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Click HERE to buy Recital Tickets!

Click HERE for Recital Show Order

**Click HERE for FINAL RECITAL NEWS (distributed week of 4/22) **

Click HERE for DVD order forms 

Click HERE for Pizza order link for Wed Dry Run

Click HERE for flower order link for show days

Click HERE for the Costume Directions/Shoe & Tights form- updated AFTER costumes go out


Click HERE for the Stage Mom Sign Up~ Available April 1st

Click HERE for the Stage Mom Zoom Link~ April 30th 7:30-8:30 


Click HERE for the Recital Handbook given at the beg of the season

Click HERE for the Spring Recital Newsletter given in March

How to make a BUN (filmed in 2020):  Click HERE  


Dance Company Fundraiser

April 18th 

Six Paupers

Our high ticket item that will be raffled off at our 2nd Annual Guest Bartender Night is this stunning and sharp looking 75inch LG flatscreen TV. Can you imagine how stunning your dancer will look when you are watching ADA's 2024 dance recital DVD on this beauty? Raffle tickets sales will be strictly electronic. Please follow the QR code to purchase your tickets and to make to make your payment! No need to fill out any pesky raffle stubs, your information will automatically be entered into our digital drawing! 
If you are on your smart phone, you can follow this link to purchase your raffle tickets!   Click HERE to purchase your raffle tickets!
May the odds be ever in your favor! 




WEE Dance

is a fun class for Ages 18 months -3 years old and is done with a parent or caregiver! We offer a 6-week Spring class and dancers who turn 3 can move on to join our Spring 3-5 year old class below.



3-5-Year-Old Spring Dance Class

This class is an Intro Pre-School class where our dancers are in the dance room without a parent and helps them become comfortable with the overall dance experience, the classroom, their teacher, and their classmates. Right from the beginning, we focus on your child’s coordination, listening skills, musical awareness, and developing imagination. We accomplish this through age-appropriate music and song, simple stretching exercises, ballet and tap basics, games in an environment of creativity, and plenty of smiles. We focus on coordination, self-expression, and musicality in fun, creative and imaginative ways. This session begins Thursday, March 6th, and runs through Thursday, May 1st. Please note that we are closed on April 4th for our Spring Break. The cost is $115 for 8 weeks and will be due the first day of class. Dancers wear a leotard (any color), tights, and ballet slippers to class.


Note:  Dance Company must take the following classes in the summer:

Juniors/Teens/Seniors:  2nd year Level 3, Level 4, & Level 5 Dancers:  Minimum of 2 Intensives

 Juniors: Rising Level 1, Level 2 & first year Level 3 Dancers:  2 Intensives or 1 Intensive & 1 Performing Arts 

Minis:  Rising Elem 1, Elem 2 Dancers:  Minimum of 1 Performing Arts Camp




ADA National Honor Society of Dance Arts

& Presidental Volunteer Award


American Dance Academy is a secondary chapter of NHSDA and is eligible to nominate dancers to the National Honor Society of Dance Arts.  

Below are the goals and requirements.

* NHSDA Secondary Program (grades 9 - 12) Goals

  • To promote a desire for life-long learning in the field of dance.
  • To encourage an understanding of, and an appreciation for, dance as an art form and develop knowledgeable audiences for tomorrow.
  • To identify honor students (grades 11 & 12) for nomination to the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, one of the highest honor programs for dance in the United States.

NHSDA Secondary Program (grades 9 - 12)  Requirements

~ Dancer must be in 9th-12th grade

~ Dancer must have & maintain a 3.2 or higher 

~ Dancer must be studying dance for a minimum of 7 hours a week at ADA and maintain attendance and commitment in the class.

Once these criteria are met, the forms below need to be filled out.  I have samples from previous years I can share in which points are accepted.   

NHSDA Letter


NHSDA Points


*ADA is now a Certifying Organization that has been granted authority through an application and review process to give out the PVSA to volunteers. Certifying Organizations verify and certify that a volunteer has met the requirements to receive a PVSA within a 12-month period. 

Click HERE for more info on Eligibility Requirements.   Submission of hours worked at ADA this past year, along with proof of any other volunteer work (for example signed letters from school) is required.  


