College of Visual and Performing Arts

CAA Current Class Schedule

For a listing of more non-arts summer camps (athletics, writing, technology, science, business, etc) taking place on the IPFW campus, visit the IPFW Summer Camps web page.

Fall 2017 Dance Classes (Ages 2-15)

Saturdays, September 16–December 16 (12-week session)

These dance classes are taught by Brennan Stillman.
  • No class October 14 or November 25
  • Registration/payment is due by September 11
  • Dance classes take place in Williams 113
  • Dress rehearsal and dance recital take place Saturday, December 16
  • The dance recital is free and open to the public!

Spring 2018 Dance Classes (Ages 2-15)

Saturdays, January 13–March 17 (10-week session)

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These dance classes are taught by Brennan Stillman.
  • Registration/payment is due by January 5
  • Dance classes take place in Williams 113
  • Dress rehearsal and dance recital take place Saturday, March 17
  • The dance recital is free and open to the public!
Important Notes for All CAA Dance Classes

*CAA dance instructors will do their best to place students into appropriate classes based on their age and level. Our suggestions are made with the students’ development and progress in mind. Our goal is to properly place all students in classes that will maximize their opportunities at improving. Please be aware that the ages listed for each class are approximate and the students’ ages in each class may vary slightly.

Although there are certain requirements and expectations for various classes, we do understand that students and parents may choose not to follow our recommendations for different reasons. If this is the case, please make the staff aware of your situation.

For a full overview and description of our dance program, including a short video compilation of a CAA dance recital, please take a few minutes to watch this interview with dance instructor Brennan Stillman.

**Also, please be prepared. Because not all dance classes run each semester, we will adjust the schedule and move the other dance classes to fill those time slots.

A dance recital will take place on the last day of class; families and friends are invited to attend. Costumes for the recital will be provided but the following items will be required for class:

Pre-Dance and Ballet Clothing Requirements

  • Girls: Solid color leotard, pink tights and pink leather ballet slippers
  • Boys: White t-shirt, solid color pants and black leather ballet slippers

Tap Clothing Requirements

  • Girls: Solid color leotard, pink tights and black tap shoes
  • Boys: White t-shirt, solid color pants and black tap shoes

Jazz Dance Clothing Requirements        

  • Everyone: Dress comfortably for movement (leotard, shorts, leggings or jazz pants) and tan jazz shoes

 

Pre-Dance-Fall-2013-DSC_4972_Tight_CropPre-Dance (ages 2-3*)      

10–10:30 a.m.**
Ten 30-minute sessions: $79

Perfect for the younger student, this class is designed as a combination of creative movement and intro to dance movement and motor skills. This class explores movement through music, stimulates students’ imagination, and promotes creativity. It also will give an understanding of the classroom community, improve social skills, and develop fine motor skills all while having fun! Please note that this is not a parent-participation class and that the student should be prepared to take part in this class independently.

For information, call 260-481-6059 or click here to register online.

Ballet I (ages 4-5*) 

10:30–11:15 a.m.**
Ten 45-minute sessions: $99

This class will introduce younger students to basic ballet vocabulary and technique in a structured yet fun setting. Simple coordination, musicality, rhythm, and concentration will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to explore space and enjoy dancing.

For information, call 260-481-6059 or click here to register online.

Ballet---Tight-Crop(103)Ballet II (ages 6-8*)

12:15 p.m.–1 p.m.**
Ten 45-minute sessions: $99

This class is suitable for beginners and will cover the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. It is a more formal setting that will give students the discipline to mature as dancers. The importance of strength, flexibility, rhythm, musicality, and memorization will be stressed. Basics of performing will be introduced. It is recommended that students have taken Ballet I but it is not required.

For information, call 260-481-6059 or click here to register online.

Ballet III (ages 9-12*)

2–2:45 p.m.**
Ten 45-minute sessions: $99

In this class students will gain a more complete understanding of ballet technique. Emphasis will be placed on proper technique and alignment and increasing strength and flexibility. Students are expected to have prior experience in ballet and to be more self-disciplined. 

