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2022 – 2023
Dance Academy Calendar

August 4,5, & 6 Dance Academy Fall Registration (Open House) Thursday – Friday 4pm -8pm Saturday 8am- 12pm 
August 18 Fall Registration Deadline
August 22Fall Classes Start 
September 12Last Date to sign up for a solo or duet 
September 5No Class Labor Day – Last day to register for fall classes 
September 25Dance Academy Recital Fees/ Yearly Payments Due 
November 12Final Recital Fee Deadline 
November 13 -18Parent Participation week 
November 24-28Thanksgiving Break 
December 16Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal
December 17Winter Concert Recital 
December 19 – Jan 2Dance Academy Winter Break 
January 2-16Free Trial classes/observation week
January 16Registration deadline for Spring classes 
March 20 -24 Parent Participation Week 
March 27-31Dance Academy Spring Break 
April 23rd Picture Day
May 11th Dance Academy Classes End
May 12th Spring Show Rehearsal
May 13th Spring Show

About the Dance Program

The Arts Castle Dance Academy offers professional instruction in a fun, non-competitive environment. We believe everyone should have an opportunity to dance. Our Dance Academy is unique in offering many avenues for students to learn and enjoy dancing, while working with a busy schedule and budget.

Dance Academy seeks to awaken the joy of dance in our students with a combination of quality technique and personal expression. We feel that this objective is best met within a supportive, family-friendly environment, open to dancers of all age and abilities, and cultivated by a nurturing, professional team of instructors. Ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling and combo classes are offered annually.

In addition, The Arts Castle Youth Dance companies provide additional performance opportunities for dedicated dancers. For younger dancers, The Arts Castle has Pre-Academy classes offered quarterly. Come join us and enjoy the art of dance!


About The Arts Castle

The Arts Castle is dedicated to nurturing the creative energies of residents of Delaware County and surrounding areas by offering full access to a variety of multi-arts experiences such as classes, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and special events.

The Arts Castle was founded with a grassroots effort by the community and for the community. We are recognized as one of Ohio’s premier community teaching centers for the arts. Join us by taking a class, visiting an exhibit, or participating in one of our special events.


Dance Academy Schedule and Description 2022-2023

MON

3:30 – 4:00
Combo 1

4:00 – 4:45
Intermediate Jazz

4:45 – 5:30
Intermediate Tap

5:30 – 6:15
Intermediate Lyrical

6:15 – 7:00
Intermediate Tumbling

7:00 – 8:00
Junior Company

8:00 – 9:00
Turns, Leaps, and Jumps

TUES

3:45 – 4:15
Jazz 2

4:15 – 4:45
Tap 2

4:45 – 5:15
Lyrical 2

5:15 – 6:00
Junior Musical Theater

6:00 – 7:00
Senior Musical Theater

7:00 – 8:00
Senior Company

8:00 – 8:45
Advanced Jazz

8:45 – 9:30
Advanced Lyrical

WED

3:30 – 4:00
Combo 2

4:00 – 4:45
Combo 3

4:45 – 5:15
Beginning Jazz

5:15 – 5:45
Beginner Tap

5:45 – 6:15
Beginning Lyrical

6:15 – 6:45
Beginning Tumbling

6:45 – 7:15
Teen Jazz

7:15 – 7:45
Teen Tap

7:45 – 8:15
Teen Lyrical

THUR

3:45 – 4:30
Advanced Tap

4:30 – 5:00
Ballet 1

5:00 – 5:45
Ballet 2 & 3

5:45 – 6:30
Boys Ballet

6:30 – 7:30
Intermediate Ballet

7:30 – 8:30
Advanced Ballet

8:30 – 9:30
Teen Ballet


Ballet & Pointe

Ballet 1

Miss Lauren

This class is for beginner dancers or dancers who have
completed combo classes.

No Prerequisite

Ages: 5-8

8/25/2022-5/11/2023 | Thurs., 4:30-5:00 PM | 30 min.

Ballet 2 & 3

Miss Lauren

This class is for beginner dancers or dancers who have
completed combo classes.

Prerequisite: 2+ years of experience

Ages: 6-10

8/25/2022-5/11/2023 | Thurs., 5:00-5:45 PM | 45 min.

Boys Ballet

Miss Lauren

This class is for beginner dancers or dancers who have
completed combo classes.

No Prerequisite

Ages: 5-10

8/25/2022-5/11/2023 | Thurs., 5:45-6:30 PM | 45 min.

INTERMEDIATE BALLET

Miss Lauren

This class is by teacher recommendation and is for students that have completed Ballet 1, and 2/3.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Ages: 8-12

8/25/2022-5/11/2023 | Thurs., 6:30-7:30 PM | 60 min.

