Academy of
Dance Arts

When in Doubt...Dance it Out!

About Us


About Us
Welcome to the Academy of Dance Arts

The Academy of Dance Arts (ADA), has offered a varied selection of dance classes since 2000. We are located at The Play Place in Elmsford NY, with over 3,500 square feet of studio space featuring a big beautiful lounge, closed circuit TV viewing and high-grade Marley. Academy of Dance Arts is one of the top dance facilities in the area. It's the only place where siblings won't be bored as they can play at Westchester's best indoor place to play while they wait. They can also take a soccer or tennis class or just hang out with mom or dad in the lounge.

At Academy of Dance Arts, your child will learn to dance in a fun and comfortable environment. Dance provides many benefits such as strength, agility, poise and confidence. Our dance classes will not only allow your child to obtain skills to become an artist but will also provide them with benefits such as learning to work in a group setting by encouraging them to develop connections and relationships with their peers. 

At Academy of Dance Arts, we take pride in implementing quality dance education for the early Pre-School Beginner Dancer to the older Advanced Dancer and everything in between. As our main focus is on dance lessons, we have expanded our school beyond to providing additional programs and classes for students to become all around performing artists. 

Students look forward to performing in the Annual Recital Showcase, and Dancers who yearn for the stage beyond their recital can audition for our Dance Company.

Once a child is walking and able to follow simple instructions, they are ready to enter the fun and engaging world of dance. You’re never too young or too old to start dancing. Just pick a class and go for it! If you are an Advanced Dancer, please call for an appointment so we can assist you in determining the class level placement that will maximize your dance development and enjoyment.

We look forward to dancing with you soon!



Lexi Pichiarallo 
Studio Director 

Our Team


Alexa Pichiarallo

Studio Director

Lexi Pichiarallo is a dancer, choreographer, director and theatre artist from Westchester, NY. Lexi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and a minor in Dance.

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Rachel Johnson

Jr Company Director/ Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Rachel Johnson is a dancer, choreographer and instructor who began dancing competitively both regionally and nationally from ages 6 to 18 for The Dance Connection of Morris County, New Jersey. Rachel is a Manhattanville College ‘16 Cum Laude graduate

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Jennifer Ferrantelli

Hip Hop Instructor

Jenn started dancing at the age of 7 studying ballet, tap, and jazz and as a teen fell in love with Hip Hop. Jenn continues her training at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio and Brickhouse NYC focusing her training in commercial dance styles such as Hip Hop and Heels

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Shannon Grant

Ballet, Pre-Pointe & Pointe Instructor

Shannon Grant & quot; performs with athletic gusto,” wrote The Los Angeles Weekly. Shannon has studied and performed with the Joffrey Ballet, the USA Ballet, Scottish American Ballet, Salzburg Ballet (Austria), Ballet de Printemps (Canada), and with Mikhail Korogodsky at the International Vaganova Festival.

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Emily Fournier

Ballet & Creative Movement Instructor

Emily Fournier was born to dance. She began her dance training at age 2 in the Bronx and continued through high school where she received an International Baccalaureate diploma in Dance from Harrison High School where she was a member of the Dance Team.

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Jennifer Pollock

Dance Company Director/Instructor

Jennifer grew up in lower Westchester and trained both at local studios and at Joffrey Ballet & Peridance Center, NYC while growing up. She holds a BFA in Dance from Ohio University and performed with the Mark Morris Dance Company and the Nikolais/Louis Dance Company.

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Summer 2020


SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. SUMMER CLASSES WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL IT IS SAFE TO RETURN TO OUR STUDIO

Due to COVID-19 our Summer 2020 classes will be held virtually until it is safe to return back to our studio space. Our summer camp dates will be TBD based on the rules and regulations following our reopening.

Princess and Prince Academy (Ages 3-5)

Does your child want to be a prince or princess? Do they love arts and crafts, and fairytale stories? Then this is the PERFECT camp for them! Join us for our Summer Princess and Prince Academy for children ages 3-5 from Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm with both full day and half day options!

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I'm a Pop Star (Ages 6-8)

Does your child love performing? Do they love glam and pop?! Well we have something we know they'll enjoy. This amazing camp is geared towards children ages 6 - 8 and runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

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So You Wanna Dance (Ages 9-13)

SYWD is geared towards our older dancers who are ready to delve deeper into multiple styles of dance and even create some of their own choreography! This fun camp ensures non-stop fun for your dancers ages 9-13! This camp runs Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm.

