Cal Elite’s dance program provides professional dance training to students ages 1 – 18 years. We offer a structured curriculum designed to teach excellent dance technique and form, while promoting strength and flexibility. We encourage commitment, instill grace and fostering a life-long love and appreciation of dance. It is our firm belief that every dancer must start with strong technical training, in the classical dance disciplines. Our emphasis on technique and form begins in our preschool dance program. We take full advantage of all that is wonderful about a preschooler and make sure that our program is sweet, encouraging, and interactive.

Our curriculum is designed as a year-round program. It is our goal to keep your child interested in dance and to ensure that s/he is learning and progressing each week. To meet these goals, we introduce new lessons, music, and teaching concepts on a regular basis. We also incorporate themes, costuming, and props to keep dancers interested and motivated. We proudly host 3 recitals/performances each year and encourage all dancers to participate in these extra special dance events!

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Class Descriptions

Preschool Dance

Preschool Dance

Tutsi Toes (Ages 12 months/walking – 2 1/2 years)

30 minutes / $44 per month (tuition will be adjusted in the 5 week months)

Tutsi Toes provides 30 minutes of baby dance, with a parent by their side. Teachers incorporate music, singing and dance based movement into a fun, interactive dance lesson. Tutsi Toes gain balance, strength and flexibility through this early dance curriculum and enjoy many cognitive benefits through the memorization of songs, and the experience of auditory and physical patterns of dance.

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Twirly Bees (Ages 2 1/2 - 4 years)

45 minutes / $58 per month (tuition will be adjusted in the 5 week months)

Toddlers love to dance! Twirly Bees enjoy 45 minutes of dance with music and song as the backdrop for a fun, yet structured dance class. Tap challenges our toddlers’ auditory and fine motor skills; ballet teaches them early grace and balance essential to dance and helps them to soften their steps. Jazz helps develop the coordination to hop, skip and wiggle which always adds plenty of fun to the class!

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Kinderdance (Ages 4 – 6 years)

1 hour / $68 per month (tuition will be adjusted in the 5 week months)

Kinderdance provides the important foundation for developing your child into a well-rounded dancer. With continued focus on Tap, Ballet and Jazz, Kinderdance provides greater emphasis on age appropriate technique and foundational dance sequences. Students learn in a performance based environment, emphasizing form and technique while learning engaging, age appropriate choreography and routines. With increasing skills, content and training time, Kinderdance prepares our older preschool dancers for more advanced academy dance classes and team programs.

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Academy Dance

Academy Dance

Ballet, Tap and Jazz Combo (Ages 6-8 yrs, 8-10 yrs, 10-12 yrs, 12 yrs & up)

1 hour / $68 per month (tuition will be adjusted in the 5 week months)

This important combination class provides new dancers with an essential foundation in the classic dance disciplines of ballet, tap and jazz. Dancers will work on poise, grace, strength and flexibility. They will execute skills that build stability at the barre and at center. The class will focus on ballet essentials including ballet positions, terms, foot work, jumps and turns. They will be introduced to the dynamics, timing and rhythms of tap and will learn about the importance of clarity in their tap sounds. Dancers will also enjoy the showmanship, fun and sharper movements of jazz!

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Ballet (Ages 8-10 yrs, 10-12 yrs, 12 yrs & up)

1 hour / $68 per month (tuition will be adjusted in the 5 week months)

Ballet is the core of all dance training! This introductory ballet class is the gateway to the study of ballet. Designed for the beginning ballet student, emphasis is placed on proper positioning, placement and body alignment. Dancers learn fundamental barre work and skills such as plie, battement, rond de jambe, port de bras, eleve and the proper use of turn out. Center work includes skills such as skipping, hopping, jumping and leaping.

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Jazz (Ages 6-8 yrs)

1 hour / $68 per month (tuition will be adjusted in the 5 week months)

Jazz is an expressive, high energy dance discipline that develops coordination, rhythm and flexibility. Students will learn basic jazz steps including kick ball change, step ball change and jazz walks. Students will work on isolations, balance, flexibility, across the floor motion, as well as basic turns and leaping skills. Students will advance to study different jazz styles including Fosse, lyrical, character and theatrical.

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Hip Hop (Ages 6-8 yrs, 8-10 yrs)

1 hour / $68 per month (tuition will be adjusted in the 5 week months)

Hip Hop is a fusion of urban culture, athleticism, dance and attitude. This class incorporates current Hip Hop moves, R & B styles and Old School techniques. Students will pop and lock, break, street dance and freestyle their way to a love of Hip Hop!

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Jazz / Funk (Ages 6-8 yrs, 8-10 yrs)

1 hour / $$68 per month (tuition will be adjusted in the 5 week months)

This class is a dynamic blend of Hip Hop and Jazz technique with a strong stylized flair. Jazz/Funk borrows movement from other dance styles and blends it into a funky style that is expressive and popular. The combination of Jazz and Hip Hop creates an upbeat and challenging environment for the student. Class consists of warm-up, across the floor, and Jazz/Funk dance combinations that integrate Jazz with more contemporary hip-hip moves. This class will really get your child moving!

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Dance Team

Dance Team

Dance Show Team (Ages 4 years and older)

Cal Elite is nationally recognized for producing multi- talented athletes who are stellar in not just one discipline, but three or more! Our top dancers compete and perform in multiple dance disciplines making them ultra-talented, commercially sound and highly sought-after performers!

The DANCE SHOW TEAM is designed to identify and prepare academy dancers for more advanced and integrated opportunities at Cal Elite. It is open to all academy dancers ages 4 and older.

Depending on their age, members of the DANCE SHOW TEAM cross train in 4-5 disciplines:

  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Tumbling

For more information on Show Team please contact Marissa Mortenson at mmortenson@calelite.com


Competitive Team (Ages 5 - 18 years)

Cal Elite Kids is the proud home of the nationally recognized Cal Elite Dance Team. Our competitive dance team serves members ages 5 – 18 years. The Cal Elite Dance Team has competed and performed locally, nationally and internationally. Depending on age and integration, competitive dancers train between 5 and 20 hours a week. Our goal is to develop technically strong, well rounded, confident dancers and performers. Team dancers are trained in the disciplines of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Pointe and Aerial Arts. They have additional technique training through Leaps and Turns and other specialty classes. We have an amazing staff of professional teachers who are accomplished dancers and phenomenal role models. Cal Elite’s competitive dance program is a challenging but positive environment. We cultivate teachers who have strong aptitudes toward motivating, encouraging and progressing dancers.

Cal Elite Dance Team members compete in 4-5 regional competitions a year and also have the opportunity to attend conventions to train with some of the best dancers in the industry.

Auditions for dance team are held in June. . If you are interested in joining the Cal Elite Team or have further questions please contact our Dance Team Director: – Juli Yamanaka at jyamanaka@calelitekids.com

Cal Elite Kids offers the following 7 Competitive Team Options:

  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Lyrical
  • Contemporary
  • Hip Hop
  • Musical Theater
  • Solos, Duets, and Trios

Please note: Cal Elite Dance Team technique schedule of classes are not available through our website. Currently the only class offerings shown on our website are for entry level dancers. If you are interested in team technique or more advanced classes please email Juli Yamanaka at  jyamanaka@calelitekids.com.