These classes are available at our Columbus studio as well as Desiree’s Dancers in David City. However, in some cases the age or grade level may be different at each studio site.

Classes with requirements for Barb’s School of Dance and Desiree’s Dancers

Choosing to sign up for some of our classes will mean that there will be class requirements. The reason for this is some classes require more technical skills than others and these classes would require a student to take additional classes to boost their skills and enhance their training.

Tap Team: 8th-12th graders by audition only. Tap Team members must take an additional tap class during the weekday.

Irish Step: 6th-12th graders. Irish step students must take an additional tap class during the weekday.

Production class ( 3rd – 7th graders): Students in this class in these grades must also take another jazz class during the week. This would include your tap/jazz combo class.

Production class ( 8th– 12th graders): Students in this class in these grades must take a jazz/tap combo class OR 2 out of 4 of our ballet classes which would include Pointe, Modern, Lyrical or Ballet Technique.

Pointe: Dancers wishing to take point must also be in the Ballet Technique class.

9th-12th grade Lyrical and Modern: If you are choosing one of these classes you must also be in an additional ballet oriented class such as Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz or Ballet technique. A dancer choosing to take either Modern or Lyrical but is NOT in any other of the above listed classes can do so but will be in the 6th – 7th grade Lyrical or Modern class.

Class Descriptions

Pre-school Tap and Ballet

tapMust be 4 years old by Dec. 1st This class is a great introduction to ballet which is the core to all dance styles. Students will learn the basic positions of ballet and beginner fundamentals such as plies, arabesques and tondues. Tap will help with their timing and rhythm and every child loves to put on their tap shoes!

Elementary Level Tap and Ballet

Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Body placement, flexibility, balance, alignment, strength and technique are achieved through barre and center floor work. Tap is taught to the class’s level and students will explore all the possibilities that their “instruments” have!

Elementary, Middle School, and High School Jazz and Tap

This course is offered to dancers in the 3rd - 12th grades. Jazz class will focus on teaching basic body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and will layer jazz style over the traditional technique of ballet. Students will explore leaps, turns and combinations. Tap for this age group will become more challenging and more intricate. Students will explore all the sounds that they can create.


This is offered to 3rd – 12th grade dancers. Our lyrical classes fuse the technique and style of both ballet and jazz. Students work on expressing emotion while telling a story through the use of the lyrics and music. This is a great style for any dancer with training in ballet or jazz who want to expand their knowledge in different styles.


This class is offered to dancers in grades 1st – 12th Grade. Modern dance is a dance style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet, focusing instead on the expression of inner feelings.


Dancers must first take the Ballet Technique class in order to enroll into a pointe class. A dancer typically will be accepted into the Pointe class after 1 or 2 years of the Ballet Technique class. This class is for the dancer who has a great desire to learn more ballet with the added challenge of being on pointe


This class is offered to dancers in grades k-12th. Students will learn ballet based technique such as turns, leaps, jumps. Students will get to experience traditional jazz (Broadway, Fosse, Giordano), Contemporary style jazz as well as modern day jazz styles. This class is energetic and fun!

Hip Hop

This class is offered to Pre School – 12th graders. Hip hop dancing is an ideal way to express one's creativeness. It features self impressions and the dances come from the soul. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music!

Cheer Dance

This class is offered to Pre School – 12th grade. The style, also know as Pom, is a quick moving, high energy class. Students learn sharp movements often used in cheerleading and also work on flexibility, leaps, turns and stunts. This is an excellent class for aspiring cheerleaders or for the dancer who just loves to move fast and work in unison with a group.


Generally, this class is offered to dancers in 2nd – 12th grade. Clogging is a type of folk dance with roots in traditional European dancing, early African-American dance and traditional Cherokee dance. Clogging emphasizes the downbeat of the music by enthusiastic footwork.

Irish Step

This class is offered for dancers in 6th – 12th grade. Irish step dance is a form of dancing that influenced U.S. tap dancing and is featured in theatrical shows such as "Riverdance." Step dancing is a type of folk dance that originated in Ireland and is centered around foot and leg movements.


Pre-School – 12th Grade. Acro is a blend of acrobatics and gymnastics. Acro is great for improving a dancers strength, flexibility, endurance and agility. Students will learn many tricks, including tumbling skills, contortion and balances. As well as, sports acrobatic partner skills.

Tap Team

This class is by audition only and dancers in 8th -12th grade at BSD are eligible to audition. This class takes tap to the next level and is also our competing tap group.

Musical Theatre

1st – 12th Grade. Musical Singing, acting, and dancing all in one class makes this a fun filled and high energy performing arts lesson.

Production Performance Team

This class is offered at BSD to dancers in 3rd – 12th grades. This is for the dancer who has the desire to be part of a group that competes. If a dancer does not want to take part in competitions then another jazz class would be more suitable for them. The production routines are often story or themed based and display each dancer’s talent and skill.

Adult Jazz, Known as “AJ”

jazzThis class offers a great workout while stretching the muscles and learning fun jazz combinations. Fun for any adult with or without dance experience!

Adult Clogging, Known as “TLC”

This class is a fun form of exercise that will get you rocking and get your heart rate going. You will be surprised what your feet are capable of!

Adult class pricing is the same as a Primary class and if you are in both your second class is a secondary fee.

Creative Movement: Ages 2 and 3 (Must be 2 by September 1st)

In this class the children will learn basic motor skills such as hopping, skipping and balancing as well as basic ballet movements. This class brings out the “dancer” and lets the children explore their creativity. Parent involvement is not mandatory but some dancers do require parent help in order for the class to run smoothly however our goal is for your child to take this class independently. $80 class fee for each 10 lesson session. There are 2 sessions during the dance year.

Ballet Technique

Ballet Technique classes, for dancers 6th grade through adult, are the foundation for training BSD and Desiree’s Dancers and focus on developing a solid ballet technique with emphasis on understanding correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body (epaulement), and use of arms (port de bras). Class begins with work at the barre to build strength and coordination, followed by center exercises, culminating in a grand allegro combination or variation. Clear explanations of exercises and theory help students use the ballet vocabulary in a simple, practical way that leads to increased technical understanding, healthy physical development, and lifelong enjoyment.