Our Kindercombo class is a balanced and exciting program that builds upon the ballet basics learned in previous levels and introduces the lively world of tap dance. We believe this combination promotes a more well-rounded understanding of the dance discipline and develops a greater appreciation for the correlation between music and movement.
In our ballet portion, students will continue to learn and master basic ballet positions, movements, and terminology in a supportive and structured environment. We aim to develop poise, grace, and discipline, along with strength, balance, and flexibility.
The tap segment of the class provides an exciting contrast and complement to ballet, with its emphasis on rhythm, timing, and coordination. Children will learn basic tap steps and combinations, expressing themselves through sounds their feet make. The energy and rhythm of tap dancing not only develop musicality but also boost self-confidence and performance skills.
Our instructors are highly experienced and passionate, providing personalized attention to each student to ensure they grasp the technique and essence of each dance style. They use engaging music, fun exercises, and creative teaching methods to keep classes enjoyable and beneficial.
Kindercombo class also helps develop essential life skills such as discipline, teamwork, focus, and self-expression. We ensure that while our young dancers are honing their dance skills, they are also growing in confidence and developing a lifelong appreciation for the arts.
Let your child embark on a unique dance adventure with Kindercombo class, where ballet meets tap, and fun meets learning. Join us, and watch your little dancer’s love for dance and music flourish!
Monday – 4:00 – 5:00 pm – Valley West – Bailey
Wednesday – 6:15 – 7:15 pm – Valley West – Meredith
Registration fee: $20 (New Students)
Tuition: $64/month + tax
Meredith Stroot – Dance Instructor
Education: M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership from Northwestern College, BS with honors in Elementary Education and a Minor in Dance from Iowa State University
Meredith Stroot graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance. She was very involved in the ISU Dance Department and received the department’s Evelyn Jensen Outstanding Achievement in Outreach Award her senior year. Meredith performed with Orchesis I Modern Dance Company, performing in pieces choreographed by Taryn Packheiser, Janice Baker, Amy Martin, and Vernon Windsor. She also served as a board member for the company. She attended and performed at the American College Dance Festival.
Meredith trained extensively under Ami Yaro and Shanon Farsakh and performed as a charter member in what is now Yaro Dance Company. She won several awards dancing competitively as a student. Her students now carry on the tradition. Her choreography has won the high point and top honors at regional and national dance competitions.
Meredith’s passion is teaching and spreading her joy in the art of movement. She has been teaching and choreographing lyrical, ballet, musical theatre, modern, and jazz for several years. She has taught classes at Creative Movement Dance Company, Ames Parks and Recreation, and Iowa State University.
In addition to teaching dance, Meredith is also a Kindergarten teacher in the Boone School District.
Meredith believes in a positive, upbeat teaching atmosphere, instilling a love of dance in all students!
Bailey Thompson – Dance Instructor
Bailey Thompson has been dancing since the age of 3. Bailey has trained in many styles including: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, and Hiphop. Through the years, she has performed various roles with lowa Dance Theatre, Yaro Dance Company, and Des Moines Breakerz. She has also choreographed pieces for lowa Dance Theatre’s 2018 Spring and Fall shows. In addition to performing, Bailey continues to take class and participate in workshops to continue her education in dance.
Girls: Pink tights worn under any type and style of leotard (you may choose solid color or patterns on leotards)
Boys:Tight white or black t-shirt or tank-top with black shorts, black pants or black leggings and white socks
|Ballet: Bloch Giselle SO249G pink ballet shoes||Ballet: Capezio black leather ballet shoes|
|Tap: Capezio #625 black patent leather tap shoes||Tap: Capezio or Block black leather with tie shoelaces|
All Sections: Valley West Mall, 1551 Valley West Dr #109, West Des Moines, IA 50265