Dance Classes at SMDCAC

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Thank you for supporting the programming at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center! We are so pleased and proud to offer Dance at SMDCAC to the families of our community as a means of fostering a lifelong love of dance and the arts to the youth in our community. The reduced pricing of these classes are intended to assist families who are experiencing financial limitations (see requirements below). The following information will help you and your child be prepared for our classes. Contact Carla Hill at | 786-573-5319 for availability and registration instructions.

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Spring 2017: January 24 - April 29

Spring Class Schedule
Intro to Dance: Beginning Ballet + Hip Hop (ages 5-7)
Tuesdays and Thursdays / 4:30-5:20pm
Beginning Ballet (ages 8-11)
Wednesdays / 4:15-5:05pm and Saturdays / 12:30-1:20pm
Intermediate Jazz (ages 10-14)
Wednesdays / 5:15-6:30pm and Saturday / 1:30-2:45pm
*SMDCAC's class schedule follows the M-DCPS calendar. There will be no classes on Teacher's Planning Days or established holidays.

Contact Mariah Forde at or 786-573-5313. Full payment is due at the time of registration.

REQUIRED: Proof of approved free/reduced lunch application from your child’s school in the form of a copy of the official letter of approval for the lunch program. The letter must display the official school or school district letterhead or stationary.

Regular attendance is required in order for the student to receive the full benefit of their dance classes. No tuition adjustments will be made due to absences of any kind. Due to the structure and nature of this program, make up lessons are not be available.

Students should arrive in proper dance attire and be ready for class at least 10 minutes prior to their scheduled class time. Students who arrive to class after the warm up period may be required to observe class that day.

Each class will be dismissed five minutes prior to the end of each class to enable a smooth changeover between classes. Students should not arrive or be left waiting more than 10 minutes before or after their class.

One-time $50 annual registration fee per household plus $90 per child, per 12-week session. Returning students are exempt from paying the $50 annual registration fee for Spring 2016 classes
NOTE: Because these classes are at a reduced cost, proof of approved free/reduced lunch application from your child’s school in the form of a copy of the official letter of approval for the lunch program is required at the time of registration. The letter must be printed on official school or school district letterhead/stationary.

All fees are non-refundable.

Late Pick-Up Fee
A late fee of $10 per 15 minutes per family will be charged for children not picked up on time. Consistent late pick up may result in the child being withdrawn from the program.

Dress Code - Students will be responsible for obtaining proper dancewear.

Girls Beginning:

  • Black leotard – capped sleeves or tank style

  • Pink tights

  • Ballet slippers- no split soles

  • Hair: Must be in a bun. No hair ornaments of any kind.

Boys Beginning:

  • White t-shirt or leotard

  • Black sweat pants

  • White socks and ballet slippers

  • Hair: Hair must be well groomed and off the face

Girls Jazz:

  • Girls may wear leotards, tights, unitards, form fitting jazz pants,  or trunks (briefs). T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants may only be worn during the class warm-up.

  • Black jazz shoes must be worn. Slip-on jazz shoes without laces are preferred.

Boys Jazz:

  • Solid colored shirts and pants or shorts. Denim is not allowed.

  • Black jazz shoes must be worn. Slip-on jazz shoes without laces are preferred.

Classroom Behavior

  • South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and their teaching staff will not tolerate disrespectful behavior, language or bullying of any kind. Students must be respectful to their instructors and fellow students at all times. Each instructor reserves the right to dismiss a student from class for violating this rule.

  • No gum or eating is allowed in any of the classrooms.

  • No outdoor footwear is allowed in the classroom.

  • Students may not leave the classroom unless permission is granted from their teacher.

  • Parents are not allowed in the classroom during their child’s scheduled class.


Meet the Instructor

Dance Instructor Avice Warren McCray

Avice Warren-McCray has trained extensively in the areas of Jazz, contemporary modern dance, ballet, and African Diaspora Dance Movement forms. She is an independent guest lecturer and independent performer. She has performed and presented throughout the United States and Europe.  Currently, she is the Arts Integration Specialist for Hearts and Minds at Robert Russa Moton Elementary and Adjunct Professor for Barry University. She is returning to the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center for her second season.
An experienced performer, choreographer, and educator, her works have been presented throughout Miami-Dade County.  Ms. Warren-McCray holds a Master of Arts degree in Dance Performance/Education from the State University of New York at Brockport.  In addition to her MA, she holds an undergraduate degree in Media Production from Florida State University, associate degree from Florida A & M University and a Master’s in Business Administration/Sports Administration from St. Thomas University.

Avice resides in Miami, Florida. She has studied with notable artist and scholars such as Beverly Barber, Willys-Ann Gaines, LaVerne Washington, Chuck Davis, Reginald Yates, Jawola Willa Jo Zollar, Ronald K. Brown, Finis Jhung, Donald McKayle, Allyned Gartrell, Kevin Veiga, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Clyde Morgan, Anjali Austin, Pearl Primus, and Katherine Dunham. She has the distinct honor and pleasure of performing Read Me A Story Visa National Tour, Dance Esais, and Black Door Dance Ensemble.

A strong advocate of the arts and arts education, Ms.Warren-McCray is a member of the Dade Association of Dance Educators, and has volunteered for various functions, churches and organizations.  Avice also designed and directed the St. Thomas University Dance Team from 2010 until 2013. She has received over 50,000 in grants from Fuel Up to Play 60, and the Education Fund Mini-Grant.


Dance Instructer Stephan Fons

Stephan Fons began his ballet training at the Miami Youth Ballet at the age of nine. He attended South Florida magnet programs and graduated from New world School of the Arts in 2005. Since graduation, Stephan has performed professionally with the Miami Youth Ballet, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, and The Florida Grand Opera. As well as performing professionally, Stephan has been teaching Ballet, Contemporary, and Tap at the Miami Youth Ballet for the past 10 years. He also choreographs for students who are interested in entering magnet programs whom several have been accepted into New World School of the Arts, Coral Reef High School, South Miami Middle, and Southwood Middle school.  

Please direct questions to Carla Hill at | 786-573-5319 or Mariah Forde | 786-573-5313.