ADVANCED BALLET

Miss Lauren

This class is by teacher recommendation only and is for
students that have spent several years in ballet.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Ages: 9+

8/25/2022-5/11/2023 | Thurs., 7:30-8:30 PM | 60 min.

TEEN BALLET

Miss Lauren

This class is for students new to the art of ballet and/or returning students that have taken a break from dance.

No Prerequisite

Ages: 12-18

8/25/2022-5/11/2023 | Thurs., 8:30-9:30 PM | 60 min.


Jazz

beginning Jazz

Miss Carrie

This is a class for dancers new to Jazz and have no previous experience.

No Prerequisite

Ages: 5+

8/24/2022-5/10/2023 | Wed., 4:45-5:15 PM | 45 min.

Jazz 2

Miss Jessika

This is a class for dancers who have completed beginning jazz and or have had at least one year of experience.

Prerequisite: 1+ year of experience

Ages: 6+

8/23/2022-5/9/2023 | Tues., 3:45-4:15 PM | 45 min.

Intermediate Jazz

Miss Jessika

This is a class geared toward the dancer who has had at least 2 years of Jazz and wants to start improving upon their skill levels.

Prerequisite: 2+ year of experience

Ages: 8+

8/22/2022-5/8/2023 | Mon., 4:00-4:45 PM | 45 min.

Teen Jazz

Miss Carrie

This is a class for those who are either returning to Jazz after taking time away from dance or who are starting out but are at least 12 years old.

Prerequisite: 3+ year of experience

Ages: 12-18

8/24/2022-5/10/2023 | Wed., 6:45-7:15 PM | 45 min.

advanced Jazz

Miss Jessika

This is a class geared for students with at least 3 years of Jazz and is a teacher-recommended-only class.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Ages: 10+

8/23/2022-5/9/2023 | Tues., 8:00-8:45 PM | 45 min.


Musical Theater

Jr. Musical Theater

Miss Jessika

This class is for students who are new to musical theater or have not been placed in Senior Musical Theater yet. Musical theater is a form of Jazz and Broadway-style with an emphasis on personality and acting out a character or a piece of music.

No Prerequisite

Ages: 6+

8/23/2022-5/9/2023 | Tues., 5:15-6:00 PM | 45 min.

SR. Musical Theater

Miss Jessika

This class for advanced dancers placed in Senior Musical Theater. Musical theater is a form of Jazz and Broadway-style with an emphasis on personality and acting out a character or a piece of music.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Ages: 12+

8/23/2022-5/9/2023 | Tues., 6:00-7:00 PM | 60 min.


Tap

Beginner Tap

Miss Carrie

This class is for dancers with little to no tap experience.

No prerequisite

Ages: 5+

8/24/2022-5/10/2023 | Wed., 5:15-5:45 PM | 30 min.

Tap 2

Miss Jessika

This class is for dancers who have completed combo class, Beginner Tap, or have at 1+ year of experience.

Prerequisite: 1+ year of experience

Ages: 6+

8/23/2022-5/9/2023 | Tues., 4:15-4:45 PM | 30 min.

Intermediate Tap

Miss Jessika

This class is for dancers with 2+ years of tap experience.

Prerequisite: 2+ year of experience

Ages: 8+

8/22/2022-5/8/2023 | Mon., 4:45-5:30 PM | 45 min.

Teen Tap

Miss Carrie

This class is for dancers new to tap or returning after a break from dance.

No prerequisite

Ages: 12-18

8/24/2022-5/10/2023 | Wed., 7:15-7:45 PM | 30 min.

Advanced Tap

Miss Jessika

This class is for more advanced tappers who have had at least 3 years of tap experience.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Ages: 10+

8/25/2022-5/11/2023 Thurs., 3:45-4:30 PM | 45 min.


Lyrical

Beginning Lyrical

Miss Carrie

This class is for dancers who are new to lyrical.

No prerequisite

Ages: 5+

8/22/2022-5/8/2023 | Mon., 5:45-6:15 PM | 30 min.

Lyrical 2

Miss Jessika

This class is for dancers who have completed Beginning Lyrical or have at least 1 year of experience.

Prerequisite: 1 year of lyrical experience

Ages: 6+

8/23/2022-5/9/2023 | Tues., 4:45-5:15 PM | 30 min.

Intermediate Lyrical

Miss Jessika

This class is for dancers with 2+ years of lyrical.

Prerequisite: 2 year of ballet experience

Ages: 8+

8/22/2022-5/8/2023 | Mon., 5:30-6:15 PM | 45 min.

teen lyrical

Miss Carrie

This class is for beginners or returning students that have taken a break from dance.