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Boot Camp/Summer Intensive (Ages 9-Up)

Our Summer Intensive geared towards more experienced dancers, (ages 9-up) who are ready to push and challenge themselves further to get back into dancing shape while also having a blast! Audition is required by Appointment or Video Submission.

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Summer 2020 Dance Class Schedule

We have a great line up of summer classes for you to choose from. Spaces are limited so don't wait!! Classes begin 6/8/20.

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Summer 2020 Class Registration


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CLASSES BEGIN VIRTUALLY MONDAY 6/8/20 

Summer 2020 Classes are $15/Class. You must register for AT LEAST 4 weeks of a class. Classes do not have to be 4 consecutive weeks.

4 Weeks of one class ONLY $60.00
12 Weeks of one class ONLY $150.00

Dance Company Members must register for 8 weeks of Summer Class. ($120.00)


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER 2020 CLASSES 

6 & Under


Baby Steps

Up to 24 months

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Mommy & Me Ballet

Ages 2-3 years old

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Magical Moves

Ages 2-4

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Rockin' Music

Ages 2-3

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Creative Movement

Ages 3-5 years old

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Creative Movement with Tap

Ages 3-5 years old

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Hip Hop & Tumble

Ages 3-5 years old

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Primary Ballet/Jazz

K-1st Grade

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Primary Ballet/Tap

K-1st Grade

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Primary Hip Hop

K - 1st Grade

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Primary Acrobatics

K - 1st Grade

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7 & Over


Tap

Rhythmic Sounds and Precision

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Ballet

Graceful and Strong

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Jazz

Isolations and Technique

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Theatre Dance

Broadway Here we Come

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Hip Hop

1, 2, Step

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Contemporary

Express and Improvise

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Acrobatics

Tumbles, Tricks, Agility and Balance

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Lyrical

Storytelling and Exploration of Emotions

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Leaps & Turns

Focus on Technique!

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National Honor Society for Dance

Digging Deeper into Dance

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Teen Acting

More than Dancing!

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Broadway Bows (Ages 5-15)


Broadway Bows (Ages 5-15) Broadway Bows (Ages 5-15)


Dance, Act, Sing AND, Take your Bow!!!!!


Broadway Bows is Academy of Dance Arts’ BRAND NEW theatre program where students will expand their knowledge, skill and love for the performing arts. This program engages students in acting, singing and dancing all in one scene! Students will learn core acting technique through acting warm ups, scene study and activities. They will indulge themselves in musical theatre dance by learning awesome choreography and improve their vocal skills with the best songs of Broadway. Your child will learn so much all while having fun... this program is a perfect way for your child to become the ultimate Triple Threat!

This incredible program runs for 3 hours and includes drama, dance and singing sessions. Our program runs Sundays from 1-4pm. Whether your child is a Broadway wannabe or a shy wallflower looking to make friends and gain confidence, this is the place for them. We believe this not only gives our students skills and confidence in performance but also respect and appreciation for each other AND the responsibility of working for the team not just themselves.

Program Schedule
Sunday 1pm - 4pm
  • We have 3 age groups, 5-8, 9-12, and 13-15
  • Groups gets 1 hour dedicated to each discipline: Dancing, Acting & Singing
  • $1500 annually
  • We create amazing opportunities for our students to perform on stage in local venues.
  • All students have the chance to perform every year.

Our Approach
We champion an exhilarating approach to theatre school education in the theatrical arts for young people aged 5-15. We teach our children how to Dance, Act and Sing in performing arts classes. Our Stage school brings out the best in students, builds confidence, and gives aspiring young actors opportunities of a lifetime via our small local shows each year.

  Overall Skills Obtained from this Program 
  • Acting/singing/dancing skills
  • Storytelling 
  • Communication skills
  • Learning how to listen attentively
  • Finding curiosity for life
  • Connection to other individuals and their stories
  • Learning about the world around you
  • Confidence builder
  • Freedom and Fun!

No auditions are necessary as we teach them everything they need to know!

So come along…and you can take your bow!

