Unity Dance Academy (UDA) is a non-competitive dance program offered by Appleton Parks and Recreation. UDA is a family oriented dance studio where everyone feels welcome.  Our goal is simple: to offer superior instruction on a wide variety of dance genres. We offer preschool, youth and adult classes. Our instructors will demonstrate our philosophy: have fun, meet a new friend and enjoy being in a dance class.

PLAYING IT SAFE:  We are making a few changes to our program for the 2020-2021 Dance Season to keep our participants and instructors safe.  Please see the the schedules and programs below for details.

PLAYING IT SAFE: Due to COVID-19, we have canceled our 2020 Preschool Dance Program.

We offer introductory classes to learn the beginning movements and terminology of dance. Students are invited into a world of dance by experience teachers and are encouraged to learn while having fun. Instruction includes progressions, center work and learning a dance featuring rhythm and movement to a variety of music. 

Acceptable attire are shorts and a t-shirt or leotard with tights.  Clothes should be comfortable and easy to move in.  All shoes should be free from debris and dirt.


 
Preschool Tumbling

This preschool dance class will develop your child’s muscle control, coordination, balance, strength, flexibility and poise while learning basic tumbling moves.

 

 


 
Preschool Tap-Ballet-Jazz

This preschool dance class is an introductory class focusing on the beginning movements and terminology of dance.  Students are welcomed into the world of dance by experienced teachers and are encouraged to learn while having fun.  Instruction includes progressions, center work and learning a dance featuring rhythm and movement to a variety of music.  

PLAYING IT SAFE: Due to COVID-19, the start of the 2020-2021 Dance Season will be postponed until November.  Class sizes will be limited based on space and genre.  Start times will be staggered to eliminate overlap.  All participants and instructors will be required to wear a mask.  Each participant is only allowed to register for a maximum of 2 classes.*

CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED 2020-2021 Youth Dance Schedule*

REGISTRATION: Resident registration opens September 1 and non-resident registration opens September 8

RECITAL:  Students will perform in a recital scheduled at the completion of the season. Recital will be held outdoors at a location TBD. Recital dates are May 15 &16 with backup rain dates of May 22 & 23.*   Please note that these dates are Saturdays and Sundays.

COSTUMES:  There will be NO traditional costume fees. However we may charge a maximum of $10 per student per level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) for recital apparel in winter of 2021. Details TBD. All dancers participating in recital are expected to provide their own black leotard, and black leggings as well as the appropriate shoes per each style of dance. This will eliminate the problem of no changing rooms for our dancers in an outdoor venue. But most importantly we listened to our families and understand many are dealing with financial hardships. We want to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all of our dance families.

*Dates are subject to change based on COVID-19 updates as the season progresses.  

STREET JAZZ

You will learn jazz dance techniques and choreography in this fun and safe outdoor setting. Classes will take place rain or shine so please dress accordingly. Shoes with little to no tread are recommended. DO NOT wear your jazz shoes on the concrete.  PLEASE NOTE! Participants will be required to wear a mask if we have over 10 participants per class.  

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE
AGES: 7-11
LOCATION: Pierce Park Pavilion (1035 W. Prospect Ave.)
DAY/DATES: Thursdays, September 24 & October 1
TIME: 4:00-4:45 p.m.
FEE: $12 residents/$15 non-residents
CLASS #: 414108-W1

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
AGES:
12-18
LOCATION: 
Pierce Park Pavilion (1035 W. Prospect Ave.)
DAY/DATES:
Thursdays, September 24 & October 1
TIME:
5:00-5:45 p.m.
FEE: 
$12 residents/$15 non-residents
CLASS #: 414108-W1

MUSICAL THEATER

You will learn the art of storytelling through acting and dancing as well as choreography in this fun and safe outdoor setting. Classes will take place rain or shine so please dress accordingly. Shoes with little to no tread are recommended. DO NOT wear your jazz shoes on the concrete.  PLEASE NOTE! Participants will be required to wear a mask if we have over 10 participants per class.  

OPEN TO ALL LEVELS
AGES:
7-18
LOCATION: 
Pierce Park Pavilion (1035 W. Prospect Ave.)
DAY/DATES:
Thursdays, September 24 & October 1
TIME:
6:00-6:45 p.m.
FEE: 
$12 residents/$15 non-residents
CLASS #: 414108-W1

Levels:

Beginner – Beginner 3: No experience to 3 years of experience in specific genre of class looking to participate in.

