the same direction and perform the steps at exactly the same time. Line dancers rarely interact with each other during a dance, as the steps are performed by everyone at the same time. Attire: Comfortable clothes and shoes.

Dance Fitness
Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system using various dance steps and routines. Our Zumba certified instructors integrate their own styles and steps into each class. Attire: Fitness or dance clothing and sneakers.