The School of Dance

The School of Dance at
the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts

CIFA's School of Dance provides creative dance training and refreshing exercise for all ages in a fun, nurturing family atmosphere.  It is offered in an enjoyable, safe, and supportive environment in our fully-equipped dance studio.

The goal of our School of Dance is to inspire and motivate the very best in our students to help them reach their full potential, developing a love for dance and enjoyment of expression through movement.  Because of the excellent training and experience of our instructors, as well as the natural progression of our curriculum, we provide a path for a high degree of achievement in dance, including preparation for performance and competitions.  Within the School of Dance, students participate in recitals and also have opportunities for performance.

Ballet/Tap

Training and development in classical ballet is the core of our curriculum.  As ballet skills are mastered, they may then be applied to such related forms of expression as sacred dance, lyrical and interpretive dance, jazz dance, tap and character/folk dance. Students and parents must meet with the instructor before enrolling.

AGES: boys and girls, ages 5-6
WHEN: Tuesdays, Fridays, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, ballet/tap
INSTRUCTOR:  Tamara Manukovskaya
COST: (1 hour class) $380(20 classes at $19.00) 
CLASS ATTIRE: Girls – black leotard, pink tights, pink slippers.
          Hair away from face or in a bun.

Boys – white dance T-shirt, black leggings or thigh-length shorts,
          white socks & ballet slippers. 

Tap -  Black tap shoes with secure laces.

** No jewelry except stud earrings.

AGES: boys and girls, ages 7-10
WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, ballet
Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, ballet
Saturdays, 10:00am - 11:30am, ballet
INSTRUCTOR:  Tamara Manukovskaya
COST: (90 minute class) $570 (20 classes at $28.50)
CLASS ATTIRE: Girls – black leotard, pink tights, pink slippers.
          Hair away from face or in a bun.

Boys – white dance T-shirt, black leggings or thigh-length shorts,
          white socks & ballet slippers. 

Tap -  Black tap shoes with secure laces.

** No jewelry except stud earrings.

AGES: boys and girls, ages 15yrs+
WHEN: Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, ballet
Thursday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, ballet/character
INSTRUCTOR:  Tamara Manukovskaya
COST: (90 minute class) $570 (20 classes at $28.50) 
(2-Hour class)      $760 (20 classes @ $38.00)
   
CLASS ATTIRE: Girls – black leotard, pink tights, pink slippers.
          Hair away from face or in a bun.

Boys – white dance T-shirt, black leggings or thigh-length shorts,
          white socks & ballet slippers. 

Tap -  Black tap shoes with secure laces.

**
No jewelry except stud earrings.

AGES: Ballet for Gymnasts and Ice Skaters
WHEN: Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm           
INSTRUCTOR:  Tamara Manukovskaya
COST: (2 hour class) $760 (20 classes at $38.00) 
CLASS ATTIRE: Girls – black leotard, pink tights, pink slippers.
          Hair away from face or in a bun.

Boys – white dance T-shirt, black leggings or thigh-length shorts,
          white socks & ballet slippers.

** No jewelry except stud earrings.

Joyful Motion

A fun and engaging introduction to ballet technique and creative dance.  Children will work on mastering developmental movement skills, as well as, experience the joy of using their imagination to fuel their dancing.  Boys will enjoy this class as well as girls.

AGES: boys and girls, ages 3-5
WHEN: Mondays, 12:30pm – 3:15pm (For children ages: 3's to young 4 years)
Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 2:45pm (For children ages: 4 to 5's)
EACH CLASS IS 45 MINUTSE LONG 
INSTRUCTOR:  Jeannine Lacquement
COST: $288.00 (3-4yrs) (18 classes at $16.00) 
$324 (4-5yrs)  (18 classes at $18)
CLASS ATTIRE: Girls – traditional black or solid color leotards, footless pink tights,
thin white ankle socks; pink ballet slippers, hair secured back.
Boys – white T-shirt, black sweat pants cut to knee length, white socks.