Intermediate – Intermediate 3: 3 – 5 years of experience in specific genre of class looking to participate in.

Advanced – Advanced 3: 5+ years of experience in specific genre of class looking to participate in.

**NOTE: Some classes are by instructor approval only, i.e.: All Pointe’ classes and Advanced Acrobat class.  We are happy to assist with testing to be sure you are registering for the appropriate class for your dancer by evaluating against the criteria.


 

Acrobatics/Tumbling

Class focuses on tricks, flexibility and body strengthening. Students learn the fundamentals of movement and timing as well as partner stunts.  The skills learned transfer easily to other activities such as poms and cheerleading.  Advanced Acro placement is by instructor recommendation only. Flexibility, good cardio and no fear are what drive this level of class!


 

Ballet

The foundation of all dance forms and essential for reaching one’s fullest potential as a dancer.  Body placement, flexibility, balance, strength and technique are achieved through barre and center floor work.  In ballet, students will not only develop grace and poise but the self-discipline needed to excel as a dancer.


 

Pointé

Secondary to a minimum of five consecutive years of Ballet Class with a minimum of one year of technique class.  Core strength and ankle strength worked on each class. Absenteeism must be kept to a minimum because of the technicality of this dance form.  We are happy to assist with testing to be sure this is the appropriate class for your dancer by evaluating against the criteria.


 

Hip Hop

This is a fun, energetic class combining street dance, hip-hop and jazz.  This style of dance can be seen in music videos. Class will be tasteful and age appropriate.


 

Jazz

This exciting, upbeat style emphasizes proper body alignment and clean technique.  Classes include stretch and strength exercise, a barre warm-up, across the floor exercises, combinations and center floor work.  Students will work on body isolations, musicality, and turns, kicks and jumps. Ballet is strongly recommended as an enhancement to this class and essential for those striving toward the highest level of skill.


 

Theater Jazz

Jazz dance evoloved in the 1950s into the new, smooth style jazz called Theater Jazz.  This is an energetic and fun class that will prepare a dancer in theater jazz terminology, the use of theater props, stage makeup and fundamentals of theater.


 

Lyrical

Jazz dance evoloved in the 1950s into the new, smooth style jass called Theater Jazz.  This is an energetic and fun class that will prepare a dancer in theater jass terminology, the use of theater props, stage makeup and fundamentals of theater.


 

Tap

This class teaches rhythmic skills, coordination, precision and musicality.  Students will learn tap fundamentals and steps and combinations as well as explore a variety of tap styles.


 

Modern Dance

Modern dance encourages a dancer’s own interpretations rather than a structured routine like traditional ballet dancing. The modern dance style favors abstract dance movements that express the dancer’s innermost feelings. If you love to dance and enjoy interpreting the music into abstract dance form, then come check out our new Modern Dance class.

 

Adult Belly Dance Classes

Come experience the Art of Belly Dance with Navah Mirage! We will joyfully explore techniques, combinations, fitness and fun in this mixed level session. Come prepared to make new friends in a high energy class setting.

AGE: 19+
LOCATION: City Center Plaza, 2nd floor, Studio 2
DAY: Wednesdays

SUMMER/FALL SESSION
DATES
: August 5- September 23, 2020
TIME: 6:45-7:45 p.m.
FEE: $80
CLASS #: 414108-W1

FALL II SESSION 
DATES
: October 14-November 18, 2020
TIME: 6:45-7:45 p.m.
FEE: $60
CLASS #: 414108-W2

WINTER SESSION 
DATES
: January 6- February 24. 2020
TIME: 6:45-7:45 p.m.
FEE: $80
CLASS #: 114108-W1


 

Adult Tap Dance Classes

This class teaches rhythmic skills, coordination, precision, and musicality.  Participants will learn tap fundamentals, steps, and combinations as well as explore a variety of tap styles.  Bring a friend and enjoy this timeless art that gets better with age. 

AGE: 19+
LOCATION: City Center Plaza, 2nd floor, Studio 

FALL SESSION- ALL LEVELS (EVENING)
DATES: September 23- November 18 (9 weeks)
DAY: Wednesday
TIME: 6:45-7:25 p.m.
FEE: $45 resident/ $80 non-resident
CLASS #: 414104-W1

FALL SESSION- BEGINNER (MORNING)
DATES
: September 25- October 16 (4 weeks)
DAY: Friday
TIME: 10:00- 10:40 a.m. 
FEE: $20 resident/ $55 non-resident
CLASS #: 414104-F1

WINTER SESSION- ALL LEVELS (EVENING)
DATES
: January 6- March 3 (9 weeks)
DAY: Wednesday
TIME: 6:45-7:25 p.m.
FEE: $45 resident/ $80 non-resident
CLASS #: 114104-W1

WINTER SESSION- BEGINNER (MORNING)
DATES
: January 8- January 29 (4 weeks)
DAY: Friday
TIME: 10:00- 10:40 a.m. 
FEE: $20 resident/ $55 non-resident
CLASS #: 114104-F1

THE UDA Online Apparel Store is not open at this time.