Princess Ballet Program (Ages 3-5)


Princess Ballet Program (Ages 3-5) Princess Ballet Program (Ages 3-5) Princess Ballet Program (Ages 3-5)
Our Princess Ballet Program has proven to be a great way for young dancers to dip their toes in dancing while having fun and using their imagination. This program focuses on a new princess theme each week. Students can come dressed to theme or in their favorite princess dress. We cater each class to the princess of the week with music, props and games while students are also able to learn the beginning fundamentals of ballet technique and positions. This program engages students and allows your child to express themselves and use their creativity and imagination in a fun safe environment.

Another benefit of this awesome program is there is no long term commitment, we offer consistent 6 week sessions!


Pricing:
6 weeks for $99.00

Fall 2020 Schedule:
Wednesday 4:15-5:15

Virtual Learning


Virtual Dance Classes have been a hit!

Due to previous unfortunate circumstances, we have created Virtual Dance Class schedules for our Summer and Fall 2020 schedules to act as a generator should we need to use them. We are prepared for anything that may come our way in the future. We are always looking ahead to keep our dancers happy and moving even in the most trying of times!

Check our Summer Programs Tab for our Virtual Summer Class Schedule.
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Adult Classes


Our Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Adult Schedule is coming soon!

2020-2021 Class Schedule


2020-2021 Class Schedule

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Fall 2020 Registration


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We have a great line up of classes coming in the Fall.

Register Today, spaces are limited!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 2020-2021 CLASSES

Tuition Details


Preschool Classes

$800
  • $800 per class
  • (Mommy & Me, Creative Movement, Hip Hop & Tumbling, Rockin' Music, Magical Moves)
  • Weekly classes from September-April
  • $100 / month (8 payments)
  • Tuition will be drawn the 1st of every month.

1 Class (Primary Level & Up)

$917
  • Weekly Classes from September-April
  • $114.32/ month (8 payments)
  • Tuition will be drawn the 1st of every month.

2 Classes (Primary Level & Up)

$1758
  • Weekly Classes from September-April
  • $219.75/ month (8 payments)
  • Tuition will be drawn the 1st of every month.

3 Classes (Primary Level & Up)

$2608
  • Weekly Classes from September-April
  • $326.00/ month (8 payments)
  • Tuition will be drawn the 1st of every month.

4 Classes (Primary Level & Up)

$3280
  • Weekly Classes from September-April
  • $410.00/ month (8 payments)
  • Tuition will be drawn the 1st of every month.

Unlimited Classes (Primary Level & Up)

$3967
  • Weekly Classes from September-April
  • $495.87/ month (8 payments)
  • Tuition will be drawn the 1st of every month.

Make Up Classes


Missed classes may only be made up by prior appointment in order to maintain the proper student-teacher ratio. If you know you are going to be absent from class, contact us in advance to arrange for a make up class within four weeks. NO REFUND WILL BE MADE FOR MISSED CLASSES. All make-up classes must be completed by April 1st. Please refer to Academy of Dance Arts calendar for vacation closings. Classes missed due to inclement weather may be made up in a class currently on the schedule. After any three of the same class is missed due to inclement weather, any further cancellations will have a make up class scheduled with the instructor. Cancellations by ADA staff will have a separate makeup class scheduled. 

Class Tardiness


Due to the physical nature of dancing, should a child arrive more than 10 minutes late to class, they will only be allowed to observe for that day. This is not to "punish" the child, but to prevent physical injuries that can occur when the student is not properly warmed up.

DRESS CODE


Ballet

Ballet

GIRLS: Solid Colored Leotard, Pink Tights, Pink Split Sole Ballet Shoes, Hair in Bun, No Skirts---- BOYS: Plain White T-shirt, Black Sweatpants, Black Split Sole Ballet Shoes

Jazz

Jazz

GIRLS: Solid Colored Leotard, Solid Colored Footed or Stirrup Tights (Level II & III needs Convertible Tights), Level I & II - Caramel Slip on Split Sole Jazz Shoes (Capezio #EJ2), Level III - Body Wrappers Turners #621A TAN (Leather), Hair in Bun---- BOYS: Solid Colored T-shirt, Solid Colored Sweatpants, Black slip on Split Sole Jazz Shoes (Capezio #EJ2)

