The Dance School at Bryn Mawr

Overview | Class Descriptions | Dance School Faculty | Policies and Procedures | Required Clothing | Getting to Dance School | Register Online

Fall semester begins Monday, September 14, 2015 and will conclude December 12, 2015.  Observation week will be the last week of classes.

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The Dance School at Bryn Mawr offers afternoon and weekend dance classes to students in grades k-8.

*New for the 2015-2016 school year are the additions of Tap classes for all ages, Lyrical dance for students in grades 5-8, a parent/child class as well as a class for three and four year olds.*

For the 2015-2016 school year, all parent/child, 3 and 4 year old classes and K-4 classes will be 45 minutes in length and offered in three separate age groups: K-p1, 1-2, 3-4.  Classes for students in grades 5-8 will be one hour in length. Taught by Lower School faculty member Renuka Hines, Upper School dance instructor Emily Tankersley, Kara Glinowiecki, Rakiya Orange and Julianna Kronick. Afternoon and Saturday dance classes will provide young dancers with the opportunity to learn age-appropriate dance technique in a creative and nurturing environment. The year will be divided into a Fall semester and a Winter/Spring semester.

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Class Descriptions

  •  Parent/Child class for 2 year olds and their caregiver (boys and girls)

Focusing on basic, age-appropriate movement and dance skills while incorporating the use of songs, books and props, this new class is a wonderful opportunity for a parent or caregiver to enjoy moving with their child in a nurturing environment.

  • Dance for 3 and 4 years (boys and girls)

This new class will focus on basic elements of dance that span several genres. Using games, creative movement and basic dance skills of Ballet and Jazz, this is a great introduction to dance. This is a non-performing class. Parents will be invited for in-studio observation at the end of the semester.

  •  Beauty and Grace: Ballet for grades K-4 & Ballet (K-P1st; 1st-2nd, and 3rd-4th grades)

Ballet is the foundation for many other dance styles. Students will be taught ballet technique in a friendly and nurturing environment. While ballet is a disciplined style of dance, elements of creativity will be included to add to the overall experience of the dancer.

  • Beginners/Advanced Beginners Ballet for 5th-8th graders (0-2 years of Ballet experience)

  • Intermediate Ballet for 5th-8th graders (2-4 years of Ballet experience)

Ballet is a classical form of dance that serves as strong foundation for all other dance forms. This class will begin with the basics and, in a structured yet friendly environment, encourage dancers to refine their technique. The levels serve as a general guide for placement. Dancers may be moved based on ability and at the discretion of the instructors.

  • Fun and Funky!  Jazz/Hip Hop for grades K-4

Jazz/Hip Hop classes for grades k-p1st, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th Combining classic jazz dance technique with elements of hip hop, this class will keep dancers moving to upbeat music and may include dance styles as seen on Broadway, television and in popular movies.

  •  Beginners/Advanced Beginners Jazz for 5th-8th graders

    (0-2 years of experience)

  • Intermediate Jazz for 5th-8th graders

    (2-4 years of experience)

Jazz is a fun, high energy genre of dance. This class is rooted in dance technique and will explore the various forms of jazz dance including traditional, hip hop, Broadway and commercial jazz dance as seen in music videos. The levels serve as a general guide for placement. Dancers may be moved based on ability and at the discretion of the instructors.

  • Beginning Tap for students in grades K-8

Classes will be divided by grade level: k-p1st, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-8thTap is an exciting dance form which explores music and rhythm.  As this is a new class, all age groups will focus on the basics of Tap by learning basic vocabulary and rhythms.

  • Beginning Lyrical Dance for students in grades 5-8

This class will consist of warm ups, technique and combinations that have elements of both ballet and jazz. In addition to technical skills, dancers in this class will learn how to express emotion as they dance.

Dance School Faculty

Emily Tankersley (pictured, right) is a graduate of Towson University where she earned her BFA in Dance Performance. Following her undergraduate education, Emily earned her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Now in her fifteenth year at Bryn Mawr, Emily teaches dance to students in grades 8-12 and directs the Upper School Dance Company. In addition to her work with the students at Bryn Mawr, Emily choreographs and performs with The Collective, a local modern dance company in residence at The Bryn Mawr School. She has worked with The Collective for 12 years and has performed at many local venues such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Gordon Center, Theatre Project, Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, Towson University and Artscape.

Renuka Hines(pictured above, left) grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and went on to Columbia University where she majored in dance and elementary education. While there she received the Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts and was also a finalist for the ACDFA award for Best Performer. Renuka joined David Dorfman Dance in 2008 and toured nationally with this company until 2012. She also performed with Nicholas Leichter Dance and has worked on projects with Kyle Abraham, Colleen Thomas, and Bill T. Jones. On tour and in New York, Renuka taught dance classes and set choreography on students of all ages.

Kara Glinowiecki (not pictured) started dancing at a local recreation center at the age of 5 and instantly fell in love with dance.  Kara continued to dance with the rec program for 15 years and went to Mercy High School and danced on their dance team for four years.  She was captain of the Mercer Dance Team her junior and senior years.  Her love for dance drove her to become a teacher at the rec center and become a dance major in college.  Kara graduated from CCBC Essex with her AFA in dance.  While there, she performed iwth CCBC's dance company and also choreographed several pieces for their shows.  To better her dance education, Kara has attended the Pulse Teachers's Conference in New York City in 2009 and 2011 where she learned many skills to use in class as well as take class from well known choreographers.  Kara is currently the dance directore with Dynasty Sports Academy and also teaches group fitness at a local gym.  

