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Spotlight Program 

Ages 6+

 Join our amazing dance family, and be part of an exciting experience at TDE!

Are you looking for a diverse program taught by inspiring teachers who encourage your child to be the best they can be?

The Spotlight Program at TDE inspires a love of dance and learning in every one of our students. Students can select from a wide array of classes that fit their individual interests. As students progress through each level, their achievements are celebrated and they feel a great sense of accomplishment. A life long appreciation for the arts has begun!  

Students are encouraged to enroll in one or more core & supporting classes. We encourage all students to study ballet since it is the foundation of all dance forms and necessary for proper progression in tap, jazz and modern/contemporary.

New to The Dance Extension? Call us at 860-443-1154 for a free placement consultation. 

All Classes have In Person & Online Learning options.

Spotlight  Program

Core Classes




Supporting Classes

Hip Hop

Acrobatic Arts


"Thank you for another wonderful year of dance. Your school has continued to enrich our daughter's life. Besides offering dance classes with superb teachers, you have gone beyond dance technique by encouraging compassion, responsibility, leadership, commitment and excellence. For this, we thank you." - Jill & Rick Mehlman


Spotlight Ballet

Academic Year Classes

Sept  10, 2020 to May 29, 2021

Our students love learning all about this beautiful art form in our encouraging and engaging classes. Watch as your child's posture, confidence, strength and flexibility improve each week.


Our ballet classes are designed to instill a sense of accomplishment in every student. New and challenging movements are introduced at each level, along with choreography that allows each student to shine! As students progress, they build pride in themselves and their achievements. Since ballet is the foundation of all dance styles, we encourage all our students to discover the enchanting world of ballet!

Level A
Thursdays 5-5:45 pm | Chapman Studio 

FULL In Person - Join the Wait List!

Virtual Learning Spots Available

Tuesdays 5 - 5:45 pm | Chapman Studio

FULL In Person - Join the Wait List

Virtual Learning Spots Available

Level B

Mondays 5 - 5:45 pm | Chapman Studio

Level C

Mondays 6:45 - 7:30 pm | Chapman Studio


Girls: Marine blue leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet skirt, and pink ballet shoes 

Boys: White t-shirt, black shorts or sweatpants, black ballet shoes

TDE Parents Share: "Not only are you great dance teachers, but we feel you teach much more than that; including manners, morals, and how to be a good person, which are invaluable in today's society. We think it is wonderful that you have the Community Dance Ensemble through which you teach your students to give back to the community and others."  - Nathan & Michelle Booth 


Level A

Thursdays 4:15-5 pm | Chapman Studio

Tuesdays 5:45-6:30 pm | Chapman Studio

FULL In Person - Join the Wait List

Virtual Learning Spots Available

Level B/C

Mondays 6 - 6:45 pm | Chapman Studio

Level C/D

Wednesday 7-7:45 pm | Chapman Studio

Spotlight Tap


Academic Year Class

Sept 10, 2020 to May 29, 2021

Turn your feet into musical instruments, and learn all about this truly American dance style!


Tap classes develop quick thinking, fine motor skills and musicality!

Tap is an excellent way for students of all ages to develop stage presence, confidence and self-expression. 


We've created unique choreography for each level to inspire students to strive to do their best each week and feeling excited about their achievements. Progression in our tap program leaves students with a great sense of accomplishment. 


Girls: Marine blue leotard, black jazz shorts, tan footed tights, tan tap shoes 

Boys: White t-shirt, black shorts or sweatpants, black tap shoes

BW Jazz

Spotlight Jazz

Academic Year Classes

Dates: Sept 10, 2020 to May 29, 2021

Love Broadway? Love to Move? This upbeat class will get you up on your feet learning choreography set to the music of smash hit Broadway shows both past & present. Every class starts with a warm up to strengthen, stretch and improve flexibility. The class moves through footwork, rhythm training, isolation's, progressions and inspiring choreography.

Increase your versatility and dance technique while developing show-stopping stage presence. Broadway Jazz is a wonderful preparation for musical theater auditions, school plays and talent shows, and will build your child's confidence to perform center stage!

Level A

Thursdays 6 - 6:45 pm | Chapman Studio

Level B

Wednesdays 4:45 - 5:30 pm | Chapman Studio

Level C/D

Mondays 6:45-7:45 pm


Girls: Marine blue leotard, black jazz shorts, footed tan tights, tan jazz shoes 

Boys: White t-shirt, black shorts or sweatpants, black jazz shoes

A TDE Parent Shares: "Natalie loves it at TDE. We feel like we've finaly found a dance home, and we wish we'd found you sooner!"  - Sarah K. 

