Level A

(6 - 9 year olds)

Children's Classes

As children develop emotionally and their love of dance grows, class times increase in order to accommodate increasing vocabulary and the degree of difficulty. Our faculty helps dancers to develop self-motivation, self-confidence and a determination to succeed, while sharing their knowledge and love of dance. To be a truly well rounded dancer, a class in each subject offered should be considered by everyone. 

For your convenience The DanceLife Center offers our dance families an online account management software system. Families are able to log in to their account to view and print their schedule, track their absences and makeups, update credit card or bank account information, and more! To sign up to use the customer portal, you first have to register for a class for either this summer or next year's dance season. Current classes and accounts are not available.


Returning Customers:
If you participated in last summer's dance session, this dance season (whether active or have dropped), or have registered for this summer's dance session - you will click on Customer Portal Login.

New Customers:
If you are new and do not fall in one of the above categories, please view "Class Registration" below where you will see our class schedule organized by each day of the week. Click on the day you are interested in coming to dance to see the offerings for that day arranged by time. This makes it easy for you to view classes that start before and after each other for families who like to stack their schedule with multiple classes in one day.


  1. Find the class you are interested in registering for and click the red word "Enroll" listed to the left of the class name.

  2. Fill out the information requested (fields with asterisks are required.) From there you will also be able to choose additional classes and add additional students.

  3. A credit or debit card or a bank account is required in order to register.

  4. In the event that a class is full, you will see the word "Waitlist" instead of "Enroll." To be entered on the waitlist, please click that button and proceed. You will be required to enter payment information, however no payment will be made on the account unless a spot becomes available. If a spot becomes available, we will contact you regarding enrolling in the class.

After you are enrolled in a class, you will be able to use the Customer Portal. You will create a Customer Portal account by entering the email address you provided at registration time and clicking the button that says "I don't have or don't know my password." A temporary password will then be emailed to you. Use that to log in to your account. From there you can change your password-just make sure it has a minimum of 8 characters, 1 of which must be a number.

Please click on genres for class descriptions:






Charleston Level A Classes

Charleston Level A Classes

Mattoon Level A Classes

Effingham Level A Classes

Mattoon Level A Classes

Effingham Level A Classes

Ballet A

Ballet is the basis for all dance forms. Promoting proper alignment, posture, muscle control, building core strength, leg and foot strength, developing grace and body aesthetics and balance. Ballet focuses on laying the groundwork for technique in all styles of dance. 

Ballet A1

6-7 year olds

Beginners need to learn proper technique, alignment, flexibility, and vocabulary of dance. Skills include across the floor movements, centre, and basic turns and combinations. 

Ballet A2

7-8 year olds

Continuation of fundamentals and technique development and terminology. Succeeding levels of classes will build on mastery of skills

Ballet A3

8-9 year olds

This 75-minute class focuses on the continued development of ballet technique lengthening and straightening all parts of the feet, legs and upper body.

Jazz A

6-9 year olds

Jazz is an American art form stressing technique and style, while introducing Theatre Dance, Contemporary, Funky, African, and many more. Classes consist of center warmup, floor stretches, isolations, progressions and combinations. Jazz uses contemporary music and movement to keep dancers moving and smiling. Fun filled and energetic! 

Beginners need to learn proper technique, alignment, flexibility, and vocabulary of dance. Skills include across the floor movements, centre, and basic turns and combinations. Jazz is warm-ups, isolations, combinations, progressions.

Tap A

6-9 year olds

An American art form taught in the true tradition. Rhythms and coordination are stressed, progressively advancing each year. Tap terminology is highlighted. A fun-filled way to work as team and develop rhythmical awareness, tap dancers are also musicians, creating rhythmic lines using beats, riffs  and patterns to accent the music.
Beginners need to learn proper technique, alignment, flexibility, and vocabulary of dance. Skills include across the floor movements, centre, and basic turns and combinations. Tap is rhythm, clarity, speed, and basic steps. 

Hip Hop A

6-9 year olds




Hip Hop is a contemporary style of movement that combines street dance, urban funk, pop & lock, with an emphasis on rhythm and beat. Experience or participation in ballet/jazz is helpful but not required.

Hip Hop A

A great first dance class for the child who is looking for a little something different! This super cool, energetic, and fun class will explore basic hip hop moves along with technique, stretching, and strengthening, to today's hottest (and yes age appropriate) music. This class is for both boys and girls. 

B-Boys Hip Hop

Express yourself and your attitude to today‚Äôs music through high energy and fun-filled choreography. Discover the history and culture of hip hop through trends that shaped the form as we know it, both past and present. (All music and movements is specifically chosen to be age appropriate.) This boys-only class combines elements of various street dance styles, blending Old School, New School, Breakdancing, and even Jazz.