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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.

2019-2020 Class Offerings

The Dance School offers the following classes:
  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Tap
For the 2019-2020 school year, grades 2-5 classes will be 45 minutes in length. Classes for K-1 will be one hour Ballet and Jazz combo. Classes for students in grades K through 5 will be grouped by grade: K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. Classes for students in grades 6-8 will be one hour in length. The year will be divided into a Fall Semester and a Winter/Spring Semester.

Classes will be taught by Upper School dance instructor Emily Tankersley, Jenny Parrott and Caroline Way. Our goal is to provide young dancers with the opportunity to learn age-appropriate dance technique in a creative and nurturing environment.

2019-2020 Course Descriptions

Ballet and Jazz Combo Class (Girls, grades K-1)

This one hour class will spend equal amounts of time learning the techniques of both Ballet and Jazz. Dancers will perform both a Ballet and a Jazz dance in the Spring concert.

Ballet for grades 2-5 (Girls, divided by grade: 2-3 and 4-5)

Ballet is the foundation for many other dance styles. Students will be taught ballet technique in a friendly and nurturing environment. While ballet is a disciplined style of dance, elements of creativity will be included to add to the overall experience of the dancer.

Ballet for grades 6-8

Ballet is a classical form of dance that serves as strong foundation for all other dance forms. This class will begin with the basics and, in a structured yet friendly environment, encourage dancers to refine their technique.

Jazz for grades 2-5 (Girls, divided by grade: 2-3 and 4-5)

Combining classic jazz dance technique with elements of hip hop, this class will keep dancers moving to upbeat music and may include dance styles as seen on Broadway, television and in popular movies.

Jazz/Lyrical for grades 6-8

Jazz is a fun, high energy genre of dance. This class is rooted in dance technique and may explore various forms of jazz dance including traditional, hip hop, Broadway and commercial jazz dance as seen in music videos. Lyrical dance combines Ballet and Jazz techniques with an emphasis on self expression.

Tap for students in grades 4-8 (Girls, divided by grade: 4-5 and 6-8)

Tap is an exciting dance form which explores music and rhythm. As this is a new class, all age groups will focus on the basics of tap by learning basic vocabulary and rhythms.

Spring Performance: Sunday, April 19, 2020 (all rehearsals will be held on 4/18)

Performance dates

  • Spring 2020 performance - Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 3pm.
Class dress rehearsals will be held on Saturday April 18, 2020

Uniform Requirements

Uniform requirements can be found at Discount Dance

Studio Number: TP 119912

Program Information

List of 5 items.

  • 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.

    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.

    Jenny Parrott

    Bio coming soon
  • Tuition, Policies and Procedures

    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):  
    • 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.

    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 2020 Spring Session will conclude with a performance on Sunday April 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Rehearsals for the show will be held on Saturday April 18, 2020.
  • Required Clothing


    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.
  • Getting to The Dance School

    For Lower School students:

    During the week, students will be walked to dance classes from the Lower School. If they are not enrolled in the first class of the afternoon, they will be able to stay at the Lower School and get changed for class prior to being walked to the dance studio. Regardless of whether or not your daughter is enrolled in Extended Day, to eliminate any confusion, we will walk ALL dancers to the Lower School for pick-up at the conclusion of dance classes. If you have questions regarding the Extended Day program, please contact Director Carole Barney atbarneyc@brynmawrschool.org.
    Students not enrolled in extended day are expected to be picked up promptly at the end of class at the Lower School- late fees may be charged if your child is not picked up on time.

    For Middle School students:

    Students and their families are responsible for getting to dance classes on time. If your daughter attends Bryn Mawr's After School Supervision program in the Middle School, please be aware that this ends at 6 p.m.

    Contact Us

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

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