** Starting September 2021 ** Dance, Music, and Storytime (ages 3)
In this class students will use dance, music, storytelling, and artwork to express themselves, meet new friends, and learn appropriate socialization skills. Designed for students to take with a parent or caregiver, the caregiver/parent must be able to move up and down from the floor with ease and remain with the young student for the duration of each class.
** Starting September 2021 ** Creative Movement (ages 3)
A foundation building movement class for 3 year olds who are independent and ready to take dance class on their own. Lessons are ballet-based focusing on motor skills, coordination, and socialization. Classical music, ballet stories, and singing along with our songs is all a part of this class for budding ballerinas.
** Starting September 2021 ** Combination Classes (ages 4-5)
Combo Classes are a great way for dancers to experience a variety of dance styles. Ballet, Jazz, and Tap will be taught in each combination class. Becoming a versatile dancer has never been so fun!
Primary Ballet I (ages 4-5)
Four and five year old students will begin learning the FUNdamentals of dance. Balance, coordination, and motor skill development is a large part of this class. Understanding personal dance space, developing awareness of others who are also moving, utilizing circles, lines and rotation are all a part of the fun!
Primary Ballet II (ages 6-7)
Pre Ballet is designed for students six and seven years of age. Gently and with great care the foundation of dance begins to be laid with elementary ballet technique. French terminology is explained for a better understanding of the language of dance.
Ballet I (ages 8-9)
In Ballet I dancers who are eight and nine years old begin classical ballet barre technique. Dance combinations in the center, traveling down the floor and stretching and expansion of French terminology continue in Ballet I.
** Starting October 2021 ** Ballet II (ages 10+)
Designed for dancers ages ten and up, Ballet II will expand the knowledge base of ballet technique, center and traveling combinations. Jumps, turns, and leaps will also be accelerated in this faster paced ballet class and French terminology continues to expand the dancer’s vocabulary. At the teacher’s discretion some students may be invited to begin pre pointe work in Ballet II.
Intermediate Ballet (teens & adults)
Intermediate Ballet is a class for dancers who are experienced students; generally teens and adults. Dancers who are already on pointe are invited to wear pointe shoes. Full barre, center, and traveling combinations are taught, as well as variations.
** Starting October 2021 ** Adult Ballet (adults)
Adult Ballet: Morning ballet class for adults who want to learn the basics of ballet technique and more. Some theraband work will be included as well as floor-barre. Bring water and a towel or yoga mat for a floor cushion if necessary.
Required attire: ballet slippers + black leotard & pink tights for females; black leggings & white tee for males.
Ballet class registration is on a rolling admission.
Spaces are available in classes unless otherwise noted above.
Monthly payment due by the 10th of the month to avoid a $10 late fee
Drop in fees: $15 per class
We prefer cash or check to avoid costly credit card fees.
You may also pay via Paypal or by debit/credit card in our main office.
Heidi Longwith is a ballet, jazz and tap teacher for dancers of all ages and abilities. Meeting dancers exactly where they are in their training, and with an eye on the future, she prepares dancers to take the next step in the dance studio and in their life.
Heidi has taught at various schools across the nation, such as the Walden School, The Ramaz School, PS 199 in New York City, as well as the Melodia Performing Arts Center in Pittsburgh, and for the Chattanooga Ballet. Closer to her heart is the school of her own design, Mountain Laurel Studios, which later became the Tennessee Youth Ballet. For twenty five years her pre-professional dance company was attached to these schools. The Nutcracker was performed annually under her direction from 2005-2017. As an adjunct faculty member at Lee University Heidi taught Musical Theatre Dance I and II from 2016-2019. As well as being a recognized Outstanding Dance Educator by the Governor’s School of the Arts, most recently, Heidi has been accepted into the master’s of education program (teaching dance) at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England.
Her charitable work includes being past-president and board member for the Tennessee Association of Dance, a 501c3 charitable organization for dance education across the state of Tennessee. Heidi is a past board member of Tennessee Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program for which she was also the state program choreographer.
As a choreographer, Heidi’s credits include The Firebird with Anna Marie Holmes; various shows, concerts and commercials as staff choreographer for Dollywood; and as the Audition Choreographer for the South Eastern Theatre Conference. While working for Utah Musical Theatre she choreographed Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and the Fantasticks under the direction of Jim Christian. Other shows choreographed include Meet Me in St. Louis, Oliver!, The Odyssey, The Secret Garden, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and My Fair Lady for Lee University.
Longwith began dancing professionally at the age of 16 at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. Some of her performance credits include The King and I with the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia; Cabaret with Donna McKechnie, who was the original Sheila in a Chorus Line, and Billy Crystal as the MC; and The Merry Widow with Anna Moffo at the Pittsburgh Opera. Heidi has been a member of Actors Equity Association for 42 years.
Under the tudtledge of Carolyn Clark in Cleveland, Tennessee Heidi began her dance studies. Training continued at the International Academy of Dance under Anna Marie Holmes. Heidi attended Walnut Hill School of Education and Performing Arts during her high school years. The Atlanta School of Ballet, Robert Archard’s City Center (company member), and in New York City at Steps and Peridance are all a part of Heidi Longwith’s foundational dance education.