 

UDA Attire Requirements

Download Dress Code by Genre
 

All Genres:  Students should come to class wearing minimal jewelry.  Long earrings are especially unsafe.  Students should also come with their hair pulled back and away from their face.  Please label your dance shoes to help ensure they are not lost!  Please no jeggings or midriff-baring tops!  We also ask that students do not wear street shoes in the studio.

Ballet/Pointe: A leotard and skirt/shorts or fitted dance attire that is comfortable to move in.  Tops such as tanks or fitted tees are acceptable.  Bottoms may include shorts (with tights), yoga or jazz capris or leggings.  Wearing fitted clothing allows your teacher to be sure you are moving your body in the correct way to prevent injury.  It is highly recommended that pointe dancers wear tights with their pointe shoes.  Ballet slippers are required.  Any style is appropriate so long as they are ballet pink (not white or black.)

Lyrical: A leotard and shorts or fitted dance attire that is comfortable to move in.  Tops such as tanks or fitted tees are acceptable.  Bottoms may include shorts (with tights), yoga or jazz capris and leggings.  Wearing fitted clothing allows your teacher to be sure you are moving your body in the correct way to prevent injury.  Tan jazz shoes, foot undies, dance paws, or half-sole jazz shoes in nude are required.

Jazz: A leotard and skirt/shorts or fitted dance attire that is comfortable to move in.  Tops such as tanks or fitted tees are acceptable.  Bottoms may include shorts (with tights), yoga or jazz capris and leggings.  Wearing fitted clothing allows your teacher to be sure you are moving your body in the correct way to prevent injury.  Black jazz shoes, either slip on or lace up are required.

Tap: A leotard and skirt/shorts or fitted dance attire that is comfortable to move in.  Tops such as tanks or fitted tees are acceptable.  Bottoms may include shorts (with tights), yoga and jazz capris or leggings.  Wearing fitted clothing allows your teacher to be sure you are moving your body in the correct way to prevent injury.  Tap shoes in an oxford or slip on style are required.  Please no heeled tap shoes.  (For young students, elastics to replace the laces are recommended.)

Hip Hop: It is preferred if you wear loose or baggy clothing that you are comfortable moving in.  Acceptable attire includes tank tops, t-shirts, sweat pants, dance pants, shorts, athletic apparel, etc.  Students should have black hip hop shoes.  New this year: Advanced Hip hop students should have “double platinum sequin sneakers” (Converse style) dance shoes.

Acrobatics: A leotard and shorts or fitted dance attire that is comfortable to move in.  Tops such as tanks or fitted tees are acceptable.  Bottoms may include shorts, yoga and jazz capris or leggings.  It is highly recommended that students wear a leotard or sports bra under their clothing, as they will be upside down throughout the class.  Boys should wear a shirt long enough to tuck in.  Student should be bare foot during class.

UDA Recommended Shoe Vendors

 

Dance

225 E. College Ave Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 749-0305 (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop Shoes)

Discount Dance

www.discountdance.com
1.800.328.7107 (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop Shoes)

All advanced shoes should be purchased through the Dance Store or Discount Dance. Please confirm the appropriate shoe with your instructor before making a purchase. All appropriate dance shoes and attire should be in class by the 3rd week of classes unless approved otherwise. Pictures of the shoes are provided in the Dress Code by Genre Information Packet.

For additional questions, please contact Erin Zintek at [email protected]

Unity Dance Academy Studios are located at the City Center Plaza on the 2nd Floor

Parking is available in various downtown ramps and metered street parking.  See parking options map for locations and prices.

MAP AND DIRECTIONS

PARKING OPTIONS MAP

 

We would love to hear from you!

Recreation Coordinator for Unity Dance Academy:
Erin Zintek [email protected] or 920.832.3944

Appleton Parks & Recreation:
Email at [email protected] or phone at: 920.832.5905

Customer Service is located at 100 N. Appleton Street, Appleton WI on the 1st Floor of City Hall