Class Descriptions

“All for dance. Dance for all.” means  that students of all ages, interests, and skill levels can find joy in the art of dance.  

COVID-19 UPDATE: At Twirl, we are ready and capable to adapt to changing circumstances as they unfold. We currently offer both in-person/hybrid and virtual options for every class on our 2021-22 season schedule. Dance classes are operated in accordance to CDC and PA Dept of Health guidelines. No matter what comes our way, Twirl is committed to excellence in all of our offerings as we prioritize the health and wellness of our families. To learn specifics about Twirl’s safety protocols for the 2021-22 season please click the button below. For frequently asked questions about our 2021-22 season policies and protocols please click here.

At Twirl, class placement is important to the success and happiness of all students. Please read the class descriptions to ensure that students are registered for the proper levels. Teaching artists at Twirl reserve the right to redirect students to a different level if they feel it is beneficial to the student and the class.

A Note about 2021-22 season class options– Twirl is offering both in-person and virtual options for all classes for the 2021-22 season. Tuition is the same for either option. Classes size limits are the same as a normal season, and until social distancing guidelines are adjusted, eleven to thirteen students can dance at the studio in each class depending on the room. For classes with a student enrollment that exceeds socially distant student limits, the class will operate with a hybrid model. That means that every week eleven to thirteen students (depending on the room) will be in person at the studio and the remainder will Zoom in from home. This will rotate weekly. As situations change, families can switch from virtual only to in-person classes and vice versa at any time.

Preschool Dance

Twirl Junior Preschool Dance- (ages 3-5)* Imaginations soar when little ones wear fairy wings and superhero capes as part of this combination class which focuses on tap, acrobatics, and dance basics.  Aside from dance, your preschooler will learn counting, their left from right, and other skills that will help them excel in school and life. To learn more about Twirl Junior click here.

*Students must be at least 3 years of age by September 12, 2020 to enroll in Twirl’s 2020-2021 preschool dance classes.

I have three very different girls and they all have found love and joy for dance at this amazing studio!



Ballet/Jazz I, II, and III– (ages 5-7) It’s the best of both worlds! In one hour, your child will begin with the classic technique of ballet and end with the fun and funky dance moves of jazz. Each dance form compliments the other as students gain a solid dance base and have tons of fun in the process. Level I (ages 5-6) is designed for kindergarteners and also first graders with no ballet/jazz dance experience. Ballet/Jazz II (ages 6-7) is for first graders with previous dance experience and also second graders with no dance training. Level III (ages 7+) is geared toward second graders who have studied dance (at Twirl or elsewhere) in the previous season.

Ballet I– (ages 8+) Perfect for students taking dance for fun or dancers who are serious about their craft, this level I class is beneficial for posture and focus while establishing a strong technical foundation for other forms of dance. Ballet I is the ideal level for third graders transitioning to Twirl’s 8+ level of dance classes.

Ballet II– (classes for ages 9+) Students fourth grade and older with previous ballet training will love dancing barre and center floor combinations that will feed their spirits and strengthen their dance technique.

Ballet III and IV- (ages 10+) Dancers with at least two years of ballet training will plié the night away in this higher-level ballet class. Students will grow as dancers while they gain strength, control, and beautiful technique through more challenging barre work and center floor combinations. Level placement is based on teacher recommendation.

Ballet V- (ages 11+) Turns, leaps, and beats. Ballet V is for Twirl’s most advanced ballet students. Level placement is based on teacher recommendation.

Pre-Pointe– (ages 11+) Pre-pointe is a 30-minute class of strengthening and technique to prepare students to dance en pointe for the following season.  Twirl has a unique partnership with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in our assessment of pointe readiness for the dancers in this class. Pointe readiness will be assessed individually by Twirl’s teaching artist and dance/sports specialists from CHOP toward the end of the dance season. Students ages 11+ must be approved or recommended to register for pre-pointe and are required to take two additional ballet classes each week.

Pointe– (ages 11+) Dancers work on strengthening, conditioning, and dance artistry as they safely navigate the world of dancing en pointe. All pointe students must have completed Twirl’s pre-pointe program or have previous pointe training. Pointe students who are new to Twirl and have not completed Twirl’s pre-pointe class, must pass an assessment before being approved to take this class. All pointe students must also be enrolled in at least two ballet classes per week.

Musical Theatre Dance

To learn more about Twirl’s Musical Theatre Dance program click here.

Musical Theatre Dance Ia, Ib and Ic- (classes for ages 5-7) Your child who loves dancing and being on stage will thrive in this jazz-based class that focuses on dance styles found in Broadway musicals. Students not only learn dance technique, but also work on acting skills and performing with emotion and stage presence. Level Ia (ages 5-6) is designed for kindergarteners and also first graders with no jazz dance experience. Ib (ages 6-7) is for first graders with previous dance experience and also second graders with no dance training. Level Ic (ages 7+) is geared toward second graders who have studied dance (at Twirl or elsewhere) in the previous season.

Musical Theatre Dance IIa and IIb– (classes for ages 8-10) Level II musical theatre dance classes focus on different dance styles found on the Broadway stage and other theatrical venues. Musical Theatre Dance IIa (ages 8-10) is geared toward third through fifth grade dancers who are at the beginner/intermediate level. Musical Theatre Dance IIb classes (ages 9+) are for more advanced fourth grade dancers and fifth graders with two years of recent musical theatre dance/jazz dance training.

