Betty Brown,
School Director
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Welcome To
Terrace Dance Studio
July 28, 2014, 10:33 pm

Learning to dance is exciting, challenging and rewarding; especially so for children. Children love to dance. At Terrace Dance Studio, we've been teaching children to dance for twenty-five years. Our dance training programs begin at age three and continue through the teens. Dance styles offered are, Pre-school, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, and Gymnastics. See the Dance Programs menu below for a more detailed description of each style. Our teachers are Terrific. They're knowledgable, dedicated and experienced at teaching children. We invite you to come and watch a class.

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Sep 5, 2013
2013-2014 Class Registration

Registration for 2013 - 2014 school year
3PM to 7PM
Classes begin Monday, September 9, 2013

Sep 6, 2013
2013-2014 Class Registration

Registration for 2013-2014 school year
3PM to 7PM
Classes begin Monday, September 9, 2013

Sep 7, 2013
2013-2014 Class Registration

Registration for 2013-2014 school year
11AM to 3PM
Classes begin Monday, September 9, 2013

Sep 9, 2013
2013-2014 Classes Begin Today

Classes begin Monday, September 9, 2013

Oct 14, 2013 CLOSED - Columbus Day

Monday, October 14, 2013

Oct 17, 2013 Bring A Friend Week

Bring A Friend Week
Monday, October 21, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013

Nov 22, 2013 CLOSED - Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013

Dec 23, 2013 CLOSED - Winter Break

Monday, December 23, 2013
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Jan 20, 2014 CLOSED - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20, 2014

Feb 17, 2014 CLOSED - Mid-Winter Break

Monday, Feb 17, 2014
thru Sunday, Feb 23, 2014

Apr 14, 2014 CLOSED - Spring Break

Monday, Apr 14, 2014
thru Saturday, Apr 20, 2013
Classes will resume Monday, Apr 21, 2014

May 4, 2014 Picture Day

May 4, 2014

Schedule to follow
as date approaches.

May 27, 2014 CLOSED - Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 2014

May 31, 2014 Tickets on Sale

May 31, 2014

Tickets will be available starting at 9 AM. You can select your seating and claim your tickets, or buy additional tickets at $15 ea. First Come, First Served.

Jun 6, 2014 Dress Rehearsal

Jun 6, 2013

Schedule to follow
as date approaches

Jun 14, 2014 Recital2014

June 14, 2014

TDS annual recital: At Bishop Ford Theatre
2 PM
Tickets: $15

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Mon 4:00pm Tap 1  Miss Mayra
5:00pm Hip-Hop/Jazz 1  Miss Mayra
6:00pm Ballet 1  Miss Mayra
Tue 5:00pm Gym 2  Miss Christina
6:00pm Jr. Tap  Miss Christina
7:00pm Jr. Jazz 6  Miss Christina
Wed 4:00pm Pre-School  Miss Pattiann
5:00pm Ballet/Tap 1  Miss Pattiann
6:00pm Ballet/Tap 2  Miss Pattiann
Thu 4:30pm Gym 4  Miss Christina
5:30pm HipHop/Jazz 5  Miss Christina
6:30pm Jr. Ballet  Miss Christina
7:30pm Pointe  Miss Christina
Fri 4:30pm Boys Tap/Jazz  Miss Christina
5:30pm Gym 3  Miss Christina
6:30pm Sr. Ballet  Miss Christina
7:30pm Sr. HipHop/Jazz  Miss Christina
8:30pm Sr.Tap  Miss Christina
Sat 10:00am Pre-School  Miss Jaclyn
11:00am Ballet/Tap 1  Miss Jaclyn
12:00pm Ballet/Tap 2  Miss Jaclyn
1:00pm Ballet 4  Miss Michele
2:00pm HipHop/Jazz 4  Miss Michele
3:00pm Tap 2  Miss Michele
4:00pm Ballet 5  Miss Michele

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

What classes do you offer?

We offer Pre-School, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Gymnastics, and Taekwon-do.

What is the age range and experience necessary to participate in your program?

We offer classes for students ranging from age 3-18 years, from beginner to advanced. It is our goal to place your child in a class which is comfortable and challenging.

Does my child have to audition to get into the program?

No, class placement is done at the discretion of the program director and/or teachers. Placement is based upon age, ability, and experience. All children are accepted.

Can my child take classes whenever he/she wants and what type of commitment is expected?

The dance curriculum at Terrace Dance Studio is offered on a school-year basis. Classes begin just after labor day in September, and conclude in mid-June. Classes are scheduled Monday through Saturday. Each class meets for an hour, once per week. Regular class attendance is important for a young dancer's progress.

