Class Descriptions

When you're new to dance class, trying to figure out the best style for your dancer can be tricky! Here we have defined the main styles of dance that we offer. The specific descriptions of each dance class we offer is on our schedule page. 



Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Ballet makes up the basis of technique needed for almost all other dance styles.  Ballet takes strength, focus, and dedication. We incorporate ballet even into our youngest creative movement classes. 


Jazz is a dance form or dance that is matched to the rhythms and techniques of jazz music. Jazz has adapted greatly throughout the years.  In its beginnings, it incorporated moves you may see within swing dancing.  Today, there are many different styles of jazz that you may see.  Dancers tend to really enjoy jazz class as it usually incorporates fun and upbeat music and keeps them moving while still building on the strength and athleticism we see in ballet. We highly suggest students who take jazz take ballet as well. 


Tap is a dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels. Tap teaches rhythm, syncopation, control and so much more! We generally start offering tap (in combo classes) at age 3. Students who can experience the rhythm and timing taught in tap class tend to have great internal rhythm which helps them to become better dancers!


Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. Hip-hop takes a great amount of strength and athleticism as students will work on freezes, tumbling, tricks and more! 


Lyrical dance is a style of dance created by merging balletjazz and contemporary dance techniques. Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song. 


Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. 

Musical Theatre 

Musical Theatre combines elements of jazz, tap, and theatre. In this course we focus on jazz and tap technique and performance quality. Students will do improv activities, characterization, story telling, acting and more!


Created by a successful studio owner with decades of experience, Acrobatic Arts runs training and certification courses for dance teachers in the art of AcroDance.  The program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling.  Developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, modern dance, jazz, contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, yoga, acro yoga, pilates, physiotherapy, hand balancing and more, you will not find a more comprehensive program.  Simple thoughtful progressions take the beginner preschool level dancer from log rolls and summersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage! Both Miss Ali and Miss Kylie are certified to teach acro! Students must be enrolled in a ballet or jazz or combo course in order to enroll in acro. Acros classes are not available for online registration. You will need to email us to get enrolled! 

Class Levels (Fall Classes only)

Mom & Me

18 mos. - 3; This class for first time dancers will be filled with bouncing, twirling, moving, grooving, tumbling and more! This mom & me (or dad, or special someone) is great for first time dancers to increase movement and socialization skills. This is the perfect class for new students who aren't quite ready to take class on their own. 

Fairytale Ballet

Ages 3-4. A fancy exploration into the world of ballet filled with fairytales, imagination, and tumbling too! Students will explore fairytales, imaginary places, sites around the world, and mystical creatures and more! Dancers must be fully potty trained and ready to take class independently! 

Hippity Hop

Ages 3-4. A fun and fast paced introduction to hip hop and jazz for preschool students. This class will touch on the basics needed for all styles of dance while giving pre-schoolers an introduction to the fun and funky moves found in hip hop and jazz funk!



Ages 4-5.  With a ballet and tap focus, this class is the next step in our pre-ballet program.  For the 2020-2021 season, dancers will take ballet ONLY for the first 6 weeks then will alternate between ballet and tap from week to week to avoid time need to changing shoes. If you are signing up as a mini session, plan on our mini session 1 being ballet only! 


Ages 4-5. This class is for students who are wanting a little more funky music. The technique focus jazz and hip-hop in this funky fresh class filled with upbeat and exciting music, activities, and dance games!

Kinder Ballet/Tap 
Ages 5-6 (kindergarten).  Students should have completed pre-ballet/Tap 2 or its equivalent. First year dancers are welcome as well.  This is a structured class that is based in beginning ballet and tap technique and an important stepping stone for future dance classes. Students will perform 2 routines in the Spring Recital.


Ages 5-6 (Kindergarten).  This class is meant for the students who are interested in a little more upbeat and funky music. Students will work through basic dance and hip-hop technique as well as strength training, agility and basic tumbling. This is a great class for kindergarten age students because it offers them great variety through music, style and activities but still ensures they will receive all the building blocks necessary for future classes! If you have a child who is interested in hip-hop, this is where we suggest they start at this age! 


A snazzy jazzy musical theatre and tap combination course for your little performer! These students will explore acting, singing and dancing! 

​Ballet/Jazz or Ballet/Tap or Ballet/Lyrical
We offer varying levels and age groups for this class which can be noted in our schedule and brochure; Ballet and Jazz or Ballet and Tap combos are the classes we suggest most students get started with! New this year, we are also offering a ballet/lyrical combo class for students interested in pursuing this popular style of dance. 

​​Hip-Hop/Jazz Funk 1

Ages 6-9. This class gets kids up and moving.  We will explore basic hip hop and jazz technique as well as gymnastics.  This class will help further students' strength and coordination. 

​Hip-Hop/Jazz Funk 2
Ages 9-12 Intermediate.  The next level of hip hop/Jazz Funk dance. This class builds on strength, coordination, and grooves.  Students should have past experience in hip hop or another style of dance. 

Leaps and Turns

This is an extra class that is required for Team members and encouraged for all other dance students.  Each week will rotate between a focus on stretching and conditioning followed by turns and leaps.  This class will help dancers to grow and improve each week. Students need to be approved to join this class. Email us at to get more information

Hearts in Motion

4336 Plainfield Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Tel: 616.226.6412

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