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Dance School

The Dance School at Bryn Mawr offers afternoon dance classes in ballet, tap and jazz to children from Kindergarten through grade eight.

2020-2021 Class Offerings

All Dance School classes will be held via Zoom for the Fall of 2020 and we have modified the schedule to allow time for students to arrive home after dismissal from school at 3:30.

For grades K-5, we will offer two meeting options per week and the classes will be a combination of dance genres incorporating age-appropriate dance technique and choreography, along with strengthening and flexibility training. These classes will be 45 minutes in length.

For grades 6-8, we will offer three classes: Tap, Ballet and a Jazz/Lyrical combination class. These classes will be 45 minutes in length.

All classes are subject to cancellation if registration is low but our hope is that, by combining classes by age group, we will be able to run all of the classes as scheduled.
Registration for the Winter/Spring session begins on Monday, December 14th, 2020 and closes on Friday, January 8, 2021.  Classes begin on Monday, January 11, 2021.

2020-2021 Course Descriptions


4:30 - 5:15 grades K-1 (Ms. Monteleone)
6:00 - 6:45 Jazz/Lyrical for grades 6-8 (Ms. Tucker)


4:30 - 5:15 grades 2-3 (Ms. Way)
4:30 - 5:15 grades 4-5 (Ms. Monteleone)


Cost is for the entire 12 week session. Discount pricing applies to individual and family enrollment. We will not be charging a registration fee for the Fall session.
  • One Class a week: $180 (full price)
  • Two classes a week: $165 each class ($330 total for session)
  • Three classes a week: $145 each class ($435 total for session)
  • Four classes a week: (most likely for those with more than one child in the program): $120 each class ($480 session)

Program Information

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  • Dance School Faculty

    Emily Tankersley

    Emily is a graduate of Towson University, where she earned her BFA in Dance Performance. Following her undergraduate education, Emily earned her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Now in her twentieth year at Bryn Mawr, Emily teaches dance to students from Lower School through twelfth grade and directs the Upper School Dance Company. In addition to her work with the students at Bryn Mawr, Emily choreographs and performs with The Collective, a local modern dance company in residence at The Bryn Mawr School. She has worked with The Collective for 18 years and has performed at many local venues such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Gordon Center, Theatre Project, Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, Towson University and Artscape.

    Caroline Way

    Caroline Way began her dance training at age 3 at Encore Dance Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At her home studio, she became well-versed in a plethora of dance styles including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, and Irish step. She attended Hempfield High School where she was involved in their Dance Theatre program and was a principal dancer for 4 years. She was also involved in the musical theater program. Her passion for dance continued at Bucknell University where she was a member of the Bucknell Dance Company, as well as minored in Dance along with her Early Childhood Education major. While at Bucknell, she choreographed for both the Dance Showcase and Bucknell Dance Company shows. She also worked with such artists as Sascha Radetsky, Ballet X, and may more. Caroline is currently a Second Grade teacher at Gilman School.

    Jenny Parrott

    Jenny Parrott is a choreographer, writer and arts educator who is happy to call Bryn Mawr her teaching home. Ms. Parrott received a BA from Bucknell University and earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received the Wanda M. Nettl Prize for choreography. She also trained as a yoga teacher through Om Yoga and with J. Brown at Abhyasa Yoga Center. Ms. Parrott has been on faculty at, among other, The University of Delaware, Bucknell University, Marymount School of NY, and Clear Space Theater Company, where she directed a musical theater program for grades 2-5. In 2004, she co-founded the dance company FRESH BLOOD and has been presenting her work ever since. Fun Fact…she choreographed for the feature film, The History of Future Folk.

    Christina Monteleone

    Christina Monteleone obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Dance from Ursinus College, as well as a post Bachelors certification in Family-Professional Collaborations from Towson University. Christina offers over 4 years of teaching experience in addition to her extracurriculars, including Vice President of the student run dance company at Ursinus college and Co-captain of the Ursinus college dance team for 2 consecutive years.

    Christina grew up in New Jersey and danced in Philadelphia, PA in numerous programs including the Rock School for Dance Education where she danced professionally with the PA Ballet in 6 seasons of the Nutcracker and Santanado School of Ballet where she danced with the Wilmington Dance Company. She also has previous experience teaching dance/movement to TBI patients via an internship, and she created her own preschool dance curriculum for Dr. Adele Gammon's Home Play School program. Christina is beyond excited to continue to share her love and passion for dance education here at Bryn Mawr.

    Hannah Tucker

    Hannah began dancing at age 4 in North Beach, Maryland at Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet and then onto Le’Cole De Danse in Annaplolis, Maryland and Chesapeake Ballet Company. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, broadway, lyrical and character dance. In high school, Hannah was an All-County and All-State dancer for four years. She choreographed and taught for a local elementary school for the last 2 years of high school. Hannah received her BFA in dance performance and choreography in May 2019. She has studied under Runqiao Du, Linda Denise Fisher-Harrell, Nancy Romita and Catherine Horta-Hayden to name a few. She was a member of Towson University’s Dance Company for multiple semesters. Hannah is now a dance teacher at many local dance studios in the Baltimore area and enjoys teaching all ages and styles. She is happy that her passion has turned into her job.
  • Required Clothing

    New for Fall 2020: Dancers will not be required to wear a specific uniform for the Fall session but will be asked to wear leggings and a tank top or t-shirt for their dance classes.

