Special Videos & Activities

Special Videos & Activities to Keep You Moving!

We're posting videos and activities to keep you moving at home. We have had classes with many of these instructors at dance conventions. 

For All Dancers there is a "DANCERS FEET" link for technique.

  • Ballet

    Barre for 7 and up dancers =  Remember for barre to use a chair back,   table or Kitchen counter. Barre height should be just below your shoulders with your arms in 2nd.  You may even challenge your self with holding your position and balance by letting go of the barre for as long as you can. Work on your French words.    

  • Intermediate-advance ballet

    There are also some center floor   combinations. Parts may be used in new choreography.

  • Tap

    Here is a link for a tap barre to work on technique. Remember which part of the foot makes your tap sounds. Practice your steps for recital... 

  • Jazz & Hip Hop

    Warm ups, stretch & conditioning links. Remember your recital dance choreography, watch old movie musicals. Be sure to check age appropriateness. 

  • Acro

    Remember your space/ safety firsts: Warm ups, practice your tricks that you can do alone [that means no spotter to help] stretch, stretch, stretch.   

    Stretching Technique Videos

  • Tots and Combo

    Many parents have recorded dances during class on Visiting Day. Please practice along with the recording and we encourage you to share them with other dancers in your class. 

Round 2! Special Videos & Activities to Keep You Moving!

Please use these new videos below to keep your skills and flexibility. We are preparing your dances online, until then enjoy these moves.

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2020 Recital & Fall Dance Info

Dear Dance Family, 

First and foremost we hope your family is healthy and safe. Please know our hearts are with you and we are aware of the physical and financial impact of the Covid–19 virus on you, our students and your families. 

The safety of our dance families is important to us. 

It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing there will be a different format for recital this year. We have explored many avenues, but with the procedures and precautions that are necessary as we prepare to re-open we have concluded that our traditional recital will not be possible for the 2019-2020 dance season. This has been a difficult decision to make. 

 However, we are planning on all dancers participating in a photo slide show in costumes for our Recital this year. See below for more information. 

Our theme is “Together In Heart”. We know everyone is anxious to get things back to a new normal and enjoy summer as we prepare for fall. Thank you teachers for helping us work through this together.  The following may answer some of your questions: 

Recital/Slide Show: With your help, a Recital/Slide Show will be available on our Website battlecreekdance.com in mid to late August. Information about this activity will be mailed to you in a few weeks. We can’t wait to see you in your spectacular costume! 

Tuition: A statement of your account will be mailed to you in a few weeks. You should have paid through March. The statement should include fundraiser credits, costume balances and other credits. All credits not used will be carried forward to our next session. Directions for making payments will be included with your statement. 

T-Shirt: A special T-shirt is being designed to commemorate this unusual year. It will be a black shirt with white and red lettering: “Further apart but together in heart Shari Rarick School of Dance 2020.” Information about ordering T-shirts will be included with your statement. 

Costumes: A special costume pick up date is being organized. Detailed information for the costume pick up will be included with your statement 

Professional Photos: If there is an interest, we will have a photographer available at the studio for our traditional recital photos. Please “contact us” on the web site in you are interested is having photos taken. 

Summer activities: Summer classes are still in question depending on State guidelines. If you are interested in a three-day workshop in August, or princess camp or Sparkle intensive, please complete the Registration form available at battlecreekdance.com.  

Fall classes: We are planning to begin Fall classes on Tuesday, September 8.
Please complete the Registration Form as soon as possible so your fall class schedule can be completed. 


“Band” App: During the state mandated closure, we posted class information and technique for students using this format because it allowed us to use music and keep your classes private. Invitations were sent out via email – one for each class the student was enrolled in. In addition to the class bands, there is also a general Band for announcements for our whole student body. Postings remain viewable for 30 days. If you are not connected through Band please send us your email on the “contact us” button on the web site.

https://band.us/band/79654223 

We are looking at continuing use of this app for future dance seasons as it may come in handy on snow days or for students who have to miss class days and need to catch up on choreography. Stay tuned for more information to come. 

Questions: Click the “contact us” button and use comments box with your message. You can also leave a message on the Studio phone [269-963-0669]. 

We Can Do This Together !! 

Happy Dancing, Miss Shari and Staff 



Dance School Policy

New Dance School Policies

2021 - 2022

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Welcome!  We are excited to begin classes Tues Sept 7th.  Our great staff can't wait to see you and get started.  We have a fun year planned with wonderful educational movements and opportunities.  Hope you had a wonderful summer.

 Please be aware and watch for postings of requests for face masks.  Students are always welcome to leave their mask on.  As of right now the status is:  If you are unvaccinated please wear mask in common areas.  Students once in dance rooms may remove them.  We have hooks on the wall for masks.  We are continuing our daily cleaning with 24-48 hr disinfectant products.  