Musical Theatre Dance III– (ages 11+) Dancers who dream of performing on Broadway are challenged with contrasting musical theatre styles that require both dance technique and performance quality. This class is great for beginner/intermediate dancers age 11+ and for singers who wish to improve the dance aspect of their triple threat.

Musical Theatre Dance IV– (ages 10+) Intermediate/advanced musical theatre dancers hone in on jazz dance technique and learn dance styles and choreography that are practical for musicals, theme parks, cruise ships, and other stage productions.

Musical Theatre Dance V– (ages 11+) Twirl’s highest level of musical theatre dance features advanced dance technique training and choreography.


Tap/Jazz I, II, and III– (ages 5-7) What kid wouldn’t love to make noise with their feet and then bust a move to cool tunes? Tap, tap, tap to the music and then get moving with some awesome jazz dancing. Your child will have a great time learning both disciplines of dance in one class. Cool, fun, and action packed! Level I (ages 5-6) is designed for kindergarteners and also first graders with no tap/jazz dance experience. Tap/Jazz II (ages 6-7) is for first graders with previous dance experience and also second graders with no dance training. Level III (ages 7+) is geared toward second graders who have studied tap/jazz dance (at Twirl or elsewhere) in the previous season.

Tap I– (ages 8+) Beginner tappers will fall in love with this style of dance as they train in the basics of tap technique and rhythm, providing the framework for tap classes in years to come.

Tap II (ages 9+) Tap dancers with at least one year of recent tap training since third grade will learn cool moves like time steps, drawbacks, Cincinnati’s, and other awesome classic tap steps.

Tap III (ages 9+) Intermediate tappers will love hoofing their way through the hour as they gain tap skills that require pullbacks and pickups.

Tap IV (ages 10+) This class will challenge proficient tappers with intricate footwork, complex rhythms, and advanced tap steps.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop- (classes for ages 8+ and 11+) Dancers learn how to find the rhythm and the baseline in a song as they build core strength and learn really cool dance moves. Dancers are also given the tools to develop their own creative style and voice through freestyle dancing. Like all classes at Twirl, music for hip hop classes is free of suggestive or inappropriate lyrics and choreography is cool, hip, and current while maintaining modesty and integrity.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance I, II, and III– (classes for ages 9+, 10+ and 11+) Students will love dancing out their joys and frustrations through this super expressive genre of dance, which is a fusion of ballet, jazz, and modern. Level I (ages 9+) is for first year contemporary dance students, level II (ages 10+) is geared toward dancers with at least one year of contemporary training, and level III is designed for advanced dancers .  NOTE: All contemporary dance students must also be enrolled in a ballet class.

Jazz Dance

Jazz I– (ages 8+) New to Twirl for the 2021-22 season, beginner level students will love dancing this dynamic dance style to popular music. Grounded in technique, Jazz I students will be laying a solid foundation for their dance training.


Acrobatics I– (classes for ages 5-7 and 6+) Bring out the mats and let’s get upside down! It’s not a surprise that these are some of Twirl’s most popular classes. Students work on physical conditioning and agility as they learn handstands, walkovers, cartwheels, and other fun tumbling tricks. Students are challenged according to their individual skill level, and beginners are welcome.

Acrobatics II— (ages 6+) Level II is Twirl’s intermediate level acrobatics class. Along with strength and flexibility training, this class focuses on cartwheel variations, walkovers, and balancing skills. The prerequisite for this class is a consistent bridge kickover. For clarification on this skill please click here.

Acrobatics III— (ages 7+) This class is designed for acrobats who want to bring their skills to the next level. Students work on back handsprings, aerial cartwheels, and other more advanced acrobatic tricks as well as exercises to improve flexibility and strength. Having a solid back walkover and bridge recover (standing up from a bridge) are required prerequisites for this class. For clarification on these skills please click here.

Performance Team

Team Twirl I, II, III, and IV– (levels for ages 6-7, 8-9, 9+, and 11+) Team Twirl is a performance group that gives Twirl dancers more opportunities to have a positive presence in the community though public performances (not dance competitions). Team Twirl classes include dance technique and learning choreography for these performances. Team Twirl I dancers ages 6 to 7 (first and second graders) are required to take at least two classes a week including at least one technique class (Ballet/Jazz, Tap/Jazz, or Musical Theatre Dance) plus Team Twirl I. Team Twirl dancers ages 8+ (Team Twirl II, III and IV) are required to take at least three classes a week including at least one Ballet class, plus Musical Theatre Dance or Jazz or Contemporary, plus Team Twirl II, III or IV (based on teacher recommendation). Team Twirl level placement is based on teacher recommendation, and students who are part of this performance group are required to attend at least 70% of all their required classes for Team Twirl. The Team Twirl class is considered a regular class when it comes to paying tuition. Click here for more details.

Down Syndrome Dance

Down Syndrome Dance– (ages  10+) Students with Down syndrome work on improving movement skills, creativity, and memorization as they explore jazz and musical theatre dance styles. Learn more about Twirl’s Down Syndrome Dance program by clicking here.