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.
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!
City Center Plaza, 2nd floor Studios 1,2,3 WEDNESDAYS
Jones Park Pavilion (301 W. Lawrence St.) TUESDAYS
Telulah Park Pavilion (1300 Newberry St.) THURSDAYS
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
REGISTRATION: Resident registration opens July 14, 2021 and non-resident registration opens July 28, 2021
LOCATION: City Center Plaza, 2nd floor
FEE: $45 resident/$70 non-resident
FALL SESSION: October 2 – December 11 (No class Oct. 23, Nov. 24 & 27)
WINTER SESSION: January 8 – March 5
|FALL CLASS#||WINTER CLASS#|
|Move and Groove Twos||2||Wednesday||4:15-4:45 p.m.||3||411602-W1||111602-W1|
DATES AND LOCATION: March 25 & 26, 2022 at Appleton North High School.
THEME: “Streaming Now”
COSTUME PAYMENTS DUE: October 12, 2021
COSTUME MEASUREMENTS: Parents will be measuring their own child this year. Please watch the following video on how to get the correct measurements. How to Measure for Costumes
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.
Preschool Tap-Ballet-Jazz & 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.
Move And Groove TWO’S
This is a parent child class intended for our youngest dancers. Parents are expected to be in the studio with their child for the entirety of the class. The focus will be on muscle control, coordination, balance, and following along with the teacher and other students in a fun upbeat musical environment. Attire: Comfortable clothes and either ballet slippers or bare feet. This is a 9-week program.
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||September 8* – November 17||5:45-6:45 p.m.||$110||414108-W1|
|Belly Dance Technique||September 8* – November 17||7:00-8:00 p.m.||$110||414108-W2|
|Belly Dance Combo/Choreo||December 1 – 15||5:45-6:45 p.m.||$45||414108-W3|
|Belly Dance Combo/Choreo||December 1 – 15||7:00-8:00 p.m.||$45||414108-W4|
|Belly Dance Technique||January 5 – February 23||5:45-6:45 p.m.||$96||114108-W1|
|Belly Dance Combo/Choreo||January 5 – February 23||7:00-8:00 p.m.||$96||114108-W2|
*Please note this is a different start date than is printed in our Activity Guide. These are the correct dates.
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
FALL SESSION- ALL LEVELS
DATES: September 15 – November 17
TIME: 7:30-8:10 p.m.
FEE: $45 resident/ $80 non-resident
CLASS #: 414104-W1
WINTER SESSION- ALL LEVELS
DATES: January 5- March 2 (9 weeks)
TIME: 7:30-8:10 p.m.
FEE: $45 resident/ $80 non-resident
CLASS #: 114104-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