Dance Classes

Dance Classes

Little Leapers Grown Up & Me Movement

ages 20-32 months

Whether flying in outer space, going to the circus, playing in the park, dancing like the animals in the zoo, or growing a magical garden, each child will be captivated when they attend a Little Leapers class with River Oaks Dance.  Grown-ups will be amazed at how useful each lesson is to their child’s development and love every second of class as they share many smiles and giggles with their little one.

Leap N Learn Toddler Ballet

ages 2 1/2 – 4

Leap N Learn A – 30 minute creative movement based class will introduce your child to the wonderful world of movement and music. Studies show that stimulation in the form of movement and sensory experiences during the early developing years is crucial. Listening to music and developing awareness of the body and basic motor skills, learning to listen and follow instructions and developing imaginative dance play are the focus of this class.

Leap N Learn B – 45 minute class beginning to build a strong foundation in dance with a focus on pre-ballet and continuing creative movement concepts. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum creates a fun and encouraging environment where children excel and are prepared to begin Pre-Primary Ballet.

Pre-Primary Ballet

ages 4 – 6

Pre-Primary classes are 45 minutes and separated by age.  These classes educate young children in dance focusing on flexibility, balance, rhythm, musicality and spacial awareness in a positive, fun and imaginative environment while learning to express themselves in a creative way through music and movement.  Students will gain a solid foundation of basic ballet technique gaining greater understanding as they progress through this age group.

Primary Ballet

ages 6 – 8

Primary students are ready to begin a more structured ballet class. The fundamentals learned in the pre-primary level are continued and further developed in this level. Quality of movement and coordination will increase with the addition of more complex movement while keeping imagination and fun in the class. Students will learn ballet terminology and be able to remember and perform short dance sequences independently.  

Level 1 Ballet

ages 8+

Level 1 students are ready to build strength, stamina and confidence in their movement.  They will build on their skills acquired in our toddler and pre-ballet program but with a higher expectation.  They begin joining steps create more complex movements. Imaginative expression doesn’t stop here and in fact we believe it’s even more important to allow student this age to continue creative movement and pretend play.  We end every class with a creative movement exercise when students have a chance to express themselves with movement of their choice guided by a prompt.


Ages 5 & up

Hip-Hop is a high energy, upbeat style of urban dance.  This class will focus on musicality, rhythm and movement during warm-up, learning individual steps, across the floor combinations and putting together fun routines to age-appropriate top hits.

Acro Dance

ages 4 – 10

Does your child love to dance and mix in their own acrobatic elements? Acrobatic Dance, or “Acro” might be the perfect class for them! The beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements come together in this class. Acro’s roots are in traditional Chinese dance and has more recently gained popularity with contemporary circus productions like Cirque du Soleil and programs like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. Acro class includes elements of balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength with simple a safe progressions through the levels. 

Dancers who train through Acrobatic Arts have balanced development, are stronger, more flexible and fearless. River Oaks Dance is a certified in Acrobatic Arts instruction for students in pre-primary through Level 6. Watch this short video to see Acro class in action.

Broadway Jazz & Tap

Does your child have an interest in musical theatre? Are they already in theatre but just need to fine tune their dance skills to snag those lead parts? In this class, we’ll learn the fundamentals of theatre movement, including classic chorus style combos and basic tap steps. Focus will be on performance, expression, storytelling through song and dance, and dancing cleanly together as an ensemble. Class will be broken into segments of singing, theatre dance, and tap, with the goal of meshing everything together for a triple threat Broadway musical number.

Our Dance Program

Our children’s dance program is specifically designed to provide boys and girls ages 2 to 12 with a strong foundation in dance and movement. Our focus is on the basic elements of:

In addition to these physical elements, we integrate the intellectual concepts of:

The program also helps children learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, which include learning how to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting patiently, working together with others, and having a positive attitude.
Concepts are explored throughout the year such as classroom etiquette, musical awareness, relationships to the working space and the stage, expressing emotion through movement, and pantomime.
Dance Classes for kids in Houston

Our Class Structure

There are four basic sections to each class

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