With our highly professional, qualified teaching staff and a 2000 square foot floating wood-sprung floor, our students at DDA easily develop a great appreciation for all aspects of dance and art. Dawson Dance Academy is the premier dance academy in Tampa Bay; serving Tampa, Westchase, Lutz, Odessa, Oldsmar & Palm Harbor.


This class is a fun creative movement class for ages 2-3 years old. This class allows a parent and child to dance together and bond with one another. DDA is certified to use official “Mommy and Me” curriculum.



We offer several different introductory combo classes that allow your child to learn two different styles at the same time!

  • Ballet & Tap Combo (ages 4-6)
  • Ballet & Acrobatics Combo (ages 4-6)
  • Ballet & Jazz Combo (ages 4-6)
  • Tap & Jazz Combo (ages 4–6)
  • Hip Hop & Acrobatics Combo (ages 4-6)


Ballet classes are the foundation for training. They focus on developing a solid ballet technique with emphasis on understanding correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body, and use of arms.

  • Ballet 1A (ages 6-9)
  • Ballet 1B (ages 9-11)
  • Intermediate Teen Ballet (ages 12-up)
  • Ballet 2 (ages 11-13)
  • Ballet 3A/Pointe (ages 13-up)
  • Ballet 3B/Pointe (ages 13-up


Tap dancers have the unique opportunity to be musicians and dancers at the same time. Tap focuses on rhythms and patterns in footwork through proper technique, as well as personal style and producing clear sounds. Classes include a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap.

  • Tap 1A (ages 6-9)
  • Tap 1B (ages 9-11)
  • Tap 2 (ages 11-13)
  • Tap 3 (ages 13-up)


Jazz dance combines techniques of Ballet and modern dance with current forms of popular dance. These classes are for energetic dancers who like precision and rhythm, physical challenges, and personal style and expression.

  • Jazz 1A (ages 6-9)
  • Jazz 1B (ages 9-11)
  • Jazz 2/3 (ages 12-up)


Hip hop is a fun and energetic dance style using the latest street/urban dance moves set to hip hop music. Hip hop encompasses a wide range of street styles including breaking, locking and popping.

  • Hip Hop Mini (ages 5-7)
  • Hip Hop Tween (ages 8-10)
  • Hip Hop Preteen (ages 11-13)
  • Hip Hop Teen (ages 14-up)


Lyrical dance combines elements of Ballet and Jazz to create a soft style that emphasizes the storytelling quality of music. An emphasis is placed on grace and fluidity, musicality, and expressiveness to capture emotion through movement. Must be dually enrolled in Ballet to enroll.

  • Pre-Lyrical (ages 6-8)
  • Lyrical 1 (ages 9-11)
  • Lyrical 2 (ages 11-14)
  • Lyrical 3 (ages 13-up)


Contemporary blends creative dance and artistry with athletic technique found in Ballet and Jazz. Classes integrate various traditional disciplines of modern dance foundations with current contemporary styles and fusion forms. Must be dually enrolled in Ballet to enroll.

  • Contemporary 1 (ages 8-11)
  • Contemporary 2 (ages 12-14)
  • Contemporary 3 (ages 13-up)


Musical Theatre is the fusion of singing, dancing, and acting with performance on stage. Classes include breathing and singing technique practice, acting and improvisation activities, as well as dance technique and performance. These classes are for outgoing dancers who like the spotlight, drama, singing, and telling a story through dance.

  • Broadway Musical Theatre (ages 7-11)


This program is designed to promote excellence in flexibility, strength, balance, limbering, tumbling, basic contortion, and partner/group stunting for dancers.

  • Acrobatics 1A (ages 6-up)
  • Acrobatics 1B (level based)
  • Acrobatics 2 (level based)
  • Acrobatics 3 (level based)


Private Lessons Offered with your favorite teachers/choreographers to enhance dance skills and techniques. These lessons are a half hour in length and these students will perform solo performances in the recital.