Registration is open for winter/spring dance classes at the Darien Arts Center at darienarts.org. The DAC dance program offers a wide variety of classes for all ages and skill levels. Classes for ages 3 and up include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, teen lyrical, adult lyrical jazz, teen contemporary, modern, Broadway dance, Pop-Pilates tap, and pointe. The classes begin Jan. 20.

In the introductory program for ages 3 to 5, students explore rhythm, music, creative expression and basic coordination skills in addition to dance vocabulary and basic positions. For intermediate and advanced level students, the focus is on technique and creative exploration. Adult students work at their own level. The DAC Weatherstone Studio is utilized for classes, but also converts to a full black box performance space. Junior and senior dance companies perform in all DAC dance productions and at other venues in and around Connecticut.

Opportunities include:

Dancefest at the Palace Theatre (January) — Students take master classes and workshops with other students from across Fairfield County. This local convention culminates in a performance with all participating students on the iconic Stamford stage.

So We Think We Can Dance (January) — Members of the DAC Senior Company produce, direct and choreograph an exciting evening of dance performed by their peers.

Original Spring Ballet (April) — Students demonstrate their technique and storytelling abilities in original DAC ballets written and choreographed by Director Bonnie Gombos.

Junior Spring Concert (May) — The DAC’s littlest ballerinas take the stage in this production designed just for them. This recital demonstrates their newfound abilities and puts them front and center.

Senior Spring Concert (June) — Intermediate and advanced dancers give their final showcase of the season in this jam-packed performance on the Darien High School stage.

Bi-Annual Summer at Disney World (June) — 2020 is the next year for the opportunity for students in intermediate and advanced levels to perform at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For more information, visit darienarts.org. For questions, call the DAC office at 203-655-8683 or email Gombos at bonnie@darienarts.org.