Is there a dress code?

We have a mandatory dress code. Dress code requirements are detailed on the Dancewear menu below. To insure conformance to the dress code, all dancewear must be purchased from Terrace Dance Studio.

Do you have a recital?

Yes, all students are required to perform in our Broadway-style Recital at the end of the school year in mid-June. The recital is an important part of the learning experience. It gives your child the opportunity to show what has been learned over the year and to share her/his accomplishment with family and friends.

May I watch my child in class?

Parents/Caregivers are not permitted in the classroom, however, you may observe the class through the observation window.

How do I register my child for the 2005-2006 schoolyear?

Registration will be at the studio on the following dates:
Sep 6, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sep 7, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sep 8, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Beginner Dance Program

Beginner Level Program

Preschool- age 3 to 4

Introduction to Ballet and Tap, rhythmic exercises, creative movement, and tumbling. This class develops coordination, imagination, rhythm and cooperation. The environment is positive and encouraging, as the children learn about the joy of movement.

Ballet/Tap 1- age 5 and 6

More introductory work in Ballet and Tap. Basic positions and steps are taught, plus work on placement, strength, flexibility, rhythm, and balance.

Ballet/Tap 2- age 7 and 8

The same work as in a regular level 2 class, but in more depth since two forms of dance are taught.

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Gymnastics, or Hip Hop
- age 6 to 8

The student learns the basic positions and steps. They also work on correct body placement, developing strength, balance, and flexibility, as well as a sense of rhythm.
Intermediate Dance Program

Intermediate Level Program

Dance Forms:


Ballet is considered a basic foundation for learning other dance forms. The Student will learn both classical and lyrical ballet. Students will gain better body alignment, increased strength, flexibility and turnout, and learn correct ballet terminology. The teacher will focus on proper position of the arms, legs and feet as well as ballet movements such as Grand Jete and Pirouette. As the student progresses to higher skill levels, more emphasis will be placed of learning and preforming more complex and challenging movement combinations that require more technical precision.


Students will learn strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and self-confidence. Teachers will focus on acrobatics, stunting and pyramids using basic and advanced gymnastic skills and positions. No special equipment, other than floor mats, is used in these classes.


Students will learn fundamental tap technique, coordination, turns, dance movement and performance skills. The student will focus on rhythmic variations through a series of different tap combinations highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound.


Jazz is a uniquely american contribution to dance. Students will learn traditional and up to date movements to a variety of up beat music. Students will focus on basic body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, hips, feet and arms. Along with dance techniques and performance skills, students are encouraged to use individual expressions in order to develop thier own style.

Hip Hop / Jazz

The student will work on turns, practice deep streches, develop greater body control through the practice of body isolations, and then put these skills to work in a funky original routine. Hip Hop combines many styles and techniques from contemporary dance. The first half of a class consists of exercises to stretch and tone muscles and develop support for proper stress-free alignment of the skeletal structure. It is a high energy class that uses funky patterns and dance techbiques that are challenging and fun. The student will gain a valuable understanding and appreciation of the improvisional nature of this dance form while learning basic necessary jazz movements and terminology. These classes will break down steps and technique and also emphasize bringing style and personality to the movement. Hip Hop is never done small and therefore students will be encouraged to step outside the box and dance big.

Levels of Training:

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Gymnastics, or Hip Hop
Int 1 - age 7 to 9

The student learns more steps and positions, and more complicated and faster rhythms. They also learn to put steps together in combinations. They continue to work on strength,flexibility, placement, and rhythm.

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Gymnastics, or Hip Hop
Int 2 - age 8 to 10

The student learns harder and faster steps and combinations of steps. They work on turns and more difficult balances and jumps.

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Gymnastics, or Hip Hop
Int 3 - age 9 to 11

Students refine and improve their technique, while beginning to develop performance and artistic skills.
Ballet students who are strong enough begin to do work on pointe.

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Gymnastics, or Hip Hop
Int 4 - age 10 to 12

At this level the student has acquired the core technical skills. The focus from here is on the artistry of dance combined with refinement of technique.
Advanced Dance Program

Advanced classes:

Students at this level will focus on technique and performance skills. They will be combining difficult and intricate combinations at a higher level of energy and speed. The purpose of this class is to turn great dancers into performers who will be able to compete and/or audition at the beginner or advanced level.

Gymnastics Programs


Students will be learning basic acrobatic skills needed to advance to a higher gymnastic level. Students at this level will be learning stunts that range from head stands, hand stands, carthwheels & and roundoffs to more advanced stunts such as front and back hand springs* .Students will work on a variety of stretching exercises to lengthen, condition and strengthen their muscles.