Hip Hop

Hip Hop


Academic Year Classes

Dates: Sept 10, 2020 to May 29, 2021

Hip Hop is funky, it's fast-paced, it's urban, it’s diverse, and it's forever changing – Best of all, your child will love it!


The excitement begins with a jazz based warm up to stretch and strengthen the body followed by upbeat, funky choreography set to the latest music hits. Developing an individual style of movement and working together as a team are just two benefits of our hip hop classes. After class, your child will dance out the door feeling confident and refreshed.

Level 1

Tuesdays 5:20-6:05 pm | New London Studio

Level 2

Tuesdays 6:10-6:55 pm | New London Studio


Tuesdays 7-8 pm | New London Studio


Recommended Dancewear

Marine blue leotard & black jazz shorts (or black biketard) with footed tan tights (or socks), black sequin sneakers (or clean sneakers)


Plain t-shirt, black jazz shorts, tights (or socks) and black sequin sneakers (or clean sneakers).

Acrobatic Arts

Acrobatic Arts 

Academic Year Classes

Dates: Sept 10, 2020 to May 29, 2021

The Acrobatic Arts program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling.


This comprehensive program was developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, modern dance, jazz, contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, yoga, acro yoga, pilates, physiotherapy, hand balancing and more. Simple thoughtful progressions take the beginner level dancer from log rolls and somersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the studio!


Benefits of Acrobatic (Acro) Dance: Acro fundamentals increase technical levels for all other dance disciplines. Additionally the limbering and tumbling skills gained through Acro add verstility to the dancer's training. Not only does the student develop the foundational skills to perform aerials and back handsprings, it improves his/her ability to leap and turn in all dance technique classes. Current trends in choreography include acrobatic dance. 


What is the difference between
Acro Dance and Gymnastics?

Anchor 1

Acrobatic Arts


Level 1: Ages 5-8
Saturdays 10:20-11:05 am
New London Studio

Level 2/3: Ages 7-18
Saturdays 11:15-12 pm
New London Studio


All Acrobatic Arts students need to bring a yoga mat or gym mat (6' in length) to class each week.  

Marine blue leotard, black jazz shorts, footless tan tights, bare feet 




Spotlight Levels

A =Beginner  

B=Advanced Beginner

C/D=Intermediate 1  

Spotlight Program classes (Levels A-D) are the foundation for advancement through the Intensive program. ​Each level's curriculum builds upon the foundation established in the previous level. 

Placement is based on both age and dance experience. Typically, it takes students 1 year to complete Spotlight Levels 1 (A) & 2 (B), and 2-3 years to complete Spotlight Level 3 (C-D) and Intensive Levels 1 & 2 since the syllabi for upper levels span several years. Like athletes, dancers progress faster when taking multiple weekly classes as the curriculum of each class supports to other making a stronger foundation for progression.


Call us at 860.443.1154 for a free placement consultation.

We'll help find the perfect class!

Academic Year Tuition

Academic Year Tuition


Tuition is based on the number of hours a dancer takes class per week. The Academic Year begins in September and ends in May and is comprised of 32 weeks. Tuition for the Academic Year is payable via one of our three simple Installment Plans outlined below.


Note: Plans may not be changed mid-season.


Installment plans are based on a yearly fee for the 32 week season rather than the number of classes in any given month. 


The 1st Tuition Installment and the Annual Member Fee are due at the time of registration.

Annual Membership (Non-Refundable)

$25 Individual / $40 Family (Immediate)

Tuition is the same whether taking class In Person or online through the Digital Dance Academy.  



9 Equal Installments

paid via automatic charge to a debit/credit card. The 1st installment is due at enrollment and the remaining on the 1st business day of each month, Oct - May.

Easy Pay installments are calculated by dividing the Yearly Tuition by nine so that every installment is the same regardless of the number of classes in the month. 

The Annual Membership is paid with the first installment.


2 Equal Installments

paid via cash, check or debit/credit card. The first installment is due at the time of registration and the second on January 15th.


SAVE 3% if first installment is paid in full on or before Sept. 1st. 


The Annual Membership is paid with the first installment.

  • 1st Semester
    Sept. 10th, 2020 - Jan. 16th, 2021


  • 2nd Semester
    Jan. 18th - May 29, 2021


1 Installment

paid at the time of registration by cash, check or debit/credit card. 


SAVE 3% if first installment is paid in full on or before Sept. 1st. 

The Annual Membership is paid at the time of enrollment.

Tuition is non-refundable and will not be refunded or prorated for unattended or cancelled classes. In the case of prolonged illness/injury (verified by a Physician), a Tuition Credit less a processing fee are at the Director's discretion. 

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