No prerequisite Ages: 12-18

8/22/2022-5/8/2023 | Mon., 7:45-8:15 PM | 30 min.

advanced lyrical

Miss Jessika

This class is for dancers with 3+ years of experience and by teacher recommendation.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Ages: 10+

8/23/2022-5/9/2023 | Tues., 8:45-9:30 PM | 45 min.


Combo classes

COMBO 1

Miss Jessika

This class is for children new to dance. Dancers are introduced to basic ballet and tap.

No Prerequisite

Ages: 3 to 4

8/22/2022-5/8/2023 | Mon., 3:30-4:00 PM | 30 min.

COMBO 2

Miss Jessika

This class is for dancers who have completed Combo 1. Dancers are introduced to basic ballet, tap, and tumble.

No Prerequisite

Ages: 4 to 5

8/24/2022-5/10/2023 | Wed., 3:30-4:00 PM | 30 min.

Combo 3

Miss Jessika

This class is for dancers who have completed Combo 2. Dancers are introduced to basic ballet, tap, and tumble.

No Prerequisite

Ages: 5+

8/24/2022-5/10/2023 | Wed., 4:00-4:45 PM | 45 min.


Tumbling Classes

Beginning tumbling

Miss Carrie

This class is for beginner tumblers.

No prerequisite

Ages: 6+

8/24/2022-5/10/2023 | Wed., 7:15-7:45 PM | 30 min.

intermediate tumbling

Miss Jessika

This class is for students who have mastered certain skills and will require teacher placement.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Ages: 8+

8/22/2022-5/8/2023 | Mon., 6:15-7:00 PM | 45 min.


Turns, Leaps, and Jumps

Turns, Leaps and Jumps

Miss Jessika

This class is open to all dancers wanting to work on their technique. This class is required for company dancers who are not taking a ballet class. Turns, Leaps, and Jumps class is a non-recital class.

No Prerequisite

Ages: 8+

8/22/2022-5/8/2023 | Mon., 8:00-9:00 PM | 60 min.

Company Classes

junior Company

Miss Jessika

Junior company is by teacher recommendation only and/or selected during tryouts. This class is for younger students who are serious about dance and are willing to stay focused and work hard during class.

All company dancers will be required to take Turns, Leaps, and Jumps or a ballet class but can take both. They are also willing to participate in any volunteer opportunities, parades, or performance opportunities that may be scheduled throughout the year.

Prerequisite: Placement Audition

Ages: 8+

8/22/2022-5/8/2023 Mon., 7:00-8:00 PM | 60 min.

Senior Company

Miss Jessika

Senior Company is by teacher recommendation only and/or selected during tryouts. This class is for students who are serious about dance and are willing to stay focused and work hard during class.

All company dancers will be required to take Turns, Leaps, and Jumps or a ballet class but can take both. They are also willing to participate in any volunteer opportunities, parades, or performance opportunities that may be scheduled throughout the year.

Prerequisite: Placement Audition

Ages: 12+

8/23/2022-5/9/2023 | Tues., 7:00-8:00 PM | 60 min.

Dance Academy Instructors


Carrie Blust
(Miss Carrie)

Carrie has been dancing for 18 years. She grew up in Sidney, Ohio and is currently residing in Delaware, Ohio. Carrie graduated from Bluffton University with a Bachelors in Education and currently is an Intervention Specialist. Carrie has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, acro, modern, and musical theater. Carrie began dancing at Sharon’s School of Dance and later became a member of the Sidney Dance Company. Carrie is excited to be a part of the Arts Castle team and for the opportunity to share her love for dance with others.


Lauren Cox
(Miss Lauren)

Lauren has exclusively studied classical ballet for fifteen years. She has performed in several productions, including The Nutcracker, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and Peter Pan. She loves all forms of dance and hopes to try new styles in the future. She teaches ballet to young students from her home, and is so excited to start teaching at the Delaware Arts Castle. She loves all things art and will be attending Columbus College of Art and Design in the fall.


Jessika Wickenheiser
(Miss Jessika)

Jessika is a dance instructor and choreographer who has taught in Lewis Center, Westerville and Sunbury area. At a young age Jessika had a passion for dance and began formal dance instruction at age 4. She enrolled at Dance Rhythms Studio where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, lyrical and hip hop. As her dancing progressed she earned spots on the studio’s competition teams dancing in jazz, tap and lyrical competitions.

Jessika was also an award winning competition soloist in lyrical and contemporary dance. Jessika’s love of the performing arts expanded when she began studying voice. She performed for four years as a member of her award winning high school choir and performed in multiple church and community musical productions. She also danced and sang as a member of the award winning WHS Ensemble.

Jessika has also instructed adults and children as a certified Zumba and dance fitness instructor and lead classes throughout central Ohio for the last five years. Jessika currently resides in Galena Ohio with her husband and two sons. Jessika is excited to share her passion of dance and the arts, and to inspire a new generation of young dancers.