For information, call 260-481-6059 or click here to register online.

Tap I (ages 4-6*)

11:15–11:45 a.m.**
Ten 30-minute sessions: $79

This is a great introductory class that will get young students used to making sounds with different parts of the tap shoe. Elements such as toe taps, heel digs, shuffles, and ball-changes are taught. Body rhythms and using imaginative play to explore improvisation will be incorporated. There will be an emphasis on dancing to the beat and hearing rhythms of different music.

For information, call 260-481-6059 or click here to register online.

Youth-Classes_ED-(120)_Tight_CropTap II (ages 7-9*)

1 p.m.–1:30 p.m.**
Ten 30-minute sessions: $79

This class teaches basic, fundamental tap technique. Students will enhance their rhythm skills by learning fun combinations. Musicality, improvisation and performance quality will be emphasized. It is designed for beginner students.

For information, call 260-481-6059 or click here to register online.

Tap III (ages 10-12*)

2:45–3:15 p.m.**
Ten 30-minute sessions: $79

In this class students will gain a more complete understanding of tap technique. Emphasis will be placed on proper technique and increasing strength and flexibility. Students are expected to have prior experience in tap and to be more self-disciplined. 

For information, call 260-481-6059 or click here to register online.

Jazz I (ages 4-8*)

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.**
Ten 30-minute sessions: $79

This class is being offered for the younger student who has an interest in jazz. Jazz is sharp and fluid movements to create a visually technical dance and style. It is usually done to popular music. Body isolations, stretching, turning, leaping, and technical steps are taught in this class.

For information, call 260-481-6059 or click here to register online.

Jazz II (ages 9-12*)

1:30–2 p.m.**
Ten 30-minute sessions: $79

This class teaches the fundamentals of jazz movement for older students or students who have previously taken jazz. Jazz is sharp and fluid movements to create a visually technical dance and style. It is usually done to popular music. Body isolations, stretching, turning, leaping, and technical steps are taught in this class.

For information, call 260-481-6059 or click here to register online.

NEW! Continuing Jazz and Tap (ages 13-15*)

3:15–4 p.m.**
Ten 45-minute sessions: $99

In this class students will continue to build upon the fundamentals of jazz and tap dance. Class will include a warm up, technique, and choreography in both styles of dance. Students will need tap and jazz shoes. A dance recital will take place on the last day of class; families and friends are invited to attend. Costumes for the recital will be provided but the following items will be required for class:

  • Girls: Solid color leotard, pink tights and black tap shoes
  • Boys: White t-shirt, solid color pants and black tap shoes

For information, call 260-481-6059 or click here to register online.

**Also, please be prepared. Because not all dance classes run each semester, we will adjust the schedule and move the other dance classes to fill those time slots.


Contact CAA at 260-481-6059 or hainesmd@ipfw.edu for details.

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Accreditation

The IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, including the Community Arts Academy, is fully accredited by all of its discipline-specific accrediting agencies: the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Refund Policy

A full refund is given when the university cancels a course or when the IPFW Community Arts Academy receives notification of withdrawal from the registrant before the third business day prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after class or private instruction begins. Course cancellations may occur due to low registration. Course offerings and fees may be subject to change without notice.

Parental Supervision Statement

IPFW is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre K – 12. While the IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.

In case of an emergency please contact the IPFW University Police at 481-6827.

Personal Enrichment Classes for Adults

The Community Arts Academy offers regular classes for kids in pre-K through grade 12 in art, dance, music and theatre, but if you are an adult interested in personal enrichment in these areas, please visit the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies to see what types of classes they are offering.

Purdue University Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

The IPFW Community Arts Academy abides by the operating procedures and policy outlined in the Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors that went into effect January 1, 2015. This policy and registration form may be viewed here: