THE SBTS STUDENT DANCE PROGRAM
Studio by the Sea opened its doors in 2012 with the vision of providing consistent, elite classical technical training, plus the most progressive, cutting-edge choreography and styles to local dancers.
Because we believe classical ballet technique to be the essential foundation for all dance genres, our clasical curriculum requires ongoing ballet training in the Vaganova style as students progress. Dancers with a Hip Hop focus are encouraged to supplement their training with breakdance and/or strength classes to incorporate a multi-dimensional approach to their art.
Although we are proud to be home to a Nationally-winning Dance Competition Team, with our Junior Soloist placing 1st OVERALL and our Junior team placing 3rd OVERALL during our last competition season, our vision is for our dancers to master the athleticism and artistry of dance that will serve them throughout life, not to simply perform a “winning routine.” Our disciplined but nurturing program instills students not only with lifelong physical fitness, flexibility and grace, but with essential life-skills attributes such as perseverance, goal-setting, teamwork, self-improvement, and so much more.
Studio Owner and Artistic Director Wendy Lewis apprenticed and performed on tour with the highly-acclaimed Ballet West Company in Salt Lake City for 8 years before moving on to receive degrees in Ballet Performance and English from the University of South Florida, in Tampa, where she was also a member of the Contemporary Ballet company Moving Current. In 20+ years of dancing and teaching, Wendy has participated in countless workshops, performances, Master classes and trainings with the industry’s foremost artists, including Mia Michaels, Violette Verde, Melissa Sandvig, Chehon Wespi-tschopp, Mollee Gray, Tessandra Chavez, Bene Arnold, and so many more. She has served as choreographer for Gulf Coast State College’s Singing Commodores, for Noah and Heather Well’s Magic Show, was a lead ballerina in the film “Dancin’: It’s On”, and has choreographed and/or performed in dozens of additional events and productions ranging from fashion shows to weddings to flash mobs and more. Forever a voracious student of the art form she is so passionate about, Wendy continues to train and perform and most recently visited Moscow, Russia, for advanced ballet, pedagogy, and flexibility courses she is thrilled to pass on to her students.
Until Hurricane Michael hit in October of 2018, Studio by the Sea served as Local Host Studio for the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. We are excited to resume this honor once we have a suitable local performance facility!
Not sure which class is right for your dancer?
STUDIO BY THE SEA LEVELS & DIVISION REQUIREMENTS
TODDLER JAM — Creative Movement and motor skills for toddlers-age 4
PRINCESS BALLET—Introductory level, ages 3-5
LEVEL 1 –Beginners ages 6+
LEVEL 2—Intermediate dancers ages 8+, usually with at least 3+ years of dance experience.
LEVEL 3—High-Intermediate to advanced dancers ages 10+, usually with at least 5 + years of dance experience. Some dancers may take classes en pointe.
RECREATIONAL DIVISION REQUIREMENTS:
LEVEL 1: I class per week
LEVEL 2&3: Ballet meets 2X per week. Ballet is a pre-requisite for jazz & contemporary levels 2+.
1st class, $50/mo. Additional Classes $35/each per mo.
ELITE DIVISION REQUIREMENTS:
LEVEL 1: A minimum of 3 weekly classes, including Ballet 2x per week. ($120/mo.)
LEVEL 2: A minimum of 4 weekly classes including Ballet 2X per week and at least one flexibility class, plus at least one of the following: jazz & contemporary, leaps and turns ($150/mo.)
LEVEL 3: A minimum of 6 weekly classes including Ballet 2X per week; 2 flexibility classes, jazz & contemporary, & leaps and turns ($200/mo.)
HIP HOP TRACK:
LEVELS 1-3: Hip Hop & Breakdance, plus at least one strength training class for level 2 & 3 (L1 $85; L2 & 3: $115)
Additional classes $25 each, per, month for elite division students
PARENTS WITH STUDENTS ENROLLED IN 3+ CLASSES RECEIVE $15 OFF OF THEIR MONTHLY FITNESS MEMBERSHIP!