Dance Classes

Give your child poise, grace, confidence, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Dance is a Science of Body
and an Art of Mind!

Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet's curriculum nurtures both mind and body. Based on a carefully developed syllabus derived from the Vaganova (Russian) and Cecchetti (Italian) ballet traditions, it provides for the logical progression of training that embraces the development of the dancer from the first day of class to the emergence of the professional. The syllabus gives careful consideration to the anatomical capabilities and limitations of each individual dancer, as correct training is vital to develop a body with superior coordination and flexibility without injury. Since ballet allows the dancer to adapt to any form of dance and other dance disciplines enhance the artistry of the ballet student, quality instruction in jazz, musical theatre, and tap is also available. Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet provides a true dance education that takes students to the very limits of their own desires and abilities.

Dance with Baby (3months to pre-walking)
Mom, dad or caregivers attend and participate in this interactive class with Baby. Baby’s first year is a whirlwind of learning and adventure spent developing an integration of senses, building movement skills, practicing emotional responses and exploring states of being. This creative dance class draws upon the wisdom of child development sciences and the art of dance.  Guided by the instructor, parents will move children through developmental patterns; rock, sway, and swing Baby to a variety of music; and use props of all kinds to encourage a range of motor skills. Class activities will flow between seated, standing, and traveling activities. Throughout the class, rejuvenating breath and rest periods will be interspersed. Be prepared to play, sit and roll on the dance floor. Comfortable work out clothing for you and a small blanket for Baby are suggested.
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Dance with Toddler (walking  to 36 months)
Rhymes, childhood songs, props, musical variety, skill games, and circle dances will propel your toddlers’ motor and social development to the next level. Moms, dads or caregivers will move alongside their toddler, following the guidance of the instructor through a series of playful activities. Tentative at first, your toddler may spend the first couple classes taking in the new environment, but within a few weeks you will notice greater awareness of self, others, and surroundings in class and at home.  Skill building includes rhythm practice (pulse, pattern, breath), locomotor movements (marching, hoping, leaping, rolling), axial movements (bending, swaying, freezing, balancing) and introductory classroom etiquette. Both child and adult should arrive to class in comfortable work out clothing and bare feet. (click here)

Pre-Ballet for 3 to 5 Year Olds
Pre-Ballet program is specially designed to provide children between 3 and 5 years of age with a strong foundation in dance and movement.

Click on the screen to watch a video sample of our Pre-Ballet program.

It teaches the young dancer the basic elements of movement and dance: space and how we relate to it, both as an individual and as a member of a group; basic loco motor skills; musical rhythm, beat and time; opposites and directions; and some elementary positions of ballet. Integrated with these physical concepts are self-awareness, creative expression, imagination, teamwork, and basic body/health awareness.

Tap is an integral part of our program. Fifteen minutes of every Pre-Ballet class is devoted to nurturing musicality through the rhythms and patterns of Tap dance.

Through participation in these classes, students also learn the basics of classroom behavior and classroom etiquette, which remain the same throughout their dancing years. These concepts include learning how to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others, and having a positive attitude.

Educators now know that training young children in the concepts of movement sequencing, patterning, and spatial relationships lays a strong foundation for the later development of reading, mathematics, and other educational skills. Children in our Pre-Ballet program work actively in all of these areas.

Enrollment in classes are determined by age: Pre-Ballet 3 is for 3 year olds, Pre-Ballet 4 is for 4 year olds, and Pre-Ballet 5 is for 5 year olds. Children MUST be potty trained.  (click here)

Elementary Ballet
Elementary Ballet is for children 6 years of age.  Elementary Ballet is for beginning students and students who have participated in our ballet programs for ages 3 though 5 adding more structure to their class work. Continuing to explore movement and creativity, the technical groundwork is laid for structure of their further classical training. (click here)

Beginning Blue Ballet
Beginning Ballet Blue is for children age 7 through age 12.  Formal ballet training begins at this level.(click here)

Beginning Jade - Advanced Ballet
The placement of students into levels Beginning Jade through Advanced is based solely on ability, not age. Students are placed in the level where it is felt they will benefit the most. Even though the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet uses a specific syllabus derived from a combination of the Italian, Russian, and American syllabi, the levels are taught according to the ability of the students in each level and not necessarily according to a pre-determined syllabus for a specific level.

Students progress through these levels as through grades in any school; however, all students move at different rates. Some may spend more than two years in one level while the mind and the body learn to work together; some may progress much faster. When the student has learned the ballet technique appropriate for each level and when the student’s body has become strong enough to accomplish those movements, then, at the discretion of the Artistic Director, the student is moved to the next level. In this way, the student begins to assimilate the layers of knowledge that form the foundation of ballet. Advancement is based on ability, not age. click here

Hip Hop / Jazz
Hip Hop/Jazz is an exciting blend of jazz and hip hop dance for ages 5 through 8. This class begins with a thorough, heart-pumping warm up focused on mobility, strength, isolations, flexibility and alignment, allowing students to learn the fundamentals of fluid, full-body jazz and the hard-hitting funk of hip hop styles. This class will encourage students to dance outside of the box and bring their own personality to each movement. We pride ourselves on being a family oriented dance studio and go out of our way to find clean age-appropriate music. (click here)


Jazz dance is the dance form of the time. It has been categorized as the dance of TV and stage. It reflects our popular culture, and as the culture changes so does the face of jazz dance. Jazz helps develop coordination, flexibility, strength and movement. Like Jazz music itself, Jazz Dance is a truly American art form. Jazz 6-9 year olds is for beginners and/or TCAB Beginning Red and Beginning Blue students.  Jazz 1 is for students with a minimum of 1 year of jazz  and/or TCAB Beginning Blue to Beginning Iris students.  Jazz 2 is for students with a minimum of 2 years of  jazz and/or TCAB Intermediate Beginning Mint students. (click here)

Hip Hop
Hip Hop is the newest style of “street” jazz dance. It is the style of dance that is seen in many music videos and is frequently performed by high school dance teams. It comes from the world of rap music. (click here)

For ages 3 through 5, tap is offered in our Pre-Ballet program. Tap is also inculded in our Beginning Ballet classes.  Tap 1 is for beginning students age 6 and up.  (click here)

Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre is for ages 7 and up. Students learn dance routines and songs from the world of the American Musical Comedy. Enrollment in Musical Theatre 2 is determined by the teacher. (click Here)

Adult Classes
Adult Classes are designed for the adolescent or adult student who wishes to engage in a movement-oriented class based on the ballet tradition.   (click here)

Serving Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco
Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet & Music
21 Aaron Dr., Richland, WA 99352  946-1531

Office Hours: 10am-8pm M-F
Sat 10am-3pm