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Spring 2016 Programs

Session 1:
Saturdays, January 30th to February 27th
January 23rd Cancelled Due to Impending Weather. 

Session 1 Cost: $60 per child

Session 2:
Saturdays, March 19th to April 23rd

Session 2 Cost: $72 per child

9:30 a.m to 10:15 a.m.: 
Creative Dance (4 -5 yr. olds, New Students)

10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:
Creative Dance (4 -5 yr. olds, Returning Students)

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: 
Lyrical Contemporary (6 to 8 yr. olds)

11:45 am - 12:45 a.m.:
Hip-Hop/Jazz (9 - 12 yr. olds)

Class Content Questions: Elizabeth Gibbons (570) 422-3331
Registration Questions: Conference Services (570) 422-3061

Due to the Winter Storm Watch: January 23rd, 2016 class has been Cancelled.

Classes will be held in the Fine and Performing Arts Building at 125 Fine Arts Drive.

These classes are taught by student members of the East Stroudsburg University Dance Company under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Gibbons, and by community guest artists.

Classes incorporate two concepts:

  1. Learning concepts and skills of dance technique enhances a child's body awareness, alignment, control, and appreciation for line, design, and rhythm.
  2. Children develop self-awareness and self-expression with guidance through the magic of dance in exploring motion and emotions.

Registration fee varies according to the length of the session. More information may be requested by contacting the Office of Conference Services at (570) 422-3061.

Children's Dance

The 4-5 yr. olds class - focuses on awareness of the body, spatial concepts such as shape, size and level, and qualities of motion such as strength and lightness. Children in this class will also begin learning age-appropriate dance phrases.

The 6-8 yr. olds class - includes creative dance and ballet and modern dance technique designed for the greater ability to control movement appropriate for this developmental level.

The 9-12 yr olds class - Hop/Jazz focuses on the body alignment, strength and flexibility, rhythm and energy for hip-hop and jazz dance.”

What Should My Child Wear? Footless tights and a leotard, a unitard, shorts or leggings and a shirt. Long hair must be pulled back neatly in a ponytail, braid or bun. No jewelry or dangling earrings, which are distracting in class and may catch on clothing.

Our "No Recital" Policy Because the focus of our program is on dance education, we do not have a complicated recital with showy costumes. Rather than spending most of the class preparing "routines" for a year-end recital, class time is spent in dance education emphasizing creativity, skill development, control, discipline, learning to work with others, enjoyment of movement and love for dance and the arts. The last class day of a session is for showing and sharing so that family and friends can see what children have been learning. Sometimes parents are asked to participate if they are willing! Bring a camera, applause, and hugs for your little dancer!

A Note About Our Classes and Our Teachers

Our teachers and assistants are students at East Stroudsburg University. Many are majoring in Elementary Education or Movement Studies & Exercise Science Teacher Certification. All have a background in dance and teaching experience. Students are under the supervision of Elizabeth Gibbons, Ph. D., who has extensive experience teaching a wide variety of dance forms.


The Community Dance Program is taught in the Fine Arts Building on at the corner of Marguerite and Normal St. 

How do I register?

Print the registration form and mail with payment (check or money order) to:

Office of Conference Services
East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect St
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

*Payments in person may be in cash, check or money order.