Graduates NHSDA

Claire W (Graduate of St Mark's High School) 

Claudia K (Graduate of St Mark’s High School)

Caroline M (Graduate of Padua Academy)

Brianna W (Graduate of Cab Calloway School of the Arts)

Ashton A (Graduate Kennett High School)

Kate C (Graduate St Mark’s High School)

Gabi P (Graduate of Cab Calloway School of the Arts)

Asia B (Graduate of Sanford School)

Cali C (Graduate of St Mark's High School)

Isabella M (Graduate of Archmere Academy)

Marisa P (Graduate of Delaware Military Academy)

Audrey G (Graduate of Tower Hill School)


Current Students Presidents Volunteer Award

Sarah Cho (Cab Calloway School of the Arts class of 2026)

Angela Zhang (Archmere Academy class of 2026)



Important Dates To Mark In Your Calendars

The first week of each month October- May

Register for Summer Camps NOW!

Our 2024 Spring Recital dates are Friday, May 10th & Saturday, May 11th 

  Click HERE for the January/February Newsletter

Click the Newsletter Link to see our Jan/Feb News

2023-2024 Season Calendar


September 11th-First Day of Classes

Payment #2 due

September 14th: WEE Dance begins

September 25th-Special Attire Orders Due

Click HERE for order form


October 1st: Payment #3 due (will come out 10/2 as the 1st is a Sunday)

October 24th-30th: Bring A Friend Week & Halloween Attire permitted

October 25th: ISlide Orders due

October 31st: Studio Closed~Happy Halloween



November 1st: Payment #4 due

November 2nd: New WEE Dance begins

November 6th: Move U orders due

November 6th-11th: Recital Costume measurement week

November 20th: Recital Costume $$ Due-comes out automatically unless other plans made

November 19th-26th: Studio Closed~Happy Thanksgiving!!

November 27th: Classes Resume



December 1st: Payment #5 due

All of Dec is Holiday Spirit Month: Wear dance attire in Red/Green or Blue/White the entire month

December 16th-21st: Holiday PJ Week!!

December 22nd-Jan 5th: Studio Closed for Winter Break



Jan 1st: Payment #6 due

Jan 4th: ADA Dance Co performs at halftime at the UD Men's basketball game at 7 PM

January 6th: Classes Resume & Dance Company Showcase tickets go on sale Click HERE to purchase

January 21st: ADA Dance Company Showcase at Tatnall School



Feb 1st: Payment #7 due

Feb 1st: Winter WEE Dance Starts (6-week session)

Feb 1st-7th: Parent Observation Week

Feb 8th-14th Spirit Week

Feb 14th-Summer Registration Begins!

Happy Valentines Day!

Feb 24th-ADA Studio Online store closes


March 1st: Payment #8 due
March 1st: Recital Costume distribution begins & Recital Ad forms distributed
March 6th: Preschool Spring Session Begins (8-week session)
March 21st: Spring Wee Dance Begins (6-week session)
March 29th-April 5th-Spring Break

April 1st: Payment #9 due

April 6th: Classes Resume

April 6th: Stage Mom Sign-Up begins

April 15h: Tickets go on sale at 7AM

April 24th: Parent Dance Company Interest Meeting 7:30-8:30 PM in ADA lobby

April 30th Stage Mom Zoom 7:30-8:30



May 1st: Final Payment #10 due

RECITAL WEEK: May 6th-11th See more info in "All Things Recital" on this page


Monday, May 6th: This is a rest day with no classes or rehearsals.
Tuesday, May 7th: This is our "Dry Run" day in which routines will be assigned required times between the hours of 4:30-8:30 PM.
Wednesday, May 8th: This is our "Dress Rehearsal" night in which we will run the entire show in costume! All dancers are required to attend. Arrival at 5:30 PM and dress rehearsal starts at 6:00 PM. Dressing rooms will open at 5:00pm.
Thursday, May 9th: This is another day of rest with no classes or rehearsals.
May 10th: SHOW NIGHT!! The evening show is scheduled for a 6:30 PM Show. Theater doors open at 6:00!
Dancers arrive ready in first costume by 5:30pm (Dressing Rooms open at 5:00pm).
May 11th: SHOW DAY!! The matinee is scheduled for a 2 PM Show. Theater doors open at 1:30!
Dancers arrive ready in first costume by 1:00pm (Dressing Rooms open at 12:30pm).
Includes Current Company Members
Monday, May 13th:
4:30-5:30 Ages 5-8 Meet & Greet Dance Company
(Special auditions for current company members Mon May 20th)
Wednesday, May 15th: 
5:30-6:30 Current dancers in Levels 1-3 Dance Company Auditions
(Special auditions for current company members Wed May 22nd)
Monday, May 20th: 
7:45-8:30 Level 4 & 5 Dance Company Auditions
8:30-9:30 Special Auditions for Current Co members Level 4/5


May 23rd: Last Day of Classes for the year


June 17th: Summer Sessions Begin








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