Hope you had a wonderful summer!  Welcome back to dance school.  Happy Dancing,

~ Miss Shari and Staff

Our class schedule is not posted on our website as we would like to be sure to guide our students into the correct level for their age and experience. The instructors will also observe and invite students to try additional levels if needed to complete their schedules. Thank you.

Dance Class Age Information


Mom & Me: 2-4 1/2 yrs old with adult, 4-5 class sessions throughout the year

Tiny Tots: 3 & 4 yrs olds by Sept. 1

Junior Combo: 5 yrs old by Sept. 1

Senior Combo: 6 yrs old by Sept. 1

Ballet: starting at 7 yrs old

Tap: starting at 7 yrs old

Jazz: starting at 7 yrs old

 

Acrobatics: starting at 7 yrs old

Hip Hop: starting at 7 yrs old

Lyrical: 11 years old (with Ballet & Jazz background, taken along with Ballet & Jazz)

Boys: Guys are welcome in any course.

Adult Tap: No experience required

Adult Ballet: Drop in, no experience required

Dance Class Information


  • MOM AND ME

    2-4 1/2 yrs.
    5 classes at 30 min each. Stretch clothes, avoid zippers and buttons, shoes are not necessary, socks are acceptable.

  • TOTS

    (Ballet, Acro, and Rhythm)
    3 to 4 by Sept 1 - 45 min.
    Leotard, tights, and pink ballet shoes.

  • JUNIOR COMBINATION

    (Ballet, Acro, and Tap)
    5 yrs. & 6-year olds by Sept 1 - 1 hour.
    Leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes with elastic tap ties.

  • SENIOR COMBINATION

    (Ballet and Tap)
    6 yrs. old - 1 hour.
    Leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes with elastic tap ties.

  • LYRICAL

    11 yrs. to Adult
    Must have completed 3 yrs. Ballet and Jazz and currently enrolled in both Ballet and Jazz with approval of instructor.

  • MALE STUDENTS

    T-shirt, jazz pants, tights, or stretchy bike shorts, and black shoes pertaining to dance subject.

  • BALLET

    7 yrs. to Adult - 1 hour
    Leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes, 8 1/2 x 11 notebook with a pencil for ballet notes, hair tied back off shoulders.

  • POINTE

    12 yrs. to Adult
    Must Audition, completed 3 yrs. Ballet, and currently enrolled in Ballet.

  • TAP

    7 yrs. to Adult - 1 hour
    Leotard, tights, black tap shoes, hair tied back.

  • JAZZ

    7 yrs. to Adult - 1 hour
    Leotard, tights, black jazz shoes, hair tied back.

  • Acrobatics

    7 yrs. to Adult - 1 hour
    Leotard, tights, footless or convertible tights, no shoes required, hair tied back.

  • HIP HOP

    7 yrs. to Adult - 45 min.
    Leotard, easy moving pants, and jazz shoes.

  • ADULT TAP

    45 min.
    Leggings, t-shirts, & stretchy clothes are acceptable.

  • ADULT BALLET

    60 min. 
    Leggings, t-shirts, stretchy clothes & socks are acceptable.

  • *Sparkle Dance Team

    Please see front desk for information. 


What to wear:   We have a dancewear store on site.   All shoes (especially ballet) should be BLOCH, CAPEZIO, OR SO DANCA!  Other ballet shoes' soles may cause difficulty balancing on the proper part of the foot, soreness, and unhappy ballerinas.  All new students may try the class without dancewear and shoes for the first month only. Please wear stretchy clothes (no zippers or buttons) and socks or barefoot.

A leotard must be worn in every class and hair tied back by October 1st!  This is a studio requirement.

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BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES

Taught by Master Gold dance instructor Carolyn Wingard.

Ballroom Dance classes are fun and great exercise. All Ballroom dance lessons are developed by Carolyn Wingard, a certified professional gold dance instructor for over 20 years.Contact Carolyn directly for class times and more information at 269-964-0844. Also see Carolyn’s class schedule and bio at: dancecarolyn.blogspot.com

The types of Ballroom dance lessons offered: 
1) PRIVATE LESSONS which are one hour focus individual attention on your personal needs such as leading & following, in a private setting to makes you feel completely at ease.

2) GROUP CLASSES are also one hour and everyone in the class is working on the same material. There  are three different levels, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

3) PRACTICE DANCE PARTIES are a monthly 2 1/2 hour social dance where you can practice what you have learned in your classes. They are a lot of fun and we help you during the evening to feel comfortable dancing in a social setting.

4) SPECIAL CHOREOGRAPHY for a Wedding Dance or a Special Event is also available.

Read more: BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES

Shari Rarick School of Dance
1400 W Columbia Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49015
269-963-0669
 

Dance is an athletic activity and participants do so at his/her own risk. He/she shall assume all risk involved, including but not limited to all loss or stolen property, cost, claim, injury, damage, or liability sustained while participating and hold harmless Shari Rarick School of Dance.