*This depends on the students ability and teacher's discretion.

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School Policies


  • Students may not be permitted into class if they are more than
    15 minutes late. They will be asked to observe the class.
  • Missed classes may be made up where there is an equivalent class
    cheduled at a different time.
    Make-ups must be completed within two months.
  • No Refunds for missed classes.
  • Snacks and drinks are permitted only in the waiting area.
  • Chewing gum or smoking is not permitted.
  • No wearing of jewelry in class.
Directions and Map

Terrace Dance Studio
273 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Located at the corner of PPW and 17th Street
HOURS:(Give or take; It is best to call ahead.)
4:00PM to 6:00PM Monday thru Friday
9:00AM to 5:00PM Saturday
Closed on Sunday

Bus:B69 and B75 stop at Prospect Park West and Prospect Avenue, one block from school.
Subway: F-Train to "15th Street - Prospect Park" stop.
Recital Location
Bishop Ford High School
500 19th. Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Two blocks from the school.)

TDS is located at: 273 PPW at 17th Street

Beverly Gaines, School Founder
In Fond Remembrance Of

Beverly 'Bev' Gaines, Our Founder

Trained at the School of American Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, and the High School of Performing Arts, Bev performed on Broadway, with Major Ballet Companies, in Summer Stock, and on Television; including the Ed Sullivan Show, where she was a back-up dancer for Elvis Presley.

She was a cast member of Jerome Robbin's, "Ballets USA".

Beverly performed in the original Broadway production of "The Most Happy Fella," a Musical by Frank Loesser.

In 1986, with the assistance of her husband, Randy Snodgrass, Bev started Terrace Dance Studio; which she directed until her death in May 2001.

"Dance training develops memory and builds poise and self-confidence. Children learn to take direction and to co-operate in a group. The discipline learned will help a child prepare for living."
~Beverly Gaines

Bev & Randy (273 PPW, Brooklyn, NY)

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Dress Code for Classes


  • Pre-School:
    Pink Leotard, tights and ballet shoes.
  • Ballet-Tap
    Pink or black leotard, Pink tights, pink ballet shoes and beige tap shoes.
  • Ballet:
    Black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair in a Bun.
  • Gym:
    Black unitard and black gym shoes
  • Tap, Jazz and HipHop:
    TDS Tee, Dance Pants and appropriate shoes.


  • All classes:
    Black shorts or pants, TDS Tee and black shoes.

  • $13 Leotard, Child
  • $15 Leotard, Adult

    Sizes: Small, Medium, Large and x-Large
  • $20 Leotard, P/S
  • $20 Unitard, Gym
  • $ 6 Tights, Child
  • $20 Shoes, Ballet
  • $30 Shoes, Tap
  • $35 Shoes, Jazz
  • $20 Shoes, Gym
  • $20 T-Shirt, TDS
  • $20 Dance Bag
  • $50 TKD Uniform

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Betty Brown - School Director

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Betty is responsible for operating the school. She produces and directs our annual 'Broadway-Style' Recital; where every Number gets a Curtain, and lots of applause.

Christina Durbin - Teacher

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Christina attended Mary Mount college, where she majored in dance. She has been dancing and teaching for 25 years. Christina teaches Tap, Jazz and Gymnastics, and also manages the Competition classes.

Christina is an excellent dancer and teacher. Her cheerful attitude and energetic personality enables her to estalish a warm teacher-student relationship with her students. Her acheivements make her an excellent role model for her students.

Her creative choreography has contributed greatly to her competiton classes' ability to win in dance competitions.

Mayra Rios - Teacher

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Mayra began her dance training at age four under the direction of Ms. Gaines, the founder of the school. After several years of training, helping in the classroom, and assistant teaching, she was promoted to full teacher status. She teaches Pre-school, Ballet/Tap 1, and Ballet/Tap 2 "I love dance and children. Teaching is another passion. I have gained a lot from working with children, and I want to continue."

Michele Routhier - Teacher

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Michele has been associated with Terrace Dance Studio since 1986; she was the first student to register for a class at our school. Michele received her dance training under the direction of Ms. Gaines (1937-2001), the founder of the school.
Michele teaches Pre-school, Ballet, Ballet Tap 1&2 and Jazz/Hip-Hop classes.

Melissa Bitar - Teacher

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Melissa has been associated with Terrace Dance Studio since 1999. Melissa received her dance training at Terrace Dance Studio.
Melissa teaches Pre-school, and Ballet-Tap1 classes.

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