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 Monique Alfonso at | 786-573-5313 for availability and registration instructions.

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Spring 2019 Classes Take Place January 29 - April 26, 2019

Spring Class Schedule

Intro to Dance: Beginning Ballet (ages 5-7)
Tuesdays & Thursdays / 4:15-5:05pm

Intro to Dance: Hip Hop (Ages 5-7)
Tuesdays & Thursdays / 5:15pm-6:05pm

Ballet (ages 8-11)
Wednesdays / 4:15-5:05pm and Saturdays / 12:30-1:20pm

Contemporary Dance (ages 10-15)
Wednesdays / 5:15-6:30pm
Saturdays / 1:30-2:45pm

*SMDCAC's class schedule follows the M-DCPS calendar. There will be no classes on Teacher Planning Days and established holidays. 

All classes will lead up to an end-of-semester performance taking place on April 26, 2019.

Limited spots remaining. Registration available by appointment only! Contact Monique Alfonso at or 786-573-5316 before Fri, Jan 25 by 4PM to make an appointment. 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. Students will be working toward an end-of-semester performance. 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 2019 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 Ballet:

  • 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 Ballet:

  • Black t-shirt

  • Black sweat pants

  • White socks and ballet slippers

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

Girls Contemporary:

  • Girls may wear leotards, tights, unitards, or trunks (briefs). 

  • 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 Instructors


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.  

Dance Instructor Ashley Herrera

My name is Ashley Herrera, I currently reside in Miami, Florida. I have been dancing for 15 years and have trained in many types of dance including ballet and Hip-Hop. I love working with kids and sharing my passion for dance. I have danced professionally for the MLB Miami Marlins Energy Team and have been blessed with the opportunity to be a a part of the Walt Disney World Entertainment Team.

Please direct questions to Annie Hoffman at | 786-573-5319 or Monique Alfonso at | 786-573-5313.