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Dance School

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

2022-2023 Class Offerings

The Dance School offers the following classes:
  • Ballet K-8
  • Jazz K-8
  • Jazz/Lyrical (grades 6-8 only)
For the 2022-2023 school year, grades K-5 classes will be 45 minutes in length.  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 along with Brooke Berman, Carly Engelke, 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.
Registration will open August 1, 2022 for the 22-23 school year. 

Our schedule for the 22-23 school year is as follows:

Grades 2-3 (NB3 dance studio)
3:45-4:30- Ballet for grades 2-3
4:30-5:15- Jazz for grades 2-3

Grades 4-5 (main dance studio)
3:45-4:30 Ballet for grades 4-5
4:30-5:15 Jazz for grades 4-5

Grades 6-8 (main dance studio)
5:30-6:30 Ballet
6:30-7:30 Jazz/Lyrical combo class

Grades K-1 (MPR - lower school)
3:40-4:25 Ballet/Jazz combo for grades K-1
4:30-5:15 Ballet/ Jazz combo for grades K-1 (this second time slot is perfect for students who would normally stay in our Extended Day program)
Grades 2-3 (NB3)
3:45-4:30- Ballet for grades 2-3
4:30-5:15 Jazz for grades 2-3

Grades 4-5 (main dance studio)
3:45- 4:30 Jazz for grades 4-5

Class Descriptions

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

This 45 minute class will incorporate the use creative movement, dance games and traditional dance technique as dancers explore the basics of  Ballet and Jazz dance. Dancers will perform both a Ballet and a Jazz dance in the Spring concert.
(Note: there are two sections being offered on Wednesday afternoons: 3:40-4:25 OR 4:30-5:15)

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

Students will be taught ballet technique, a classic dance form 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 often serves as a strong foundation for dancers. This class will begin with the basics and, in a structured yet friendly environment, encourage dancers to refine their technique and dance vocabulary. 

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

Jazz dance is a high energy, dynamic dance form with several sub-categories such as classic, commercial and street Jazz. This class will keep dancers moving to upbeat music and may include dance styles as seen on Broadway, TV shows and in popular movies and music videos. 

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 artistry, musicality and self expression.


Registration fee: $25 per student

2022-23 class fees for K-5 classes (45 minutes each; price is for the entire session and will be billed in full after the first week of classes):
One Class every week: $200 
Two classes every week: $365
Three classes every week: $480
Four classes every week: $540 

2022-23 class fees for 6-8 classes (1 hour each; price is for the entire session and will be billed in full after the first week of classes):
One class every week: $220
Two classes every week: $410

Spring Performance: Sunday, April 23, 2023 (all rehearsals will be held on 4/22/22)
    • Kindergarten Dance Performance
    • Middle School Dance Performance
    • Lower School Dance Performance
    • Middle School Musical Dance Performance

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 twenty-second year at Bryn Mawr, Emily teaches dance to students from Lower School through twelfth grade and directs the Upper School Dance Company while also serving as the Upper School Arts Department Chair. In addition to her work with the students at Bryn Mawr, Emily has choreographed and performed with The Collective, a local modern dance company in residence at The Bryn Mawr School. She worked with The Collective for 20 years and 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.  Emily is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Dance Education through the Teachers College at Columbia University.

    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-Bachelor's certification in Family-Professional Collaborations from Towson University, and currently is finishing her M.Ed. program at Liberty University. Christina offers over 6 years of dance teaching experience, and this is her third year teaching dance at BMS. 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 and Santanado School of Ballet where she danced with the Wilmington Dance Company, and in several dance organizations throughout college. Christina is currently a 2nd grade teacher at St. John’s Parish Day School and is very excited to continue her passion for teaching dance with the BMS Middle School dance students for the 2021/2022 school year.

    Brooke Berman

    Brooke is a proud Bryn Mawr alumna (‘08) and former BMS Dance Company member who is excited to join the Dance School faculty this year! Brooke graduated from Franklin & Marshall college with a BA in Psychology where she was a member of both the Dance Company and the Dance Team. She then went on to receive an M.Ed in Special Education from Wilmington University and a graduate certificate in Mind, Brain, and Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. She has spent the last 8 years as a fifth grade teacher, most recently at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. Brooke has choreographed for a number of Bryn Mawr Upper School musicals (including Thirteen, Legally Blonde, Into the Woods, Pippin, and Cinderella) as well as the Upper School Dance Company. 

    Carly Engelke- bio coming soon!


  • Required Clothing

    Standard Uniform Information:

    The Dance School at Bryn Mawr uses Discount Dance Supply as our uniform supplier. Please read the below information and directions carefully. 
    The basic uniform for all classes is as follows but please see specific styles as listed on the Discount Dance Supply website (directions at the bottom):

    Ballet: Black leotard, black chiffon ballet skirt (optional for K-1), ballet pink tights and pink ballet slippers
    Jazz: Black leotard, black dance leggings, black jazz shoes
    Lyrical (for 6-8 combo class): same as Jazz

    Important uniform notes:
    1. Again, please note that we use some pieces of 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 (if your child has been enrolled in Dance School) - no need to buy new shoes unless your child outgrows those that she is wearing. I provided 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.
    Please follow these directions for ordering from Discount Dance:
    1. Go directly to this link to access "The Dance School at Bryn Mawr" uniform requirements page. 
    2. Click on the box that corresponds to the class for which you are purchasing items to order and choose your items. 
    3. If prompted or given the option at checkout, enter the studio number: TP119912 
    4. If you are unable to access via the above link, you may search for our requirements by going to the "Teacher" tab in the upper right corner, and clicking on "Find my Teacher." You will then enter our id # TP119912 which will then allow you to access the page. 
    Note: Sometimes items are on backorder.  Please feel free to wait for items, order a different brand, or order from a different vendor if that is easier for you. 
  • Technology

    We are thrilled that all classes will be taught in person for the 22-23 school year! If necessary, however, we may utilize Zoom for emergency situations only and will certainly let families know if we need to make that switch at any point during the year.
  • 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.


    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.


    Parents are not permitted inside the dance studios to observe classes as it can be distracting to the dancers. The 2023 Spring Session will conclude with a performance on Sunday April 23, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. Rehearsals for the show will be held on Saturday April 22, 2023.
  • Contact Us

    If you have any questions, please contact Dance School Director Emily Tankersley at bmsdanceschool@brynmawrschool.org or 410-323-8800 x1276.

Performance dates

  • Spring 2023 performance - Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 3pm.
Class dress rehearsals will be held on Saturday April 22, 2023 (specific times announced in March)

Uniform Requirements

Uniform requirements can be found at Discount Dance
For more information, please read the information on the drop down menu above.
When ordering, please enter our studio number: TP 119912