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 will begin our 2020-2021 dance season virtually and we will work with local health officials to continually re-evaluate the current COVID-19 developments to determine when we can begin with in-person dance classes. Please check out the RETURN TO STUDIO PLAN for more information on phased approach to return to in person classes. Please see the the schedules and programs below for more details on changes to our 2020-2021 Dance Season.
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.*
REGISTRATION: Resident registration opens September 1 and non-resident registration opens September 8
RECITAL: This year we will be holding a “Performance Review” located outdoors at Pierce Park Pavilion May 10th-13th. Each dancer will perform at their already scheduled dance class time. For example: If your child dances Tuesday night from 4:30-5:00, then they will perform Tuesday May 11th from 4:30-5:00 at Pierce Park Pavilion. Each dancer is allowed 4 spectators to be socially distanced during the performance. This is a masked event!
Debbie Dannen Photography will be there to take individual pictures. Each dancer is welcome to wear an outfit/costume of their choice for the individual photographs. Remember we do not have dressing rooms so it must be something they can put over their black leotard and tights.
There will also be cookies, flowers, as well as a DVD of the performance for purchase.
COSTUMES: NO FEE for costumes. Our wonderful staff has gotten creative with using items our students may previously own, or purchasing a small accessory that will be borrowed property from UDA. This means those items will need to be returned to us after the performance. Each dancer will be required to wear a black leotard (any style is fine!), and either black leggings or tights. A spreadsheet with each classes costume, hair, and makeup (or no makeup if they are young) will emailed by end of April.
*Updated on 2/18/21. Dates are subject to change based on COVID-19 updates as the season progresses.
We are excited to offer a variety of dance programs for the summer of 2021!
PRESCHOOL DANCE: 6-week program where the little ones get started on techniques and have fun moving!
YOUTH DANCE CLASSES: 6-week workshop style classes for beginner students to learn new skills and intermediate/advanced students to have some fun trying out new choreography. This is a great way to get exposure to different genres.
SUMMER INTRO TO DANCE SERIES: 4-week series intended for those that cannot commit to the 6-week session. It combines multiple styles of dance in one class.
LOCATIONS: NEW for 2021! 2 locations
City Center Plaza, 2nd floor Studios 1,2,3 AND
Jones Park Pavilion (301 W. Lawrence St.)
DATES: 6 week class – Week of June 21-week of August 5 (no classes the week of July 5)
4 week class – June 21 – July 19 (no class July 5)
FEE: 6 week class – $35/resident & $60/non-resident
4 week class – $25/resident & $50/non-resident
Beginner- New to dance or have had 1-2 years of dance instruction
Intermediate/Advanced – 2+ years of dance instruction
Fall Dance Schedule is coming soon!
REGISTRATION: Resident registration opens May 4, 2021 and non-resident registration opens May 11, 2021
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.
This preschool dance class will develop your child’s muscle control, coordination, balance, strength, flexibility and poise while learning basic tumbling moves.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Dancers incorporate singing, acting, and dancing. Musical theater emphasizes telling a story through theatrical movements. Musical theater pulls knowledge from ballet, tap, and jazz. This is a fun class for those interested in dramatic expression and trying something new! From beginner to advanced student this class is for everyone!
Intro to Dance Workshops
In our new outdoor location, our staff will focus on one style of dance each week- Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Lyrical. It is for the dancer who wants to try different forms of dance all in one workshop.
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. Beginning in Spring 2021, we are offering TWO separate classes – you are welcome to take one or both!
**Please note that the instructor and participants will be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing in the studio to keep everyone safe while enjoying this fun, engaging class.**
LOCATION: City Center Plaza, 2nd floor, Studio 2
|Belly Dance Technique||May 5-June 9||6:55-7:55 p.m.||$60||214104-W2|
|Belly Dance Combo/Choreo||May 5-June 9||8:10-9:10 p.m.||$60||214104-W3|
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.
LOCATION: City Center Plaza, 2nd floor, Studio
WINTER SESSION- ALL LEVELS (EVENING)
DATES: January 6- March 3 (9 weeks)
TIME: 6:55-7:35 p.m.
FEE: $45 resident/ $80 non-resident
CLASS #: 114104-W1
SPRING SESSION- ALL LEVELS (EVENING)
DATES: April 7- 28 (4 weeks)
TIME: 6:45-7:25 p.m.
FEE: $20 resident/ $55 non-resident
CLASS #: 214104-W1
THE UDA Online Apparel Store is not open at this time.
UDA Attire Requirements
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
225 E. College Ave Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 749-0305 (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop Shoes)
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.
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