DANCE DEPARTMENT

 Patel Conservatory Popular Dance (PCPD), Directed by Philip Neal


PCPD performance photoThe Popular Dance program is a serious structured program preparing dancers in grades K through 12 for popular dance opportunities in areas such as Broadway, Television, Industrials, Cruise Ships, Theme Parks and Las Vegas.

The program consists of three divisions:  PCPD Enrollment Division, PCPD Pre-Professional Division, PCPD/PCYB Hybrid Program
 
PCPD Enrollment Division where children are placed by age.  The classes that make up the Enrollment Division are Tap Dance 1, Gr. K, Tap Dance 2, Gr. 1-2, Tap Dance 3, Gr. 3-5, Tap Dance 4, Gr. 6-8, Beginning Jazz Gr. 2-6. 

How to Register- Students that meet the grade requirement for the enrollment division classes may sign up through the registration office without going through the dance office.

Performance Information:
  • Sat., Apr. 28 Breakin’ Out Showcase, 4 p.m., Ferguson Hall*
  • Tap Dance Gr. 3-5 and Tap Dance Gr. 6-8 are invited to audition for Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker. There is a separate performance fee and rehearsal commitment involved.
Fees- Non Refundable Registration Fee $35, Recital Fee $120 and Yearly Tuition Fee
 
PCPD Pre-Professional Division where students are placed by ability.  The classes that make up the Pre-Professional Division are Intermediate Contemporary, Advanced Contemporary, Intermediate Just for Kicks, Advanced Just for Kicks, Accelerated Jazz and Trainee A1 Tap. 
How to Register- Students interested in the Pre-Professional Division must attend a placement class or receive acceptance by the artistic staff.  Placements are scheduled through the dance department by calling 813-222-1079 or by emailing danceprogram@strazcenter.org

Performance Information:
  • Sat., March 31 On the Edge performance, 7 p.m., Ferguson Hall* (Contemporary, Advanced JFK, Accelerated Jazz, Show Team)
  • Sat., Apr. 28 Breakin’ Out Showcase, 4 p.m., Ferguson Hall* (Intermediate Just for Kicks)
  • PCPD Pre-Professional Division students are invited to audition for Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker. There is a separate performance fee and rehearsal commitment involved.             
Fees- Non Refundable Registration Fee $35, Recital Fee $120 and Yearly Tuition Fee
 
PCPD/PCYB Hybrid Program is for advanced dance students whose academic responsibilities require specialized schedules. 

How to Register- Students interested in the hybrid program must have their schedule approved by the dance department artistic staff.  For more information contact the dance department by calling 813-222-1079 or by emailing danceprogram@strazcenter.org

Performance Information:
  • On the Edge performance (based on rehearsal availability)
  • Students are invited to audition for Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker. There is a separate performance fee and rehearsal commitment involved 
  • Students in the hybrid program are not eligible to perform in Next Generation Ballet’s spring performance    
Fees- Non Refundable Registration Fee $35, Recital Fee $120 and Yearly Tuition Fee
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