Dance Instructor

NameEmail AddressGrade/Title
Tia Barkertia.barker@stlucieschools.orgElementary Dance
Jiani Andersonjiani.anderson@stlucieschools.orgMiddle School Dance

The dance program at CAST is designed for students who demonstrate a natural ability and high interest in dance. Students are introduced to a wide range of dance experiences and activities that deepen their knowledge and skills as artists and performers. Students will develop a strong dance vocabulary from which creativity, interest and personal success are cultivated.
Our mission is to develop technically proficient dancers who are versatile, thoughtful, and inquisitive. Guided by professionals in the field, our dancers train in classical ballet, modern and jazz styles, and cultural dances from around the world. Through daily classes, rehearsals, and performances, our dancers develop creativity, discipline, and perseverance.
Mrs. Megan Murphy (3-8 Dance Instructor) come to CAST as highly qualified dance experts who enthusiastically provide dance instruction that teaches fundamentals of dance through advance level.
Field trips and other guest teachers enhance the students’ growth in arts and academics. Every dancer will have opportunities to highlight their talents throughout the year through multiple dance performances.

Elementary (2nd-5th Grade)

Elementary Dance Course Description and Requirements

Elementary dance classes will focus on developing coordination, strength, flexibility, motor and cognitive skills, and articulation of feet. Each class will offer exercises that are developmentally appropriate to the age of the student. Our goal is to facilitate growth of the student’s inspiration to dance, move, and be creative while instilling appropriate postures and movement patterns that will be layered upon as they progress in their other dance classes. Each week your child will participate in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, tap, acro, and modern.

If your child chooses dance as one of the areas they would like to further develop, they will attend dance class daily for a 45-minute block. Specific dance shoes and attire will be needed for practice along with costumes for performances. Therefore, each student will need to contribute a $75.00 supply fee for the year to off-set the cost of required items. This fee will need to be paid before the end of August to allow time for our items to be ordered and shipped. To ensure these items are uniform, they will be purchased by the dance program. In addition to the fee requirement, students will have a minimum of two mandatory dance performances/recitals during the school year. These rehearsals and performances will be a large part of the grade the student earns for the course.

Middle School

Middle School Dance Course Description and Requirements

The student will understand dance technique terminology, definitions, and step descriptions and student will be able to execute steps with appropriate dance techniques. The student will understand principles of choreography and the emotional intent behind movements and will be able to perform choreography in its entirety with proper technique and musicality.

A costume rental fee (purchasing costumes, accessories, laundering garments, performance tights and any unforeseen costs) of $75 will be due. This can be broken up into smaller payments if needed. Student’s attendance to the performances are MANDATORY as part of their grade.


Dance Club – School dance class is extended to after school rehearsal 1 time per week in preparation for district personnel award night performance, and/or Disney showcase performance. Previous dance experience is required as students advance their technical and creative skills relative to choreographic structure, performance, dance science, collaborative problem solving, dance conditioning and safe studio Practice. Rehearsals take place during and after school.