    Standard Uniform Information:

    We are using Discount Dance Supply as our uniform supplier.

    Please follow these directions for ordering from Discount Dance:
    1. Go to www.discountdance.com
    2. Under "Student" option (top, left side of page), click on "Find a studio" or "Find my Dress Code" (either will work).
    3. In the search box, enter the studio number: TP 119912.
    4. You will see an option listed for The Dance School at Bryn Mawr and a link that says "Dress Lists" - click this and you will be taken to a page where you can search, by class name, for the uniform requirements for each of your child's classes.
    The basic uniform for all classes is as follows but please see specific styles on Discount Dance as directed above:

    Ballet: Black leotard, black chiffon ballet skirt, ballet pink tights and pink ballet slippers
    Jazz: Black leotard, black dance leggings, black jazz shoes
    Tap: Black leotard, black dance leggings, black tap shoes
    Lyrical (for 6-8 combo class): same as Jazz

    NOTE: K-1 dancers will only need to purchase jazz shoes and ballet slippers at this time as they will not be changing for class. While you will likely need to purchase the tights, leotard and jazz pants for the concert, we will let you know for sure by the start of the second session which begins in January (if you re-enroll).

    Important uniform notes:
    1. Again, please note that we use pieces in the uniform for our performance and, therefore, it is important that you purchase the correct items. If you purchase any item elsewhere, please make sure it is exactly the same as those on the website. Leotards and pants should be PLAIN - no jewels, writing, colored waistbands, etc.

    2. Shoes are the same styles as we have used previously - no need to buy new shoes unless your child outgrows those that she is wearing. I provide a few different brands on the uniform list from which you can choose.

    3. For some classes, I have included both adult and children sizes under each class but, of course (at the risk of stating the obvious), you only need to order what is appropriate for your child!

    4. The leotard color for ALL classes is black - the Discount Dance program will not allow me to change the picture but the color choice should already show that the black leotard is required.

    5. You will see an "Optional" uniform list that has a couple of long sleeve optional items. You may purchase them if you decide that your child would want to wear something that is long sleeved in the colder months.
  • Safety

    Teaching and taking dance classes via Zoom can be a challenge and, of course, we want to make it a fun and safe experience for all! Please be sure that your dancer has ample room to move, is dancing on a safe flooring surface, does not have too much furniture around them so as to avoid bumping into it and is not eating during class. And, while it may seem obvious to us, please remind your dancer that it is not safe to dance on top of tables, chairs, beds, sofas, etc.
  • Technology

    Classes will be taught using zoom which most are quite familiar with by now. For safety purposes, we typically require a waiting room for classes and, therefore, if your dancer is late to class, the teacher may not see that they are in the waiting room as we are often standing and teaching further away from the screen to notice so please allow ample time to log in to class. Late dancers may not be admitted to class.

    While younger students may need some assistance logging in and staying on task during class, for our older students, it is preferable that family members allow students the time and space to participate in class independently with minimal interruption.
  • Policies and Procedures

    Standard Tuition at a Glance:

    All students will be charged a once-yearly $25 registration fee per student.
    All billing will take place through the Bryn Mawr School.
    Tuition rates are as follows (cost is for the entire session):

    Registration fee: $25 per student- waived for 2020-2021 school year 
    • All K-5 classes:
      1 class a week: $180 (full price)
      2 classes a week: $165 each class ($330 total for session)
      3 classes a week: $145 each class ($435 total for session)
      4 classes a week (most likely for those with more than one child in the program): $120 each class ($480 session)
    • All 6-8 classes: classes are 60 minutes
      1 class: $200
      2 classes: $185 each class ($370 total for session)
      3 classes: $165 each class ($495 total for session)
    Tuition is based on a 12-week semester and will be billed to your Bryn Mawr account upon receipt of your registration form and non-refundable enrollment fee of $25 (this fee is waived for the 2020-2021 school year and new prices are listed above).

    While we are planning on 12-week sessions, the tuition will remain the same regardless of number of classes held and/or classes attended by the student. All attempts will be made to hold make-up classes should we close due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.


    A full refund, with the exception of the registration fee of $25, will be granted after the first week of classes only. Once the first week has passed, students will be considered fully enrolled for the semester.


    • Students are placed in dance classes based on their current grade.
    • Students in grades 4 or 5 who wish to participate in the Invitational class must be enrolled in both Ballet and Jazz at Bryn Mawr.


    Please notify Emily Tankersley via email should your child be absent from school or not attending class. While it is understood that there are certain circumstances that arise causing a dancer to miss class, dancers are expected to attend all scheduled classes as it is vital to their individual progress and that of the class. Missing classes is difficult not only on the dancer but the teacher and her classmates.

    Class Observations/Performances:

    Parents are not permitted inside the dance studios to observe classes as it can be distracting to the dancers. The 2021 Spring Session will conclude with a performance on Sunday April 18, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Rehearsals for the show will be held on Saturday April 17, 2021.
  • Contact Us

    If you have any questions, please contact Dance School Director Emily Tankersley at bmsdanceschool@brynmawrschool.org or 410-323-8800 x1260.

Performance dates

  • Spring 2021 performance - Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 3pm.
Class dress rehearsals will be held on Saturday April 17, 2021

Uniform Requirements

Uniform requirements can be found at Discount Dance

Studio Number: TP 119912