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

2016-2017 Class Offerings

The Dance School offers the following classes:
  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • A class for three- and four-year-olds
For the 2016-2017 school year, 3- and 4-year-old classes and 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 4 will be grouped by grade: K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. Classes for students in grades 5-8 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 Lower School faculty member Renuka Gandhi, Upper School dance instructor Emily Tankersley, and Kara Glinowiecki, Rakiya Orange and Julianna Kronick. Our goal is to provide young dancers with the opportunity to learn age-appropriate dance technique in a creative and nurturing environment.

2016-2017 Course Descriptions

Dance for 3- and 4-year-olds (Boys and Girls)

This new class will focus on basic elements of dance that span several genres. Using games, creative movement and basic dance skills of ballet and jazz, this class offers a great introduction to dance. This is a non-performing class. Parents will be invited for in-studio observation at the end of the semester.

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 5-8

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. The levels serve as a general guide for placement. Dancers may be moved based on ability and at the discretion of the instructors.

Jazz/Hip Hop 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 for grades 5-8

Jazz is a fun, high energy genre of dance. This class is rooted in dance technique and will explore the various forms of jazz dance including traditional, hip hop, Broadway and commercial jazz dance as seen in music videos. The levels serve as a general guide for placement. Dancers may be moved based on ability and at the discretion of the instructors.


Tap for students in grades 5-8

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.

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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 sixteenth year at Bryn Mawr, Emily teaches dance to students in grades 8-12 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 12 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.

    Renuka Gandhi

    Renuka grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Columbia University, where she majored in dance and elementary education. While there, she received the Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts and was also a finalist for the ACDFA award for Best Performer. Renuka joined David Dorfman Dance in 2008 and toured nationally with the company until 2012. She also performed with Nicholas Leichter Dance and has worked on projects with Kyle Abraham, Colleen Thomas and Bill T. Jones. On tour and in New York, Renuka taught dance classes and set choreography for students of all ages.

    Kara Glinowiecki

    Kara started dancing at a local recreation center at the age of five and instantly fell in love with dance. She continued to dance with the rec program for 15 years. She attended Mercy High School and danced on their dance team for four years. She was captain of the Mercy Dance Team during both her junior and senior years. Her love for dance inspired her to become a teacher at the rec center as well as to major in dance in college. Kara graduated from CCBC Essex with her AFA in dance. While there, she performed with CCBC's dance company and also choreographed several pieces for their shows. Kara also attended the Pulse Teachers's Conference in New York City in 2009 and 2011, where she learned many skills to use in class as well as had the opportunity to take a class from well known choreographers. Kara is currently the dance director with Dynasty Sports Academy and also teaches group fitness classes at a local gym.

    Rakiya Brown

    A Baltimore native, Rakiya makes work through a personal lens that embraces the spontaneity of art-making. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and the Frankfurt School of Music and Performing Arts. A dynamic performer and evolving dance maker, Rakiya began her love for the arts by studying at the Arena Players, the oldest continuously running African American theater in the country. In 2014, Gibney Dance commissioned her piece, "Aziza," to be performed as part of the inaugural Double Plus season – artists curating artists. "Aziza" was reviewed in the New York Times and on Eva Yaa Asantewa's blog InfiniteBody. Rakiya has taught dance to children of all ages and continues to be inspired by the ways in which children use dance as a medium of expression and communication.

    Julianna Kronick

    Julianna began her dance training at the Berkshire Dance Theatre in Adams, Massachusetts. While at her home studio, she studied with many talented teachers, took examinations for Cecchetti USA, and also instructed the younger students. After her high school graduation, she continued to pursue dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. During her time in college, she performed for the Fall and Spring Dance Concerts, choreographed for her independent project, traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to study modern dance at Dance Base, and also interned at a small nonprofit modern dance company, The Collective. Julianna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Business. After her graduation, she accepted an internship position as the Explore the Arts intern at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has also worked as both a Recruitment Hiring Manager and Teaching Artist at Ballet Petite and Youth Performing Arts.

  • Tuition, Policies and Procedures

    Tuition at a Glance:

    All students will be charged a once-yearly $25 registration fee.  Note: 5th graders may enroll in either the lower school or middle school program.

    • All K-5 classes:
      1 class: $180
      2 classes: $165 (each class)
      3 classes: $145 (each class)
      4+ classes: $120 (each class)
    • All 5-8 classes: classes are 60 minutes
      1 class: $200
      2 classes: $185 (each class)
      3 classes: $165 (each class)
    Tuition is based on a 12-week semester and, if you are a Bryn Mawr family, will be billed to your Bryn Mawr account upon receipt of your registration form and non-refundable enrollment fee of $25.

    For those families outside of Bryn Mawr, payment is due at the time of registration. 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.

    For any students outside of Bryn Mawr, please mail checks payable to The Bryn Mawr School and mail to:

    The Bryn Mawr School 
    Attn: Emily Tankersley
    109 W. Melrose Ave.
    Baltimore, MD 21210

    Withdrawal:

    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.

    Placement:

    • Students are placed in dance classes based on their current grade.
    • Decisions regarding placement are made by the instructors and are made in the best interest of our dancers.
    • 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.

    Attendance/Absences:

    Please notify Emily Tankersley or Julianna Kronick via email or phone 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. Instead, we will hold an in-class observation week at the end of the first semester.  The 2017 Spring Session will conclude with a performance on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
  • Required Clothing

    For students aged 3 & 4:

    Comfortable clothing that is easy to move in.

    All Other Classes:

    We will be using Curtain Call for Class for dance uniforms. You will now be able to order your class uniform directly from them at a very reasonable cost. We are asking that all families use this website as the need arises for new dance wear. We often use the girls' dance class uniform as part of their costume for the performance and this will provide with a more unified look on stage. To access our personal store, visit http://www.curtaincallforclass.com/my-studio/56243.

    Studio name: "The Bryn Mawr School"
    Password: bmsdance1

    You should be able to navigate through the different classes and see what is required. Below is an overview.

    Ballet:

    • Black leotard
    • Pink ballet tights
    • Black ballet skirt 
    • Pink ballet slippers

    Jazz:

    • Black leotard
    • Black jazz pants
    • Black jazz shoes

    Tap:

    • Black leotard
    • Black capri leggings
    • Tap shoes
  • Getting to The Dance School

    For Lower School students:

    During the week, students will be walked to dance classes from the Lower School. Depending on what grade your daughter is in, there may be extra time between her dismissal time and the start of class. Students for whom this is the case will either need to be enrolled in the Extended Day program or, if you choose, you may pick them up at their dismissal time and then bring them back to Bryn Mawr for dance class. 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 at barneyc@brynmawrschool.org.
    Students not in extended day will stay with Julianna Kronick at the end of class.  Late fees may apply if your child is not picked up at the conclusion of class.

    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 or Julianna Kronick at Kronickj@brynmawrschool.org.

Uniform Requirements

Uniform requirements can be found at Curtain Call for Dance

Studio Name: The Bryn Mawr School
Password: bmsdance1
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, The Bryn Mawr School is a private all-girls kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school with a coed preschool for ages 2 months through 5 years. Bryn Mawr provides students with exceptional educational opportunities on a beautiful 26-acre campus within the city limits. Inquisitive girls, excellent teaching, strong student-teacher relationships and a clear mission sustain our vibrant school community where girls always come first.