Policies and Procedures - Tuition/Registration:

Tuition at a Glance:

All students will be charged a once yearly $25 registration fee
45 minute classes: $175 for all K-4 classes
45 minute classes: $150 for parent/child and 3-4 year old classes
60 minute classes: $200 for all 5-8 classes and Teen Tap

  • There is a $25 annual enrollment fee per dancer
  • All parent/child, 3 and 4 year old classes are 45 minuters in length.  The cost for each of these classes is $150
  • All K-4th grade classes are 45 minutes in length. The cost for each class is $175 per semester.
  • All classes at the 5th-8th grade level are one hour in length. The cost for each of these classes is $200. These classes are open to dancers outside of Bryn Mawr.
  • Tuition is based on a 12-week semester and, if you are a Bryn Mawr family, will be billed to your Bryn Mawr account upon receipt of your registration form and nonrefundable enrollment fee of $25. For those families outside of Bryn Mawr, payment is due at the time of registration. While we are planning on 12-week sessions, the tuition will remain the same regardless of number of classes held and/or classes attended by the student. All attempts will be made to hold make-up classes should we close due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • For any students outside of Bryn Mawr, please mail checks payable to:
    The Bryn Mawr School at:
    The Bryn Mawr School
    Attn: Emily Tankersley
    109 W. Melrose Ave.
    Baltimore, MD 21210


  • A full refund, with the exception of the registration fee of $25, will be granted after the first week of classes only. Once the first week has passed, students will be considered fully enrolled for the semester.


  • For the Lower School classes, students are placed in dance classes primarily based on their current grade in our Lower School program.
  • Beginning/Advanced Beginning Classes for older students are geared toward the dancer with 0-2 years experience.
  • Intermediate Classes for older students are geared toward dancers with 2-4 years experience.
  • Decisions regarding placement are made by the instructors and are made in the best interest of our dancers.
  • If you are unsure of which level your dancer belongs, please feel free to contact Emily Tankersley to discuss your options.


  • Please notify Emily Tankersley via email or phone should your child be absent from school or not attending class. While it is understood that there are certain circumstances that arise causing a dancer to miss class, dancers are expected to attend all scheduled classes as it is vital to their individual progress and that of the class.

Class Observations/Performances:

  • Parents are not permitted inside the dance studios to observe classes as it can be distracting to the dancers.
  • We will hold an in-class observation week at the end of the first semester.

Required Clothing

For students aged 3 & 4 as well as Parent/Child:

Comfortable clothing that is easy to move in.

This year, we will be using Curtain Call for Class for dance uniforms. You will now be able to order your class uniform needs directly from them at a very reasonable cost.  We are asking that all families use this website as the need arises for new dance wear.  We often use the girls dance class uniform as part of their costume for the performance and this will provide with a more unified look on stage. To access our personal store, first click on the website below:

Once there, use the studio name "The Bryn Mawr School" and the password bmsdance1 to log in to our store.   You should be able to navigate through the different classes and see what is required.  


  • Black leotard
  • Pink ballet tights
  • Black ballet skirt 
  • Pink ballet slippers


  • Black leotard
  • Black jazz pants
  • Black jazz shoes


  • Black leotard
  • Black or pink tights
  • Bare feet


  • Black leotard
  • Black capri leggings
  • Tap shoes

For more information about the Dance School at Bryn Mawr, please contact Emily Tankersley at or 410-323-8800 x1260.

Getting to Dance School

For Lower School students only: During the week, students will be walked to dance classes from the Lower School. Depending on what grade your daughter is in, there may be extra time between her dismissal time and the start of class. Students for whom this is the case will either need to be enrolled in the Extended Day program or, if you choose, you may pick them up at their dismissal time and then bring them back to Bryn Mawr for dance class. Regardless of whether or not your daughter is enrolled in Extended Day, to eliminate any confusion, we will walk ALL dancers to the Lower School for pick-up at the conclusion of dance classes. If you have questions regarding the Extended Day program, please contact Director Carole Barney at

For Middle School students only: Students and their families are responsible for getting to dance classes on time. If you attend Bryn Mawr's After School Supervision program in the Middle School, please be aware that this ends at 5:30 and your daughter will need to sign out at this time.

Directions for Dance School Registration: 

  • Step 1: Click on the registration link *REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON
  • Step 2: Create a parent account
  • Step 3: Add your children
  • Step 4: Once you have filled out all of the information required, click the “Register For Classes” button
  • Step 5: Classes for which your child/children are eligible to enroll (based on age) will be listed. Check the boxes next to the classes in which you are enrolling your child.
  • Step 6: Press “Enroll Now”
  • Step 7: You will see a pop up box letting you know that your registration is complete.

**Note about Billing: The Dance School will NOT be using the on-line billing feature during registration. Bryn Mawr students will be billed through their accounts.




Dance School Uniform

Uniform requirements can be found at: Curtain Call for Dance

Search for "The Bryn Mawr School" Use password: bmsdance1

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