LaVerne Meier School of Dance has served local dancers since 1958. From the school’s humble beginnings in LaVerne Meier’s basement to its current location in downtown Overland, our commitment to providing the best opportunities for children in the community has remained the same.
At LaVerne Meier School of Dance, your dancer will learn more than just technique. Confidence, lifelong friends and self-discipline are just a few benefits you’ll see in your child throughout the dance season.
While the studio focuses mostly on recreational dance education, we do hold intensive classes for advanced students and offer the opportunity to participate in competitions. We believe creating a strong foundation for dancers of all skill levels is essential to success.
To get more information about enrolling for our 2017-2018 season, call us at 314-428-8144.
“You can start late, look different, be uncertain and still succeed."
— Misty Copeland
We offer a wide variety of classes to fit your child's interests. Explore our options.
Ballet technique is the foundation for every genre of dance, from jazz to acrobats. In ballet courses, dancers learn the basic positions, body placement, jumps, and turns. Proper ballet training leads to fewer injuries, better alignment, and stronger core technique. Students ages 3 and up can register for ballet.
*All students are required to take a ballet class except those only enrolled in hip hop.
From your dancer’s very first shuffle to buffalos and kick lines, tap class is a fun and exciting style of dance that combines rhythm and musicality. Tap is an excellent way to improve your dancer’s musicality and syncopation. Students ages 3 and up can register for tap.
Lyrical dance is a combination of ballet and jazz styles, and builds on basic ballet technique to create a visual story set to music with lyrics. Students will learn to interpret music’s role in movement while expanding their core ballet skills. Students are placed into lyrical class as their ballet training progresses and at the discretion of their teachers.
Jazz dance originated from a combination of dance styles and has ballet as its foundation. Jazz is upbeat and energetic, and places emphasis on body control and coordination. Jazz is open to interpretation by many teachers and choreographers, making no two jazz dances the same.
Acrobats combines elements of tumbling, gymnastics, and ballet. The core benefits of putting your dancer into an acrobat class are the strength building, coordination, and flexibility students develop. Experienced teachers and tumbling mats ensure your child’s safety. Students ages 4 and up can register for acrobats.
Pom pon dance utilizes precision and teamwork to create a fun, fast-paced, and energetic dance routine. Poms prepares dancers for future dance or cheerleading squad memberships. Students ages 6 and up can register for poms.
LaVerne Meier School of Dance is one of the few dance studios in the area that offers instruction in baton twirling. Baton requires focus and coordination to combine dance with twirling, tosses, and group tricks. Students ages 6 and up can register for baton.
Hip hop dance refers to street-style movements performed to hip hop music. The fast-paced classes are great for keeping in shape and letting loose. Students ages 6 and up can register for hip hop.
*Students only enrolled in hip hop do not need to take the required ballet class
Pointe provides students with more dedicated focus on honing their ballet skills. At 12 years old, students are eligible to begin a prepointe (or pointe-conditioning) class that prepares their ankles, legs, and feet for the challenge of dancing on pointe. Once the teacher feels she is ready, the student may purchase and wear pointe shoes (also referred to as toe shoes). This beautiful style is difficult, but rewarding, for any young dancer.