Theatre Dance

Theatre Dance

Solid Colored Leotard, Tan footed Tights, All Levels Except INT. - Pedinis (Capezio #321 caramel), Intermediate Level-Bloch Splitflex II 870710 Tan, Hair in Bun

Tap

Tap

GIRLS: Solid Colored Leotard, Solid Colored Footed Tights, Level I: Tan Buckle Tap Shoe (Bloch #S0302L), Level II: Capezio Black Split Sole Tap Shoes, Level III: Bloch Black Jason Samuels Tap Shoe, Hair in a Bun----- BOYS: Solid Colored T-Shirt, Solid Colored Sweatpants, Capezio Black Split Sole Tap Shoes

Acrobatics

Acrobatics

GIRLS: Solid Colored Leotard & Footless Tights OR Bra Top & Booty Shorts, Hair Pulled Back in Ponytail NO SHOES---- BOYS: Solid Colored T-shirt, Solid Colored Sweatpants NO SHOES

Lyrical

Lyrical

GIRLS: Solid Colored Leotard, Solid Colored Stirrup or Footless Tights, NO SHOES Hair in Bun---- BOYS: Solid Colored T-Shirt, Solid Colored Sweatpants, NO SHOES

Hip Hop (Primary & Up)

Hip Hop (Primary & Up)

GIRLS: Solid Colored Loose Fitting T-Shirt, Solid Colored Loose Fitting Sweat Pants, Black "Chuck Taylor" Converse High Top Sneakers, Hair in Ponytail---- BOYS: Solid Colored Loose Fitting T-Shirt, Solid Colored Loose Fitting Sweat Pants, Black "Chuck Taylor" Converse High Top Sneakers

Hip Hop & Tumble

Hip Hop & Tumble

GIRLS: Solid Colored Leotard, Solid Colored Loose Fitting Sweat Pants, Black "Chuck Taylor" Converse LOW Top Sneakers, Hair Pulled Back in Ponytail---- BOYS: Solid Colored Loose Fitting T-Shirt, Solid Colored Loose Fitting Sweat Pants, Black "Chuck Taylor" Converse LOW Top Sneakers

Tiny Toes/Creative Movement/Primary Ballet/Jazz/Tap

Tiny Toes/Creative Movement/Primary Ballet/Jazz/Tap

GIRLS: Solid Colored Leotard, Pink Footed Tights, Hair Pulled Back in Ponytail, Pink Ballet Shoes, Tan Tap Shoes with Ribbons (Capezio #625 Caramel) - CM w/ Tap & Primary Tap, Caramel Split Sole Slip-On Jazz Shoes (Primary Jazz), Skirts & Leg Warmers are Optional---- BOYS Solid Colored T-Shirt, Solid Colored Sweatpants, Black Ballet Shoes, Black Tap Shoes with Laces (CM w/ Tap & Primary Tap), Black Split Sole Slip-On Jazz Shoes (Primary Jazz)

Printable PDF of Dress Code

Printable PDF of Dress Code

CLICK HERE for further details on our dress code and a printable PDF of our Dress Code.

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ADA Dance Company


ADA Dance Company ADA Dance Company
Our Dance Company is made up of both a Senior and Junior group of highly skilled and advanced leveled dancers ages 6-18 who compete in Regional, State and National dance competitions as well as perform locally at Nursing Homes, Malls and Children’s Hospitals. The Senior Company is lead by Jennifer Pollock Hurst and the Junior Company is lead and overseen by Rachel Johnson.


These dancers train vigorously throughout the year perfecting their skills and technique in all styles of dance. This group of hardworking dancers have won countless awards throughout the years.

Our Mission Statement


Our mission is to create a space for young individuals to express themselves through the art of dance. Our goal is to give students the necessary skills they need to progress as dancers and all around performing artists. Dancers are trained in various styles and techniques and challenged to work hard. As important as these skills are to obtain, it is even more imperative for us as educators to give students freedom of expression and encourage them to develop connections with each other, themselves and the world around them. We want to have fun in a safe and comfortable environment while they learn key techniques which will feed their passion and drive for performance and dance.

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News


End of April 2020 Newsletter

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  • 11 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY, USA
  • Located at THE PLAY PLACE

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