If your pint-sizer has been glued to “So You Think You Can Dance” this summer, it might be time to start thinking about dance classes this fall. Luckily for them, they can can study with the dance pros at Towson University!

Towson University Community Dance (TUCD) is an extension of the university’s dance department and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Their mission? To foster “dancing for a lifetime.” Classes are offered for ages 3 through adult. Your child (or you!) can benefit from the University’s renowned faculty and take classes in ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, or even pilates. Creative movement and dance fundamental classes are offered for littles.

“TUCD excels in a way I haven’t experienced at other dance programs,” says Andrea Weir, mom of 3 TUCD dancers between 2011 and the present day. “Their teachers combine top-notch training with a true nurturing environment. All dancers, recreational through those who want to be professional, thrive here.”

Maybe you don’t have a kiddo aspiring to be the next Misty Copeland — but have one that needs to get the wiggles out. TUCD has a program for them, too! Classes for kids under 5 are specifically designed to stimulate imagination and ignite creativity, while developing awareness of the five Dance Elements: Body, Space, Time, Energy and Force. Whether they go on to star in the New York City Ballet or take center stage at your Family Reunion Dance-off, these classes are sure to pay off.

Program tuition begins at $224 per class, per semester. Towson University Faculty/Staff/Alumni receive a 10% discount off full tuition of single classes and two-class packages.

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If you’re not sure your preschooler is ready to make a commitment to a semester or year of classes, keep an eye on their website for TUCD’s Developmental Dance Lab classes in the spring semester. This is a FREE opportunity to take a month of classes taught by dance majors at the university. (As you can imagine, classes fill up quickly!)

TUCD has announced their fall schedule and is currently enrolling students. Fall 2018 semester at the Towson University location begins Tuesday, September 4 and ends Monday, December 17. Be sure to check out their offerings and tell them (cool) progeny sent you!

Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by Towson University Community Dance who wanted to get the word out about their classes to our readers! Photos by Laura Black.